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Honor Society News: November 2018

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NHS Scholarship Application Process Open

The NHS Scholarship application process is open! Advisers must download the application procedures to distribute to active senior members of your chapter who are in good standing. Members must complete their applications by December 7. Download and distribute this information for your members today.

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Why Apply for the NHS Scholarship

“The first thought that actually registered once everything kind of died down was like, wow, I can pay for American [University].” Hear from 2018 NHS Scholarship recipient, Jenny Rodriguez, about the day she learned she won and how the funds will help her achieve her (and her family’s) higher education dreams. Read more.

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Did you know that Washington College is the first in the nation to automatically award scholarships to NHS members? All admitted NHS members receive a Washington College Academic Tuition Scholarship of at least $18,000 annually for up to four years. To qualify, students must be NHS members at the time of admission to the College. Learn more about Washington College and the scholarship.

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Fall College Admission and Planning workshops available for viewing on demand

If your members weren’t able to join the live webinar series this fall, all webinars are archived and available on demand at any time. Share this link with your members today.

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LEAD DC and Chicago

LEAD DC and LEAD Chicago are currently both open for registration. LEAD DC early bird savings end December 31 and LEAD Chicago early bird savings end February 15. Save on your registration before the deadline.

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Stand Up and Be Recognized

Applications are now being accepted for the Rynearson National Adviser of the Year Award. One NHS adviser and one NJHS adviser may be selected. Visit the NHS and NJHS websites to review the application requirements.

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Don’t forget to register to attend the VASSP one-day workshop on November 27 for advisers and sponsors of NHS and NJHS chapters in Virginia. Participate in roundtable discussions sharing ideas, strategies, viewpoints and experiences with colleagues and leadership from NASSP and VASSP. Learn more and register here.

 

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TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

“Has anyone created lessons or activities to teach students about the 5 pillars of NJHS? I am learning that many of my members don’t know what it means to be a good leader, citizen, scholar, etc.” What projects would you suggest to help educate students about the NJHS pillars?

Join these conversations going on right now in the Adviser Online Community. Log in here with the same credentials you use for the NHS or NJHS websites. Also, stay tuned for your opportunity to earn a special gift from the national office for sharing a story with the community about a service project. Watch your email inbox for details.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

There are more than 7,000 project ideas available at your fingertips! Log on 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!

National Student Project Database

 

HONOR SOCIETY TIPS AND TOOLS

As the end of the first semester approaches, advisers may start reviewing members’ GPA and compliance with chapter service requirements. Please take a moment to review the due process requirements found in Article 10 of the NHS and NJHS constitutions. This procedure is national policy and applies to all Honor Society chapters, and defines due process as a right of membership. Local chapter bylaws should reflect this procedure as well. See the “Discipline and Dismissal” section of the national handbooks for additional guidance and sample letters. Please review these procedures with your faculty council and principal, and email questions or a copy of your bylaws to nhs@nhs.us for a review to ensure compliance with national policies. Ensuring that the chapter is following the proper procedures helps to eliminate issues arising from improper dismissals.

IMPORTANT DATES

DECEMBER

7 NHS Scholarship Application Close
14 NHS Scholarship Recommendations Due
31 LEAD DC early bird registration deadline

JANUARY

1 NJHS OAA Nominations Open
16 Webinar: NJHS OAA Information for Advisers

 

 

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IN THE LATEST ADVISE

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The November issue of Advise magazine features an article on 2018 Rynearson Adviser of the Year, Dr. Margaret Lincoln. See all of her great accomplishments along with reading the latest issue here.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.

WHAT’S IN STORE

It’s that time of year—time to save! Use promo code 18HOLIDAY and enjoy 15 percent off everything in the NHS or NJHS Store online. Shop now for membership pins and cards, graduation or promotion ceremony regalia, branded T-shirts and other apparel, and chapter supplies. Offer good through December 31.

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STAY CONNECTED

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Honor Society News: September 2018

Your complete rundown of NHS and NJHS news and activities.   Display issues? View this email online.  

NHS & NJHS

TOP NEWS

Scholarship

 

Welcome to the New School Year

Add us to your safe sender list and watch your inbox for this monthly e-newsletter through June. Find archives online.

 

Two webinars just for you!

September 27, join the Director of the National Honor Societies for an overview of resources and important updates from the national office. October 10, learn how to support NHS seniors in good standing applying for the NHS Scholarship. Register today!

 

Download Your 2018–19 Calendar

As an adviser, you juggle several responsibilities at once. Make your planning easier by downloading our calendar with key program dates for this academic year. You’ll also find it in the September issue of Advise magazine. Download it here.

 

National Principals Month Video Contest Open

Submissions are now being accepted for the annual National Principals Month Video Contest. Celebrate your principal by nominating them for this national recognition.

 

College-Planning Webinars Registration Open

NHS and NJHS members can register now for the 2018–19 college-planning webinars. Share this information with your members today.

LEAD

 

Submit Your Outstanding Service Project

Outstanding Service Project applications are now being accepted. Start your NHS or NJHS application today.

 

 

TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

Officer succession planning: “We do not have an order of succession in the bylaws. What do you all do? Re-election for just that position? Move another officer up?”

Join the conversations going on right now in the Adviser Online Community.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

 

There are more than 6,000 project ideas available at your fingertips! Log on 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!

 National Student Project Database

Honor Society Tips and Tools

Welcome back to all returning NHS and NJHS advisers, and welcome aboard to all new advisers! The Adviser Resource Center on the NHS and NJHS websites offer chapter management tools, forms, and other information to help you kick off the 2018–19 school year.

New advisers, visit the “New Chapters & Advisers” section to review the Chapter Checklist and Adviser Basics to familiarize yourself with Honor Society policies. If you have any questions, contact Honor Society Program Manager Elancia Felder at feldere@nassp.org.

Important Dates

September

26  Applying to College: What You Need to Know Now college admission planning webinar

October

1   National Principals Month

1   How to Shine in Your Scholarship Applications college admission planning webinar

1   NHS Scholarship Application Open

10  Your First Step in Financial Aid: the FAFSA college admission planning webinar

16  First Steps in Writing Your College Essay college admission planning webinar

What’s in Store

New: E-checks are now accepted for all product orders in the NHS and NJHS stores.

In The Latest Advise

Advise magazine cover

 

Look for the September issue of Advise, arriving in your mailbox soon! Get advice on reviving a dormant chapter in the cover feature article. Plus, read tips for preparing recommendation letters for your students.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.

Honor Society News: August 2018

Your complete rundown of NHS and NJHS news and activities.   Display issues? View this email online.  

NHS & NJHS

TOP NEWS

Scholarship

 

Welcome to the New School Year

Add us to your safe sender list and watch your inbox for this monthly e-newsletter through June. Find archives online.

 

Download Your 2018–19 Calendar

As an adviser, you juggle several responsibilities at once. Make your planning easier by downloading our calendar with key program dates for this academic year. You’ll also find it in the September issue of Advise magazine. Download it here.

 

National Principals Month Video Contest Open

Submissions are now being accepted for the annual National Principals Month Video Contest. Celebrate your principal by nominating them for this national recognition.

 

College-Planning Webinars Registration Open

NHS and NJHS members can register now for the 2018–2019 college-planning webinars. Share this information with your members today.

LEAD

 

Submit Your Outstanding Service Project

Outstanding Service Project applications are now being accepted. Visit www.nhs.us or www.njhs.us to start your application today.

LEAD

 

Changing Advisers? New Principal?

Don’t let them miss out on correspondence from the national office. Complete the online Adviser Change Form on the NHS or NJHS websites to ensure timely receipt of all news from the national office.

LEAD

 

LEAD

Visit www.leadconferences.org to register for the 2018–2019 LEAD Conferences. The first conference will take place November 2–4, in Orlando.

TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

Officer succession planning: “We do not have an order of succession in the bylaws. What do you all do? Re-election for just that position? Move another officer up?”

Join the conversations going on right now in the Adviser Online Community.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

 

There are more than 6,000 project ideas available at your fingertips! Log on 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!

 National Student Project Database

Honor Society Tips and Tools

Welcome back to all returning NHS and NJHS advisers, and welcome aboard to all new advisers! The Adviser Resource Center on the NHS and NJHS websites offer chapter management tools, forms, and other information to help you kick off the 2018–2019 school year.

New advisers, visit the “New Chapters & Advisers” section to review the Chapter Checklist and Adviser Basics to familiarize yourself with Honor Society policies. If you have any questions, contact Honor Society Program Manager Elancia Felder at feldere@nassp.org.

Important Dates

September

26  Applying to College: What You Need to Know Now college admission planning webinar

October

1   National Principals Month

1   How to Shine in Your Scholarship Applications college admission planning webinar

1   NHS Scholarship Application Open

10  Your First Step in Financial Aid: the FAFSA college admission planning webinar

16  First Steps in Writing Your College Essay college admission planning webinar

What’s in Store

New: E-checks are now accepted for all product orders in the NHS and NJHS stores.

In The Latest Advise

Advise magazine cover

 

Look for the September issue of Advise, arriving in your mailbox soon! Get advice on reviving a dormant chapter in the cover feature article. Plus, read tips for preparing recommendation letters for your students.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.

Honor Society News: June 2018

Your complete rundown of NHS and NJHS news and activities.   Display issues? View this email online.  

NHS & NJHS

Have a great summer! This is the last issue of Honor Society News for this academic year. We will resume publication in August. Thanks for all you do to make your chapter a gratifying experience for your student members.

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Adviser Survey

The annual NHS and NJHS adviser surveys are live! Please complete the survey by June 30. After completing the survey, you will receive a code for 20 percent off online purchases in the NHS Store and NJHS Store between June 15 and August 15, 2018.

 

Renewal Reminder

Reminder: Annual affiliation renewal is due by June 30. Renew your NHS and NJHS memberships today.

 

LEAD Orlando Registration Opening

The 2018–19 LEAD conference season begins with LEAD Orlando. Registration opens on June 4. Energize your—and your students’—leadership and register for the event.

 

Write for Advise

Are you interested in contributing to NASSP publications? Consider writing for Advise over the summer. Send story/topic ideas or request submission guidelines by emailing advise@nassp.org.

LEAD

 

Outstanding Service Project Applications

Did one of your chapter’s projects have a major impact this year? Consider applying for an Outstanding Service Project award. Applications for the NHS and NJHS awards will be available on July 1.

LEAD

 

NHS Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Jenny Rodriguez of Orange High School, in Orange, NJ! She has been selected as the 2018 NHS Scholarship National Winner; she is among 500 NHS senior members to be awarded an NHS Scholarship in 2017–18. Learn more.

 

 

TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

Here are some current discussions in the community:
How do you handle students who don’t include required information on the candidate form and then when they don’t get selected, they say that they did have it, they just forgot to include it/get it signed/provide documentation? Do you allow them to appeal and then provide the documentation? What circumstances do you allow for an appeal? If you have an appeals process, could you share it?

Dear fellow advisers: I received an email from the parent of a senior who is on home and hospital leave. He hasn’t had a chance to complete his service hours due to illness. Can he still walk with the stole, and be considered a full member with an extension into the summer to complete his service hours? Have any of you had this situation? Please advise! Thanks

Join conversations going on right now in the Adviser Online Community.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

 

Have you checked out the National Student Project Database? As you plan your 2018–19 chapter projects, you’ll find this to be an excellent resource filled with more than 7,000 projects completed by Honor Society chapters and student councils. Many entries include promotional material and photos to help guide your planning. Browse the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and be sure to submit your own successfully completed projects!

 National Student Project Database

 

Honor Society Tips and Tools

Will you be turning over adviser duties to a new adviser next year? Is your school getting a new principal? Keep us posted about any transitions with your chapter leadership or school administration. Complete the online Adviser/Principal Change Form on the NHS or NJHS websites.

Important Dates

June

4 LEAD Orlando registration opens

30 Affiliation renewal due

30 Annual adviser survey closes

July

 Outstanding Service Project Award application opens

What’s in Store

Have you completed the annual adviser survey? It’s your key to savings! Once you’ve submitted your survey, you’ll get a promo code for 20 percent off online purchases from the NHS or NJHS store. Use the code from June 15 to August 15 and get what you need for the new year—pins, membership cards, T-shirts, and more. Find a link to the survey on the NHS and NJHS home page.

In The Latest Advise

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Looking for ways to make your chapter more inclusive? The June issue of Advise includes an article with stories and best practices from chapters and councils that have had success bringing kids from different cultures together. Plus, get to know the new director of the National Honor Societies, Nara Lee. Read the whole issue online.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, email advise@nassp.org for submission guidelines and the latest editorial calendar.

Honor Society News: May 2018

Your complete rundown of NHS and NJHS news and activities.   Display issues? View this email online.  

NHS & NJHS

TOP NEWS

Scholarship

 

Adviser Survey

Each year, the national office conducts an adviser survey to gather data about your chapter’s service projects and activities. Your responses inform our practice, programming, and services. Please complete the survey for your NHS or NJHS chapter by June 30. And after you submit your responses, you’ll get a code for 20 percent off at the online store!

 

LEAD Save the Date

Registration for LEAD Orlando will open on June 4. Learn more and register at leadconferences.org/orlando.

 

Impact Report Release

Here’s something everyone can get behind: Students changing the world together. That is the big idea behind NASSP’s Student Leadership Initiative: Global Citizenship. Visit makingglobalchange.org, read the new impact report, and get involved today!

 

Renew

The deadline to submit affiliation renewals is June 30. Invoices have been sent to school principals. Visit www.nhs.us/renew and www.njhs.us/renew to download an invoice or pay online.

LEAD

 

Prudential Winners

Recipients of the annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were recognized in Washington, D.C., in April. Read the inspiring bios of this year’s recipients.

 

 

TRENDING IN THE ADVISER ONLINE COMMUNITY

Here are some current discussions in the community:
“Do any of you have an honorary membership program for Special Ed and/or ESL students? My chapter is looking into doing this for next year. If you do have this, what is your criteria for selection?”

“Has any advisor given gifts to their graduating NHS students on awards day or night? I will give their NHS stole on Honors Night when they receive notifications from businesses, schools, and organizations of scholarships and awards. Let me know of any ideas you may have.”

Join conversations going on right now in the Adviser Online Community.

 

NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE

 

Have you checked out the National Student Project Database? As you plan your 2018–19 chapter projects, you’ll find this to be an excellent resource filled with more than 6,000 projects completed by Honor Society chapters and student councils. Many entries include promotional material and photos to help guide your planning. Browse the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and be sure to submit your own successfully completed projects!

 National Student Project Database

 

Honor Society Tips and Tools

Q: Do members have to go through selection and induction each year?
A: No. Students remain members of NHS or NJHS for the duration of their time in middle school (NJHS) or high school (NHS). During that time, membership may only be ended through written resignation or dismissal. There is no yearly reapplication for membership or induction. Dismissal and resignation are permanent.

Advisers should monitor members’ compliance with chapter requirements throughout the year. If a member falls below the chapter’s standards, advisers must follow the due process procedures outlined in Article 10 and in the Disciplinary Procedures section of the handbook. At no time can a reapplication process be used to end a student’s membership.

Important Dates

May

Renewal notices sent to advisers and principals

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award winners notified

June

List of NHS Scholarship recipients posted on NHS website

 Registration opens for LEAD Orlando

30 Affiliation renewal due

30 Annual adviser survey closes

July

 Outstanding Service Project Award application opens

What’s in Store

Complete the annual adviser survey to unlock your promo code for 20 percent off online purchases from the NHS or NJHS store. The code is good from June 15 to August 15. Get ahead on purchases for the new year—pins, membership cards, T-shirts, and more. Find a link to the survey on the NHS and NJHS home page.

In The Latest Advise

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Want to navigate your students on the path to leadership? The April/May issue of Advise features the perspective of guest author and motivational speaker Omékongo Dibinga on the topic. Plus, don’t forget to tear out and share the centerfold with students. It’s called “Participation Station” and it’s all about the career journey. Read the issue online.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.

Navigating the Path to Great Student Leadership

“Leadership ain’t for the lame, don’t take it in vain

Time to rethink your position, understand why you came.”

I often recite these two lines from a poem I wrote on leadership when I speak to student leaders around the world. I share this quote to underscore two points. First, leadership is not for everyone. Though everyone can be a leader, leadership is a calling that few people answer and, therefore, it must be carefully considered. Second, leaders must always be thinking about why they chose to be a leader, and whether they still have the capacity or even the desire to lead. In today’s political climate, these two points are more important than ever for student leaders.

Donald Trump’s presidency has not only shaken up our system of government, but it has also had an impact on every aspect of our society, even schools. Some students feel that they have a leader in office who can speak for them in ways that President Obama could not (or didn’t). Others believe that President Trump’s rhetoric makes them less safe in school. It requires students to evaluate whether or not they are built for the task of leadership today.

I challenge student leaders to jump headfirst into whatever challenges their schools are facing. The example of America’s political climate is on the more extreme side of challenges student leaders may face in school, but there are a multitude of other challenges that students face, from cafeteria food and infrastructure to curriculum and school climate. Regardless of the issues, I advocate four simple steps that student leaders can implement to help them better navigate these issues. These four principles—give, release, overcome, and win—stem from my book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life. 

Give

First, students must review the quality and quantity of their giving. Student leaders cannot be self-absorbed and only concerned with the title of leadership as a résumé builder for their college applications. Their elected position (in many cases) means they must remember that they represent their constituents, even those who did not vote for them. To that end, encourage your student leaders to be giving of their attention to all students in their school. Emphasize that student leaders need to be able to do more listening than talking to really understand what is transpiring in their school, and they must be willing to give of their time to lead the effort toward effective change. As the old adage goes, we have two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in proportion.

National Student Leadership Week (NSLW)—which happens April 15–21 this year-provides an easy way to jump-start your group. As part of NSLW, student councils and chapters of NHS and NJHS are encouraged to plan a special project to show how student leaders positively impact the school and community. For ideas, browse the National Student Project Database, which offers thousands of project and activity ideas completed by Honor Society chapters and student councils.

Release

Student leaders need to let go of any hatred (or even a simple bias) they may have toward certain groups. I study leadership across the globe, and I’ve examined the practices of leaders including corporate CEOs and national leaders. I have seen situations where someone becomes a CEO and actively works to undermine particular departments they simply do not like. I have seen situations where someone becomes president of a country and exacts revenge on the ethnic group they view as their oppressor. I encourage student leaders to practice forgiveness and inclusivity, similar to what former South African President Nelson Mandela did. Upon his release from 27 years in prison, Mandela went to visit the homes of his former prison guards to express forgiveness.

Once students release negative biases, they can work toward a second step of “release”–releasing people around them who no longer represent where they want to go as a leader. I tell leaders that they are a direct reflection of their five closest friends. If their friends are racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, sexist, petty, passive-aggressive, or express other biases, chances are the leaders are as well. Student leaders must associate themselves with people who represent not where they are, but where they want to go.

Also, especially in this world of social media, student leaders need to understand that they must be careful with their “friends” and what they post on social media because colleges and potential employers can view these sites to gain information about the student. An article titled “Social Media Trends in College Admissions: What to Know for 2017” on educational consultant site Ivywise.com shared results from a Kaplan Test Prep 2016 survey of nearly 400 college admissions officers across the U.S. It found that “37 percent of admission officers have found things online that could negatively affect an applicant-mostly illegal activity like underage drinking, other criminal offenses, or inappropriate posts or behavior.” As an alternative, “Keep your profiles clean and use them to highlight your activities and interests,” notes the article.

Overcome

Student leaders must overcome their fears, as this feeling keeps people from thinking clearly. Students must be guided by their goals and their vision—not their anxieties. One cannot serve effectively if they are governed by worry or distress. Fear can keep students from even attempting to start a program because they’re concerned about what people will think.

Author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said that fear simply means “False Evidence Appearing Real.” This means that most of the issues people worry about will not happen, so instead they should focus on working daily toward their goals. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But, conscience asks the question, is it right?” Student leaders must acknowledge the fear they may feel, but focus more on what is right. Leadership can be a daunting task, but it is a task worth pursuing if student leaders are truly interested in serving their communities.

Win

Student leaders must believe they will win. While this is easy to say and embrace in theory, students will likely need to be reminded that some of the changes they seek in their school may not occur during their tenure as a student leader. Remind students that at one point their school may not have allowed women or students of color, but people fought for the right to attend those schools—even though some fighters for equality never got that opportunity themselves. In this age of instant gratification, student leaders must practice patience; change does not happen overnight. Some Native American communities believe that they should consider how their actions will affect people in seven generations, and that’s the kind of mindset strong leaders should adopt.

Grow!

At the end of the day, if students look at how they give, release, overcome, and win, they can become effective leaders for their school community. Encourage your students to use these four steps to evaluate their position in leadership; they will better understand the serious job they have as leaders in their school. Whether it is the National Honor Society or student council or any other form of leadership, it comes with the unwritten understanding that students realize the great responsibility of the leadership roles they have undertaken.

As advisers, you can be the ones who help them along with this process. Your experiences as educators and leaders in your own environments can greatly aid students in their development. Consider taking your group to a conference (like a LEAD Conference) to get student leaders immersed in national discussions, and to help empower them to be strong leaders. I fully believe that with your guidance, our student leaders of today can continue on their path to the greatness that we know is inside of them.


Omékongo Dibinga, PhD, is a motivational speaker, author, rapper, and professor of cross-cultural communication at American University in Washington, D.C. He conducts training for teachers as well as students on issues related to cultural competency, diversity, and leadership. 


Jump-Starting Leadership

The theme for the 2018 National Student Leadership Week (NSLW) is “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” The national office of NatStuCo, NHS, and NJHS has sponsored NSLW since 1972. This year, the national office is challenging student leaders to really take this theme to heart. Rather than reporting what they have been doing, the national office wants them to share what they want to do. What is their dream? Have your students pitch an idea for a great activity or event for your school or community, or share how they’d like to add a new twist to a traditional event. If their pitch grabs the judges’ attention and explains why this activity or event is needed or beneficial for your school or community, NHS, NJHS, and NatStuCo may help fund it!

Several $250 micro-grants will be awarded to councils and chapters to assist in funding these projects, activities, events, and ideas. Create and share your pitch on social media with #OurDream18. Visit the NSLW webpages for more details and contest instructions: www.NatStuCo.org/nslw, www.nhs.us/nslw, or www.njhs.us/nslw.

Need an Idea? Share an Idea.

The National Student Project Database

Morning Announcements: April/May 2018

Making Dreams Come True

How are you celebrating National Student Leadership Week (NSLW)? It’s April 15–21, and it’s every school’s chance to honor the important role of student leaders in boosting the climate and culture of their schools and communities. This year’s theme is “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” Have you heard about the contest? Think about your “dream” service project, like starting a community garden or staging a concert as a fundraiser for a school improvement need. Then, shoot a video, design a poster, or even record a song—use your imagination to creatively communicate a pitch about that “dream” project and how you’d use a cash prize to help fund its implementation. Just post your pitch on social media using #OurDream18, and complete the entry form available now through April 30 at www.NatStuCo.org/nslw, www.nhs.us/nslw, or www.njhs.us/nslw. Several councils and chapters that present the most persuasive pitches will each win $250 in seed money to fund their project. Visit the webpages for contest rules. We look forward to helping you make your dreams come true.

$avings MaNia

Headed to the National Student Council Conference at Wayzata High School near Minneapolis, MN? Want to save some money? Register by April 20 to save $30 per person. Then, get ready for three days of incredible energy and inspiration from speakers and workshop presenters. You’ll get to see Kat Perkins, contestant from “The Voice” season 6, and Monte Shelby, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist. Attending the conference is the perfect way to prepare your rising student leaders for their roles in the 2018–19 school year. Our theme is Leadership MaNia. See www.NatStuCoConference.org for complete information.

Your College Search Starts Here

Are your NHS and NJHS members looking for a comprehensive approach to the entire college search process? The National Honor Societies present the final college admission planning webinar of this academic year, “Getting Started With Your College Search,” on Wednesday, April 18. These webinars are exclusively for NHS and NJHS student members and their parents. Presenters will prepare viewers for developing a college wish list, researching schools, and meeting with admissions officers. Application preparation tips will also be shared. Registration for this webinar, as well as access to all archived videos available for on-demand viewing, can be found at www.nhs.us/webinars or www.njhs.us/webinars. Remind students to watch any day, any time, at their convenience.

I Want to Be …

New videos are continuously being added to the virtual library of National Student Council’s Career Exploration series. Share the series with your council members, who will get an idea of the career paths taken by former student leaders on their journey. The series can be accessed from the NatStuCo home page at www.NatStuCo.org or in the Online Learning section of the Adviser Resource Center. Students will need your adviser log-in credentials to access the series. Be sure to provide them with your information so they can watch videos at their leisure.

It’s That Time of Year

Every spring, two pieces of housekeeping surface for you as an adviser: The annual adviser survey opens in mid-April, and chapter/council affiliation renewal notices are sent to you and your principal. The survey seeks important information about your council’s and chapter’s activities, including the hours logged by your students in community or school service, as well as any money collected in fundraisers and food or blood donated during collection drives. Watch for a link to the survey sent via email; a link will also be available on the websites (www.NatStuCo.org, www.nhs.us, www.njhs.us) and in your Adviser Online Community. The statistics often tell a powerful story about the impact of councils and chapters. The data also helps the national office in its ongoing quest to forge relationships with organizations that can enrich the experience of your student leaders. Please complete the survey and renew your affiliation by June 30.

Dates to Remember

APRIL

Advisers and principals notified about affiliation renewal

NHS/NJHS Rynearson National Adviser of the Year winners notified

April 1–30: National Student Leadership Week #OurDream18 contest open

April 9–13: National Assistant Principals Week

April 15: Kyker State Association Service Project Award program application deadline

April 15–21: National Student Leadership Week

April 18: NHS/NJHS college admission planning webinar “Getting Started With Your College Search.” See www.nhs.us/webinars or www.njhs.us/webinars to register.

April 20: Early-bird registration deadline for the National Student Council Conference

MAY

Annual adviser survey open

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award honorees notified

NHS Scholarship recipients notified

JUNE

Kyker State Association Service Project Award winner(s) notified

Warren E. Shull NatStuCo Adviser of the Year winners announced at the National Student Council Conference

June 25–27: National Student Council Conference, Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN

June 30: National affiliation renewals due

June 30: Annual adviser survey responses due