Welcome to the 2010-2011 Speech and Debate Season!
Meeting Agenda for 7PM, Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
4.Coach's Perspective on the season
5.Team Captain perspectives
6.Novice Speech and Debate Parent Questions
7.Returning Speech and Debate Parent Questions
8.Regional-First Philosophy Statement
9.Holiday Party Potluck Announcement (Tuesday, December 21st, 2010)
10.Ongoing Planning: Performance Night
11.Next month we will begin Home Tournament Planning
12. Next Meeting will be Tuesday, December 7th, 7PM in Mr. Wexler's classroom.
Friends of Needham Speech and Debate New Parent Meeting October 5, 2010
Welcome to Needham High School Speech and Debate!This is one of the leading speech and debate programs in Massachusetts and for the past dozen years has benefitted Needham Students enormously.By participating in Speech and Debate events, students are able to integrate and sharpen the written, presentation and analytical skills learned in the classroom. The Needham High School Speech and Debate team provides students the opportunity to compete in tournaments ranging from Massachusetts High School tournaments to the largest national invitational and championships events.None of this is possible without fantastic coaches, enthusiastic students, and the support provided by the Friends of Needham Speech and Debate.
The Friends of Needham Speech and Debate is an organization of parents, teachers and alumni who provide logistical support, transportation and financial support for speech and debate activities at Needham High School.We schedule carpooling to tournaments, plan social events, organize fundraisers, and plan and implement the hospitality, decorating, awards and hosting required by a tournament this large.
The team has grown considerably over the past two years. To support this, the Friends of Needham Speech and Debate asks all families to participate in the four areas our students and coaches need assistance with:
Transportation to and from tournaments – through email, we ask for drivers during the week prior to each tournament. The roster of students attending any given tournament is only available a few days before each tournament – if your student will participate, please volunteer to drive.We will distribute the driving assignments so everyone has a turn some time in the season.
Judging at tournaments – the best way to support your student is to learn to judge their events.You will benefit by honing your listening skills while experiencing the remarkable talents students demonstrate.You will also fully experience the activities your students participates in and be able to help them in their preparation.For every three students entered in a tournament, the team must provide a judge, or hire a judge from the pool of available college students who participated in high school speech and debate and who make themselves available to judge.We have a tradition that team alumni volunteer to judge in tournaments held close by.For example, at the recent Yale Tournament, alums Michael Lintz, Chris Lucibella and Asseem Mehta judged.This covered the majority of the team judging responsibility. When we have parents and alums volunteer to judge, our student fees are lower.This adds up over a season.Judge training will be provided – stay tuned.Starting tomorrow we will ask for volunteers to drive to Saturday’s Novice Workshop, at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury.This is an easy drive.The Massachusetts Forensic League will provide judge training (last year this was for Speech Events only).Please attend the hour long judge training session.
Hospitality for the Needham High School Home tournament – our theme is Oscar’s Night.We host over thirty high school teams for a one day tournament at Needham High School, selling breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day, helping the coaches with supplies, and guiding students and judges around the school .This is our principal fundraiser for the year, providing funds to send coaches to national tournaments, and covering hotel costs for students at national tournaments.
Social Events – All families are involved in the team Holiday Party, Performance Night, and End of Year Potluck Dinner.
The Friends of Needham Speech and Debate is guided by a Steering Committee and several subcommittees for event planning.We hold meetings monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 7PM in Mr. Wexler’s classroom.Additional meeting are scheduled for event planning. Officers: Chair:Terry Furman Treasurer:Carol Lintz Transportation:Mary Ann Riordan
1. Holiday Party, Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 Chairs: Dorothy and Fred Cromp, Cory Lewkowicz and Doug McFadden 2. Performance Night, Needham HS Auditorium, Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 Chairs: Carol and Craig Marin 3. Home Tournament, Needham HS, Saturday, March 19th, 2011 Chairs: Ursula Kaiser and Mark Goldberg, Carol Hwang, Karen and Don Jacobson, Janice Klunder and Kollol Pal, Mary and Tim McCleary 4. End of Year Potluck Dinner, Needham HS Cafeteria, Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 Chairs: Jaya and Shailendra Goyal, Nora Lee and Tony Wong< BR>