TASSP sponsors the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) and the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE). TASC serves as an informal resource within Texas for National Honor Society chapters. (There is no state organization of NHS chapters). Because the membership of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals is made of school leaders, the association is an advocate and an active supporter of leadership development.
Texas Association of Student Councils
The Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) is a non-profit organization serving high school and middle level student councils in Texas. TASC is the Texas affiliate of the National Association of Student Councils. Membership and involvement in the association provides students and advisors with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to run an effective student council at the local level. Its purposes are to develop leadership abilities in students, promote democracy and establish and uphold high standards for local councils.
In order to provide services and activities at a local level, TASC divides Texas into 19 geographical districts. When a school pays membership dues, it automatically becomes a member of the designated TASC district. Each district elects officers, has a constitution, holds conferences, provides training, conducts projects and distributes information from the state office to member schools.
- Organized in 1937, TASC has grown to serve more than 1400 member schools in Texas. Any junior or senior high school, public, parochial or private, may become a member of the organization by paying the annual membership fee.
- Local: Each student council operates independently according to school district rules and regulations.
- District: Nineteen TASC Districts hold conventions/workshops and communicate with all councils in their geographic area.
- State: Serves as liaison with state agencies affecting student council. Organizes activities to support and promote purposes and objectives of the association.
- National: Affiliated with the National Association of Student Councils.
For more information contact TASC
TASC WEBSITE: www.tasconline.org
Texas Association of Future Educators
The Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) was organized in 1984 and is sponsored by TASSP. With more than 200 member schools representing all parts of the state, TAFE is a resource for principals who want to encourage future educators on their campus. TAFE's main purpose is to recruit qualified youth to become teachers.
As a state affiliate of the National Future Educators Association, TAFE is now a recognized Career and Technical Student Organization (like FFA, DECA and FCCLA). This change will allow districts to use federal Career and Technical Education funding to support student participation in TAFE professional development activities. As a state recognized CTSO, the TAFE state office will now begin receiving an annual grant to support our co-curricular professional development enrichment activities for future educators.
- TAFE strives to provide students with valuable experiences in community service, community leadership, peer tutoring and other service projects that help develop the commitment in young leaders to become teachers.
- TAFE encourages students to learn about career in education and assists them in exploring the teaching profession while promoting character, service and leadership.
- TAFE is a statewide student organization led by dynamic and passionate teachers and sponsors.
- TAFE membership is open to all middle, junior high and high school students, and dues are $65 per year per school.
Principals interested in "Growing Your Own Teachers" can request a new chapter starter kit by calling the state office at 512-443-2100 ext.230 or contact Alejandro Arguello
TAFE WEBSITE: www.tafeonline.org
National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society
While local chapters of the National Honor Society are chartered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, TASSP offers information and assistance to the these student groups. An advisors' Workshop is held each fall to orient new and experienced HHS/NJHS advisors as to the goals and purposes of the groups.
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Academic Excellence and Teens Serving Texas Awards
What is the All State Academic Team?
The TASSP Academic Excellence Recognition Program was established to honor and recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in areas of academic achievement, test scores and writing skills. The program will recognize twenty graduating Texas seniors with an unrestricted scholarship of $500. In addition, these twenty winners will be introduced at the general session of the TASSP Summer Workshop held in Austin in June and also honored there with a luncheon featuring the students, parents and their principals. Thirty finalists will be recognized locally with plaques donated by Jostens.
Who is Eligible?
Each Texas high school whose principal is a member of TASSP may nominate ONE graduating senior for this recognition.
What is the Selection Process?
• Each nominee will receive a score based on their G.P.A., SAT or ACT score and graduation plan. This score accounts for 75% of the nominee’s total score.
• The essays portion of the application is scored by the Academic Excellence Committee and will account for the remaining 25% of the total score.
• Scoring of the essays is done without knowledge of authorship.
• The top twenty will be selected as the All-State Academic Team. The next thirty will be selected as Finalists
What is Teens Serving Texas?
The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and its members recognize that students’ achievements often go beyond academic accomplishments. The TASSP Teens Serving Texas Recognition Program was established to honor and recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in areas of community service, leadership and personal accomplishment through unique endeavors, obstacles overcome or special talents. The program will recognize five graduating Texas seniors with an unrestricted scholarship of $500. In addition, these five winners will be introduced at the general session of the TASSP Summer Workshop held in Austin in June and also honored there with a luncheon featuring the students, parents and their principals. Twenty five finalists will be recognized locally with plaques provided by TASSP.
Who is Eligible?
Each Texas high school whose principal is a member of TASSP may nominate ONE graduating senior for this recognition. Each student nominated should meet the following qualifications:
• Has a minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the previous three years (freshman, sophomore and junior years).
• Is required to be pursuing the Recommended or Distinguished Graduation Plan.
• Submits the application packet according to the guidelines and by the specified deadline.
Academic Excellence and Teens Serving Texas Applications
United States Senate Youth Program
The Texas United States Senate Youth Program is for high school students who demonstrate leadership and an interest in government. Students must be a junior or senior in High School. Interested students must be nominated by the high school principal and/or student council advisor and inform them that you are interested in applying to the Texas US Senate Youth Program. Students must have their recommendation to apply) and submit the completed application and supporting documentation to TASSP by October 15. The student applicant must currently be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations:
- Student Body: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer
- Class President, Vice president, Secretary or Treasurer
- Student Council: Representative District, regional, or state-level civic or educational organizations representative
NOTE: School clubs (e.g., Chess Club are not considered civic or educational organizations).Click here to learn more about the United States Senate Youth Program.
Senate Youth/Texas Form
Student Leadership Course
More than one hundred high schools offer the TASSP-sponsored Student Leadership course for state elective credit. This course provides students the opportunity to study, practice and develop group and individual leadership skills on campus and in the community. A curriculum guide and other resources are available through TASC. For more information click here.
University Interscholastic League
Rules, regional alignment, etc. for athletic, academic and musical competitions may be found at the UIL website.