Welcome to the Greater Boston Regional Contest

Important Dates & Times

NHD-in-Massachusetts_logo_miller-font.pngWelcome to the Greater Boston Regional History Day Contest!

Massachusetts History Day is the state affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history.

On this site you can register your school and project, get contest-day information, review project checklists, and find payment information. Still have questions? Contact the Greater Boston Regional Coordinator Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com.


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The Greater Boston Regional Competition will take place on Sunday, March 8th at Stoneham Middle School (101 Central Street, Stoneham MA 02180) Registration for the competition will open on December 1st, 2019.

Important Deadlines

Registration Lockout: Friday, Feb 14th at 11:59 PM

Paper Submission Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 26th at 11:59 PM

Website Lockout: Wednesday, Feb 26th at 11:59 PM

Registration Payment Due: Wednesday, Feb 26th at 11:59 PM

 

 

Welcome MHD Students!  Here you will find information on how to register for your contest WLF-0280 4MP.pngand pay for registration.  If you have questions about your project, check out the Mass History Day and National History Day websites for more information.  If you still have questions, email Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com.

Students: How to Register For Massachusetts History Day

 

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Be Sure Your Teacher Has Registered

Your teacher must register BEFORE you can register.  If you are not working with a teacher, you are an Independent Student (see below). If you are working with a teacher, go to Choose the Correct Contest.

 

Independent Students

If you are working without a teacher, please have a parent or other trusted adult register as your “teacher” in the system. Your “teacher” designee will receive contest related emails and must be able to share them with you. Ask them to follow the Teacher Registration Instructions. Please also email the contest coordinator to let them know you are competing independently.

 

Choose the Correct Contest

Depending on where you live and which school you attend, you will be competing in one of the four Regional Massachusetts Contests in March.  Check the MHD District Info page to see where you will be competing.  If you aren’t sure which contest to choose, contact us at education@masshist.org.

 

Your Email Address

Please provide an active email address that will accept mail from zfairs.com. If your school blocks student accounts from receiving outside mail, check with your teacher about using a parent’s email (Gmail, etc.) or another address that is checked regularly.  Please do not use a personal email address unless your teacher and parents give you permission to do so.

 

Your NHD Account Remains the Same All Year

You will only create one NHD Student Account for the entire year. You will use the SAME STUDENT LOGIN for each contest if you advance through local, regional, state, and national levels. Save your username and password so you can easily access and update your information. Do not open additional accounts.

 

Gather This Info Before You Register

 

Student Name

 

 

Student’s Email

 

Mailing Address

 

Parent’s Email

 

City & ZIP

 

 

Your Teacher

 

 

The student email you provide must accept outside mail. If your school blocks student accounts from receiving outside emails, ask your teacher about providing a parent’s email or other email address in the student email field.  Please do not use a personal email address unless your teacher and parents give you permission to do so.  We will use this for contest announcements and information, or if there is a problem with your registration.  You can give the same email address for both student and parent.

 

Title of Your Project

 

Category

q Documentary     q Exhibit     q Paper     q Performance     q Website

Choose One

q Individual Entry: I worked alone on this project

q Group Entry: I worked in a group of 2-5 students on this project*

Group Project Key*

Group members should choose one student to register first. The system will assign a Project Key code to your shared entry when the first student registers.  The other group members will use the Project Key to link themselves to the shared project when they register.

Your Project Key:

Website Category

Site Key

If you created a website for your project, you must enter your NHDWebCentral Site Key when you register for the contest so judges can view your project.  Your website will be locked during the judging period and you will not be able to edit it during this time.

Your 8-Digit Site Key:

Paper Category Uploads

You need to upload a PDF of your paper into your student profile before the paper deadline. You don’t need to do it when you register. You can login to your NHD account anytime before the due date to upload your paper.

 

Write down your NHD username and password here after you register.

Keep this information in a safe place. You will use these all year to access your NHD account. If you advance to the next contest, you will use the same username and password to register and keep your project information current.

 

Your NHD Username

 

Your NHD Password

 

 

National History Day in Massachusetts respects your privacy. Student and parent emails and addresses are used strictly for contest-related purposes. Your information is stored securely and is not shared with organizations outside NHD.

 

STUDENTS: HOW TO REGISTER

STEP 1. Create Your Student Account – one for each student

  • Select Create Account from top menu bar à select Student from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter your name and email address and click Next.
  • Confirm that your email works: Go to your email inbox and look for the Confirm Email Address message from NoReply@zfairs.com (it may be in your spam folder). Click on the link inside the email, follow prompts.
  • Return to the Verify Email Address page and continue your registration.
  • Complete personal contact information (please provide your complete mailing address).
  • Create a password.  Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place.
  • Click Save and Continue.  This will take you to the project registration section.

 

STEP 2. Provide Your Project Information

 

Students competing in an INDIVIDUAL category: 

  • Click Create a New Project.
  • Enter your title (you can change it later).
  • Select your category (this cannot be changed).

 

Students competing in a GROUP category: 

Student 1:

    • Click Create a New Project.
    • Enter your title (you can change it later).
    • Select your category (this cannot be changed).
    • Continue and complete the registration process.
    • Copy down the Project Key code and share it with your group. You can find it anytime under My Profile.

Students 2-5:

    • Each of you will create your own student account as described in Step 1.
    • In the project information section, click on Link/Join Existing Team Project and enter the Project Key for your group.
    • DO NOT create a new project.

STEP 3. Teacher, School, Grade, Permissions, Waivers

  • Select your school, teacher, and grade.  
  • If your school and/or teacher do not appear on the dropdown list, contact the contest coordinator for assistance.
  • Students and parents must agree to NHD permissions and waivers.
  • Save and exit.

 

 

 

You’ll Know Your Registration is Complete When:

  • In the contest website, look on the Students Main page for two banners that say Account Created and Waivers Accepted. You must be logged in to your student account to see them.
  • You’ll receive a Registration Complete email from NoReply@zfairs.com (check your spam folder).

 

Registration Fees

 

MHD Registration fees are $12/student at Regionals and are due Wednesday, February 26th at 11:59 PM.  Please check with your school before paying, as some schools cover registration fees!

 

You can pay online through the registration portal or by mailing a check.

 

Checks are payable to: Massachusetts Historical Society

 

Please mail checks to:

Massachusetts Historical Society

c/o Kate Melchior

1154 Boylston Street

Boston MA 02215

 

If this fee is a hardship for you and your family, you can request a fee waiver here and we will send you a coupon code to use during registration.  Please email us at education@masshist.org with any questions.

 

Welcome MHD Teachers!  Here you will find information on how to registeWLF-0135 resize.pngr for the contest, track your student's registrations, and retrieve student invoices if your school is paying for registration fees.  If you have questions about student projects, check out the Mass History Day and National History Day websites for more information.  If you still have questions, email Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com.

Reminder: Each school may bring up to 21 projects to the Junior competition and 21 to the Senior competition.  This may include a maximum of six exhibits, six papers, and three projects in each other category per competition.

Interested in judging as well?  You can sign up and indicate your preferences at our Greater Boston Judges Registration Page.  Teachers will receive 6 PDPs for judging exhibits, performances, and documentaries, and 10 PDPs for judging websites and papers (which require advanced preparation).

Teachers: How to Register for Massachusetts History Day

 

Teachers Register First

Teachers must register BEFORE their students can register. When students register, they will select you from a list of registered teachers.

 

Choose the Correct Contest

Depending on where your students live and which school they attend, their first contest may be at the district or regional level.  If you aren’t sure which contest to choose, contact education@masshist.org.

 

Email Addresses

Teachers and students need to provide an active email address that will accept mail from zfairs.com. If your school blocks student accounts from receiving outside email: have your students provide an alternate parental or personal (gmail, etc.) that is checked regularly, depending on the IT security requirements of your school.  Users may put the same email address in all email fields, and parents with more than one child participating can use the same email for all children.

 

Your NHD Account Remains the Same All Year

You will only create one NHD Teacher Account for the entire year. You will use the SAME TEACHER LOGIN for each contest as your students advance through local, regional, state, and national levels. Save your username and password so you can easily access and update your information. Do not open additional accounts.

 

MY STUDENTS List

You can view your students’ registration status and edit their information using your My Students list. You’ll find this in your NHD Teacher Account. A thumbs-up next to a student’s name means they have completed their registration. You can edit student and project information, and link or unlink students from an entry.

 

 

TEACHERS: HOW TO REGISTER

 

STEP 1. Create Your Teacher Account

  • Select Create Account from top menu bar à select Teacher from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter your name and email address and click Next. Prove you’re not a robot.
  • Complete personal contact information. Provide your preferred mailing address.
  • Create a password.  Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place.
  • Click Save and Continue. 

 

STEP 2. Link Your Account to Your School

  • Select your school from the Schools I Teach At list.  
  • If your school does not appear on the list, stop here and contact the contest coordinator. Tell them to add your school to the system.
  • Continue registering after your school has been added.

 

STEP 3. Answer Additional Questions, Permissions, Waivers

  • Please answer a series of questions about how you are teaching NHD this year, and about students who are using NHD in any way this year, even if they will not register for a contest.  This is how we gather student participation for the entire state, and we depend on you to make these numbers as accurate as possible. Please also let us know whether your school will be paying student registration fees.  Thanks!
  • Agree to NHD permissions and waivers.
  • Save and exit.

 

You’ll Know Your Teacher Account is Complete When:

  • You arrive at the Registration Complete screen that shows your username.
  • You receive a Registration Complete email from NoReply@zfairs.com (check your spam folder).
  • Your students may begin registering after your account is complete.

 

How to Find the MY STUDENTS List

  • Login to the correct contest, using the username and password established above.
  • Look for the My Students button in the top white menu bar.

 

If Your Students Advance to Regionals/State/Nationals

  • Do not create a new Teacher Account. The system will advance your account to the next contest automatically.
  • You will receive an email from zfairs.com with a link to access the next contest.
  • Click on the link. Use the username and password you established above to login to your Teacher Account.
  • Always access the contest in which your students are currently competing.  Once they have advanced, you cannot edit information in previous contests.

 

Registration Fees

 

There are no teacher registration fees at MHD Regionals or States.  MHD Regional Student Registration fees are $12/student and are due Wednesday, February 26th at 11:59 PM.  Students can pay online or by check.  This deadline does not apply to school POs, which we will accept after this deadline. 

 

If your school is paying for student registrations, you have the option of paying directly through your teacher account or of generating an invoice to be paid via PO:

 

  • Click on the "Store" tab.
  • Click on the "Students" tab, next to the "Order History" tab.
  • All of the students associated with your teacher account will appear on the list.  Check the box next to the student(s) for whom the teacher or school is paying.
  • Add fees to the cart and click the blue "Checkout and Pay" button
  • If the school is paying by check or Purchase Order, you can select "Generate Invoice" for your school to use in generating the PO.

 

Checks are payable to: Massachusetts Historical Society

 

Please mail checks to:

Massachusetts Historical Society

c/o Kate Melchior

1154 Boylston Street

Boston MA 02215

 

Important: If this fee is a barrier for any students, they can request a fee waiver here and we will send them a coupon code to use during registration.  Please remind your students that this option.

 

If fees are a barrier for your school as a whole, we can also help!  Email us at education@masshist.org to discuss a school-wide discount or subsidy.

 

 

 

Welcome MHD Judges!  Thank you again for volunteering to be a judge at the Mass History Day Greater Boston Competition on Sunday, March 8th 2020.   This contest will take place at Stoneham Middle School (101 Central St, Stoneham, MA 02180).

If you haven't registered yet, you can sign up and indicate your judging preferences at our Greater Boston Judges Registration Page.

Below you will find information on what to expect before and during the competition, as well as information on other regional and state competitions. You will also receive more information from your coordinator as the contest approaches.  If you still have questions, email Regional Coordinator Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you for supporting our students, and we look forward to seeing you at our competition!

Judging Assignments

  • Once we receive everyone's judging registrations and preferences, you will receive an email with your judging assignment.  We try to ensure that everyone is assigned to one of their top three choices for project categories.

  • IMPORTANT: If you cannot keep your judging commitment, please let coordinators know as soon as possible so that we can make alternative plans. 

  • Where some of our project categories only received one or two entries, we sometimes assign judges to multiple categories and you may be asked to evaluate two documentaries, two performances, etc.  

Prior to Competition

  • Those who are assigned to judge websites and papers will receive their assignments approximately a week in advance.  You will be able to read through and make notes on your assigned projects, and on the day of the competition you will be performing interviews only. 

  • Judges working with exhibitsperformances, or documentaries will be viewing your projects and performing interviews on the day of the competition.  You will not have any advance work to do.

Day of the Competition

  • On March 7th, all judges should arrive by 8:00 AM.  Orientation will last until 8:45, and judging will commence at 9:00.  Breakfast and coffee will be provided. 

  • Depending on your category, judging will last until 10:45-11:30 (in an ideal world without delays).  You will receive schedules of judging times prior to the competition—these times also includes scheduled breaks for judges.

  • After your interviews are over, you will return to the judging room to deliberate with your co-judges, decide on your scores, and write your comments.  Be prepared for this to take some time!  You want to make sure to give students constructive comments, particularly if they are advancing to the next round.  You will receive more guidance on this during your orientation.  Lunch will be served for judges and volunteers at this time as well.

  • After you submit your scores, you are welcome to stay for the awards ceremony, but it is not required.  You will also have time if you choose to view other projects.

Judging Materials

If you want to read up on judging ahead of time, here are some materials that can help you prepare:

MHD Competition:

Contest Rule Book

2019 NHD Theme Book

Judge Instructions by Project Category:

Documentary Judge Instructions

Exhibit Judge Instructions

Paper Judge Instructions

Performance Judge Instructions

Website Judge Instructions

 

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