The Friday Facts

What's Going On In The World Of FCS

Volume 13 - November 13, 2020

It's HERE! The Curriculum Center for FCS for Nebraska!

During this uncertain time, it's essential to have high quality instructional resources available at a moments notice. We know you don't need one more thing right now but the intention is to reduce your stress, lessen your time planning and focus on teaching (and sanitizing and doing a million other things).

All Nebraska FCS teachers now have access to the FCS curriculum supporting 37 courses aligned to the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences. You should have received an email from Kristin on Tuesday evening with instructions for accessing the BlackboardLearn courses. If you did not, check your spam and email Kristin. We have developed a cross-walk of the courses to the Nebraska HSE Programs of Study. This should support you in offering at least one local POS and align your high-quality FCS CTE program to the goals of the Nebraska State Plan for Perkins V.

The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences will be hosting a curriculum training on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30-5:30pm CT. Join us live via this link, , The session will be recorded and shared following.

Thank you for you support, leadership and advocacy efforts to FCS! Take Care!

Kristin and Chelsey

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New EVERFI Resources for FCS Teachers!

We had a really fun Talk About it Tuesday Webinar with EVERFI!

If you missed it, it's okay! There are some new resources for FCS teachers available that are aligned to the Nebraska FCS Standards especially for Middle School classrooms.

Congrats to our $25 Amazon Gift Card winners! Linda Dannehl from Southern Valley, Janice Nelson from Creighton, Kristi Woodworth from Bryan Middle and Margo Houlden from Friend!

2019-2020 Program of Study Reports and Program Approval for 2020-2021

It's that time of year again! Even without the FCS Fall Workshops, it's still crucial that FCS teachers are reviewing reported course offerings, ensuring that your school has an FCS/HSE Program of Study in place and reviewing courses for this year. Since we can't be in person to review those nearly famous yellow charts together, we will have you submit your course offering information using a Google form in the next few weeks.

We will also host an after-school Zoom office hours for any teacher that wants to review Program of Study data, discuss course offerings and/or learn more about this process. Watch for a message on the FCS listserv with this information early next week!

Career Development Toolkit - Celebrate Career Readiness Month!

Our Nebraska Career Education model (attached) represents preparation & exploration through career clusters. Nebraska CTE-Career Technical Education offers programs of study and career academies aligned to career clusters. Nebraska’s Career Development Model summary is attached. Discover more resources using Nebraska Career Development Toolkit at:
What's Your Favorite Recipe to Teach?

What is your favorite recipe to teach? Share it with us by Monday, tell us why and have a chance to win a new bread proofing basket just in time for holiday baking! Enter now!

Take Home Kit Options for 2021

If you are in need of individual student kids that pare pre-packaged and portable for the remainder of the semester or in January, you might want to take a look at these. It might also give you an idea in case you need to create your own. I just wanted to share a resource in case your budget allows or if your school has CARES Act funds to use this might be an alternative instead of sending home your classroom equipment for students. These are pretty pricey per student but if you have really small classes or if you just need some equipment for a few students, these might be an option.

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UNL Teacher Scholars Academy - Opportunity to Promote Say Yes to FCS!

Hello FCS Teachers,

My name is William Wilton, I'm a current FCS Education major at UNL, FCCLA alumni, and a big fan of the great work you do for students across Nebraska. Here at UNL, I am a part of the Teacher Scholars Academy which is an amazing undergraduate cohort of education majors. Being a part of TSA has helped provide me with incredible opportunities to get to know the faculty on a more personal level, begin professional development opportunities early in my college career, get to know, work, and study with other education majors that are a part of the Academy, and it also provides incredible financial support with funding for 120 credit hours and up to $8,000 in additional money to help cover the cost of UNL. The Teacher Scholars Academy is open to all education majors, including CTE, Early Childhood, and Music Education. Applications for the Class of 2021 close February 1st so there is still time for your students that are passionate about becoming an educator to apply! I have attached a link for you to join our digital mailing list for current teachers so you can stay up to date and send information about this outstanding opportunity to the students in your school that would qualify for this scholarship experience! If you or your students have any questions they can reach out to me at or the Teacher Scholars Academy Coordinator Braden Foreman at

Thank you,

William Wilton

FCS Education Major

UNL Teacher Scholars Academy

LifeSmarts Resources

LifeSmarts has some great, ready-to-use lessons in the areas of Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Safety, and Technology. You can access all of the LifeSmarts U lesson plans & their accompanying resources at

Additionally, the November TeamSmarts quiz topic is Consumer Rights & Responsibilities. This would be a great opportunity to incorporate a competitive opportunity into a Consumerism unit, with the opportunity to win $100! Be sure to check out the variety of Consumer Rights & Responsibilities lesson plans available in LifeSmarts U!

This is available for all FCS programs!

FCCLA Virtual Leadership Experience - Great Way to Integrate FCCLA into the Classroom!

Don't miss out on the opportunity for your FCCLA chapter & FCS classes to participate in the Virtual Leadership Experience between December 8, 2020 & February 12, 2021!

Registration is $150 per chapter & can be completed in the FCCLA Portal under the 'Meetings & Events' tab. All affiliated members & advisers within the chapter will have access to the VLE conference platform.

FCCLA is excited to offer the first-ever Virtual Leadership Experience (VLE), a virtual enrichment program for chapter advisers to integrate FCCLA into your FCS classroom with career experts and FCCLA leaders providing information and resources on FCS Career Pathways and FCCLA National Programs. VLE will provide advisers and students the opportunity to hear from motivational speakers, strengthen real world skills, navigate a College and Industry Resource Fair, meet the 2020-2021 National Executive Council, explore Career Pathways, discover National Program presentations, and more! All Career Pathway and National Program presentations will be delivered in lesson plan format to empower advisers to incorporate all the enrichment videos, presentations, and activities into your FCS classroom through the lesson plans, resources, and materials provided.

Check out this video to learn more about what VLE has to offer!

VLE Description for Advisers

Scholarship Opportunity for FCS and FCCLA Members

Jarvis Memorial Scholarship for FCS and/or FCCLA Members Attending UNL

The Jarvis Memorial Scholarship is to encourage students who live in outstate Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and to live at Love Memorial Hall on East Campus. I myself and several of our current FCS teachers are Love Memorial Hall Alumni.

The scholarship committee is working to get the Jarvis Memorial Scholarship distributed better across northeast, central and western Nebraska. Those students who have been active in FCCLA are eligible. The scholarship packet is attached - please share this with your students and school counselors!

Two of the requirements for the scholarship are:

- Student must be or been a member of FCCLA or 4-H or FFA or have taken a minimum of three semesters in Family & Consumer Sciences classes.

- Live in or attend school in the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Cedar, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dakota, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dixon, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Hooker, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Red Willow, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Thomas, Thurston, Wayne, Wheeler.

Scholarships are due by March 15, 2021. This information will also be posted on the Nebraska FCCLA website.

Temporary COVID Relief FCCLA Affiliation Packages Extended

As announced yesterday by national FCCLA, the COVID Relief affiliation packages have been extended until November 30. Nebraska is offering both packages.

  • 20 member package: This method gives a Chapter a small financial break for affiliating up to 20 members. Each member after 20 will be charged the per student rate, like the regular affiliation. Flat rate of $232 ($160 for nationals and $62 for state) for up to 20 members and $13/student ($9 for nationals and $4 for state) for each additional member (savings of $28).

  • Unlimited: This method is a flat rate of $600 ($400 Nationals flat rate and $200 State flat rate) no matter how many students you affiliate. Chapters will have full access to National Programs and Competitive Events.

If your chapter would like to take advantage of one of these packages, here are the steps to complete:

Step 1: Complete the Request to Participate form using the link below to select the temporary package you would like to use for the 2020-2021 school year. Please have your chapter ID ready to complete this form. Click here for the Request to Participate Form

Step 2: Wait to hear confirmation from FCCLA before affiliating your chapter. National FCCLA will advise you via email within two business days of receiving your Request to Participate form as to when you can affiliate in the FCCLA portal with your chapter’s selected package option. This correspondence will be an email sent to the email address used to complete the Request to Participate form. Note: To ensure you receive the correct package rate you have selected, please do NOT affiliate your chapter until we confirm the participation package you selected has been turned on for your chapter per your request.

Step 3: After you have received email confirmation from FCCLA that the selected package has been turned on for your chapter, log into the FCCLA Portal and affiliate your members as you normally would. Before selecting the ‘Create Invoice’ button, please verify the correct rate is displayed. If the rate appears incorrect, please select the ‘Close’ button and reach out to the FCCLA Operations department at or call 703-476-4900.

Use #FCSTN on Instagram or Twitter and be entered to win a Starbucks gift card this month!

The Family & Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska (FCSTN) Public Relations committee encourages you to share your classroom set up, projects or labs, favorite resources or advice on social media! As a wonderful reminder from Miranda Bright at Crete, it's a great way to be mindful of what you are doing well! Use #FCSTN on Instagram or Twitter and be entered to win a gift card monthly this school year! In November, you will be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card! You must be a paid FCSTN member to win (this is just another benefit of being a member!)

Contact Us!

Kristin Vest, Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist

Chelsey Greene, Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist, FCCLA State Adviser

Terri Behl, Professional Assistant

Marty Peregoy, Educator's Rising State Adviser