Kansas Chapter
American Association
of Teachers of German


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Click on map for The Barn Bed & Breakfast Inn


Presenters: Candis Carey and Charles Beattie

Dates: September 13-15, 2019

Place: The Barn Bed & Breakfast Inn in Valley Falls, Kansas


Registration for those participating in the conference sessions is $75, payable to KATG. The plan is to allow work time so that you can take home plans to use on Monday in class. 


Please let me know if cost is prohibiting participation and we will look for scholarships. There is no registration fee for spouses and others who are not participating in the sessions.


Costs for the venue:

The following costs include two nights (Friday and Saturday) and five meals (Friday supper, 3 meals on Saturday, and Sunday breakfast):

Private room: $375.73

Double occupancy: $196.21 per person

Triple occupancy: $174.35 per person


Day fees (if you plan to stay somewhere else, but join us for the day) are $10 per day and then individual meal costs: Breakfast: $13.50, Lunch: $15.50, Supper: $18.00. (You are not required to eat all meals, but pay only for those you eat.)


All fees include drinks (coffee, tea, water) and popcorn throughout the day.


All payments to the Barn can be made directly to them on the weekend we are there via check, credit card or cash. We will need to to know in early September exactly how many meals we will need, so I will be communicating with registrants about this after August 23.


If you have not done so already, please fill out this Google Form to Register today (or at the latest by August 23)! 


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Nan Bergen

KATG Präsidentin

Email: nanette.bergen@usd373.org

Cell: 620-747-0795

Liebe Kolleg-inn/-en!

The Kansas state German competition, SCHÜLERKONGRESS, will take place at the University of Kansas in Wescoe Hall on Saturday, March 2nd. The theme this year is “Deutschlandjahr - USA”. Take a look at the Goethe Institute website for ideas you can use in your classroom to help your students prepare, if you haven’t already! https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/ueb/dju.html

The Schülerkongress is a great opportunity to build excitement among your students for learning German and to advertise your program. Each year almost 300 high school students gather for the event and always leave excited about learning German. It becomes the buzz back at their home schools, and German is seen as a fun thing to do. Please join us to make it a great time for students!!!

No matter your students’ skill level, everyone can find events to participate in. 

Activities at this year’s Schülerkongress include…

·         Poem and prose literature presentations

·         Culture quiz

·         Scavenger hunt to a nearby campus museum

·         Choir and dance rooms

·         Interpersonal speaking assessment for upper levels

·         Video contest based on the theme

·         Poster contest based on the theme

·         Tante Emma Laden with lots of prizes

·         The fun of being with other German students and speaking German

·         The fun of being on the K.U. campus!

Your students can also order a T-shirt to commemorate the day!

More description of the day, the enrollment cost and a link to enroll your students will be sent to interested persons.  

Please contact Chris Hanks by January 21st if you are interested in receiving more information about this year’s Schülerkongress.

Vielen Dank, und wir würden uns freuen, euch am 2. März bei dem Schülerkongress auf dem KU Campus zu sehen!

P.S. Wenn Sie diese Email erhalten und keine High School Lehrkräfte sind, markieren Sie das Datum trotzdem und verbreiten Sie diese Nachricht, bitte!  Eventuell können wir Ihre Mithilfe gebrauchen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Chris Hanks

Schülerkongress Chairperson

German Teacher

Olathe East High School

Olathe, KS 66062



2. MÄRZ 2019
University of Kansas


Olathe East High School 

14545 W. 127th St.
Olathe, KS 

(click on map below to get directions)

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Thema: Sprechen wie Schreiben? 

Ausspracheübungen im DaF Unterricht 

Sprecher: Frau Dr. Silvia Dahmen, Köln 

Our 33rd annual German immersion weekend will be held at Olathe East High School on September 21st to 22nd. All teachers, secondary and post-secondary as well as others who are interested in improving their German skills are welcome. Please let others who may be interested know. 

Our speaker for the weekend, Dr. Silvia Dahmen, presented at the DaF Conference in Denver last year. She is an engaging speaker and has interesting and inspiring tricks and techniques for teaching pronunciation. In addition to our conference, we will once again be treated to authentic German Abendbrot Friday and dinner in a German restaurant in Kansas City on Saturday evening. See the STUNDENPLAN at right below for complete details.

Recent experience has indicated that there is not enough need to book a block of rooms in one hotel. Some local hotel accommodations are listed below. Click on the name for the hotel website for more information. 

Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City Olathe

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Olathe North

Hilton Garden Inn Olathe

Hampton Inn Olathe

If you need a hotel, choose from one of these or do a search for hotels near I-35 and 119th Street in Olathe.

Please fill out and return the Anmeldungsformular (PDF at right) to Chris Hanks by August 31st. We look forward to seeing you in September! 


Auf ein baldiges Wiedersehen! 

Chris Hanks, Past President, KATG

Nan Bergen, Vice President, KATG 

Dr. Silvia Dahmen


Elke Lorenz, German teacher at Manhattan High School receives a certificate from the German General Counsel, Chicago, Herbert Quelle, recognizing MHS as a German Language Diploma site. 

Abilene-RC.com (Oct 5, 2017)

"Irene Mrázek, representative of the German Agency for Schools Abroad presents Meagan Meneley with a certificate designating Abilene High School as the first German Language Diploma School in Kansas. The presentation was made at a conference in Denver on Sept. 16 and 17 by the German Agency for Schools Abroad. With this distinction, AHS may now offer two levels of language proficiency exams (DSD 1 & 2) with which students can certify that they meet the required language proficiency (B1 and C1 on the European scale) to attend higher education institutions in Germany. The big draw here is not only outstanding programs, but the German zero tuition policy for all students whether German or foreign citizens. Students who earn this official certification would likely have access to scholarship money and professional opportunities here at home as well — an all around win for students."




Janice McGregor



Nanette Bergen



Chris Hanks

KATG OFFICERS Updated 10/13/17



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Schülerkongress is a state-wide competition of high school German students, and approximately 300 students attend the annual event. It is sponsored by the Kansas Association of Teachers of German, and all middle and high school German students in Kansas are invited to join in the activities. Only non-native speakers may compete in the events, but experienced and native speakers are welcome and needed to come and help as “Sprachprofis.”



With a 30+ year history, KATG Deutsches Wochenende is one of the oldest continuous immersion experiences for German teachers in the United States. Participants pledge to use only German for this unique professional development event.

NOTE: In the 'mobile device view,' you must click on the weekend's number in order to see the year, location, theme, and presenter(s).



Updated 9/23/16
Constitution of the Kansas Chapter of the
American Association of Teachers of German

I. Name

The name of the chapter shall be the Kansas Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (KATG).

II. Purpose

The purpose of the chapter conforms to that of the national organization. It proposes to further and improve the teaching of German in Kansas and to promote a sense of joint effort and a spirit of mutual aid among its members.

III. Membership

1. Any teacher of German or anyone interested in the teaching of German may join the chapter and the national association upon payment of the annual dues as specified by the bylaws of the national organization. No one can be a member of the chapter alone. All chapter members belong first to the national association. Membership will be retained by the continued payment of the annual dues. Only members in good standing may exercise the privileges of membership.

2. The annual dues include online access to The German Quarterly and Die Unterrichtspraxis.

3. In addition to regular membership, discounted memberships are available to new teachers, part-time teachers, retired teachers, temporarily unemployed teachers and full-time students.

IV. Officers

1. The officers of the chapter are the president, the vice-president, the past president, the secretary and the treasurer.

2. Each year the members shall elect an officer who will serve as vice-president for one year, become president during the following year, and be past president for another year, for a total of three years of service. The candidate for this office shall be chosen alternately from the primary or secondary school level and from the college or university level. The secretary and the treasurer shall be elected in alternate years for a two-year term. Only the secretary and the treasurer may be reelected.

V. Administration

The administration of the chapter shall be in the hands of the executive council which consists of the officers provided for in section IV. In addition, the chapter testing chairperson and the chapter membership chair shall also serve on the executive council. They are appointed by the president each year.

VI. Meetings  

The chapter shall have a business meeting at least once a year. The time and place of such meeting(s) shall be determined by the president after due consultation with the executive council.

VII. Changes in the Constitution

1. This constitution may be amended, or a new constitution may be adopted, by a majority of votes received in a mail or email ballot submitted to all chapter members, or by a majority of votes of members present at the annual business meeting.

2. Amendments to the constitution or a new constitution may be proposed by the executive council or by written notice to the executive council by at least four chapter members.

3. If mail or email ballots are used, separate ballots for voting on any proposed amendment or on a new constitution shall be sent to all chapter members. The secretary shall designate a date by which all ballots must be received, and the ballots shall advise the members of said date. The secretary shall receive and tabulate the ballots and report the results to the executive council. The results shall also be announced and take effect at the annual business meeting at which final action is to be taken.


Amended: September 24, 2016