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July 1
Chapter Annual Reports due

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Northwest School of the Arts
Chapter: Northwest English Honors
Charlotte, NC

Spotswood High School
Chapter: Spotswood High School
Penn Laird, VA

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In This Issue

  1. NEHS Chapter Advisor Transitions
  2. NEHS Chapter Annual Reports
  3. Common Reader Selected for 2014-2015
  4. NEHS Chapter Grants for 1st Semester 2014
  5. Junior Summer Learning Stipend Award

June is here already and with it the rush to finalize all of the school obligations before taking time to enjoy summer activities. Seniors have realized an important milestone in their lives; underclassmen look toward to the step up to the next grade levels. Teachers, administrators, and staff also turn their eyes toward the coming year, making plans even as the warm months beckon. We hope that NEHS has been an integral part of the success of the past year and that your involvement in this Honor Society continues to benefit your students, your schools, and your careers.

This last issue of NEHSXpress for this school year focuses on the following: a reminder of what must be done if a new Chapter Advisor will be leading NEHS next year; a reminder to submit your Annual Report through Survey Monkey if not already completed; announcement of the recipient of the Junior Summer Study Stipend; the selection of the Common Reader for 2014-2015; and the announcement of Project Grant winner for first semester of next year.

NEHS Chapter Advisor Transitions

At the end of each school year, some NEHS Chapter Advisors retire or find it necessary to shift the responsibilities of NEHS leadership to other faculty members. If that is the case in your school, please remember to make the changes to a new Chapter Advisor within NEHS Connect. All important information is sent to the Lead Advisor of record; your help in making the required changes will expedite communication. Additionally, make sure to enter the names of students inducted this spring. If you have questions about your membership lists, please contact Karen Larsen. Thank you!

NEHS Chapter Annual Reports

Many NEHS Chapter Advisors have completed the Chapter Annual Report, detailing activities conducted throughout the past school year. We thank you for doing so. In the coming weeks, additional email reminders will be sent to those Chapter Advisors who have not yet submitted the report. All chapters completing the survey by June 16 will be entered into a drawing for $100. If that deadline is not feasible, we still ask that chapter reports be submitted no later than July 1. We will be compiling data over the summer that will guide our work in the coming year. Please remember that submitting an Annual Report is a requirement of all chapters.

View: Chapter Annual Report Page

Common Reader Selected for 2014-2015

As announced earlier, the Common Reader for 2014-2015 and the text that will be the basis for scholarship essays for next year will be Unwind, by Neal Shusterman. The Advisory Council wishes to alert all chapters that the deadline for scholarship entries will be Monday, January 12, 2015. We encourage all chapters to alert current junior members of NEHS who may be interested in competing for scholarships to pay attention to this selection and timeline. It would also be wonderful if the Common Reader became a part of summer reading lists as well as a "book club" selection for all NEHS members to read during the course of the next school year.

NEHS Chapter Grants for 1st Semester 2014

Congratulations to the Narragansett Regional High School "Much Ado about English" Chapter, Baldwinville, MA of NEHS. Narragansett will receive a project grant award of $200 to support their work with a local elementary school in their "Thankful for the Gift of Reading" project. Second graders at the school will be allowed to select a book from a book drive the NEHS students will run.

Junior Summer Learning Stipend Award

A stipend has been awarded to one junior member of NEHS for study this summer. The recipient is Olivia Nastala, who attends Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Olivia will be traveling to Ireland this summer with National Geographic Student Expeditions, working on her creative writing. Upon her return, Olivia will be sharing her experiences by writing for the NEHS blog, The Museletter.