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National Honor Society - Membership Obligations
Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Our chapter has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. Keystone Oaks' chapter strives to give practical meaning to the Society's standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. These four ideals are considered as the basis for selection. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Honor Society strives to recognize the total student - one who excels in all of these areas. The standards used for selection are:
 
Scholarship: 3.75 cumulative grade point average
Leadership, service and character: as demonstrated by activities and teacher evaluations
 
Membership, however, is more than an honor. It is an ongoing responsibility and an obligation to continue to demonstrate those outstanding qualities that result in a student's selection. Membership also carries a responsibility to the chapter. If our NHS chapter is to be effective and meaningful, each member must become involved.
  • Members must participate in one group service project. The NHS executive council will chose at least two group service projects and all members must participate in a minimum of one such event throughout the year. 
  • Members shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and is approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute. 
  • Members are expected to attend monthly meetings throughout the school year. Attendance will be recorded. Three unexcused absences will result in disciplinary action.  
NHS Selection Process Overview & Criteria
Selection Process Overview:
  • The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council, which consists of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, nonvoting, ex officio member of the faculty council. 
  • The selection of active members shall be held one a year during the second semester of the school year. 
  • Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:
    • Students' academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
    • All students who are eligible scholastically (i.e., candidates) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the candidate information form for further consideration.
    • The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible using the official input form provided by the chapter adviser. 
    • The faculty council shall review the candidate information forms, faculty input, and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership. 
Selection Criteria:
  • Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the sophomore or junior class.
  • To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Keystone Oaks High School. 
  • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a mimimun cumulative grade point average of 3.75.
  • Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership and character.
    • Candidate eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum of 50 community service hours for sophomores or 75 community service hours for juniors.
    • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter must have discipline records clear of offenses.
    • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter must participate in at least 1 extracurricular school activity.
    • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter must document a leadership role either in school, at work, or in the community. 
    • Canddiates eligible for selection to the chapter must be enrolled in at least 3 College Prep and/or Honors courses in the four academic subject areas (English, math, social studies and science).
    • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter must compose a genuine, grammatically correct essay on an assigned prompt. 
    • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter must attend a mandatory pre-induction meeting and attend the NHS induction ceremony.  
Chapter Adviser
Mrs. Suzanne Deemer
National Honor Society Chapter Adviser, Keystone Oaks
deemer@kosd.org
NHS Chapter Bylaws
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