ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP
THE ATKINS HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The general aims and purposes of the National Honor Society are as follows:
To honor students who have demonstrated superior performance during high school in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Students currently in grades 10, 11 and 12 are eligible for membership.
Students must meet the GPA requirement in order to be considered for NHS. Students must have at least a 3.2 unweighted GPA. Students who are not certain about their GPA are welcome to see their guidance counselor for assistance in determining their academic eligibility for NHS.
National Honor Society students must exhibit strength in each of the four areas outlined by the NHS national guidelines. The areas are:
1. Scholarship (determined by GPA)
4. Service to Community/School
The application for membership is designed to give students an opportunity to show how they exhibit leadership qualities, to provide information about their involvement in school activities, and their efforts to serve others within the school and community. It is essential that NHS candidates complete the application with as much detailed information in each section as possible. Incomplete or late applications are not considered. Each category should have at least three activities, positions or honors. Following directions, as well as providing thorough and relevant answers on the application is extremely important.
1. Criteria for Membership: Students must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be eligible for consideration for membership:
a. Enrollment: The student must have been at Atkins High School a minimum of one semester. If the student is transferring from another school, further information may be required.
b. Scholarship: The student must have and maintain an unweighted 3.2 or higher grade point average.
c. Leadership: The student must have verified at least three leadership roles. Leadership may be shown in positions in which candidates are directly responsible for directing or motivating others. Examples include: elected student body or club officer, team captain, newspaper editor, work area manager, or community leader. However, election to office does not necessarily prove leadership. One can exhibit leadership without holding an elected position.
d. Character: Positive aspects of character such as honesty, responsibility, fairness, courtesy, tolerance, self-discipline, and cooperation are given consideration by the faculty of Atkins High school. School disciplinary sanctions are considered unacceptable. Disciplinary sanctions, defined as Administrator contact for discipline, include but are not limited to: alternative placement, lunch detention, ISS, OSS, period suspensions or time-out, etc. Academic misconduct, such as cheating and plagiarism, is also unacceptable conduct for a National Honor Society applicant or member. Selections will not be made on hearsay or rumor. An applicant’s attitude and behavior, especially at school,are important factors in the selection process and in maintaining membership.
e. Service: Candidates for membership must have demonstrated service to school, classmates, and community. Categories of service considered are:
- 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 (i.e. Juniors can only include activities from 9th and 10th grade years; Seniors can include 9th, 10th, and 11th grade years). An estimated amount of time spent on activities is recommended, but must be verified by the adult sponsor.
- Community activities (including volunteer agency, youth group, and church related work). The amount of time spent on each activity should be indicated and verified by the adult supervisor. Church basketball and other sport leagues are not included in this.- Work experience, recognition, and awards. In this category, awards, honors and jobs are considered. Awards such as the Gold Award or Eagle Scout Award are considered; Being named to the Honor Role is considered, as well. Paid and volunteer jobs are also considered.
2. Criteria for Maintaining Membership: Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for maintaining their membership:
a. Members must regularly participate in one or more local chapter service projects. Two tutoring hours and four other service hours are required each semester to maintain membership. A failure to submit these hours may result in Probationary Status.
b. Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their selection shall be warned in writing by the Chapter Advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws, for which a member does not necessarily have to be warned. Typically for grades, the time limit for correction is one semester.
c. 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.
d. A student who is dismissed or who resigns may never again become an NHS member.
e. Disciplinary measures may be used for minor offenses.
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 the NHS Advisor.
g. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council in accordance with the Board of Education’s Parent and Student Grievance Procedure, Policy 5145.h. If a member is dismissed, written notice of the decision will be sent to the member, their parents, and the principal. 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. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will apply in the Spring, with inductions to be held in April. Announcements will be made via the school web site, and television announcements as to availability and due dates for the application. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with a 3.2 unweighted GPA at the end of 1st Semester, will need to pay attention to announcements and be cognizant of due dates for the applications. The Advisor will verify those students who have the required GPA (3.2) unweighted and send the invitation to apply. 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 Atkins Faculty members, will review each application and determine the eligibility for Induction. The Faculty Council’s decision is final. The Advisor will also examine student discipline records to verify character and behavior.Only students with NO ADMINISTRATOR CONTACT FOR DISCIPLINE WHATSOEVER (including but not limited to ISS, OSS, period time out, alternative placement, lunch detention, etc.) will be considered.
The Induction Ceremony will take place at a designated time. Students who will be inducted into the National Honor Society will be tapped before the Induction Ceremony. Parents will be notified of the Induction. The student will not know he is being inducted until he is tapped by a NHS member.Those students who are not being inducted will be sent a letter. The letter will ask them to go by the advisor’s room to find out suggestions on improving their application.