Membership Affiliation
When affiliating your members for the 2018-19 school year, make sure to note if the are comprehensive or occupational members. This is based on the courses they have taken, and will also represent if they compete in the Senior or Occupational division for competitive events.

A chapter member is required to have taken an FCS course to be an FCCLA member. They do not currently have to be enrolled in a course. Students that are affiliated as occupational, but want to do a team event with students that are comprehensive will have to enter the Senior division of competitive events.

Bulk Middle School Affiliation
A bulk middle school affiliation level has been created! Middle school teachers can affiliate EVERY student in all of their classes (even those that switch at semester) for $450 per chapter. This will give all students that opportunity to be part of a National Career and Technical Student Organization, and hopefully carry their membership over to the high school level. To take part in this opportunity, please select 100% Middle Level Affiliation when affiliating.
FCCLA accepts affiliation through May and can be added to your online roster at any time.

For those wanting to compete in competitive events OR run for a regional FCCLA office, the chapter affiliation deadline is November 1st. The number of competitive event entries your chapter will be allotted is based off of the number of SUBMITTED members in the National Affiliation system on November 1st. (# of teams allotted)

If these members haven't been paid for yet, they will say "PENDING" . Your chapter affiliation payment must be received by the National FCCLA Office in Virginia (address printed on the affiliation invoice) by November 15th for your members to be AFFILIATED and eligible. Payment can also be made online. FCCLA does NOT accept purchase orders as payment, and the students will remain as pending until payment is received.
I would give yourself a November 1st deadline for both to ensure that your students are affiliated .

If students join after November 15th, they can still be affiliated and are are still eligible to compete in competitive events, but your chapter size will not increase. The number of allotted competitive event entries will remain based off of your November 1st submitted chapter size.

Competitive Events


Competitive Events Update

The Texas Competitive Event Update was recently emailed out!

Please review the update for changes to the Texas Competitive Event Guidelines, and review the rules and guidelines that have been changed. There is also our new proficiency event, Toys That Teach!

We strongly encourage ALL advisors, seasoned and brand new, to print pages 1-40 of the Texas Competitive Event Guide and read them all this year as a refresher.



Which competitive event to pick?
This PowerPoint was created to highlight all of the STAR Events and Proficiency Events offered to members. If your students are trying to decide which event they are most interested in, this might be very helpful for both you and them!


During the 2013 National Leadership Conference, 48 STAR Events demonstrations were videotaped. These videos are available on FCCLA  YouTube  and  SchoolTube  channels.

Please note that the contents of these videos may or may not meet all of the current requirements of the events as outlined in the current 2018-2019 Competitive Events Guide, but can serve as a starting point for members new to STAR Events.

STAR Event Demo Link( Youtube) STAR Event Demo Link (School Tube)
Spotlight on Projects

Have your students done an outstanding project? Enter their project in the "Spotlight on Projects" display competition! Entries (of up to 3 students) can create their display and set it up as part of the competition at the Region Leadership Conference!

The top 3 projects in each category will advance to the State Leadership Conference. The top overall project at state will receive a check back to their chapter!

For more information, see Spotlight on Projects on the Texas FCCLA website.


FCSAs

Family & Consumer Sciences Assessments are subject orientated objective tests offered to FCCLA members at the Regional Leadership Conferences and at the State Leadership Conference.

There are 13 different tests that cover a variety of FCS courses, FCCLA information, etiquette, and parliamentary procedure!

Students will receive either gold, silver, or bronze medal or a particpant certificate, based on their score.

For more information and the updated study guides, see FCSAs on the Texas FCCLA website.
Conference & Competitive Event Registration
Conference registration for the Region Leadership Conferences will open on Monday, October 1st. Only chapters and students that have been affiliated in the National Affiliation System will be eligible to be registered.

In the conference registration system, you will also be able to register for competitive events, FCSAs and Spotlight on Projects. Please note, you cannot register students for these events until they are affiliated.

If your school takes longer than 2 weeks to cut checks, I would advise you to try and have your students affiliated on or before November 1st, so that you can register them for their competitive events. print the invoice, and have the check cut and submitted on or before December 3rd.

Conference Hotel Reservations
Hotel reservations will not open until November 1st to help ensure that rooms blocked are more accurate for numbers attending. In the past, many room blocks have been booked prior to the school year starting, and many rooms cancelled the week of.

Please be mindful that if you have booked extra rooms, to drop them prior to the booking deadline so that other chapters have the opportunity to pick them up at the same rate. Hotel rooms cancelled after the reservation cut-off period will not be offered to others at the group rate.
Lead Consultants
We have updated our Lead Consultant sign-up to be online.  Please  volunteer to sign up at your region, or at another region meeting!.

Over the years, we have less and less advisors signing up to serve. Without Lead Consultants, our events would not be possible!

Common questions...
Q:  "Where will my students go?"
A: You can sign them up to serve as room consultants when not competing!

Q:  "How will my students be able to contact me?"
A: You can have your cell phone in the event to correspond with your students, and they can also check-in with you outside of the competition room in between presentations.

Q:  "I've never done it before and won't know what to do. What if I mess up?"
A: That's okay! We will train you and be available to help with any questions you might have.

Q:  "I'm not sure my students can survive without me walking them to their room."
A: Yes, they will! You have prepared incredible students for this conference, and what better way for them to showcase their leader abilities by taking action! Many advisors continue to do this every year, and it has become the norm for their students.

Q:  "Why would I spend a day serving as a lead consultant?"
A: You can check out a new event to see how it is ran, gain ideas for your chapter, and earn official CEU credit hours! But best of all, you're helping ensure that all of our students have an opportunity to present their projects and make sure that fair judging and great feedback is being provided.

Please sign up at the link below! If you know of an FCS teacher (present or retired) that would be interested in serving, please send them this link.

Run for Office

Do you have outstanding chapter members that have great leadership skills? Consider having them run for a Region Officer position!

The "Run for Office" page has now been updated, and includes a mock House of Delegates video.


DON’T MISS OUT ON LIFESMARTS!

Have you ever tried LifeSmarts? Great consumer education material that you can use integrated into your curriculum! They have just launched their new website with lots of great information on how to get involved.

Teams can register as an FCCLA team which advances to National Cluster Meeting and the National Leadership Conference.

They can ALSO register as a Varsity team which advances to the State LifeSmarts Competition in Austin and has the chance to advance to Nationals!
Teams can register under both categories, and their participants scores will automatically populate under both.

1. Returning coaches and students may login to get started.
2. New participants will register on their first visit, then login on all subsequent visits.
3. Coaches will create new teams; teams are deleted every summer.
4. The September TeamSmarts quiz on health and safety is open now through October 31.
5. The October TeamSmarts quiz on personal finance will be open the entire month of October, also closing October 31.
6. Coaches will receive an email blast today (Thursday) telling them the site is live. Our social media platforms will be very active, and the program launch press release will go out as well.
7. The first coach webinar will be Tuesday, October 9. We will send coaches a separate e-blast just about that. Jump on the webinar to learn even more!

To watch the new LifeSmarts video, click HERE .
NBA Career Days with FCCLA
San Antonio Spurs

Dates: December 11, 13, or 17, 2018



For more information:

Houston Rockets

Date: January 9, 2019.


Please refer back for more information.
Dallas Mavericks


Date: February 27, 2019


For more information:
Region Realignment
The Region I, II, and III lines have been altered to help balance out region attendance. All schools that were affected by the change were emailed individually, and have the opportunity to compete in their new regions effective this year. This realignment will be in effect for all schools for the 2019-20 school year.

New CTE Teacher Conference
The 2018 New CTE Teacher Conference that is being sponsored by the Texas Education Agency at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, November 13–15. Attached is a PDF of a flyer to distribute. Applications are due November 5th.

The fee to participate is still only $75 and includes all instructional programming and materials, plus working lunches and an opportunity to earn up to 16 CPEs. Payment isn’t due until November 9th.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel next to Bergstrom Airport in Austin. Participants can get special hotel rates of $135/night for a single room and $145/night for a double room if they book their rooms by October 22th. Rooms include a breakfast buffet, complimentary self-parking, and free wi-fi.

To apply, participants should visit the CTE Professional Development website at:
TEA "Grow Your Own" Grant
Look at Pathway 1 for options to expand your Education and Training programs. Since you already have FCCLA, the CTSO part would be an easy area that you are required to fulfill!

For more information, contact GYOgrants@tea.texas.gov.
Texas FCCLA Sponsored Fundraiser
Texas FCCLA will continue working alongside It's Your Spice Fundraising. Please check out their catalog and website for a huge selection of fundraising products. Many of our advisors have been using them as their chapter fundraiser, and have had much success! They are also offering online fundraisers in addition to catalog sales. Please see below.

In addition to helping your school fundraiser, It's Your Spice also offers a $1,000 scholarship to an FCCLA member!

Don't let the November 1st affiliation deadline sneak up on you!!!!