News and Updates

 

What's new for 2018

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Arrival at Hogg Middle School

 

Bubble Soccer

 

Lunch options

 

Plays will be performed at Houstonfest

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

Photo Gallery 2014

 

Important Dates

 

Wed., Jan. 17, 2018:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).

 

Wed., Jan. 24, 2018:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.

 

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.

 

Tue, Jan. 30, 2018 Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.

 

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 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. 1, 2018: Videos due to Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.

 

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 Houstonfest !

 

Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 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. 16, 2018 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.

 

Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.

 

Sat., Mar. 3, 2018 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., Mar. 9, 2018 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

Rules:  Pass auf!

 

Pass auf! Study Guide

Pass auf! Proverbs List

Pass auf! Vocabulary List for Erdkunde

Video of a Sample Game

New:  The theme for 2018 is The German-Speaking World 1914-1945 (see more at Rule 7 below)

 

Novice Schedule       Varsity Schedule

  1. A Varsity team consists of up to 7 students who are in any level of German, with the exception of Advantaged Speakers and exchange students from German-speaking countries.  A school may enter 1 Varsity team.

  2. A Novice team consists of up to 7 German I and German II students who have never played in a regional or state Pass auf! competition.  A school may enter 1 Novice team.  Novice teams do not advance to State.

  3. Only 5 students may play at a time.  A team may begin playing with fewer than 5 players and players may be added after the game begins, if the team notifies the moderator before the game begins that players will be coming late.  At no time may more than 5 team members participate during a game.  Once a team starts playing, players may leave to go to other contests, but they may not be replaced. Alternates will be considered as spectators and may not observe unless the game is open for spectators.  Spectators may not communicate in any way with the teams that are playing.

  4. Spectators are allowed only during the final game.  They are not allowed in any other games at any of the contests.

  5. There will be no changes to times of Pass auf! games in a contest.  Teams may be eliminated if they are more than 5 minutes late to a scheduled game.

  6. Each team must designate a captain.  This is the only person from whom an answer may be accepted.  In certain instances, the captain may designate one of the team members to give an answer.  This must be done verbally and it must be acknowledged by the moderator before the answer may be accepted.  If someone other than the captain or designee should give an answer, it will not be acknowledged by the moderator.  In this instance, the appropriate person on the team must begin to give the answer before the allotted time expires.

  7. Each game consists of a round of 25 questions from the following broad categories: History & Politics, Arts & Letters, Odds & Ends, and Erdkunde. There will be 5 questions from each of those 4 categories (5 × 4 = 20) plus an additional 5 questions from 1 of the categories to round out the 25 questions. Questions in the broad categories of History & Politics, Arts & Letters, and Odds & Ends will be grouped in subcategories within each round.  Subcategories will include but not be limited to the following:

History & Politics:  early German history (beginnings through the Folk Migrations), the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the 17th and 18th Centuries, the 19th Century, the post-WWII period, German-American history, Texas-German history, government, the European Union, political parties, current events, etc.

Arts & Letters:  literature, fairy tales and folk tales, drama and cinema, philosophy and theology, music and composers, art, architecture, scientists, inventors, etc.

Odds & Ends: proverbs, holidays, food, games, sports, education, folk festivals, customs and traditions, travel vocabulary, communication, idioms, language functions, vocabulary, days/months/seasons, etc.

For each category or subcategory in a round there will be questions valued at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 points, depending upon difficulty.  Erdkunde questions will be asked in German and must be answered in German.  Each year a theme will be announced, and during that year there will be at least one 50-point question related to that theme asked in each round.  Other questions related to the theme may also appear in the rounds.  The theme for 2018 is The German-Speaking World 1914-1945 (inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I -- 1918 / 2018).

  1. The questions will be read by the moderator in order as printed.  The category and point value for each question will be stated before the question is read.

  2. After the question is read for the first time, the teams have up to 30 seconds in which to signal.  They may confer during this time.  If there is no signal within the 30-second period, the question is passed.  To expedite the game, teams may elect to pass a question before the 30-second period expires.

  3. If a team signals while a question is being read, the moderator will stop immediately and may not complete the question or give any additional information or answer any questions.

  4. After signaling, the team has 30 seconds to begin giving an answer.  It may confer during this time, but once the team starts giving an answer, it may not pause in order to gain more time.  The first attempt by a team will be considered the answer a team may not start over once it has begun to answer a question.  In any case, the determination of whether or not to accept an answer lies with the moderator and not with the players, assistants, or spectators.

  5. If the signaling team gives an incorrect answer or if it fails to answer the question in the time given, the moderator will repeat the question for the other team.  The other team has 30 seconds to decide whether they want to try giving an answer or to pass. After deciding to attempt the question, the team has 30 seconds to begin giving an answer.

  6. If a team gives a correct answer, it will receive the designated points, but no points will be deducted for failing to give a correct answer.

  7. Appropriate behavior is expected of all players and spectators.  No interruptions will be tolerated while a team is attempting to answer a question.  Clarification of rules may be addressed to the moderator between questions, before the game, or after the game, but never while a question is in play.

  8. Any challenge to a question or ruling by the moderator must be made immediately following the question or decision that is being challenged or before the game is declared finished.  The judgment of the moderator is final.

  9. Should the moderator misread a question, give the answer before the other team has a chance to answer, etc., a replacement question from the same category and the same point value will be read.

  10. If the score is tied after the round of questions is completed, the moderator will then select tie breakers from the alternate set of questions.

 
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When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 3, 2018,

8:00 a.m.

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Hogg Middle School

1100 Merrill Street

Houston, TX 77009

(2018 only)

 

Link to Texas State German Contest