Welcome to Eastwood’s Home for the National History Day (NHD) 2019 contest season!

Why NHD works!  

2018-2019 Theme: Triumph and Tragedy in History
The NHD Parent Letter for 2018

Eastwood’s National History Day (NHD) is a year-long program that works side-by-side with our classroom curriculum. 

NHD asks students to dig deeper and think critically about a topic of their choice as it relates to a historical person or event.  Students are asked to choose a topic from history as it relates to the annual theme.  Students will decide from one of 5 categories, or ways to present, to develop their project. 

We ask students to choose a topic that has at least 25 years of historical perspective.  In other words, from before 1994.  Thank you!

This year’s theme of Triumph and Tragedy in History will provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.  

Students must form a connection between the theme and their topic.  The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past.  In order to make connections to the theme students must understand the historical significance of their topic and answer questions about time, place, and context. 

Official 2019 NHD Triumph and Tragedy Theme Book  |  Official NHD Rule Book

Required with All Official NHD Entries:
  1. Official Project Entry (Exhibit, Website, Documentary, Paper, or Performance)
  2. The Process Paper: (Included is the title page, your 5 paragraphs, & and annotated bibliography)
    • Title of Project, Names, Junior Division, Category, Process Paper Word Count
    • The Process Paper is a description of why you chose your topic and explains how your project was developed, including your successes and your failures.
    • Annotated Bibliography: An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

~ The Eastwood NHD School Fair will be held February, TBA ~

Projects as a 6th Grader | Projects as a 7th and 8th Grader

I.  Choosing a Topic and a Category

Determine your project topic & your category.  A category is the type of project you will present – choose from 1 of 5 different options.


II. Researching

Fact find.  Develop a thesis.  Document your entire journey for your Process Paper.


III.  Creating Your NHD Project

From start to finish – Ready? Set.  GO!          See examples from years past

***Don’t forget to document your journey from inception to delivery in your NHD folder – or use Google Drive

  • A Rough Draft of the Process Paper is due TBA  
  • Final NHD Projects and Process Papers are due for the Eastwood NHD School Fair TBA


IV. The Process Paper

Follow the plan to develop your Process Paper.  Reflect on these questions:

  • What aspects of the research brought challenges?  
  • What changes did you make along the way?


V.  Additional Resources
  • www.NHD.org
  • Size requirements for exhibit boards:  Check with your teacher about availability in the school bookstore.  Exhibit boards can also be purchased outside of school at local retailers such as Walmart, Meijer, Michael’s, etc.   
  • Websites are created through NHD.Weebly.com only!
  • For documentaries, conference with your teacher to be sure tech is compatible.  All documentaries will be uploaded to Mr. Vinton’s YouTube channel for viewing.




Highlighting the NHD State Contest in 2018 

Congrats to our 22 Eastwood students who participated in the State National History Day competition this past Saturday at Ivy Tech!:  

7 sixth gradersJett Selke, Conner Hoster, Emmett Tuason, Sam Winkler, Hutton Owens, Ni Mawi, Sajara Rodriguez- Cruz. 8 seventh graders: Nicholas Baltz,  Lucy Courtney, Savannah Gallagher, Kenny Goldfinger, Nolan Phillips, Molly Southworth, Lucy Deetz, Maya Sturmer, & 6 eighth graders: Chole Gill, Danae Ingemi, Katy Roscetti, Amy Harrison, Clare Hughes, and Ritesh Ray!

The judges were very impressed with their interview, expertise, and overall creativity in making of their projects!  Over 4,800 students began at the school level this year advancing first to Regionals last month and then State this past weekend.  

A special congrats to Sam Winkler who won first place in exhibits and will represent Eastwood Middle at National competition in Washington, D.C. this June!  Also going to Nationals are Danae Ingemi, Lucy Deetz, Maya Sturmer, and Molly Southworth who won 3rd place in the individual and group exhibits categories!


Highlighting the NHD State Contest in 2017

19 Eastwood Middle School students’ projects were selected to represent the Central Indiana district at the State competition at Ivy Tech.  These students begun their journey last fall, as did over 5,000 students in Indiana at the school level, and advanced to the Indiana Regional competition in at IUPUI.  At each level students present their projects to a panel of official NHD judges. 

7 students received a medal at the State competition and have been invited to participate in the National Competition this June in College Park, Maryland!  




Individuals & Societies (IAS) Teachers:

Grade 8

Grade 7

Grade 6

Mrs. April Tuason

IAS Department Chair

259-5401  ext. 21208


Mr. David Elian

259-5401  ext. 21013



Mr. Doug Vinton


259-5401  ext. 21116


Mr. Kevin Jones

259-5401  ext. 21202



Ms. Helen Howard

259-5401  ext. 21013



Mr. Andy Stoffregen

259-5401  ext. 21119






Advisory meets every Blue & Gold day, first thing in the morning before the academic day begins.  

Advisory classes are mixed with all 6th grade students and guided by a 6th grade teacher.  Advisory is NOT a graded class.  Instead, the focus is on social-emotional health and using interactive greetings, sharing, and community/team building activities with a built-in time for reflection.  School-wide community service and individual goal setting activities are also facilitated with students during this time.


“When properly facilitated, advisory period can be a time for the authentic relationship and community building that students need to feel safe and supported in their schools. School must be relevant and engaging to adolescents before they will make an effort to do what schools ask of them.”

“A homeroom or advisory at the start of the day, when properly structured 

to meet adolescent needs, can promote social development, assist students in their academic programs, facilitate positive involvement among teachers, administrators, and students, and provide adult advocacy and a positive climate in the school community” (Middle Grades Research Journal, Fall 2011, page 148).

“The meetings in Face to Face Advisories: Bridging Cultural Gaps in Grades 5-9 expose students to diverse perspectives and guide them to understand those perspectives and to critically and honestly analyze ideas from a variety of cultures.  It all happens through safe, engaging, guided peer-to-peer activities that build social emotional skills and connections across differences.”


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