Update 2010 – 2011
The Technology Student
Association ended the 2009-2010 year with two successful
The CT-State TSA
Conference at Hamden Middle School on May 8 was attended by
over 150 student members from 8 middle and high schools.
Students participated in 28 hands-on and display events
including Structural Engineering (on-site build and test),
Marine Design, Flight, Tech Bowl, CADD, System Control and
Speech. Many thanks goes to Dean DelGuidice for all his
work and the Hamden Middle School staff and administration
for the generous use of their school. Also a special thanks
to the State TSA officers from Hamden High School for a
great job on the presentations at the opening ceremony.
CT-TSA had a great
National TSA Conference. Three CT schools sent 25 students
to Baltimore, MD from June 28 to July 2 to participate with
over 4000 other middle and high school students from 48
states at the National TSA Conference. In all, Hamden High
School, Windham Middle School and Sedgwick Middle School
sent 40 advisors, students and parents to attend.
Connecticut students placed in the top 10 nationally in 6
Challenge: 1st place - Sedgwick MS
Multi Media: 2nd place - Windham MS
Techno Talk: 2nd place - Sedgwick MS Team 2
Prepared Speech: 3rd place-
System Control Technology: 5th
place - Sedgwick MS
Techno Talk: 6th place - Sedgwick
MS Team 1
Website Design: 10th place -
Students were very
excited to participate in a new event: Techno Talk – look
for it at the 2011 CT-TSA State conference.
The 2010-2011 year is
upon us and there is a planning meeting scheduled for
Monday, October 25 at 4:30 PM at Sedgwick Middle School,
West Hartford. Our agenda will include conference planning,
competitive events – new for the HS level, funding, TSA-VEX
Robotics information, and state officers.
All teachers interested
in learning more about starting a TSA chapter are welcome to
attend. Please contact me at
Maggie_kaiser@whps.org with any questions. General TSA
information can be found at the national TSA web site:
FROM NATIONAL TSA:
TSA is registering
chapters now under a new national membership structure:
The RED CAP: chapters pay a flat fee of $90
for up to 10 members, plus state fees.
This is great for smaller
chapters with 10 or fewer members.
The WHITE CAP: chapters pay a per member fee
of $9 for 11 members or more, plus state fees.
White Cap membership offers a
middle path for chapters with fewer than 25 members.
The BLUE CAP: chapters pay a flat fee of $350
for unlimited members, plus state cap fees.
The Blue Cap membership is best for chapters with more than
25 members, or with
membership that changes with technology class enrollment
COLLABORATION EVEN BETTER
TSA is now participating
with VEX Robotics in their 2010-2011 challenge “Round-Up”.
TSA-VEX event at the National TSA Conference will be the
same challenge as the International VEX Robotics. CT-TSA
will be working to encourage chapters to participate in this
exciting robotics challenge. Information will be available
at the TSA meeting for those chapters willing to start a TSA-VEX
TSA has posted a survey
for advisors and parents regarding the official TSA student
dress code. Advisors and parents can take the survey by
clicking on this link:
CT State TSA Advisor
registration is now on-line.
re-affiliate, or join for the first time go to
the affiliation directions.Please
affiliate for 09-10 as soon as possible to help the Connecticut TSA team plan for meetings and events.
Click here for more info.
Any questions, contact Gregory Kane at
Technology Student Association
Welcome to the TSA Advisor News
The deadline for TSA Priority membership is November
13, 2009. All chapters with an active affiliation
by that date receive the following:
* A TSA Gold Seal certificate
* Uninterrupted service
* A free 2009-2010
TSA Information Directory
* A small gift of appreciation
* Plus the below standard benefits
Membership affiliations completed after November 13,
2009 receive the standard TSA benefits:
* The Total
TSA CD - one CD (HS or MS) with competitive event guidelines,
leadership lessons and membership
* Online access to print membership cards
* Email updates about important national
* The ability to participate in local, state and
national TSA conferences
Although many states have membership deadlines for
participation in certain events (leadership
conference, state conference, etc.) membership is
accepted at any time up until the national TSA
conference in June.
TSA State President/National Officer
The first state president/national officer webinar
took place on October 4, 2009. The topic of the
webinar was "Revisions to the June 2009 Amendment of
the TSA Bylaws."
Andrews, national TSA president, summarized the
bylaw amendment that was proposed at the June 2009
national TSA conference and reviewed with the
webinar participants the reason the proposal was
created. Adam Knecht, national TSA reporter and
chair of the TSA Bylaw Amendment committee,
identified the goals and progress of the committee
thus far. The committee members are gathering input
from the states and making suggestions for revisions
to the current amendment. The national TSA officers
asked all webinar participants to keep their fellow
state officers and state advisors informed of the
The attendees of the webinar learned that the
opportunity to speak with other state presidents and
the national officers was of great value to them.
They would like national TSA to host aother webinar
during this school year. State advisors will be
notified when this is scheduled.
Last spring a partnership between PLTW, TSA and SkillsUSA w
as formed and the creation of Engineering Alliance was
announced. This program will provide a limited number of
virtual competitions and leadership activities aligned with
the PLTW curriculum and offered to PLTW schools. To learn
more about Engineering Alliance you may view the press
Engineering Alliance will be available in January 2010.
Plan Now for Baltimore
plans now to attend the 2010 National
TSA Conference in
Baltimore, MD June 28-July 2. Baltimore promises to be an
Check out TSA's
website for a
preview of all that Baltimore has to offer.
Ready to make your reservations? Take
a look at the
accommodations available for the TSA conference attendees.
Registration now open for 2009-2010 F1 in Schools Challenge
F1 in Schools provides an exciting, challenging educational
experience - through the appeal of Formula One - for middle
and high school students to increase their knowledge and
skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM). For questions or information about the F1 Challenge
Lee at the
national TSA office. Or, visit the TSA website at www.tsaweb.org and
click on Competitions, a nd then The F1 Challenge.
State Membership Information and Reports
to take advantage of the information offered through your
state advisor login on the TSA website!
You can access all of the following information by going to www.tsaweb.org,
clicking on Manage My TSA, and then on State Advisors. You
will need to complete your state advisor username and
password (if you have forgotten what they are, please let Sandy
* Access the membership report for national TSA and your
* If you chose to have the mentoring option f or your
state, check to see who would like a mentor and who has
volunteered to be a mentor
* Check on the status of any school in your state that has a
TSA record created (find out which schools have started
affiliations but not yet completed them)
* Export data for reports and labels
* Look up advisors, schools and alumni
Technology Student Association
1914 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Windham High School TSA
& Windham Middle School TSA
Technology Student Association
Advisor- Mr. Hutson
Welcome Windham HS and MS TSA
Students, Parents and Friends
Windham TSA (WHS &WMS) is
beginning its 14th year as both state
and national chapters in the Technology
Student Association-USA. I am honored
to have your child involved with this
excellent organization. Please be aware
that most correspondence regarding
meetings, field trips, parent meetings,
and competitions will made via email. I
will attempt to have handouts available
as reminders to be brought home by your
child. Any parent can contact me at
school (860-465-2350) or through email
at email@example.com regarding
any questions, concerns or requests for
volunteering their time.
Any parent wishing to h
meetings is strongly encouraged.
At present, we have Mrs. Lynn who has
volunteered (last couple of years) at
meetings to help students with
and graphics. We also have Mr.
is an electrical engineer who helps TSA
members with electronics (helping in his
second year). We deeply appreciate
both of these adults and encourage other
parents to help us if possible.
Windham Middle School TSA:
On Tuesday, September 16th their will be
the first meeting for the WMS TSA. On
the agenda will be an overview of TSA,
discussion of projects and activities,
projects, competitions and field trips,
along with discussion of candidates for
officers to be elected for this year.
Meeting is from 2:35pm until 4pm. All
students are asked to make sure they are
signed up for the late bus (if using the
late bus) and should wait in the lobby
to be called for the late bus or if they
are to be picked up. Congratulations!
Windham High School TSA:
Tuesday, September 23rd their will be
the first meeting for the WHS TSA in
Room 130-Tech Ed lab. On the agenda
will be an overview of TSA, discussion
of projects and activities, projects,
competitions and field trips, along with
discussion of candidates for officers to
be elected for this year. Meeting is
from 3pm until 4pm.
Any students at Windham
Tech who wish
to join the WHS TSA, please arrange your
individual transportation to WHS Tech Ed
lab Rm 130.
Windham Parent Organization:
first Windham TSA Parent Organization
Meeting will be in October (date to be
As you know, the only way we accomplish
so many activities is through the
efforts of fundraising by parents and
students. The Windham TSA Parent
Organization was formed almost 5 years
ago to get parents involved with our
students and to provide a strong
fundraising base to support TSA. Your
involvement with our Parent Organization
is extremely important not only for TSA,
but most importantly to your child.
Thank you in advance for your support!
We are arranging to have our Fall
TSA Officer Training at
Academy in October. We
are currently finalizing this field trip
and workshop. Details will be sent out
within the next two weeks. All
Windham TSA members are invited who
wish to participate in being an elected
officer in our TSA.
Last year was our first year in VEX
Robotics. Last year we placed 19 out
of 32 HS teams, which was outstanding!
We are looking for at least one HS and
one MS VEX Team. Information will
follow soon to join this area of TSA.
Windham TSA National Awards for 2009 at
the National TSA Conference in Denver,
2009 TSA CAP Chapter Excellence
Award- Windham Middle School
Cyberspace Pursuit-Web Site
Design-6th Place in
USA/TSA- WMS TSA-Braden Lynn
TSA Multimedia -
6th Place in USA/TSA - WMS TSA-Braden
Graphic Design -
7th Place in USA/TSA - WMS TSA-Braden
Congratulations to Braden Lynn
and Windham TSA
Windham HS & MS TSA Advisor
Windham VEX Robotics Advisor - WHS/WMS
Everett if you find
errors or have information to post.