Thank you for your dedication to your student councils and making a difference this school year. We hope you have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer break. We look forward to supporting you and your student leaders when we return in August, just as new and exciting NASC features for students and advisers are rolling out. This includes a leadership web series, a more robust online Adviser Resource Center, and a revamped version of Raising Student Voice & Participation.
Spotlight on Projects of Excellence
The National Student Project Database features more than 6,000 project entries. It is the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind. NASC members can find new project ideas, explore new themes for annual events, and submit projects their own councils have successfully completed.
Aiea High School
Leadership camp is an annual training held by Aiea’s student association. During the first day, officers and leaders from different organizations learn the fundamentals of leadership. Student association officers conducted a mock meeting including parliamentary procedure and meeting etiquette. Later, results from the Evaluation/Appreciation Day were presented. Attendees had a chance to review the pros and cons of each school event. State congressional representatives also came to share their insight about how leadership opportunities in school helped them. During camp, attendees chose the themes for Homecoming and the Welcome Back Assembly. READ MORE
Helping with Hunger
Kesling Middle School
La Porte, IN
After doing a couple of activities to learn about homelessness, Kesling’s student council discovered there are more homeless people in their area than they knew about. They were also surprised to learn how many teenagers are homeless, often moving from friend’s house to friend’s house. Student council members came together to serve a hot, hearty meal to homeless people at a local church’s PAX Center. The meal included homemade cupcakes decorated by the students. They funded the project with money made through a school concession stand. READ MORE
Dates & Deadlines
26–28 NASC National Conference, Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH
30 NASC affiliation renewal deadline
30 Annual adviser survey deadline
15 2018 National Council of Excellence Awards application open
30 Deadline for entries, National Principals Month video contest
In The Latest Advise
The June issue of Advise shares fresh ideas for cultivating relationships with community and philanthropic organizations for synergistic opportunities. Read it, then take time this summer to consider: What’s just around the corner that can benefit your council or school?
Summer is a great time to write for Advise. Check out the story ideas on our editorial calendar or share an idea of your own. Email [email protected].
Take stock this summer and save! Think ahead to your council’s needs—installation ceremony supplies, council management aids, T-shirts. Then order online using promo code BREAK17 between June 15 and August 15 to save 15 percent.
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News and Announcements
Still Time to Add Your Voice: 2017 NASC Adviser Survey
The 2017 NASC annual adviser survey response period closes June 30. The survey allows us to collect data about the service and spirit activities of councils. The impressive numbers shared through this survey provide valuable leverage in cultivating relationships that will be beneficial toward improving the NASC experience for your school. To thank you for your participation, we’re offering $25 Visa gift cards to eight lucky respondents. Fill out the survey for your chance to win. Take NASC’s annual adviser survey today.
Follow the Excitement of the NASC National Conference
Advisers and student leaders who can’t join us in person at the NASC National Conference this month can still experience the excitement on Twitter @NASC_ and Instagram @nasc4leaders by following #NASCconf17. The NASC National Adviser of the Year presentation will announced via Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/NASC4LEADERS) on Tuesday, June 27, between 9 and 10:30 a.m. (ET).
RSVP Preconference Training at LEAD
NASC will again host Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP) training in conjunction with each LEAD Conference during the 2017–18 school year. The four-hour training sessions are open to NASC, NHS, and NJHS delegations. Each training is 12:30–4:30 p.m. (local time) on the Friday of each conference.
There is a separate RSVP training fee for each participating school delegation. The fee is a deep discount from the normal training cost. It includes training materials, two RSVP guides, and covers up to 10 students and advisers per school. Space is limited and on a first-come basis. More information and registration will be available on the LEAD Conferences website in late summer.
Keep #MakingGlobalChange All Summer Long
NASC will continue to celebrate our student leadership initiative on global citizenship throughout the summer. That means we will continue to award $100 to your council’s charity of choice for #MakingGlobalChange posts to Instagram that reflect acts that support global citizenship. Check the photos in your phone and post a #ThrowBackThursday or #FlashbackFriday of your council in action this past school year. Your council could be a winner! Visit www.makingglobalchange.org to get ideas of what others have been doing.
NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee Seeks Members
This fall, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), parent organization of NASC, will be filling student and adviser positions for two-year terms on the Student Leadership Advisory Committee. This is the same committee that launched the student leadership initiative on global citizenship. The committee also offers advice to NASSP on policy and procedure for its student programs. This summer, your state principals association will share information about how to apply. Applications will be due in September. Students will apply through and be selected by the state principals association. Advisers will apply directly to NASSP and be selected by a committee of NASSP staff.
Don’t Miss What’s To Come—Renew Now!
To ensure uninterrupted communication as new and refreshed NASC programs and services are launched for the 2017–18 academic year, renew your affiliation now if you haven’t already. Read the NASC Update column in the June issue of Advise for details on what’s to come. To make sure your renewal is processed quickly, your council’s primary adviser can renew online now.
Student Council Tips And Tools
Add This to Your Summer Bucket List
It’s time to step away, take a breath, and re-energize. Given the pace of your school year and duties, you may not have had a chance to read Advise magazine. Don’t worry. Past issues of Advise are online and accessible whenever you are ready. Visit the Advise magazine archive from any device and catch up on its informative features and pages of ideas.
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With so many friends, family, and businesses on social media today it’s hard to keep up. With the constantly adapting Facebook algorithm that decides how often you see people’s posts, we want to be sure you’re not missing out on anything about NASC. Here are a few steps to ensure you’re seeing all the information you need from our social media accounts:
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