Top Middle Level and High School Advisers Named

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Welcome Back!

It’s back-to-school time! Check out the latest news and events as you prepare for the 2018–19 academic school year.


There are more than 7,000 project ideas available at your fingertips! Browse the National Student Project Database on the NatStuCo website for ideas from other schools and to submit your own successful projects.


Freshmen Blast 2017
Laurens District 55 High School, SC

Freshman Blast was on August 26, 2017 and was held in the Laurens High School gym. During this night, the Class of 2021 participated in many events such as tie-dying a shirt, corn hole, learning the alma-mater and Student Section cheers and chants to do at future pep rallies.




Friday Morning Activities
Silvestri Jr High School, NV

Our student council puts on a weekly event called Friday Morning Activities. Each Friday morning, we set up games and play songs for the entire school in the courtyard. Friday Morning Activities is a very important activity that encourages students to have fun and be a part of their school community.



Top News


Top Middle Level and High School Advisers Named

Congratulations to Susan Waldrep, Texas High School, and Lisa Whirtley, Blennerhassedt Middle School, on being named the 2018 Warren E. Shull National Advisers of the Year. Read more about these outstanding advisers and learn how you can become a state nominee for 2019. Applications due December 1.




Download Your 2018–19 Calendar

As an adviser, you juggle several responsibilities at once. Make your planning easier by downloading this calendar with key program dates for this academic year. You’ll also find it in the September issue of Advise magazine.



2019 National Council of Excellence Awards Application Now Available

Go for the gold this year by applying to be named a National Council of Excellence. The online application is live. Downloads of the application that can be used as reference as your council works to achieve the award are also available. Check out the application process and award criteria today.



Distinguished Student Leader Program

The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time for high school student leaders to commit to taking their leadership to the next level. Encourage your students to challenge themselves by working to earn national recognition as Distinguished Student Leaders.




Project Database

With new upgrades complete, the National Student Project Database includes essential data fields where users can enter specific numbers for such items as service hours, amounts, and other totals when entering projects. A new, rolling photo carousal highlights featured projects, so be sure to include good quality photos with your entries!




Annual Adviser Survey Report

The numbers are in from the 2018 NatStuCo Adviser Survey! Nearly 400 survey respondents reported their student councils amassing more than 800,000 volunteer service hours (an average of almost 3,000 hrs per council) and raising nearly $1 million for charitable causes and organizations. A complete report will be presented later this fall and available in the NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center.




National Student Council Conference

Check out the images and comments from the National Student Council Conference on the NatStuCo social media pages or by searching #StuCoMaNia on Instagram and Twitter. Join us in 2019 on June 24–26, in Pittsburgh. The theme, Forging Student Leaders, reflects the roots of “Steel Town” and all that goes into refining students into polished and effective leaders.




RSVP Training at LEAD Conferences

Arrive early at LEAD to participate in Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP) training, held just prior to each conference in Orlando, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. The RSVP training is an additional cost priced at a deep discount from the regular rate and is separate from LEAD registration. All training sessions take place from 12:30–4:30pm on the Friday of each LEAD Conference




NatStuCo Member Seal

Show off your official National Student Council membership by displaying the 2018–2019 member seal on your website, social media page, and parent newsletters. Log in and download your seal today from the Council Operations page in the NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center.



Join the NatStuCo Adviser Online Community

Join Fellow Advisers on the NatStuCo Online Community
Add a new resource to your adviser toolbox by connecting with fellow advisers on the NatStuCo Adviser Online Community. Build your profile and start networking in a members-only virtual space. Share your stories and ideas or seek out support and strategies to help make this a successful year with your student council. Join the conversations today!

Log in today to get started.

Student Council Tips and Tools

Using On-Boarding Strategies with New Members
A new year means new student council members. Whether councils provide new members with an orientation or assign a mentor, they should always offer a comprehensive understanding of the council or their roles. View suggested onboarding strategies from NatStuCo to help familiarize your first-time council members.


Important Dates
2019 National Council of Excellence Awards online applications are live.
7 2018–2019 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities is published to the NASSP website
27 Early Bird Registration Deadline for Orlando LEAD Conference
2019 Warren E. Shull Adviser of the Year Application is live
1 National Principal’s Month
5 Deadline to submit Presenter Applications for Orlando LEAD Conference, Midnight Pacific Time


In the Latest Advise
Looking ahead to the September issue of Advise, arriving in your mailbox soon—get advice on reviving a dormant council in the cover feature article, plus tips for preparing recommendation letters for your students.

Have a story topic to suggest for this publication year? Tell us! Email your ideas for Advise articles to [email protected].

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