This is your first update for the 2016 competitive season! I know several of you may have been on the debate list, and if I put in the wrong email, am missing a parent, step parent, or another email address, it means your student forgot to put it in their spreadsheet for me. If you give me someone to add, I will stick them in the contact book for subsequent emails! There are several things to note this week!
1. Keep in touch with us on the internets!
If you are not already aware, there are two areas where I will post results updates, results, and photos throughout the year.
A. Website: http://thsdebateandforensics.weebly.com/
B. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopekaHighSchoolDebateAndForensics/
2. Our Forensics tournament is on the horizon.
Your students have been told for the past two weeks, that our tournament is a week earlier this year than years past. Each student is required to recruit a minimum of 15 rounds of judging for our tournament. It is on the 12th and 13th of February. Feel free to sign yourself, or friends or family up to judge! They have to be out of high school etc. but there are no other qualifications. Our sign-up sheet can be found at:
3. Here is the travel information sheet for Shawnee Heights this weekend:
As we will do for all tournaments that are in Shawnee County, we will provide transportation TO the school on Friday, but we ask that you help us out by picking them up AT the school on Friday and transporting them TO/From the school on Saturday morning. If you are unable to do so, please let me know and we will try to make some arrangements to help you out! For out of town tournaments we will transport them to/from the tournament.
Some of you may be concerned about the "threat" directed at heights. From as far as I have heard, there is little to be concerned about, and there will be some extra security/administrative presence at the tournament as there are other events in the building that night. If this is a reason you might be anxious about your child traveling/competing, please let me know and we can talk things out, but I believe everything should be fine.
If you do not know how to get to Shawnee Heights High School, there is a set of Google Maps from Topeka High School to Shawnee Heights at the bottom of the email.
I am looking forward to a great season, please let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns!