NHS‎ > ‎

Chapter By-Laws

SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, CHARACTER, and SERVICE

Members of the National Honor Society excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service.  Each student is expected to follow school code relative to academic honesty, school responsibilities and club/organization behavior code.  Any member whose personal conduct is questionable in accordance with the accepted norms of student behavior may be dismissed by the Faculty Council.


SCHOLARSHIP

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 to be considered for membership in NHS.

NHS members are required to maintain a semester average of 3.25 GPA upon induction into the society.  Students who fail to maintain a semester average of 3.25 are placed on probation the subsequent semester and are reinstated only if their semester average reaches 3.25.  If it does not, they face dismissal from the NCHS chapter of NHS.


LEADERSHIP

Students who meet the requirements for the pillar of leadership must:

  • Successfully hold school offices or positions of responsibilityBelonging to a club or participating in a sport or activity alone is not in itself considered leadership.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the classroom and in school activities. Success here is evaluated based on the sum total of the Faculty Council ratings.
  • Demonstrate leadership in promoting school activities.
  • Demonstrate influence on peers in upholding school ideas.
  • Exemplify positive attitudes and inspire positive behavior in others.
  • Contribute ideas that improve the civic life of the school.

CHARACTER

Students who meet the requirements for the pillar of character must:

  • Demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability and observes instructions and rules faithfully both inside and outside of the classroom. (Candidates reported for cheating, plagiarism, lying, etc. are automatically disqualified from the evaluation process).
  • Manifest truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, including all school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc. and is unwilling to profit at the expense of others.
  • Shows courtesy, concern, empathy, and respect for others and consistently exemplifies desirable behavior (cheerful, friendly, etc.).
  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.

SERVICE

Students who meet the requirements for the pillar of service must:

  • Complete a significant number of documented, verifiable service hours. Signed service hour forms including sponsor contact information should accompany the student information form.
  • Participate in some outside activity like Girl Scouts, church group activities, volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged, etc.
  • Make themselves available and is willing to offer assistance, and is willing to make sacrifices to offer such assistance.
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school and is willing to represent a class or the school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition.
  • Do committee and staff work without complaint.
  • Work well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities.
Students being considered for NHS are expected to have participated in service activities throughout each of their high school years. Generally speaking, service activities are those done for or on behalf of others (not including immediate family members) for which no compensation (monetary or other) has been given. 

MINIMUM REQUIRED SERVICE HOURS AND TUTORING HOURS:

Members must complete a minimum of forty (40) hours / (20 points) of community service per year and one (1) hour of educational service.  Additional hours may be required if a member misses a mandatory meeting or NHS Sponsored event.  Community service is defined as volunteerism outside and inside of NHS. Service hours may be completed with a community organization, an appropriate business (nursing home, hospital, etc.), or a church; they do not have to be NHS-sponsored activities. School activities, events, and student aide positions cannot be submitted as community service.

SERVICE FORMS:

All service hours must be recorded on official service forms and counted in increments of half hour and hours only, no minutes.

It is the responsibility of each member to submit his / her total hours by the deadlines. Forms are available outside of Ms. Haskel's room or you may print on from this page. There will be no probationary period for community service hours. If service hours aren’t completed and submitted by the deadline to Ms. Haskel or Melissa S., the NHS member will be removed from the organization roster and will not be reinstated throughout his / her high school career.


MEETING REQUIREMENTS

If a member is unable to attend a mandatory (PRE-ANNOUNCED) NHS meeting, they must fill out a form explaining the reason within one week of the meeting. Failure to do so, will result in an additional required service hour. NHS members are allowed only ONE valid excused meeting absences per semester.  If a member submits TWO in a semester, regardless of reason, they must complete one extra hour of service.  If a member fails to fill out a form or completes a form with an invalid excuse, they are also required to complete one extra hour of service.


Consequences

Seniors who do not meet NHS requirements are considered inactive and are denied the privilege of wearing the NHS gold sash at graduation. NHS members who flagrantly violate school policy or civil laws, can be dismissed without warning.