The organizing theme for the unit we have been studying is "Regional Interaction." To what extent do0 you believe this is an appropriate label for the period from 600CE to 1500 CE. Explain why.
WHich of these two labels, commonly used to describe the period from 600CE to 1500CE is most appropriate. You may choose only one!
What does it mean to be "civilized?"
Traditionally, historians have stated that the Silk Road began about 200 BCE and was tran-civilizational in nature. The author disagrees. What is the author's perspective on the origins and nature of the Silk Road? What evidence does he provide?
-With the exception of the first response, all subsequent responses need to make reference by name to a previous response.
-All responses should include original information, counterpoints etc.
-All responses should be 3-5 sentences in length with a topic sentence / statement and evidence to support the assertion.
-Discussion forum responses must be completed before the assigned date of the test.
Does geography / environment, interaction, or the individual play the most significant role in shaping history?
STATE HISTORY DAY SUNDAY MAY 1
The State History competition will be held on Sunday May 1. Your son / daughter received an information packet that includes a website if you are seeking more information. This includes driving directions etc.
The registration form and fee ($15 per student) for the state competition is due by Friday, April 8. There are a number of special topical awards given out to students. These are found on the back of the registration form. I will meet with students to discuss which items should be marked for their project.
The State History Day competition begins with registration from 8:30 – 11:30 AM. Because student participation times vary considerably, students must provide their own transportation. If a parent / guardian is unable to drive, please try to car pool with someone. I typically go up the night before and am unavailable for transportation.
Because we come from a distance, Chatfield students usually are assigned late morning times for first round judging. This round of judging is typically over by 12:00. IF YOU HAVE A CONFLICT ON THIS DAY, PLEASE CONTACT ME THIS WEEK AS I WILL TRY TO ARRANGE FOR A TIME THAT IS CONVENIENT! At about 1:30-2:00, they announce the finalists for the competition. Students that make the finals must be present to compete. If you are in a group, only one individual needs to be present (except for performances). These students should plan on staying for the awards ceremony at 5:00. Students that do not make the final round are free to leave after the finals are announced if they choose. Remember, however, that most students are also in the running for special topical prizes that may offer a cash prize as high as $500! If your son or daughter is an underclassmen, I would recommend staying for the awards ceremony to participate in all the hoopla (Goldie Gopher will surely make an appearance) and cheer on any Chatfield students that may have made the finals.
The day does get quite long. There are a number of restaurants in the area, a food court, coffee shop, book store, little kids games, an arcade, etc. The projects are all open to the public.
I am excited that we have such great students and projects again for the State History Day competition. No matter what the outcome, you should be very proud of your son / daughter and their accomplishment. Please contact me with any questions at email@example.com.
Dear Parent / Guardian:
On Thursday, March 17, the Southeast Regional History Day will take place at Winona State University. Unfortunately, I cannot attend due to a family commitment. Mr. Adam Archer will chaperone. We will take a bus. If your son / daughter wishes to ride home with you, we need to have a written note (you can give it to Mr. Archer in Winona). If they wish to ride home with another parent, we must have a note from the office (Mr. Paulson). Please arrange this in advance. No exceptions!!! We will leave the school at 3:15 and should expect to be home somewhere around 9:30. The event takes place at Kryzko Commons (student union). Parking is available right next to the building. The awards ceremony follows the judging. I would expect the awards ceremony sometime after 7:30. It depends somewhat on the number of participants needing to be judged. Parents and friends are welcome to watch the performances and documentaries, as well as view the exhibits. However, the exhibits will be closed off for an hour or so before the awards to allow for a final judging round. Parents, friends etc. are strongly encouraged to attend the awards ceremony.
Students should plan on eating at the event. There are snacks available in the cafeteria area. Students may also choose to bring their own food.
Students should dress neatly and comfortably. Dress should not be in any way connected to the project. Students will be asked several questions by the judges. These are designed to make sure that students did the project, not to intimidate the students. I would encourage students to watch / view other performances, etc.
I will inform students of judging times when I receive them. Students need to be prepared to be judged 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time. Remember, judging is subjective. Judges go through a short training prior to judging and do their best to be fair.
I will be available to check all paper work and projects prior to 8:30 Wednesday evening. Students who wish to have help after 4:0, need to notify me by Tuesday 4:0 so I can arrange to be here later on Wednesday.
Please call me at 867-4210 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions before 4:00 Wednesday.
To get to Winona State University, from the west (Rochester, Owatonna, Mankato) via U.S. Highway 14:
Take U.S. Highway 14 east into Winona. Take a right onto U.S. Highway 14/61. Follow 61 to the stop lights at Huff Street. Take a left onto Huff Street, then take a right onto Sarnia Street at the stop light. Take a left onto Main Street at the four-way stop. Cross the railroad tracks, take the next left onto Mark Street. You are on campus now. About two blocks, on the left is the Minne Hall Parking Lot.
To get to Winona State University, from the west (Austin, Albert Lea, Worthington) via Interstate 90: Take I-90 east to the Highway 43 North exit (#252), turn left onto Hwy. 43 which brings you into Winona. At the stop light, take a left onto Highway 17 (Homer Rd.) and go to the stop lights. Turn left onto U.S. Highway 14/61. Follow 61 to the stop lights at Huff Street. Take a right onto Huff Street, then take a right onto Sarnia Street at the stop light. Take a left onto Main Street at the four-way stop. Cross the railroad tracks, take the next left onto Mark Street. You are on campus now. About two blocks, on the left is the Minne Hall Parking Lot.
HISTORY DAY WORK SCHEDULE
Mr. Hilgren will be available to meet with students wishing to have help on their History Day projects on the following days:
February 29 (Monday) 3:10-5:30
March 1 (Tuesday) 3:10-5:30
March 2 (Wednesday) 3:10-5:30
March 3 (Thursday) 3:10-5:30 / REGISTRATION FORMS DUE!
March 4 (Friday) 3:10-12:00 MIDNIGHT MADNESS
March 6 (Sunday) TBD
March 7 (Monday) 3:10-5:30, 6:30-9:00
March 8 (Tuesday) 3:10-5:30, 6:30-9:00
March 9 (Wednesday) 3:10-5:30 WEBSITE LOCKOUT AT MIDNIGHT
Mr. Hilgren will not be available after Wednesday for ANY help on History Day projects!
March 17 Regional History day in Winona (informational letter will be available March 8.
Please note: The times listed above are times when Mr. Hilgren can be available. Students need to schedule times, preferably the day before, when they would like to meet.
The first deadline for History Day registration is Friday January 8. At this time I need to know 1) that you are committed to completing a project, 2) what kind of project (exhibit, webpage etc) you are creating, and 3) if you are working alone or with others. Once I have this information it cannot be changed. I WILL NOT SEARCH FOR YOU TO DETERMINE IF YOU ARE DOING A PROJECT. IF YOU DO NOT STOP BY, I ASSUME YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO NOT PARTICIPATE.
I am available virtually every day after school until 4:00. All I ask is that you plan ahead, stop in for a minute, and schedule a time so I can be certain I will be available.
This is the time when research needs to get completed. I am very willing to help you with all aspects of your project, but you need to stop in and see me!
History Day students- You should be working on finding
-secondary sources, particularly books / excerpts from books
-secondary sourses such as academic journals
-beginning to identify primary sources (use footnotes and endnotes, as well as googling " (your topic) primary sources.
PLEASE SET UP A TIME TO MEET WITH ME BEFORE THANKSGIVING BREAK, SO I CAN HELP PROVIDE SOME DIRECTION AS NEEDED! THE SOONER TYHE BETTER!
REGIONAL HISTORY DAY- THURSDAY MARCH 17
STATE HISTORY DAY SUNDAY- MAY 1
ALL students interested in History Day must meet with Mr. Hilgren to schedule a 15-30 minute mentoring session by Thursday November 5. An email contact and signing up for remind.com will also be taken care of at the meeting.
Laura grew up in Chatfield, Minnesota, and began participating in History Day as a 6th grader. She is one of the few students who participated in the program in every year she was eligible and went on to represent Minnesota at the national competition multiple times. As a student at Macalester College, Laura served as a History Day intern and eventually joined the Minnesota Historical Society Education staff in 2009 after completing graduate school at NYU. After a brief battle with an undetected bone tumor, Laura died peacefully in her sleep on February 24, 2013. Laura will always be remembered by the students with which she competed, the students and teachers she mentored as a staff member, and her teacher who continues to do History Day because of Laura!
2014 CHRONOLOGY CHAMPIONS!!!
Christain Bance, Drew Hurley, Tommy Jech and Alex Bradt now have their names on the
coveted Chronology Championship trophy displayed in Mr. Hilgren's room.
NATIONAL FINALISTS- FOUR YEARS RUNNING!
2010 Bailey Hilgren
2011 Merissa Wellman
2012 Caitlin Hansen
2013 Luke Isensee and Bailey Hilgren
Seniors Luke Isensee and Bailey Hilgren won second place in the Minnesota History Day competition held at the University of Minnesota on Saturday May 4th. Luke and Bailey's senior high group documentary was selected from approximately 40 projects. Their project discusses the role of the individual as environmental watchdog focusing on a court case brought by Bill Bryson in Freeborn County.
Twelve other students in grades 9-12 competed as well. Three of these students made it into the final round of competition. Seniors Mary Simpson and Caitlin Hansen (senior group exhibit) and sophomore Logan Little (senior individual documentary), all received honorable mention for being a state finalist. Kayla Woltz and Haley Woltz (senior group documentary), sophomores Karen Gomez and Janessa Erding (senior group performance), Cole Wellman (senior individual documentary), Levi Roline (senior individual documentary) and Dalton Lundy (senior individual performance) and Freshman Abby Hopp (senior individual exhibit) and Alli Hansen (senior individual exhibit) all competed at the state competition as well. In addition, Luke Isensee and Bailey Hilgren won a topical prize for best senior high project focused on the Minnesota Courts.
Bailey and Luke will represent Chatfield and Minnesota at the National History Day Competition in College Park, Maryland (University of Maryland) in early June. It is especially fitting that they be present at the competition as the national event is dedicated to former Chatfield student and Minnesota Historical Society staffer Laura Zeccardi who unexpectedly passed away in late February.
Five seniors (Mary Simpson, Kayla Woltz, Merissa Wellman, Caitlin Hansen and Bailey Hilgren) will graduate this year who have combined to complete approximately 22 History Day projects while attending Chatfield schools in grades 6-12. Among these 22 projects are a 4th place (Merissa Wellman), 7th place (Caitlin Hansen) and 10th place (Bailey Hilgren) finish at the national competition, four first place finishes in the state competition, three second place finishes, one third place finish, one fourth place finish and at least nine honorable mention awards. These seniors, along with first time participant Luke Isensee will be greatly missed!