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Brenda Bauske
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LOTE/Foreign Language/ESL
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2017-2018 School Year

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Germany Trip Summer 2019

Hello, Parents and Guardians of THS German Students,
I would like to inform you of an exciting opportunity for Tomball High School German students. I will lead a student trip to Germany during the summer of 2019. I am currently in the initial planning stage of the trip. We will travel with the student travel company, EF, and take the "Germany in Depth" tour which visits many of Germany's stunning cities such as Berlin, Dresden, Nürnberg, Rothenburg, Munich, and Heidelberg. For more details about this tour, please follow this link: http://www.eftours.com/2093721YV
 
Although the tour is not TISD-sponsored, please know that EF is a reliable student travel company with which many THS teachers and students travel on a yearly basis. I took an EF tour to Germany with THS students in 2016 and can only recommend the experience!
 
In addition to the EF tour itself, there is also the possibility of extending students' stay in Germany by about two weeks with a home-stay with a German family in Tomball's partner city in Germany - Telgte. Tomball and Telgte have close friendships between many of our two cities' citizens. I visited Telgte in 2016, and it is a lovely town with very friendly and welcoming people; Tomball is quite popular there! An extended stay in Telgte would be an option, not a requirement. An adult would accompany students to Houston after the EF tour for any students who did not wish to extend their stay in Telgte, and I would stay in Germany with students who would choose to extend their stay in Telgte and then fly back to Houston with them.
 
I will create a group email mailing list of parents/guardians who are interested in this student trip. (Remember, adults and siblings are welcome to travel with us! The trip is not limited to students.) If you would like additional information  about this 2019 summer trip to Germany, please send me an email with your name, your student's name, and your best contact email address and phone number to: brendabauske@tomballisd.net. 
 
I hope you all are having a great start to the summer!
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Brenda Bauske
Teacher - German
Tomball High School

D1SpringSemExamReview2018

If a German One student was absent and did not receive the final exam study guide, I have attached it here. It is only necessary to print out the study guide if the student was absent and did not receive the study guide; otherwise, the student received it in class. This must be completed and then shown to me on the day of the review (1st and 3rd periods: Friday 5/25/18; 4th period: Tuesday 5/29/18).

Tomball German Heritage Festival

The Tomball German Heritage Festival will be held in Old Town Tomball near the Historic Train Depot this weekend. The THS German program volunteers at the festival every year, as I serve on the Festival Committee and am a strong proponent of celebrating our area's German heritage and Sister City relationship with Telgte, Germany. The festival hours are: Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm. The THS German program helps the festival with several important tasks; students and I run a Festival Information Booth with Lost and Found, hand out programs to festival patrons, coordinate the Shuttle Drop-Off/Pick-Up site, and run a Kids' Craft Zone. This year, we will also perform on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Texas Stage; we will read simplified versions of two Grimms fairy tales (which students learned in class) in German and English. In addition to student volunteers, I am also seeking parent volunteers. For students, there are many perks to volunteering; volunteer hours count toward an honor cord for 160 volunteer hours at graduation, and volunteer hours can also be listed on college and job applications. Additionally, students can also earn 1 point of extra credit on their German semester exam for each hour they volunteer up to a maximum of 5 points for 5 hours. Students can sign up in class to volunteer for specific hours on specific days. Parents, if you are interested in volunteering, please email me at brendabauske@tomballisd.net. Students should sign up to volunteer for specific days and times in class this week. More information about the festival can be found on the festival website: https://www.tomballgermanfest.com/

Test tomorrow!

There is a test tomorrow on the verb "werden" and German New Year's traditions. Students should study on Quizlet.

German Regional Contest: commitment needed TOMORROW

Dear Parents/Guardians of THS German Students,
I will need to know by tomorrow in class if your student will commit to participating in German Regional Contest ("Houstonfest") on Saturday, February 3rd. Even if your student has a conflict with this date or does not wish to physically attend the contest, there are many ways to still participate in this contest! Keep reading for more information!
 
TISD is paying for student registration costs, so participation in German Regional Contest is free for students. German Regional Contest is an excellent opportunity for students, and I highly encourage students to participate. Any awards won can be listed on college and/or job applications which is a fantastic way for students to stand out in competitive applicant pools. Additionally, students who participate also receive a 100% major grade for this grading period. Over the course of the next twelve school days, we will spend two to three days per week preparing for contest in class. Students who will not participate in contest will receive required alternate assignments to work on in class that add up to a major grade. 
 
There are over 40 categories students may choose from in which to compete; these categories fall under 9 main groupings: Arts, Declamation (reading or memorizing poetry and short stories), Drama, Music (singing, playing instruments, and folk dancing), Oral Tests, Written Tests, Research Paper, Scavenger Hunt, and "Pass auf!" (a team trivia game). To find more information on the competition categories, see the contest website: www.houstonfest.org. Once at the site, click on "Rules" and then the individual grouping links to see all of the categories of competition in each grouping.
 
If students have a conflict with the contest date or do not wish to attend the contest, there are ways for students to still enter the contest. There are 13 categories (mostly art categories) in which students can complete a project; teachers can take projects to the contest for students, which I am more than happy to do! The 13 categories are: German Club Album, Craft, Digital Logo Design, Gingerbread House (Traditional and Non-Traditional), Doll Costume, Model, Needlework, Poster, Photography, Photo Essay, Shirt Design, and Video. For any students who are good writers and could knock out a paper in the next 16 days, a Research Paper (written in English) is also a category. Entering a paper in the Research Paper category is actually an excellent idea, because the same paper could be entered into two other essay contests sponsored by the German-Texan Heritage Society and the Texas German Society, both of which award scholarships. 
 
For more information about German Regional Contest and German State Contest (Sat., Feb. 24 in San Marcos), please visit the contest website www.houstonfest.org To get an idea of what student entries look like for the art categories listed above, click on the link "Photo Gallery 2014." For category rules and expectations, click on "Rules" and then the grouping (for example "Declamation" for poetry and prose reading or "Arts" for any art category).
 
Lastly, if you are a native or near-native speaker of German and might have some time over the next two weeks, I am looking for volunteers who could come to school during the day (any period) to listen to students read their poetry and prose selections for contest and provide assistance with pronunciation. Volunteers would work with students one-on-one in the hallway. Please contact me if you would be willing to help out in this area.
 
Thank you for your support of the THS German program. I hope to make this our 10th consecutive year in which we have student German State Contest qualifiers! 
 
Sincerely yours,
Brenda Bauske
THS German Teacher

German regional and state contests!

Dear Parents/Guardians of THS German Students,

            I would like to inform you of an upcoming opportunity for all THS German students. On Saturday, February 3th, 2018, the annual “Houstonfest” contest (German regional contest) will take place at Hogg Middle School in Houston. Texas has the largest German contest system in the entire country. Last year, over 700 students from 22 schools participated in Houstonfest, and over 1,500 students from 90 schools participated in the State German Contest. There are over 40 categories of competition from which students can choose (a copy of this email and a contest brochure with a list of categories will be sent home with students tomorrow). Any student who places 1st through 5th in any category at Houstonfest advances to the State German Contest held three weeks later on Saturday, February 24th at Texas State University in San Marcos. If your student chooses to participate in Houstonfest, they should have both dates available, February 3rd and February 24th, in case they qualify for the state contest. I hope your student will consider participating in Houstonfest. THS has a history of success at this contest; for the past ten years, we have had students who are State German Contest qualifiers. TISD German students who qualify for and attend the State German Contest are recognized at an honors ceremony at a TISD School Board meeting in the spring.  

TISD will pay for student registration fees and bus transportation to Houstonfest, so your student’s participation in this event is free. Students who attend Houstonfest will receive a 100% major grade for their participation. All other students who do not attend will have an alternate major grade assignment.

I need to notify TISD an exact number of how many students will attend Houstonfest this coming Tuesday (January 16), and students need to choose their categories of competition by Wednesday (January 17). Students should tell me in class about their intention to participate. We will spend some class time preparing for the contest, and students are also welcome to come before school, after school, or during lunch to prepare as well.

Competition at Houstonfest takes place in the morning until about 1:00 p.m. Then, we eat lunch and wait for the awards ceremony at about 3:30 p.m. Over the lunch hour, there will be food trucks from which students can buy lunch, or students can bring along their own bag lunch from home.

Here is additional information about Houstonfest:

Cost: FREE (TISD pays for student registration fees and bus transportation). Students will need money for lunch or can bring along their own bag lunch from home.

Time: 7:00 AM departure from THS; competition runs from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm with an award ceremony at about 3:30 p.m. that typically ends at 4:30 PM. We usually return to THS by 5:30 p.m. 

Location:  Hogg Middle School at 1100 Merrill St., Houston, 77009

Travel: We will take a TISD bus to the event. Students may provide their own individual transportation to and from Houstonfest with the proper TISD documentation which I will provide. Students must have adult drivers (18 years of age or older) transporting them to/from the contest; students may not drive themselves if they are under 18 years old. Transportation waivers will be given to students as we get closer to the date of the contest.

Supervision: Please note that all teachers are required to judge an event at Houstonfest; therefore, your son/daughter will not be directly supervised by me during this competition. However, he/she will be supervised directly by teachers during their competition events. 

Contact: If you have any questions please contact me at brendabauske@tomballisd.net. Additional Information may be found on the Houstonfest website: www.houstonfest.org. This site also has a link to the Texas State German Contest.

Study for German Exam Using QUIZLET!

This week is semester exam week, and parents often wonder how students can more effectively study for exams. In German 1, German 2, and German 2 Pre AP, students have a semester exam study guide. However, students should also study by doing activities online in my Quizlet courses. German students have been using Quizlet all semester long in German classes this school year so far and should already have an established Quizlet account which each student registered for in class. In each Quizlet course (for German 1, German 2, and German 2 Pre AP), there are multiple study sets that all practice important vocabulary which will be tested on the semester exam. So, please have your student(s) do online Quizlet activities this week in addition to studying from the exam study guide to prepare for the German semester exam. Quizlet can be accessed at quizlet.com from any computer or laptop and is also a free app on cell phones/devices. I suggest downloading it on a device for your student if your student has access to a device. If, for some reason, your student needs to still create an account on Quizlet, they may still do so to access my Quizlet German courses. Once they establish an account, they need to search for their class (make sure they search for the class and not a study set; class must be selected in search mode!). Students should search for their German class level which are entitled in Quizlet as follows: "German 1 THS", "German 2 THS" and "German 2 Pre AP THS". They will need to request access to my Quizlet course once they find the course, but they can still do the activities in my course while they wait for me to approve them.

Tomball Christmas Market Festival Sign-Up Sheet

I've attached the sign-up sheet to volunteer for the Tomball German Christmas Market Festival that I'm passing around my classes at THS. If students and/or parents would like to volunteer, please look at the days and times listed. I've listed 3 hour shifts, but I welcome any volunteer time that students and parents can give! Please contact me at brendabauske@tomballisd.net if you'd like to volunteer and inform me of days and times that you'd like to do so.

Tomball German Xmas Market Festival: volunteer and earn extra credit!

The Tomball German Christmas Market Festival will be held in Old Town Tomball near the Historic Train Depot from Friday, Dec. 8, to Sunday, Dec. 10. The THS German program volunteers at the festival every year, as I serve on the Festival Committee and am a strong proponent of celebrating our area's German heritage and Sister City relationship with Telgte, Germany. The festival hours are: Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm. The THS German program helps the festival with several important tasks; students and I run a Festival Information Booth with Lost and Found, hand out programs to festival patrons, run the Shuttle Drop-Off/Pick-Up site, and will also run a Kids' Craft Zone (new this year). In addition to student volunteers, I am also seeking parent volunteers this year due to the additional responsibilities we have taken on for this festival. For students, there are many perks to volunteering; volunteer hours count toward an honor cord for 160 volunteer hours at graduation, and volunteer hours can also be listed on college and job applications. Additionally, students can also earn 1 point of extra credit on their German semester exam for each hour they volunteer up to a maximum of 5 points for 5 hours. Students can sign up in class to volunteer for specific hours on specific days. Parents, if you are interested in volunteering, please email me at brendabauske@tomballisd.net. More information about the festival can be found on the festival website: https://www.tomballgermanchristmasmarket.com. 
 

Nikolausfeier! (Nicholas party!)

German Club will have a "Nikolausfeier" ("Nicholas party") after school from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5th, to celebrate the holiday St. Nick traditions in the German-speaking countries. We will watch the movie "Krampus" and have a holiday party with food and drinks. We need students who are willing to bring cupcakes, chips, water, and soda to the party. We will also have a Secret Santa gift exchange. Students who already signed up for this should purchase an inexpensive gift under $5.00 for the gift exchange at the party on Tuesday. 

German Club "28 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall" Party and Grafitti Art Contest: tomorrow!

German Club will hold a "28 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall" party after school tomorrow from 2:40-3:30 p.m. We'll have cake and beverages. Students are also aware of a Berlin Wall Grafitti Art Contest in which students are welcome to submit their artwork on a sheet of 8x11 white printer paper. It is due at the party tomorrow and we will vote on the best 3 pieces of grafitti artwork which will receive prizes. Submitting grafitti art earns students extra credit of 2 daily grades in their German class.

Test Wednesday on Kapitel (Chapter) 2

There will be a test on Kapitel (Chapter) 2 on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Students have two ways to study for this test. They were provided with a study guide today. They can also play online Quizlet games to review vocabulary in my "German 1 THS" Quizlet class. They have all practiced and studied vocabulary in my Quizlet class in the past, so they all know how to access it. Parents and Guardians, Quizlet is a free app on cell phones. If your student has a cell phone/device that he/she brings to school, I recommend that he/she install the Quizlet app on his/her device.

"German Saturday" event: tomorrow!

If your student paid the $20.00 registration fee for the "German Saturday" event, this is a friendly reminder that the event is tomorrow (Sat. Nov. 11). Students must have a travel waiver (this was sent home on Tuesday and also emailed to you) filled out and signed that is turned in to me in order to participate in this event. I am still missing a few waivers from students, so if your student has not turned in their waiver, they must bring it to me tomorrow morning at the bus! Please wear school-appropriate attire. If students are playing soccer as one of their sessions, they should wear comfortable clothing to do so outdoors. Students should also bring lunch from home or bring about $10.00 to purchase lunch at the event. Please remember that students must follow all TISD/THS student code of conduct rules at this event; misconduct will result in disciplinary action at THS. Students must also actively participate throughout the entire day in order to earn the extra credit awarded for this event. Tomorrow morning, students should report to the front entrance of THS at 7:50 AM. The bus leaves promptly at 8:00 AM. We should return from the event at around 4:00 PM. Please pick up your student promptly from THS upon our return. If you have any questions, you may email me (brendabauske@tomballisd.net) or text me through your student's class Remind account via cell phone if he/she has joined it.Thank you for your support of the THS German program!