It’s National Principals Month

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. Please share your council’s projects by uploading your project descriptions and photos to the National Student Project Database-your project could be featured here next month!

Fall Blood Drive
Park Hill South High School
Riverside, MO
During the school year, the Park Hill South student council hosts two blood drives, one in the spring and one in the fall. Most recently, they held the drive on October 30. Before the event, the blood drive committee works to receive food donations from surrounding restaurants in the community. READ MORE
A Home for Spot
Ernest A. Becker Middle School
Las Vegas, NV
The student council held a week-long drive for dog supplies which were donated to A Home for Spot, a nonprofit organization that started when the housing foreclosures hit record high numbers in Nevada. Many people had to leave their homes and move into residences that would not take pets. The student council collected over 145 items. READ MORE



It’s National Principals Month
Celebrate your principal! Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Principal Props Video Contest. Submissions are due October 31. Ask your students to pull out their smartphones and make a video telling us why your principal is such an effective administrator. Entrants are eligible to win a Best Buy gift card.

Showcase Outstanding Student Service
Do you know a student in grades 5–12 who has demonstrated extraordinary volunteer service? Applications for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program are due November 3. State and national honorees will be awarded cash prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Apply for the 2016 National Council of Excellence Award
The 2016 National Council of Excellence Award application is now available online. The new application displays standards and indicators based on how a council identifies itself in the first few questions. NASC members applying for the award may begin the process by creating a free account and login, allowing access to the application more than once and from any computer. The deadline to submit an application is February 16.

Energize Your Leadership at LEAD
Registration is open now through November 10 for the first LEAD Conference of the school year, held in Phoenix, AZ, November 13–15. Register soon and take advantage of the discounted early bird rate that is available through October 30. Don’t miss this opportunity for you and your students to sharpen your leadership skills to improve your school culture and community while networking with peers from around the country.

Get Ready to Explore Your Leadership Potential
The 2016 NASC National Conference will be held June 24–26 in Portland, OR. During this memorable conference, student council members and advisers will roll up their sleeves and dive into robust leadership training. Mark your calendars now: The early bird registration deadline is April 15 and the regular deadline is May 20.

NASC is Looking for Famous Student Council Leaders
Do you know any student council leaders who have gone on to achieve fame in their careers? NASC invites advisers to share information about those former student leaders with us by entering their information into the NASC Famous Leaders list.

“The List” is Now Available
As a teacher, have you ever wondered about the educational value or legitimacy of a student contest, program, or activity? Every year, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) publishes the NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students. Listed programs have met specified standards reviewed by a committee of NASSP member principals. NASSP is the parent organization of NASC. The list is available for download here. Use it yourself or share it with your principal.



Know Your Charities. In any given year, NASC councils collectively donate several million dollars to the charities of their choice. Before councils commit to supporting a lesser-known charity, it is important for the student leaders and adviser to use smart consumer practices to learn all they can about the charity. In addition to checking the NASSP List mentioned above, you can also visit websites such as the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charity Navigator. Both sites provide tips and ratings for charitable organizations. For additional guidance on planning an activity, refer to the NASC 12 W’s of Project Planning.


National Principals Month
23: Hotel reservation cutoff deadline for LEAD Phoenix
30: Early bird registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix
31: National Principals Month Video Contest deadline

3: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards application deadline
10: Regular registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix
13-15: LEAD Conference in Phoenix, AZ

29-31: LEAD Conference in Washington, D.C.

12-14: LEAD Conference in Chicago, IL


The October/November issue features the very first “Participation Station,” a centerfold section you can tear out and pass along to your student members. The four-page spread features brief articles and checklists geared especially for students. The cover story, “Standing Up for Each Other” focuses on school climate and notes the growing appreciation for social, emotional, civic, and intellectual learning.

Share your experience and knowledge as a student program leader with peers by writing an article for Advise! Get submission details, including deadlines, here.



Get submission details, including deadlines, here