News and Updates

 

Changes and updates for 2022

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

State Promo Video Contest

 

Contest Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they love contest)

 

Contest Promo Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Photo Gallery

 

Arrival at Heights High School

 

Lunch options

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

 

Important Dates

 

Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).

 

Mon., Jan. 24, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.

 

Wed., Jan. 26, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) in the 7 online events due.

 

Sat., Jan. 29, 2022, 9:00 a.m.:  Entries in the 7 Houstonfest online events due.

 

Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.

 

Sat., Feb. 5, 2022:  Houstonfest !

 

Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/18). Also, Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., Feb. 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for regular price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark State payment.

 

Sat., Feb. 19, 2022, 9:00 a.m.:  Entries in the 7 State online events due.

 

Mon., Feb. 21, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:  Entries in promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson.

 

Sat., Feb. 26, 2022:  40th Annual Texas State German Contest !

 

Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., Mar. 11, 2022Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

 

Sat., April 30, 2022 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

 

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

This is the place for teachers to share tried-and-true strategies for preparing students for Houstonfest.  If you have a tip you'd like to share, submit it to rustin.buck@fortbendisd.com.

 

 

 

Sign-Up List

 

I'm not sure how everyone handles having the students sign up for events, but here is a sign-up list that has spaces for all events offered at Houstonfest:

 

sign-up list

 

After talking to my classes about what Houstonfest is, I designate one morning a few days later when I hang up these lists around the room 30 minutes before school starts, and students can come in to sign up for what they want to do, first-come, first-served.  We continue filling them up during class throughout the day.  This is usually in October for me -- some may want to start earlier or later.

 

Even if you have a different method, the list may be useful for you because it has all events listed with the correct number of slots that are available for each.  For group events that have no maximum size (folk dance, play, skit, etc.), I included  a number of slots that I thought would be at the upper end of how many kids might want to sign up.

 

- submitted by Rustin Buck

 

 

Compilation of tips from fall 2012 TFLA session by Rustin Buck and Jennifer Christianson:

link to webpage on Sprachfest site

as PDF

 

 

 

Pass auf! Study Guides

 

The State director of Pass auf! has provided a Pass auf! Study Guide and a Vocabulary List for Erdkunde to guide contestants' studying.

 

As of 2017 there is a designated theme for each year. See more information on the Pass auf! Rules Page, Rule #7. There will be at least one question per round dealing with the year's theme. [The theme for 2017 was the Protestant Reformation (in honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517), the theme for 2018 was the German-Speaking World 1914-1945 (inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 2018), and the theme for 2019 was German-Americans.] The theme for 2022 is Bach, Beethoven, Brahms.

 

Contacts for Polka Band Music

 

Fest-Musik-Haus

Box 162

Medina, TX 78055

www.festmusik.com

830-589-2268

 

The owner's name is Herbert Bilhartz.  He is very helpful and asks about what type of instruments you have in your band, and then he finds pieces of music that fit your group.

 

- submitted by Heidi Kirby and Julie Schneller

 

 

TRN Music Publisher, Inc.

 

- submitted by Laura Braun

 

Sources of Poetry/Prose Selections

 

gedichteportal.de

gutenberg.spiegel.de

 

- submitted by Laura Braun

 

Source of Choral Music

 

cpdl.org - lots of free PDFs of choral music; just look up a German composer by last name.

 

- submitted by Laura Braun

 

Source of Poetry

 

http://nddg.de/gedichtliste/

My Ukrainian exchange student just showed me a great website for German poetry. As far as I can tell, every German poem ever written is on this site. There are just thousands upon thousands of poems with the names of the authors. It's definitely a good resource for contest.

 

- submitted by David Kniess

 

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 5, 2022

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Heights High School

413 E. 13th St.

Houston, TX 77008

 

Link to Texas State German Contest

 

Texas State German Contest on Facebook

 

Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group