1. The general aims and purposes of the National Honor Society are as follows:
a. To honor those students who have demonstrated superior performance during high school in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Membership is currently open to students in grades 11 and 12.
b. To create enthusiasm for scholarship.
c. To stimulate a desire to render service.
d. To promote leadership.
e. To continue to develop positive character traits and good citizenship.
2. Criteria for Membership: Students must earn a total of 18 activity points in the following areas (school activities minimum of 8, leadership, character, service) and must have points in each are to be considered for membership:
b. Scholarship: Currently have and maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average, based on a 4.0 unweighted scale.
- School activities. Only clubs or activities in which there is documented involvement at the high school level should be reported on the application. Only activities completed prior to the application year will be considered. There must be adult confirmation that the applicant is active and/or a leader. Activities may include after school orchestral practices/performances, plays, yearbook, newspaper, dance concerts, sports, ROTC, etc. An estimated amount of time spent on activities is recommended, but must be verified by the adult sponsor.
- Leadership positions students are directly responsible for directing or motivating others. Students must provide documentation of leadership verified by a school faculty member or adult outside of school other than their parent.
- Community activities (including volunteer agency, youth group, and church related work). Indicate the amount of time spent on each activity, verified by the adult supervisor.
- Work experience, recognition, and awards. These are not to provide points as much as to give an overall picture of the type of person the candidate is outside of school. Paid positions are not considered for points but other activities in this category MAY besuch as the Gold Award or Eagle Scout Award for example. Certainly points MAY be awarded for activities that set the candidate apart from other applicants such as participation in Governors School, CERTL, TIP, etc.
- Members must regularly participate in one or more local chapter
service projects. Two tutoring and four other service hours are required to maintain membership each semester. Failure to submit service hours may result in Probationary status.
- Members must participate in a service project that reflects his or her
particular talents and interests. This service requirement is in addition to the chapter project(s) to which all members contribute.
3. Disciplinary and Dismissal Criteria and Procedures:
a. Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their
selection shall be warned in writing by the Chapter Adviser(s) and given a
reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of
flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws a member does not
necessarily have to be warned. Typically for grades the time limit for correction is one semester.
b. Attendance at meetings is required. Prior written notification of an absence is expected, except in the case of an illness or emergency. Meeting dates are provided to students at the beginning of the year and members are responsible for knowing the dates and attending meetings.
c. A student who is dismissed or who resigns may never again become an
Honor Society member.
d. Disciplinary measures may be used for minor offenses.
e. Dismissal procedures are provided for members.
f. Members notified of dismissal have the right to appear before and be heard by a panel of not less than 3 members of the Faculty Council. The student - not the parent must request the hearing in writing to Mrs. M. Bennett or Mr. A Mercer.
g. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council in accordance with the Board of Educations Parent and Student Grievance Procedure, Policy 5145.
h. If a member is dismissed, written notice of the decision will be sent to the member, his/her parents, and the principal. The member should then surrender the NHS emblem and membership certificate to the Chapter Adviser. If the member is unwilling to comply, the matter will be treated as a school disciplinary matter.
National Honor Society Induction will be held once per year. Seniors will apply in the Fall but will not be officially inducted until the Spring. Announcements will be made via school weekly email announcements and tv announcements as to availability and due dates for the application. Juniors with a 3.2 unweighted GPA at the end of Fall Semester of their Junior year (around February) will receive a letter of invitation to apply. Students will need to pay attention to announcements and be cognizant of due dates for the applications in case the mailed application is undeliverable. Advisors will verify those students who have the required GPA (3.2) and mail the invitation to apply and students will be responsible for providing the substantiating documentation and submitting the application by the due date. There will be a limited amount of time to complete the application and submit it to an NHS Adviser. A Faculty Council, consisting of 5 anonymous Mount Tabor Faculty members, will review each application at least twice and determine the eligibility for Induction. The Adviser will also verify student discipline during the current school year to verify character and behavior. Only students with NO ADMINISTRATOR CONTACT whatsoever (including but not limited to ISS, OSS, Saturday school, work detail, administrator conference, period time out, Alternative placement, lunch detention, etc.) will be considered. All applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the Faculty Council and the Induction ceremony will take place shortly thereafter.