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PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE

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

 

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St. Nick’s Celebration

Bourgade Catholic High School, AZ

To increase the holiday spirit and feeling of goodwill, we started a Saint Nicholas Day celebration. The student council researched the history of Saint Nicholas, and with the faculty’s approval it was announced that the morning of December 6 (St. Nick’s feast day) students would leave one shoe outside of the classroom during first period. The executive board then traveled around school, sticking a candy cane in each shoe. This was an easy way to make students feel the holiday spirit in our school community.

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Counselor’s Week

Roy Martin Middle School, NV

During National Counselor’s Week, the student council officers came up with the theme of “Inside Out” to celebrate our three counselors (grades 6–8). Each officer was in charge of one day of the week and an emotion, and they came up with treats and puns to go with each. Each day the officers delivered the gifts to the counselors and gave them a verbal thank-you, too. The counselors all felt special and appreciated!

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TOP NEWS

 

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Holiday Projects at Your Fingertips

Is your council looking for new or last-minute ideas for holiday projects? A quick search of the National Student Project Database using the “Holiday Activities” category filter will render you over 300 holiday activities!

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RSVP Executive Overview

A new RSVP Executive Overview is available on the NatStuCo website. The overview is an excellent piece to share in print or electronic format with parents, school administrators and community members to introduce them to the NatStuCo Raising Student Voice & Participation program.

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LEAD Deadlines Approaching

There is still time to take advantage of discount pricing for LEAD registrations to the February and March 2019 conferences. Register before December 31 for LEAD DC or February 15 for LEAD Chicago to save.

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National Student Council Conference

The fire’s lit and the iron’s heating up for the 2019 National Student Council Conference. Registration and presenter applications are now open, and hotel information is available on the conference website. Visit often as updated information is being added periodically.

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Career Exploration Series

Ever wondered if zookeepers use student council skills? What leadership traits will help you in a legal field or running your own restaurant? The NatStuCo Career Exploration Series explores these questions and more through on-the-job interviews with former student leaders, accessible to all NatStuCo advisers and students with no login restrictions.

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RSVP at LEAD

Extend your LEAD Conference experience by adding RSVP training to your Friday preconference schedule. Open to all attendees, RSVP is a proven process for helping student leaders raise student voice and positively influence school culture.

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#EngageInChange

As the first half of the school year wraps up, use the “Share Your Impact” tool to create an infographic of your efforts that illustrates to the world the difference your council is making in your school and community. To use the tool, simply enter your service activity totals and click “Get My Graphic.”

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New Student Project Database Search Tool

The National Student Project Database has a new feature! You can now search for projects without using key words by clicking the “SEARCH” button, then click the “ADD FILTERS” button located just below the project photo carousel. Adding filters lets you select the parameters for your search, including school size, project category, and more.

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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

 

National Council of Excellence Awards: Open to All NatStuCo Members

Advisers are reminded that all NatStuCo member councils in the United States and internationally are eligible and encouraged to apply for the National Council of Excellence Awards. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

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Distinguished Student Leaders

Nearly 100 high school NatStuCo members have been named Distinguished Student Leaders in 2018. This elite group earned national recognition while gaining deeper understanding of leadership and discovering more about their own leadership styles and abilities. Encourage your council members to challenge themselves to become “Next Level” leaders.

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Trending in the Adviser Online Community

Every year, assistant advisers are asked to step up to the lead adviser role. Depending on previous responsibilities, the transition might be seamless or bumpy. Have you gone through the same? What wisdom can you share about taking the reins of the council?

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

 

Student Council Tips and Tools

Reaching Out in Time of Disaster
Student council leaders are unmatched in their energy to help others. Their passion to give of themselves is at the core of service leadership. In times of disaster, that same passion can sometimes lead to rushed decisions in how the council will render aid. Because post-disaster needs vary depending on the type and scope of a disaster, advisers can provide helpful guidance to students. It is important they learn how to choose disaster relief projects that are most helpful and charities that are reputable. An excellent resource is Charity Navigator, whose website includes information on giving in times of crisis. LEARN MORE »

 

IMPORTANT DATES

DECEMBER

1 Warren E. Shull Adviser of the Year Award application deadline
31 LEAD DC early bird registration deadline

JANUARY

4 LEAD DC workshop presenter application deadline
31 LEAD DC registration deadline

FEBRUARY

15 LEAD Chicago early bird registration deadline
15 National Council of Excellence application deadline

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