News and Updates
Daily log of changes to
Houstonfest Scholarships: Winners
Scholarships at State
What's new for 2020
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Tips for Pair Discussion
Fri., Jan. 17, 2020: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/27).
Mon., Jan. 27, 2020: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Mon., Feb. 3, 2020:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Tue., Feb. 4, 2020:
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 5, 2020,
8:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit changes (adds,
drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or
substitutions will be allowed in individual events. Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.
Thur., Feb. 6, 2020:
Videos due to
Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8, 2020:
Fri., Feb. 14, 2020:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in
order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student. Online
registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12
per student. Also, deadline to apply for the
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.
Fri., Feb. 21, 2020:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m.
(regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless
of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the
regular deadline. Also, deadline to submit entries for
promotional video contest to State director Jennifer Christianson.
Sat., Feb. 29, 2020: Leap into the Texas State German Contest !
Sat., Mar. 7, 2020:
Fri., Mar. 13, 2020:
Scholarship applications due.
Thur., April 30, 2020:
Spring Teacher Grant applications due.
Sun., Nov. 15, 2020:
Gail Cope Fall Teacher Grant applications due.
Changes to Rules
and Procedures Effective for 2020
The changes described below flow from the
Houstonfest steering-committee meeting held on April 27, 2019, and the State
steering-committee meeting held in Houston on May 4, 2019.
There are actually very few
changes for 2020. Most of the items below are more about continuity than
We have added one new event for
Writing for Levels 1 and 2. Each school may enter ONE student per
level. We are piloting this event, and the winners will NOT advance
to State. There will be two 30-minute sessions offered (8:30-9:00
and 9:00-9:30). Contestants will have 25 minutes to write in response to
a prompt. The prompts will be level-appropriate and different for levels
1 and 2. If you are interested in judging this event, let director
We will continue to invite
and have a concession stand
to provide lunch.
Incentives for new schools to participate
(continued from previous years): We will waive the registration fee for up to 5 students from any school that has
not attended Houstonfest in the last 5 years, and new schools will pay the
regular price of $10 for any students beyond the first 5, even if they enter
during the "late" registration period. Also, teachers who are brand new to Houstonfest may request to be excused from judging for the first year so that
they can move freely around the contest and see how things work. Contact
Rustin Buck to take advantage of these offers; the registration spreadsheet
is not set up to reflect them.
implementing the plan developed at the 2017 "folk dance summit" to
four-year rotation of different dance genres for the
Einzeltanz contest. After
featuring a Plattler and a Schottische in the past, we will feature a
this year. The dance instructions, the music, a video of the dance,
and the revised critique sheet are
posted here. One more new
genre will be introduced in 2021, and then we will start the rotation over with the
Plattler in 2022.
have an official
list of folk dances ranked according to difficulty, many of them with
links to dance notes (instructions) and videos. This is a living list that
will grow over time. If you want to perform a dance that is not currently on
the list, the general procedure is to supply your regional director (Rustin Buck) with the dance notes and preferably also a video by November 1. Since
that date had already sailed by this year before this was posted, we will be
flexible with the deadline, but you do still need to submit any dances that
you intend to perform in 2020 but that are not on the list for ranking as soon
Pass auf! updates: This is the fourth year that we will have an annual theme about
which there will be at least one 50-point question per round. The theme for
2020 is German-Texans.
After a successful first year in 2019, we will continue to have an
for advantaged speakers only. This is a long written test that encompasses the disciplines covered in all our
other tests: grammar, culture, listening, reading, vocabulary, and spelling.
clarified what was previously unspecified: the time and line limits for
Advantaged Speakers in Poetry and Prose Memory are the same as those
for Levels 3 and 4.
For the third year, the State contest invites schools to
submit a promotional
to 2 minutes) to help us promote the contest system. Other than the time limit,
itís wide-open as to what you put in it. The goal is to motivate someone
(student or teacher) who has never been to German contest to want to come, so
tell the world why
you love German contest! Last
yearís winner is posted on the State
top videos will be shown and voted on at the State awards assembly, and the
winning entry will receive a cash prize of $250. The deadline to submit a video to State director Jennifer
Christianson is Friday, February 21, 2020 -- see the State website (first link
above) for the rules and submission procedure.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 6, 2021
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
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