The National Student Project Database has just reached more than 5,000 project entries, making it the largest collection of its kind, with exclusive access for NASC members. Projects this month spotlight examples of great end-of-year events and summer activities.
Student Council Camp Birdville High School North Richland Hills, TX
For a week in July, the Birdville student council holds a Student Council Camp. They begin every day with a leadership or team-building activity, such as the human knot or icebreaker activities. They then break up into committees or leadership teams to discuss planning for the upcoming school year. READ MORE
Oath of Office Anthony Saville Middle School Las Vegas, NV
The Anthony Saville student council goes all out to make its officer installations a lesson in public service. They had one of their elected judges come to their oath of office banquet. He administered the oath of office as well as provided a mini-lesson on character development and anti-bullying. READ MORE
Whether it be elections, officer installations, graduation, or moving-up ceremonies, share photos of your NASC student leaders celebrating, serving, and leading. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or share on social media by tagging @nasc_ on Twitter and @NASC4Leaders on Instagram.
The NASC Thank You Coins are an excellent way to recognize outgoing seniors and 8th graders as well as to acknowledge significant contributions of individuals or businesses to the student council. LEARN MORE
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Registration Deadline Approaching for the NASC National Conference
NASC student leaders and advisers are gearing up for an exciting trek to Portland, OR, for the 2016 NASC National Conference at Century High School. With keynote speakers Mark Scharenbroich and Keith Hawkins headlining the general sessions and a robust workshop and seminar program, the conference promises an exciting three days where delegates will be learning, sharing, and celebrating excellence in leadership—NASC style. The registration deadline is this Friday, May 20, so don’t wait another moment—register today! LEARN MORE AND REGISTER
Add Your Voice to the 2016 NASC Adviser Survey
The 2016 NASC Adviser Survey is open and awaiting your response. The feedback you give is an essential part of our efforts to develop and provide resources that better meet your needs as an adviser and to improve the value of being an NASC member. It is also how we collect data about the service and spirit activities of councils. When you complete and submit your 2016 survey, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. TAKE THE SURVEY
Do You Like to Write?
Imagine being a published author in a national magazine. Some of the best material in our award-winning Advise magazine comes from our readers. Articles written by NASC members offer fresh ideas, varied methodologies, and sound advice. We know that you’re busy, but we’d love for you to contribute—even if you only have time to send us an idea for a story that we can develop. LEARN MORE
Student Officers Opportunity: U.S. Senate Youth Program
Elected student body and class officers who are currently rising juniors and seniors and serving in their leadership positions for the 2016–17 school year are invited to consider applying for the United States Senate Youth Program. Started by the U.S. Senate, selection is based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office. LEARN MORE
Call for Entries: White House Student Film Festival
Do your students have big ideas for the future? Do they love to make films? This summer, they have an exciting opportunity to showcase their ideas and talent in the White House Student Film Festival. This year’s theme is “The World I Want to Live In.” From now through July 15, submissions will be accepted from K–12 students across the country. LEARN MORE
Do You Have a Primary Adviser?
It is annual affiliation renewal time, and we need you to make sure that there’s one primary adviser designated for your council. This primary adviser will be able to renew your council’s affiliation online. Visit the NASC renewal page to start the process and renew before June 30 to be sure you get seamless communication as the 2016–17 school year begins. RENEW NOW
STUDENT COUNCIL TIPS AND TOOLS
New Adviser Tip: Important To-Do’s Before Summer Break
The school year is quickly nearing its close and many student councils have completed their planned events and projects. Just like the tasks you have to prepare your classroom for the summer, there are some essential things that need to be done to successfully close out this student council year and position yourself for a solid re-start this fall.
One of the most important tasks is to transition to the new officers. To assist members, NASC has created an Officer Transition Checklist. To use the list, share it with incoming and outgoing officers and work together to see that each item has been completed or addressed. SEE THE CHECKLIST