. NEHSXpress

Upcoming Dates

December 1
Scholarship Submissions open

December 12
Project Grant applications due

January 12
Scholarship Submissions deadline

January 24
National Readathon Day

Social Media Updates

Facebook  Follow NEHS on Twitter  WORDY by Nature

Welcome New Chapters

Fairfield Christian Academy
Chapter: FCA Knights of the Round Table
Lancaster, OH

Helena High School
Chapter: Dare Disturb the Universe
Helena, AL

Huntsville High School
Chapter: HHS National English Honor Society
Huntsville, TX

Wesley Chapel High School
Chapter: Sigma Lambda
Wesley Chapel, FL

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader
  2. NEHS Project Grants
  3. NEHS Partnership with Teen Ink
  4. National Readathon Day
  5. Central Office Holiday Closure

Thanksgiving has come and gone—now the rush to find time for all the myriad tasks that need to be accomplished before winter break. If your semester ends soon, there is a heightened sense of urgency to get finals and grades finished; if your school semester extends into January, there is a bit more time, but the need for careful planning for those first days back is paramount. Your colleagues in the Central Office and in the Denver office of NEHS trust that the coming weeks will provide opportunities to connect with family and friends, to rest and rejuvenate and to take in the wonders of the season.

We so appreciate your work to provide the very best in educational opportunities for your students and communities. We trust National English Honor Society remains a part of your efforts to positively affect literacy achievement and enjoyment. We are pleased to let you know we now have over 700 chartered chapters in the NEHS network; we are indeed blessed to work in such a dynamic, academic society.

This issue of NEHSXpress includes information about the scholarship deadlines, the identification of a new organization with whom NEHS is now working, details about the National Readathon Day, an announcement of a deadline extension for project grants for second semester, and an encouragement to have your students take a look at the NEHS merchandise available for purchase. Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader

Up to $25,000 in competitive scholarship awards is available to senior members of NEHS who wish to submit essays written on this year's Common Reader for 2014-2015, Unwind by Neal Shusterman. 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 19, 2015; prompts were posted on November 3, 2014, so please plan accordingly.

NEHS Project Grants

Applications for a limited number of NEHS project grants for 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 12, 2014 (note the extension from the original deadline of December 2), for projects planned any time between January and May of 2015.

NEHS Partnership with Teen Ink

NEHS has recently joined with the Teen Ink publication to promote the creative writing of our NEHS members. Teen Ink, which many of you receive in your schools, provides a fabulous opportunity for students to be published. NEHS will be using the publication to promote our organization in the coming months. We encourage you to visit the Teen Ink website for more information about subscriptions and publications. Please make sure to indicate NEHS as the source of your information about the publication!

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day is Saturday, January 24, 2015. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation, the event encourages readers around the world to read from Noon-4:00 p.m. on the 24th in the library, a bookstore, a school, or at home, modeling for others the importance and joy of reading. NEHS chapters might consider reading together in some public space to be visible ambassadors for literature and reading. More information may be found on the National Readathon web page. If your chapter organizes around this event, we would love to have you submit a story and pictures to the NEHS Museletter for publication.

Central Office Holiday Closure

The Central Office will be closed for winter break December 19, 2014, through January 4, 2015.

NEHS Connect will continue to be active during this time; however, email and phone support will not be available, and membership certificates and merchandise will not be processed until after the break.

The Central Office will re-open Monday, January 5, 2015.