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November 2
Scholarship Prompts posted

November 16
Intellectual Freedom Challenge submissions due

December 1
Project Grant Applications due

December 1
Scholarship Applications open

January 11
Scholarship Applications due

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Welcome New Chapters

Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Chapter: Father Nicholas Rinaldi
Pennsauken, NJ

Churchland High School
Chapter: Aaron McGlothlin English Honor Society
Portsmouth, VA

Cooper City High School
Chapter: Fellowship
Cooper City, FL

Edwardsville Senior High School
Chapter: Edwardsville National English Honor Society
Edwardsville, IL

Harrison Central High School
Chapter: Masters of Allusion
Gulfport, MS

I. C. Norman High School
Chapter: Toni Morrison
Portsmouth, VA

Manchester Valley High School
Chapter: Mayas Mavs
Manchester, MD

Starpoint Central High School
Chapter: Starpoint Artemis
Lockport, NY

St. Croix Preparatory Academy
Chapter: Pens
Stillwater, MN

Suffern High School
Chapter: Suffern High School
Suffern, NY

William Tennent High School
Chapter: Willliam Tennent Literati
Warminster, PA

In This Issue

  1. Family Literacy Day
  2. NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge - Crafton Awards
  3. NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader
  4. National NEHS Project
  5. NEHS and The English-Speaking Union
  6. NEHS Project Grants

To start your November, some offerings from literary figures past and present:

"November always seemed to me to be the Norway of the year." - Emily Dickinson

"It is a joy to walk in the bare woods.
The moonlight is not broken by the heavy leaves.
The leaves are down, and touching the soaked earth,
Giving off the odors that partridges love." - Robert Bly, Solitude Late at Night in the Woods

"October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Last November, I reported that we had hit the 700-chapter milestone; this year, we are well on our way to 800, including a new chapter in Taiwan. This issue of the newsletter will focus on the deadlines for the Intellectual Freedom Challenge, the NEHS Scholarships, and Project Grants; an emerging partnership with the English-Speaking Union; a featured chapter activity; and Family Literacy Day. Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

Family Literacy Day

November 1 is Family Literacy Day. This event focuses on the importance of literacy and how it is nurtured in the home and/or community. Chapter projects might be focused on how to help infuse literacy activities into home environments with ideas published in school newsletters or campaigns to give books to students with sparse home book collections.

NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge - Crafton Awards

Sophomore and junior members of NEHS are encouraged to submit persuasive essays for these awards. The Intellectual Freedom Challenge invites NEHS members to submit essays that provide written arguments about the use of controversial texts that have been or may be challenged due to theme or content. Students submitting the best essays, evaluated by college professors and NEHS Advisory Council members, will garner for their authors a gift certificate and monetary Crafton Awards—named for Dr. Robert Crafton from Slippery Rock University who initiated the idea of this effort. Home chapters of the winning students will also receive a monetary grant. Essays are due Monday, November 16, 2015. More information may be found on the Intellectual Freedom Challenge page.

NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader

Up to $32,000 in competitive scholarship awards is available to senior members of NEHS who submit essays written on this year's Common Reader for 2015-2016, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Students wishing to compete for those awards must read the Common Reader and submit an essay based on NEHS-provided prompts. The deadline for receipt of the essays will be January 11, 2016; prompts will be posted on November 2, 2015, so please plan accordingly. More information may be found on the scholarships page.

National NEHS Project

Please take a look at the NEHS Museletter to read the extensive blog featuring a Halloween Project done at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, MD. The Edgar Allen Poe-inspired Haunted Hallway, including frightening scenes from "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "Pit and the Pendulum," may be a model for other NEHS chapters to replicate. This blog article is the first in a year-long series we will run focusing the spotlight on amazing projects done by chapters across the NEHS network. More ideas may be found by accessing the NEHS Database of Noteworthy Activities under Chapter Life on the website.

NEHS and The English-Speaking Union

National English Honor Society is in discussions with the English-Speaking Union to establish a partnership between our two groups and to promote activities that the ESU has to offer students and Advisors passionate about English studies. The ESU offers opportunities that include the National Shakespeare Competition, an International Speaking Competition, and a summer Shakespeare Teacher Program in England. More information will be available in the coming months about this new effort to find programs that are of interest and importance to NEHS members.

NEHS Project Grants

Applications for a limited number of NEHS project grants for the second semester of this school year may now be submitted. Grant funds are available for up to $200. Project Grants are designed to encourage local chapters to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society. Visit the project grants page for more information; applications may be submitted through December 1, 2015 for projects planned any time between January and May of 2016.