News and Announcements
New Elementary Curriculum from Overcoming Obstacles
Overcoming Obstacles, the award-winning nonprofit life skills curriculum publisher, has just announced the publication of its new—and highly anticipated—elementary-level curriculum to complete its suite of free kindergarten through grade 12 life skills activities and lessons. The K–2 and 3–5 grade level lessons each offer more than 60 hours of fun and educational activities to help educators teach listening, coping, self-control, empathy, cooperation, conflict resolution, respect, integrity, and responsibility. Educators can access this curriculum for free by registering at
Cultivate Global Citizenship in Your Students
Get your chapter members to participate in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) student leadership initiative on global citizenship. To participate in the initiative, Honor Society chapters and student councils simply complete a project that demonstrates one of the following five strands: equity, civic engagement, positive social change, empathetic actions and wellness, and awareness/perspectives. Chapters are asked to show their work by posting about it on Instagram using #MakingGlobalChange. Each month, a participating chapter or council is selected to win $100 for its charity of choice. Visit
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Don’t Forget—Award Applications Due Soon
Outstanding Service Project and Adviser of the Year award applications are due December 1. As a reminder, the
awards are given to Honor Society chapters that make a significant school or community service contribution at the local level. The NEHS
award recognizes outstanding NEHS advisers for their leadership and commitment to the purposes of NEHS. We look forward to getting your applications!
National Principals Month Video Contest Elementary Winner Announced
Each year, students are invited to make a video giving “props” to their principal in celebration of National Principals Month, showing the world what their principal means to them and their community. This year, the elementary category winner is Saint John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy in San Francisco, CA. Congratulations to the winning school and their principal, Mary Najjarian!
Project Idea of the Season
Winter Wishes Week
Shadow Ridge High School
Las Vegas, NV
The student council members at Shadow Ridge High School put together Winter Wishes Week and got the whole student body involved. Students were involved in one of three ways:
- As one of the 100 recipients chosen randomly to have a wish granted by the wish fairies
- By participating in the lunch-time activities hosted by the council
- By coming to the Winter Wishes assembly
The council members’ goal was to create a more welcoming and inclusive school environment.
Get even more project ideas by visiting the
, and also be sure to submit your completed projects to share with other schools.
Adviser Tips and Tools
What can our chapter do to promote membership?
Promote yourselves. Whenever the chapter undertakes a project, be sure that students, staff, and parents know that the work is being done by NEHS. This raises awareness and helps people identify your chapter as an important group at school.
Publish and emphasize the criteria. Promote these values throughout the year. Read quotations on the announcements, put up posters in the halls, and support other groups that engage in these types of activities to improve the understanding of what it takes to become a member.
For more tips, resources, and inspiration, visit the “
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New Compliance Video Posted
Become familiar with matters that would warrant a complaint from a parent or a community member with a new video for NEHS advisers. Learn about the kinds of complaints received by the national office, the complaint process, and how to mitigate damage from complaints.
school certification deadline
award applications due
‘Tis the Season!
Great gift ideas abound in the NEHS Store! Use promo code HOL17 through December 31 to get 15 percent off everything in your shopping cart. Stock up on chapter supplies before the new year begins—recognition items and other essentials are all eligible for the offer.
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In This Season’s NEHS News:
In the upcoming winter issue of NEHS News, learn more about Overcoming Obstacles’ new elementary curriculum. Also, get advice on how to use virtual reality to enhance your students’ educational experience and immerse them in global education.
For archives of previous issues, visit
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