Below is the anticipated program schedule with schools. We are planning a poster contest with each elementary school grade (Kindergarten – 5th grade), a speech contest with each 7th grade civics class (in conjunction with the curriculum that will be taught in October-November, 2010), and an essay contest in each 10th grade.
Poster Contest Guidelines
To encourage students to express their knowledge of our court system and community issues through art; and to recognize publicly some of the best student artists in each participating elementary school...
Poster Contest Entry Form
Essay Contest Guidelines
To broaden students’ knowledge of our court’s history and knowledge of the court system; to encourage students in their writing; and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in participating Miami-Dade County schools...
Speech Contest Guidelines
To broaden students’ knowledge of our court’s history and knowledge of the court system; to encourage students in their oral presentation; and to recognize publicly some of the best student orators in participating Miami-Dade County schools...
Poster Contest in Elementary SchoolsEach elementary school will participate through the grade’s respective art teacher. The themes are “What Justice Means to Me” or “It’s Important to be Fair”. Miami-Dade public schools are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 23. Our goal is to have the announcements and contest guidelines received by each elementary school art teacher by Friday, October 1. The deadline for posters to be received is noon on Friday, December 3. Our Schools Committee members and volunteers will then separate and code each poster for judging. We plan to assemble the judges in late December/early January 2011 so that the winners can be announced by February 1. We are working toward having an awards ceremony either at the County Commission chambers or at the Dade County Courthouse. During the months of February – May, 2011, each poster submitted will be displayed in each of the 9 courthouses (Caleb Center still under construction) throughout Miami-Dade County. There are 116 courtrooms – it should be a splendid way to excite the public about our celebration!
Speech Contest in Middle School & Essay Contest in High SchoolThe schedule is the same as above. For the speech contest, each 7th grade civics teacher will receive the announcement and contest guidelines for distribution. The speech contest will parallel the curriculum that Dr. Paul George will be authoring together with Bob Brazofsky and John Doyle, Administrative Director, Division of Social Science Curriculum and Instruction. The speeches will be submitted in oral format (DVD or flash). The essay contest is open to 10th graders. Our committee was of the opinion that since the 10th graders will be learning essay formation for the FCAT in the fall quarter, this contest would be a logical extension and perfect way to put into practice what the students have already learned. Judging for both contests will take place in January.