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Welcome New Chapters

Central Regional High School
Chapter: Pink House
Bayville, NJ

Heritage High School, NC
Chapter: Heritage High School NEHS
Wake Forest, NC

St. Jean Baptiste High School
Chapter: St. Jean Baptiste High School
New York, NY

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Connect
  2. NEHS Annual Chapter Reports
  3. Common Reader Selected for 2016-2017
  4. NEHS Merchandise
  5. John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award for 2015-2016
  6. Sign Up for News and Find us on Facebook and Twitter
  7. NEHS Service Award Chapter

May has arrived and with it comes excitement tempered by the reality of transitions—the end of wonderful high school years for graduating seniors, the closure of a year and promotion to another grade level for younger students, and for educators, the responsibilities, both academic and ceremonial, that allow for closure of another successful learning journey jointly taken with students and colleagues.

We trust this has been a rewarding year for all NEHS members; our best wishes go with the seniors as they leave the high school chapter of their academic lives and begin to pursue their university, college, or career paths. With higher education indeed in the future, we would encourage all NEHS members to seek membership in Sigma Tau Delta (four-year university level) or Sigma Kappa Delta (two-year community college level), our partner honor societies, at the appropriate time.

Among the tasks that mark the end of this academic year are the responsibilities of NEHS chapter officers and Advisors to finalize the work of the society before leaving for summer activities, including completing the Annual Survey. This issue of the NEHSXpress includes: NEHS Annual Reports, the Common Reader for 2016-2017, NEHS Connect reminders, the Outstanding Advisor Award announcement, a recognition of a fine chapter and the Service Award the chapter is receiving, and the graduation merchandise timeline. Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

NEHS Connect

If there will be changes to the Lead Advisor for the next school year, please make sure to amend the information in NEHS Connect so correspondence is sent to the correct individual. We continue working to improve the system to make it efficient and useful for all chapters. If you have specific recommendations for how we might improve the membership/chapter management system, please contact us.

Keep in mind that the NEHS constitution requires each chapter to pay chapter annual affiliation fees AND to induct at least one new member each year to remain active! Chapters in arrears must pay past fees before enrolling new members. Chapters that have not paid fees are considered inactive.

Other helpful hints for NEHS Connect: 1) For prompt and accurate recording, please send a copy of the invoice if paying the affiliation fee by check; 2) By completing the payment portion of the transaction, printing the invoice should be suitable for most financial offices; 3) an invoice may be obtained through the "transaction history" section of NEHS Connect.

We have a unique email address for Advisors to pose any questions: nehsconnect@niu.edu should be used for that purpose.

NEHS Annual Chapter Reports

All NEHS Chapter Advisors are required to complete an Annual Chapter 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 SURVEY IS NOT ACCESSED VIA THE NEHS WEBSITE. The reports are done electronically via Survey Monkey. All lead advisors have received a SEPARATE EMAIL that includes a unique link to the aurvey. If you have not received that email or if it may have been filtered by district computer systems, please contact the Central Office for assistance. As an incentive, all chapters completing the survey by June 15 will be entered into a drawing for $100. The final date for submission of the survey this year is July 1, 2016. Visit the Chapter Annual Report page for more information.

Common Reader Selected for 2016-2017

The Common Reader for the upcoming school year will be Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler.

The novel will serve as the basis of the NEHS scholarship process for the upcoming year; any senior student who plans to submit scholarship essays to compete for NEHS scholarships must read this text, as all prompts will be based on this reading. Scholarship essays will be due Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

NEHS Merchandise

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 that would be appropriate for induction ceremonies. Rush orders are not accepted. Allow up to 3 weeks for order processing and shipping.

All merchandise items are now available through the NEHS Connect Store and must be ordered using that system. Simply navigate to your chapter information page; there, you will find a link to the Chapter Store where you will be able to order merchandise using a credit card or indicating a check will be sent. Please make sure to check the shipping address for your school; because we now use UPS for shipping, PO box addresses must be changed to street addresses. UPS will send the lead Chapter Advisor a tracking number via email.

View: Merchandise

John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award for 2015-2016

Congratulations to Lindsey L. Ward, NEHS Advisor at The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, TX, who has been selected as the inaugural winner of this award. Lindsey's letters of recommendation painted a picture of an outstanding English teacher, leader, colleague, mentor, and friend. Her principal shares that, "Lindsey consistently challenges her student members to be the very best they can be."

Lindsey will receive a check for $500 and a plaque to commemorate her accomplishment. She is a fine representative of all the NEHS Advisors who give so much to the Society.

Sign Up for News and Find us on Facebook and Twitter

NEHS student members and parents/guardians may now have NEHSXpress sent directly to their inbox from September through June. We just require your name and email; we will not give out or sell your information.

Encourage students and parents to visit www.nehs.us and click the "Sign Up For News" tab in the upper right corner of the home page or click on the sign-up button below.

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Additionally, NEHS has a Facebook page as well as a Twitter-feed. In addition to Society news, we post a variety of articles and information of interest not only to students but to Advisors as well. Again, the home page of the NEHS website will allow you to connect to those social media sites.

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NEHS Service Award Chapter

The Cardinal Chapter of Chippewa Falls Senior High School, Chippewa Falls, WI, has been awarded a Service Award for 2015-2016. The chapter's "Parents Sharing Books" project supports the Literacy Volunteers of Chippewa Valley in partnership with the Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire county jails. Inmates in those jails, and who will be incarcerated for Christmas, have the opportunity to share something special with their children—a new book. The chapter collects children's books, which the inmates record on CD; the recording, book, and a special bookmark are then wrapped and mailed to the children. Last year, 136 children received this gift of literacy and love.

The Cardinal Chapter will receive a check for $100 to support their efforts and the Literacy Volunteers will receive a check for $500. We encourage other NEHS chapters to learn more about Service Awards and to submit applications next year.