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Welcome New Chapters

Apalachee High School
Chapter: Felis Silvestris
Winder, GA

Bishop Brossart High School
Chapter: Very Thoreau
Alexandria, KY

Jefferson Township High School
Chapter: Jefferson Township High School
Oak Ridge, NJ

Miami Killian Senior High School
Chapter: Miami Killian Senior High School
Miami, FL

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Common Reader for 2015-2016
  2. Summer Study Stipends for Junior Members of NEHS
  3. Teen Ink Magazine
  4. NEHS Merchandise
  5. NEHS Project Grants and Outstanding Chapter Grants
  6. NEHS Annual Chapter Reports

April—the month of the start of the journey detailed in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; the birth/death month of Shakespeare; and the month in which Harper Lee, John Crowe Ransom, and Robert Penn Warren were born. While the arrival of April brings the promise of warmer weather, it thrusts upon us the reality of the rush to the end of yet another school year! Amidst all the activity and nostalgia that will mark the coming months, we hope your NEHS chapters are finding the time to reflect on this year and to start the conversations about next year.

This issue of NEHSXpress focuses on the following—an update on the Common Reader for 2015-2016, the Junior Summer Study program, graduation merchandise, project grants, outstanding chapter awards, and the upcoming annual report. We hope you find it useful and informative; please send news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

NEHS Common Reader for 2015-2016

The NEHS Advisory Council is in the final stages of deliberating which text will be used for the common reader for the upcoming school year. We will be making the announcement by mid-April, in time for schools to put the text on summer reading lists. At that time, we will also be establishing the timeline for scholarship entries; we know that the deadline will be after winter break as it was this year. A special email will be sent to all Chapter Advisors announcing the title of the common reader as soon as it is determined.

Summer Study Stipends for Junior Members of NEHS

We invite current members of active chapters of NEHS who are juniors in good standing to apply for two available summer study stipends. These $750 awards are intended to support students who have been accepted for and will be attending an academic, English-related study program that will take place during summer of 2015. View the Summer Study Stipend page for information about the award and application process. All applications for this competitive award will be accepted Monday, April 6 - Monday, May 4.

Teen Ink Magazine

As we continue our partnership with Teen Ink, we would like to draw your students' attention to a competition to identify an "Educator of the Year." Student writers (not adults) are asked to submit an essay nominating a teacher, librarian, counselor, coach, or principal who has made a significant difference in the lives of students. Nomination essays are due to Teen Ink by April 30. Visit their website for submission guidelines.

NEHS Merchandise

All merchandise items, with the exception of T-shirts and sweatshirts, are now available through NEHS Connect 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 mailing address for your school; because we now use UPS for shipping, post office box addresses must be changed to approved street addresses.

Graduation is just around the corner. Please don't delay 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.

View: NEHS Merchandise

NEHS Project Grants and Outstanding Chapter Grants

Applications for a limited number of NEHS project grants may be submitted by May 13, 2015 to be utilized during the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year. Chapters receiving awards will be notified soon after the deadline. These grants allow chapters to extend literacy opportunities within school, and in, local communities. Please note—we receive few applications for these grants even though money is available; don't hesitate to apply!

Outstanding Chapter Award applications are now available. While 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.

NEHS Annual Chapter Reports

It is not too early to begin the initial review of activities that have been done by NEHS chapters in the past year. 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 reports will be submitted electronically via Survey Monkey. All Advisors will receive a SEPARATE EMAIL BY MID-MAY that will include a unique chapter link to the Survey. As an incentive, all chapters completing the survey by Monday, June 15, 2015, will be entered into a drawing for $100.

Visit the Chapter Annual Report page for more information.