News and Updates

 

What's new for 2018

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Arrival at Heights High 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.

Houstonfest Registration

February 3, 2018

Registration is not yet open.

 

  • To register, simply fill out this registration form (Excel spreadsheet):  click on the link, save the spreadsheet to your computer, fill it out, save it again, and then e-mail it as an attachment to rustinbuck@comcast.net.

  • PLEASE USE Lastname, Firstname FORMAT FOR ENTERING STUDENT NAMES.  If you do not have access to a computer on which Excel is installed, let the director know.  Here is a sample form if you have any questions about how to fill out the registration form.

  • The only thing you need to send by regular mail is your payment check.  You may wish to enclose a print-out of the first page of the registration form, but there is no need to enclose all the pages.

  • Send the regular fee of $10 per student if your registration form is e-mailed by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  (But your payment check doesn't have to be in the mail by then -- see three bullets down.)

  • Send the late fee of $12 per student if your registration form is e-mailed during the period from Thursday, January 18, to Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  Late registration will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24.

  • If you are entering any bubble soccer teams, include a registration fee of $60 per team (in the same check with your regular registration fees or in a separate check, it's up to you).

  • Regardless of whether you submit your e-mail registration by the regular or the late deadline, your payment check should be postmarked by Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

  • Make your check payable to "Houstonfest" or "Texas State German Contests, Inc. dba Houstonfest," depending on how your school district has us set up in its vendor system.  For a personal check, "Houstonfest" is sufficient.

  • Mail payment to:

Houstonfest

2507 Slippery Rock Dr.

Sugar Land, TX  77498-1909

  • Incentives for new schools to participate:  We will waive the registration fee for up to 5 students from any school that has not attended Houstonfest in the last 5 years, and these schools will pay the regular price of $10 for any students beyond the first 5, even if they enter during the "late" registration period.  Also, teachers who are brand new to Houstonfest may request to be excused from judging for the first year so that they can move freely around the contest and see how things work.  Contact director Rustin Buck to take advantage of these offers; the registration spreadsheet is not set up to reflect them.

  • No registration fees will be refunded for any reason.

  • Upon receiving your registration form, the director will make every effort to send you a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours.  If you don't receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours, please contact the director.

  • If you have additions, deletions, or other changes to your roster of participants, please simply describe the changes in an e-mail rather than editing and resubmitting the Excel spreadsheet.  (Why?  Because once you submit your registration spreadsheet, the data gets manipulated in a number of complicated ways and dumped into the director's mega-spreadsheet, and once that has been done, it is easier for the director to make your changes one at a time "by hand" in his mega-spreadsheet than to start over slicing and dicing your revised spreadsheet.)

  • Rationale for registration via Excel spreadsheet:  Having everyone use an identical spreadsheet format for submitting the student names allows the director to use the information more efficiently (totaling up participant numbers, making participant lists for the judges, etc.).

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 3, 2018,

8:00 a.m.

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008

 

Link to Texas State German Contest