Knowledge Bowl / Quiz Bowl information

There is Knowledge Bowl practice this THURSDAY, November 15th from 8:40-9:20am.  There is NO Knowledge Bowl practice this Friday.


Our first Knowledge Bowl meet is here at Lake Harriet Upper on Thursday, November 15th from 3:30-8:00pm.  I have created a Sign-Up Genius volunteer sign-up for this meet at:

We need each KB family to volunteer for at least one of these volunteer spots to make this meet on November 15th successful (we are in need of 34 volunteers, so your family can sign up for two spots too).  Former KB students are especially needed.  Please sign up as soon as you can.  Thank you!!


Please have KB students turn in their $20 check (made out to LHCS) to Mr. Streit if they haven't already.  This $20 helps covers part of the Knowledge Bowl registration fees for the meets; the PTA picks up the rest of the Knowledge Bowl costs.


I emailed KB parents on Friday, November 9th about the upcoming Nov. 15th KB meet at Lake Harriet Upper.  Here is a copy of that email:

Hello KB Parents,
I've included details for next Thursday's Knowledge Bowl meet at Lake Harriet Upper below.  Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help out at the meet next Thursday.  Here is the link to the volunteer sign-up if you haven't already signed up.  We still need some Judges and help with clean-up.  Thanks in advance!
The meet next Thursday has a Cartoon Character costume contest, so please discuss with your child how they and their team is going to dress up.  Details below.
Your child will get a pass from me that Thursday to allow them to be dismissed from their 6th hour class at 3:45.  They can then change into their costume.  The written round doesn't start until 4:10.  The times for the rounds are below.
Here are the teams of students that will be competing.  If your child is a KB sub, it would be great if they can help out with concessions and stick around to watch the teams compete.  It's good experience just watching KB teams compete to get ready for future KB meets.
Team 1: Finn J, Finn R, Kade, Henry M, Henry K, Jack F, Maggie, Gunnar
Team 2: Anna, Grace, Arianna, Landon, Leif, Theo, Cal
Team 3: Jack D, Hank, Ben, Wyatt, Lemmy, Adam, Aidan
We will have one more KB practice before this meet on the morning of Thursday Nov 15 from 8:40-9:25. There will be no practice on Friday, Nov. 16th.
If you have any questions, please email me.  Check the KB section of my web site first though; your questions may be answered there.  Hope to see you all next Thursday!
Matt Streit 
We are expecting 32 teams from 9 metro schools to compete at the Animation Celebration Kick-Off meet on Thursday November 15 at Lake Harriet Upper School. Below you will find important information regarding the competition. Remember to dress as your favorite animated character! Prizes will be awarded for the best team and individual costumes! Please share this information with your students and their parents.
4:00 p.m. Welcome & Announcements
4:10-4:50 p.m. Written round (Cafeteria)
5:00 p.m. Oral round 1 begins
5:45 p.m. Oral round 2 begins
6:30 p.m. Oral round 3 begins
7:35 p.m. Costume Contest & Awards 
What to Bring
Remind students to bring snacks or money for concessions; food will be for sale at this meet.
Pencils - Remind students to bring pencils; they will need them for the written round and any oral round questions that are designated as "paper and pencil." Scratch paper will be provided in each oral round room.
Costumes! - Come as a cast of cartoon characters or one. Come as a comic, graphic novel, movie, and/or television show. Come as best friends! Come as rivals! Come animated! Prizes will be given to the team and individual with the best costumes! 
Other Important Reminders
Cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices may not be used or taken out during the written test. If we see an electronic device out during the written test, that team will receive an automatic zero on the written portion of the competition. Electronic devices are not allowed in the oral rounds.
Six students per team may take the written test. Five students per team may compete in each oral round. Players must compete on the same team throughout the meet. Players may alternate between rounds, just not during the rounds.
Remember to assign a spokesperson for each of your teams. Spokespersons will answer all oral round questions for their team unless they defer to a teammate before the 15 seconds expires.


Congratulations to the top 21 scorers on the Knowledge Bowl tryout test!  These students are invited to be on the 2018-19 LHCS Knowledge Bowl team.

Anna Van Riessen
Jack Dewey
Henry Khasky
Grace Davis
Calvin Gallagher
Jack Fisher
Kade Grierson
Finn Joshi
Leif Lieving
Landon McLean
Ben Mimick
Adam Spurgat
Hank Gissleman
Finn Russell
Ariana Advani
Henry Miller
Aidan McMahon
Lemmy Kanwischer
Maggie Walker
Wyatt Fabyanske
Gunnar Schmitz

* You needed an 18/40 or better on the tryout test to be in the top 21.
* Knowledge Bowl substitutes: Will Fenlon, Lael Tannen, Emily Springer, Ayla Stuke (these four students were the next highest scorers on the tryout test).  KB subsitutes are welcome to practice with the team, and can attend meets if there are spots available.

Students who did not make the Knowledge Bowl team are still welcome to be on the LHCS Quiz Bowl team.  The Quiz Bowl season starts in late-November.


Mr. Streit is coaching 3 middle-school Knowledge Bowl teams this upcoming 2018-19 school year.  If you are unfamiliar with Knowledge Bowl, check this web site for more information:

Knowledge Bowl is a great extra-curricular activity for students who love trivia, problem-solving, and challenging themselves.  There will be three middle-school teams of seven, so 21 total students will make the squad.  Tryouts for Knowledge Bowl will be in late-September in Room 213 from 4:15-5:00.  The Knowledge Bowl season runs from October through February.  I will be visiting Language Arts classrooms in mid-September to describe Knowledge Bowl and to hand out flyers about Knowledge Bowl.

The cost for joining Knowledge Bowl is $20.00; this helps cover the registration fees.  (There is no cost to try out for Knowledge Bowl.)  Also, each parent must drive their student to the Knowledge Bowl meets or arrange a carpool.  Carpool drivers need to have background checks and permission slips arranged through the LHCS office; Mr. Streit can help you figure out those details.

There will be five Knowledge Bowl meets this upcoming school year.  Knowledge Bowl meets typically begin at 3:30pm and end around 7:30pm, so students will miss part of their 5th hour class and all of their 6th hour class on KB meet days (except for the November 15th LHCS meet and except for the January Saturday KB meet).  Knowledge Bowl practices are before school on Fridays from 8:40-9:20, starting in early October and continuing through early February.

Students who try out for Knowledge Bowl, but do not finish in the top 21 can still be on the LHCS Quiz Bowl team (students who make the Knowledge Bowl team can also participate in Quiz Bowl).  The Quiz Bowl season begins in late-November and consists of two-three Saturday meets (all registration costs for Quiz Bowl are covered by parents – about $20 per student per meet).

If you have questions, please email me at