Saturday, August 22, 2009

BETA: A CIRCLE OF WINNERS 2009 CONVENTION


2009 State Convention Plans

BETA: A CIRCLE OF WINNERS

State Convention will be November 22-24, 2009 at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

8th grade Beta students may go without entering a contest but are encouraged to participate in some event.

6th and 7th grade students must be representing LMS as an officer or a contestant to attend. There are so many contests that we can usually find a way for everyone who wants to go to attend. We cannot go over 100 students as we will only take 2 buses.

Costs is $150 for 2 nights hotel, registration, bus, 2 T-shirts, and some meals (we provide breakfast and lunch and only eat dinner out each day to save $$$). Students room 4 to a room and each chaperone has 2-3 rooms.

The first payment($60) will be due by Oct. 7, 2009; the 2nd payment($60) will be due by November 6, 2009 and the final payment($30 cash only) will be due November 13. Students must be members in good standing as of the end of 1st nine weeks and remain in good standing throughout convention time. No refunds will be paid to anyone who registers and then fails to go! If you are in doubt, please email your child's teacher to check grades or let me know and I will check for you before I deposit your 1st payment.


Arts/Crafts Contest

1. Oil/Acrylic Painting

2. Photography (no larger than 8X10-color or black and white)

3. Sketching—pastel or charcoal

4. Sketching-pen, pencil or ink

5. Sculpture

6. Watercolors

7. Crochet/Knitting

8. Cross-stitch

9. Handmade Jewelry (one-piece—no sets)

10. Needlepoint/Embroidery

11. Woodworking

12. Wreath

13. Banner

All entries are due to Ms. Farris before the end of September! If we have multiple entries is any category, we will have them judged and select the best one to represent LMS If you are interested in a particular contest, see Ms. Farris for complete rules.


Academic Contest

Battle of the Books Books are A Long Way from Chicago, Peck; Matlida, Cahl; Little Women, Alcott; Olives' Ocean, Henkes; The Devils Arithematic, Yoland; Twilight, Meyer; The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Speare; Tangerine, Bloor; Wolf by the Ears, Rinaldi; My Side of the Mountain, George; Lincoln, a Photobiography, Freeman; and Dicey's Song Voight. We need 4-5 students on this team. It is simple: read all the books, take the AR tests on them, the team will assign each member 4-5 to re-read and really know front to back, then take the test at convention.


Essay Contest (600-1000 words, typed and double spaced on the convention theme.

Spelling Bee*

Quiz Bowl (similar to scholars bowl, team of 4, and 1 alternate)

Social Studies

Poetry : a poem on the convention theme

Math

Tower Power 4 people design & build a free standing tower with straws and tape---takes practice---need a parent with some engineering expertise to help coach this.

Public Speaking

If you are interested in one of the academic contest, see Ms. Farris. We will review test scores and academic work to select students to represent our school. Poetry and essays need to be submitted to Ms. Farris.


Talent/Group Contest

Group Talent/Special Talent--We are entering group talent for the first time ever. We are doing a Hannah Montana gone country musical. Tryouts for singing parts will be Sept. 2 at 3PM. All students who want to participate will be cast in some part; there are many parts for dancers. Scripts are available from Ms. Farris. Practice will be every Wednesday from 3-4PM beginning Sept. 2 and running until we go to convention.

Campaign Skit Daniel Flatt is running for State Chaplain. We are doing a Jungle theme skit. Everyone going to convention will be a villager in the skit! Main parts are Jungle Daniel and Jane, the Lion, and the Guns and Roses airband members. We are in need of African drums if you can loan us any! Practice will be the Sunday afternoons is November from 3 to 4:30PM!

Living Literature Museum (we choose a scene and characters from well known literature and do a 10X12 feet scene with students as “wax figures”—no movement---judged on scenery, costuming, pose—ability to maintain characters expression and attitude). We need a parent volunteer to coordinate this contest! We have an idea but need someone to see it through! This would be a great way to get more students involved in convention.

Poster Contest (3 students are given a theme and have only 2 hours to design and complete poster on site using 1 poster board, pencils, erasers and colored markers only—which they must take to convention)

Parents are always welcome to attend convention. I love to have you help hold our seats in the auditorium so bring a book to read! Only your own child may room with you. You will need to pay your first night of $125 on October 7 if you want me to make your reservation with the group and then the final payment of $125 by November 6. This will get you in the same block as the students. If you want to be away from the students, you may call the hotel and reserve your room.
Parents: We will use the LA Wildcat trailer for luggage and will need a parent to tow this for us.

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