Can Coaches Teach Motivation?

I have been helping out at my son’s Suburban basketball team, mostly scorekeeping, but I did substitute for a coach one night.  I was working with the “bigs” on close to basket shots feeding them a pass with the kid turning and shooting and then rebounding and shooting again if they missed the first shot.  I noticed that the kids, especially the tallest kids, were not super motivated to jump, rebound, or to get the second shot in.  The two coaches have been noting the same things and discussing it with the team.  After they had a lackluster performance during yesterday’s game – not jumping, not rebounding well, not moving towards passes, etc. – one of the coaches basically told the team yesterday that he can’t coach motivation.

In my owning coaching, especially in baseball, I have definitely thought the same thing.   But I starting thinking about my Heffernan Fly Ball challenge experience.   I have been seeing more and more in my own coaching how what we practice and the drills we make up affect the kids when they come to games.  This is expressed well with a phrase I read in a Cal Ripken baseball coaching book, “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” (Ripken Jr, Ripken, & Lowe, 2007)

I was an assistant coach two years ago on a 4/5/6 Cal Ripken baseball team.  The coaching was very good especially on teaching baseball fundamentals and diagnosing hitting, pitching, fielding issues.  But the team was in a slump.  The team hit a nadir during one game when kids were missing lots of fly balls, making a lot of mistakes, and not hustling.  The lowest point came when the coach’s twins got into a physical altercation on the bench.  However, the other coaches’ attitudes bothered me more than the kids attitude.  The coaches were really yelling out when kids made mistakes and showing their displeasure when it happened – especially with their own kids.  I got to wondering if that was inadvertently increasing the pressure on the kids, which has the side effect of causing more mistakes, which further decreases confidence and causes even more mistakes.  This whole process, I was wondering, results in a hard to correct negative spiral.  I think this especially true in baseball when the spotlight is really on the player fielding, hitting, and pitching.

And was this really all on the kids like the coaches were saying?  I recall one of the coaches saying the same thing as the basketball coach – that they could not teach motivation.  While there is some truth to that and some kids are motivated despite what coaches do, as a teacher, I knew that adults can strongly influence all aspects of teaching and coaching, including social-emotional factors.

I learned from many years of training and performing with my two whippets in the dog sports of agility, obedience, and rally is that proofing can be the hardest part.  My dog Wyatt was great at home but it was much, much harder for him in actual trial setting, especially in the less action oriented sports like obedience.  Dogs can find it difficult to transfer their knowledge and their training to different locations, different equipment, and to busy or distracting environments.  Dogs can also be super sensitive to their handler’s changes.   Increased nerves can translate to the handler being slightly different – even though we are not necessarily aware of it.   What’s this all have to do with the fly ball issue the team was having in baseball?

Well, one of things I really liked about the baseball coaching on this team was that drills were turned into fun games and contests.  I later learned that this a big part of the Cal Ripken coaching philosophy.  I had a chance to lead a practice one day when the head coach was unavailable.  The practice field is opposite an ice cream stand where we would sometimes take the team after practices.  I got the idea to make a team challenge for fly balls that would increase pressure (but in a enjoyable and not a stressful way). The kids got the “proofing” but in a fun way.  Increasing the pressure in a fun way can help kids handle game pressure and also have more fun playing in actual games. As a team, the kids had to get a certain number of points to get various levels of ice cream – 100 points was a small cone, 125 was a small cone with sprinkles, and 150 points was a medium cone, 200 was a medium cone with sprinkles.  I then made a system for getting points.

1 – regular catch

2 – running catch

3 – shoestring catch

4 – diving catch

I added a point for an accurate throw back to me.  I also made a time limit, which was both practical but also a way to subtly increase the challenge to more closely simulate the pressure of a game.

I hit the fly balls to the kids and had them record their own points as a team – hopefully increasing their ownership and excitement in the drill.  Well, it certainly increased the kids’ motivation and they immediately bought into the idea and were encouraging each other.  One of things I noticed right away was that kids were really hustling to get to the ball, which had been a real problem in practices and hence games.   There was a marked decrease in the number of errors and a marked increase in good catches.  Some kids (see discussion of inadvertent side effects) were doing diving catches when they were maybe not actually needed (my own son being the prime example).  However, they were so into it they went for and earned the highest point level and we had a fun time at the ice cream stand.

I thought it went well and I was hoping some of it might transfer.  When the next game rolled around, I reminded the kids before the game of the fly ball challenge, specifically that they could catch and it could be fun and they should show the same hustle they showed during practice.  I was blown away by the huge difference in the fly ball fielding. Kids were running to balls and not making any errors!  I used the same challenge last year when I was a head coach of my own grades 4/5/6 Cal Ripken 40/60 team with similar results.

Getting back to basketball, I wondered about ways these kids could be more motivated, especially the bigs.  I did notice the team was super motivated when the coaches were occasional creating contest drills.  Would more contests help this team be more motivated, jump more, hustle more, etc.?  Well, I did not have much time but I tried to think of way to make our turn and shoot drill into a contest.  Many of the “bigs” were super lackadaisical about getting their rebound shot in.  I said if they missed a certain number of second shots, they had to do a lap.  Meanwhile, I did explain about “game speed” and perfect practice makes perfect.  But I think that talk needs to backed up with drills that expressly show the kids what is meant.  When I added the lap thing, the kids immediate perking up and got exciting but there was an inadvertent side effect of them slowing down and really setting up that second shot, which I did not want.  So as coaches we have to really watch for these inadvertent side effects.

I see this a lot when one part of the drill is the focus but we don’t look at the second part.  One of example of this was a drill we did when one kid shoots and the second rebounds.  In this case, the coach was focused on the shooting part but not the rebounding part and I saw that at rebound kids were walking with the ball and not even dribbling or passing after the rebound.   We certainly don’t want the kids traveling after the rebound but was what we were inadvertently teaching.  We have to always be thinking of what it should look like in a game and how drills should teach game speed and desired game behavior.

I am still trying to think of way to design the drill to make the whole thing fast including the rebound shot, if any.   Maybe have two teams, one on each side of the basket, complete to get the most shots (which might include second or subsequent shots) in a certain amount of time.  Then the kids would be motivated to make the whole process as fast and as accurate as possible.

So I think we as coaches can help teach motivation by how we structure our practices and drills.  However, I still agree that “you can’t teach height.”

Ripken Jr, C., Ripken, B., & Lowe, S. (2007). Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way. Human Kinetics.

 

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Microbiome Diet

Having had lots of difficulty reducing my weight on changing diet and exercise on my own, I have been trying one of the microbiome diet books inspired by friend Beckie. The pounds started coming off right away and I seem to have settled in at around -20 from my start weight, about 10 more than I weighed in my 20’s when I was running marathons and could eat anything. Feels great – everything feel easier especially running, lost 3 inches on waistline and had to buy new pants and underwear. It’s quite a bit of work but worth it I think. I am sure it’s good to eat microbiome friendly foods but I would guess the weight loss is mostly from cutting down on carbs, fat, sugars, and fatty meat. Lots of tasty plant based recipes.

 

The Microbiome Diet Plan: Six Weeks to Lose Weight and Improve Your Gut Health

 

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Denmark Travel For Kids

We are traveling to Denmark this summer and I have been compiling  list of possible places to visit especially for families.  Thanks for Jane for some of these links!

Denmark’s best beaches | Find your perfect beach in Denmark

Experimentarium | VisitDenmark

Top attractions in Denmark for kids | Find and book attractions for your family holiday in Denmark

Unique places to stay in Denmark | Stay somewhere different on your next visit to Denmark

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

Moesgaard Museum | Forside

HIGHLIGHTS in Aarhus | VisitAarhus

The walk over the bridge | Bridgewalking

Louisiana

Tivoli Gardens – Tivoli

20 Most Beautiful Places in Denmark

 

 

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Wyatt of Dodge City – 1/28/2002 – 1/18/2017

Whippet NATCH C-ATCH Wyatt of Dodge City, AV, CD, RAE, SC, NA, NAJ,  O-ECC,  O-NJC, S-EJS,   S-EAC, O-TG-E, S-TN-E,  TNE-600, WV-E, HP-E, CGC “Wyatt”

 

1/28/2002 – 1/18/2017

 

 

Wyatt came to us when he was about a year old. I did not want a dog but my wife insisted and she choose Whippets because of what she read about them in a book about dog breeds. He came from the whippet rescue organization. He was very anxious especially when left alone and we had many challenges figuring out to handle him together. We eventually got a second dog, Patriot, to help him with his separation anxiety. One of the things that helped him the most was running with me, something that remained my favorite activity I did with the dogs. Wyatt would always look up at me with his big anxious eyes and check in when running every 10 seconds or so, something I will always remember.

 

My wife and I found out about Whippet activities such as racing and coursing and starting going to events such as racing. Despite a lot training, Wyatt would never run clean, getting over stimulated and going after other dogs when racing instead of the lure. He did some coursing but we eventually stopped that too though Patriot ran well.

 

I turned to agility, obedience, and rally for Wyatt. Wyatt was an incredible dog to train due to 2 factors. He loved to work and he was very smart. The challenge with him was anxiety and getting him to show what we could do at an event rather than at home. Even though he was trained to the utility (highest) level in obedience, I could never get him to put together a leg in advanced – usually failing the dreaded out of sight stays and downs. I ended up content to train obedience at home. He would follow me around the house until I did our nightly training routine.

 

But our favorite activity was agility. The feeling of high-speed teamwork with your dog was incredible. Wyatt was like a sports car, so fast and responsive, but also susceptible to crashes! Patriot was slower but much more dependable but not as exciting to run. After working through years of contact issues, we eventually earned our CPE championship and I set a goal of getting a second agility championship in NADAC (NATCH), which includes the very difficult Chances class, where a dog works at a far distance from the handler. It took 8 years but we eventually earned out NADAC championship. But out favorite class was tunnelers where Wyatt always qualified and had one of the fastest times. We had a rhythm in tunnelers that I could always depend on and it was a beautiful thing to experience. See the video to see what I mean.

 

Wyatt was not generally a super cuddly dog but he made it known that I was his person. He did well with Aidan when he came along. He eventually developed heart issues and arthritis and enjoyed retirement especially sleeping in the sun on our grassy lawn and going for shorter runs and later only walks. Towards the end of his life he got finicky and it became a challenge to keep weight on him and get him to take his pills. We let him sleep with us for the whole night his last year and I would carry him up to our bed and he would settle in for the night with his head on my leg.

 

He was my first dog and we had a strong bond. In spite of having not the greatest conformation (build),  he was super accomplished earning 66 dog titles and 2 agility championships including the very difficult NATCH title, I will always remember his unique character and the little things he did every day.   These pictures and videos show that better than I can tell.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2016

President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers

WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama today named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. These awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 8.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through 6th grade level, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The cohort of awardees named today represent two nomination years, one of teachers in kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms and the other in 7th through 12th grade classrooms.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

“The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation’s success,” President Obama said. “As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.”

President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in order to fully harness the promise our Nation’s students. The President’s Educate to Innovate campaign, launched in November 2009, has resulted in more than $1 billion in private investment for improving K-12 STEM education. Additionally, in 2011, the President set an ambitious goal to put 100,000 additional excellent STEM teachers in America’s classrooms by 2021. Thanks to the work of more than 280 organizations, 30,000 new STEM teachers have already been trained, and resources are in place to train an additional 70,000 STEM teachers by 2021. In parallel, the President has called for increasing the proficiency of America’s existing STEM teachers with a Master Teacher Corps initiative, which would identify the most effective K-12 STEM teachers and support them in a program to propagate their best practices with their peers. You can read more about the President’s commitment to science, technology, and innovation HERE.

The recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are listed below, by nomination cohort and then by state.

To learn more about these extraordinary teachers, please visit: https://recognition.paemst.org

Grades K-6 Award Cohort

Alabama
Kimberly Bowen, Rainbow Elementary School, Mathematics
Julie Neidhardt, Dawes Intermediate School, Science

Alaska
Joey Jigliotti, Alpenglow Elementary School, Science
MaryLee Tung, Sand Lake Elementary School, Mathematics

Arizona
Tabetha Finchum, Centennial Elementary School, Mathematics
Janice Mak, Fireside Elementary School, Science

Arkansas
Ashley Kasnicka, Harvey Jones Elementary School, Mathematics
Cassie Kautzer, Monitor Elementary School, Science

California
Andrew Kotko, Mather Heights Elementary School, Mathematics
Erica Rood, CHIME Charter School, Science

Colorado
Dawn Bauer, Carson Elementary School, Science
Carolyn Jordan, Normandy Elementary School, Mathematics

Connecticut
Liesl Fressola, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Science
Nicole Gilson, Peck Place School, Mathematics

Delaware
Kristin Gray, Richard A. Shields Elementary School, Mathematics
Kimberly Simmons, W. Reily Brown Elementary School, Science

District of Columbia
Kristina Kellogg, Watkins Elementary School, Mathematics
Michael Mangiaracina, Brent Elementary School, Science

DoDEA
Bridget Lester, Ft. Rucker Primary School, Science
Rebecca Sterrett, Ramstein Elementary School, Mathematics

Florida
Janet Acerra, Forest Lakes Elementary School, Science
Angela Phillips, Chets Creek Elementary School, Mathematics

Georgia
Amanda Cavin, Unity Grove Elementary School, Mathematics
Steven King, Whit Davis Elementary School, Science

Hawaii
Eliza Akana Yoshida, Pu’u Kukui Elementary School, Mathematics
Stan Mesina, August Ahrens Elementary School, Science

Idaho
Giselle Isbell, Anser Charter School, Mathematics
Linda Truxel, Barbara Morgan Elementary School, Science

Illinois
Catherine Ditto, Burley Elementary School, Mathematics
James O’Malley, Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, Science

Indiana
Martin Briggs, Crichfield Elementary School, Mathematics
Kristen Poindexter, Spring Mill Elementary School, Science

Iowa
Ann Johnson, Sageville Elementary School, Mathematics
Joshua Steenhoek, Jefferson Intermediate School, Science

Kansas
Michelle Kelly, Basehor Elementary School, Mathematics
Brandi Leggett, Prairie Ridge Elementary School, Science

Kentucky
Vivian Bowles, Kit Carson Elementary School, Science
Gina Kimery, Farmer Elementary School, Mathematics

Louisiana
Mary Legoria, Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, Science
Kristen Mason, L. W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies, Mathematics

Maine
Lauree Gott, Veazie Community School, Science
Laura Stevens, Dora L. Small Elementary School, Mathematics

Maryland
Hilarie Hall, The Woods Academy, Science
Jennifer Kiederer Lawrence, Warren Elementary School, Mathematics

Massachusetts
John Heffernan, Anne T. Dunphy School, Science
Karen Schweitzer, Anne T. Dunphy School, Mathematics

Michigan
Gary Koppelman, Blissfield Elementary School, Science
Francie Robertson, Pine Tree Elementary, Mathematics

Minnesota
Frances Stang, O. H. Anderson Elementary School, Science
Carissa Tobin, Nellie Stone Johnson Community School, Mathematics

Mississippi
Karin Bowen, Brandon Middle School, Mathematics
Vicki Moorehead, St. Anthony Catholic School, Science

Missouri
Nancy McClintock, Center for Creative Learning, Science
Katherine Schack, Lakeview Elementary School, Mathematics

Montana
Kara Nelson, Meadowlark Elementary School, Mathematics
Colleen Windell, Lolo Middle School, Science

Nebraska
Amy Falcone, Hillside Elementary School, Mathematics
Kyla Hall, Kloefkorn Elementary School, Mathematics

Nevada
Arvella Jergesen, Fernley Intermediate School, Mathematics
Kathleen Schaeffer, Bob Miller Middle School, Mathematics

New Hampshire
Rebecca Cummings, Pelham Elementary School, Science
Ann Gaffney, Londonderry Middle School, Mathematics

New Jersey
Julia Ogden, Woodcliff Middle School, Science
Coshetty Vargas, Washington Park School, Mathematics

New Mexico
Cynthia Colomb, Hermosa Middle School, Science
Bernadine Cotton, Tombaugh Elementary School, Mathematics

New York
Eliza Chung, The School at Columbia University, Mathematics
Lisbeth Uribe, The School at Columbia University, Science

North Carolina
Justin Osterstrom, Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School, Science
Kayonna Pitchford, Stoney Point Elementary School, Mathematics

North Dakota
Loni Miller, Saxvik Elementary School, Science
Angela Stoa-Lipp, Kennedy Elementary School, Mathematics

Ohio
Marcy Burns, Main Street Intermediate School, Science
Susan Dankworth, Thomas E. Hook Elementary School, Mathematics

Oklahoma
Rebekah Hammack, Stillwater Middle School, Science
Moriah Widener, Jenks West Intermediate School, Mathematics

Oregon
Maureen Murphy-Foelkl, Chapman Hill Elementary School, Science
Sarah Luvaas, Redland Elementary School, Mathematics

Pennsylvania
Karen Bungo, Horace Mann Elementary School, Mathematics
Geoffrey Selling, Germantown Friends School, Science

Puerto Rico
Esther Alvarez-Meléndez, Academia San Ignacio de Loyola, Science
Carmen Olmo, Saint John’s School, Mathematics

Rhode Island
Barbara Pellegrino, Harold F. Scott Elementary School, Mathematics
Debra Turchetti-Ramm, Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School, Science

South Carolina
Tammy Joiner, Little Mountain Elementary School, Mathematics
Rebecca Strong, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Science

South Dakota
Roby Johnson, Holgate Middle School, Science
Crystal McMachen, East Middle School, Mathematics

Tennessee
Theresa Feliu, John Adams Elementary School, Mathematics
Nicole Resmondo, Gresham Middle School, Science

Texas
Erika Hassay, Live Oak Elementary School, Mathematics
Celena Miller, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Science

U.S. Territories
Fina Leon Guerrero, Manuel Ulloa Lujan Elementary School, Mathematics
Richard Carlos Velasco, FBLG Middle School, Mathematics

Utah
Jalyn Kelley, Wilson Elementary School, Mathematics
Britnie Powell, Salt Lake Center for Science Education, Science

Vermont
Laura Botte Fretz, Edmunds Middle School, Mathematics
Lisa Marks, Ludlow Elementary School, Science

Virginia
Barbara-Ann Adcock, Pocahontas Elementary School, Science
Eric Imbrescia, Peak View Elementary School, Mathematics

Washington
Meredith Gannon, Sacajawea Elementary School, Science
Deborah Halperin, Laurelhurst Elementary School, Mathematics

West Virginia
Cynthia Evarts, Orchard View Intermediate School, Mathematics
Nancy Holdsworth, New Manchester Elementary School, Science

Wisconsin
Lori Baryenbruch, River Valley Elementary Spring Green, Science
Tina Parker, Sam Davey Elementary School, Mathematics

Wyoming
Gayla Hammer, Lander Middle School, Science
Nancy Windholz, Saratoga Elementary School, Mathematics

Grades 7-12 Award Cohort

Alabama
Ryan Reardon, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Science
Joel White, Brooks High School, Mathematics

Alaska
Christopher Benshoof, Lathrop High School, Mathematics
Catherine Walker, Romig Middle School, Science

Arizona
Marizza Bailey, BASIS Scottsdale, Mathematics
Michael McKelvy, Basha High School, Science

Arkansas
Daniel Moix, Bryant High School, Mathematics
Diedre Young, Ridgway Christian High School, Science

California
Maria McClain, Deer Valley High School, Mathematics
Michael Towne, Citrus Hill High School, Science

Colorado
Lisa Bejarano, Aspen Valley High School, Mathematics
Jessica Noffsinger, STEM Magnet Lab School, Science

Connecticut
Richard Broggini, Smith Middle School, Science
Elizabeth Capasso, Jettie S. Tisdale School, Mathematics

Delaware
Robin Corrozi, Cape Henlopen High School, Mathematics
John Scali, MOT Charter High School, Science

District of Columbia
Shira Printup, McKinley Technology High School, Mathematics
Melanie Wiscount, McKinley Technology Education Campus, Science

DoDEA
Michal Turner, Vicenza Middle School, Mathematics

Florida
Tracy Smith, Bak Middle School of the Arts, Science
Kelly Zunkiewicz, Dr. Earl J. Lennard High School, Mathematics

Georgia
Marc Pedersen, Paulding County High School, Science
Cindy Apley Rose, Couch Middle School, Mathematics

Hawaii
Alicia Nakamitsu, Aiea High School, Mathematics
Bryan Silver, Kalani High School, Science

Idaho
Jason George, Vision Charter School, Science
Micah Lauer, Heritage Middle School, Science

Illinois
Michael Fumagalli, East Leyden High School, Science
Lisa Nicks, Thornton Township High School, Mathematics

Indiana
Hugh Ross, Guerin Catholic High School, Science
Michael Spock, Columbus North High School, Mathematics

Iowa
Lynnetta Bleeker, Parkview Middle School, Science
Richard Brooks, Johnston High School, Mathematics

Kansas
Trissa McCabe, Reno Valley Middle School, Mathematics
Denise Scribner, Eisenhower High School, Science

Kentucky
Carly Baldwin, Boyd County High School, Science
Christine Bickett, North Bullitt High School, Mathematics

Louisiana
Linda Messina, Saint Joseph’s Academy, Science
Donna Patten, West Monroe High School, Mathematics

Maine
Marielle Edgecomb, Peninsula School, Mathematics
Cary James, Bangor High School, Science

Maryland
Elizabeth Lazaro, Buck Lodge Middle School, Science
Elizabeth Megonigal, Huntingtown High School, Science

Massachusetts
Neil Plotnick, Everett High School, Mathematics
Keith Wright, The Springfield Renaissance School, Science

Michigan
Brian Langley, Novi High School, Science
Wendy Osterman, Sashabaw Middle School, Mathematics

Minnesota
Morgan Fierst, South High, Mathematics
Lisa Houdek, Central Senior High School, Science

Mississippi
Marshall Hobbs, Jackson Preparatory School, Science
Lauren Zarandona, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Mathematics

Missouri
Carol Robertson, Fulton High School, Science
Deanna Wasman, David H. Hickman High School, Mathematics

Montana
Jessica Anderson, Powell County High School, Science
Kerry Gruizenga, Skyview High School, Mathematics

Nebraska
Nicole Miller, Lakeview Jr-Sr High School, Science
Gregory Sand, Central High School, Mathematics

New Hampshire
Robin Ellwood, Rye Junior High School, Science
Patrick Kaplo, Windham High School, Science

New Jersey
Victoria Gorman, Medford Memorial Middle School, Science
Amy Mosser, Seneca High School, Mathematics

New Mexico
Kathleen Boerigter, Los Alamos High School, Science
Kevin Gant, Nex+Gen Academy, Science

New York
Daniel Mattoon, Niskayuna High School, Mathematics
Amanda Zullo, Saranac Lake High School, Science

North Carolina
Lauren Baucom, Forest Hills High School, Mathematics
Karen Newman, Durham Academy, Science

North Dakota
Jonathan Fugleberg, May-Port CG High School, Mathematics
Michelle Strand, West Fargo High School, Science

Ohio
Amy Roediger, Mentor High School, Science
Beth Vavzincak, Normandy High School, Mathematics

Oklahoma
Teri Kimble, Hydro-Eakly Middle School/High School, Science
Jamie Rentzel, Norman High School, Mathematics

Oregon
Katharine Dean, Centennial High School, Science
Brian Hanna, Newport High School, Mathematics

Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Allen, Saucon Valley High School, Mathematics
Jaunine Fouché, Milton Hershey School, Science

Puerto Rico
Nelson Franqui Flores, Saint John’s School, Mathematics
Keyla Soto Hidalgo, University High School, Science

Rhode Island
Anthony Borgueta, Barrington Middle School, Science
Kristen Jahnz, Cumberland High School, Mathematics

South Carolina
Gail Vawter, Springfield Middle School, Science
Jennifer Wise, Hand Middle School, Mathematics

South Dakota
Jennifer Fowler, South Middle School, Science
Bjorg Remmers-Seymour, East Middle School, Mathematics

Tennessee
Laura Darnall, Goodpasture Christian School, Science
Mary Vaughan, Oak Ridge High School, Mathematics

Texas
Patty Hill, Kealing Middle School, Mathematics
Cara Johnson, Allen High School, Science

U.S. Territories
Thora Henry Letang, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, Science
Dora Borja Miura, Saipan Southern High School, Mathematics

Utah
Magdalene Huddleston, Sand Ridge Junior High, Science
Vicki Lyons, Lone Peak High School, Mathematics

Vermont
Katherine McCann, U-32 Middle High School, Mathematics
Mary Louise McLaughlin, Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, Science

Virginia
Kelle Lyn Scott, Robinson Secondary School, Mathematics
Camilla Walck, Princess Anne High School, Science

Washington
Scott Cooley, University High School, Mathematics
Jeffery Wehr, Odessa High School, Science

West Virginia
Maureen Miller, Hurricane Middle School, Science
Sarah Snyder, Fairmont Senior High School, Mathematics

Wisconsin
Juan Botella, Monona Grove High School, Science
John Hayes, Northland Pines High School, Mathematics

Wyoming
Lesley Urasky, Rawlins High School, Science
Patricia Urasky, East High School, Mathematics

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Patriot – June 7, 2001 to August 14, 2016

Whippet AWC Triathlon Winner HIT C-ATCH Ch Seaspell’s Concord Point, CAVX, CD, SC, OA, OAJ, RE, CRX, OTR, OCC, S-OJC, EJS, O-OAC, TG-O, S-TN-O, WV-O, HP-N, OJC-200, TNO-200, CGC “Patriot”

 

June 7, 2001 – August 14, 2016

 

Our beloved Patriot died peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2016. He was 15 years old. He was still a beautiful dog and hardly looked his age and I had gone for a walk with him and Wyatt that morning, not knowing it would be his last day. The vet at the emergency clinic remarked on how fit, young, and beautiful he looked. He had been living with some heart issues, cataracts, and weakening in the rear recently so we had been worrying about him. On his good days, he was his old self barking, running, walking, and giving everyone kisses but we knew that every day was a blessing at this point. He was having trouble in the heat and getting up stairs this last week.

It’s hard to know where to start with Patriot. I could recount some of his accomplishments in the world of dog sports: show champion, triathlon winner, high in trial in obedience with me at a local trial, lure course best of breed, racer, CPE agility champion, and AKC Champion Award of Versatility winner. Dawn did a beautiful job with him in obedience and especially agility, where she found a way to motivate even though agility was not naturally motivating to him. Patriot really showed us the best (and worst) of the dog world.

But the best thing about Patriot was really his role as a wonderful family dog. He loved all people and all dogs. When we would go to a little beach community every summer taking a break from our rural home, we were amazed how he would great everyone with a sniff and tail wag and a kiss if they were kids. He greeted dogs with the same open heart. People would always remark on how beautiful he was and he was truly a stunning dog. He was a wonderful companion to our son Aidan who grew up with him since he was a baby.

Although we found Wyatt quicker to train, Patriot was much more confident and consistent. He was also very smart when it came to opening the gate to get into the compost and getting into the trash. One time, he decided he was going to finally get a red squirrel that was eluding him time after time. He spent hours sitting outside without moving for at least a month and finally got one and that seemed to be the end of it for him. After Dawn retired from agility, I still took him to a ton of NADAC trials as I pursued a NATCH for Wyatt and Patriot happily ran at lower levels and kept Wyatt company at trials.

As he got older, he found a favorite spot on our basement sofa and would rest or sleep there a lot. My spot was way over on the other side but I decided to move it next to him for the last year or so and I am so glad that I did just sit next to him and pet him and keep him company was he would contently grunt as he settled into his spot and got some strokes.   We hadn’t run in a few months as he was having trouble with the hills but he still walked just about every day. On his last day, I took him and Wyatt for a short walk. As we returned, an intense shaft of sunbeams lit up the mist and I stopped to snap a photo. You can see Patriot’s head in the shot. Now I think he was ready to “go into the light”.

 

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Patriot and Karen showing in Veteran Conformation Photo by Julie Poole

Patriot and Karen showing in Veteran Conformation
Photo by Julie Poole

Dasher and Sue, Willow and Wendy, John and Patriot (proud father of Willow and Dasher)

Dasher and Sue, Willow and Wendy, John and Patriot (proud father of Willow and Dasher)

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Patriot and his loot with Cindy Scott Photo by Julie Poole

Patriot and his loot with Cindy Scott
Photo by Julie Poole

Wyatt and Patriot in Brace Obedience Photo by Julie Poole

Wyatt and Patriot in Brace Obedience
Photo by Julie Poole

Wyatt and Patriot in Brace Obedience Photo by Julie Poole

Wyatt and Patriot in Brace Obedience
Photo by Julie Poole

Patriot Novice B Obedience long down

Patriot Novice B Obedience long down

Patriot Novice B Obedience long down

Patriot Novice B Obedience long down

Patriot coursing

Patriot coursing

Right after arrving at the LC trial

Right after arrving at the LC trial

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Patriot in Veteran Conformation Photo by Julie Poole

Patriot in Veteran Conformation
Photo by Julie Poole

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Patriot after probable branch or rock injury

Patriot after probable branch or rock injury

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Patriot relaxing

Patriot relaxing

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Now that is a sunny spot.

Now that is a sunny spot.

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Cindy Tully?

Cindy Tully?

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Matt Alison

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Me Bote de Guano – Corrected Version

Thanks for my friend Pablo, we have a corrected version of the song and lyrics…

Oooo, oooo, ooooo

Oooo, oooo, ooooo

Me gusta la GUAPERIA

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,

Me gusta la GUAPERIA

Ahora si me bote de Guaño (3x)

Un grupo me llama bembe

El otro me llama Guaño

Un grupo me llama bembe

El otro me llama Guaño

El que me entiende me entiende

Y AL QUE NO lo voy matando

Ahora si me bote de Guaño

Cuando llego a la bodega

Me hecho el sombrero pa’ atras

Cuando llego a la bodega

Me hecho el  sombrero pa ‘atras

ME DICEN VEN A TOMAR

CONMIGO SI NO HAY BOBERA

Ahora si me bote de Guaño

En seguida que me ven

Que estoy RALLANDO los diente

En seguida que me ven

Que estoy RALLANDO los diente

No saben que van hacer

PA’ PAGARME UN AGUARDIENTE

GUAÑO= seems to refer to “top man”,  sly, getting away with something, to outsmart (this makes sense to me in the context of the song); something repugnant, something dirty: related to guano=bat excrement which is black and smelly

BEMBE= refers to big lips of a black person, not always a positive atribute/racist use as a derogatory way or to refer to someone “jokingly” accepted racist knick name for someone: or in this context it refers to someone who has ability to sing. which would explain why they would want to pay him a drink. related BEMBÉ refers to a party with drum playing related to santería religion worship or a nice party not necessarily religious where there is singing too and is very prevalent in cuba.

GUAPERIA= SWAGERING, COCKY MANNER

Y AL QUE NO= and whomever doesn’t (understand)

bobera= being slow minded (he is saying he is not dumb)

RALLANDO=in this context is to “peel” a smile, to flash a big smile

PA’  (PARA) PAGARME UN AGUARDIENTE=  to pay for a drink of moonshine

bodega=corner store where they se;; food but also is a bar/they sell liquour

Oooo, oooo, ooooo
Oooo, oooo, ooooo
I like to be Cocky
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,
I like to be Cocky
I’ve outdone myself as Guaño (3x)
A group calls me bembe
The other calls me Guaño
A group calls me bembe
The other calls me Guaño
Who understands me understand me
and who doesnt I will kill him
I’ve outdone myself as Guaño (3x)
When I arrive at the bar
I put  my hat facing backwards
When I arrive at the bar
I put  my hat facing backwards
they tell me: come drink!
(of course I do) I am  not dumb (rephrase)
Now, yes, I’ve outdone myself as Guaño?? (3x)
Right away, when they see me
I’m grinning (showing my teeth)
Right away, when they see me
I’m grinning (showing my teeth)
They do not know how they’ll do
to pay for a drink of moonshine
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Me Bote De Guano

I am a big fan of Afro-Cuban music.  My latest favorite song is Me Bote De Guano performed by Manuel Guajiro Mirabal and written by  Arsenio Rodríguez in 1949.  I have trouble getting the idea of this song.  I have an initial version of the lyrics.  Looking for some help.  I know some of it is wrong.  Here a link to a live performance of the song.  The piano solo on this version is really amazing. Lyrics follow.

 

 

Recorded by Arsenio Rodríguez

RCA Victor 23-1336, 2 August 1949, Havana, Cuba

Oooo, oooo, ooooo
Oooo, oooo, ooooo
Me gusta la guapa María
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,
Me gusta la guapa María

Ahora si me bote de Guaño (3x)
Un grupo me llama bembe
El otro me llama Guaño
Un grupo me llama bembe
El otro me llama Guaño
El que me entiende me entiende
Ya que no lo voy matando

Ahora si me bote de Guaño

Cuando llego a la bodega
Me hecho el sombrero pa’ atras
Cuando llego a la bodega
Me hecho el  sombrero pa ‘atras
Me dice pena tomar
Con migo si no hay bomberera

Ahora si me bote de Guaño

En seguida que me ven
Que estoy rijando los diente
En seguida que me ven
Que estoy rijando los diente
No saben que van hacer
Pa’ la rata un agua a diente

Bembere, ma bembere, eh (repeat)

Bembe – type of Afro-cuban 6/8 rhythm
Botarse – vr – to lie down – vt – to fire, squander, throw away
Guaño = palm tree leaves used in thatched roofs?
En seguida – right away

Now, yes, I lie down with Guaño (3x)
A group calls me bembe
The other calls me Guaño
A group calls me bembe
The other calls me Guaño
Who understands me understand me
Now I’m not killing it

Now, yes, I lie down with Guaño (3x)

When I arrive at the bar
I put  my hat facing backwards
When I arrive at the bar
I put  my hat facing backwards
She tells me take my sorrow
With me if there is no fireman

Now, yes, I lie down with Guaño (3x)

Right away,  I see
I’m grinding my teeth
Right away,  I see
I’m grinding my teeth
They do not know that they do
For one tooth,  water

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Aidan’s Take on Naraya

Aidan and I recently attended the New England Naraya ceremony.  Here is what he wrote about it.  [I retained some of the invented spelling.]

Clyde

Clyde is the head of Naraya. He does all these dances at night. And all the kids get to sleep in the middle in there sleeping bags. And in all the dances people pray for a good life, and a good life for all the animals and kids.

Clyde is real nice. He gave me a name. It is seeder boy and in Shoshone it is Wapi To-Ya-Ba. I got that name because at all the dances I help my dad with the fire and I put seeder in the smudge bowls for a dance or a saromony. And that’s Naraya.

 

 

Clyde

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Beach Story by Aidan

When did I start coming to Point of Woods?
I have been coming to Point of Woods all my life starting in 2006 when I was a baby.

What I like to do at Point of Woods?
The beach is wonderful. The beach is really nice. There are really nice houses to look at while you are here.

Why Point of Woods is so special to me?

I can scooter and bike around by myself and stop by my friends houses to play with them. You can go down to the park whenever you want to play basketball, mulch monster, and definitely gaga ball.

Earlier this year, I started grapping sand from the bottom of the ocean at the raft.

There is an ice cream truck that stops by every day. There are so many different flavors.

There is a camp called “rec” that is really awesome and all my friends go there.

We play manhunt at night. There are two teams. One team counts to thirty or more but they can have their eyes open. The other team runs off and hides while the other team guards the base and they also try and look for the people. It’s a fun game. It’s exciting and a little bit scary when it is nine o’clock.

I want to come back again every year.

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