2018 TASC High School Annual Conference

April 14-16, 2018 | Arlington Convention Center & Sheraton Hotel

2018 TASC Annual Conference Advisor Evaluation

2018 TASC Annual Conference Student Evaluation

Join 5,000 StuCo leaders in Arlington as we come together to celebrate accomplishments, elect officers, and attend sessions on leadership and student council issues. The conference includes a catered meal and a night at Six Flags Theme Park as well as many exciting speakers and activities.

Keynote speakers include Houston Kraft and Mike Smith, Live. Enjoy the large group breakout with surprise guests. Every minute of the conference will be packed with activities, exhibits, assemblies, and workshops to encourage attendees to deepen their hearts. There are sessions for both advisors and students. Register now to ensure your school will be there.

Texas High School will ensure this 82nd TASC Annual Conference is the best ever. They are ready. Are you? THS is asking for your council to take an active role in this year's conference.  See information about the Heart of Texas Drumline, StuCo's Got Talent, and the TASC attempt to break the record for the Longest Line Dance in Texas History.
 See our pre-conference video here.

Registration »  Registration is closed.  No onsite is permitted.  We have reached capacity.  Thank  you for your support of TASC.  Registration should be submitted to TASC using the online registration form.  (Please see form for registering administrative guests below.)

• $125 per person if registered by March 15 (Conference t-shirts are provided.) No cancellations are allowed after March 15.
• $150 per person if registered after March 15 (Conference t-shirts are NOT provided.) Note: In order to be eligible for the complimentary conference t-shirt, registration must be submitted no later than midnight March 15th. Please note that if you register online and do not cancel in writing prior to March 16, 2018, you are obligated to pay the entire amount. It helps TASC if you mail your payment asap rather than taking it to the conference. Arlington Convention Center - 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas.

TASC does not accept credit card payments over the phone. You may pay via credit card via a link on your invoice or on site.

Requests for refunds may be submitted in writing by March 15. (Email to lori@tassp.org.) The TASC Board of Directors has a no refund policy for any cancellations made after March 15. No shows will be billed. Completing the online registration form obligates you for payment for all registrants unless canceled by the deadline. No adjustments will be made to bills following March 16.

Admission to the event at Six Flags is included in registration, and a catered meal will be served at the park. No other meals will be provided.

Conference t-shirts are provided to those who register by the discounted price preregistration deadline. On-site registration will be available.

Registration will remain open until April 10 or until all seats are filled. If space allows, onsite registration is available.  However, schools and individuals registered after end of day April 4 will NOT have printed name badges.  Allow extra time to have name badges printed.  See below for delegation size, registering a guest*, adding names of those registered, and important safety information, etc.

School delegations are limited in size. Please see guidelines for numbers. (You may add students for completing state reports, serving on conference committees, etc.) There is no limit to the number of adults who may register. All individuals who attend the conference (are in any sessions, in Advisor Hospitality, etc.) must be registered. Six Flags tickets may be purchased onsite for chaperones and guests who do not attend any part of the conference. Additional students may be added on site.

Hotel reservations must be made separately.


Hotel Reservations » Please review instructions. There is one link for sub-blocks (requesting five or more rooms). You will need to scroll down to find the link to reserve one to four rooms. At times, the hotel may not have rooms available immediately if you want to arrive early or remain a day late. You can call the help line to ask if rooms can be added to the block.

Please book in the TASC block -- this helps keep registration cost low. Schools booking outside the block costs TASC revenue. It also helps you because Conference Direct can help you find other rooms, add additional rooms, etc. Contact Conference Direct if you need their assistance or need them to intercede with the hotel on your behalf.

For questions or assistance, please ConferenceDirect the TASC Housing Bureau:
Phone: (844) 876-1338 (toll free) Support line is available. Email: taschousing@conferencedirect.com

If you need additional help, contact Terry Hamm prior to March 15. Please read the information that pops up on the reservation site before booking. Please note that there is one link for sub-blocks (requests for five or more rooms) and one link for reserving one to four rooms.  

Use the hotel reservation link to access hotel information. A number is listed if you need help with this process. Should your ISD or TASC District commit to bringing more than 50 delegates, contact terry@tassp.org prior to November 24. TASC will try to assist you in booking at one hotel.

Early bird reservation for all hotels ends March 30.  Some end a week earlier.

Delegates:

Schools are limited to the number of regular delegates they can bring (13). In addition to the 13 regular delegates, you may be entitled to up to 16 additional delegates if your school participates in any of the activities below:

One additional delegate is allowed for each area below. You may also register up to two (2) foreign exchange students in addition to your school delegates.

- Table top presentation leader
- 2nd Table top presentation leader
- Up to two for two table talks submitted (even if not accepted)
- Submitted a State Report Form: D.A.S.H
- Submitted a State Report Form:  Energy/Environment (E&E)
- Submitted a State Report Form:  Pride and Patriotism (P&)
- Submitted a State Report Form:  Community Service (CS)
- Submitted a State Report Form:  Outstanding Student Council (OSC)
- Your council is a current or incoming District Officer School or you are District Co-ordinator
- Your council is a candidate for state office 
- Your council is a current state officer school
- Representatives of your council are serving on a Conference Committee
- Help with a presentation at the Conference
- Your council submitted a Top Ten Project application to TASC
- Your council submitted a Top Ten Video application to TASC
- Your council submitted a TASSP Scholarship Application

- Your council submitted an application for the NASC National Council of Excellence Award

All individuals attending the conference must register. Attendees receive a name badge and a wrist band which are required for admission to the Convention Center following the hours of registration. Admittance into a private TASC party at Six Flags and a catered meal at the park are included in the registration fee. You must have a ticket to enter. No other meals are included. Six Flags tickets for chaperones/guests who do not attend the conference may be purchased on site.

Important Information Regarding Safety and Security at the Conference.  All primary advisors must have this information.

Guest Registration (for Administrators, Officer Candidate Schools, and Current State Officer Students)  Registration is closed.  We have filled all available seats.

On occasion, schools ask if a principal or another administrator may visit part of the conference. We are happy to include principals without charge as long as we have room. If your administrator wants to attend, register him or her here.  If you are a candidate school, you may register one guest in addition to an administrator here. If you are a current officer school, you may bring up to four (4) family members jof the student officer representataive in addition to an administrator for your state officer student designee. Register them here. That way we can be sure to have enough seating. In the happy circumstance that we sell out, you will be notified.  Should the guest(s) wish to go to Six Flags, you can purchase a ticket at registration or by contacting Lori in advance if you want an invoice.  We do need these names as everyone at the conference must have a printed name badge and wrist band. This form closes April 4.  If you are adding an administrator after that date, please email Brent Jaco and Lori De Leon.  TASSP is holding a reception for administrators on Saturday.  You may need to have name badges printed on site.

Submit Registered Attendee List and Emergency Contact Information
Everyone at the conference must have a printed name badge and wrist band.  The requirement for printed name badges ensued after our registration form was created, and we cannot print badges from the registration form. We apologize for this extra step and thank you for your patience.  If you are registering after April 4 (or have changes), you may have name badges printed at registration.  Please allow extra time for that.  Thank you for your help with this information and for helping ensure a successful and safe conference for all.  


QUICK LINKS:

View 2018 Conference Program

2018 Schedule at a Glance

Address these prior to the conference:

Needed at the Conference: Other Useful Information: Complete this after the conference to help with planning:

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:
Be a part of the largest student leadership gathering in the U.S. at the 2018 TASC High School Annual Conference! Registration, campaigns, exhibits, and activities are available Saturday, April 14, noon until 7:30 pm. Enjoy games, activities, and entertainment while talking to schools running for TASC office Sunday afternoon.

Please note on schedule below times for District flag practice, Table Talk Presenter meeting, and a meeting for 2017 JC's on Sunday afternoon.


Thank you, Herff Jones and the US Army, for your support of the TASC Annual Conference

           U.S. Army  |  Herff Jones

           


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: (Tentative) 

Day One
12:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Registration/Campaigns/Entertainment
12:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Exhibits Open
3:20 – 3:55 or 5:00 – 5:35 p.m.   First Time Attendee Advisor Orientation
4:05 – 4:50 p.m.     Special Session for Advisors with Houston Kraft
5:00 – 6:45 p.m.     Dinner offered at the Sheraton (advance purchase, see links above)
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.   Opening General Session

Day Two - Arlington Convention Center and Arlington Sheraton
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.     Registration
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.     Advisor Business Meeting
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.     Meet the Candidates Session
9:00 – noon.          Second General Session
Noon - 1:25            Lunch
Noon. – 1:15 p.m.  Balloting
1:30 – 4:15 p.m.     Break out Rotations
5:00 – 10:00 p.m.   Six Flags

Day Three - Arlington Convention Center
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.     Run-off Balloting (if needed)
9:30 – noon.   Final General Session
noon – 1:00 p.m. Meeting for New Officer Schools

ADVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Advisors assume full responsibility for their student delegations during the conference, including enforcing the TASC dress code.
TASC recognizes HS advisors for years of service to student council and TASC. Service pins are awarded at five year intervals. Retiring advisors who have served for more than five years are recognized as well. Advisors must submit a recognition form.

DRESS CODE:
• Jeans/pants and t-shirts are highly encouraged as the primary dress.
• Shorts are NOT permitted at TASC conferences or workshops held during the school year.
• Shorts are permitted at summer programs, but must be no shorter than three inches above the TOP of the kneecap.
• Skirts/dresses are permitted at all events but must be no shorter than three inches above the TOP of the kneecap.
• All tops and dresses must have sleeves at TASC events.
• Caps or hats are not to be worn when inside a building.
• This dress code may be modified for performers at TASC events. Costumes must be approved by a conference committee.
• TASC/TASC Districts retain the right to enforce a specified dress code for events outside the TASC state calendar.(Policy amended November 2016)

The only exception to the no hats/no shorts rule is the High School Annual Conference event held at Six Flags theme park. A meal is included with at the Six Flags event. All other meals are the responsibility of the individual.