Welcome Back Activities

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Spotlight on Projects of Excellence

The National Student Project Database features more than 5,000 project entries that NASC members can search and review. Many of the projects include related links, photos, and documents that act as resources for councils wanting to try replicating projects at their own schools. This month, we turn the spotlight on two examples of projects for back-to-school and homecoming.

Welcome Back Activities
James Campbell High School
Ewa Beach, HI
The school’s welcome back activity was comprised of two parts: welcoming back faculty and staff on their first day, and a week filled with lunchtime activities for the student body. The first of two main goals for this project was to welcome the teachers and staff back to school and show them that they are appreciated and valued. The second was to inform students of the different types of academic and co-curricular programs Campbell has to offer. READ MORE
Officers Retreat
Hamilton Middle School
Parkersburg, WV
Hamilton’s student council elects officers during the last month of the previous school year. A few days before or after the first day of the new school year, the school hosts an all-day officers leadership retreat. Officers learn that it is an honor and privilege to have been elected a student council officer, and with that, come great responsibilities. During the day, the officers set goals for the year, plan a schedule of events, and participate in team-building activities. READ MORE



5: Labor Day: NASSP office is closed

9: Online registration opens for all LEAD Conferences


National Principals Month

14: Early Bird registration deadline: LEAD Conference Denver

28: Regular registration deadline: LEAD Conference Denver


Top NASC Advisers Named
During the NASC National Conference in June, Martha Goza of Captain Shreve High School in Louisiana and Daniel Bailey of Pine Ridge Middle School in South Carolina were presented Warren E. Shull Awards for their selections as the 2016 NASC National High School and National Middle Level Student Council Advisers of the Year. Read more about these two outstanding NASC advisers and learn how you can become a nominee for NASC adviser of the year.

Global Citizenship Initiative a part of 2017 National Council of Excellence Awards
The NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee launched a new initiative this year based on the ideal of Global Citizenship and divided into five strands that encompass the ideal. Over the next two years, the initiative will be integrated into NASC and Honor Society programs and awards. The Global Citizenship will be reflected in the 2017 and 2018 National Council of Excellence (NCOE) Awards in the projects that applying councils submit.

To earn a 2017 National Council of Excellence Award, a student council is required to enter three projects into the National Student Project Database, or four projects to earn the gold award. On the application, the first project entry must be one that supports the Global Citizenship Initiative. In addition to entering the project name, category, and database ID, the user will click on the Global Citizenship field to identify which initiative strand the project supports. A list and explanation of the initiative strands are listed below and can be found on the 2017 application.

  • Equity. Projects that engage or improve relations with varied and underserved populations (e.g. Special Olympics, No Name Calling Week, Best Buddies, etc.).
  • Civic Engagement. Projects that raise awareness or engage in civic-based activities (e.g. mock elections, voter registration drives, Mayor for a Day, etc.).
  • Positive Social Change. Projects that raise awareness of or engage others in activities addressing identified social issues in the school and community (e.g. Random Acts of Kindness Week, Mix it Up Day, cultural fairs, etc.).
  • Empathetic Actions and Wellness. Projects that assist people in need or crisis, or improve the environment (e.g. clothing/food drives, care packages for vets/homeless, bowling with friends, etc.).
  • Awareness/Perspectives. Projects that raise awareness and perspectives to promote meaningful dialogue on identified school and community issues (e.g. anti-bullying/smoking/drugs, blood drives, Pause Before You Post, etc.).

LEAD Conferences
Join fellow NASC members in Denver, CO, November 11–13, to energize your leadership and network with like-minded student leaders and advisers. The conference features high-energy speakers and informative workshop presenters who will share information and strategies to support your roles as student leaders and your growth as global citizens. Keynote speakers Heather Schultz and Eddie Slowikowski will present to LEAD delegates at all three conferences. Learn more and register for this year’s LEAD Conferences.

RSVP Training at LEAD
Both middle level and high school delegations attending LEAD Conferences in Denver, D.C., or Chicago are invited to register for RSVP Pre-Conference Training held just prior to each conference. The cost is $250 per school delegation of up to 10 people (the adviser must attend with students). Advisers can complete the training registration at the same time they complete the online registration for the conference. There is a 100-person maximum for each session, and delegations will be accepted on a first-come, space-available basis.

Download Your 2016–17 NASC Member Seal
Let the world know you’re official by displaying the new NASC member seal on your school website, newsletters, and social media pages. The seal featuring the NASC logo and current academic year has been sized for electronic use so you can show your student council pride.

American Red Cross Blood App
Did you know that every two seconds in the U.S. alone, a person needs to receive blood or a blood product? If your upcoming NASC blood drives are being coordinated through the American Red Cross, consider promoting and using their ARC Blood app. When a council signs on with the ARC to host a drive, the council can be assigned a sponsor code that can be used to promote the event and connect with donors.


New Adviser Tip: Use NASC standards to help guide your council
NASC developed and maintains standards of quality for middle level and high school student councils. The standards identify indicators in a variety of areas that encompass the purpose and role of student councils. Referencing them helps councils manage their organizations and create a focused and balanced plan for their activities and projects. Read the NASC standards for middle level and high schools here.