Ohio Family and Consumer Sciences
Items Due
1   Adviser Recognition Application Due March 1, 2015
2   State Projects Application Due March 1, 2015
3   Endowment Scholarship Due March 1, 2015
4   Endowment Financial Form Due March 1, 2015
5   Adviser Consultant Team Application Due March 1, 2015
6   Board of Directors Application Due March 1, 2015
8   National Program Application Due March 1, 2015
9   State Executive Council Application Due March 16, 2015
Save the Date
1    State Officer Practice Interview Day - March 14, 2015
2    State Officer Interview - March 27, 2015
3    State Leadership Conference - April 22-24, 2015
4    National Leadership Registration opens - May 1, 2015
5    FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Lebanon High School - April 28, 2015
6    FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Penta Career Center - May 1, 2015
7    FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Knox County Career Center - May 5, 2015
8    FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Delaware Area Career Center South - May 7, 2015
9    FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Vantage Career Center - May 8, 2015
10  FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Portsmouth - May 12, 2015
11  FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Austintown-Fitch - May 14, 2015
12  FCS/FCCLA Regional Meeting Great Oaks - May 15, 2015
State Officer Candidates
Save the date for March 14th! New this year: any FCCLA member interesting in running for the State Executive Council is invited to participate in a practice interview day where you will be introduced and coached on the areas of the state interview process. More detailed information to come.  SEC Practice Interview
Ohio National Candidate Officer Letter of Intent

If you are wishing to run for a National Office please submit a letter of intent to the Mary Jo Kohl (maryjo.kohl@education.ohio.gov) or Cassie Palsgrove (cpalsgrove@ohiofccla.org) no later than March 1st.

Cleveland Cavaliers Day
Cleveland Cavs FCCLA Day - April 13, 2015
State Project Application

Ohio FCCLA will only be accepting electronic applications.  ALL applications will need to be submitted to ohiofccla@education.ohio.gov by March 1st, You still have plenty of time to get good ideas going! I really want to encourage you all to complete a State Project! 

National Programs Application

Chapters deserve to be recognized for hard work, creative projects, and making a difference in your school and community.  Application awards submit to Ohiofccla@education.ohio.gov by March 1st.  Remember only online applications will be accepted! Apply today to receive recognition for your projects along with possible cash prizes to continue your dedication and hard work in your chapter!

FCCLA Board of Directors
Even numbered regions will elect an advisor to the Board of Directors at Regional Meetings.  This is a great leadership opportunity for an adviser to help structure the future of FCCLA in Ohio.  There are three meetings a year (June, December and February).  Demonstrate to your students how to be a viable part of a growing organization!  Applications are due by March 1, 2015 to ohiofccla@education.ohio.gov subject line: BOD Application.
Endowment Scholarships Available

The Ohio FCCLA Endowment annually awards ten $500.00 scholarships. Candidates applying may attend a certificated program, technical school, a two-year postsecondary school or a four-year postsecondary school. Awards will be granted upon successful completion of the first semester of studies or upon successful completion of a program. Scholarships will be paid to individuals or educational facility for use toward tuition, books and or/room and board, Student must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Scholarship money will be dispersed no later than February of the following year. Recipients must send necessary information to the treasurer of the Endowment for payment; information will be provided with the awarded scholarship. All applications are due March 1, 2015 and can be found at www.ohiofccla.com under the About FCCLA tab - Endowment Board


  •  Adel Riegel $500
  •  Jay Hershey Memorial $500
  •  Clifford "Poppy" Collins $500
  •  Lindsay Platfoot $500
  •  Six $500 Endowment

The State Farm� Good Neighbor Scholarship


The State Farm Companies Foundation believes all children deserve an education that helps them reach their potential and prepares them for life. The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program was established to provide financial assistance to fifty high school seniors who plan to attend college, technical, or vocational school, but may not be able to meet the expenses of a higher education without such aid and often do not qualify for other scholarships.

For more informationand to apply, please visit scholarshipamerica.org or contact Scholarship America at 1-507-931-1682. Email: statefarm@scholarshipamerica.org

Additional details:  Applicants to the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a high school senior who will graduate at the end of the 2014-15 school year*
    *Children of employees, agents, and retirees of the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (the "Company") and children of employees of the Company's subsidiaries and affiliates who are otherwise eligible may apply for scholarships, but they will not receive any preferences. Disqualified persons of the Foundation (within the meaning of Section 4946(a)(1) of the Code) will not be eligible for scholarships.
  • Plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2015-2016 academic year
  •  Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 to 3.20 on a 4.00 scale (or its equivalent)
  •  Be a U.S. citizen
  •  Demonstrate financial need 
  •  Up to fifty (50) selected recipients will receive a $2,500 award
  •  Awards may be renewed up to one additional year based on   maintaining satisfactory academic performance and full-time enrollment 
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only
  • Your application must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 2, 2015
  • Only the first 700 applications received will be accepted
Introducing My Culinary Future - The High School
Culinary Portal
Get complimentary lesson plans for you and your students

My Culinary Future Portal gives you complimentary access to online teaching modules and quizzes. Enhance your classroom instruction and save time on grading and doing demos:

Task your students with completing courses throughout the semester 

  • Task your students with completing courses throughout the semester
  • Enjoy minimal preparation time outside of the classroom
  • Spend more time in the kitchen

  • Choose from eleven exciting courses

  • Share scholarship opportunities with your students


Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is committed to education through our Escoffier High School Series. We are affiliated with the prestigious Auguste Escoffier Foundation and Le Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the direction of American food culture and professional culinary training.

Dont wait! Register now to get your complimentary access to the portal!

Or contact Rosa Sandoval at (224) 698-2122 or email rsandoval@escoffier.edu

Attention:  Ohio State Alumni Licensed as FCS Teachers

We are planning a Celebration of FCS Teachers from Ohio State. We are identifying alumni to invite and recognize them as part of a celebration event.  Dr. Ruth Dohner is trying to contact all current and retired FCS teachers who earned their teacher license at Ohio State. Please e-mail Dr. Dohner at dohner.1@odu.edu as soon as possible. We need you to help us contact any current and former FCS teachers from Ohio State. Please call or pass the message on to any alumni you know to contact Dr. Dohner ASAP.

Copy below and alert others you know to E-mail Dr. Dohner @ dohner.1@osu.edu responses to the following: 


1. Name; Maiden Name; Graduation Date: 
2. School name where you last taught or are currently teaching:
3. Dates of years you taught:
4. Guesstimate the number of students you taught over your teaching career:
5. Identify your Supervising/Mentor Teacher Name, School, Date:
6. List names of family members who teach or taught FCS (Note if OSU Grad with date):


Please watch for the announcement of the date and place for this event. We want you and your spouse or significant other to attend. This announcement is coming soon. In addition we may follow up requesting additional information to display at the celebration. Feel free to send us a brief story of story of your teaching experience.
Thank you for your assistance in making this contact so we can all celebrate Ohio State FCS teachers.

FCS/CTE Survey and Conference Information

It is extremely important that we support the FCS/CTE community.  I have provided a link to the CDA CTE/ FCS Survey (see below).  Please feel to send it to state administrators and teachers.  Our goal is to create a comprehensive plan to support students pursuing the National Child Development Associate Credential.  In addition, our findings will reveal how to best support CTE/FCS teacher professional development goals and outcomes.


CDA CTE High School Administrators Survey


In closure, the Council for Professional Recognition would like to cordially invite you to attend our Early Educators Leadership Conference (see below).  I am personally committed to CTE/FCS administrators and teachers are recognized in the early childhood community.  You are creating the early childhood leaders of tomorrow. Please review the link below. I have asked the Council to award limited scholarships (registration, lodging, conference -not travel) to the CTE/FCS administrators/ teachers. I will send the scholarship application to you next week.



In support of CTE/ FCS administrators, teachers and students

Career Connections


Career Advising Policy and Student Success Plans

State law requires each city, local, exempted village and joint vocational school district to adopt a policy on career advising by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Districts may use the model policies and student success plan developed by the department to inform local implementation for meeting the new requirements. To access a webcast explaining the model policies and plan, click here. Districts should email their policies to the department no later than Sept. 30, 2015, to CareerConnections@education.ohio.gov.


OhioMeansJobs K-12

The department is developing OhioMeansJobs K-12 Reporting Tools for schools to use beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. This new feature will enhance the existing OhioMeansJobs K-12 site by helping schools to better strategize the types of events and supports offered to students. Send your ideas and comments for Reporting Tools features to CareerConnections@education.ohio.gov.


Lessons and Activities

Looking for career connections ideas to use at your school? The department now has an online, searchable database of lesson plans and activities for students. Easily search by subject, grade or key word to find resources that complement your existing curriculum and school counseling programs. Click here to check out this new resource and send your lesson plans and activities to CareerConnections@education.ohio.gov.


Discover Parenting

USEP-OHIO is happy to announce we are celebrating a new year of Discover Parenting!  See the registration form for dates and forms to use as you enter the 2014-2015 project! The following helps you describe the project to others, and includes participation forms and information.
Cindy McKay
Photos will be on display at the Statehouse, may be at the Ohio State Fair, and at several conferences throughout the year.

Free Professional Development for AAFCS Members

Our second February webinar takes place on Tuesday, February 24th at 4:00pm Eastern Time
Developing a LiveBinder as a Teaching Resource in
Family & Consumer Sciences, presented by Cindy Miller

A LiveBinder is the easiest way to organize all of your educational resources online. LiveBinders not only replace the old 3-ring binder, but also open up new opportunities for collaborating, organizing, and sharing that were never possible before.  Attend this webinar and you will be able to:


  • Create, edit, and present a LiveBinder of resources
  • Set up collaboration opportunities with other colleagues and/or students in enhancing the resources of a particular LiveBinder
  • Utilize other LiveBinders already created by FCS educators for additional teaching resources

What goes into a LiveBinder? 

This online tool helps you to organize websites, YouTube videos,  documents, student work, E-Books, shared work sites and more!  Appropriate for use by colleagues and students, this tool has many applications for those inside and out of the classroom.

About the Presenter:
Cindy Miller is a graduate research assistant and doctoral candidate in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) at Texas Tech University's College of Human Sciences.  Previously, she taught at the secondary school level as a business education teacher for 11 years and served as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Administrator at the district level for 13 years.  Ms. Miller's primary research interest as a doctoral candidate is technology integration.  She enjoys integrating web tools in her undergraduate/graduate classes at Texas Tech.
Register Now for "Developing a LiveBinder as a Teaching Resource in Family & Consumer Sciences" 


2015 Spring Webinar Schedule


Wednesday, March 4th at 4:00pm Eastern Time
Elder Financial Exploitation within the Family System:  What Family Members' Experiences Reveal about the Causes, Consequences , and Perpetrators

The risks today far exceed the familiar lottery scams and fraudulent phone calls.  Although those criminal acts are still in use today, new threats have emerged that can strip vulnerable seniors from their ability to make financial and medical decisions in their best interest.  Join our webinar, featuring a team of highly regarded and knowledgeable experts, to learn more about what you can do to protect aging loved ones in your life.


Tuesday, March 24th at 4:00pm Eastern Time
Educating the Whole Family:  Extending School Wellness Education to Parents and Caregivers

Nutrition education has been and will continue to be a hot topic, given the nation's childhood obesity epidemic.  Unfortunately, building the bridge between classroom education and in-home practice can be difficult.  AAFCS is excited to feature the Bubble Foundation which is working to integrate student and parent education through the use of community meal events.  Learn how you can implement similar programs at your school/community center and share ideas on lessons learned.


Tuesday, April 7th at 4:00pm Eastern Time
The Impact of the Economy on the Family:  Taking it to the Streets for Strategies and Solutions

Is it possible to make frugality fun?  The AAFCS Taking it to the Streets team is planning a resource-packed webinar that will show you how to have fun and be creative while saving money!  Based on the highly popular Re$ourcefulness sessions at the Annual Conference, this webinar will highlight actions you can take to re-use old items, recycle common goods and save money while shopping.


Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm Eastern Time
Grant Writing:  Where is the Cash?

Where do I start?  What type of grant am I looking for?  What if I do all that work and don't get it?  These are common questions that arise when you are starting the grant writing process.Fortunately, Sharon Baillie, 2011 AAFCS National Teacher of the Year, has agreed to share her expertise in this area.  With over $90,000 in awarded grant money so far, Ms. Baillie has advice, strategies and tips for how to make grant writing easier, efficient and more rewarding.


Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00pm Eastern Time
Social Media and Advocacy
Advocating for Family and Consumer Sciences programs and curriculum is more important than ever. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to step up and do our part to advocate for our field.  In 2012, Sharon Hoelscher Day presented an excellent webinar, Critical Personal and Professional Advocacy Skills, that covered many of the fundamentals of advocacy.  Ms. Day is following up on that presentation with an update on how we can utilize social media tools to expand our reach, engage the public and support those who have dedicated their professional careers to improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.

A Gift From Scoffier to You:  Try Out An Online Course

Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, which is recognized by the American Culinary Education Foundation as a Quality Program, enables teachers to earn continuing education credits.
And here's a gift for you! Escoffier is offering a free single course for high school teachers, who can earn continuing education credit from its entire catalog of Culinary & Baking courses. Just enter Promo Code: FCCLA at checkout. The promotion is available through March 31, 2015.
Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy is available on demand from any computer, tablet or smart phone. It provides access to rich multimedia content in the form of HD video lessons and demonstrations, interactive multimedia activities and hand's on cooking assignments, assessments, interactive glossary with pronunciation training, comprehensive study materials, access to live or archived lessons with professional chefs, extensive recipe catalogs, and interactive equipment index.
The courses also include access to Escoffier's team of execute chefs, who offer guidance and mentorship as participants progress through the lessons.

What to wear for STAR Events Competition

Some STAR Events, such as Culinary Arts, require specific dress or uniforms. Some STAR Events allow costumes, and some do not. Please refer to the Dress Policy found on page 83 of the Competitive Events Guide for more information on this topic. 

Still unsure? Email your state adviser or starevents@fcclainc.org with specific questions as needed. 

Announcing the Arrival of the FCCLA "365" Mobile App!

The FCCLA 365 Mobile App has launched! The app provides a direct line of communication on FCCLA events and initiatives, and already has FCCLA Week activities listed under the "Schedule" icon, and has the latest issue of Teen Times loaded as well.
This free app is the first guide offered under a larger umbrella application which will also feature event-specific guides for National Leadership Conference and National Cluster Meetings in the weeks and months to come. It is available for download here, and is compatible with all smartphone platforms.

Are You Ready to Add 10,000 Pledges TODAY?


Today is the day for the FCCLA family, along with their family and friends, to take the FCCLA@TheTable pledge to the next level! FCCLA@TheTable has 37,348 meals pledged for this national campaign, which asks youth to take a pledge to plan, prepare and share healthy meals with their family.

But, we've got a ways to go if we're going to hit the ultimate goal of 70,000 pledged meals before the National Leadership Conference this July in Washington, D.C.
Take the pledge now! And don't forget to pass it along to all of your family and friends too. For complete details, visit the @TheTable website here.
Let's really make a splash today and get those 10,000 meals pledged!

National STAR Events Lead and Assistant Lead Consultants Needed!

Are you interested in serving as a STAR Events Lead or Assistant Lead Consultant during the 2015 National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.? FCCLA is looking for experienced chapter and state advisers, state staff, or other experienced STAR Events volunteers to serve in these roles. A small stipend is available to assist with your conference expenses.

To volunteer, please email starevents@fcclainc.org with 2015 Lead/Assistant Lead Consultant in the subject line, and include your name, contact information, and preferred event(s). 

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