NOILAATG AWARDS CEREMONY 2015

59th Annual Awards 2015
 @ College of DuPage
2 PM on Sunday, April 26, 2015 


 

Keynote Speakers:  Joanna Bodigor & Will Estey

Award Recipients

Ingrid Zeller, Northwestern University Outstanding German Educator Award of Excellence  Sponsored by Chicago Brauhaus 

Angela Jostlein, German School of Naperville Klett-Langenscheidt Award Sponsored by Klett-Langenscheidt


NOIILAATG Deutschschule Auszeichnung Co-Sponsored by NOILAATG & German Language School Conference, Frau Christa Garcia

Level 4: Olivia Zurniewicz, DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Level 3: Karina Palffy, DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Level 3: Marlene Schaf, DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Level 3: Thilo Roelofs, German Language School of Naperville, Frau Jostlein

Level 3: Justine Rozenich, German Language School of Naperville, Frau Jostlein

Level 2: Suntje Schubert, DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Level 2: Serena Karrer, DANK Chicago North, Frau McNamara

Level 2: Louisa Hagen,  DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Level 2: Nicole Von Oesen, DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Level 2: Marek Potuznik, DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Level 2: Nicolas Thoma, DANK Northern Suburbs, Frau Woerner

Honorable Mention: Participated in the Regional Interview process

EMILY WOOD                     DANIEL COLLINS         NOOR MICHAEL

DAIAANA RIAZANSKAIA     NICOLE WENDEL         KEVIN MOMMSEN

ERIC METZGER             NIKITA KAZIMIROV ANNA REIMER

ELIZABETH COGAN            GRANT STEELE     THOMAS EBERLE

ANNA-NIKOL GEORGIEV


Anna Li Klett-Langenscheidt Award Sponsored by Klett-Langenscheidt

Cindy Yang Student Immersion Weekend Sponsored by Northern Illinois AATG

Nathan Gundlach Concordia Language Villages Stipend Sponsored by Swiss Benevolent Society

Interview Committee Award

David Forner  Sponsored by Schnitzelplatz

Michael Bilstein Sponsored by Fritzl’s


NOILAATG Collegiate Award of Excellence Sponsored by Northern Illinois AATG

Northern Illinois University - Atres Norwood

Northwestern University, Frau Zeller - Andrew Rowberg

University of Illinois at Chicago, Frau Loentz - Kara Roberts

North Central College, Herr Wolf - Lauren Kanady


Presentation of 2013 Study Trip Winner(s)

Sponsored by National AATG & Pädagogische Austausch Dienst


Senior Nominee & Finalist: Elizabeth Moye, Neuqua Valley, Senior

         -Käthe Wilson Scholarship Sponsored by Delta Epsilon Phi


Underclassmen Nominee & Winner Amelia Deering, Privat Unterricht,  Underclassmen

Underclassmen Nominee & Winner Rachel Lau, Plainfield North High School, Underclassmen








Dear NOILAATG Teachers,

Thank you all for your dedication, time and continued support on the AATG National German Exam. Northern Illinois Students have done HERVORRAGEND! We are so proud of their accomplishments. It is because of YOU, the dedicated and determined German teachers of Northern Illinois AATG that our students do so well.

Everyone should have received an email with your exam results on February 13. If you have not received your results you may contact Mercedes Pokorny mercedes@aatg.org or the AATG office (856) 795-5553.

The school year is coming to an end. It is time again to recognize all the amazing accomplishments of our primary, secondary and collegiate students and their teachers.

 

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!!! (Invites below)

The AATG Northern Illinois Awards Ceremony will be held at

2 PM on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the College of DuPage

 

If you would like to volunteer to help with that event, please e-mail Anna Hog at ahog@sd308.org or call 630-267-4152. Areas to assist in: setting up, cleaning up, taking pictures, and supervising the prize tables.

 

 

            Section 1 is for ALL MEMBERS

                Section 2 is for college and university instructors

                Section 3 applies only to teachers and administrators at language schools.

                Section 4 applies to ALL teachers and schools who administered the AATG Exam - Recognition

                Section 5 applies only to high school teachers who administered the AATG exam - Understanding the results.

                Section 6 applies only to high school teachers who administered the AATG exam - School, regional and national Awards.

                Section 7 Summary of important dates

 

 If you have any questions at all, please e-mail Anna Hog at ahog@sd308.org or 630-267-4152.

 

Section 1- News

Northern Illinois had 1171 students take the 55th national exam!  20,496 Students from nearly 700 schools took the test, approximately 5% of the test takers are Northern Illinois students. The Senior and Non-Senior AATG-PAD Study Trip winners (2 students to represent the United States) are chosen from the entire test group not just Northern Illinois. Eine Hervorragende Leistung - Lehrer und Schüler!

 

This is the first year that the Level 1 Exam is being given. We are looking forward to the data and results. May 12th the results will be posted and you will receive an email with the results. We know that many schools will already be ending during that time. We are asking that teachers please print the appropriate awards certificate for your student and celebrate at your school. Suggestion: A class celebration with parents to celebrate the students’ success.

 

Meet the Danielson Domain #4

We are looking for two members to be trained 2015-16 to take over as the Awards and Testing Chair for the 2016-2017 school year.  We are also looking for candidates to take on the following NOILAATG Executive Committee Chair positions: Program Chair & Membership Chair.

 

Section 2- Collegiate Awards

This is the fourth year we are able to offer the NOILAATG Collegiate Award of Excellence.  Each Northern Illinois college/university may nominate ONE student to receive an award from our chapter.  Instructors should submit the name of the student along with a paragraph detailing why the student should be honored. These students will be honored at the 2015 AATG Awards Ceremony on April 26th. They will also be recognized in our Spring Newsletter. 

NOMINEES:Candidates are stellar in all possible ways. They have shown leadership, academic excellence and a drive to promote the German language and culture. They demonstrate their interest and skills in classes, at events, at competitions and even in travel.

DEADLINE: Nominations are due by March 14th to Anna Hog at noilaatg@gmail.com.

SUBJECT LINE: NOILAATG Collegiate Award of Excellence

                       

Section 3- Language School Awards

Normally students at the language schools are NOT eligible for a AATG-PAD Study Trip or scholarship awards, as they must be at least 16 by December 31st. However, ALL students scoring in the 90th percentile or above in each level are still invited to the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 26 for recognition.

 

This is the second year we are able to offer the Language School Award of Excellence to a student of a Language School.  This student will be chosen by the following criteria: Highest test score.

 

Each language school only has one representative listed on the exam report, it is important that you let me know of other teachers or administrators at the school who should be honored along with the high-scoring students. Please send this information to Anna Hog at ahog@sd308.org  or call  630-267-4152.

 

Section 4- Recognitions

We believe it is important to recognize ALL the German teachers whose students took the National Exam. On the exam report there is only ONE name per school listed. Please email me with the names of the other German teachers in your building, who have help lead your students to the success and participation of the German National exam.

 

Section 5 - Understanding the Results

The results were sent as both an HTML attachment and a CSV format (spreadsheet format) attachment.

HTML documents
There is a separate document for level 2, level 3, and level 4 exams. Each document lists students from highest score to lowest. If two students scored the same, they are listed alphabetically by last name.
CSV documents
These documents contain the same information as the HTML documents plus additional data. The CSV document also allows you to sort information. Records are currently sorted from highest score to lowest.
Column Titles
The reports are organized by exam level and student performance from highest score to lowest. Along with scores for the Reading section and the Listening and Viewing section, you will find a
Total Raw Score and Percentile Ranking for both Standard Group and Total Group.

Standard Group

The Standard Group represents only students who respond NO to the survey question "Is German spoken regularly in your home?"

Total Group

Percentile scores for Total Group indicate the performance of students in comparison to ALL  students taking the exam at that level.
Raw Score
A raw score indicates the number of items a student answered correctly. Each section of the exam consists of 50 questions for a total possible National German Exam raw score of 100.
Percentiles
Raw scores have been converted into PERCENTILES. A percentile score indicates the performance of an individual student in comparison to ALL students who took the National German Exam. For example, a percentile score of 79 in the Standard Group indicates that the student performed better than 79% of all students in the Standard Group.

Section 6 - SCHOOL, REGIONAL & NATIONAL AWARDS

SCHOOL AWARDS
The AWARD column of the report indicates the prize level of each student's performance. 
           >Certificates recognizing each of level of performance can be found on our website

  http://www.aatg.org/?page=NGEAwards.

           >Individual teachers can download and print them to honor students at their schools

           >Certificate seals and medals for outstanding performance are available for purchase in our store.

REGIONAL AWARDS

Prizes this year include AATG-PAD Study Trip to Germany, two weeks at Concordia Language Villages, and a scholarship to the fall student immersion weekend, as well as gift certificates to German restaurants and the GLOW award, which also includes a gift card.  Note that each SCHOOL has a limit of TWO nominees (one senior and one non-senior), so if there are multiple teachers, they will have to agree on which students to nominate.

All teachers who participated in the AATG National German Exam will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony.

Regional Awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on April 26th. Attached is a “Save The Date” invite for your students. Students who meet the following criteria are invited to attend:

Ø  Participated in the Regional Selection Interview Process

Ø  Scored in the 90th percentile

Ø  Achieved a RAW SCORE of 90 or above

 

 

NATIONAL AWARDS -- PAD TRAVEL AWARD
AATG Headquarters allows each Chapter to nominate ONE candidate for Study Trip Award I (10th or 11th grader) and ONE candidate for Study Trip Award II (Senior).

 

This means EACH school who participated in the AATG German National Exam may nominate ONE Senior and ONE non-Senior who meet the criteria to be considered for this award and to participate in the Regional Interview Selection Process.

 

The Selection Committee will forward the region’s best candidate to AATG Headquarters for the National Selection Process.

 

NOMINEES

Students who score at or above the 90th percentile for the Standard Group (indicated with a Y in the Eligible for Travel Award column) and who meet all eligibility criteria may apply for the AATG-PAD Study Trip Awards.

Ø  An eligible student: 

o    has been nominated by their school

o    has not previously won this or similar awards (including Congress-Bundestag Exchange)

o    is of good academic standing (minimum "B" average)

o    does not live in a household in which any daily conversation is conducted in German

o    has not been enrolled in a school in which the language of instruction was German

o    has not visited a German-speaking country for more than two consecutive weeks since the age of six

o    does not plan on visiting a German-speaking country for two weeks or longer during the next twelve months

o    is a US citizen or has permanent resident status in the US (include copy of green card with application)

o    is or will be 16 years old by December 31, 2015

o    is in good physical and mental health

o    Is available on the dates of the trip

o    participates in the Regional Interview Selection Process

§  On Saturday, March 14, 2015

§  At Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego, Illinois 60545

§  Has submitted ALL FORMS 

·         Forms: http://www.aatg.org/?page=NGEStudyTripApp2015

·         Must be received by March 6th, 2015

 

TEACHERS RECOMMENDATIONS: Please email noilaatg@gmail.com the names of your nominees by March 2…so that we know what names to look for. Please put in the subject line: AATG RECOMMENDED NOMINEE and then in the email write their name and which award (1 or 2).

 

Regional Interview Selection Process

On March 7th all teachers and nominees will receive an email with their Interview Schedule, instructions, a school map, room numbers and further information. If a student has special needs for their interview times, I will need to know this as soon as possible. We will do our best to meet their needs for interview times.

What to expect

-Students will respond to an email in German when they arrive

-Students will be interviewed for about ten minutes by a panel of German teachers from a variety of teaching levels from different areas of the state in German.

-Students must be prepared to speak only in German during the interview.

***The German 2 students may rest assured that they will be asked much simpler questions than the Level 4 students!


WHAT IS THE AATG-PAD Study Trip to Germany?
The study trip is sponsored by the AATG and the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD), a governmental agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. There are two awards presented by the AATG/PAD.

Award I Students (non-seniors) receive round-trip air transportation from Newark or JFK to Germany, live in a home, attend classes at a Gymnasium, and participate in excursions to places of cultural and historical significance. Students are accompanied by AATG chaperones. Travel dates are June 25 - July 19.

Award II Graduating Seniors receive round-trip air transportation from Newark or JFK to Germany. In addition to a two-week school and homestay program, students also attend special international seminars in other locations for two weeks. Travel dates are June 24 - July 25.

Applications
The student application for the AATG-PAD Study Trip Awards can be found on the NGE Awards page of our website 
www.aatg.org under "Student Programs". Here is the link: http://www.aatg.org/?page=NGEStudyTripApp2015  Teachers have been asked to provide each eligible student with the URL for the application. The deadline for students to apply for the study trip is March 6, 2015. You may extend this deadline at your discretion.

Section 7 - Here is an overview of important dates.
                       
March 2:  Teacher nomination email to testing chair: noilaatg@gmail.com Subject: AATG RECOMMENDED NOMINEE

March 6: Deadline for student applications for AATG/PAD Study Trip Awards. Students must submit their application and supporting materials online at www.aatg.org.                    
March 14: Regional Interview Selection Process: Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego, Illinois 60545

                 Students should dress professionally and be punctual to their scheduled time.

March 14: NOILAATG Collegiate Award of Excellence nominees due to noilaatg@gmail.com

March 23: Awards and Testing Chair will submit regional nominees for Study Trip Award I and II to headquarters for National selection.                
March 30 to April 3: National Selection Committee chooses AATG/PAD Study Trip Award finalists. AATG notifies candidates, Chapter Testing Chairs, and Chapter Presidents of the final decisions.
April 18: College Student Immersion Weekend.

April 26: Northern Illinois Awards Ceremony at College of DuPage at 2PM.

May 12: AATG Level 1 Results distributed.

May 16: Spring Meeting at the Goethe Institut Chicago.

 

This concludes the e-mail:)

I know this is a lot of information. It is because of you and all your hard work and dedication to the German language and the teaching of your students that our German programs stay alive. We are so proud to have you as a member of our Northern Illinois Chapter. Please don’t hesitate to direct any questions to the Executive Committee at noilaatg@gmail.com or Anna Hog at ahog@sd308.org or call  630-267-4152.

 

Anna Hog and Julie Konetzki
Northern Illinois AATG
Testing and Awards Chairs

 

 


PAST CHAPTER AWARDS CEREMONIES: 20122013, 2014

Teacher Recognitions
Great Teachers of NOILAATG        

 

Outstanding German Educator Award of Excellence                      

Sponsored by Chicago Brauhaus

 

Klett-Langenscheidt Award

Sponsored by Klett-Langenscheidt

 

Student Recognitions

Recognition: Students whose RAW Score was 90 or better.

 

Honorable Mention - 

Participated in the Regional Interview process


NOIILAATG Deutschschule Auszeichnung

Co-Sponsored by NOILAATG

& German Language School Conference, Frau Christa Garcia

 

Klett-Langenscheidt Award

Sponsored by Klett-Langenscheidt 

 

Student Immersion Weekend 

Sponsored by Northern Illinois AATG


Concordia Language Villages Stipend

Sponsored by Swiss Benevolent Society

 

NOILAATG Collegiate Award of Excellence

Sponsored by Northern Illinois AATG


Study Trip Winner(s)

Sponsored by National AATG 

& Pädagogische Austausch Dienst

 

Senior Nominee & Finalist:

Underclassmen Nominee & Winner

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