National Honor Society

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    National Honor Society

     

    Dear National Honor Society Candidate,


    Congratulations! Your cumulative average for your previous years at West Senior entitles you to be considered for induction into West Senior’s chapter of the National Honor Society. However, average alone is not enough to attain membership. There are several other criteria that are also used.

    The next steps in the procedure are for you to complete the online application under the National Honor Society link on West Senior’s homepage and send or email the service confirmation form from the NHS link to someone who can verify in detail your community service. The application must be completed online and the service confirmation forms received by Mrs. Carlone in room 232 by Friday, October 12th. Failure to complete any of these steps will automatically exclude you from membership. It is important that you include everything you can on the forms, regardless of how important you think they are, particularly all outside and community activities. Be detailed and thorough in your responses, especially regarding any service activities. The required letter(s) must be from someone regarding your volunteer activities in the community and not from someone related to you.

    Once you have filled out the forms, the entire faculty and your activity advisors will be asked to comment on your leadership and character. These are confidential and will be directly returned to the National Honor Society Advisor. More than one negative comment may also exclude you from membership.

    Your average, service confirmation letters, and completed forms will then go to a Faculty Council made up of teachers from West Senior. It will be their function to determine those students who will be inducted for this year. According to the National Honor Society Constitution, there is no set number of inductees.

    If you are inducted into the National Honor Society, you must maintain this membership by continuing to work both in outside/community-related activities as well as school-related activities of the Honor Society. You must also maintain your 90.0% weighted average or better at all times, follow school rules and policies on a daily basis, and set an example for other West Senior students with your actions. Failure to comply with any of the above may mean loss of membership in the organization.

    If you have any questions or would like additional information or clarification, contact Mrs. Carlone (room 232) or Mrs. Schubring (room 236). If you are not inducted, the specified reason(s) may or may not be revealed to you. Those juniors not inducted this year may be considered again next year as seniors.


    Thank you,

    Mrs. Carlone & Mrs. Schubring

     

    MEETINGS: Room 214

    2018:
    September 10th, October 9th, November 5th, December 3rd.

    2019:

    January 7th, February 4th, March 4th April 1st, May 13th, June 4th(Cafe A/B)

     

    MAJOR EVENTS:

     

    Scholarship Fundraisers

    Induction Ceremony

    Santa on the Bridge (charitable fundraiser)

    Returning Grads Program

    Management of West Seneca Community Clothes Closet

     

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION:

    The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

    These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Today, it is estimated that over one million students participate in activities of the NHS and its middle level counterpart, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and many U.S. Territories and Canada.

    Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and providing community service.



    2018-2019 National Honor Society Executive Officers

     

    Gabrielle Gelinas

    Thomas Griffin

    Rachel Kempf

    Emily King

    Alexandra Zagara

     

    POLICIES


    One of the highest honors conferred in high school is a student’s selection to the National Honor Society.  Students who are members of the National Honor Society (Amana Chapter) have worked hard to become members and have earned the respect of our faculty and school community.  Membership in the Honor Society is also, however, an ongoing commitment to the ideals of the Honor Society; these include “scholarship,” “leadership,” “character” and “service.”

    We fully expect and require that Honor Society members will continue to earn their status in our organization.  To this end, we have the following expectations for our chapter members:

        1.    Attendance at monthly meetings
        2.    Maintenance of a 90.0% average
        3.    Completion of service consisting of 30 hours of community service during the school year and 3 additional hours during the summer.

    In addition, members should be active in the NHS-sponsored fundraisers and activities that support the school and community.



    POLICY ON PAST DUE SERVICE HOURS

    Members who fall behind on the community service obligation will be notified by mail.  The student member will immediately be put on probation and remain so until the next service period.  If the required number of service hours are deficient again, he/she will be terminated as members of the Amana Chapter of the National Honor Society.

    POLICY ON CHARACTER

    A student who is suspended from school will automatically be put on probation in writing by NHS.  The probationary period will extend for 60 days from the date of the infraction.  A school suspension MAY also be considered grounds for dismissal after consideration by the Faculty Council. 

     

    POLICY ON MAINTENANCE OF A 90% AVERAGE

    Parents of members who fall below the 90.0% average will be notified by mail.  The students have until the next quarterly report card to improve their grades. Students who do not maintain their 90.0% average at that time will be terminated as members of the Amana Chapter of the National Honor Society.

    Any two consecutive probations will result in dismissal from the organization.

    Members should understand fully that they are subject to dismissal if they do not maintain the standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character that were used as a basis for their selection.

    We are very pleased that the majority of our members meet their obligations in a timely manner.  We also hope that your child will take immediate responsibility for the ongoing requirements for the membership in the Honor Society.

    Any questions regarding these NHS policies may be addressed to Mrs. Carlone at 677-3801, ext. 4314 or pcarlone@wscschools.org.

     

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