Debate I, Debate II and Debate III –
I just want to say I am so glad your student has decided to participate with the DSHS Speech and Debate team. This is an exciting time to be a part of this growing program and I look forward to working with each child to help them achieve the goals they have set for themselves! Please contact me if you ever have a question or need additional clarification on something.
December 2016 – Holiday Elderly Service Project*
Last year, it came to my attention that several people in the two nursing homes around Dripping Springs would not have anyone to acknowledge them or celebrate the holidays with them. I thought that was so very sad, and I brought this to the debate's team's attention and we collected items, wrapped them and delivered them to those fine institutions, so that our local residents would be remembered and included in the holiday festivities.
This is totally voluntary. But if you and your family would like to contribute, please do not send in money, but we would be happy to receive any of the items listed below, and we will wrap them and deliver them to our local residents. Please send in any donations by Tuesday, December 6th and we will make deliveries on Friday December 9th.
- Chapstick - men’s hair combs -Nail polishes and nail files
- Ladies Perfume (ex: White shoulders) -body sprays
-After Shave (ex: Old Spice, English Leather)
- Lotion (3 oz) -boxes of Andes Mints -Tins of packaged cookies (ex: butter)
- Wrapping paper - disposable bows -Christmas cards - small clear gift bags
Our Speech and Debate fundraiser is over! As soon as I have a delivery date, I will let you all know. The funds we raise will go towards entry fees and travel fees for tournaments in the spring of 2017.
All Debate students are required to attend at least one tournament or workshop per semester. If students are in Debate II, they must attend two events, Debate III, three events, etc.
Debate I students are currently learning about persuasion. They are participating in a Congressional Debate using the Texas Forensic Association's Fall Docket of legislation. Students selected bills and resolutions on the docket and then researched and write three minute persuasive speeches on each one they selected in our mock congress.
In December, we will begin learning about LD Debate and then have in class LD Debates in January.
Debate II, Debate III and Debate IV students will continue working on building up the extemporaneous speaking files and individual evidence assignments due on a weekly basis. They will also start researching and writing their TAPT School Bus Safety Speech, which will be their final exam.
Advanced Debaters also have extemp. articles due on November 30 and December 7. We are using a new extemp. article storage system this year, so the process should be more streamlined and easier for the students. These are summative grades.
2016-2017 Tentative Speech and Debate Schedule
September 10, 2016 La Vernia TFA San Antonio TX
October 14-15, 2016 Reagan TFA* San Antonio TX
October 22, 2016 UIL Student Activity Conference (UT Austin) Austin TX
October 28-29, 2016 St. Mary’s Hall TFA* San Antonio TX
November 2, 2016 UIL Congress qualifier* Lake Travis HS
November 5, 2016 Bowie TFA Austin TX
November 12, 2016 Boerne Champion TFA* Boerne TX
December 1, 2016 Capitol Congressional Debate contest Austin TX
January 10-11, 2017 UIL State Congress competition (UT Austin)*Austin TX
January 14, 2017 Smithson Valley TFA
January 24, 2017 UIL CX Debate District * Marble Falls
February 16-21, 2017 Harvard University TOC* Boston MA
February 24- 25, 2017 NSDA National qualifier* (Westlake HS) Austin TX
March 4, 2017 Jack C. Hays UIL Tournament
March 8-12, 2017 TFA State (Plano)* Dallas TX
March 17-18, 2017 UIL State CX Debate (UT Austin) Austin TX
March 23, 2017 UIL District (SPEECH ONLY)* DSHS
April 7-8, 2017 UIL Regionals * San Antonio TX
May 22-23, 2017 UIL State (UT Austin)* Austin TX
June 17-24, 2017 NSDA National Tournament Birmingham AL
*= students must have met certain qualifications to attend.
The following SAT and ACT dates do not conflict with tournaments, please try to test on these dates. SAT Dates- Oct. 1, Jan. 21, May 6, June 3 ACT Dates- Dec. 10, Feb. 11, June 10