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Welcome New Chapters

Bear Creek High School
Chapter: BCHS
Lakewood, CO

South Carolina Virtual Charter School
Chapter: South Carolina Virtual Charter School
Columbia, SC

Waukegan High School
Chapter: Ray Bradbury
Waukegan, IL

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Chapter Advisor Transitions
  2. NEHS Chapter Annual Reports
  3. Common Reader Selected for 2015-2016
  4. NEHS Chapter Grant for 1st Semester 2015
  5. Junior Summer Learning Stipend Awards
  6. Outstanding Chapter Grants

June has arrived; as is true with each passing year, time seems to move more swiftly than when we were younger, particularly when we were students and watched the slow progression of the clock hands toward the final bell of the school year. By now, many of you are finished with school or soon will be; we in the Central Office of NEHS trust you have plans for the summer that will refresh and renew even as you begin to think about the next academic year. We hope that NEHS has been, and will continue to be, an integral part of the successes of your school and that your involvement in this Honor Society continues to benefit your students and your careers.

This last issue of NEHSXpress for this academic year focuses on the following: a reminder of what must be done if a new Chapter Advisor will be leading NEHS next year; a request to submit your Annual Report through Survey Monkey if not already completed; announcements of the recipients of the Junior Summer Study Stipend; a reminder of the Common Reader for 2015-2016; an encouragement to consider nominating your chapter for the Outstanding Chapter Award; and the announcement of the Project Grant winning chapter 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 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 at klarsen@niu.edu. Thank you!

NEHS Chapter Annual Reports

A few weeks ago, a special email was sent to all Lead Advisors with instructions for completing the required Chapter Annual Report; many have already completed the task, 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 15, 2015, 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, 2015. 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 details

Common Reader Selected for 2015-2016

As announced earlier, the Common Reader for 2015-2016 and the text that will be the basis for scholarship essays for next year will be The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The Advisory Council wishes to alert all chapters that the deadline for scholarship entries will be Monday, January 11, 2016. 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 Grant for 1st Semester 2015

Congratulations to the Florida Virtual School Chapter of NEHS. The school will receive a project grant award of $200 to support their work helping the underprivileged by collecting and purchasing new and used books. This chapter is unique as part of an online school; projects such as this allow them to "link" together around a common goal.

Junior Summer Learning Stipend Awards

After careful review of a record number of applicants, the Advisory Council of NEHS has awarded stipends in the amount of $750 to three junior members of NEHS for study this summer. The recipients are:

All three of these young scholars will be writing articles for the Museletter Blog at the beginning of the new school year, sharing their experiences.

Outstanding Chapter Grants

Outstanding Chapter Award applications are now available at the Outstanding Chapter Award page. 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 14, 2015.