Category Archives: Our Students

AATG Study Trip Award

GERMAN SCHOOL campus is proud to send 2 students to Minnesota
AATG Study Trip Award

AATG and Concordia Language Villages (Minnesota, USA) proudly partner to offer scholarships for both in-person and virtual village experiences in the German language and culture for high school students during the summer of 2021.

Ryan Raisrohani and Lucas Ruebsamen, who were among the Scholarship National German Exam Prizewinners.
Ryan Raisrohani and Lucas Ruebsamen

With this in mind, they are proud to announce „The Next Best Thing to Being There“ scholarships for Waldsee German Language Village, an AATG-recognized national Center of Excellence, and America’s premier residential and virtual immersion language program in North America, sponsored by Concordia Language Villages and Concordia College.

The Waldsee experience helps students discover friendships, explore the outdoors, sharpen their language skills and find opportunities for personal growth… alles auf Deutsch! Villagers will come together from across the country and around the globe. Students get the chance to engage with native speakers direct from German-speaking Europe and go back into the classroom energized by German.

We are very proud of our students Ryan Raisrohani and Lucas Ruebsamen, who were among the Scholarship National German Exam Prizewinners.

Jugend DEBATTIERT 2021

Erster Platz – Nordamerika Regionalfinale West 2021
GERMAN SCHOOL campus 1. Place with Sinead Roche Jugend debattiert Nordamerika Regionalfinale West 2021

Was für ein spannender Samstag- und Sonntagmorgen an der
German School campus.

Eilmeldung!
Sinead Roche
Sinead Roche

Sinead Roche hat den 1. Platz in der Sprach- und Herkunftsgruppe A bei Jugend debattiert gewonnen. Sinead ist die Tochter von Kerstin Roche, Deutschlehrerin an der GERMAN SCHOOL campus Newport Beach.

Wir sind begeistert und gratulieren! Eine tolle Leistung!

Jugend debattiert Nordamerika Regionalfinale West ging mit 37 Schüler und Schülerinnen an den Start, und Ost mit 28 Schüler und Schülerinnen.

Der Wettbewerb fand wegen der Covit Massnahmen noch online statt.

Grußworte aus Deutschland von Frau Anna HendrischK-Seewald ( ZFA), dem Gründer von Jugend debattiert Herr Ansgar Kemmann (Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung) zum 20. Jahr dieser Internationalen Veranstaltung.

Shayan Youssef
Shayan Youssef

Shayan Youssef, Schülerin der German School campus hat am ersten Jugend debattiert Wettbewerb West in den USA mit jeweils drei anderen Schülern/Innen an Diskussionen und Debatten in Runde 1 zu Themen “Soll der Verkauf zuckerhaltiger Getränke und von Schokoriegeln in der Schule grundsächlich verboten werden?” Runde 2 “Sollen Plastiktüten verboten werden?” teilgenommen. Die Diskussionsrunden dauerten jeweils 25 Minuten.

Shayan belegte einen tollen 8. Platz. Glückwunsch!

Frau Schöneich , sowie andere Schulleiter der Sprachschulen waren als Juroren tätig. Unsere Deutschlehrerin Frau Roche hat am Sonntag als Juror teilgenommen.

Ehemalige Finalisten die auch schon am Bundesfinale in Berlin teilgenommen hatten, waren als Juroren aus Deutschland zugeschaltet. Sie haben über ihre Erfahrungen berichtet wie die Harmonie in dem Ablauf, Glücksmomente nach den Debatten, der Applaus der Zuschauer, die Anerkennung als schönes Erlebnis und vor allem dabei zu bleiben, auch wenn es mal nicht so gut laufen sollte.

Mrs. Maiss-Minkler (ZFA) and Mr. Ingo Matthias (ZfA) moderated the program. Mr. Matthias (ZfA) brought Jugend debattiert to the USA.
Frau Maiss-Minkler (ZFA) und Herr Ingo Matthias (ZfA). Ingo Matthias hat Jugend debattiert das erste Mal nach USA gebracht.

Die SchülerInnen haben über zehn Wochen hin mit Frau Maiss-Minkler und Herrn Matthias Jugend debattiert gelernt, geübt und getestet.

Dabei sollten die Schülerinnen und Schüler das Debattieren probieren: Sie probieren selbst aus, wie eine Debatte nach Regeln von Jugend debattiert auf einfachster Stufe abläuft.

Position beziehen: Sie lernen, aus einer Streitfrage einen konkreten Vorschlag zu entwickeln, ihn zu begründen und zu bewerten.

Aufeinander eingehen: Sie lernen, die Freie Aussprache einer Debatte so zu führen, dass jeder Beitrag den Gedanken eines Vorredners aufgreift. Sie lernen, Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede zwischen den Positionen zu erkennen und widerstreitende Werte und Interessen abzuwägen.

Schlüsse ziehen: Sie lernen, die Debatte in der Schlussrunde zusammenzufassen und den für sie wichtigsten Grund entschieden zu vertreten.

Voraussetzungen klären: Sie lernen, sich auf Debatten vorzubereiten, indem sie herausfinden und darstellen, was der Streitfrage zugrunde liegt und worauf sich Positionen stützen können.

Debattieren trainieren: Sie lernen, eine vollständige Debatte nach Regeln von Jugend debattiert zu führen und auszuwerten. Bei den Debatten kommt es darauf an, dass jeder schon in den Schulen lernt, wie und wozu man debattiert, und regelmäßig übt, auch selbst zu debattieren.

Es war eine tolle Erfahrung für die Schülerinnen und Schüler und sicher sind sie auch wieder im kommenden Schuljahr dabei und können auch ihre Mitschüler begeistern teilzunehmen.

Englisch:
First Place – North America Regional Final West 2021

What an exciting Saturday-, and Sunday morning at the German School campus.

Breaking News today!
Sinead Roche
Sinead Roche

Sinead Roche won 1st place in the A language and origin group at Youth Debate. Sinead is the daughter of Kerstin Roche, a German Teacher at GERMAN SCHOOL campus Newport Beach.

We are thrilled and congratulate you! A great performance!

Youth Debate North America West Regional Finals went off with 37 students competing and East with 28 students.

The competition was still held online due to Covit measures.

Greetings from Germany by Mrs. Anna Hendrischk-Seewald ( ZFA) ,the founder of Jugend debattiert Mr. Ansgar Kemmann ( Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung) on the 20th year of this International event.

Shayan Youssef
Shayan Youssef

Shayan Youssef, a student of the German School campus, participated in the first Youth Debate competition West in the USA with three other students. Each student in discussions and debates in round 1 on topics: “Should the sale of sugary drinks and candy bars be banned in principle at school?” and round 2 “Should plastic bags be banned?”. The discussion rounds lasted 25 minutes each.

Shayan scored a great 8th place. Congratulations!

Mrs. Schoeneich, as well as other principals of the language schools, served as jurors. Our German Teacher, Mrs. Roche, participated as a juror on Sunday. Our student, Sinead Roche, will participate on Sunday morning on the same topics.

Former finalists who had already participated in the national finals in Berlin were present as jurors from Germany. They reported experiences, harmony in the process, moments of happiness after the debates, the applause of the audience, the recognition as a beautiful experience, and above all, to stay with it even if it should not go so well.

Mrs. Maiss-Minkler (ZFA) and Mr. Ingo Matthias (ZfA). Mr. Matthias (ZfA) brought Jugend debattiert for the first time to the US.
Mrs. Maiss-Minkler (ZFA) and Mr. Ingo Matthias (ZfA). Mr. Matthias (ZfA) brought Jugend debattiert for the first time to the US.

The students practiced and tested Youth Debate with Mrs. Maiss-Minkler and Mr. Matthias over ten weeks. In the process, the students have asked to try out debating: They try out for themselves how a debate runs according to Youth Debate starts at the most simple level.

Taking a position: They learn to develop a concrete proposal from an issue in dispute, to justify it, and to evaluate it.

Responding to each other: They learn to conduct the free debate of debate so that each contribution takes up the thought of a previous speaker. You will learn to identify commonalities and differences between positions and to weigh conflicting values and interests.

Drawing Conclusions: They learn to summarize the debate in the final round and decisively argue the most critical case.

Clarifying preconditions: They learn to prepare for debates by identifying and presenting what underlies the disputed issue and what positions can be based on.

Practice debating: They learn to conduct and evaluate a whole debate according to Youth Debate rules.

With debates, everyone must learn how to debate and what it’s for a while they’re still in school and regularly practice discussing themselves.

It was an excellent experience for the students, and I am sure that they will participate again in the next school year and that they will be able to inspire their classmates to participate.

Congratulations! AATG -National German Exam CLV Scholarship Winners!

We are proud – 2 Students from the GERMAN SCHOOL campus are winners of 2021

The National German Exam is administered each year to over 20,000 high school students of German. The Exam, now in its 61st year, provides individual diagnostic feedback, rewards students through an extensive regional and national prize program, and creates a sense of accomplishment.

We are so proud of our students Lucas Ruebsamen and Ryan Raisrohani who are among the 55 winners in the US for the AATG-CLV Scholarship of 2021.

Lucas Ruebsamen at GERMAN SCHOOL campus 2021 AATG Scholarship Award
Ryan Raisrohani at GERMAN SCHOOL campus 2021 AATG Scholarship Award

Eligibility. To be eligible to apply, students must score in the 90th percentile or higher on the National German Exam and have a minimum of a B average. Students must not live in a household where the regular conversation is in German. Students must be in high school.

Lucas (15) scored in the third year with Gold, and Ryan (16) scored in the second year with Gold in the AATG – National German Exam. Both have a high Percentile and they are on the Presidential Honor Roll. They both have taken the ZFA B1/DSDI Exam. Lukas is in our Honor Society of German School campus Chapter California Delta Eta of German Honor Society Delta Epsilon Phi.

AATG and Concordia Language Villages offer the winners one of the two following awards of the prizewinner’s choosing: a minimum of $750 award to be applied to enrollment in a four-week German immersion program (either in-person or virtual) or a full scholarship for anyone-week Waldsee Virtual Village program. “

What both can expect :
“The Next Best Thing to Being There” scholarships for Waldsee German Language Village, an AATG-recognized national Center of Excellence and America’s premier residential and virtual immersion language program in North America, sponsored by Concordia Language Villages and Concordia College.

Immersion Opportunities at Waldsee. Waldsee übercool adventures in German for beginners through advanced learners, all in a fun, motivating setting with master teachers, talented counselors, and participants from across the country and around the world. This summer Waldsee will offer both in-person and virtual village offerings for participants to dive into German in ways that are full of Spiel, Spaβ und Abenteuer!

German School campus Parent Zoom meeting

Saturday December 5th, 2020 11:00 am

Topics:

  • German School Academic courses 2021
  • Tests- Exams in Spring 2021 age groups 8/9 to age 18
  • NGA – National German Exam
  • A1 Vergleichsarbeit, A2 Exam
  • DSD I and DSDII
  • AP Accreditation ZfA, PASCH-net, WASC
  • Benefits of German Language
  • upcoming events
  • Questions by Parents

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Dear Parents,

Thank you for being here this morning and we do not want to take too much of your time.

My Name is Ursula Schoeneich. I am the founder and Principal of the German school campus. With me is Frau Kerstin Roche and Frau Alexandra Wuerfler.

Once a student is enrolled in school, you become a member of it.
Our core curriculum is in accordance with the CEFR – Common European Framework of References for Languages as a guideline for Learning, Teaching, Assessments.

Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching, and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe and is widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.

The European Framework Level is on our website. A1 – C1

”How do we teach German.”

https://www.germanschoolcampus.com/european-framework-level-a1-a2/

Our classes are structured in K/1st Grader-, 2nd Grader classes, Heritage speaker classes, Beginners of the German Language, Intermediate and Advanced German, AP German Language and Culture, High Advanced German class.

This gives the opportunity to grow into a Language assessment, get High School credit, receive Certificates, and Honors.

Our yearly curriculum is structured in accordance with the study books. We include special events like the German Reunification, we add short movies, speak about inventions and add Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein as German-speaking countries.

We are a little bit limited with online classes right now rather than having action-oriented lessons with many activities in classroom settings.

We also teach German Culture in which we add to the following events in the calendar year, St.Martin, St. Nikolaus, Christmas, Fasching-Karneval, Easter Eggstravaganza.

I love to give students what they deserve especially when they work so hard in the extra afternoon hours or in between all their other classes, to learn German.

Therefore I founded the German school campus in 2015 and within these 5 years we reached ( I say we reached as there are also the teacher’s Frau Roche and Frau Wuerfler who create wonderful classes).

Tests-Exams in Spring 2021

ZfA A1 age 8 or 9 in March and A2 age 12/13 to 18

NGA age 12/13 to 18 Level 1,2,3,4

ZfA B1/DSD I at least age 14 and C1/DSDII age 16

We come now to the first AATG NGA National German Exam for High School students, in which we participate already with 6th graders Middle School level.

aatg.org/general/custom.asp?page=NGE

We do testing early to reach level 4 one day and to guide the students early enough to a test system. Every student on each level will be prepared.

Out of this membership we hold with AATG students receive certificates medals, honor roll letters, can become members of the Delta Epsilon Phi Honor Society.

We can start as early as Middle School.

It is time to enroll our students for this German Exam by next week the 10th on Level 2, 3, and 4, Exam by End of January.

Level 1 students will be enrolled in January, Exam Mid April.
For all testing, I need parents written acceptance. We let the parents know by email about the upcoming Exams.

Teachers have a Conference about the ZfA testing every year and the Exam days are set by the Ministry of Education in Berlin.

Testing A1 Vergleichsarbeit

Students will be in 3rd grade-9 years old up to 5th grade 11 years old.

It is an official Test we turn in to ZfA Central Agency of Schools Abroad
It is about 10 sentences reading, understanding, and answering questions with right and wrong. Then we read a part and students draw the elements of the story. They write an invitation to for sample a Birthday Party with words given. We have a conversation with all.

Students get really nice certificates with stars.

Mrs. Roche will tell you something about the A2 and DSDI Exam of the ZfA.

I will open the Powerpoint.

We get clear guidelines on what we have to do to cover these Exams. We are all trained in it by ZfA.

I will then take over again at the DSD II of the ZfA, which we were able to compete successfully in the Thanksgiving week.

DSDII PowerPoint

We have the AP German Language and Cultural class where we have the exam on May 5th by the College Board.

All these exams cumulate in the Seal of Biliteracy in which our students will get another great certificate and medal to stand out of the crowd once it comes to employment or university studies. These students earn much more money one day.

What do you the parents expect from a School like the German School campus?

Seeking student programs and contests that can demonstrate a level of quality in terms of its educational value, its operation.

Accreditation ZfA, PASCH-net, WASC

We are accredited by the Central Agency of Schools Abroad ZfA in which all student documents are registered with the Culture and Education Ministry in Berlin.

We are accredited by Pasch net de. In which many institutions work together like the Goethe Institut, 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.

We are WASC accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools and Colleges.

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. The mission is built upon these beliefs: 1) a school’s goal is successful student learning; 2) each school has a clear purpose and schoolwide learner outcomes; and (3) for ongoing school improvement, each school engages in collaborative self-reflection and analysis to assess progress in achieving its mission, vision, and schoolwide learner outcomes.

We are members of the WDA World Organisation of German Schools abroad. This is our speaking tube to Berlin directly.

Benefits of German Language

Higher pay rate in employment and free university studies in Germany.
Connections to family and friends abroad. We had students who left us as parents got employed overseas.

Upcoming events

Sunday afternoon is the Weihnachtsmarkt in Old World under the CDC guidelines.

We do the Gingerbread house competition, which we do every year as a fundraiser.

Please, visit our Facebook Page. All Infos and news are posted. There are always extra quizzes or new vocabulary to learn.

Now your questions ……………………

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!

Sincerely,

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?

Teilnahmebedingungen:

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. ( www.pixabay.com www.unsplash.com oder www.negativespace.com )

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. (www.pixabay.com www.unsplash.com or www.negativespace.com)

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.