Debate en español

Highland es una escuela muy diversa. Tenemos un programa de inmersión en español, varios actividades después de la escuela relacionado a diferente culturas y mucho más. Uno de los actividades incluye debate en español.

b074682Debate en espanol es exactamente igual como el debate en inglés pero en español. La maestra o la “coach” del debate es la Sra. Boe. Ella ha hecho el dabete por al menos 3 años. Ella y alguien de Augsburg College se reúnen para planificar como va ser la temporada cada año. Hablan sobre cuando serán las prácticas, y cuando sean los turneos y otros detalles.

Muchos estudiantes piensan que es difícil el debate. Piensan que va ser como otra clase, tienen que buscar toda su información, escribir más y todo eso. Pero la realidad es que la Sra. Boe te imprime un paquete lleno con toda la información que vas a nececstar. Es mucho más fácil de lo que piensan!

Durante las reuniones/prácticas vamos a leer el paquete que nos imprimió, hacer mimi y prácticas de debates, y otros juegos para poder mejorar nuestro español y la manera que hablamos ( nivel, velocidad, etc.).

Los torneos todavía están en por determinar, pero van a comenzar entre marzo y mayo. El equipo se reune casa jueves en el salon 1211 (salon de frances) de 2:15 hasta la 3:30. Puedes venir a las reuniones aunque no sepas inglés!

 

For those unable to speak Spanish:

Highland is a very diverse school. We have a Spanish immersion program, several after-school activities related to different cultures, and more. One of the activities includes debate in Spanish.

Debate in Spanish is exactly the same as debate in English, but in Spanish. The teacher, or the coach, of the debate Spanish team is Sra. Boe. She has been doing debate for the last 3 years. She, and someone from Augsburg College, comes together to plan how the season will be every year. They talk about when the practices will be, when the tournaments will be, and other details.

Many students think debate is difficult. They think it’s going to be like another class, that they have to find all the information, write more, and all that. But the reality is that Sra. Boe prints a packet full of all the information you need. It is much easier than you think!

During the meetings/practices we will read the packet that Sra. Boe printed, have mini and practice debates, and play other games to improve our Spanish and the way we speak (level, speed, etc.)

The tournaments are still to be determined, but will be starting between March and May. The team meets every Thursday in Room 1211 (French Room) from 2:15 to 3:30. You can come to meetings even if you do not know English!

History Day

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Ms. Bonk

On Tuesday, February 2nd, Highland Park Senior High held a showcase for History Day projects in the cafeteria. Students in Ms. Bonk’s and Mr. Berndt’s accelerated history classes were required to complete a History Day project. Each year, History Day has a new theme, and students must find a topic, in history, that relates to that theme. This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand in History.” Some of the topics that were chosen include: LGBTQ Rights, Black History, and Women’s Rights.

There are 5 different ways a student can present their project, they are: exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and a paper. Students that choose to present something, other than a paper, can work in a group of 2 or 3 people. If a student chooses to complete a paper, then they have to work individually.

There is the opportunity for students to compete in History Day beyond their Freshman year, if they so choose. This year, there were 2 Sophomores, and 2 Juniors working on History Day. There was also an entire 11th grade regular history class completing the paper for History Day.

Judges come and evaluate student presentations. Each type of presentation has their own criteria that is judged, and each is judged at least twice by two different judges.

The students are encouraged to wear formal outfits on the presentation day. The presentations are then graded and the teachers in charge of History Day will decide who makes it to the next round known as Regionals. Regionals judging is a little different; students from different schools who made it to Regionals will have a specific time when they are judged. The judges will ask questions about your topic and observe your presentation.

If students pass Regionals then they move on to the State History Day competition. The project itself is very competitive so students thrive to make the best out of it.

This year’s Highland History Day went well and there were many interesting topics that students chose.