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NatStuCo E-Bulletin: March 2018

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MARCH 2018

PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE

There are more than 7,200 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.

Leadership Workshop
Floyd E. Kellam High School, Virginia Beach, VA

Kellam student council’s leadership workshop included instructional skits about group dynamics and project planning, and classes in making good choices and conflict resolution. Their theme, Against the Grain, represented and embraced times in students’ lives when they may find themselves forging a new path.

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Welcome

Carnival of Character
Windsor High School, Imperial, MO

To teach younger kids what great character means, the Windsor student council invited fifth graders to spend a day at the high school. Led by council members, the carnival featured games with character lessons, such as behavior on social media and honesty. The carnival ended with a big dance party in the gym.

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Top News

Welcome

March is Middle Level Education Month

This is an excellent month for NatStuCo high school members to introduce and promote student council to middle level students. Here are two ideas: 1) Host a joint middle/high school council service project or 2) stage a leadership workshop for middle level student leaders.

GET MORE CELEBRATION IDEAS ONLINE

Welcome

Register Now and Save

Early-bird pricing is now in effect for the National Student Council Conference, June 25–27. Be part of Leadership MaNia by getting in on some savings MaNia through April 20! The keynoters—“The Voice” contestant Kat Perkins and Grammy winner and educator Monte Selby—are sure to be crowd pleasers.

GET MORE INFO AND REGISTER

Welcome

Conference Presenters Sought

Advisers and students attending the National Student Council Conference can enrich their experience by leading a workshop or seminar. Topics of interest include running elections, onboarding new members, planning projects, developing skills for leaders, and communicating effectively. Apply online by April 30.

LEARN MORE

Welcome

Prep Now for National Student Leadership Week

Win $250 for your council to “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” It’s this year’s theme for National Student Leadership Week (NSLW), celebrated April 15–21. Participate in NSLW’s #OurDream18 contest and pitch us your dream service project to win financial support for the project. Contest opens April 1.

GET DETAILS HERE

Welcome

Prudential State Honorees Named

The 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award state honorees have been announced. These 102 top volunteers representing students in grades 5–12 from each state and the District of Columbia will be recognized at an event in late April in Washington, D.C.

READ HONOREE STORIES HERE

Trending in the Adviser Online Community

Students’ eating habits can have unintended consequences that may go undiagnosed. Visit this recent discussion in the Adviser Online Community about one issue a school is addressing.

“Like many schools around the country, we host multiple blood drives during the school year. Each unit of blood donated has the potential of saving three lives, so this is a project about which we are very passionate. Unfortunately, we were having way too many donors deferred from participating because of low iron levels. We felt we had to find a way to resolve this problem.”

Read how this council responded by linking to the discussion here.

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

Student Council Tips and Tools

Career Video Series Continues to Grow

Have your students checked out the newest additions to NatStuCo’s online video series profiling student council alumni who have entered their professional careers? Those interviewed include an attorney, engineer, chamber of commerce president, photographer/entrepreneur, and business development analyst, among others. Students can hear how these alumni applied their leadership skills to their profession and their advice for college success. Log in to the Online Learning section of the Adviser Resource Center to give students access. New segments are being continually added, so check back often.

Important Dates
April
1–30 Renewal notices sent to advisers and principals
1–30 National Student Leadership Week contest open
9–13 National Assistant Principals Week
15 Kyker State Association Service Project Award program application deadline
15–21 National Student Leadership Week
20 National Student Council Conference early-bird registration deadline
May
Annual adviser survey open

In the Latest Advise
The cover feature of the February/March issue of Advise, “Amplifying Student Voice,” is particularly timely, given recent events that have prompted protests and other activities in which students are using their voices to propel change. Read it online here.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.

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NatStuCo E-Bulletin: February 2018

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FEBRUARY 2018

PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE

There are more than 6,500 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. This month we feature two projects from 2017 National Councils of Excellence that support the Global Citizenship initiative.

Drunk Driving Awareness
Klein Oak High School, Klein Oak, TX

To powerfully illustrate the dangers of drinking and driving, this student council simulated an intoxicated car crash, using a 64-member student cast and a local trauma educator. The day included visits from the grim reaper and police officers escorting student actors to jail.

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Welcome

Unity Assembly Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, OR

To kick off its annual Unity Week, this school hosts a unity assembly that begins with “Voices From Behind the Curtain.” Students share their stories without being recognized by their peers. Some have another person be their voice. Next, a slideshow highlights 25–30 “If You Really Knew Me” cards with powerful and diverse messages from students.

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Welcome

National Student Council Conference: Call for Presenters

Consider presenting a workshop or seminar at the National Student Council Conference in June. Applications are now being accepted. Adviser- and student-led sessions enrich everyone’s conference experience. The deadline to apply is April 30.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE

Welcome

Leadership Week Theme Announced

Celebrate National Student Leadership Week from April 15 to 21 and “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” It’s this year’s theme, and we have a contest beginning April 1 to help you bring your “dream” service project to life.

LEARN MORE AND GET READY TO ENTER

Welcome

What Do You Think of Advise?

We want your feedback on Advise magazine and this e-newsletter. Please take our readership survey before February 9.

TAKE OUR SURVEY

Welcome

Career Exploration Series Continues

The latest addition to the new NatStuCo Career Exploration Series features Bryant Hall, former student council leader who is now a DC trial lawyer. Share Bryant’s story and others with your students so they hear what these NatStuCo alumni did to launch their careers.

WATCH HERE

Welcome

Help Your Favorite Cause

Our Instagram contest is still going strong. Simply post a photo on Instagram showing how your council is supporting the NASSP student leadership initiative on global citizenship using #MakingGlobalChange in your post. Your council could win $100 to pay it forward to a favorite charity.

HERE ARE DETAILS

Welcome

March is Middle Level Education Month

March is the month to focus on 10- to 15-year-old students. National Middle Level Education Month is an excellent opportunity for high school student leaders to showcase and promote the value of introducing middle level students to student council.

GET CELEBRATION TIPS HERE

Awards and Recognition

Welcome

Council of Excellence Deadline This Month

February 15 is the last day to submit your 2018 National Council of Excellence (NCOE) application. As part of the application process, you must enter projects into the National Student Project Database with summaries of 200 words or more; the first project entered must support the global citizenship initiative. The NCOE webpage and application provide complete details.

LEARN MORE HERE

Trending in the Adviser Online Community

“We, as advisers, often sacrifice ourselves for the students, working tirelessly more hours than we should, and it can take its toll on us. We spend time thinking of ways to recharge other faculty and staff, but let’s not forget about ourselves. So, I have two questions: 1) What do you do to recharge and reset yourself at this time of year? and 2) What so you do to help your colleagues recharge and reset?”

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

Student Council Tips and Tools

The NEW Adviser Resource Center

Visit the newly designed NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center. It features a host of new downloadable and online material, documents, templates, and more. Recognizing the busy schedules and limited time advisers have, the new center features clear content areas and easy navigation. “New Advisers” have a dedicated section with material specifically to acquaint them to their role. The “Plan Projects and Activities” tile provides in-depth project planning guidance and fundraising tips. Explore even more in the new Adviser Resource Center now.

Important Dates
February
15 National Council of Excellence application deadline
16–18 LEAD Chicago
April
1–30 National Student Leadership Week contest open
9–13 National Assistant Principals Week
15–21 National Student Leadership Week
20 National Student Council Conference early-bird registration deadline
30 National Student Council Conference presenter application deadline

In the Latest Advise
Look for the National Student Leadership Week poster in the centerfold of your February/March Advise. It’s a great way to promote the theme. The back of the poster includes complete details about this year’s contest! Pitch us an idea for your “dream” service project and we may help fund it! Watch for your issue coming to your mailbox soon.
Tell us your story! Feature topics for Advise are being actively solicited for the 2018–19 school year. If you have an idea, send it to advise@nassp.org. If you would like to contribute an article, view the editorial calendar and manuscript guidelines here.
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NatStuCo E-Bulletin: January 2018

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JANUARY 2018

PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE

There are more than 6,300 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.

Gnimocemoh/Blind Volleyball
Oskaloosa High School, Oskaloosa, IA

During the winter, this council stages its own Gnimocemoh, which stands for Homecoming spelled backwards. They had dress-up days all week, and on Hat Day students could pay a dollar to wear a hat that day. Money went to the Honor Flight for Veterans. The week included a Blind Volleyball Tournament.

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Welcome

Helping with Hunger Kesling Middle School, La Porte, IN

This student council discovered there were more homeless people in its area than council members realized. The PAX Center tried to have a hot meal for homeless people when one wasn’t available from another source. The council used money it made from concessions to purchase food for one of those evenings. Council members also decorated cupcakes and set tables for those being served.

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Top News

Welcome

The NEW NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center

See it now! The newly designed NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center has a fresh look, easier navigation, and more content for advisers. Log in to the Center on the NatStuCo website to visit.

BROWSE THE ADVISER RESOURCE CENTER NOW

Welcome

National Student Council Conference Registration Open

Register now for the 2018 National Student Council Conference! Join fellow council advisers and their student leaders for an enriching three-day leadership event at Wayzata High School near Minneapolis, MN, June 25–27.

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Welcome

Exploring Careers

Students asked. NatStuCo delivers! Student leaders told us they wanted to hear from student council alumni about their college and career paths and the leadership skills they rely on in their jobs. Alums share their stories in the NEW NatStuCo Career Exploration Series. New videos will be added through 2018.

WATCH HERE

Welcome

LEAD Chicago Deadlines Nearing

Energize for spring at the Chicago LEAD Conference, February 16–18. Register by January 12 and save with the early-bird rate. Share your ideas and expertise by leading a workshop. Apply by January 19

GET LEAD CHICAGO DETAILS HERE

Welcome

Know a Deserving Student-Athlete?

Service-minded student-athletes who are academic achievers are being sought as nominees for the U.S. Army/Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence.

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Awards and Recognition

Welcome

Still Time to Apply for National Council of Excellence Awards

NatStuCo councils can still apply for the National Council of Excellence Awards, but the clock is ticking. The application deadline is February 15. All councils currently affiliated with National Student Council in the U.S. and abroad are eligible. How can your council earn the gold this year?

FIND OUT HERE

Trending in the Adviser Online Community

Share your advice to this discussion in the NatStuCo Adviser Online Community.

“I’m looking for any suggestions for how to assign/select/pick little brothers/little sisters. Last time around we randomly assigned veterans to rookies. Not much success there…”

You’re invited to “Share Your Story”
Share your reflections on student service by creating a new discussion topic in the Share Your Story category. Read stories from other community members and “like” your favorites. The post with the most “likes” wins a special gift from the national office. Participate through January 31 to earn a new badge.

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

Student Council Tips and Tools

Make January Count

Coming off the flurry of activities that keep councils so busy in December, January is often a slower month and an excellent time to seat a committee to oversee spring elections. The new election committee should start its work by reviewing all materials associated with the election process, including a careful reading of the constitution or bylaws sections on elections. A new NatStuCo webpage in the Adviser Resource Center, “Running for Council,” will help guide the committee.

Important Dates
January
12 LEAD Chicago early-bird registration deadline
19 LEAD Chicago workshop presenter application deadline
26–28 LEAD DC
February
2 LEAD Chicago regular registration deadline
15 National Council of Excellence application deadline
16–18 LEAD Chicago

In the Latest Advise
Want the “inside story” on the NASSP Student Leadership Initiative on Global Citizenship? Then, be sure to read the feature entitled “Citizens of the World” in the December/January issue of Advise. You can read the issue online here.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.

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NatStuCo E-Bulletin: November 2017

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NOVEMBER 2017

PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE

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.

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Welcome

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.

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Welcome

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.

LOG IN TO THE COMMUNITY HERE

Welcome

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.

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Welcome

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.

LEARN MORE

Welcome

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.

CHECK THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE HERE

Welcome

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.

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Welcome

And the Winners Are…

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

WATCH THE WINNING VIDEOS

Awards and Recognition

Welcome

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

GET DETAILS AND APPLY HERE

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

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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.

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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
November
7 The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards student application deadline
17 The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards school certification deadline
December
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
January
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 advise@nassp.org.
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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NatStuCo E-Bulletin: October 2017

 

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OCTOBER 2017

PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE

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.

School Pantry Millard South High School, Omaha, NE

This student council started its own student pantry after school staff informed members that 27 percent of the student body qualifies for free and reduced-price lunch, far higher than a neighboring school. Open every Friday, the pantry offers perishable and nonperishable items and serves more than 20 families per week.

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Welcome

Leadership Retreat Schimelpfenig Middle School, Plano, TX

Each year, this student council hosts an in-school retreat for all members who attended at least 80 percent of the meetings. The retreat is a day of learning, leadership practice, and team building. Members plan the calendar for the next year and engage in fun problem-solving activities.

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Welcome

Start a Conversation

It’s finally here! National Student Council’s new Adviser Online Community is open and waiting for you. Join now to connect with fellow NatStuCo advisers to ask for assistance or guidance or share exciting student council news or a thoughtful anecdote.

ENTER THE COMMUNITY HERE

Welcome

It’s National Principals Month

Looking for ideas to celebrate National Principals Month? Visit the Students and Parents page of the Principals Month website to find suggestions for social media, e-cards, and special activities. Remember to #ThankAPrincipal on social media.

VISIT THE WEBPAGE

Welcome

We Need You!

Help students share their voice in shaping issues of national scope. Apply to be a member of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee by October 13. Middle level and high school NatStuCo advisers are now being sought to serve.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE

Welcome

Be a LEAD Orlando Workshop Presenter

You can enrich the Orlando LEAD Conference by presenting a workshop. Advisers and student presenters may apply to lead a 45-minute workshop session. Visit the Orlando LEAD Presenter webpage to apply.

LEARN MORE

Welcome

NatStuCo Conference Coming to MN

Plan now to be part of “Leadership MaNia” at the 2018 National Student Council Conference. Wayzata High School in Plymouth, MN, will host the conference, June 25–27, 2018. Visit the National Student Council Conference website frequently for new information added regularly.

VISIT THE WEBSITE

Awards and Recognition

Welcome

National Council of Excellence Awards Open

Each year, middle level and high school student councils that demonstrate exemplary leadership, service, student engagement, and general operations are recognized as National Councils of Excellence (NCOE) or National Gold Councils of Excellence. Visit the NCOE webpage to apply and “Go for the Gold” this year.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE

NatStuCo Adviser of the Year Nominees Sought

Stand up and be recognized. Each year, NatStuCo recognizes outstanding advisers at the state, regional, and national levels with the Warren E. Shull Award. The online application for the 2018 awards is now open. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Information about nomination procedures and the application can be found on the Shull Award webpage.

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Taking Student Leaders to the Next Level

National Student Council’s Distinguished Student Leaders Program is a challenging national skill- and knowledge-based recognition program to identify outstanding individual high school student council leaders. Let your students know they can earn this designation.

LEARN MORE

Trending in the Adviser Online Community

Hurricane Relief
In response to the recent hurricanes, NatStuCo is encouraging advisers whose councils are eager to get or give assistance to connect through the Adviser Online Community. If your council needs assistance or you would like to connect with an adviser of a council impacted by Harvey or Irma, post to this thread.

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

Student Council Tips and Tools

Meetings that run smoothly and are engaging and productive begin with a well-planned agenda. Visit the “Building a Meeting Agenda” webpage in the NatStuCo Adviser Resource Center for a sample agenda complete with explanations for each agenda item. Log in here.

Important Dates
October
National Principals Month
13 Orlando LEAD Conference early-bird registration deadline
13 Orlando LEAD Conference workshop presenter application deadline
13 Student Leadership Advisory Committee adviser application deadline
20 Orlando LEAD Conference regular registration deadline
November
3–5 Orlando LEAD Conference
7 The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards student application deadline
December
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

In The Latest Advise
Read the cover feature of your October/November Advise for an in-depth account of the transformation of the National Association of Student Councils, or NASC, into National Student Council, now known by its moniker as NatStuCo. Read it online.
Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.
What’s In Store?
New products are being created with the new NatStuCo name and logo. Once the online store reopens, you should know we now accept e-checks for web orders.
Social Media
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NatStuCo E-Bulletin: September 2017

Your complete rundown of NatStuCo news and activities. Display issues? View this email online.

SEPTEMBER 2017

You and National Student Council: Better Together

NASC is now National Student Council—still the same respected organization, with a new name, fresh look, and enhanced programming to appeal to you and your student leaders. Whether you are a new or veteran adviser, we know that you’ll find NatStuCo helps propel your council to the next level. Visit our new website to learn more.

PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE

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.

Welcome

Fiesta Catracha

American School of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fiesta Catracha is an annual student-based ceremony to celebrate the month of independence. This ceremony includes a feast of Honduran food to allow each grade and the student council to raise funds for future projects.

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Welcome

Mix It Up Lunch

Frank Seale Middle School, Midlothian, TX
The counseling department partnered with the FSMS StuCo to participate in Mix It Up Day, an international campaign designed to encourage students to meet new people and start conversations with timid classmates.

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Welcome

Helping You Help Hurricane Victims

Is your council planning to help with Hurricane Harvey relief? FEMA recommends the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website as a source of legitimate organizations that provide relief and victim aid during and after federal disasters.

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Welcome

Join the Adviser Online Community

NatStuCo advisers have a new online community to network with peers, share resources, and seek ideas and solutions. Join the conversations or start your own in a members-only virtual space.

JOIN HERE

Welcome

Advisory Committee Needs You

NASSP is accepting applications for student council adviser seats on the Student Leadership Advisory Committee. The two-year positions include one high school and one middle level NatStuCo adviser with the middle level adviser selecting one of his/her student leaders to serve.

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Welcome

Call for Presenters

How would you or one of your students like to present a workshop at LEAD Orlando? Here’s your chance. Apply by October 13.

GET TOPIC IDEAS AND LEARN DETAILS HERE

Welcome

Principals Month Video Contest Deadline Approaching

September 29 is the deadline to enter the National Principals Month video contest. Students can use their video talents to tell us why their principal is awesome and what their principal means to them, the school, and the community.

LEARN MORE

Welcome

Who Are Your Top Volunteers?

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the nation’s largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. It is open to students in grades 5–12.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Welcome

Senate Youth Program Seeks Applicants

The United States Senate Youth Program, an intensive weeklong educational experience, is seeking outstanding students interested in public service careers. High school juniors and seniors serving as a student, state, or community elected official are eligible.

SHARE THIS LINK WITH YOUR LEADERS

Trending in the Adviser Online Community

What role does student council play in your school?

School has started in Florida! What are effective strategies for welcoming new council members?

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

Student Council Tips and Tools

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, your student council may decide to do a special fundraiser to assist in relief efforts. Before diving into the planning, take time to review our best practices for fundraising and selecting charities of choice by visiting Plan Projects and Activities, found in the Adviser Resource Center on NatStuCo.org.

Important Dates
September
1 2018 National Council of Excellence Awards application open online
5 2017–18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities available online
12 2018 NatStuCo Warren E. Shull National Adviser of the Year Awards application available online
October
National Principals Month
6 Orlando LEAD Conference early-bird registration deadline
13 Orlando LEAD Conference workshop presenter application deadline
20 Orlando LEAD Conference regular registration deadline

In The Latest Advise
The NatStuCo Update column in your September issue of Advise provides a nice overview of the programs and services from National Student Council rolling out over this 2017–18 academic year. Watch your mailbox for your copy or read it online.
Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to advise@nassp.org.
What’s In Store?
New products are being created with the new NatStuCo name and logo. Once the online store reopens, you should know we now accept e-checks for web orders.
Social Media
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NatStuCo E-Bulletin: June 2017

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.

Leadership Camp
Aiea High School
Aiea, HI
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

June

26–28 NASC National Conference, Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH

30 NASC affiliation renewal deadline

30 Annual adviser survey deadline

August

15 2018 National Council of Excellence Awards application open

September

30 Deadline for entries, National Principals Month video contest

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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.

Do You Like Us, Do You Follow Us, Are You Friends With Us?

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:

  1. Like us on Facebook by going to the @nasc4leaders page and hitting “Like.” This will allow us to be in your Pages Feed on the left-hand side of your News Feed where you can always find us if you want to check in.
  2. Once you’re on our page after you’ve “liked” us, you can choose under “following” to see our page first in your News Feed and to get notifications of our posts, events, etc.
  3. Make sure to engage with our posts! The more you “like,” comment, and share our Facebook posts, the more they will come up in your feed.
  4. Then follow us on Twitter @NASC_ and Instagram @nasc4leaders to make sure you don’t miss a beat!

NatStuCo E-Bulletin: May 2017

NASC E-Bulletin
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.

End-of-Year Banquet
Woodgrove High School
Purcellville, VA
Every spring, the “voting” student council senators vote on the incoming executive board members. At the same time, the student body votes on new officers to represent them in next year’s class council. The student council hosts a banquet after school one night in May to induct all newly elected class council officers, executive board members, and student council members. The departing officers are presented with pins and medals to wear at graduation representing the number of years they served. The banquet itself is a potluck dinner arranged by the banquet ad hoc committee chairs and the families of all new inductees. Returning and graduating members are encouraged to attend. READ MORE
Night Watch
Canyon Ridge Middle School
Austin, TX
Night Watch was a positive, glow-in-the-dark party aimed at spreading a culture of kindness. Using neon glow sticks and glow bands, inscribed with the words “I’m on the Night Watch,” students of Canyon Ridge Middle School, Four Points Middle School, and Vandegrift High School came together to radiate kindness. During one of the event’s main activities—the Glow Ring Challenge—students broke into various groups and attempted to “light” each other up by sharing compliments with one another. The person who gave the compliment also handed a glow band to a recipient to “light them up.” The evening included a skit, using a backpack filled with rocks, to illustrate how students can offload negativity. READ MORE

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


NASC Adviser of the Year Finalists Named
NASC congratulates the following advisers who have been recognized as region finalists for the Warren E. Shull National Adviser of the Year Award. During the 2017 NASC National Conference in June, one middle level and one high school finalist will be named as this year’s national winners.

Middle Level Finalists:
Penelope Allen, Lafayette Middle School, MS
Nicole Ciaramella, Chartiers Valley Middle School, PA
Kelly Elder, C.R. Anderson Middle School, MT
Selina Martinez, Santa Rosa Middle School, NM
Sarah Wise, Erwin Middle School, NC

High School Finalists:
Jimmy Gleich, Bishop Manogue High School, NV
Antoinette Hernandez, Klein Forest High School, TX
Jeff Kusniez, Boyertown Area Senior High, PA
Kyrie Nehls, Millard South High School, NE
Chad Rizner, Jefferson City High School, MO
Tracy Todd, Easley High School, SC

Complete the 2017 NASC Adviser Survey
The annual NASC Adviser Survey is now open. The survey enables NASC to collect data about the volunteer service and spirit activities of councils, showing the remarkable collective effort of councils in building positive school and community climate. That information is used to generate the annual service report, which is shared with you, principals, key national organizations, and education departments. To thank you for your participation, we’re offering $25 Visa gift cards to eight lucky respondents. Fill out the survey by June 30 for your chance to win. Take NASC’s annual adviser survey today.

NASSP Virtual College Fair Coming May 25
To support students in their college search journey, all students at NASC-affiliated schools are invited to participate in the NASSP Virtual College Fair on Thursday, May 25, from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. (ET)/11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PT). Designed to help students and their parents save time and money through the college discovery process, the Virtual College Fair will allow participants to chat live with college and university admission representatives from more than two dozen institutions. Accessible from computers, tablets, or smartphones, the fair will feature videos, scholarship information, and virtual campus tours in addition to live chats. The fair is open to students, faculty, and staff of all NASC schools. Register at www.NASSPVirtualCollegeFair.com.

The Best is Yet to Come—Renew Now!
Before you leave for the summer, renew your NASC affiliation so you don’t miss a beat as new and revitalized programs and services begin rolling out for the 2017–18 academic year. These include:

  • A new leadership web series for advisers and students.
  • A more robust online Adviser Resource Center.
  • An update of the popular Raising Student Voice & Participation program, which allows students to take leadership roles in improving their schools.

You and your principal should have received a letter and renewal invoice by mail. For faster service, your council’s primary adviser can renew online now.

Countdown to Liftoff of NASC National Conference
From a rocket scientist to an etiquette trainer, the 2017 National Conference will feature a lineup of speakers and presenters that guarantee delegates have an “Out-of-This-World Leadership” experience. The deadline to register is fast approaching! Visit the NASC conference website to register by May 19. (Register by May 13 for early-bird rates!) The website includes details about speakers and other presenters featured at this unique event, taking place June 26–28 at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH, about an hour from Boston.

Student Officers Opportunity: U.S. Senate Youth Program
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) invites elected student body and class officers to apply for their leadership program. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors who will be serving in leadership positions for the 2017–18 school year. This program of the U.S. Senate bases its selection on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office. Visit the USSYP website for application information and to view highlights from the March 2017 events in Washington, D.C.

STUDENT COUNCIL TIPS AND TOOLS


Transitioning Your Officer Team
Amid looming deadlines, testing schedules, and special events, student councils are busy transitioning their leadership to new slates of officers. Having a smooth and logical process for student leaders to use helps ensure positive closure for current officers and a successful start for the new ones. With input from advisers over the years, NASC has developed an Officer Transition Checklist that members can use to facilitate the process. It is a good idea for advisers and officers to review it and add any piece that would help address your council specifically. Find the list in the Council Management Download Center of the Adviser Resources section of the NASC website.

NatStuCo E-Bulletin: April 2017

NASC E-Bulletin
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.

Patriot Thrones/SUP Award
Providence Hall High School (PHHS)
Herriman, UT
This student council wanted to increase demonstrated Spirit, Unity, and Pride (known fondly as SUP). The school had been open for just one year amd the council believed the school was not very well known, is in competition with a large and popular public school, and hadn’t yet established a culture. To achieve its goal, they created the SUP Award that is given to a male student, female student, and faculty member at each assembly. Award winners get to sit on the Patriot Thrones during assemblies and get to sign their name to something that will continue as a long-standing tradition. These awards are given to people who actively participate during spirit activities and who serve as a positive role model for their peers. Student council members decide on recipients. They focus on reaching out to students who may not normally be recognized. They say the award has built up the confidence of students and faculty. READ MORE
Helping Teachers
Kesling Middle School
La Porte, IN
Through their student council-run school concession stand, the Kesling Student Council is able to budget money for different things. Every year, the council asks teachers if they have any needs or wants for their classrooms. Teachers get a questionnaire or notice in their mailboxes. Throughout the year, teachers may also request something they need before the end of the school year. This past year, the council purchased a new wall-mounted TV with combo DVD player for the Home Ec room, a set of Scholastic books on the Holocaust for a sixth-grade social studies teacher, and new jazz band risers for the music department. These school improvement gifts cost nearly $1,500 dollars. READ MORE

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


How Will You Celebrate National Student Leadership Week?
In recognition of National Student Leadership Week, being celebrated April 16-22, we extend our utmost thanks and admiration to the many NASC student leaders who are “Making a World of Difference” in their schools, communities, and beyond through their service in student council. Make sure your council takes our “Tasty-style” video challenge illustrating their recipe for making global change. Post it to social media using #NSLW17 and #MakingGlobalChange. Get more resources and suggestions to help you celebrate the week and promote it on social media on the National Student Leadership Week webpage.

NASC Recognizes Winners of the 2017 National Council of Excellence Awards
More than 250 middle level and high school student councils have been named NASC National Councils of Excellence for 2017. Their leadership, service, and council programs reflect the highest levels of excellence. During National Student Leadership Week, the list of winners will be published on the National Council of Excellence Awards page of the NASC Website.

Challenge your council to become a 2018 National Council of Excellence starting today! Your 2018 award portfolio and application must include all of your council activities and projects from January 1 through December 31, 2017. New 2018 applications will be available online in July. Set a new standard of excellence for your council. Go for the Gold next year!

Time to Renew
You will soon receive a letter by mail, including an invoice, to renew your school’s affiliation for the 2017–18 school year. Renew before June 30 for uninterrupted communication about new programs and services coming to NASC in the 2017–18 academic year—all with no increase in the affiliation fee. Want to renew now? Do it online right here!

Annual Adviser Survey Opens Soon
Every spring, we ask advisers to provide us with information about the activities and services their councils have performed. The survey asks you to quantify the work of your students in service and school improvement projects. Be on the lookout for a link to the survey on the NASC website and sent to you via email. Thank you for taking time to share your activities with the national office.

Register Now for the NASC National Conference
Registration for the 2017 NASC National Conference is now open. Get ready for an out-of-this-world student council experience, blasting off June 26 at Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire. Visit the conference website to read about speakers and presenters who will be featured during the event. Register today to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate, available through May 1.

Lots of Global Change Going on
Activity surrounding the NASSP Student Leadership Initiative: Global Citizenship continues to grow among NASC councils and Honor Society chapters. To date, more than 400 projects supporting one of the global citizenship strands have been entered into the National Student Project Database. Photos of students making global change are being posted often on social media and appearing on the Making Global Change website. Share your council’s projects and activities using #MakingGlobalChange. Remember, your post to Instagram with the hashtag could earn a $100 prize that your council can designate for its favorite charity in the school’s name. There’s a new winner every month.

STUDENT COUNCIL TIPS AND TOOLS


When Letters are Addressed to “Student Council President”
Each year, letters arrive in schools addressed to the “Student Council President.” Most of the letters are legitimate and typically concern services, goods, or invitations to attend leadership programs. But sometimes they contain unwanted material, such as hate propaganda or other disturbing content. Unfortunately, some groups and organizations use such a tactic to get their materials into student populations. Because of strict postal regulations, it is important for school personnel and advisers to handle such mailings correctly.

Per the United States Postal Service, school employees can open any mail that is addressed to a student club or organization officer, but does not specifically name a student. The rationale for this ruling is that the student club or organization is part of the school; therefore, an agent of the school can open mail on behalf of the student organization. Additional guidance on the handling of mail sent to schools can be found on the NASSP website.

NatStuCo E-Bulletin: March 2017

NASC E-Bulletin
Spotlight on Projects of Excellence

The National Student Project Database features more than 6,000 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 wishing to replicate projects at their own schools.

Ice Cream Social
Jennings High School
Jennings, MO
While planning activities at Jennings High School for National Student Leadership Week in 2015, we had the dilemma of having very little in our organization’s treasury. During our April student council meeting, we brainstormed inexpensive ideas to recognize students during this week. One member suggested an ice cream social to recognize our honorees who were nominated as student leaders within our building. The idea received unanimous support by the student council, a very rare thing at our school. READ MORE
Teachers Hot Potatoes
Silverstri Junior High
Las Vegas, NV
We invited our teachers to an amazing baked potato bar to show our appreciation for everything they do for us. All of our student council members baked potatoes until 6:00 p.m. while others handled cleanup and doing the last-minute touches the day before we hosted our teachers. We served homemade chili with cheese, sour cream, chives, bacon, and whipped butter. We also treated our special guests to homemade chocolate Oreo cake pops. READ MORE

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


New NASC Programs and Services Coming Your Way
NASC wants to ensure that student council advisers and student leaders are getting the most from its programs and services. Following extensive research, we are excited to announce that new programs and enhanced services will be coming to NASC-affiliated schools in the 2017–18 academic year, with no increase in annual fees. Beginning in the fall, you will have access to a more robust online Adviser Resource Center, a streamlined National Student Project Database, and leadership series for advisers and students. New advisers can jump-start their councils with a toolkit crafted specifically for them. And that’s just the beginning! Be on the lookout this month for NASC renewal email notices and encourage your principal to renew promptly so you don’t miss a beat. Online renewal is encouraged. Learn more here. Stay tuned for new announcements in the months ahead.

Want to See Your Projects Highlighted?
We are always on the lookout for projects in the National Student Project Database to share in this newsletter and Advise magazine. To make your projects stand out and possibly be featured:
1. Compose a well-written and detailed project summary. Include your council’s goals; why the project was selected; and any statistics, such as volunteer hours, total collections, students involved, people/families helped. The summary can also describe how the project was planned and run, as well as any highlights or “aha” moments.
2. Include photos of the project’s planning and as the project took place, if you have them.
3. Upload any project documents. Examples might be a promotional flyer, ticket samples, or other forms used with the project.
Visit the National Student Project Database and start sharing.

Are You Planning Your National Student Leadership Week Celebration?
Join NASC members across the country April 16-22 to celebrate National Student Leadership Week (NSLW). This special week recognizes the dedication of student leaders in taking positive action. This year’s theme is “Making a World of Difference,” amplifying a two-year student leadership initiative focusing on global citizenship. To make that theme come to life, we’re inviting councils to participate in our “Tasty-style” Video Challenge. Council members are invited to create a video in the style of one of those mouth-watering “Tasty” videos showing how members are making global change and post it on social media. Be sure to use #NSLW17 and #MakingGlobalChange and tag @NASC_ on Twitter or @nasc4leaders on Instagram. Also, visit www.nasc.us/nslw for more ideas and resources.

The Countdown Has Started!
Before you know it, it will be time for the 2017 NASC National Conference. Students and advisers are in for an “Out of This World Leadership” experience, June 26-28. Blasting off in partnership with Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH, the sky’s the limit this year as the conference introduces informative and inspiring new features. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind national event designed just for student council leaders and advisers! New information is being added frequently to the conference website. Register soon for the NASC National Conference.

Let’s Create More Leaders
“Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters
Advisers and student delegates attending the NASC Conference can contribute in a way that reflects Tom Peters’ quote—as a workshop or seminar presenter. It’s an opportunity to share the things your council does to be successful, whether it is how your meetings are run, election strategies, onboarding new members, and other topics of interest to NASC members. The online application has strategic categories listed that will help you choose a workshop topic. Applications due by March 31. Don’t delay! Apply to be an NASC Conference presenter!

Student Volunteers Honored by National Program
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards named the top youth volunteers of 2017 in every state and the District of Columbia. There are more than 100 student council members among them. In May, two top honorees from each state will join other top youth volunteers from across the U.S. and several other countries for four days of special recognition events in Washington, D.C. During that time, 10 honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017. See each honoree’s name and story of service here.

National Assistant Principals Week Coming Next Month
Start thinking now about how you can celebrate the important work of your assistant principal(s). April 10–14 is National Assistant Principals Week. It’s a time to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools. Get more information and ideas for celebrating the assistant principals at your school here.

STUDENT COUNCIL TIPS AND TOOLS


Recognizing Your Top Leaders
Student council members regularly go “above and beyond” in the time they give to council responsibilities and activities throughout the school year. Tracking those hours is an effective strategy that accomplishes several goals for advisers. It helps members learn to be accountable to fulfill their commitments to the council and creates a data-driven record of the contributions students make as council members. Advisers can also use the tracked hours to establish a minimum number of hours that students need to earn special recognition. Consider giving such students an NASC Certificate of Service, available on the Special Downloads webpage under Adviser Resources on the NASC website.