We Love Our School Because...Video Contest


New Hampshire has some of the best Middle School students and teachers in the country. In our travels visiting schools, speaking with students, parents, and community members, we have developed a deep respect for the individuality and quality of all of NH’s Middle Schools. To help others see what we have, we want to invite schools to share what is special, unique, and plain awesome about their schools.

To that end, the New Hampshire Association for Middle Level Education (NHAMLE) and the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) are asking you and your students to enter the…

“We Love Our School Because…” Video Contest

This is an exciting opportunity to showcase how awesome your school is and share that with others in the state and beyond!

The rules and guidelines of the contest are outlined below and there is an attached scoring rubric to guide your work.

Rules and Guidelines of the Contest.

All videos should be uploaded to Youtube with a link emailed, along with the name and address of the school, lead teacher’s name, and title of the video to nhamleboard@gmail.com

Each video entry must focus on what you love about your school, what makes it special or unique, and why.

Students may work together in groups or submit entries as individuals.

The length of the video should not exceed 60 seconds (one minute), not including the title screen (see #6).

All entries should begin with a 5-10 second full-screen “title screen” that includes the following information:

School name

Lead Teacher’s name

School city, state

Title of video

Total running time (not including the 10 second title screen)

There is no entry fee.

Entries may be submitted through email starting on January 31, 2020. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on March 1, 2020.

All information presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, you must submit a list of your sources, properly cited.

Each video must have one Lead Teacher to serve as the main point of contact. Recognition and prizes will be awarded to the school and in the lead teacher’s name.

All entries must be submitted in digital format.

No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.

Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be actors or cameramen however; content and editing should be developed and done by students.

All video requirements must be completed to be considered for the contest.

All schools are responsible for ensuring that all rules and regulations for making videos on school premises and with students are followed and parent permissions are granted. The contest sponsors and supports are not liable for student made videos. All videos may be showcased on sponsors and supporters websites and we encourage schools to showcase their student’s work as well. Individual school’s video release policy/procedure should be followed and should suffice with regards to all permissions.

Content must comply with all local and state laws and be age appropriate as determined by the sponsoring agencies in their sole and conclusive determination.

The judges’ decision is final. Entries will be judged by the accompanying rubric.

Awards will be presented as a First, Second, and Third place winner. Prizes: 1st prize $750; 2nd prize $500; 3rd $250= $1500 - In addition, each winning school will receive a voucher for 1 two day registration to the NELMS Annual Conference – a $325 value!

All schools will receive a Certificate of Recognition and their name and video will be showcased at the state and regional middle level conferences.

Important Considerations:

Students should keep at least one copy of their video. NHAMLE/NELMS is not responsible for any videos that are lost, damaged, or that do not download properly.

Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant, with the following exceptions:

Entrants grant NHAMLE/NELMS the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.

Entrants also grant NHAMLE/NELMS the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.

NHAMLE/NELMS encourages all schools to post their completed videos on school and community websites and maintains the rights to reproduce, display, or exhibit the project for promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or other educational venues.

By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold NHAMLE/NELMS and all their volunteers and employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the contest or use/redemption of any prize.

Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.

Thanks and have fun creating!!!!

Scoring Rubric

2018 Winners

The Third Place Winner is the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham. Lead teacher Ms. Swanson.

The Second Place Winner is the Lafayette School in Franconia for “The Fort”. Lead teacher Shelley Koehler.

AND the First Place Winner is…...South Meadow School in Peterborough. Lead teacher Mrs. Brezovec and students, Wyatt, Bryson, and Connor.