Texas FCCLA: Competitive Event Update
October 2017
Texas FCCLA will no longer be using the Lock Box that has been used in previous years for conference /competitive event payments. Please make sure you updated the Texas FCCLA mailing address with your Business Office to reflect our office address, 1107 W. 45th St., Austin, TX 78756. You can access the new W-9 HERE to be submitted to your school office.

Affiliation payments will still continue to be mailed to National FCCLA.
Texas Competitive Event Guides and Chart
The Texas FCCLA Competitive Event Task Force met last week to complete the changes made for the 2017-18 school year. Texas FCCLA will continue using the National FCCLA Competitive Event rules (found in the affiliation portal) with the exception of Culinary Arts and the Proficiency Events. All changes have been reflected in the Texas FCCLA Competitive Events Guide and Management Manual. All updates are in red text.

Also, please make sure that you are aware of the number of teams that are eligible to compete. This will be based on your chapter membership as of November 1st. Members can still be added after November 1st, but it will not count towards the number of allotted competitive events.
Texas Competitive Event Changes
All changes have been made in the Texas Competitive Event and Management Manual in red. Please review those documents for complete updates. We have highlighted some of the main ones below:

  • In all events, all materials (file folders, portfolios, self-addressed/stamped envelopes, etc.) will be turned in at competition time instead of at check-in time. Participants will declare the type of portfolio (hard copy or electronic) at competition time.

  • Students MUST check in during the allotted time to be eligible to compete. Students who miss check-in will be disqualified. (Page 9 of Texas Competitive Event Guide)

  • The Online Project Summary form will now be located in the “Surveys” tab of the FCCLA Portal and not as a link on the FCCLA Website.

  • The three points designated for “Registration Packet” on the national point summary forms will be given to entries as long as they attend the mandatory check-in on time.

  • In Culinary Arts, Texas competition will continue to focus on culinary skills/techniques and not be recipe-driven this year as the national rules reflect. Please review the Culinary Arts rules in the guidelines for specific information. Equipment and tool lists are also included in the rules.

  • Culinary Arts Changes: Teams will be allowed to take one photograph of their own team’s final product after competition. The Point Summary Form was removed and the rubric points were adjusted to equal 100. The proof of online project summary form submission is no longer required. Teams must bring the completed Culinary Arts Time Management Plan at competition time. Teams will have 15 minutes instead of 30 minutes to organize work area, obtain supplies and adjust the time management plan if needed.

  • The State Culinary Arts and Mystery Basket Competition will be held offsite and transportation will be provided. More information will be provided closer to the State Conference.

  • In the Cupcake Battle event, a lid requirement was added for the tubs. An honor statement was added stating that participants will not use any copyrighted or trademarked material. Two 20 gallon tubs will be allowed for state competition at the Occupational level only.

  • Say Yes to FCS Education is a new national STAR event this year and the state Say Yes to FCS Proficiency event has been discontinued.
Lead Consultant Sign Up
We have updated our Lead Consultant sign-up to be online. Please volunteer to sign up at your region, or at another region meeting! This is a great way to give back, as well as learn about other events and see other chapter projects. Without Lead Consultants, our events would not be possible!

If you know of an FCS teacher (present or retired) that would be interested in serving, please send them this link.

Competitive Events and Region Meeting Registration is now OPEN
The systems are open and ready to go for Region competitive events and conferences! Once you are affiliated, you can click the link and then select your region and log in with your national affiliation username and password to register.

Another way your students can compete is through the online program Lifesmarts. Register at www.lifesmarts.org and have your students learn about consumer rights and responsibilities, environment, technology, health and safety and financial education. Maybe you will be lucky to have a team advance to state competition in March and get to represent Texas at national competition in April. We want you to give your students every opportunity you can. This is a great program that ties so many of the TEKS for FCS!
Reminder- Peer Education deadline next Tuesday! Spots still available.
We have moved the date of Peer Education back this year, in order to accommodate many school requirements for securing travel. The Peer Education conference will be held in Irving, Texas. Registration is $15 per person and now open, first come first serve and is limited to the first 300 registrants! Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!