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Speech Team

SHMS' Speech Team (a.k.a. "Declam Team") is an opportunity for students to hone their public speaking skills, gain confidence, and have fun.  The 2020-21 Season will be entirely virtual.  

Speech Team Website

Participating in Speech Team involves:

  • Picking (or writing) a 5-8 minute piece to perform (solo or with a partner)
  • Rehearsing the piece with peers and coaches via Zoom
  • Performing the piece at Virtual Meets

All 6th-8th grade students are invited to participate. See Ms. Mildahl to learn more (lauren.mildahl@district196.org).

Sign Up

1) Have a parent sign up on MyPaymentsPlus. 
2) Join our Schoology Group: BSS2-F983-RKTNS

Important Dates

  • Monday, December 7th: Introduction Meeting
    • Starts at 3pm on Zoom.  Join our Schoology Group for the link (BSS2-F983-RKTNS)
       
  • Monday, December 14th: Practices Begin
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays over Zoom from 3pm-4:30pm. 
       
  • Monday, December 21st-Friday, January 1st: No Practice
    • No practice over Winter Break. 
       
  • Monday, January 4th: Practices Resume
     
  • Week of Tuesday, January 19th: First "In House" Meet
    • Will take place over Zoom during regular practice time, 3pm-4:30pm.  Note that there will be no meeting on Monday, January 18th as this is a school holiday. 
       
  • Week of Monday, February 1st: 2nd Meet
    • Will take place during regular practice time, 3pm-4:30pm.  This meet may involve other schools also participating over Zoom. 
       
  • Monday, February 8th: End of the Season Celebration over Zoom. 
     

Practices

Practice will take place over Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3pm-4:30pm.  Students should come to practice one day per week.  On their practice day, students will join the Zoom for team meeting at 3pm for announcements and instruction.  Then students will practice their piece until it is time to work one-on-one with a coach in individual coaching sessions. After their coaching session, students will be free to leave the Zoom. 

Meets

This year there will be only 2 Speech Meets.  They will take place during normal practice time during the week of January 19th, 2021 and the week of February 1st, 2021.  The first meet will be "in house" with only other Scott Highlands Students.  The second meet will hopefully include other middle schools, so students can learn from their peers.  The meets will involve students performing their piece twice for two different judges who will give them a score of A, B, or C based on a variety of criteria.  Students will then be awarded ribbons based on their scores:

Blue Ribbon - 2 "A" Scores
Red Ribbon - 1 "A" and 1 "B" Score
White Ribbon - 2 "B" Scores
Purple Ribbon - 1 "B" and 1 "C" Score
Yellow Ribbon - 2 "C" Scores

 

 

two boys and one girl giving speaches