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Chapter Annual Reports due

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Welcome New Chapters

Forest Park High School
Chapter: Literati
Woodbridge, VA

Highland Springs High School
Chapter: Highland Springs High School
Henrico, VA

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
Chapter: Epsilon Nu Gamma (ENG)
Atlanta, GA

Homestead Senior High School
Chapter: Bronco
Homestead, FL

iMater Preparatory High School
Chapter: Scholar Gypsy
Hialeah, FL

Metea Valley High School
Chapter: Epsilon Lambda Alpha - Metea Valley
Aurora, IL

Olmsted Falls High School
Chapter: Infinite Jest
Olmstead Twp., OH

Somers High School
Chapter: Lieto's Tuskers
Lincolndale, NY

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Chapter Advisor Transitions
  2. NEHS Chapter Annual Reports
  3. Junior Summer Study Awards
  4. Projections for 2017-2018
  5. Changes to NEHS Store

June has arrived; as is true with each passing year, time seems to move more swiftly than when we adults were younger; as students, we watched the slow progression of the clock hands toward the final bell of the school year, believing it would never ring. The same is not necessarily true for adults, but as educators we, too, look forward to the sound of the final bell, but perhaps with different motivations than those of our students.

Many of you have finished with school or soon will be wrapping up; we in the Central Office of NEHS trust you have plans for summer that will refresh and renew your spirit even as you already begin to think about the next academic year. We hope NEHS has been, and will continue to be, an integral part of the successes of your school and 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 Award; a preliminary list of new efforts being planned as NEHS continues to grow, and an announcement of a change to ordering from the NEHS store. As we conclude this school year, we have approximately 950 chapters and are moving steadily toward the 1,000 mark!

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

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 for your chapter, 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 any 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

Over the past several weeks, a special email has been sent to all Lead Advisors with instructions for completing the required Chapter Annual Report; to date, 456 surveys have been returned, far from the number of active chapters. All chapters completing the survey by June 15 will be entered for a drawing of $100. If that deadline is not feasible, we still ask reports be submitted no later than June 30, 2017. 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. The link for submission via Survey Monkey appears in the special email; the annual report is NOT accessible from the NEHS webpage.

We have a unique email address for Advisors to pose any questions: nehsconnect@niu.edu should be used for that purpose.

Junior Summer Study Awards

NEHS has awarded stipends in the amount of $750 each to three junior members of NEHS for study this summer. The recipients are:

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

Projections for 2017-2018

A number of exciting initiatives are being planned for the coming school year. Work on these efforts will take place throughout the summer months; look for details at the beginning of the new school year:

  1. The number of and amounts for the Merit Scholarships and Need-based Scholarships will increase once budget projections are approved by the Sigma Tau Delta Board of Directors in September.
  2. We will offer a new Outstanding Chapter Service Project Award as well as a Student Leadership Award. Details will be forthcoming.
  3. We are working toward a Creative Writing Online Anthology, a collection of pieces submitted by NEHS members and advisors throughout the next academic year.
  4. As a part of our efforts to recognize the importance of educators, we will launch a new recognition effort tentatively titled "My Most Influential Teacher," asking members and advisors to write short pieces about past or current educators.
  5. A new section of the website will be devoted to "Book Chats," a spot where we will post short reviews of recommended books for students, for curriculum enhancements, and for educators.
  6. We are exploring ways to sponsor middle school chapters of NEHS—this idea is in a very preliminary stage and will likely entail requiring an existing NEHS high school chapter to serve as a mentor chapter for the younger students. This idea will be introduced carefully, with some pilot programs approved to gauge interest and value.

Changes to NEHS Store

A recent change has been made to the NEHS Store. It has come to our attention some members of the Society have taken it upon themselves to order graduation ceremony items—honor cords, medallions, membership pins—bypassing their Advisors who bestow these items to members who meet chapter expectations. While we hope few students would be involved in such activity, we have now restricted those items to "must be purchased via Advisors only" status. Other items will remain unrestricted; in the coming year, we hope to offer a greatly expanded merchandise line of NEHS-branded items.