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Final Reminders

Dear Net Ole members:

The Texas Foreign Language Symposium is fast approaching, and we are busily making the final preparations for the competition day.  Approximately 600 students from 16 high schools will be competing on Monday, March 25, 2013  in French and Spanish language events!

Please read and keep the following important information regarding the symposium day.

Buses / Drop off  
Plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m.  The buses may drop students off in front of the Sam Rayburn Student Center (Spanish) or in front of the Hall of Languages (French).  Buses may park in parking lot C or G (see campus map) or in front of the football stadium. We appreciate your attention to bus parking.

Visitor Parking Permit
Teachers and judges who drive their personal vehicles to campus may obtain a Visitor Parking Permit. You must print the permit that is to be placed in the window or dashboard of your vehicle the day of the symposium. 

Sign in (8:30 – 9:00)
Teachers must sign in upon arrival before the competition begins. Judges and door monitors must sign in upon arrival and pick up a judge’s or monitor’s packet which contains contest information.  Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided for teachers and judges. (Spanish – Lobby, SRSC;  French –Lounge, Hall of Languages).  Symposium events begin at 9:00 a.m.

Event Schedule
Students must sign up for a time to compete in their events as soon as they can.  Sign up sheets will be located outside the door of the room in which the event is to take place.  Competition times and rooms are posted on the Net Olé website. Please remind students to be on time for their events. 

School Numbers / Rating Sheets
Your school number must appear on all nametags and judges’ rating sheets.  Students must provide two rating sheets to the judges.  Ratings sheets are available on the Net Olé website.  No rating sheets will be available at the competition.  Nametags or rating sheets without a school number will result in disqualification.

Food Entries
Spanish food entries should be delivered to the SRSC room 209 between 8:30 and 9:15.
French food entries should be delivered to the Hall of Languages room 134 between 8:30 and 9:15.

Scholarship Exams
Scholarship Exams will begin at the times and places listed below.  Please see campus map for building location.  Each student must submit a Scholarship Exam application to the monitor the day of the exam.  The application is available on the NET OLE website.

French Scholarship Exam - 1:00 pm:
Sowers Education South 134 or 135 (B37 on campus map)

Spanish Scholarship Exam -  1:00 pm:
Sowers Education South 134 or 135 (B37 on campus map)                              

Students may store props along the wall of SRSC 213C (Spanish) and outside HL203 (French). 

The teacher luncheon will take place from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Student Access and Success Welcome Center (building B38 on campus map). Boxed lunches will be delivered to judges.  The Net Olé Business Meeting will be conducted with the Rules Committee Meeting in the Alumni Center (building B1 on campus map) starting at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Contest Results / Awards / Rules Committee Meeting

Contest results will be posted as they become available.  We will send an email summary of the final results for all events the week following the symposium.

Teachers must pick up ribbons, medals, and trophies at the Rules Committee Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Center (building B38 on campus map).    

We highly encourage your participation in the Rules Committee Meeting which strives to improve the Texas Foreign Language Symposium and the competition experience for students and teachers.  This year, the Net Olé Business Meeting will be conducted with the Rules Committee Meeting in the Alumni Center (B38 on campus map) at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Please send at least one teacher to represent your school at the meeting.

Unfortunately, time constraints make it impossible to have an awards ceremony the day of the event, but we encourage you to present your Texas Foreign Language Symposium awards during your school’s end-of-the-year awards ceremony or create your own ceremony and present awards in front of your language classes. This is a great way to create enthusiasm for your language programs!


Contest Requirements

  • Remind your students to bring two rating sheets to each event in which they are competing.  They will not be allowed to participate without the rating sheets.
  • Your school number must appear on all student name tags and the judges rating sheets for competition. 
  • Remind your students to bring their original prepared speech, if the event in which they are participating requires it.

Student Behavior
Students are welcome to play in the Game Room of the Club (SRSC) when they are not competing.  Please remind your students to respect the building and all university property and to clean up after themselves.  The University has agreed not to charge Net Olé for the use of any of the facilities and rooms the day of our competition, and it makes it easier for them to renew that agreement with us if students are well-behaved.

Please note that all materials for teachers, judges, and students are located on our website

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