Welcome to the Central West Mass History Day Regional 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 Central West Regional Coordinator James Sunderland at firstname.lastname@example.org or State Coordinator Kate Melchior at email@example.com.
The Central West MHD Competition will take place on Saturday, March 2nd at Quabbin Regional High School (800 South St, Barre MA 01005). Registration for the competition will open on January 1st, 2019.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019: Registration deadline
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by 11:59pm: Historical Paper submission deadline (uploaded here to your registration profile)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:59pm: Website lockout: be sure to publish your website!
Friday, February 22, 2019: Registration payment due
Welcome MHD Students! Here you will find information on how to register for your contest and pay for registration. For information on the competition day itself, click on the "Contest" link above. 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 James Sunderland at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Create an Account
In the box on the righthand side of the screen titled "Create an Account," fill in your name and email address. Even if you competed in a contest in a previous year, you still need to create a new account for this contest.
Register Your School and Teacher
When prompted, find your school and then select your teacher in the drop-down lists.
- If you are homeschooled or do not see your school name as an option, email email@example.com for help.
- If you do not see your teacher's name as an option, ask your teacher if they have registered on the website yet. If the answer is yes and you still can't find them, email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
- If you are not working with a teacher, email email@example.com and they will set you up with an account.
Set Up Project Entry
Individual Projects: If you are competing individually, click on "Create a Project" and follow the instructions.
a. If you are the first person in your group to register, click on "Create a Project" and follow the instructions. Once you are done, you will receive an email with a Team Key that you must send to your group members. A Team Key will look like a long string of letters and numbers (Example: b64d6ed7-b151-4469-bec8-63dc2f041ea4).
b. If you are not the first person in your group to register, click on "Link/Join an Existing Group" and enter the Team Key you received from your team member (see above).
Specific Project Instructions
Websites: You will see a place where you can enter your Weebly website key. This will NOT lock out your website until the deadline--you can still edit it until the Website Lockout (Wednesday, February 20th 2019 by 11:59pm). Make sure your website is published at this time!
Papers: You will see a place where you can upload your paper document. You can submit your paper now or later, and you can make changes to it and re-upload it up until the Paper Submission Deadline (Wednesday, February 20th 2019 by 11:59pm). Note: you MUST upload your final draft of your paper by the deadline or you will not be fully registered!
Permissions and Waivers
Once you confirm your personal information and project entry, you will be taken to a page where you and your parents/guardians will respond to NHD permissions and waivers. Note: your parents or guardians MUST fill out this section with you.
Each participating student has a registration fee of $12.* You can choose to pay online or by check. The deadline for registration payments is Friday, February 22nd.
IMPORTANT: Check to see whether your school pays for registration fees!
If the school is paying: DO NOT CHOOSE THE "PAY ONLINE" option. Instead, select the option to "pay by check." This will create an invoice that your school can use to pay your fee. Once you have selected this option, you are all set!
If the student is paying: You can either pay online with a debit or credit card, or send a check to MHD. If you are paying by check, selecting this option will create an invoice in your account. Print off this invoice and mail it along with a check made out to "Massachusetts History Day. The check should have the student's name in the "Notes" section. Mail to the following address:
Bedford High School
9 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
*If MHD registration fees are causing hardship for you and your family, we can help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk about how we can help with costs.
Welcome MHD Teachers! Here you will find information on how to register for the contest, track your student's registrations, and retrieve student invoices if your school is paying for registration fees. For information on the competition day itself, click on the "Contest" link above. 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 James Sunderland at email@example.com for more information.
Create an Account
In the box on the righthand side of the screen titled "Create an Account," fill in your name and email address and follow prompts to create a teacher account. Even if you participated in a contest in a previous year, you still need to create a new account for this contest.
IMPORTANT: Teachers need to sign up before students so that students can register under their teacher's name. This allows teachers to keep track of their students' registrations and, if the school is paying for registration fees, collect student invoices for a Payment Order (see below).
Select Your School
You will be prompted to select your school from a drop-down menu. If you cannot find your school listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they will add your school to the website.
Viewing Student Information
When logged in, teachers can click on the "My Students" tab at the top of the webpage. This will take you to a list of the students who are linked to you in the system. Note: A teacher’s student will only appear once the student has created their account.
By clicking on the student, teachers can choose to view and edit information, or to link/unlink the student to an entry.
Paying Student Registration Fees
If your school is paying for student registrations, you can do so through your teacher account.
- 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, select "Generate Invoice." Confirm and print this invoice, and present it to the school to create a purchase order.
Checks should be made out to "Massachusetts History Day." Mail this invoice along with the check to the following address:
Bedford High School
9 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
If MHD registration fees or expenses are causing undue hardship for your school or any of your students, we can help! Email email@example.com to discuss possibilities for MHD support.
Welcome MHD Judges! Thank you again for volunteering to be a judge at the Mass History Day Central West Competition on Saturday, March 2nd 2019. This contest will take place at Quabbin Regional High School (800 South St, Barre MA 01005).
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 further questions, email Regional Coordinator James Sunderland at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you for supporting our students, and we look forward to seeing you at our competition!
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 exhibits, performances, 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 3rd, 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.
If you want to read up on judging ahead of time, here are some materials that can help you prepare!
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