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TEXAS STATE CONFERENCE

Jr. Division

Knights of Peter Claver, Inc.

Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Division

2015 Junior Texas State Conference

Parent Packet


JUNIOR KNIGHTS * JUNIOR DAUGHTERS

KNIGHTS OF PETER CLAVER * LADIES AUXILIARY

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Jr. Texas State Conference

March 6 - 8, 2015

Houston, Texas

Texas State Director Texas State Directress

Marc Singleton Sonya Pichon






Theme – “Claverism: God is the Head of All Things”


Registration

Fee

$80.00 (Please use unit check for payment.) There will be no refund of registration fees after February 13, 2015. There will be no on-site registration.

Registration due date is February 6, 2015.



Place

Omni Houston Hotel - Riverway

Four Riverway, Houston, Texas 77056


Phone: 713.871.8181, Fax: 713.871.0719

Room Rate


Room Rate: $129.00 per night plus tax + 15% tax (9% tax applied if accompanied by the church’s tax exempt form) [verify with hotel].

Reservation Deadline: February 13, 2015, to receive this rate



Mail Checks & Registration

Packets to:

Marc Singleton Sonya Pichon

13015 Winter Springs Drive 2419 Maywood Run Court

Pearland, Texas 77584 Fresno, Texas 77545

Singleton.marc@gmail.com spichon_3@yahoo.com


Essays


Should be written on theme - “Claverism: God is the Head of All Things”

Guidelines regarding essays should be adhered to carefully. Deadline for submitting essays is February 6, 2015. Word minimums and maximums for essays should be adhered to accordingly: ages 7-9 (50 to 100 words); ages 10-11 (100 to 150 words); ages 12-13 (150 – 200 words); ages 14-15 (200 to 250 words); and ages 16 and up (250 to 300 words).



All essays must be submitted electronically to State Director Singleton or State Directress Pichon by the Unit Commander or Counselor.

Debate Topic

One combined team from each branch and court can enter to debate this topic:

“Should children with disabilities be in a different classroom setting?”

(Affirmative = Yes, they should; Negative = No, they should not) 

Arts and Crafts


They will be judged in age groups of (7-11), (12-14), and (15 and up). Categories will be painting / drawing, sculpture and crafts. Entries must be based upon the conference theme “Claverism: God is the Head of All Things” Name, age, branch/court number should be legibly printed on an index card. At the conference, each entry will be assigned a competition number. Bring all entries to the designated room for judging between 9:30 AM and 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 7, 2015.


2015 Registration Information


2015 Jr. Texas State Conference

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


EVENT

STARTS

ENDS

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015







Conference Registration

3:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Talent Show Registration

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Junior Board Meeting

1:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

High School Juniors & Seniors College Prep Reception

(Hosted by Emerging Leaders)



6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Talent Show / Poetry (Talent Show awards distributed at the end of the show)

8:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m.










SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015







Conference Registration

7:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Joint Opening Session

8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

Individual Business Sessions

8:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Committee Meetings

9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Competitions

10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Conference Luncheon

12:45 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Competition Make-ups

2:45 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Claver Quiz Bowl / Debate

2:45 p.m.

5:15 p.m.

Conference Mass

6:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Dinner (on your own)

7:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Dance

9:00 p.m.

12 midnight










SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015







Conference Breakfast

6:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

Conference Registration

7:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Joint Sessions (Competition Awards distributed amidst committee reports)

8:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Individual Sessions

10:30 a.m.

12 noon



2015 Conference Schedule

Each branch and court will be responsible for making Juniors, chaperones and others aware of the rules and regulations (Code of Ethics), and the following Dress Code:

Jr. Daughters’ Dress Code

Jr. Knight’s Dress Code

1. No shorts or cut-offs at anytime!

1. No shorts or cut-offs at anytime!

Note: No facial jewelry of any kind is to be worn during the convention (i.e. tongue rings, earrings, etc.).


2. Saturday Meeting Attire/Luncheon:

a. Dress or skirt (should be fingertip length);

b. Shoulders, back or midriff should be covered at

all times;

c. Pant suit (Capri Pant Suits are acceptable);

d. Dress shoes (No sneakers or tennis shoes); and

e. Stockings/socks are optional.


2. Saturday Meeting Attire/

Luncheon:

a. Shirt and necktie;

b. Suit coat or blazer/jacket (optional);

c. Dress shoes (No sneakers or tennis shoes); and

d. Dress pants (No jeans).


3. Dance Attire:

a. Jeans or pants (capris and pedal pushers);

b. Dress/skirt (dress/blouse must have straps and midriff should be covered at all times; if you have no straps, then you must wear a jacket for the entire length of the event);

c. Tights may only be worn under skirts;

d. Dress/Skirt should not have splits;

e. No cut-offs or shorts; and

f. No tank tops.


3. Dance Attire:

a. Jeans or pants (belts must be worn on pants; no sagging pants);

b. No muscle shirts or tank tops;

c. No inappropriate language or signage on t-shirts; and

d. No shorts or cut-offs.



4. Sunday Attire:

a. Conference T-Shirt;

b. Jeans or pants;

c. No cut-offs or shorts; and

d. No tank tops.


4. Sunday Attire:

a. Conference T-Shirt;

b. Jeans or pants;

c. No cut-offs or shorts; and

d. No tank tops.


5. Turn-out attire:

a. White dress or white skirt (should be fingertip

length with a white blouse;

b. All white: shoes, purse, earrings, gloves,

headpiece; and

c. Flesh tone stockings are mandatory …uniform



  1. Turn-out attire:

a. White shirt and black necktie;

b. Black suit coat or blazer/jacket;

c. Dress shoes (No sneakers or tennis shoes); and

d. Jr. Knight sash.



** If the Dress Code is not adhered to, then you will not be allowed entrance into any event! **


2015 Dress Code




2015 Code of Ethics


  1. Juniors and chaperones are to wear their conference badges at all times.




  1. All Juniors are expected to be present at all meetings and activities.




  1. All curfews must be followed. All juniors should be in their rooms immediately after the close of all evening events.




  1. Adult chaperones will accompany Juniors at all times. If possible, chaperones should be members of the Knights of Peter Claver / Ladies Auxiliary Senior Division. The branch / court should provide adequate adult chaperones for the entire conference. There should be at least (1) chaperone per (3) Juniors.




  1. Alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, or other illegal drugs are not permitted at the conference. If you are caught in or around the usage of these drugs, your parents will be called to remove you from the conference premises. Special permission will be granted for Juniors taking special medication and this should be noted on the “Travel / Medical Release” form.




  1. Radios should be left at home because loud music is not allowed. Headphones will be allowed, but will not be the responsibility of the hotel or KPC. All valuables should be left at home or locked up in the hotel safe. KPC will not be responsible for any lost or stolen valuables.




  1. Juniors are not allowed to leave the hotel premises, unless accompanied by an adult chaperone (KPC Sr. Division member over 21 years of age – not a parent!)




  1. During the day, in cases of co-visitation (committee meetings), your room door must remain open at all times. There should be NO other instances in which the room door should be closed. Co-visitation can only occur in the presence of the commander/counselor or the assistant commander/counselor.




  1. Juniors should use a low, respectful voice/tone at all times (no loud talking or outbursts).




  1. There should be no running and yelling and no playing in the lobby, hall between floors, or on the elevators. Respect for hotel guests must be given.




  1. Respect should be given to all commanders, counselors, chaperones, assistant commander / counselor, and all senior members of KPC.




  1. Juniors are expected to conduct themselves accordingly at all times in a manner that will be a credit to the organization. Good manners and proper attire will be expected.




  1. Juniors caught damaging hotel property will have to pay any financial cost assessed by the hotel.




  1. All adult chaperones are expected to conduct themselves in the proper manner that would display the fine character of our organization.




  1. Conduct not adhering to the stated rules of the Conference will be investigated and a decision will be made as to the proper action that will be taken.




  1. Swimming will not be permitted at any time during the conference.




  1. The Code of Ethics (Rules and Regulations) will be binding on all Delegates, Chaperones, Commanders, Counselors and senior members attending the Convention.


2015 Code of Ethics


JUNIOR KNIGHTS * JUNIOR DAUGHTERS

KNIGHTS OF PETER CLAVER * LADIES AUXILIARY



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ESSAY

RULES AND REGULATIONS



All Essays must be submitted on disk or CD, or e-mailed to singleton.marc@gmail.com or spichon_3@yahoo.com by the Commander/Counselor.

I. Rules for Essay:

A. All juniors may enter Essay competition.

B. A cover sheet must be present with:

1. Name of Junior

2. Age of Junior

3. Branch/Court number

C. Essay must be written on theme of conference:


Claverism: God is the Head of All Things
D. Essay may be legibly handwritten or typed.

E. Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Theme

2. Spelling

3. Sentence structure

4. Originality

5. Punctuation

6. Grammar

7. Word usage

8. Vocabulary

9. Organization of Essay


  1. Introduction

b. Body

c. Conclusion

F. Length of paper should meet the following criteria:

ANY PAPER EXCEEDING THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF WORDS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED FROM JUDGING!


2015 Essay Rules & Regulations



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ESSAY

RULES AND REGULATIONS



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SCIENCE

RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. No Junior may enter more that one science project.


2. The project must be current work of the Junior registered for the competition.
3. The name of the Junior MUST APPEAR only on the back of the project with the Junior’s Branch/Court name, number, and their hotel room #.
4. Juniors MUST DEMONSTRATE to the judges, through written reports, pictures, charts, graphs, diagrams, that the research was accomplished. Juniors will not be present during judging.
5. No commercial models or kits will be allowed as exhibits.
6. No live animals, preserved animals, dangerous chemicals or equipment, cell cultures, and microorganisms may be exhibited at the competition. Pictures of research previously done may be used on the display.
7. All projects will be judged on Scientific thought, Creative Ability, Clarity, Experimental Design, Understanding, Dramatic Value, and Technical Skill.
Categories

(May only Enter One)

Astronomy

Behavioral Science

Biology Botany

Chemistry

Computer Applications

Earth / Space Science

Engineering

Environmental Science

Mathematics

Physics


Zoology
Prizes: All categories judged collectively as on contest. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded according to the following age groups: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16 & up.
Entry Forms need to be returned to the State Director or State Directress with registration materials.


2015 Science Rules & Regulations



Science Competition Form
Project Title__________________________________

Junior’s Name________________________________

Age______ Branch / Court Name________________________

Junior’s Address______________________________

City______________ Zip Code_____________ Telephone #____________
1. Will your project require electricity? yes____ no____

(if yes, you will be required to provide at least 9ft of extension cord)


2. Entry Agreement: I enter this project at my own risk and will not hold the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. and the Jr. Texas State Conference – Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. responsible for the loss or damage to the exhibit or harm to myself. This project will not include any live or preserved animals. This project will not have nay potentially dangerous chemicals or equipment. It is my understanding that pictures may be displayed, if any of the above criteria has been done before the conference. I also agree to remove my project at the designate time. I understand that the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. and the Jr. Texas State Conference – Knights of Peter Claver, Inc., are not responsible for projects not picked up. I understand and have read all of the guidelines detailed in this packet.
Junior’s Signature____________________________________ Date___________

Parent’s Signature____________________________________ Date___________

Commander’s / Counselor’s Signature____________________ Date___________
Signatures are required on this entry form in order for project to be judged.
DO NOT WRITE BELOW THIS LINE
PROJECT NUMBER_____________


2015 Science Competition Form





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MATH

RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. The test will be (10) minutes in duration.


2. There will be a total of (25) twenty five problems which will also include word problems. Participants are to solve the problems in the order in which they appear. Problems skipped will be considered incorrect and all problems there after will not be counted. If a Junior is in the process of writing an answer when time is called, the problem immediately prior to this will be considered the last problem attempted.
3. ALL PROBELMS ARE TO BE SOLVED MENTALLY. Any indications that a Junior has violated this rule will result in disqualification of that Junior.

· Participants must use a pencil without an eraser. Pencils will be provided.

· No erasures or marks of any kind can be placed on the test paper. This includes tally marks and regrouping marks. NO CALCULATORS.
4. A figure will be considered illegible or a mark over and the answer ruled incorrect if two graders agree that the answer is illegible or a mark over.
5. Participants may not wear watches during the test. Official time will be kept by the time keeper.
6. Fractions may be expressed as either mixed numbers or improper fractions.

· All fractions must be reduced to the lowest term (simplified) which is defined as numerator or denominator having no factors greater than one in common.

· Any number which can be written as a whole number must be written as a

whole number and not a fraction.

· The word “and” will not be allowed in writing whole numbers. For example

words must be written one hundred nine – not one hundred and nine.

· Use of commas in writing numerals is optional. However, misplaced commas

will be considered incorrect.

· Use of hyphens in writing word names is optional.
7. Zeros behind a decimal point or in the ones place of a decimal number will be accepted as correct, but zeros leading a whole number will be considered incorrect. To write a word name for decimal, contestants will not be allowed to use “point” and the names of the digits.
8. Money amounts must be written as dollars and cents, a whole number of cents. Answer labels will indicate the form expected, $______ means the answer is given in dollars, and cents ______c means the answer is given in cents.
9. Metric measurements must be written as decimal numerals. Common fractions are not used in writing metric measurements.
10. To break a tie, the number of consecutive correct answers beginning with problem one (1) will be counted.

2015 Math Rules & Regulations
11. Tie breaker #2 will proceed with the number of consecutive correct answers beginning with the next correct answer.


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SPELLING

RULES AND REGULATIONS



Each Branch and Court are allowed (4) contestants in each age group.

The Spelling Bee words (as attached) have been selected from words that are Age / Grade Appropriate.
1. Words will be pronounced according to diacritical markings in the Merriam

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition.


2. PRONUNCIATION – If a word has two or more acceptable pronunciations, both pronunciations will be given by pronouncer.
3. Contestants are allowed to pronounce the word once before spelling it.
4. A contestant may request the pronouncer to repeat the word or use it in a sentence before beginning to spell the word.
5. Judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling.
6. A contestant may start over only once when spelling a word.
7. Upon missing the spelling of a word, the contestant is eliminated from the contest. The next word on the pronouncer’s list is given to the next contestant.
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