For what it's worth, our team had a relatively good experience with the
TJ accommodation. The team member's essay portion was deferred to another
date and he was able to arrive at memorial hall at 2:30. He may have
been assigned to a TJ exam site that was easier to get in and out of fast.
That may be something to consider for next year.
On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 2:42 PM, Arielle Masters <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> I saw the note about sending private e-mail but there's another side to
> this: not all of us are trying to get into TJ and/or we have other time
> constraints that would be adversely impacted by a date change.
> Have you asked TJ to change its exam day instead or - easier for all of us
> except for the people proctoring the TJ exams! - to offer a makeup exam day
> for those with VADCFLL conflicts? That would be way better for those of us
> who plan around more than one activity this time of year.
> My girls' teams haven't made it to the state competition yet but they'd
> love to (last year, our older daughter's team was an alternate). But if
> you change the competition to a week later and their teams did go on next
> year, either my girls would have to miss their annual skating performances
> or miss the LEGO competition :-< They practice for months for their
> skating show/program (one does the rink's annual group show; the other does
> solos and takes private lessons to put her routine together). As LEGO
> coaches and parents, that would put us (and them) in a really awkward spot
> - go to their skating shows (and who would bring the team to the
> competition?), go to the LEGO competition (and pull them out of their
> performances, which wouldn't show much commitment at the rink), or send
> them to their skating shows with the grandparents while we take the other
> kids out of town (AWKWARD!). I realize there isn't as much overlap with
> ice skaters as with TJ preppers, but I wanted to point this out as an
> example that the TJ folks aren't the only ones out there with other
> obligations and plans who would be impacted. At least an exam can be
> rescheduled; a skating show and a lot of other events can't be.
> Thanks for keeping more than just the TJ preppers in mind.
> On Dec 5, 2011, at 2:02 PM, Nagesh Chintada wrote:
> You bring up a great question about TJ exams. Your team's situation
> regarding TJ Exam is unfortunately not unique. There is a high correlation
> between teams that compete in FLL and team members that want to go to TJ,
> both strong in S.T.E.M.
> My team members who will be in the 8th grade next year are already turned
> off at the prospect of TJ exam coinciding with FLL Championships, and they
> are not sure if they want to come back to FLL next year as a team due to
> the extra pressure this scheduling conflict creates.This is a dilemma many
> teams face and is not unique to one team, since I know some other kids who
> had similar issues.
> *I would like to request VADCFLL to consider moving the competition a
> week after the TJ Exams are done. I am sure this will help more DivII teams
> show up and compete more fully.*
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