Welcome Back!

WELCOME BACK!

We know many of you are off and running at full speed with activities and events already. We have been busy here gearing up for the new school year as well. As the year gets underway, we wish you great success in all you do. Please share your success stories with us at nhs@nhs.us or njhs@njhs.us.

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Introducing Advise Magazine
Over the summer, your national magazine, Leadership for Student Activities, underwent a top-to-bottom makeover. Watch your mailbox for the new national magazine, now called Advise. It features a refreshed look with new columns and content presented in a bright, easily skimmed format. Soon, you will see improvements to the NHS and NJHS websites as well, with more comprehensive and intuitive information and tools to make your job as an adviser easier. Stay tuned.

NHS Scholarship Winners
NHS Scholarship winners were announced in May, and checks have been issued. Congratulations to this year’s outstanding winners. Please see the full list on the NHS website. The application process for the 2015–16 scholarship program will open in October with information posted on the NHS website.

Save the Date
Mark your calendars for October 1 when we’ll be announcing in-depth details about the new Honor Society programs and services being launched this academic year, including college admission and scholarship search support for members and parents, career exploration opportunities for members, and adviser support extras. As the launch event approaches, check your email and the NHS and NJHS websites for details.

National Principals Month Video Contest
October is National Principals Month, and again this year, students across the nation are invited to tell the world why their principal rocks by creating a one- to two-minute video. Encourage your chapter members to participate! The deadline for submissions is October 31. Three entries will each win a $200 Best Buy gift card (and eternal YouTube fame). Visit www.principalsmonth.org/contest to get entry instructions.

Outstanding Volunteers Sought
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer community service. Open to middle level and high school students, applicants are eligible for recognition at the local, state, and national level. State finalists will be invited to a four-day recognition event in Washington, D.C., in May 2016, where 10 of the honorees will be named national winners. Visit www.spirit.prudential.com to learn more and access the online application, available in early September. The submission deadline is November 3, 2015.

PROJECT OF THE MONTH

Homecoming Lip Sync Battle
If you still need a novel idea to spark new life into your homecoming activities, take note of the lip sync competition held at the homecoming pep rally by Canandaigua Academy in Canandaigua, NY. Challenge each class to find their inner Fergie and Justin Bieber! Learn more about the project and get their scoring sheet from the National Student Project Database. You can also watch a YouTube video of one of their performances.

Do you have a project idea to share? Visit the National Student Project Database to submit your chapter’s successful projects to the current database of more than 3,700 ideas.

CHAPTERS DOING GREAT THINGS

Students and families at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, FL, embraced “The Power of One” theme for this past April’s National Student Leadership Week in a big way. They collected gently used clothes and shoes for OASIS (Outreach Assisting Students in Schools) to provide basic necessities to those in need locally. Flyers, banners, morning announcements, t-shirts, even a lunchtime flash mob helped promote the drive. The result: three vans, three cars, two SUVs, and two pick-up trucks filled to the brim with donations. According to NHS sponsor Bev Jarrett, “Throughout the entire project, we stressed that Steinbrenner High School was ONE and that we were all working together. It was not one club or group.”

Steinbrenner High School, Lutz, FL

Do you have a recent NHS or NJHS project you’d like to see highlighted? Has your chapter been recognized in your local media? Tell us about it by emailing nhs@nhs.us or njhs@njhs.us with “Chapters Doing Great Things” in the subject line.

HONOR SOCIETY TIPS AND TOOLS

New Year. New Goals. If your chapter hasn’t established goals for this school year, consider including goal setting as an agenda item for your first chapter meeting. Remember, goals should be S.M.A.R.T: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (or have a Timetable for completing). Think about looking at your school’s mission statement or the principal’s goals. As your chapter plans activities, see that each of them fits into one or more of the annual chapter goals. Then, make an official chapter calendar. Post it on a bulletin board and on your chapter’s website.

Stocked? Now is a good time to inventory your essential chapter supplies and adviser resources. Start by locating your National Handbook, chapter bylaws, selection process description, chapter forms, and your membership roster. Also, take a physical count of your chapter supplies: membership cards, pins, certificates, and other insignia items; a gavel for your chapter meetings; and officer notebooks and resources. Order replacements for any worn or missing materials by visiting the NHS and NJHS stores.


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

September
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards packets mailed to principals and school counselors

October
National Principals Month

NHS Scholarship Application Process opens

October 2
Early-bird registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix, November 13–15, 2015.

October 29
Registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix.

October 31
Deadline to submit a video for the National Principals Month student video contest.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Preview of Advise:

When you get your first edition of Advise magazine, formerly Leadership for Student Activities, you’ll notice new columns, like “Then and Now,” an interview with an accomplished student program alum; “Take 10,” a roundup of activities you can accomplish in 10 minutes or less; and “Chat Room,” a visually focused page of fun finds from the web and social media. Watch for your first issue arriving soon. The archives for Leadership for Student Activities can also be accessed as you glean ideas for the year ahead.

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