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May 1
Junior Summer Study Stipend applications due

May 8
Project Grant applications due

June 15
Chapter Annual Reports due

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Welcome New Chapters

Benjamin H. Hardaway High School
Chapter: Bard's Way
Columbus, GA

Creekview High School
Chapter: Farenheit 451
Canton, GA

Jersey Shore Area Senior High School
Chapter: Invisible
Jersey Shore, PA

Kent Island High School
Chapter: Bookaneers
Stevensville, MD

Pinecrest Preparatory Middle High Charter School
Chapter: Old Sport
Miami, FL

Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies
Chapter: Langston Hughes
Yonkers, NY

School for Advanced Studies - Wolfson
Chapter: Quintessential Quibblers
Miami, FL

Seminole High School
Chapter: A Modest Society
Seminole, FL

Timber Creek High School
Chapter: Timber Creek NEHS
Orlando, FL

West Forsyth High School, NC
Chapter: West Forsyth English Honor Society
Clemmons, NC

In This Issue

  1. Scholarship Recipients
  2. NEHS Connect
  3. NEHS Chapter Annual Report
  4. Common Reader Selected for 2017-2018
  5. NEHS Graduation Merchandise
  6. John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award for 2016-2017
  7. Sign Up for NEHS News and Find NEHS on Facebook and Twitter

May is the month of many literary milestones: Gone With the Wind won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937; Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is published in 1948; John Keats' first poem is published in 1816; The Grapes of Wrath won the Pulitzer in 1940; Emily Dickinson died on May 15, 1886; and Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819.

May is also the month when excitement is tempered by the reality of transitions—the end of wonderful high school years for graduating seniors; the finishing of a year and promotion to another grade level for younger students; and, for educators, academic and ceremonial responsibilities allowing 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 this phase of their academic lives and begin to pursue their university, college, and career paths. With higher education indeed in the future, we would encourage all NEHS members to investigate membership in Sigma Tau Delta (four-year university level) or Sigma Kappa Delta (two-year community college level), our sister honor societies, at the appropriate time.

Among the tasks that mark the end for 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: announcement of the NEHS Scholarship winners, a reminder about the NEHS Annual Reports, the selection of the Common Reader for 2017-2018, NEHS Connect reminders, the Outstanding Advisor Award announcement, information about accessing NEHS information, and graduation merchandise timelines.

Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

Scholarship Recipients

The following students are the 2016-2017 NEHS Scholarships recipients:

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 to work 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 that are in arrears must pay past fees before enrolling new members. Chapters that have not paid fees are considered inactive.

NEHS Connect helpful hints: 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 Chapter Annual Reports

All NEHS Chapter Advisors are required to complete a 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 SURVEY IS NOT ACCESSED VIA THE NEHS WEBSITE. The reports are done electronically via Survey Monkey. All Lead Advisors should have received a SEPARATE EMAIL that includes a unique link to the Survey. If you have not received that email or if it may have been filtered by school 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 June 30, 2017.

Common Reader Selected for 2017-2018

The Common Reader for the 2017-2018 school year will be On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry. The novel will serve as the basis of the NEHS scholarship process for the upcoming year; any senior student who plans to submit a scholarship essay 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 16, 2018.

NEHS Graduation 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.

John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award for 2016-2017

Congratulations to Cassaundra Bell, NEHS Advisor at Woodland High School, Stockbridge, GA, who has been selected as the recipient of this year's award. Cassaundra's letters of recommendation present a picture of a highly organized, outstanding English teacher, leader, colleague, mentor, and friend. Her colleagues have stated,

"Ms. Bell is not just an English teacher; she is a miracle worker. She often wears three to five 'hats' at one time while maintaining a smile and positive attitude. Her classroom is always filled with students who need her help or who just want to sit and read in the wonderful learning environment she has created."

Among other projects, Ms. Bell has guided her NEHS members to become after-school tutors, has helped organize book drives, and last year motivated her chapter to become involved with "Books for Africa." Congratulations, Cassaundra!

Two additional awards were given to Advisors nominated by their administrators and colleagues: Audrey Boettcher, Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg, MD, and Patricia Marshall, Porta High School, Petersburg, IL.

Cassaundra will receive a check for $500 and a plaque to commemorate her accomplishment. Both Audrey and Patricia will receive checks for $250. They all are fine representatives of all of the NEHS Advisors who give so much to the Society.

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