Celebrating Councils of Excellence

NatStuCo’s National Council of Excellence program recognizes middle level and high school student councils that consistently provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities. Earn Council of Excellence recognition by meeting the 23 basic indicators at the high school level and 17 indicators at the middle level—or go for the gold by meeting an additional 26 and 23 indicators, respectively, to earn the Gold Council of Excellence designation. Learn more about the new application process and apply today at www.NatStuCo.org/NCOE.

Principal Appreciation—Trending!

Celebrate your principal on a national stage by encouraging your council or chapter members to join the National Principals Month social media contest on Twitter this October! Each week will have a different #ThankAPrincipal theme. Tweet, retweet, and engage in thoughtful conversation around the themes, and every week a lucky winner will be featured on the NASSP and Student Programs Twitter accounts. Don’t forget to tag #ThankAPrincipal in your posts, and visit www.principalsmonth.org for more information about each week’s theme!

Announcing Partnerships With Turnitin and DoSomething.org

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is excited to announce a partnership with DoSomething to empower student leaders and student groups to get people registered to vote. Check out the feature on page 16, and consider how your council or chapter can get involved! And NHS welcomes Turnitin as its inaugural Academic Integrity Sponsor for the 2020–21 school year, reflecting the long-standing commitment both organizations have in upholding students’ academic honor. Visit www.nhs.us/partners to learn more.

Plan to Electrify Your Leadership

LEAD Conferences comprise energizing events where students and advisers alike can experience interactive training, motivation, and networking with peers from around the world. We hope you will take part in one of our engaging virtual conferences in 2020–21. The NASSP Student Leadership department and an advisory group of principals, student program advisers, and student leaders are currently working on ways to continue bringing the most valued aspects of the LEAD Conferences to life. Visit www.leadconferences.org for the most up-to-date information!

Dates to Remember

close up of calendar and clock on the pink and green table, planning for business meeting or travel planning conceptSeptember

National Councils of Excellence Award applications open

3            Webinar: “Understanding the College Application Process”

10          Webinar: “Adviser Meeting: Chapter Management in the Virtual Environment”

17          Webinar: “College Admissions Discussion Panel: Share Your Story”

24          Adviser Webinar: “NHS Scholarship”

28          Webinar: “NHS Scholarship Webinar for Students”



National Principals Month

1            NHS Scholarship application process opens

1            Webinar: “How to Shine in Your Scholarship Applications”

7            LeadYoung Forum: A Changemaker Conversation

15          Webinar: “Navigating the FAFSA”

29          Webinar: “The College Essay: Tips to Writing an Impactful Statement”



5            Prudential Spirit of Community Awards student application deadline



1            NatStuCo Adviser of the Year Warren E. Shull Award nomination deadline

1            NHS/NJHS Rynearson Adviser of the Year nomination process opens

1            NHS Scholarship applications and recommendations due


Online learning or e-learning and online graduate certificate program concept : Black graduation cap, diploma on a laptop computer keyboard, depicts distant learning can be done via cyber or internet.NHS Scholarship Opens Soon

Each year, the National Honor Societies award a total of $2 million to 600 extraordinary senior members, bringing them closer to achieving their postsecondary goals. On October 1, the 2020–21 NHS Scholarship program will begin accepting online applications. Each applicant will need to have an active student account in order to complete the online application. Encourage your students to mark the deadline in their calendar so they don’t forget:

  • December 1: Deadline for student application, adviser certification, and one recommendation

Visit www.nhs.us/scholarship to learn more about the NHS Scholarship program and encourage your students to get started!

“A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”

—B.F. Skinner, American Psychologist