Help Your Officers Be Their Best

The National Student Project Database features nearly 3,700 projects, many of which include related links, photos, and documents that act as resources for councils who want to replicate the projects at their own schools. The projects below highlight spirited activities that student councils sponsored as a way to bring their student bodies together early into the school year.

Outdoor Dance
Bayview Middle School
Green Bay, WI
Struggling to get students to attend dances, Bayview student council leaders hosted an outdoor dance, which the student body had been requesting for years. It worked like a charm-attendance and money raised far exceeded previous years. READ MORE
Burning of the Letters Community Pep Rally
Bridge City High School
Bridge City, TX
This annual pep rally has evolved into an event that highlights not only the performing groups, but also includes the elementary, intermediate, and middle schools. Students lead this event by coordinating with groups, planning the agenda, and emceeing the event. READ MORE


NASSP Committee Opportunity for NASC Advisers
Interested in helping shape student programs at the national level? Consider applying to become a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Student Leadership Advisory Committee. Membership on this new committee will consist of students, advisers, and principals representing NASSP’s student programs. There are three adviser positions on the committee: two high school and one middle level. The committee will engage student leaders in advocacy by creating a platform for student voice and members will select and implement a national initiative important to students and schools. Members will serve a two-year term beginning mid-November 2015 and ending on October 30, 2017 and NASSP will cover all allowable expenses—including travel, lodging, and food—that are associated with a committee member’s attendance and participation in scheduled meetings and activities. To learn more and apply, please complete and submit an online application. Applications must be submitted on or before October 15, 2015.

2016 NASC National Conference
Get ready to explore your leadership potential at the 2016 NASC National Conference, which will take place this June 24–26 at Century High School, 35 miles from the end of the historic Oregon Trail. It’s never too early to make plans for your journey to the great northwest where students and advisers with a common passion will gather to learn, network, and celebrate leadership and student council.

New this Year to the LEAD Conferences
When the LEAD Conferences kick off for 2015–16 this November in Phoenix, AZ, a new feature of the conference will be debuted. LEADership Live takes over the Saturday evening conference slot featuring a trio of activities designed to enrich, engage, and enlighten student leaders. It begins with LEADx, which is modeled after the popular TED and TEDx speaker programs and features student delegates on stage. During the LEADergize segment, delegates will be engaged in lively spirit and team building activities that they can use again later at their own schools. The session closes with the LEADer Zone, a time where delegates reflect on the many facets of leadership and share their own insights as student leaders. Learn more about LEAD and be ready to get energized!

Raising Student Voice & Participation: RSVP Training
NASC is once again sponsoring a special RSVP training session for school delegations registered to attend any of the LEAD Conferences this year. The pre-conference training session is being presented at each conference site, and will take place from 12:30–4:30 p.m. on the Friday afternoon before the conference opens. A fee of $175 covers RSVP training for a single school’s delegation of up to 10 people (adviser must attend with students), and includes two copies of the RSVP implementation guide. Advisers can register their delegations for the RSVP session online when they register for the conference. LEARN MORE

Make a Video to Celebrate Your Principal
NASSP is currently accepting submissions for the 2015 National Principals Month video contest. Encourage your students to make a one- to two-minute video giving “props” to your principal—telling us why they love your principal and what he or she means to your school and community. View the official rules and check out the 2014 winning videos. Three winners will receive a $200 Best Buy gift card and eternal YouTube glory. To enter, submit your YouTube video online by October 31, 2015.


Help Your Officers Be Their Best
The start of a new school year means student council officers taking the reins for the first time. To help you introduce new officers and members to their roles, take a look at the officer profiles in the Adviser Resources section of the NASC website. The profiles include descriptions and sample forms that are commonly used by student leaders. LEARN MORE

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards application open
National Principals Month
15: Application deadline for NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee
16: Early bird registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix, November 13-15, 2015
30: Registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix
31: Deadline to submit a video for the National Principals Month student video contest


Where Do I Begin? The cover article helps you kick off your school year right. Plus, in “Reel ‘Em In, Keep ‘Em Hooked” find out how to engage student members, including tips that can be adapted to student councils in promoting council and member work.