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essay from german school campus student

Why German is Important to me

Hunter Ruebsamen – German School Campus – September 5, 2020

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.

Successful in the German Language

Marwan a student we cannot be more proud of. He was one of the first students at German school Campus.

Today on his Graduation he was wearing the German 2019 Tassel and black-red-yellow-cord. He will have the Global Seal of Bi-literacy on his High School Diploma. Marwan accomplished the B1 / Deutsche Sprachdiplom I, AATG 4, AP German, C1 / Deutsche Sprachdiplom II.

Marwan is a member of the honor Society Delta Epsilon Phi and Alumni California Delta ETA and received the American Association of Teaches of German (AATG) outstanding High School Senior in German Award. Marwan was elected for excellent academic achievement, demonstrated exceptional commitment to the study of German, and participation in extracurricular activities related to German. AATG also acknowledge the German Teacher Frau Ursula Schoeneich for providing quality language instructions to the students of German School campus. His name will be listed on the Outstanding Senior in German Honor Roll on AATG’s website.
Marwan will speak on Saturday to our students on their Award Day.
We wish Marwan „Alles Gute für die Zukunft!“

2019 AATG National german exam

AATG American Association of Teacher of German

February 14, 2019

Dear Colleague,On behalf of the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German, I would like to commend you and your students for participating in the 2019 AATG National German Exam for High School Students.

Nearly 19,600 students participated in the program this year, and
your students’ involvement in this national competition brings honor to your school, your district, and your German program. The AATG salutes the tremendous work you do every day preparing students for tomorrow’s world with skills in German that will enhance their educational and career opportunities.

We greatly appreciate the support the German program has from
your administration and we are especially grateful for your involvement and dedication to students.

Thank you for participating in this valuable program. We wish you and your students continued success in German!


Keith Cothrun Executive Director

Meine Tür nach Deutschland

Als Mitglied der GLSC werden auch unsere SchülerInnen zusammen mit anderen deutschen Sprachschulen in den USA eingeladen, an einem Schreibwettbewerb 2019 im Rahmen des Deutschlandjahres teilzunehmen. Gesucht werden Beiträge zum Thema:

Meine Tür nach Deutschland

Fotografiere deine Lieblingstür, oder suche dir aus dem Internet ein lizenzfreies Foto aus!

Was verbirgt sich dahinter?
Wie sieht dein Deutschland hinter dieser Tür aus?


Die Textlänge sollte max. 1.000 Wörter betragen. Kinder bis zum 7. Lebensjahr dürfen gerne ein Bild malen.
Es werden nur Aufsätze und Bilder am Wettbewerb teilnehmen, auf denen Name und Alter des Schüler/der Schülerin sowie die Schule German School Campus, aufgeführt wird.

Dokumente speichern mit: Vorname_ Nachname_ Alter_2019

Bitte lizenzfreie Fotos nehmen und die Quelle (Webseite) angeben wie z.B. ( oder )

Einsendeschluss ist der 1. April.
Bitte bis zum 25. Maerz zusenden ausschließlich in Word Format an:
[email protected]
Wir leiten die Aufsätze weiter nach NY.

Eine Jury bewertet die Einsendungen nach Inhalt, Kreativität und Sprache. Entscheidungen können nicht angefochten werden.

Durch die Unterstützung des Auswärtigen Amtes ist es der GLS möglich, besonders attraktive Preise zu vergeben, preisgekrönte Beiträge in einem Buch zu veröffentlichen sowie ausgewählte Gewinner zu der GLSC Konferenz im November nach New York einladen zu können, um ihre Beiträge vorzutragen.

Die GLSC freut sich auf viele eingesandte spannende und interessante Geschichten und Fotos sowie kreative Bilder!
Mit dem einreichen der Beiträge erklären sich die TeilnehmerInnen bzw. deren Erziehungsberechtigten damit einverstanden, dass alle Produkte unter Nennung der Namen und der Schule auf Ausstellungen sowie im Internet und in einem Buch veröffentlicht werden dürfen.

My door to Germany

As a member of the GLSC, our students, together with other German language schools in the USA, are invited to take part in a writing competition in 2019 as part of the German Year. We are looking for contributions on this topic:

My door to Germany

Photograph your favorite door or choose a royalty-free photo from the Internet!

What is behind it?
What does your Germany look like behind this door?

Conditions of participation:

The text length should be max. 1.000 words. Children up to the age of 7 are welcome to paint a picture.

Only essays and pictures with the name and age of the student and the school German School Campus will participate in the competition.

Save documents as well: First name_ Last name_ Age_2019
Please take royalty-free photos and indicate the source (website) e.g. ( or

The closing date for entries is 1 April.
Please send by March 25th only in Word format:
[email protected]

We'll forward the essays to NY. A jury evaluates the entries according to content, creativity and language. Decisions cannot be contested. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, GLS can award particularly attractive prizes, publish award-winning contributions in a book, and invite selected winners to the November GLSC conference in New York to present their contributions.

The GLSC looks forward to receiving many exciting and interesting stories and photos and creative pictures!

By submitting the entries, the participants or their legal guardians declare that they agree that all products may be published at exhibitions, on the Internet and in a book, provided the names and school names are mentioned.


GERMAN SCHOOL campus Newport Beach Award Ceremony 2018

German school campus, Newport Beach is a Language School open to all children age 6-17 or if they are enrolled in a High School program.

In a special event on Saturday morning German School campus represented by School Director Ms. Ursula Schoeneich honored their outstanding students with certificates and medals. Everyone received a bag with treats and a gift for her/his accomplishment in
the German language.

In German School campus students can earn the Language certificates they need for High School credit and can participate every year in the AATG- National German Exam for High School students. The National German Exam provides an excellent opportunity to highlight student success and promote the German program to school. Recognizing students of the German Language at the special award ceremony every year and the schools honor program are wonderful opportunities for positive publicity for the German School program.

The Exam is comprised of two parts: Reading and Listening and Viewing. The Exam material comes from authentic resources. The Exam has 100 multiple choice and matching questions on each Level.

In 2018 AATG published that 25,939 students entered the exam on Levels 1,2,3 and 4. About 8,302 students earned medals and the Presidential Honor Roll, 3,158 in Gold, 2,461 in Silver and 2,683 in Bronze. 44 students received study trip awards to Germany:
For over 50 years, the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and its Pedagogical Exchange Service (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst), has provided the AATG/PAD Study Trip Awards, a 3-4-week trip to Germany in the summer following the Exam. Students attend classes at an academic High School stay in homestays, and participate in various excursions to places of cultural significance.

All National German Exam Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Winners will be honored online with a special commendation from the AATG President. These Awards are given to students who achieved the highest percentile rankings on the NGE. German School campus students have the possibility to be part of this exam program
and they did it! We proudly honored this year 2 students with Bronze and 9 students with Gold certificates and medals.

During the Schools award ceremony one students was sworn in to the Delta Epsilon Phi (ΔΕΦ) National Honor Society for High School Students of German who recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of a learner of German. completed three semesters of German with a 3.6 grade point average in German and have an
overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The organization was founded in 1968 by Käthe Wilson at Coral Gables High School
(FL), a devoted AATG member, to reward scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and civilization.

Additionally, two students were honored who mastered the Goethe C1 Sprachdiplom in April 2018.

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A delicious breakfast was waiting after the ceremony and used the time to talk to the parents

All students made German School campus very proud this year! We said: “Auf Wiedersehen und viel Glück,”to those students who finished the German School program after many years of their commitment.


Students of GERMAN SCHOOL campus mastered C1

We cannot be more proud on our students Marwan and Alex who mastered yesterday in a 5 hour session the Goethe Zertifikat C1!
Well done boys!

You can graduate now from German School campus with honor.
The doors will be open for your future.

This Zertifikat is ideal if you'd like to …

  • prepare to study at a university or institution of higher education in Germany
  • demonstrate a very advanced knowledge of German for employment purposes
  • prepare to work in the medical sector
  • be issued an official and internationally recognized certificate

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Alte Tradition

Ostereier färben

Was gibt es denn schöneres, als einer alten Tradition zu folgen und Ostereier zu färben.

Unsere A1 Klasse hatte sehr viel Spaß dabei.

Es wurden auch Osterkarten bemalt und für die gute Arbeit gab es einen kleinen Schokoladenhasen. 

Am Samstag feiert die Schule das Osterfest mit vielen traditionellen Osterspielen.


Das Osterei als Symbol

Eier waren in der Fastenzeit nicht zugelassen. Die Eier, die während dieser Zeit gelegt wurden, wurden meist hartgekocht und somit haltbar gemacht. Nach vierzig Tagen konnten am Ostersonntag dann erstmals wieder Eier gegessen werden – was liegt da näher, das Ei zu etwas Besonderem an diesem Tag zu machen.

Ostereier färben & dekorieren – Woher kommt dieser Brauch?

Eine besondere Form der Ostereier-Dekorierung sind sorbische Ostereier. Dies ist eine jahrhundertealte Tradition, die größtenteils im Spreewald, eine Region südlich von Berlin, gepflegt wird. Hierbei werden die Eier mit Wachs verziert, gefärbt und abgeschmolzen. Dieser Vorgang wird, je nach Muster und Bedarf, mehrere Male wiederholt. Das Ergebnis sind einzigartig dekorierte Ostereier, die in Mustervielfalt und Farbenpracht kaum zu überbieten sind.


Ostereier schmecken besser –
klar, das weiß doch jedes Kind.
Sie sind ganz besonders lecker,
weil sie so schön farbig sind.

Was das Huhn nicht will begreifen,
weiß schon längst der Osterhas´ –
färbt das Ei, malt Punkte, Streifen
und versteckt es dann im Gras.

Ostersonntag in der Frühe
kommt er auch bei dir vorbei,
gibst du dir dann etwas Mühe –
findest du dein Osterei.

© Anita Menger

Schultüten – For All Our New Students

New School Year 2017 / 2018

A new school year started at GermanSchool campus last week
with a beloved German tradition: the “Schultüte”, a school-cone!

Are you familiar with the tradition of the Schultüte? It’s an
oversized cone-shaped goodie bag that is generally filled with
candy, small school supply items and other surprises. It marks the
first day of school of every first-grader in Germany, and it’s his
most anticipated accessory aside of the ‘Schulranzen’, the book

First day of school - erster schultag

Dating back to the 18th century, this tradition of the “Schultüte”
meant to indicate and celebrate a turning point in a child’s life,
who leaves her carefree life for a 12-year academic adventure
ahead. It’s a symbol for a new beginning.

Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchool campus’ founder still has fond
memories of her own first day of school in Germany in the 60’s.
“It’s just such a nice tradition to start out the seriousness of life. It
certainly left a positive impression on me!” she laughs, “I want to
replicate the positive impact this tradition had on me with my own
students. With the gesture of presenting my students with a
school cone I want to send them off onto their new journey of
learning German the right and fun way.”

Ursula's erster Schultag 1.April 1964 mit Schultuete

While all her new students of different age groups received the
traditional “Schultüte” today, Ms. Schoeneich is especially excited
about her new group of Kindergarteners joining the school’s
language program. This year will be the first year that she offers a
‘Vorschul-Klasse’, a class that will cater to the youngest learners
within the preschool to Kindergarten age (4-6 years old). This
particular class will playfully engage the children with the
concepts of the German language through music, songs, rhythm
and dance.

Registration for the new school year 2017/18 has already started
in early August, but the school’s open enrollment policy allows
sign-ups throughout the year.

Online registration please go to:

Or call the school at (949) 285 0829