Welcome to the VA District 8 Contest

Important Dates & Times

Information on VA District 8 National History Day Competition (February 29, 2020):

The VA District 8 National History Day competition will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Midlothian campus of John Tyler Community College from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM.  The Snow/Inclement Weather date is Saturday, March 21.  Students must register to compete by Wednesday, February 19.  There is no registration fee for students.  The competition date falls upon the same week as last year and has been set to avoid conflicts with the Metro Regional Science Fair, the Governor’s School Model UN competition, the SATS, and John Tyler's spring break.  Registration and Information for teachers, students, and prospective judges can be found on this website.  

***There are four changes this year that you need to be aware of:

  1. The number of contestants grew by 300% last year!  We were very pleased but had to scramble to come up with additional space, judges, and time.  To make sure that we can devote quality time to judging each project, District 8 is limiting the number of projects to six entries per category per school.  This may require schools to have a run-off event prior to registering students for the District 8 competition.  Schools will have to carefully monitor the number of students participating in each category.  Please e-mail me if you have any questions about this new policy.
  2. National History Day is no longer using Weebly as the web platform.  A new platform called NHDWebCentral will be available after November 1.  Stay tuned.
  3. For the first time, there will be an elementary division (grades 4-5).  These students will compete in the Group and Individual Exhibit categories only. 
  4. The state competition at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture will take place over two days rather than one.  The elementary and junior divisions will compete on April 25 and the senior division on April 26.

Please review the following and e-mail me or co-coordinator Greg Hansard if you have any questions:

  1. Information on the theme for this year’s competition (Breaking Barriers in History) can be found at the National History Day website: https://www.nhd.org.  There is also information for teachers and students on the project categories (documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, website), project examples, and the contest rulebook.   
  2. You should also explore the Virginia History Day website maintained by Virginia History Day state coordinator Sam Florer at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (https://www.virginiahistory.org/learn/virginia-history-day).  Mr. Florer is offering Skype sessions and interactive webinars for teachers and students who have registered for the competition.  If you are interested in these and additional resources, visit the Virginia History Day website for more information.
  3. The registration procedure for the District 8 competition is as follows: Teachers much register first.  See the District 8 website for details. Once teachers have registered, students can register.  If you home-school your child, please e-mail Virginia History Day state coordinator Sam Florer sflorer@virginiahistory.org) with the name of what you want your school to be called and a physical address.  [Note: District 8 comprises Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fluvanna, Gloucester, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, Mathews, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond City]
  4. Students must register to compete on the District 8 website by Wednesday, February 19, 2020.   Once again, there is no registration fee for students.  We are lining up sponsors to cover the costs of registering students, feeding the judges, etc.  John Tyler Community College is providing the facilities as well as extra security, housekeeping, and set-up staff. 
  5. If students are participating in the paper or website category, their completed work is due by Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to give judges time to review it before the contest.  Papers can be uploaded through the contest website.  Websites must be created through the NHDWebCentral portal which will be available after November 1.  Websites will be locked out for edits after February 19.
  6. The District 8 competition will once again be held in the T-Building at the Midlothian campus of John Tyler Community College.  Check-in will be on February 29 from 8 AM – 8:45 AM.  Judging will begin at 9:00 AM and be complete by 12:45 PM.  The awards ceremony will begin at 1 PM in the Lynn Theatre.  Students do not have to be present at the awards ceremony to win. 
  7. Information on parking at the John Tyler Midlothian campus can be found on the District 8 website. 
  8. The Snow/Inclement Weather date is Saturday, 3/21/20. 
  9. First and second place winners in each category, at the middle and high school level, will be eligible to compete at the Virginia State History Day competition.  If they are unable to compete, third place winners will be offered the opportunity to compete.  The top three elementary projects will compete at the state level.  The state competition will be held at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond over two days.  Elementary and Junior Division contestants will compete on April 25.  Seniors will compete on April 26. 
  10. If you are a teacher who is also willing to volunteer as a judge, we would be very grateful!!  We will assign you a category that does not contain any of your students.  Please register as a judge at the district 8 website.
  11. If you have any questions that are not addressed by the website, please feel free to e-mail John Kirn(jkirn@jtcc.edu) or Greg Hansard (ghansard@jtcc.edu).  We will get back to you as quickly as possible.  If we cannot answer your question, we will get in touch with Sam Florer, the state coordinator for the Virginia History Day competition, and get back to you shortly.

We are looking forward to another great event!  Thank you for all you do for your students and the VA National History Day competition.

Sincerely,

John Kirn & Greg Hansard

Co-Coordinators, Virginia District 8 National History Day

History Dept. Faculty Members, John Tyler Community College

JKIRN@jtcc.edu

ghansard@jtcc.edu

 

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Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 8 National History Day Contest!

The registration deadline for students is February 19, 2020.  Once again, we are pleased to announce that there is NO REGISTRATION FEE for students thanks to the generous support provided by John Tyler Community College and other donors.  

By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the contest on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at John Tyler Community College, Midlothian Campus.  The snow/inclement weather date is March, 21, 2020.  Group projects must have at least one student present to compete.  Students must register between 8:00 and 8:45.  Judging will take place from 9:00-12:45.  The Awards ceremony will begin at 1:00 or thereabouts.  Studets do not have to be present at the Awards cemerony to win.   

Please note that papers and websites are due by Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  Papers can be uploaded through the contest website.  Websites must be created through the NHD portal which is scheduled to be available after November 1. 

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, or District 8 coordinators John Kirn, Professor of History, John Tyler CC, jkirn@jtcc.edu, and Gregory Hansard, Instructor of History, John Tyler CC, ghansard@jtcc.edu.

 

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Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 

If you would like your students to participate, the first step is to make sure your school account has been created and then to create your account as a teacher.   To do that, go to CREATE ACCOUNT, schools.  If your school is not on the list please e-mail Christina Vida with the name of your school and she will add it.  If you home school your child, please e-mail Christina as well with the name of what you want your home school to be called and a physical address.  After verifying that your school has an account, you can now create an account for yourself as a teacher.  Once that is complete, your students will be allowed to create an account.

If you have questions, please ask District 8 coordinators John Kirn, Professor of History, JOhn Tyler CC,  jkirn@jtcc.edu, and Gregory Hansard, Instructor of History, John Tyler CC, ghansard@jtcc.edu, or the VA History Day Coordinator Sam Florer, sflorer@virginiahistory.org.

Even if your students do not participate in History Day competitions, please register so we can track your school's participation in the program and earn points for your school to win the 2020 Virginia History Day Cup! Points are awarded for percentage of eligible students participating at each school in History Day projects, projects that win 1st or 2nd place at District contests, and projects that win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place at the State competition. The Virginia History Day Cup prize will be awarded at the Virginia History Day Contest on April 25 & 26, 2020.

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Judge Information

I’ve never judged History Day before.  Is that okay?

Absolutely!  We welcome veteran judges as well as new judges.  Every Contest begins with a training session run by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  Judging teams will consist of a mix of veteran and first-time judges.

What qualifications are needed to be a History Day judge?

No qualifications are required to judge a History Day event. However, judges should possess an interest in history and be comfortable interacting with students.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye, making decisions and offering students constructive written feedback on their work.

How much time do I have to commit?

At both the District and State level, a judging session typically requires a minimum of 6 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, interviews with students, and determination of the top entries.  Judges who review Historical Paper and Website entries have a slightly different schedule with a similar time commitment. As a judge, we’ll invite you to participate or view a few webinars prior to the competition, but they aren’t required.  All judges will write up constructive comments on each project which are sent back to the teachers and students.

What do judges do during History Day?

The basic task of judges is to evaluate the students’ entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judges begin the day with an orientation where they review the day’s timeline, learn how to use the National History Day scoring sheets, discuss consensus judging, and meet their fellow judges and judge captains.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of veteran and novice judges. Judges evaluate the student entries in 10 to 15 minute intervals, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the score sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony.

What kinds of questions should I ask the students?

Questions asked during the judging process should give students the opportunity to talk about what they learned while creating their project.  The Contest is the students' day to shine! The judge should never talk more than the student or make them feel as though they have not done enough research.  Questions about their research process, sources used, inspirations for the topic, and what they liked about the project are all appropriate questions.

How do I register to be a judge?

Click on the "Register" button above and select "Judge." Register as a user and then fill out the short questionnaire. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. You should receive a confirmation email once you have completed the process.

Have more questions? Contact John Kirn, Professor of History, and Gregory Hansard, Instructor of History
John Tyler Community College
Phone: (804) 594-1495 or (804) 706-5136
E-mail: jkirn@jtcc.edu and ghansard@jtcc.edu


 

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