News and Updates
What's new for 2019
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Scholarships at State
Daily log of changes to
Fri., Jan. 18, 2019: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/25).
Fri., Jan. 25, 2019: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Mon., Jan. 28, 2019:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Tue., Jan. 29, 2019:
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 30, 2019,
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., Jan. 31, 2019:
Videos due to
Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019:
Fri., Feb. 8, 2019:
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. 15, 2019:
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. 23, 2019:
Texas State German
Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.
Sat., Mar. 2, 2019:
Fri., Mar. 8, 2019:
Scholarship applications due.
Tue., April 30, 2019:
Teacher Grant applications due.
February 2, 2019
Registration for Houstonfest 2019 is not yet open.
To register, simply fill out this
(Excel spreadsheet): click on the link, save the spreadsheet to your
computer, fill it out, save it again, and then e-mail it as an attachment to
PLEASE USE Lastname, Firstname FORMAT FOR ENTERING STUDENT NAMES. If you do not have access to a computer on which Excel is installed, let the
know. Here is a sample form if you
have any questions about how to fill out the registration form.
The only thing you need to send by regular mail is your
payment check. You may wish to enclose a print-out of the first page of the registration form,
but there is no need to enclose all the pages.
Send the regular fee of $10 per
student if your registration form is e-mailed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January
18, 2019. (But your payment check doesn't have to be in the mail
by then -- see two bullets down.)
Send the late fee of $12 per student
if your registration form is e-mailed during the period from Saturday,
January 19, to Friday, January 25, 2019. Late registration will not
be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 25.
Regardless of whether you submit your
e-mail registration by the regular or the late deadline, your payment
check should be
postmarked by Friday, January 25, 2019.
Make your check payable to "Houstonfest"
or "Texas State German Contests, Inc. dba Houstonfest," depending on
how your school district has us set up in its vendor system. For a
personal check, "Houstonfest" is sufficient.
Mail payment to:
Sugar Land, TX
Incentives for new schools to participate:
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 these 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.
No registration fees will be refunded for
Upon receiving your registration form, the
will make every effort to send you a confirmation e-mail within 24
hours. If you don't receive a
confirmation e-mail within 48 hours, please contact the director.
If you have additions, deletions, or other
changes to your roster of participants, please simply describe the changes
in an e-mail rather than editing and resubmitting the Excel spreadsheet.
(Why? Because once you submit your registration spreadsheet, the data
gets manipulated in a number of complicated ways and dumped into the
director's mega-spreadsheet, and once that has been done, it is easier for
the director to make your changes one at a time "by hand" in his
mega-spreadsheet than to start over slicing and dicing your revised
Rationale for registration via Excel spreadsheet: Having everyone use
an identical spreadsheet format for submitting the student names allows
the director to use the information more efficiently (totaling up participant numbers, making
participant lists for the judges, etc.).
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 2, 2019
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Link to Texas
State German Contest