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.
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
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 20: Early-bird registration deadline for the National Student Council Conference
Annual adviser survey open
NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award honorees notified
NHS Scholarship recipients notified
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