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I hope this finds all well as you begin a new school year.  With the new year, comes a fresh start.  I wish you the best of everything as you begin the race of a new year.

I wanted to update you and share news and events within the Indiana Association of Student Councils.  We've got a great year planned.  You'll want to be a part of it all.

Have you renewed your school's 2013 - 2014 IASC Membership?  Not sure...email Phyllis Bishop -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Phyllis will be able to check on your membership status.

Our membership year runs from July 1 - June 30 each year.  You'll find a membership form her on our website, as well as, our Elementary, Middle Level and High School Division guides.  Additionally, the website calendar contains all of our upcoming events.  If you're not familiar with the work and opportunities our divisions provide, the Division Guides and calendar will be a great starting place for you.

Elementary Division Associate Director Appointment
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Douglas as our new Elementary Division Associate Director.  Steve brings many years of student council work to this position.  As a matter of fact, he served as our EL Division Associate Director a few years back.  Steve has served as a senior counselor at the IASC Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) for many years.  Steve works as the guidance officer at Adams Elementary School in Fort Wayne.  I am excited about Steve leading our Elementary Division.  If you have Elementary Division questions or concerns, please contact Steve - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Professional Growth Plan Points
The IASC will now be offering Profession Growth Plan points to all advisers who attend and participate in our conferences.  As I'm sure you know, these points can be used for teacher license renewal.  Per the State of Indiana's guidelines, these points are calculated "with (1) clock hour qualifying for (1) professional growth experience point."  We will begin offering these PGP points to those advisers who attend the Advisers' Conference on September 16.

Advisers' Conference
The IASC will host our annual Advisers' Conference on September 16 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.  We're excited to offer a registration fee this year's conference of just $50.  

Dedra Stafford - www.dedrastafford.com - will be our keynote.  

We are still seeking Round Table Presenters from all three IASC Divisions.  If you're interested in presenting, please contact Sandy Morris - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  She'll be able to get you an application and answer any questions you may have.

Forms for the Advisers' Conference can be found on our website - www.iasc.us.


Riley Children's Hospital Kids Caring & Sharing and generationOn
The IASC remains closely affiliated with both Riley Children's Hospital and its Kids Caring & Sharing Program(www.rileykids.org) and gererationOn (www.generationon.org).  All three of our organizations share a strong mission of service learning.
Riley continues to be the IASC's designated charity.  For more information on how your school can support Riley, please contact Susan Miles - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Kids Caring & Sharing Representative or Phyllis Bishop -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , IASC's Riley Ambassador.  
generationOn is a great resource for schools of all levels to discover opportunities and support for service learning in your school.  generationOn has the support of the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) and the Lilly Foundation.  For more information on generationOn, please contact Joan Belschwender This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Both Susan and Joan will be presenting their respective organizations at our upcoming Advisers' Conference onSeptember 16.

Honor Council Awards
We congratulate all those schools who earned 2012-2013 Honor Council status.  The complete listings can be found on our website - www.iasc.us.  
The IASC's Honor Council Program recognizes those outstanding student councils that meet all of the prescribed IASC requirements.  These awards distinguish outstanding student councils by guiding students leaders and their advisers through a process using standard-based criteria and demonstration-based outcomes.   High School Division Honor Councils are recognized at the HS Division State Convention.  ML & EL Division Honor Councils are recognized at each division's Honor Council Ceremony.
Honor Council Applications are available on the IASC website - www.iasc.us.  Deadline for application remains April 1for EL & ML Divisions.  The HS Division Honor Council Applications are now due on March 1 of each year.

Speaker Opportunity

Keith Hawkins has asked that I share his availability to work with your students.  He will be in the Indianapolis area on September 10 and could be available to you and your school.  He can do two assemblies and one workshop for $2200.  If you may be interested, you'll need to contact him directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Keith is a remarkable leadership speaker.  I give him and his work the highest recommendation.  If you can make this opportunity happen in your school, you'll be most pleased.


Kathi Green Outstanding Service Award & Young Indiana Hero Award
The IASC State Board has created two new opportunities for EL and ML Division schools to recognize members of your school community.  
The Kathi Green Outstanding Service Award and the Young Indiana Hero Award have existed for sometime within the High School Division.  These recognitions will now be available to all of our IASC member schools.  Both award nomination forms are available on our website - www.iasc.us.  There is no limit to the number you may nominate for these awards.  Both have a February 1 postmark deadline.  All recipients will be recognized at one of our conferences and receive a plaque to honor their accomplishment.

High School Division News
We are pleased to announce our 2013 - 2014 High School Division Executive Committee Officers.  

You can find the complete listing of the HS Division Executive Committee on our website - www.iasc.us.  We look forward to their leadership throughout this year.

The High School Division Executive Committee met in retreat this past July at Manchester University in North Manchester.  During our 3 days together, the HS Division Executive Committee developed our vision and began the planning for our upcoming school year.

The HS Division State Convention will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis on October 26 & 27.  Our theme for this year's convention will be Leadership Takes the Center Ring.  Our keynote speakers will be Phil Boyte - www.learningforliving.com - and Karen Dawson.  

There will be opportunity for your students to be a part of our programming.  We are seeking student leaders to lead an afternoon idea sharing sessions.  These sessions will be part of our afternoon rotation.  A lesson plan for these sessions will soon be posted on the IASC website - www.iasc.us.  Also posted will be an application for presenters.  This is a great opportunity for your students to lead at the State level.  Presenters will receive a certificate of appreciation and be recognized from the stage at our closing general session on Sunday morning.

More information regarding the HS Division State Convention will soon be available on our website - www.iasc.us.
High School Division questions can be answered by the HS Division Associate Director, Debbie Truelove -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  any member of the HS Division Executive Committee.  All of their contact information can be found on the IASC website - www.iasc.us.  
Middle Level Division News
The 2013 ML Leadership Jamboree will be returning once again to Tipton Middle School in Tipton on November 2.  We thank Tipton MS adviser Christy Badger and her student council members for opening up their school to the IASC..  Information and registration forms for this Conference will soon be posted on our website - www.iasc.us.  
The ML Spring Leadership Conference will again be held in conjunction with the HS Division Representative Assembly on March 11, 2014 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.  More information on this event will be coming soon to our website - www.iasc.us.
We will take the ML Honor Council Award Recognition Ceremony back to a host school this year.  The recognition ceremony will take place on a school day in May at a site and date yet to be determined.  
Please feel free to contact our ML Division Associate Director, Cheryl McIlrath - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at any time for any ML Division information.  If it's happening in ML, Cheryl will have what you need.
Elementary Division News
The Elementary Division will host 5 Saturday Leadership Workshops this fall throughout the State of Indiana.  Information and registration for each of these workshops can be found on our website - www.iasc.us.  The list of host school locations and dates is below.
  • Throop Elementary SW (Paoli)- 9/14
  • Graham Creek SE (Commiskey) - 9/28
  • Tzouanakis Intermediate CW (Greencastle) - 10/05
  • Harrison Elementary NE (Warsaw) - 10/12
  • Oak Hill Elementary NW (Lowell) - 10/12
The Elementary Division will once again host its Honor Council Award Recognition Ceremony in a host school.  Ideally we will host 2 ceremonies, one in the north and one in south, with these ceremonies being held during a school day during the early part of May 2014.  Once we have located our hosts and established the dates, we will publish that information on our website - www.iasc.us.
If you have questions about how the IASC can serve you and your student leadership development program in your school, please don't hesitate to contact us.  You may contact
Phyllis Bishop, IASC State Board Secretary/Membership - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thanks for taking the time to read our update.  I recognize that there was a lot to read and that your world is a busy one.  Thanks again.
With kind regards,


The IASC wants to send out a very special thank you to all parents, advisers, principals, and school personnel for making SLC and SLI a huge success. Thank you for sending us your students for an unforgettable summer "Leadership" experience.

123 Indiana students in grades 5-12 came together at Manchester University for a unique and memorable learning and leading opportunity. Be sure to go to our video gallery for the SLI recap video (if the video is taking a long time to load, please be patient. It works). Also check out the SLC pictures from this year's camp in our photo gallery; located in the Middle Level folder. The SLI pictures from this year's camp can now be found in the photo gallery under the High School Division folder.

Please be sure to visit our web site often for camp updates and form downloads. We are already looking forward to 2014!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a magnificent 2013-2014 school year!


Daniel Graney
IASC Summer Camps Director
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What is CHOOSE KIND? Choosing to be kind is a CHOICE that each person can make on a daily basis. A quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer, an internationally renowned author and inspirational speaker, states: “when given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” That is the basis for this project. As student leaders, our interactions with other people are often looked at as the standard in our school culture. How do you treat people in the cafeteria? The halls? The sports fields? The classroom? You can set the tone for your school by simply choosing to be kind to everyone you meet!

Dr. Dyer’s quote was used in a recently published book called WONDER by R. J. Palacio. This book was the inspiration for this project. We recommend that you read it and check out the resources that have been developed. The passage below was written by the publishers: 
Random House.

  • In a world where bullying among young people is epidemic, WONDER is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. Debut author R.J. Palacio has written a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance—what she calls “a meditation on kindness.” Indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you born to stand out.

The project ideas are limitless. For some ideas, visit: www.choosekind.tumblr.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check out the latest on Twitter 

The IASC Board has been in contact with R.J. Palacio about coming to Indiana for the ML Spring Conference and HS Rep Assembly in March 2013. We are working on the details!

By Cheryl McIlrath

August 2012

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