Monday, January 25, 2010

Stirring Up Health in Middle Schools

Healthy Kids Challenge is proud to announce its 8th annual middle school recipe contest. “Stirring Up Health” promotes healthy eating to middle school students and their families. Entrants are asked to create their own snack food, breakfast, or side dish following the contest guidelines. FCCLA partners Johnson & Wales University and Home Baking Association have teamed together with Del Monte to offer this exciting contest for middle school students.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

This week’s blog is a guest entry from ACTE:

Dear Career and Technical Student Organization Officer,

CTSOs are great advocates for career and technical education throughout the year. It is your experiences in career and technical education programs that bring to life the decisions legislators make regarding CTE.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) wants to make sure legislators make those connections between their decisions and your experiences. ACTE invites students to attend the National Policy Seminar, March 8-10 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington, Virginia. A special student rate and specific student content will make this a worthwhile event for you to learn how students can better participate in advocacy efforts.

Register today at the special student rate of $120 and take part in:

• Three student leadership special sessions to help prepare you for your visits to Capitol Hill, meet other CTE students from around the country, and plan for what to do once you return home.

• Five general sessions that provide information on the current political environment for CTE; how to connect CTE to funding opportunities, economic development, and broader education issues; and the future of CTE.

• Visits to Capitol Hill with your representatives. Put what you learned at NPS into action when you visit your representatives and help them make the connection between CTE and student success and economic development.

Your leadership in a CTSO gives you the experience you need to advocate for CTE. Join ACTE in March and help Congress make the connection!


Janet B. Bray
Executive Director, ACTE

Monday, January 11, 2010

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and welcome to a new decade. We hope the new semester starts off on the right foot for each of you. Goal setting is a traditional part of bringing in a new year. We encourage you to set goals to take your chapter to the next level of achievement.

In the latest Adviser-to-Adviser update, we asked the question, “What surprised you the most the first time you took students to a district or state meeting?” Janet Driscoll of New York responded, “I was so impressed by the officer's stage presence, the way the students took charge of the meetings and how there were so many opportunities for students to get recognition and leadership training.”

Whether it is taking your students to a district or state meeting or beginning a big project or recruiting new members, we hope you enjoy setting and work toward your goals in 2010.