Middle School Debate Coach Weekly! (1/18/19) - MS Tournament #4 THIS SATURDAY!

by Erik Fogel | Jan 17, 2019 11:14:05 PM |

Middle School Debate League, Coaches



Hi Everyone!  Tournament this Saturday!!! Thank you to PS/MS 266 in Queens for hosting Public Forum Debate and thank you to WHEELS for hosting Parliamentary and Congressional Debate! We are carefully monitoring weather reports. As always we follow the NYC Department of Education policies - if Saturday programming is cancelled by the Department of Education, then we will cancel the tournament. We will send any updates or changes via Tabroom.com emails so please check. You can also stay up to date on school closings by visiting: 

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/severeweather/index.page and https://www.schools.nyc.gov/.   But whatever the announcements are, please put safety first for you and your students when arranging travel. We also have another middle school tournament coming up in only a few weeks. However, we do please ask to always make any updates and changes on Tabroom.com as soon as you can.  Precious time is wasted on Saturday mornings for changes that could have been made during the week!!!!!!!!  Especially as tournaments grow in size - the more changes, means the more time is wasted the morning of and the tournament is delayed. 


Also reminder for teachers we have our Winter Debate Con coming up! Full day of workshops, breakfast, lunch, happy hour, debate networking and more. Theme for this Debate Con is on student-led debate programs. How you can empower your students to lead practices, coach your younger debaters, help you administer the team, recruit other debaters - take all the work off your hands!  Sign up here!  

General Reminders! 


1. Middle School Tournament on Saturday, January 19th!  



Middle School Parliamentary Debate Topics for Middle School Tournament #4

    • This House would increase funding for space exploration.

    • This House would close the Rikers Island Jail.

    • This House would grant adolescents the right to their own medical decisions.

Middle School Public Forum Debate Topic for Middle School Tournament #4

Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.


Middle School City Council/Congressional Debate Topics for Middle School Tournament #4




2.  Winter Debate Con Registration Open!  January 28th! Click here to sign up! 

Ask your Principal about January 28th which is Chancellor Professional Development Day!!! Teachers have the day just for Professional Development! Students have the day off! With permission, many teachers attend our Debate Educator Conferences instead of in-house school based professional development. Additionally, we are always looking for guest speakers and workshop leaders! Contact us at info@debate.nyc  Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Networking, and great workshops all day long. Sign Up Now!!!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-debate-con-2019-conference-for-debate-educators-debate-con-xi-tickets-49553979286


3. Middle School States Championships Bids Updates!!! 

At City Championships, each high school can send two teams per division and per event!  Totally up to you what teams!!! Have your own mini tournament! Select based on overall record!!  or other method!  For State Champs however, it is through "bids" - at least 2 winning record tournaments... with the same partner!! More info and bid list on our State Champs website - https://www.debate.nyc/the-new-york-state-debate-championship


4. Permission Slips! 

All students need to complete a 2018-2019 permission slip for the season!  - https://www.tfaforms.com/348080. And please let us know if you do not see your school on the list. 


5. 2018-2019 Tournament Calendar! Save the dates! 


We have a new calendar system on our website so you can add the Tournament Calendar to your Google Calendar, iCalendar or other feeds. As well as share via social media, Email, etc. Each tournament location is also linked to Google Calendar for directions. And you will also see a button that takes you to Tabroom.com to register for that tournament. Visit our Middle School Calendar: https://www.debate.nyc/ms-calendar


Middle School Tournament Calendar (Parliamentary Debate & City Council Debate Calendar)
9/29 - NYC Middle School Tournament #1  - PS 161 (Confirmed).  CITY COUNCIL DEBATE WORKSHOP! 
11/10 - NYC Middle School Tournament #2 - Marine Park (Confirmed)
12/1 - NYC Middle School Tournament #3 (Inwood Academy (Confirmed)
1/19 - NYC Middle School Tournament #4. WHEELS  (confirmed)
2/9 - NYC Middle School Tournament #5: Hamilton Grange (Confirmed)
3/16-17 (Sat & Sun) - NYC Middle School City Championships (PS 161 & Hamilton Grange Confirmed)
4/13-14  (Sat & Sun)- New York State Debate Championships (Still need a location!)
Middle School Tournament Calendar (Public Forum Debate Calendar)
9/29 - NYC Middle School Tournament #1: IN Tech Academy (Confirmed)
11/10 - NYC Middle School Tournament #2: Hunters Point Community MS (Confirmed)
12/1 - NYC Middle School Tournament #3: In Tech Academy (Confirmed)
1/19 - NYC Middle School Tournament #4: PS/IS 266 (Confirmed)
2/9 - NYC Middle School Tournament #5 -  PS/IS 281 (Confirmed)
3/16-17 (Sat & Sun) - NYC Middle School City Championships: PS 161 & Hamilton Grange (Confirmed)
4/13-14  (Sat & Sun) - New York State Debate Championships (Still need a location!)


Thank You for your support to make debate accessible for all! 



Erik Fogel



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