Turning Student Councils into Gold

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There are more than 6,200 project ideas available at your fingertips! Log on now to the National Student Project Database on the NatStuCo website for ideas from other schools and to submit your own successful projects.

Yes We CAN 2016 Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC

Canned food drives are difficult for this school because it has its own food pantry plus many students eligible for free and reduced price lunch. The school held a competition among grades. One teacher told his class a story about trying to live on $10 for one week. That class alone brought in more than 2,000 items.



Highlands Quidditch Cup Highlands Intermediate, Pearl City, HI

To celebrate the school’s annual theme of Harry Potter, the student council put together its very first “Highlands Quidditch Cup” during the school’s Thanksgiving assembly for an epic event pitting the seventh versus the eighth graders.


Top News


November Is for Sharing

November is “share a resource” month in the NatStuCo Adviser Online Community. Join the community and post a resource for other members to use, such as a leadership lesson or a link to an online tool. Post it by November 30 to be eligible to win a $50 gift card.



The Early-Bird Saves: LEAD DC and Chicago

Get energized this winter by attending a LEAD Conference in Washington, D.C., or Chicago, IL. Act now to take advantage of early-bird rates and save. LEAD DC is January 26–28 and LEAD Chicago is February 16–18.



Share Your Expertise as a LEAD Presenter

Make the LEAD Conference a more valuable experience for yourself and others by sharing your strategies and ideas as a workshop presenter. Advisers and students alike are invited to submit presenter applications.



National Student Council Conference Update

Get ready for an amazing leadership experience! Registration opens soon for the 2018 National Student Council Conference, hosted by Wayzata High School in Minnesota, June 25–27. Leadership MaNia is the theme. Watch your email for updates.



Your Chance to Pay It Forward

Show us how your student council is thinking globally and acting locally in support of our global citizenship initiative! Post a photo on Instagram using #MakingGlobalChange and explain how your council is making a world of difference. You could win $100 donated to your council’s charity of choice.



And the Winners Are…

The three winners of this year’s National Principals Month video contest have been announced. Find out who they are.


Awards and Recognition


Nominations Closing for Adviser of the Year

The deadline is fast approaching for the Warren E. Shull National Advisers of the Year award program. Nominations are due by December 1, 2017. All nominees, including those nominated by a state association, should visit the Shull webpage for criteria


Turning Student Councils into Gold

The prestigious National Council of Excellence Awards are based on National Student Council standards and provide councils with a framework to enhance the quality of their activities and operations. Set a new standard for your council by striving for a National Council or National Gold Council of Excellence Award


Help Your Students Become Next-Level Leaders

National Student Council has recognized more than 800 outstanding students who successfully completed the NatStuCo Distinguished Student Leaders program. The curriculum takes high school students through a journey of discovery and reflection, introducing them to a deeper understanding of leadership while guiding them to better comprehend their own leadership qualities and styles.


Trending in the Adviser Online Community

“We are looking for some ideas on how you get your students motivated to follow through. It seems like we are faced with students that volunteer and want to do things, yet when the time comes they don’t do what they say.”

“What are the best minute-to-win-it and pep rally games that are accessible to all students and that students will want to participate in?”

Log in to join the conversations or post one of your own right now in the Adviser Online Community.

Remember, this month we’re looking for resources too. Add an item to the Resources section and you’ll be eligible to win a $50 gift card.

Student Council Tips and Tools

3 Keys to Make Your Project Entries Stand Out

As the National Student Project Database continues to grow, remember these three key things to make your project entry shine.

  • Write a detailed project summary that clearly explains the project, its planning, its operation, the number of students involved, and its totals or outcomes. Also include your council’s goals for the project and any challenges faced in planning or completing the project.
  • Upload good quality photos or video links that show the project in action.
  • Upload essential forms or flyers that helped make the project successful.

To enter your latest student council project, visit the National Student Project Database here.

Important Dates
7 The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards student application deadline
17 The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards school certification deadline
1 Warren E. Shull National Student Council Adviser of the Year application deadline
18 LEAD DC Conference early-bird registration deadline
22 LEAD DC Conference workshop presenter application deadline
5 LEAD DC Conference regular registration deadline
12 LEAD Chicago Conference early-bird registration deadline
19 LEAD Chicago Conference workshop presenter application deadline
26–28 LEAD DC Conference

In the Latest Advise
Did you tear out the centerfold of the October/November issue of Advise to share with your students? “Participation Station” is written exclusively for them and offers a number of college prep tips. Read the issue here.
Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to [email protected].
What’s In Store?
The NatStuCo Store will be stocking up with branded merchandise bearing our new logo and name. More items will be added weekly so check back often. When you shop, you can also save 15 percent through December 31 when you use promo code HOL17. Visit the NatStuCo Store.
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