April 2017

NHS & NJHS: Honor Society News

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

How Will You Celebrate Your Student Leaders?
Taking place April 16–22, National Student Leadership Week (NSLW) celebrates the important work of your student leaders. This year’s theme is “Making a World of Difference,” amplifying the NASSP student leadership initiative focusing on global citizenship. To make that theme come to life, we’re inviting chapters and members to participate in our “Tasty-style” Video Challenge. Chapters are encouraged to create a video in the style of one of those mouthwatering “Tasty” videos you may see in your social media feeds. Ask your members to show how they are making global change and post it on social media. Be sure to use #NSLW17 and #MakingGlobalChange, and tag @nhs_njhs on Twitter or Instagram. Also, visit www.nhs.us/nslw and www.njhs.us/nslw for more celebration ideas and resources.

Award Recipient Announcements Coming

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award
Later this month, the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award recipients will be announced. Selected NJHS members’ families will be notified by mail and email. Principals and advisers will also be notified by email. The full list of this year’s recipients will be posted on the NJHS website.

National Honor Society Scholarship
Recipients of this year’s NHS Scholarships will be notified of their selection in May, and the full list of recipients will be posted on the NHS website in June.

Outstanding Service Project Awards
Chapters selected to receive one of this year’s Outstanding Service Project awards will be notified this month.

Thank you to all of the chapters, advisers, and students who participated in these programs this year.

Changes Coming for the Outstanding Service Project Award Program
Is your chapter planning to enter the Outstanding Service Project (OSP) award program next year? If so, take note of changes for the upcoming academic year. Beginning with the 2017–18 year, the deadline for OSP applications will be on November 1 each year. Projects must have been started and completed between August 1 and June 30 of the previous academic year. The application will be available on the NHS and NJHS websites and can be submitted any time between July 1 and November 1 each year. That means for this coming year, any project you submit must have been completed by this June 30. As of July 1 of this year, you can begin the application process. Schools selected to receive this recognition will be notified in February each year.

Honor Your Assistant Principals
Celebrate National Assistant Principals Week April 10–14. Assistant principals contribute to school and student success and this is a week dedicated to recognizing that. Why not send your assistant principal an e-card to say “thanks”? Find it, as well as other activities on the NASSP website. Share your assistant principal success stories and activities on social media with #APWeek17.

Time to Renew
You will soon receive a letter by mail, including an invoice, to renew your school’s affiliation for the 2017–18 school year. Renew before June 30 for uninterrupted communication into next school year. Want to renew sooner? Do it online right now:
NHS online renewal »
NJHS online renewal »

Annual Adviser Survey Opens Soon
Every spring, we ask advisers to provide us with information about the activities and services their chapters have performed. The survey asks you to quantify the work of your students in service and school improvement projects. Be on the lookout for a link to the survey on the NHS and NJHS websites and sent to you via email. Thank you for taking time to share your activities with the national office.

STUDENT MEMBER PROGRAMS

This Month’s College Admission Planning Webinar
Your members can kick-start their college search by watching the final installment in this year’s college admission planning webinar series. “First Steps in Your College Search” airs on Wednesday, April 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m. (ET). College admission representatives will provide attendees with concrete tips to explore college options in a productive way, and lessen the stress. Encourage your members to register online. Recordings of past sessions are also available for viewing on demand on these pages.
NHS webinar page »
NJHS webinar page »

Virtual College Fair Coming in May
Attention NHS-affiliated schools: any student in your school may participate in the spring NASSP Virtual College Fair on Thursday, May 25. Participation is not restricted to Honor Society members. College admission representatives from institutions nationwide will be available to chat live with students, parents, faculty, and staff between 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. (ET)/11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (PT). To maximize the experience, encourage students to register now and complete their profile on the registration site. Register at www.nasspvirtualcollegefair.com. Even graduating seniors will benefit from participating since resources to assure a successful transition to college will be shared. Please alert your counseling staff as well about this schoolwide opportunity.

HONOR SOCIETY TIPS AND TOOLS

Join the Adviser Online Community This Month!
You asked for it … we answered. The Adviser Online Community has been launched in response to adviser feedback of the need to provide a virtual place where NHS and NJHS advisers can share stories, strategies, and resources among themselves.

Join, complete your profile, and take the community “welcome tour” by April 30 to be eligible to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards. Log in with the same credentials you use for the NHS or NJHS website. Visit http://community.nassp.org today! (If you have problems logging in, email AdviserCommunity@nassp.org.)

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

National Student Project Database

There are more than 6,000 project ideas available at your fingertips! Log in now to the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and to submit your own successful projects!

Reminder: Please only enter projects that have been completed by your chapter, not proposed project ideas. Include project dates and photos (if you have them) along with your project description.


Is there something you’d like us to include in next month’s Honor Society News? Email your ideas or suggestions to nhs@nhs.us.

IMPORTANT DATES

APRIL

Renewal notices sent to advisers and principals

Annual adviser survey available

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award recipients notified

Outstanding Service Project award recipients notified

10–14 National Assistant Principals Week

12 Massachusetts State Summit

16-22 National Student Leadership Week

19First Steps in Your College Search,” 7:00–8:00 p.m. (ET), college admission and financial aid planning webinar

25 New Mexico State Summit

MAY

NHS Scholarship recipients notified

25 NASSP Virtual College Fair, 2:00-10:00 p.m. (ET)/11:00-7:00 p.m. (PT)

In the latest Advise:

Advise magazine cover

In the April/May issue of Advise, we feature “Participation Station,” a centerfold section to pull out and share directly with students. The section includes a National Student Leadership Week checklist for success and information to guide students in participating in the Making Global Change video challenge.

Inspire your peers! We’re looking for story topics for the 2017–18 publication year editorial calendar. Send your ideas for Advise articles to advise@nassp.org.

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