Upcoming Dates

May 1
Junior Summer Study Stipend applications due

May 8
Project Grant applications due

June 16
Chapter Annual Reports due

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Welcome New Chapters

Cypress Fairbanks Ranch High School
Chapter: Cypress Ranch National English Honor Society
Cypress, TX

Fulton Leadership Academy
Chapter: Written Rebels
East Point, GA

McKeel Academy of Technology
Chapter: MAT Dead Poets Society
Lakeland, FL

Pope John XXIII Regional High School
Chapter: Divine Comedians
Sparta, NJ

QSI International School of Shenzhen
Chapter: Veni, Vidi, Scripsit
Shenzhen, China

Viera High School
Chapter: Beverly Diane Best
Viera, FL

In This Issue

  1. Common Reader for 2017-2018
  2. Summer Study Stipends for Junior Members of NEHS
  3. Merchandise
  4. Project Grants and Outstanding Chapter Awards
  5. John L. Manear Outstanding NEHS Advisor Award
  6. Chapter Annual Reports

As I sit down to write and compile this month"s newsletter, huge snowstorms rage in the east while the west basks in unseasonably warm and dry weather. A few lines from Shakespeare"s "Sonnet 98" come to mind: "From you have I been absent in the spring, / When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, / Hath put a spirit of youth in everything." Eager young minds, including those in NEHS, rejoice as the season shifts to warmer weather. While the arrival of April is welcome to educators and students alike, it thrusts upon all of us the reality of the rush to the end of another school year! Amid all of the activity and nostalgia that will mark the coming months, we hope NEHS chapters are finding the time to reflect on this year and start conversations about next year.

April literary celebrations, from among many: Children's Book Day (2nd), Teen Literature Day (16th), and Great Poetry Reading Day (28th). Noteworthy April birthdays: Maya Angelou (4th), Sharon Draper (11th), Gary Soto (12th), Seamus Heaney (13th), Shakespeare (23rd), and August Wilson (27th).

This issue of NEHSXpress focuses on the following—an update on the selection of the Common Reader for 2017-2018, information about the Junior Summer Study program, and reminders about graduation merchandise, project grants, outstanding chapter and Advisor awards, and the upcoming annual report. We hope you find it useful and informative; please send news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

Common Reader for 2017-2018

The NEHS Advisory Council is in the final stages of deliberating which text will be used for the Common Reader for the upcoming school year. We will be making the announcement mid-April, in time for schools to put the text on summer reading lists. At that time, we will also be establishing the timeline for scholarship entries submissions. It is not too late to make recommendations for the Common Reader; send any suggestions to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

Summer Study Stipends for Junior Members of NEHS

We invite current members of active NEHS chapters who are juniors in good standing to apply for available summer study stipends. These $750 awards are provided to support students who have been accepted for and will be attending an academic, English-related study program taking place during summer 2017. Applications for this competitive award will be accepted from Monday, April 3 through Monday, May 1, 11:59 p.m., CDT.

View: Summer Study Stipend Award and Application Process

Merchandise

All merchandise items are now available through the NEHS Connect Chapter Store. Simply navigate to your chapter information page in NEHS Connect; there, you will find a link to the Chapter Store to order merchandise using a credit card or to indicate a check will be sent. Please make sure to check the mailing address for your school; because we now use UPS for shipping, post office box addresses must be changed to approved street addresses.

Graduation is just around the corner. Please do not delay in ordering graduation cords or medallions for your senior members as well as other items appropriate for induction ceremonies.

View: NEHS Merchandise

Project Grants and Outstanding Chapter Awards

Applications for a limited number of NEHS project grants may be submitted by Monday, May 8, to be utilized during the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Chapters receiving awards will be notified soon after the deadline. These grants allow chapters to extend literacy opportunities within school and in local communities.

Outstanding Chapter Award applications are now available. While we encourage chapters to send the applications soon after school is out, while memories are fresh and materials are at hand, the deadline for applications is September 30.

John L. Manear Outstanding NEHS Advisor Award

The John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award will be presented to one Chapter Advisor who has given generously of time, talent, creativity, and leadership to a local NEHS chapter. The award recognizes Advisors who foster the spirit of academic excellence and community service in their work with chapter members. We also hope the award is a means to recognize outstanding educators; in these times, it seems that bashing education is "fashionable"; those of us dedicated to the profession know the challenges and rewards; we hope to celebrate excellence with this new recognition.

Specific information about the nomination process may be found on the NEHS website; three letters of nomination must come from a school administrator, a faculty colleague, and a student member of NEHS, respectively. The deadline for receipt of the letters is April 3.

Chapter Annual Reports

It is not too early to begin the initial review of the activities that have been done by NEHS chapters in the past year. All NEHS Lead Chapter Advisors are required to complete the Annual Chapter Annual Report detailing activities conducted throughout the previous school year. We encourage chapters to make this a joint effort of the Advisor and the outgoing/incoming student officers. The report serves as a great way to review accomplishments as well as to begin planning for the following year. The reports will be submitted electronically via Survey Monkey. All Lead Advisors will receive an email in early May that will include a unique chapter link to the survey. As an incentive, all chapters completing the survey by Friday, June 16, will be entered into a drawing for $100.