Welcome to the Virginia District 7 Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 7 National History Day Contest!

Contest on March 14, 2020

Registration Deadline is February 21, 2020.

Students and teachers in Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, and South Boston should register for the District 7 National History Day Contest. By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the contest on Saturday, March 14th at Longwood University and the Moton Museum.  Group projects must have at least one student present to compete.  Most judging takes place between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. 

Please note that papers and websites are due by Friday, March 6. Papers can be uploaded through the contest website.  Websites must be created through the NHDWebCentral platform and will be locked out for edits after March 6.

Students in grades four and five (4-5) are assigned to the Elementary Division. They are limited to the exhibit category only, they can participate as either an individual or as a group, and they do not need to annotate their bibliographies. All the other rules and requirements for an exhibit entry apply, including word count, size, and the process paper.

Teachers must register before their students.

  1. To register as a teacher:
    Click "Create Account" and select "Teacher." After completing the registration process, please remember your username and password so you will be able to login to the site on your next visit. If your students advance to the state or national contest, you will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.

     
  2. After teachers register, each student contestant must then register:
    Click "Create Account" and select "Student." Students will input the title of their project, category, and other pertinent information including a parent's name and email address. Parents or guardians should be present to sign off on the permissions. For group projects, the first group member to register will need to share the group code with other members so that the students are linked by their project. Research papers can be uploaded (or reuploaded with edits) through the registration site up until the deadline for paper submission. NHDWebCentral website addresses need to be entered into the registration site but then will automatically update as students update their websites through the platform. Names and project titles will appear in printed materials as they are entered by the students, so double-check for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. These may be changed within the registration system up until the registration deadline. Students will also need to remember their username and password to login again, make edits, or upload research papers. If students advance to the state or national contest, they will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.

Have questions? Contact Cainan Townsend, Director of Education & Public Programs, Moton Museum 
Phone: 434-315-8775 (ext. 3)
E-mail: education@motonmueum.org

Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 7 National History Day Contest!

The registration deadline for students is February 21, 2020.  Once again, we are pleased to announce that there is NO REGISTRATION FEE for students thanks to the generous support of donors.  

By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the contest on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Longwood University and the Moton Museum.  Group projects must have at least one student present to compete.  Students must register between 8:00 and 8:45.  Judging will take place from 9:00-12:45.  The Awards ceremony will begin at 1:00 or thereabouts.  Studets do not have to be present at the Awards cemerony to win.   

Please note that papers and websites are due by Friday, March 6, 2020.  Papers can be uploaded through the contest website.  Websites must be created through the NHDWebCentral platform.

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, or District 7 coordinator Cainan Townsend at education@motonmuseum.org.

 

Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 

If you would like your students to participate, the first step is to make sure your school account has been created and then to create your account as a teacher. To do that, go to CREATE ACCOUNT, schools. If your school is not on the list please e-mail Sam Florer with the name of your school and he will add it.  If you home school your child, please e-mail Sam as well with the name of what you want your home school to be called and a physical address. After verifying that your school has an account, you can now create an account for yourself as a teacher. Once that is complete, your students will be allowed to create an account.

If you have questions, please ask District 7 coordinator Cainan Townsend, education@motonmuseum.org or the VA History Day Coordinator Sam Florer, sflorer@virginiahistory.org.

Even if your students do not participate in History Day competitions, please register so we can track your school's participation in the program and earn points for your school to win the 2020 Virginia History Day Cup! Points are awarded for percentage of eligible students participating at each school in History Day projects, projects that win 1st or 2nd place at District contests, and projects that win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place at the State competition. The Virginia History Day Cup prize will be awarded at the Virginia History Day Contest on April 25 & 26, 2020.

Judge Information

I’ve never judged History Day before.  Is that okay?

Absolutely!  We welcome veteran judges as well as new judges.  Every Contest begins with a training session run by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Judging teams will consist of a mix of veteran and first-time judges.

What qualifications are needed to be a History Day judge?

No qualifications are required to judge a History Day event. However, judges should possess an interest in history and be comfortable interacting with students.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye, making decisions and offering students constructive feedback on their work.

How much time do I have to commit?

At both the District and State level, a judging session typically requires a minimum of 6 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, interviews with students, and determination of top entries. Judges who review Historical Paper and Website entries have a slightly different schedule with a similar time commitment. As a judge, we’ll invite you to participate or view a few webinars prior to the competition, but they aren’t required.

What do judges do during History Day?

The basic task of judges is to evaluate the students’ entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judges begin the day with an orientation where they review the day’s timeline, learn how to use the National History Day scoring sheets, discuss consensus judging, and meet their fellow judges and judge captains.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of veteran and novice judges. Judges evaluate the student entries in 10 to 15 minute intervals, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the score sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony.

What kinds of questions should I ask the students?

Questions asked during the judging process should give students the opportunity to talk about what they learned while creating their project.  The Contest is the students' day to shine! The judge should never talk more than the student or make them feel as though they have not done enough research.  Questions about their research process, sources used, inspirations for the topic, and what they liked about the project are all appropriate questions.

How do I register to be a judge?

Click on the "Register" button above and select "Judge." Register as a user and then fill out the short questionnaire. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. You should receive a confirmation email once you have completed the process.

Have more questions? Contact Cainan Townsend, education@motonmuseum.org or 434-315-8775 (ext. 3)

 

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