Anderson High School
National Honor Society Membership Requirements
The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of Anderson High School.
- Membership in the L.C. Anderson Chapter of the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by the Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, NHS members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
- Candidates become members when inducted at a special formal induction ceremony, held once each year during the Fall Semester.
- Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester.
- An NHS member who transfers to or from another school and brings a letter from the principal or chapter adviser to the new school adviser, indicating they were a NHS member in good standing, shall be accepted automatically as a member in the new school's chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapter's standards within one semester in order to retain membership.
- Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
- A prospective candidate for membership in the Anderson Chapter of the National Honor Society must have favorable standing as a junior or senior and have a cumulative 3.5000 GPA at the end of their sophomore or junior year. The GPA is not rounded in any way. The Registrar will prepare a list of all students meeting the cumulative grade point average of 3.5000. The NHS candidate list shall be prepared following the posting of grades for the Spring Semester each year.
- All candidates meeting the 3.5000 cumulative GPA will be required to complete a National Honor Society Student Activity Information Form. This form asks eligible NHS candidates to list all leadership positions, extracurricular activities, community service participation, and job/work experiences. The Student Activity Information Form must be signed by a parent/guardian and must be completed and returned to the Anderson NHS adviser by the due date in order to be considered for membership. This form requires that students submit a minimum of 10 community service hours since the beginning of their 9th grade year. This should be for service in which students are not receiving financial incentives and that is verified by a non-family member adult by signature. Candidates are also asked to obtain three signatures from Anderson faculty members that support their membership in NHS.
- The Faculty will be asked for any input that they may have on all juniors and seniors who meet the 3.5000 GPA scholarship standard on the basis of service, leadership, and character. Candidates will be evaluated on demonstrating the highest standards of honesty and reliability, observing instructions and rules, both inside and outside of the classroom, and avoiding cheating (National Honor Society Handbook). Faculty must be prepared to support any negative feedback to the Faculty Council with substantiating data based on sound professional judgment and action. NHS advisers will conduct informal interviews with faculty members regarding below average ratings that appear to be unique. Administration will be asked to check school data for any infractions that may have occurred.
- Final member selection shall be made by the Faculty Council, which is composed of five members appointed by the Principal. The NHS advisers are non-voting members of the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council will consider information on the Student Activity Form completed by each candidate and the Faculty Evaluation Forms completed by members of the faculty. Interviews may be held at the discretion of the Faculty Council. The selection of members to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. The decision of the Faculty Council is final in all cases.
Candidates who are eligible by the GPA requirement will receive a copy of the Student Information Card. These are due September 22nd, 2017 at 12:45pm to room 140. Candidates will be notified by October 6th of the decision of the Faculty Council. The Induction Ceremony for this year will be held on Saturday afternoon, October 28th, 2017 at Westover Hills Church at 2:30 pm. New NHS Members and returning NHS Senior Members need to meet at Westover Hills Church at 2:00pm, to line up and to practice reciting the NHS Pledge. Parents should report directly to Westover Hills Church. The NHS Induction Ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 pm.
Post-Selection Membership Requirements
- Attendance Once selected, a student is expected to be an active member. Regular attendance at meetings is required. Meetings will be held once a month. If unable to attend a meeting, the NHS members shall give a note to the adviser by 9:00 am the day following the meeting. Three absences of any kind in a single school year will possibly result in probation or dismissal, pending a faculty council decision.
- Scholarship NHS members must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5000. Students whose GPA falls below 3.5000 will receive notification of probationary status and will be allowed one semester to bring their GPA into compliance with the scholarship standard or be considered for dismissal from the NHS rolls. Since it is not possible to have a probationary period for seniors after the fall semester, all seniors must maintain a GPA of 3.5000 or be considered for dismissal.
- Service Each member must earn the required number of points awarded for active involvement in NHS meetings, events, and community service during each semester. 100 points are required for returning members; 50 points are required for new members during the fall semester only. One hour equals 10 service points, ½ hour = 5 points. The new officers will decide at an executive committee meeting the proportion of points required for NHS sponsored events and for outside community service projects prior to the first meeting in September. Since the graduation program is prepared and submitted by the registrar in April, all seniors must complete all service point requirements by the April meeting and submit all documentation no later than the date specified on the service record sheet and in NHS newsletters, or be considered for dismissal by the NHS Faculty Council.
- Leadership and Character Members are liable for dismissal if they do not maintain the standards of leadership and character that were used as the basis for their selection. These standards include demonstrating “the highest standards of honesty and reliability,” “observing instructions and rules, both inside and outside of the classroom,” and “avoiding cheating.” Members are “allowed limited warnings during membership, but in the case of a flagrant violation of school rules (such as cheating) or civil laws, a warning is not required” (National Honor Society Handbook). In particular, members who are in possession or under the influence of inappropriate items (such as alcohol, drugs, etc.) or who are involved in prohibited activities (such as Assassins, vandalism, etc.) are subject to dismissal from NHS.
- Service Projects All members shall regularly participate in NHS sponsored service projects, which shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community; have the support of the administration, faculty, and NHS advisers; be appropriate and educationally defensible; be well planned, organized, and executed. Each member may also participate in an “outside” service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute (National Honor Society Constitution).
Discipline and Dismissal
- Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not necessarily have to be warned (National NHS Constitution).
- The Faculty Council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings. In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council. For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.
A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.
- Members who do not earn the required number of service points are automatically on probation for three months. At the end of that three months, if they have not earned the required service points, they will be considered for dismissal by the NHS Faculty Council.
- Juniors whose GPA falls below 3.5000 are automatically on probation for one semester. At the end of that semester, if they have not brought their GPA up to a 3.5000, they will be considered for dismissal by the NHS Faculty Council.
- Since it is not possible to have a probationary period for seniors after the fall semester, all seniors must maintain a GPA of 3.5000 or be considered for dismissal. Likewise, since the graduation program is prepared and submitted by the registrar in April, all seniors must complete all service point requirements by the April meeting and submit all documentation no later than the date specified on the service record sheet and in NHS newsletters, or be considered for dismissal by the NHS Faculty Council.
- Any NHS member who is unable to fulfill the requirements and responsibilities of membership may resign at any time by submitting a letter of resignation to the NHS Chapter Adviser(s). The letter of resignation must have a date and be signed by the NHS member and their parent(s) or guardian(s).
All NHS members must maintain a 3.5000 cumulative GPA, fulfill volunteer service requirements, and maintain the high standards of leadership and character that were used as the basis for their selection. Seniors who maintain the required service points and GPA’s receive honors recognition at graduation by wearing a NHS medallion.
Meetings for this year will be on the first Wednesday of the month, on September 6th, October 4th, November 1st , December 6th , January 10th , February 7th, March 7th, April 4th, and May 2nd. from 4:35-5:00 pm in the Theater. New members will only attend meetings after the induction ceremony.
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