There are many things you can be doing right now to prepare for the upcoming year. If you are looking to start a new team at your school, you should be thinking about the following:
If you are a returning team, the following would be in order:
Knowing how easy it is to look for - and not be able to find - an e-mail you have received with important information about competitions, and to keep all of our New York City SciOly teams updated with current information, I will be posting all updates I e-mail you to this page. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!
Let me begin by saying that after almost 30 years of dedicated service, our beloved leader of NY City SciOly, Alice Kasten, has decided to step down as Regional Coordinator and has passed the baton to me. Thank you so much Alice for making SciOly such a big part of your life, and in turn, our lives as well. My name is Mike Cubbin and I am currently one of the coaches for the Bay Academy team and now the coordinator for all NY City middle school teams. As I have been telling Alice, she has left me big shoes to fill, but I will try my best to fill them by exceeding her - and your - greatest expectations. I hope you are all excited about the upcoming year as I believe it is going to be our best yet! I have two goals for this upcoming year:
The more teams we have, the stronger the competition and the better our chances of putting the NY City SciOly onto the National stage. In addition, the more teams we register, the more will have the opportunity to go to States since the number of teams chosen of based on the number we register. This e-mail is to introduce me to you and to ask for your help and support in moving ahead!
I have been involved with SciOly since a few months before the 2015 Regional competition, when I first met Alice and discovered her passion for having NY City students compete in SciOly. I knew that this was going to be a big part of my future, so I understand very well how you feel. To this end, I would like to keep wide open communications between us so that by the time Regionals roll around (March 7, 2020) every one of you will be as prepared as you can possibly be to head to States! Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!
In updating the website and I have changed the domain from newyorkcityscioly.org to nycsciolyb.org (to distinguish it from the C-Division, or high school, website) so please change your bookmark if necessary. Some of the upcoming things you need to know about and that will be a big part of success this coming year:
I will be updating the website frequently so please keep checking to make sure you are up to date on all forthcoming information. If you have any questions for me now, please ask and I will be of any help I can be. If you have any ideas, please do not hesitate to "Reply ALL" (since others may either have the same question or possess a solution I had not thought of. Looking forward to meeting and speaking with you all soon!
I have forwarded a letter to your e-mail regarding developments and changes that will affect the NY State (and City) Science Olympiad for the upcoming season. Please check your e-mail.
If you did not receive it, please contact me at email@example.com.
You will receive this update - and the one that will follow shortly - very close together, as their timing is most important for the upcoming season.
On August 26th at 9am registration will open for the Long Island Science Olympiad (LISO). In the past some NYC teams did not attend because they did not know when registration opened and it was closed by the time they went onto the site. It is a great invitational to attend because you get to compete with top schools in the tri-state region, it is close to the city (Syosset, Long Island) and, you can take a yellow bus to attend!
Please mark your calendars. They are looking to sign up 60 teams (2 teams/school), but I have a feeling registration will fill up quickly. Here is the link for the LISO Invitational.
Though it will be soon, we do not know the NY State (Regional) registration, but I have updated our NYC website with all of the popular Invitationals that NYC teams usually attend (Bayard Rustin in PA registration opens 9/10), so if you have any questions about them or anything else, please check the NYC website or contact me.
** Hint - get on the LISO site at 8:55am! It will fill up quickly!!
1. As posted on the NYC website the Long Island Science Olympiad (LISO) Registration opened yesterday morning! LISO is one of our best invitationals as it is great practice for the teams, close to us (so you can take a yellow bus!) and your teams will get back all graded tests! Here is the link for LISO. If you have any questions, feel free to ask either me or the coordinator Brother Nigel Pratt at BroNigel@kellenberg.org. I hope to see many of you there!
2. I am attaching a copy of the Science Olympiad Summer Institute (SOSI) Draft Rules for 2020 to help you get a jump start on the season. The final Rules Manual will not be out until September 3, but I hope this helps!
** Keep in mind, if you register - but cannot make it - you can easily cancel your spot for someone else to fill!