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  1. National Honor Society 2011 Candidate Meeting

  2. What is NHS? • National Honor Society is a student organization based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character • NHS is involved in a wide range of school sponsored activities • Open house, conference calls, clothing drive, food drive, academic awards set up, graduation, mum sale, peer tutoring, football ticket takers • NHS is also involved in many community events • Open Line, Adopt-a-Family, holiday bazaars at the elementary schools, Daffodil Days, MS movers, Upper Perk ½ marathon

  3. Requirements for Membership • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher • Complete 20 hours of service during the school year • Attend the monthly meeting (2nd Monday of every month) • Chair at least on event sponsored by NHS (food drive, clothing drive) • Volunteer for school activities • School sign change (once a month) • Avoid disciplinary issues which may result in removal from NHS

  4. Selection Process – How you got here • Step I: A list of those students who have completed three semester blocks in the 10th and 1th grades with a cumulative average of 3.5 or higher is prepared. • Step II: The list is submitted to the faculty who will check the names of those students with whom they are sufficiently acquainted to recommend consideration for membership. • Step III : Letters are sent to each student receiving a minimum of 8 faculty recommendations requesting that he/she fill out and return an activity sheet by the requested date.

  5. Selection Process – what’s next • Step IV: After reviewing the activity sheets the faculty in each department evaluates students who they know well in areas of leadership, service, and character. Department chairpersons hand to the NHS advisor their department’s tally of student scores in each area. (May 13-20) • Step V:After tabulation of the departments, students receiving a 3.0 or better average in the areas of leadership, service, and character are eligible for final review by the faculty council and principal.

  6. Selection Process – what’s next • Step VI: The activity form is reviewed by the faculty council which consists of five principal appointed members. Candidates receiving a majority vote of the faculty council should be inducted into the chapter. (May 23) • Step VII : Letters of notification are sent to all students who were under consideration. (May 24)

  7. Selection Criteria - Leadership • The student who receives a 3 should show evidence of leadership in the classroom as well as some form of leadership outside the classroom in sports, the arts, scouts, church, etc. • This does not necessarily mean that they have to hold an office or act as captain of a sports team since leadership takes many forms.

  8. Selection Criteria - Character • A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. In addition, it can be said that the student of character: • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously • Cooperates by complying with school and classroom regulations • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability • Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others

  9. Selection Criteria - Service • Students should participate in both school and community service activities. • School activities include such organizations as FBLA, Leo, Esperanto, Student Council, tutoring, etc. • Community activities might include Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor or disadvantaged, working with children in sports or non-sports activities, working in animal rescue organizations, etc.

  10. Student Activity Information Form • Due on MAY 12 • You may download a copy from the NHS wiki space if you would like to type your application. Follow the step by step directions. (http://nhs.upsd.wikispaces.net/) • Fill out all sections completely. Include all possible activities that you are involved in under each category. • The more information you can provide the faculty with the better. • If you have questions or need help please feel free to come see me (room 401)