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This year marked the first annual “Mario’s Toy Drive” for Miami Arts Studio. This toy drive had already been conducted for several years at Coral Park Senior High school under the supervision of Mr. Pena. The drive was created in the name of one of Mr. Pena’s former students who had sacrificed his life defending our nation. The entire drive had been a collaborative effort between Mr. Pena and Mario’s older brother Manny as an effort to honor the memory of their fallen soldier.

The Oliver Hill Chapter of Rho Kappa at Hermitage High School in Henrico County, Virginia have attended the University of Richmond’s Jepson Leadership Forums which meet monthly. The Jepson School of Leadership provides a fantastic opportunity for Rho Kappa members to interact with the local university, learn about history and social issues from the country’s top academics and polemics, and to discuss the pressing issues of our time through monthly lectures and Q&A. This year’s theme “Vision & Revision” confronts some of the most critical and divisive issues facing our world today — from wealth and social inequality to terrorism.

Blytheville High School's chapter of Rho Kappa, in Blytheville, Arkansas, recently held a Voter Registration Drive during lunch on Wednesday, April 4th to help students who have recently turned 18 get registered. Advisors Kristy Brasfield and Amanda Haynes helped students organize the event, which helped many of their classmates register for the first time. 2018 Mid-Term Primaries are May 22nd and voters must be registered 30 days prior to Election Day.

 Wakefield High School's Rho Kappa chapter from Raleigh, NC chose to go to a historic cemetary in downtown Wake Forest on April 28th to help maintain them by clean the graves. While there, the gravesite manager gave a detailed history of this particular cemetery. All members of Wakefield’s Rho Kappa were asked to participate for their two enrichment hours. They chose this service project because as a history honor society they felt the importance to learn more about their city and nearby town's rich history.

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 American Bar Association


American Federation of Teachers


The Albert Shanker Institute

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.”