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. David 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: > > Desh > 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.* > > > > ------------------------------ > To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit > https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or > leave the list". > VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ANNOUNCEMENTS-L. > Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-announcements-l.html to > subscribe. -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ANNOUNCEMENTS-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-ANNOUNCEMENTS-l.html to subscribe.