News and Updates

 

Houstonfest Scholarships - winners posted!

 

Scholarships at State

 

Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Photo Gallery 2014

 

Arrival at Heights High School

 

Lunch options

 

Plays will be performed at Houstonfest

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

 

Important Dates

 

Sat., Mar. 6, 2021 State online awards ceremony posted. Also, Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:  Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., April 30, 2021:  Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

 

The rest of this will be updated for 2022 some time soon:

 

Sat., Jan. 16, 2021:  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).

 

Mon., Jan. 25, 2021:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.

 

Wed., Feb. 3, 2021, 8:00 p.m.Deadline to submit changes (adds, drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or substitutions will be allowed.

 

Sat., Feb. 6, 2021 Houstonfest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.

 

Thur., Feb. 11, 2021 Houstonfest online awards show emailed to teachers.

 

Wed., Feb. 17, 2021:  State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed yet). Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.

 

Mon., Feb. 22, 2021:  State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. at regular price of $12/student. Also, entries for promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson by 8:00 p.m. and deadline to postmark payment.

 

Sat., Feb. 27, 2021:  Texas State German Contest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.

Rules:  Scavenger Hunt

 

Scavenger Hunt will not be offered in 2021, but this page remains here for future use.

 

Entry Limit:  1 team per school; 2 to 4 contestants (4 is highly recommended); a team may have 1 upper-level student (German III or above) IF the team consists of 4 members but NOT if the team consists of 2 or 3 members, and no advantaged speakers may be on a team.

 

Time Limit:  The time limit for both parts combined is 1 hour. Teams may split their time between Parts One and Two in any way, but 35 minutes for Part One and 25 minutes for Part Two are recommended.  Time Penalties:  For each team member who exceeds the 1-hour time limit up to 5 minutes, 20 points will be deducted from his/her quiz score.  If any team member exceeds the time limit by more than 5 minutes, the entire team will be disqualified.

 

There are TWO parts to the event. Team members will work together on Part One but individually on Part Two. All team members must be present for all of both parts. Each team should have at least one SmartPhone or tablet (iPad, etc.) with a digital QR-code reader app already installed, but it is recommended that each team member have his/her own such device along with earbuds or headphones.

 

Part One:  Follow written German directions to find four QR codes posted around the contest venue. At each of the four stations, teams will use their devices to access a video (max. 3 minutes per video). All team members should view all videos.  (See General Instructions for more details.) Total video running time is about 12 minutes.

 

Part Two:  Each team member will complete a written quiz independently. The quiz will have 4 multiple-choice questions and 1 question requiring a written German response based on each of the 4 videos that have been viewed (20 items total). The questions are in German. (See General Instructions for more details.) All team members' scores will be averaged to obtain the team's final score.

 

Download General Instructions.

Download helpful vocabulary.

Download critique sheet.

 
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When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 5, 2022

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest was conducted entirely REMOTELY. We hope to be back at our usual venue, Heights High School in Houston, in 2022.

 

Link to Texas State German Contest

 

Texas State German Contest on Facebook