[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #21 SLC-4 (S)
NOTE: Items titled in bold, italics are messages from the state executive council or national officers. ** Indicates new items for this week.
UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
February 1: SLC Registration & Hotel Reservation Deadlines
February 2: Presubmitted Events Deadline
CONTENT FROM LAST WEEK’S TUESDAY TIPSTER
Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/advisors/. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
** Statesman Torch Awards Corrections Due Tomorrow
Graphic Design Promotion: Presubmitted via BPA Scheduler
SLC Team Member Changes
** JOB OPENING: LISD TECH CENTER
We have been asked to share information regarding a CTE Instructor-Computer Programming position that is available at LISD Tech Center through Lenawee ISD. A job description is located in the attached document. Applicants can apply directly through the LISD website: http://www.lisd.us/staff-resources/open-positions/
** SLC REGISTRATION & HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE
Thursday is the registration deadline and hotel reservation deadline. All registrations and hotel reservations must be submitted online via BPA Scheduler on or before February 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.
** STATESMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS AVAILABLE
Final review of the Statesman Torch Awards submissions was completed this past Friday. If you had students apply, you may log in to online Torch Awards system to review the outcome of your students’ submissions. Please note that there were many resubmissions for corrections without corrections being made; therefore, several students’ were ultimately rejected again.
** SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FORMS
Remember, if you have any delegates that have special accommodations of any kind, you should have submitted a special accommodations request form with your SLC registration. If you have not done so, please do so immediately. Business Professionals of America will **NOT** be held responsible for providing special accommodations if this form is not completed and submitted right away. We cannot make any special arrangements for anyone if we are not aware of what may be required. Please do not put us in jeopardy of not fulfilling our civil rights obligations.
The special accommodations request form is submitted online at can be found in your conference registration booklet or online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-special-accommodations-request.
** BPA WEEK: FEBRUARY 12-16
BPA week is coming up…it is February 12-16 and is the best time for your chapter to promote your chapter and conduct fundraising projects. Make sure you plan a BPA activity for the week. It’s great to have a social event during the week for your chapter and a community activity so people can learn more about BPA.
** CTE MONTH
February is Career/Technical Education Month. What is your chapter doing to promote business education throughout your school and in your community? I strongly encourage you to plan some sort of activity or multiple activities to promote business education. Make sure your school administrators, students' parents, school counselors, and legislators are aware of the positive impact business education and career/technical education has on student development. Although we aren't part of “traditional” academics, we play an important role in establishing a foundation for success in ALL careers.
** PARENTS ATTENDING THE AWARDS SESSION
If you have parents who are interested in attending, you may want to share this information with them. A limited number of tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM ET. Information is already available online at: www.michiganbpa.org/slc-awards-session-guests.
A list of new chapters that will be recognized at our state conference dinner session is posted at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-news/2018/1/13/welcome-new-chapters.
SLC DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE
The shuttle bus schedule for events held at Davenport University has been posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. We recommend that you use this document to plan your student's schedule and to identify any potential contest conflicts.
SLC EDITION OF WSAP GUIDELINES AND STYLE & REFERENCE MANUAL
The SLC Edition of the WSAP Guidelines and Style & Reference Manual are now available for download from www.michiganbpa.org/documents OR www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents. Please pay close attention to these documents because they will be the basis for administering and grading the competitive events graders during the state leadership conference. The SLC edition of the WSAP Guidelines includes updates that were published by National BPA throughout the school year. Visit www.bpa.org/compete/downloadcenter for a summary of those previous updates.
NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER AT SLC
Visit https://www.michiganbpa.org/slc-news/2018/1/13/national-anthem-singer-at-slc for more details. All entries must be submitted online on or before January 31, 2018.
STUDENTS MUST ATTEND ENTIRE WEEKEND
Remember, the Michigan BPA policy is that in order for a student to compete at the SLC, he/she must be a registered and paid hotel guest for the entire conference weekend (minimum Friday and Saturday nights). This conference is about more than just competition. The entire conference includes leadership workshops, networking, service projects, the general sessions (opening, dinner, and awards), and much more. This applies to ALL students. There should not be any back-and-forth travel because this makes you, your school, and BPA liable if anything unfortunate may happen. As stated on page 6 of the SLC registration booklet, anyone who is registered for the conference and discovers they cannot stay at the hotel for the entire weekend will be eligible for a partial refund only. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter.
As you know, there are 14 competitions that are considered presubmitted events because they have materials that must be mailed to us prior to the state conference.
Instructions for submitting these events online via our BPA Scheduler website can be found online at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-documents.
The Fundamental Desktop Publishing information will be sent to chapter advisors via e-mail and posted online via a password-protected website on January 15, 2018.
The presubmitted events are as follows:
Administrative Support Research Project
Advanced Interview Skills
Broadcast News Production Team
Computer Animation Team
Digital Media Production
Economic Research Individual
Economic Research Team
Fundamental Desktop Publishing
Global Marketing Team
Graphic Design Promotion
Video Production Team
Website Design Team
COMPETITIVE EVENT DOCUMENTATION FORMS
Mail-in Event Documentation/Entry Forms (in Word Format) are posted online at www.michiganbpa.org/documents. You will need the following documents:
*** Individual Entry Form
*** Team Entry Form
*** Release Form
Handwritten forms will result in a deduction in points. Obviously, if there is an area where it tells the student to print or sign his/her name, handwriting is allowed in that spot.
Remember, if you want to look up your student’s contestant numbers to include on these forms, please logon to the membership registration system at www.registermychapter.com/bpamem/ and click on "Enter/View Your Members” and then “List All.” The 10-digit number that is next to the students’ names will be their contestant # for the SLC.
CONTESTANT SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
As mentioned at the FLC and as published in the SLC Registration Booklet, we will **NOT** be rescheduling students due to contest conflicts. As printed on page 19 of the SLC registration booklet, students who qualify for multiple events that have conflicting times will be allowed to take only one of their events. The next regional qualifier will be permitted to take their spot in the contest they decide to drop. This does **NOT** apply to the following: Saturday’s judged appointment events or the Parliamentary Procedures Concepts-Open Event (for team members only).
PLEASE review all your students contest times now so we can notify the alternate of the event they plan to drop. Please notify your regional advisor AND state office if you have a student dropping a contest. Michigan BPA is **NOT** responsible for notifying you of any schedule conflict prior to the conference. If you relied on the state office to catch every single conflict, students who fit this scenario could end up being notified as late as the first day of the conference.
Our policy as published on the advisor code of ethics form is that a minimum of two advisors/chaperones are required for ALL chapters. In addition, one advisor and/or chapter is required for every ten students or major portion thereof. (Example: After the 15th student, an additional advisor/chaperone is required, so on and so forth.) During the conference, one chaperone must be designated to remain on your assigned hotel guest room floor at all times. We will contact any school throughout the registration process if they do not meet this requirement. It is important that we have sufficient supervision at the conference.
Although we appreciate the extra adult supervision, do NOT register an excessive number of chaperones in comparison to the number of students you are bringing (example: two students and four adults). Please be conservative, yet follow the policy stated above when making chaperone arrangements.