Finding a Balance with School, FCCLA and Busy Lives.


How do students achieve a balance in their busy lives? 

By identifying time-saving tips and techniques and by implementing these strategies, students can succeed academically, and remain in FCCLA and other activities:

  • Get organized and manage your time. Utilize a calendar for school and extra-curricular activities. Write down all due dates for schoolwork, projects, and papers. Write down all extra-curricular events and practices. Every week revisit your calendar and make corrections. If you are more comfortable entering these items in to an electronic device such as a smart phone, use that to your advantage and set reminders for your events and homework due dates.
  • Use your weekends wisely. Use your weekends as preparation time for the week ahead. Start homework for the upcoming week. Read chapters and take notes ahead of time. Use this time to plan and prepare for projects and papers that are due, including FCCLA.
  • Use your travel time to and from school, practices, activities and games wisely. Take this time to review notes, read chapters, study, or read books. Even 15 minutes during bus rides can help tremendously to stay ahead.
  • Do not procrastinate. Do assignments as soon as they are given, rather than waiting until the last minute. Assuredly, poor planning and dragging your feet will result in unsatisfactory outcomes on FCCLA projects and homework.
  • Do not get behind. It is easier to stay ahead of schoolwork rather than to play catch up with grades, missed assignments, or missed projects.
  • Take advantage of school resources, such as tutors. Schools want their students to succeed and offer programs to help. If your school or community offers these opportunities, take them.
  • Prioritize. Make a list of things you need to get accomplished, and put them in the order of most important to least important. Work on the items one at a time.  That way the items that are of utmost importance get accomplished first, and the least important items last.

Demands on our time never end. Our obligations and interests continue to compete for our attention and our time, even beyond high school. By introducing and implementing time-saving tips and techniques early in a student’s career, students can set themselves up for a successful future.


– Kennedy Truscinski, Vice President of Resource and Development

Check out the latest MN FCCLA news!



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FCCLA members work together to create awesome video messages about their FCCLA experiences.

Here are some outstanding videos from the Area Leadership Video contests!

FCCLA is for Everyone! From Central East and the Litchfield Chapter

Why do you like FCCLA? From Southwest Area and RTR Junior

Congratulations on these chapter’s video projects.


A Resilient You-Learn more about it with the FCCLA Student Body Program!


A Resilient You


Resiliency is one of the four modules of this year’s Student Body national program: A Healthy You, A Fit You, A Real You, and A Resilient You. Resilience is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or to put it in simpler terms how well you respond to challenges you life throws your way.

This year’s state theme is Dare to Explore with FCCLA and one of the goals is to Acstate theme 2016-2017cept the Challenge: a big part of being resiliency is to accept the challenge.

It is important to be resilient because at some point in life we are going to face inevitable challenges. There are many ways to improve your resiliency:

  1. Setting goals can help you become more resilient because it allows you to become more prepared for the future, allowing you to be more prepared when challenges come your way.
  2. It is important to accept the challenges that come your way and face them head on. Being resilient is how well you are able to bounce back from the challenges you are faced with.
  3. Having a positive attitude can help you improve you resiliency because being positive is what allows you to overcome challenges. It is vital to have a positive drive when facing adversity and realizing the situation is only temporary.
Taya Lindquist,
Vice President of Resource and Development



New STAR Events this year! About Ethical topics, Leadership and the Need for Future Teachers!


Try out some new STAR Events this year!

Here are some new events that have been added or refreshed in the Minnesota STAR Event Handbook.


MN STAR Event #3 Ethical Essays (Character Ed Writing event)  This is an essay, an applied writing event with essays about character education topics.  Members will chose a topic and write an essay about ethical topics such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship and positive character traits. Junior, Senior and Occupational categories.


MN STAR Event #8 Say Yes to Facs

Say Yes to FCS is an individual or team event allowing members the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating a marketing campaign related to Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The campaign will focus on what is involved in becoming an FCS Educator, where to get certified and career opportunities available to those that major in the field. Participants must prepare a portfolio, conduct an interview, prepare an oral presentation and a marketing tool. This Event DOES NOT qualify for national level. Junior, Senior and occupational categories.


SAM_5110Event # 17 Leadership in Careers (Individual or Team) This is one of the Illustrated Talk categories.  Note: The Illustrated Talk Rules and Evaluation Forms are in the Nat’l Handbook.

Purpose: Analyze how the FCCLA tag line “The Ultimate Leadership Experience” is true for youth leaders. Show how the FCCLA opportunities of national, state, regional, local leadership opportunities as an officer (current or future local chapter officer, Area Officer, State Officer or National Officer) will help you to become better at skills, knowledge and attitudes that are important for a variety of careers. Analyze the application for a leadership position and determine how you can strengthen your resume and give stronger answers if you became a candidate for an FCCLA leadership position.

Rules: Follow the Minnesota STAR Events general rules. Use the Illustrated Talk rules from the national handbook for guidelines and rubrics for evaluation. One to three participants. Develop an analysis or a report of how you could strengthen your answers and examples of leadership for becoming a candidate application for a FCCLA leadership position.



You get awards Only if you APPLY!

Two Minnesota Chapters score big national financial awards!

 Minnesota FCCLA had 186 delegates attend the National Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. Two schools received awards at Nationals.


Wadena Deer Creek was the Student Body Program National Winner. Their project titled “WE Scare Hunger” was inspired by their local food-shelf. They wanted to help local families that needed help. The chapter got their message out by using social media about what they were going to do. They were going to go trick-or-treating for food items that theyIMG_8650 could give to their local food shelf. During that night the members received 640 pounds worth of food that they could give to their food shelf. For their follow up, the members gave a workshop to the people who donated about how their contributions helped their community.




IMG_8651Spring Lake Park was awarded two different awards. Their chapter was a runner up in the Career Connection category at Nationals. The chapter created a project called “Getting in Gears for Family Careers”. The members created a career/college fair which included jobs related to Family and Consumer Sciences. The career fair provided opportunities for the students to interact with workers in a specific job field. Spring Lake Park also was awarded $5,000 in charitable grants and $2,000 worth of technology products. This was awarded through Lead2Feed. Congratulations to these chapters for their amazing representation of Minnesota FCCLA!


Mya Christensen, Minnesota State President-Elect


Being an FCCLA Adviser


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Being in FCCLA can be a difficult job, but it can also be rewarding.  Minnesota FCCLA is proud of all of our advisors.  One MN FCCLA has received a national award!

Katie Pollock, from Hinkley-Finlayson, is a relatively new adviser.  She started teaching FACS and advising her FCCLA chapter, this past year.  She has won the Spirit of Advising Award which “recognizes chapter advisers who are constantly faithful, often quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of their students.”  I had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Pollock about winning this award.

What was running through your mind when you received the notification that you had won the award?

I was surprised and excited all at the same IMG_5571time! I had heard of other awesome advisers receiving this award in past years and I felt honored to be one of the recipients.

What makes you the most happy when advising your FCCLA chapter?

I find the most happiness when members from the chapter come to me with ideas and a plan of how they want to execute that idea! I love seeing students step up and take action for something they care about and FCCLA is the perfect organization to help students plan and carry out their ideas!

Since you are a new adviser, what is one piece of advice you would give to NEW advisers and what is one thing that surprised you when you first started?

As a new adviser I found it helpful to get in contact with other advisers in my Region so I could ask questions and share ideas. I also found it important to talk with my principal about FCCLA and what we are about. My principal was excited and surprised to hear about all the different things FCCLA does and gave me ideas for some volunteer opportunities within the school district and community.

I started my FCCLA journey as a student member in 6th grade, now that I am an adviser I have a whole new perspective on how much behind the scenes work goes into a successful FCCLA chapter, region and state.


With Unlimited Possibilities,


Jacob Just

Minnesota FCCLA State President


Building Excitement for Involvement …Ideas for the Year


5 FCCLA Chapter Ideas for the Year

Planning activities and events that an FCCLA chapter can do together can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some simple and fun ideas that any chapter can complete throughout the whole school year!IMG_4391-560x373


  1. At the Moviesmovies

Popcorn, a good movie, and great friends are the best way to start the weekend. As a chapter, what better way to enjoy each other’s company other than having a movie night? Whether it’s a scary movie, the funniest movie you have ever seen, or maybe just your typical chick flick, everyone loves a great movie. Who wouldn’t love a night spent in the school, a night out on the town, or at a friend’s house? So sit back and enjoy the movie!


  1. New PlacesJerry and bi plane

If your chapter meetings are becoming a little boring and are in need of a little something new, try changing the meeting space. Going to the bowling alley, ice skating rink, or a pool party for a chapter meeting is a great way to change it up a little. Sometimes the change of scenery creates the perfect environment to keep people engaged and keep them active in the chapter.

  1. Get Active!stubod (1)

FCCLA has a national program, Student Body, focusing on a fit and healthy you. And what better way to do that and still have fun than going to the local park and starting a game of kickball, softball, tennis or any other sport?! Sometimes it’s also nice to play a good old fashioned game of Pokemon Go! and catching all those Pokemon creatures together as a chapter!


  1. TheBog SNowmanmed Holiday Parties

, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are some great reasons to get together for a little celebration with your chapter. Dress up in your wackiest costume and celebrate with your chapter for Halloween. During Christmas, our adviser makes our whole chapter lasagna and we all pass around gifts to each other. But you could also turn these holidays into a community service project to fit your community’s needs.  Wade a Deer Creek got a national award for trick or treating for food shelf items. What could your chapter do?


  1. Color paint cans

    Color paint cans

    Arts and Crafts Night

As a chapter, the members can do arts and crafts together. A craft that can be done at any age is key. Websites such as Pinterest can offer fun, simple, and creative ideas that your chapter can try. Why not have a friendly competition among members with your arts and crafts activity with winners winning prizes? One example of the prizes could be the winner picking the fun activity for the next meeting.


written by Gracie Vatthauer, Representative to the Board of Directors



Getting the message out is important! We work hard to have a quality FCCLA State Conference for over 1200 people for 3 days.

Any one of these results in media and attention to what is happening would be great news! So enjoy the positive messages. Learning, showing our skills, having fun in FCCLA and making new friends was the result of 3 action packed days in Bloomington, MN.

MN FCCLA State Conference resulted in positive media coverage, recognition from the Governor’s office and evidence of student’s applied academic progress through FCCLA Programs and projects.

RADIO SHOW: KDWA Radio Reporter has done a 3 part radio show.  Part 1 of a three part radio interview featuring Maxine Peterson, Jacob Just and speaker Mark Lindquist.


PART 1 RADIO SHOW- FROM STATE CONFERENCE ON KDWA RADIO featuring Max Peterson, Jacob Just and Speaker Mark Lindquist.














VIDEO MESSAGE from Senator Al Franken

Photos from the 2016 State Conference.








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  1. Schools are looking for FACS teachers to apply for open positions.
  2. The content is interesting to study.
  3. You can have a variety of jobs with a family and consumer sciences degree.-Human Services, Hospitality, Culinary, Early Childhood, Education and Training- just to name a few of the areas,
  4. The FACS degree will give you transferable skills.
Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classes are comprehensive classes that provide secondary and postsecondary students the opportunity to explore and FCS_Icon_Onlyprepare for many different types of careers. Some of these include careers in culinary, education, early childhood, fashion design, interior design, and human services. For many years, these classes have given students the skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for their futures, allowing them to manage their finances; balance their personal, family, and work lives; strengthen their well­being; and access their creative and critical thinking skills to address problems in their home and community. They give students an understanding of the real world and a connection to their community with community service projects and real life applications.


The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences began the “Say Yes to FCS : Filling the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Pipeline” campaign. They need YOU to consider studying  Family and Consumer Sciences; to realize the impact that FCS programs have on training America’s workforce; to recognize the role that these programs have on the quality of life; and finally, to speak up for FCS education and make it a priority for graduation requirements.

Future FACS teachers?

With the “Say Yes to FCS” campaign, they are also seekiIMG_6755ng for new educators to teach these classes. There are several universities in the Minnesota area that offer Family and Consumer Sciences Education as a major, including South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD; North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND; Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, MN; St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN; and the University of Wisconsin ­Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The possibilities of this this career area are virtually endless. There are 13 basic career clusters: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, AV Technology and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security; Marketing; and STEM. If you are still wondering what career area to go into, consider giving Family and Consumer Sciences a try.

Written by Tatym Zins- State Officer