Rho Kappa News and Announcements
Please join NCSS President Terry Cherry in welcoming the newest appointees on the 2017 - 2018 Rho Kappa Advisory Council. These teachers are volunteering their time to further the mission of Rho Kappa to recognize academic excellence in the field of social studies.
The newest members of the Advisory Council:
Sheena Jacob, Glen Cove City School District, Glen Cove, NY
Kristy Brasfield, Blytheville High School, Blytheville, AR
Nicholas Schueller, Oconomowoc High School, Oconomowoc, WI
We would also like to welcome back Mary McCullagh, (Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL) for a second term!
Our new members join Jill Armstrong (Greenup County High School, Greenup, KY) and Jennifer Morgan (West Salem Middle School, West Salem, WI) to complete the six member Advisory Council.
To prepare students for college, career, and civic life, we would like to highlight a few programs and organizations. Inclusion in this article does not indicate official endorsement by NCSS.
Action Civics Initiative
NCSS is a part of the Action Civics Initiative, a non-partisan network of 35 organizations. Action Civics is a student-centered, project-based approach to civics education that develops the individual skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for effective citizenship. The Action Civics Initiative promotes four strategies based on community needs: student voice; deliberation; real-world interactions with civic officials and processes; and strong instructor support. Other organizations include:
The Chaparral High School Rho Kappa chapter, located in Temecula, California, worked to help one of the Texas high schools that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey by raising school supplies, from backpacks to notebooks and even teacher resources. Rho Kappa members organized what came to be known as “Rally for Rockport”, attracting beyond the 3,000 students from Chaparral and extending the awareness to the City of Temecula and its sister communities. The donation process spanned over two months, from September to October of 2017. Collection boxes were distributed throughout many classrooms on campus and many other teachers were encouraged to raise awareness, as well.
Undertaking the project stemmed from AP US History teacher and Rho Kappa Adviser, Susan Myers’ close relationship with AP US History teachers across the country. She belongs to a Facebook group of educators where they discuss methods of teaching and hold topical conversations. Learning through a colleague that the community was devastated by Hurricane Harvey affected not only Mrs. Myers, but also other Chaparral High School educators and students, leading to the creation of “Rally for Rockport.” Read more