First things first… I’m Caleb Knox, your Area 3 Rep for the Washington Activity Coordinators Association (WACA). I teach leadership and freshman English at Sumner High School, and I am excited to be embarking on my 7th year of involvement with student activities!
I represent Pierce County on the WACA Board, and I can’t wait to get to know each of you. Throughout the year, I’ll be sending you updates about what’s happening in the activities world at the state level. Am I talking to the right person? If so, great! If you’re not involved in leadership / ASB / activities at your school or if someone else should be added to my list, please let me know so I can update my contacts. Thanks!
We just held our fall WACA Board meeting in Wenatchee last weekend. Why Wenatchee? We’re always keeping our eyes open for possible conference venues. There are several items from the board meeting that I’d like to share:
1: It’s never too early to think about the WACA Conference! We’ll be getting together March 14-16, 2018, at the Tri-Cities Convention Center in Kennewick. Our theme this year is Tune Into Leadership, and it promises to be rockin’! A few things I’d like to highlight:
- The Pre-Conference session topics are listed on the website, if you’d like a little advance peek at some highlights of the first day of the conference. The rough outline for the entire conference is online as well.
- Registration will open during the first week of October - mark your calendars! I’ll send you a quick reminder when it is live.
- There will be conference hotel information available in early October as well.
- It’s not too early to think about sharing your expertise and creativity by presenting a session at the conference. Think about all the great things you do in your building and take a look at the presenter application on the website…Area 3 has so many rock stars; let’s show our stuff!
2: Don’t forget that you can apply for the official Washington State Advisor Certification through WACA. We started the program earlier this year, and have about 30 certified advisors at this time. If you’re interested, please refer to the application online at wacaonline.org (it’s the third menu tab on the left side of the home page). Application deadline is February 1, 2018. If you have questions, feel free to shoot me an email.
3: The state high school student leadership conference (AWSL) is coming fast, October 13-15, in Yakima. Registration deadline is this week. Check out the latest “In the Loop” message if you receive that, or find the registration form at their website.
4: Speaking of conferences, the NCSA (National Conference on Student Activities) is being held in Spokane this year! It’s a great conference, and a cool opportunity to discover how other states approach activities. The conference convenes on December 1-3, 2017, and there is a link to the conference site at the bottom of our homepage (wacaonline.org). Check it out!
5: And finally, the WACA Hall of Fame: If you would like to nominate someone for the WACA Hall of Fame, the deadline is December 1, 2017. Again, check the menu bar on the left hand side of our homepage to access the Hall of Fame info and application.
Okay, this is long enough! It's early in the year, but things are already kicking into high gear. Please let me know if you have any questions! Keep on rockin’, and I’ll be excited to touch base with you soon!