Dated back to 1434 the first Dresdner “Striezelmarkt,” as so called
“Weihnachtsmarkt,” was opened as street market.
These markets are open during the December months in German cities as well as Austria and Switzerland. Traditionally held in the town square, the market has food, drinks, and seasonal items from open-air stalls accompanied by traditional singing. Popular attractions at the markets include the Nativity Scene, Nussknacker (carved nutcrackers), Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds), traditional Christmas cookies such as Lebkuchen, and Magenbrot (both forms of soft gingerbread) and Printen.
Bratwurst, and for many visitors one of the highlights of the market: Glühwein, hot mulled wine (with or without a shot of brandy), or Eierpunsch (an egg-based warm alcoholic drink help stave off the cold winter air which sometimes dips below freezing. More regional food specialties include Christstollen (Stollen), a sort of bread with candied fruit and hot Apfelwein (apple cider) come from different areas in Germany.
Pls come with your family and join this year “Weihnachtsmarkt,” in Old World courtyard, at 7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA.
Ursula Schoeneich, Principal GERMAN SCHOOL campus Inc
Dear Ursula Schoeneich:
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) announces that the Executive Committee of the Accrediting Commission for Schools has approved Initial Accreditation for The German School, Inc, through June 30, 2024…..
We cannot be prouder of it as the “Visiting Summary Report” indicates the Strengths of German School campus:
“The German School campus provided a very throughout the initial visiting report, including supporting evidence. During the initial visit, there was the opportunity for meaningful dialogue with the stakeholders, observations of students engaged in learning, and examinations of additional evidence. The VC found many positive aspects of the program.
The program has a highly qualified teaching staff who are native speakers of German and Spanish.
The Director/CEO is very supportive of her staff, students, and families.
A rigorous German and Spanish curriculum filled with cultural and historical lessons.
Opportunities for students in the German program to take the German National Exam (DSD) and qualify to study in Germany.
Strong partnerships with foreign language associations and the Federal Republic of Germany’s Central Office of Schools Abroad.
Various internship opportunities for all language students.
Many community partnerships in Southern California.
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The purpose of the ACS-WASC Commission is to foster excellence in elementary, secondary, adult, and postsecondary institutions, and supplementary education programs. The Commission encourages school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation and recognizes institutions through granting accreditation to the schools that meet an acceptable level of quality in accordance with the established criteria. ACS WASC accreditation is important because:
ACS WASC accreditation is recognized worldwide.
Certifies to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning.
Validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts.
Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning.
Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program.
Provides a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reassessment.
The University of California requires a school to be accredited in order to establish and maintain an accreditation “a-g” course list.
The United States military application process requires that applicants graduate from an accredited secondary school to qualify as a high school graduate.
College students must matriculate from a high school that is fully accredited by ACS WASC to qualify for Cal Grants from the California Student Aid Commission.
Schools want to assure quality to students, their families, and the public; accreditation status assures that schools meet at least the threshold standards required.
Many public safety organizations require a diploma from an accredited secondary school as a minimum standard for their job application.
Schools use ACS WASC to help them articulate with their partner feeder schools.
Accreditation ensures to employers that graduates have successfully passed the requirements of an accredited institution.
California charter schools must be ACS WASC accredited to apply for charter school building funds.
Private, independent, charter, and parochial schools must be accredited to access California state student teachers.
Accreditation is important to ensure that courses are easily transferred among member institutions.
Some private individuals and institutions look for evidence of accreditation in approving school grants.
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Foreign students must be enrolled in an accredited institution in order to be eligible to receive an I-20 U.S. Visa.
The ACS WASC process helps schools increase students’ achievements through the continuous improvement process.
GERMANSCHOOLcampus will perform the “St.Martin” story, we'll sing the songs with the children, participate in arts and crafts, kids will bring their lanterns. We host a drawing contest, for small prizes to win.
The Lantern Parade will be in the courtyard with a 6-foot distance to each other. We will not miss it and hope to have it all back in a bigger style by next year.
German School campus is now an official partner school in initiative PASCH
We are very proud of it.
Awakening interest and enthusiasm for Germany, motivating young people to learn German, and creating a worldwide network of schools are the goals of the PASCH initiative. PASCH stands for “Schools: Partners for the Future.”
PASCH is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe Institute, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD) of the Secretariat of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.
The initiative networks more than 2,000 schools in 120 worldwide counties, where German is a particularly high priority. The PASCH partners advise school administrations, ministries, and schools on the development of German language teaching. Second, experts from the PASCH partners supervise the schools on-site and support the expansion of German lessons. The exchange between international and German PASCH schools is particularly encouraged. The School Partner Exchange contributes to the development of school partnerships.
Dank Fulbright Germany hatte ich die Chance am 06.10. bei Meet-a-German mich mit drei Klassen des German School Campus auszutauschen. Ich hatte eine kleine Präsentation über meine Heimatstadt Heidelberg und meinem jetzigen Studienwohnort Stuttgart vorbereitet, um in diesem Rahmen auch ein bisschen über das deutsche Schul- und Uni-System sprechen zu können.
Ich startete in der A1 Klasse. In einem Deutsch-Englisch-Mix tauschten wir uns aus und ich erfuhr dabei, dass eine der Schülerinnen bereits in Heidelberg gelebt hat – wie schön!
Danach ging es direkt weiter in die A2.2 Klasse. Hier hatten sich die Schülerinnen auf unser Treffen vorbereitet und waren mit Deutschland-charakteristischen Accessoires vor der Kamera. Von Lederhose, über Armee-Uniform bis hin zum Bayern-München-Trikot hatten wir die unterschiedlichsten Bilder Deutschlands mit dabei. In der AP/B2 Klasse stellten die Schülerinnen super spannende Fragen, die von „warum deutsche Unis umsonst sind“ bis hin zu „warum in Deutschland die Länden am Sonntag schließen“ gingen. Ich habe von ihnen mal wieder gelernt, dass das was für mich ganz normal scheint, nicht einfach gegeben und für andere besonders ist!
Es war sehr schön zu erfahren, warum die Schülerinnen Deutsch lernen, und sogar von einigen zu hören, dass sie sich vorstellen können später mal in Deutschland zu studieren. Dies hat mir nochmal gezeigt wie vielfältig die deutsch-amerikanischen Verbindungen sind und was für eine großartige Zukunft unsere Freundschaft mit solchen jungen Menschen haben wird! Bei allen Klassen wäre ich gerne noch länger geblieben, um mich mit den Schülerinnen zu unterhalten und mehr über sie zu erfahren. Vielleicht ist das ja bei einem nächsten Treffen möglich, wer weiß, wenn die Situation es zulässt, vielleicht auch in Person.
Thanks to Fulbright Germany, I had the chance on October 6th with Meet-A-German in three German classes on the German School Campus. I had a little presentation about my hometown Heidelberg and the city I study, Stuttgart. In this context, I would also like to speak a little bit about the German school- , and university system.
I started with the presentation in the A1 class. In a German-English mix, we exchanged ideas found out that one of the students had already lived in Heidelberg – how nice!
Then it went straight to the A2.2 class. Here the students had to rely on our preparation for the meeting and were provided with Germany-specific accessories before camera. From “Lederhosen” to army uniforms to Bayern Munich jerseys we have the most diverse images of Germany with us.
In the AP / B2 class, the students asked really exciting questions, starting with “why German universities are tuition-free ”to“ why are Germany the stores closed on Sunday. I once again learned from them that this what is completely normal for me seems not simply given and is special to others! It was very nice to hear why the students are learning German, and even to hear from some that they can imagine studying in Germany one day. This showed me again how diverse the German-American connections are and what a great future our friendship with such young people has become! #WunderbarTogether
I would have loved to stay longer in all of the classes to talk to the students and entertain and learn more about them. Maybe that will be at the next meeting possible, who knows, if the situation allows, maybe in person.
A language helps us express our feelings, desires, and queries with the world around us; with the proper use of language, you can touch someone’s heart, help a child grow, describe the mathematical foundations of the universe, or work to make society a better place. We often overlook the importance that language has on our everyday lives. When I began exploring the German language I started as a reluctant learner, but have since come to appreciate its importance and how German will play a significant role in my future. Mastering German not only has personal meaning for me but will also allow me to help others in my home country and across the world.
My family has its origins in the Westerwald region of Germany with my ancestors emigrating to the United States in the late 18th century and I still have family in the region. The German language helps me express emotions and form lasting bonds with both my family in Germany and new people I meet along the way, allowing me to broaden my horizons on a global scale. Communicating with my distant relatives, many of whom are the same age as I am, is an important consideration for me. We have so many things in common, yet we live separate lives across the Atlantic and the German language is the bridge between us.
The rich cultural aspects of the German language also appeal to me on a very personal level. The words, gestures, and tone of a language can portray a broad spectrum of emotion. Since I was a child, I’ve loved and been inspired by classical music. When I hear Für Elise by Beethoven or Mozart’s Requiem, I feel like the composer is speaking to me and am reminded of the powerful role that the German-speaking countries played in classical music. Years ago, I had the fortune of visiting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth house in Salzburg. As I walked the same streets as the great musician and heard the locals communicating in German, I knew I wanted to be fluent in the language.
Germany is often described as the country of poets and thinkers and this is evidenced by the over one-hundred Nobel prizes that have gone to brilliant Germans for accomplishments in physics, medicine, chemistry, literature, and other fields. From Goethe to Einstein, some of the most brilliant minds have spoken German. For most of the 20th century, Germany had more Nobel Prizes in the sciences than any other nation and today the raw output of German scientific research consistently ranks among the world’s best. This idea to be the best in science and technology is the same one that drives me to learn German. My interest in helping people has led me to choose a career path in biotechnology. Ever since losing my grandfather to leukemia, I have wanted to help eradicate diseases such as cancer and this makes the German language very important to me from an academic standpoint. World-renowned universities, such as Humboldt University of Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin offer degrees that I am interested in pursuing when I complete my High School studies. Exploring these prestigious Universities further reinforced my desire to help others who are suffering.
The German language is very important to me for numerous reasons: Everything from academics to be able to research medicines to help others. As a future scientist, it is important that I am able to effectively explain my findings and communicate them to my peers in their native tongue. Multiple studies have further demonstrated that multilingual speakers enjoy both intellectual and financial benefits and strong language skills in German are an asset that will allow me to promote a lifetime of effective communication. Finally, the German language will help me to become a good global citizen: An individual who not only works for and helps his own country but also helps promote and uplift all of humanity. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” Having German language skills will help me achieve my goal of helping mankind treat terrible diseases such as cancers. By allowing me to study and research on the European continent and thus offer communication with NGOs and nonprofits who share a similar passion for helping those less fortunate.
recipients are selected for their excellent academic achievement, exceptional commitment to the study of German, and participation in extracurricular activities related to German.
The student will receive a special certificate and medal acknowledging their award, a press release to distribute to local media; a congratulatory letter will be sent to the principal, and the student's name will be placed on the AATG Outstanding Senior Honor Roll on the AATG website. Only one student per school may be honored with this award. Available only to students of AATG members.
im September jährt sich der Gründungstag des German School Campus zum 5. Mal. Am Anfang standen die Initiative und die Vision einer Gruppe engagierter Menschen, die etwas bewegen wollten. Der Wunsch nach einem gemeinsamen Ort, an dem Schülerinnen und Schüler auf höchstem Niveau die deutsche Sprache erlernen können stand dabei im Vordergrund.
Heute erwartet die Schülerinnen und Schüler des German School Campus eine Schule, die den Schwerpunkt auf exzellenten Sprachunterricht legt. Der Fokus des Unterrichts liegt auf Weltoffenheit, kultureller Vielfalt und fortschrittliche Sprachbildung. Die Möglichkeit sich im Miteinander die eigenen Sprachen und Kulturen näher zu bringen stehen im Mittelpunkt des Schulalltags. Schülerinnen und Schüler können bei Ihnen erfolgreich die DSD-Prüfung ablegen – sie bringen damit jedes Jahr kulturell und sprachlich vielseitig gebildete Absolventen hervor, die für den deutschen und internationalen Arbeitsmarkt wertvolle Fachkräfte sind.
Ihre Schule ist daher ein unabdingbares Teil des Netzwerks der Deutschen Auslandsschulen, welches wie zuletzt vom Bundestag bestätigt, ein essenzieller Teil der Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik ist. Schulen wie Ihre stärken die Position des WDA gegenüber den fördernden Stellen und helfen uns dabei, auch in Zukunft Durchbrüche für das Netzwerk der Deutschen Auslandsschulen zu erreichen. Zu Ihrer beispielhaften Arbeit und zu Ihrem Jubiläum gratulieren wir nachträglich im Namen des Weltverbands Deutscher Auslandsschulen sehr herzlich. Wir danken dem Vorstand, der Schulleitung, den Pädagogen, Eltern, Schülern und Ehemaligen der Schule für ihr großes Engagement. Sie machen gemeinsam Bildung „made in Germany“ in den USA möglich!
In addition to the diverse flora and fauna in the forest, we also prepare the students for possible dangers, such as poisonous mushrooms. They will also learn about the good edible mushrooms, and with the help of a mushroom profile, the children will learn the individual terms.
Where is the mushroom hat? What is mycelium?
We talk about the term “symbiosis” Teamwork in nature, mushrooms as helpers.
In the second half of the week we discuss the path of wood.
Tools of a forestry worker.
From felling wood to the finished piece of furniture.
Children name at least three things that are mainly made of wood.
What do exercise books have to do with the forest?
Students explain the terms sawmill and chainsaw.
For this purpose, we work with a worksheet, where the pupils put the respective work steps “from the little tree to the wooden board” in the right order.
“The four weeks with the summer camp flew by so quickly and our little explorers were such wonderful students that I really I like them very much.
I also had a lot of fun with them, as we cut, glued, did handicrafts, and created our own forest.
We made a big lap book board that every student can continue to use to deepen what they learned.”
Alexandra Wuerfler Teacher of German Language
We teach German in the best way for each child to reach their fullest potential
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