Kicking Off The 2022-2023 Season!
Our Summer '22 newsletter, written & produced by our Head of Communications, Anna Van Riesen '24, is published!
Our new season is underway: pre-season practices began Tuesday, August 16th, and our student leaders are working hard to plan novice recruitment and the first social events of the season. In the next 6 weeks, we have so much to look forward to, which is all explained below!
What's Happening for New Members?
New Members: How to Join
Any students interested in joining the team should visit this webpage, read the Onboarding Guide, and complete the New Member Form. Once you've done that, we'll add you to our team Slack so you can start participating!
New Members: Novice Welcome Night on September 13th
On Tuesday, September 13th from 6-7pm in the 800 wing, we'll host Novice Welcome Night, led by our Head of Membership, Sophia Kim '24 with help from our Team Captains. Welcome Night will include presentations & activities to introduce the different speech & debate events we compete in, followed by our first team-wide family dinner @7pm, when you can meet varsity members and coaches! Regular practices will continue from 7:30-9:00pm. New members should reach out to Kyle Hietala or a Coach to ask about attending pre-season practices, prior to Novice Night.
What's Happening for Returning Varsity Members?
Returning Varsity Members: Kickoff Party & Club Day Planning on August 30th
Organized by Head of Community, Holden Lee '25 and Head of Membership Sophia Kim '24, our Kickoff Party for Returning Varsity Members will happen instead of practice, Tuesday, August 30th from 6:00-8:30pm in the Media Arts Center (MAC)!
Pre-Season Practices (8/16 - 9/6)
Students should check Slack for the latest details about pre-season practices, as some practices are currently online and others are in-person at different times. You can also check our Program Calendar for details. Family dinners are NOT provided during pre-season practices. Our regular season practices will begin September 13th. New members should reach out to Kyle Hietala or a Coach to ask about attending pre-season practices, prior to Novice Night.
Regular Season Practices (9/13 - onward)
Our regular season practices will begin in-person in the 800 wing on Tuesday, September 13th, with a special event for Novices at the beginning (see above). Students should check Slack for details from their coaches about when to arrive, specific classrooms, and what materials to bring (at minimum, please bring a laptop, charger, paper & pens). Family dinners will be provided!
Which Tournaments are We Attending?
Tournaments are listed on our Calendar.
Please ask your coaches about which tournament you'll be able to attend first, as not all events are offered at every tournament.
We have new t-shirts and more merch on the way!
If you'd like to buy something, please complete the order form.
News for Parents, Guardians & Families
Orientation and Welcome Night for All Students & Families on September 29th
Open to everyone (new members & returning members, plus parents & families), we'll host an orientation and welcome night on Thursday, September 29th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Media Arts Center (MAC), with a ZOOM option also provided. Dinner will NOT be served. The evening will conclude with an induction ceremony for new members.
Supporting The Team: Helping with Donations, Family Dinners, Judging, etc.
There are so many ways for parents & families to support our team, from donating, to providing family dinners, judging at tournaments, and more. We ask all parents/family members to please fill out this form to let us know how you'd be able to help out this year. Contact our Parent Coordinator, Colleen Gormley, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Anna Van Riesen, Head of Communications, writes & publishes our monthly team newsletter.