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.