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What we do in TSA

TSA gives your student(s) the opportunity to fully engage in STEAM and gain valuable leadership abilities. We compete at the district, state and national level. While we love to compete, we also have many community service projects and volunteering opportunities for our members. The goal is to build a team that can be successful in competition and as contributing members of society.

Our Schedule

In response to the COVID pandemic TSA members will meet either in class (if they have Mrs. Ala or Mr. Brown) and/or virtually during the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual meetings will be held once a week via TEAMS and Schoology on Wednesday afternoons.

For the student

As a student, you should spend some time looking at the competitive events. A list of the competitive events and a brief description of each can be found on the TSA National Website. You should pick at least two individual events and one team event to concentrate on as well as at least one back-up event; the back-up event is in case inter-squad competition eliminates you from going on to districts, states, or nationals in your concentration events.

All events will be given a due date to turn them in. If the event is not present and completed on the day it is due, the student will be dropped from that event. All events will be taken to outside parties to check and decide what needs to be fixed. These outside parties will determine the winner of the event (if more than one student is competing for a spot).


Requirements

TSA is open to any student at BRMS. However, there are some minimum requirements that must be met prior to enrollment and to maintain an active status within our chapter.

Prior to enrollment students must have a:

1. C average or better

2. Clean behavioral record with no long standing history of poor judgment

3. Teacher recommendation

After enrollment students must maintain a:

1. C average or better with no D’s or F’s to maintain a fulltime active status

2. Clean behavioral record to maintain a fulltime active status with no 3’s or ISSP (2’s are not grounds for dismissal from TSA but frequent 2’s will result in suspended membership)

a note about behavior

In TSA, we travel to our competitions and often stay overnight. For the TSA State Competition, we spend 4 days and 4 nights in Orlando and will spend 5 or 6 nights at the TSA National Competition. Students with a history of poor judgment in behavior will not travel. We will not tolerate any behavior that jeopardizes anyone’s safety or the reputations of our chaperones and/or our school. Any student acting in a questionable manner while attending a TSA sponsored trip will be sent home at the parents’ expense; this topic is not up for discussion. Also, if a student is disruptive or is not working on their event during open lab hours, they will be asked to leave the lab for that time. If these actions continue, they may be asked to leave on a more permanent basis.

During the 2020-2021 school year, students will not be traveling. However, TSA students will still participate in virtual competitions at the local, state, and national level and are expected to follow all of the same school rules for on campus and elearning.

fees and expected expenses

There is a $50.00 fee to join TSA. This fee covers: State and National Dues, some event materials, and new BRMS TSA shirt. The cost of your child’s activity will vary upon event(s); in most cases these expenses are minimal. Due to our competitions being held virtually, the 2020-2021 fees for competitions should be minimal. If you have any trouble paying the $50 registration fee, please do not hesitate to contact me. The information below is relevant if you plan on participating in TSA after this year.

Travel expenses vary based on the location of the competition and the length of our stay. When traveling with a full roster the cost for the State competition is usually $200.00+ per student. This estimate covers the entrance fee, round trip bus travel, and lodging. Students will need additional money for food and entertainment. The national competition can be very expensive largely because of travel and lodging. The competition can require up to a 6-night stay and may also require cross-country travel. The national competition, as with all competitions, is optional. No student will be required to go, but if they wish to compete they must attend.

Students who participate in any of the competitions are required to purchase the official TSA uniform. The uniform consists of Grey pants/skirt, red TSA tie, blue button-up official TSA shirt, black socks, black belt, and black shoes. The official TSA shirt and tie can be found at the National TSA website.

I know this goes without saying, but the memories, edification, and skills your child will attain through these trips and competitions are the soul elements we wish to build our youth’s character upon. Due to the financial attachments accompanying TSA, we will have fundraisers and try to obtain corporate sponsorship to help offset costs. If you have any ideas, please let me know. You may reach me at BRMS by calling 751-7080 ext. 2092 or email me at alas@manateeschools.net.

officers and shadow officers

We have 6 positions on our BRMS TSA Officer Team. These positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter and Sergeant-At-Arms. These offices require extra meetings, field trips and responsibility. All offices are open to 7th-8th graders. New members and 6th graders may be interested in our BRMS TSA Shadow Officer Team. This team will mimic our BRMS TSA Officer Team and assist them with their responsibilities while learning the office. The shadow officer positions are open to new TSA members in 8th grade or any student who is in 6th and 7th grade. Students will be required to give a short, one-minute speech with elections being held to appoint positions. Officer Applications are available on the chapter website on the Officer tab. Feel free to pick up an officer symbol paper as you will be required to memorize your symbol and duties. You may also check out the websites.

community service and fundraisers

TSA students will have the opportunity to participate in several community service projects throughout the year. In the past we have provided presents for foster children during Christmas as well as joined with FCCLA to put together care packages for cancer patients.

In order to lower the costs for students to attend local, state, and national competitions, our chapter holds a variety of fundraisers. Some of the fundraisers are car washes, popcorn sales, and a partnership with Smoothie King. We are also sponsored each year by local businesses.