September 2021 ASLHS Newsletter

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful summer and looking forward having a fantastic school year with you all!


September means what?!


It's time to renew your ASLTA and ASLHS membership! Please look under membership for more information!


  • MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL - Beginning of cycle starts September 1st, 2021-August 31, 2022. Join at

  • ASLHS ART COMPETITION: deadline November 5th 2022

  • ASLHS TEACHER SHARE SESSION: ASL Club Ideas. October 16th 3pm EST.

  • GRADUATION ORDERS: Graduation orders will be accepted starting October 1st, 2022

  • TEACHER GRANT APPLICATION: Grant application is now accepted and will continue until April 29th 2022





Do you teach ASL at a middle school?

ASLHS Junior information



Go ahead and sign up now for ASLHS. We will have medals and other ASLHS JR. benefits so you can recognize your middle school ASL students!

ASLHS Junior is for any 6th-8th grade student who takes ASL at a middle school (2 years of study preferred, unless only 1 year is offered). Membership will be offered to 6-8 grade students during the 2nd semester of ASL. ASLHS Jr. students can participate in all competitions and will be judged in a separate category. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that sponsors require community service hours and/or ASL/Deaf-related projects for students to qualify.


Reminder: We established a private facebook group for your ASL Honor Society Members/Students to join! Don't forget to remind your students to join! This will be a wonderful opportunity for your students to collaborate, network with other ASL students, share ideas on variety topics regarding ASLHS and so much more


Save the date!

Club Ideas: Oct 16th at 3pm EST!

Teaching ASL Online: Jan 15th at 3pm EST!

TBD: April 16th at 3pm EST!

All sessions are free to ASLHS sponsors and will be on zoom. Sessions will be recorded for future viewing. More information to enroll will be released soon!


ASLHS Art Competition: Photography

1. Download the flyers and show it to your ASLHS members!

2. Read our Rules & fill out the application!

3. Members create their photography piece based on the criteria given

4. Submit the application & piece!

Good Luck! For any questions, please contact Robin Newsom-Wurtz, competition coordinator at


We are excited to announce our newest membership coordinator, Stephanie Horvath!

She will maintain membership record, issue certificates to schools, fielding membership relates inquires, recruitment and retention. If you need assistance, please contact her at

She is Deaf. She currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband who is also deaf and is an engineer wizard and a daughter who is KODA who loves to spark the world. She graduated from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Go Dragons! She graduated with Deaf Education with Masters. She has over ten years of deaf education teaching and now is teaching college level of ASL at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She is currently working on her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and hopes to elevate the awareness and needs for American Sign Language (ASL) in higher education administration and leadership, During my free time, she spends time with her family and friends to explore the nature in State of Tennessee. She learns everyday about the state itself. She is a beach bum and always tries to find time to attend her home state, Florida. In addition, she is a busy super mom attending her daughter's dance and gymnastic classes and to support other mothers. Her favorite celebrity is Paul Walker. If I was in another lifetime, I would be a car racer. Her favorite food/drink is to order pepperoni pizza and wine to stay in her cozy backyard to unwind with friends and family. That is her favorite thing to do on Fridays!


  • It's now time for a renewal or an opportunity to join American Sign Language Honor Society! Don't forget to renew your ASLTA and ASLHS membership fees if you haven't done so.

  • You are not a member but interested joining ASLHS or know someone who’s interested? It’s not too late to join! Be sure to pay your dues at Pay either by mail or online. Membership starts from Sept. 1st, 2021 to Aug. 31st, 2022. If you have any questions, contact Here is the video with instruction on how to find the form and pay on ASLTA webpage.


We will start accepting Graduation orders on October 1st!

Check out more information about graduation orders on our website. We will start accepting orders on Oct 1st 2021! Please contact Amy Crumine for additional questions at

*Feel free to check out our cords and medals on our website!

Reminder: Credit card payment is suggested for faster service. Other payments can be made but payment will need need to be paid in advance in order (3-4 weeks) to receive your materials in time.


Check out our Graduation Orders Information HERE

ASLHS Teacher Grant

Have an ASL study project in mind related to your ASL classes and need financial assistance? ASL Honor Society offers up to $500 teacher grants for our ASL teachers throughout the year. We provide 3-5 award a year.

Appropriate uses for the ASL Honor Society Teacher Mini-Grant Program include, but are not limited to:

- Guest speaker fees

- ASL Festival / Deaf Awareness Weeks costs

- ASL-curriculum, supplies, or equipment

And more...


Any questions? Please contact Jessica Parker at

Previous Winners:


Award 1: Congratulations to Roxann Barrera-Coffman for earning a $500 teacher grant to purchase ASL curriculum and support her school's ASL concert event! We LOVE supporting our ASLHS teachers.

Award 2: Congratulations to Nicole Gonet from Heritage High School for earning a $500 teacher grant to purchase technology to support innovation in her ASL classroom!

Award 3: Congratulations to ASL Teacher Stephanie Ochoa from Tuloso-Midway High School for earning a $500 curriculum grant from ASLHS

Award 4: Congratulations to Allyson Heymann from Sunlake High School for earning money for Deaf related movies from ASLHS!

Award 5: Congratulations to ASL teacher Denise Miller for earning $500 towards Curriculum materials!

Award 6: Congratulations to Michele Gachowski from Mercy High School for earning a grant from ASLHS for Deaf-related posters!

ASLHS Scholarship

Updated Scholarship Application will be posted on our website as soon as possible.

The ASLHS is proud to sponsor nationwide scholarships available to students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, and Interpreter Preparation. Current ASL scholarship amounts range between $1,750.00 and $2,500.00 each. Scholarships are offered to students who will begin college in the fall or are currently enrolled. Applicants must have an active chapter of the ASLHS on campus to be eligible. No scholarships are awarded to students from campuses that are not members of ASLHS.

Want to be featured in our future newsletters on our blog?

We are looking for:

-Teachers that deserve to be recognized. Nomination form here

-Students who works hard in your ASLHS chapter and ASLHS sponsor believe student should receive the recognition. Nomination form here

-Classroom highlight- show what your ASLHS chapter have been doing so far! Nomination form here

Please fill out the nomination form given above & have your ASLHS members to fill out social media consent form. Send the information to Check out the video here.

Follow Along

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