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.



A printer-friendly schedule will be posted here as a Word document and a PDF file

shortly before Houstonfest.


Arrival at Heights High School by car/van and by bus


A map of the Heights High School campus will be posted here shortly before Houstonfest.


General instructions for judges

(other than Pass auf! and written-test proctors)


General Schedule 2018
7:15 -

7:30 a.m.

Judges who are not teachers report to the Teaching Theater on the 1st floor (southeast corner of the Academic Wing) to check in and pick up judging packets.  Complimentary donuts, kolaches, fruit, coffee, juice, soda, and water will be served.

7:40 -

8:00 a.m.

Teachers report to the Teaching Theater to check in and pick up judging packets.
8:10-8:20 a.m. Brief but important judges' meeting in the Teaching Theater.
7:30 -

8:30 a.m.

Students should place their art entries in the "Art Hallway" (the 1st-floor hallway between the Band Hall and the Practice Gymnasium running along the far east side of the school) and sign up for times to compete in chorus, classical ensemble, contemporary music, directed dialogue, duet acting, extemporaneous speaking, oral presentation, pair discussion, poetry memory/reading, polka band, prose memory/reading, scavenger hunt, sight reading, and vocal solo.  The sign-up lists will be posted on the doors of the rooms.
8:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon Bubble Soccer in Practice Gymnasium.
8:30 a.m. Contests beginJudging of art events begins.  The "Art Hallway" is off-limits to everyone except judges (and folk-dance teams and vocal soloists passing through on their way to compete) until judging is finished.
9:00 a.m. Digital Logo Designs, Research Papers, and Videos must be turned in at the 1st-floor entrance to the Library by this time.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Written testing (8 sessions beginning 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30).
12:00 noon - 1:45 p.m. Teachers and students are invited to view the art entries in the "Art Hallway" as soon as all art judging is complete.  "Look but don't touch!"
12:30 -

1:00 p.m.

Most contests end.  Written tests and Novice Pass auf! end at 2:00, Varsity Pass auf! at 2:30.
  Lunch at our on-campus vendors or off campus.
1:45 p.m. Retrieve art entries from the "Art Hallway" (not earlier, not later).  Gather in the Performance Hall (auditorium).
2:00 p.m. Entertainment by the band Das ist lustig and members of the folk dance group Keine Kunst in the Performance Hall (auditorium)
~3:45 p.m. Announcement of awards in the Performance Hall (auditorium).


Judging Assignments
Event Room Judges
Chorus, Classical Ensemble Choir Room  
Club Album Art Hallway  
Contemporary Music A171  
Crafts Art Hallway  
Culture M326  
Digital Logo Design Library  
Directed Dialogue 1 A150  
Directed Dialogue 2 A152  
Doll Costume, Needlework Art Hallway  
Duet Acting 1, 2 M244  
Duet Acting 3, 4 M246  
Extemp. Speaking facilitator A115  
Extemp. Speaking 3 A113  
Extemp. Speaking 4 & Advant. A117  
Folk Dance (Couple and Group) G216  
Folk Dance (Couple only) G216  
Gingerbread House (Non-Trad.) Art Hallway  
Gingerbread House (Trad.) Art Hallway  
Grammar M320  
Listening Comprehension M308  
Oral Presentation,

Sight Reading 4

Original Models Art Hallway  
Pair Discussion M212  
Pass auf! (Novice) M310  
Pass auf floater M306/310  
Pass auf! (Varsity) M306  
Photo Essay Art Hallway  
Photography Art Hallway  
Play M130  
Poetry Memory 1,

Poetry Reading 4

Poetry Memory 2,

Prose Reading 4

Poetry Memory 3,

Prose Memory 2

Poetry Memory 4,

Prose Reading 1

Poetry Memory Advantaged,

Prose Reading 3

Poetry Reading 1,

Prose Memory 3

Poetry Reading 2,

Prose Memory Advantaged

Poetry Reading 3,

Prose Memory 4

Polka Band Band Hall  
Poster Art Hallway  
Prose Memory 1,

Prose Reading 2

Puppet Show M144  
Reading Comprehension M316  
Research Paper Library  
Scavenger Hunt M222  
Shirt Design Art Hallway  
Sight Reading 1 A110  
Sight Reading 2 A112  
Sight Reading 3 A136  
Skit 1, 3 M131  
Skit 2, 4 M145  
Spelling M315  
Video Library  
Vocabulary M314  
Vocal Solo G223  
If three judges are listed in an event, other than in specialized things like folk dance and Pass auf!, it is possible that one of them will be pulled at the last minute to cover something else if we have cancellations or no-shows.
Director Rustin Buck
Assistants to director Kandee Jahns, Ann Marie Schrock, Joyce Kamla
Tabulation room assistants Anne Beckman, Melissa Vargas, Sandy Harvey
Tabulation room (intake and bags)  
Art hallway assistant  
Folk Dance monitor  
Written testing supervisor David Kniess
Written testing assistant Beverly Randall
Bubble soccer a.m., tab room p.m.  
Host & bubble soccer Mark Johnson


Room Finder

(This list is a bit more user-friendly than the list above if you are looking for a room number.)

Chorus Choir Room   Poetry Reading 1 M227
Classical Ensemble Choir Room Poetry Reading 2 M229
Club Album Art Hallway Poetry Reading 3 M214
Contemporary Music A171 Poetry Reading 4 M211
Crafts Art Hallway Polka Band Band Hall
Culture M326 Poster Art Hallway
Digital Logo Design - turn in Library by 9:00 Prose Memory 1 M216
Digital Logo Design - judging Library Prose Memory 2 M215
Directed Dialogue 1 A150 Prose Memory 3 M227
Directed Dialogue 2 A152 Prose Memory 4 M214
Doll Costume Art Hallway Prose Memory Advant. M229
Duet Acting 1, 2 M244 Prose Reading 1 M219
Duet Acting 3, 4 M246 Prose Reading 2 M216
Ext. Speaking - get topic A115 Prose Reading 3 M223
Ext. Speaking 3 - judging A113 Prose Reading 4 M213
Ext. Speaking 4, Adv - judging A117 Puppet Show M144
Folk Dance (Couple & Group) G216 Reading Comprehension M316
Gingerbread House Art Hallway Research Paper - turn in Library by 9:00
Grammar M320 Research Paper - judging Library
Listening Comprehension M308 Scavenger Hunt M222
Needlework Art Hallway Shirt Design Art Hallway
Oral Presentation A138 Sight Reading 1 A110
Original Models Art Hallway Sight Reading 2 A112
Pair Discussion M212 Sight Reading 3 A136
Pass auf! (Novice) M310 Sight Reading 4 A138
Pass auf! (Varsity) M306 Skit 1, 3 M131
Photo Essay Art Hallway Skit 2, 4 M145
Photography Art Hallway Spelling M315
Play M130 Tabulation Room Teacher Lounge
Poetry Memory 1 M211 Video - turn in Library by 9:00
Poetry Memory 2 M213 Video - judging Library
Poetry Memory 3 M215 Vocabulary M314
Poetry Memory 4 M219 Vocal Solo G223
Poetry Memory Advant. M223 Bubble Soccer Practice Gym
Listening Comprehension Schedule Lower Level (1 & 2):  10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30

Upper Level (3 & 4):  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00

Spelling Schedule Lower Level (1 & 2):  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00

Upper Level (3 & 4):  10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30


Group Schedule

Play, Room M130

Skit 3, Room M131

Folk Dance (Couple), G216

8:30   8:30   8:30  
9:00   8:50   8:40  
9:30   9:10   8:50  
10:10   9:30   9:05  
10:40       9:15  
11:20   Skit 1, Room M131 9:25  
11:50   10:00   9:40  
Puppets (Lower), Room M144 10:40   Folk Dance (Group), G216
8:30   11:00   10:00  
8:50   11:20   10:25  
9:10   11:40   10:55  
9:30       11:20  
    Skit 4, Room M145 11:50  
Puppets (Upper), Room M144 8:30   12:15  
10:00   8:50   12:40  
10:20   9:10      
10:40   9:30   Note: Students will choose their own times for the other group events (chorus, classical ensemble, contemporary music, duet acting, polka band, and scavenger hunt).
11:10   9:50  
11:30   10:10  
Novice Pass auf! schedule


Varsity Pass auf! schedule

Skit 2, Room M145



Students in all drama events and folk dance MUST do everything possible to adhere to the scheduled performance times.  They should, in fact, arrive 10 minutes BEFORE their scheduled time to get all props, etc. ready, so that when the previous group finishes, they can march right in and get on with the show.  The students should structure the entire rest of their day around their scheduled drama times.


If a cast member is involved in a Pass auf! game when the drama event is scheduled to start, he/she needs to leave the Pass auf! game and go to the drama event.  Pass auf! teams can continue to compete with fewer than five members if necessary.

When is the next Houstonfest?



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