NHS Selection Process
- Students are invited to take part in the selection process starting in the Junior year.
- In October all Juniors and any Seniors who are not already NHS members that have a GPA of a 3.5 or above and have attended Forest Hills Public Schools for at least a semester are sent a letter of invitation to take part in the selection process.
- Students must attend a mandatory meeting after school to learn about the selection process, NHS member expectations and all deadlines involved.
- The selection process is designed to allow students to demonstrate the four qualities of the National Honor Society. It includes G.P.A. (50%), teacher recommendations (30%), an original essay (10%) and the Candidate Student Activity Form (10%). A minimum of 85% overall is necessary to be selected for membership.
- Students must submit the following as part of the selection process:
- GPA – a sliding scale where a 4.0 is equivalent to 50 points
- A two hundred word essay explaining why character/leadership/or service are important to the community and how they will contribute as an NHS member – 10 points
- Three teacher recommendations with at least two coming from faculty at FHC – 10 points each
- A student activity form that indicates where the student has shown leadership, service, awards or honors and participation in activities outside of the regular school day – 10 points
- Students must show that they have been submitting service hours to be recorded in their student record and a list of service hours submitted is taken into consideration as verification of the student activity form.
- Students selected for membership must attend the NHS Induction ceremony held in November to become an active member.
NHS Member Expectations
Members must sign the membership expectations form each year.
- Members must attend the NHS induction ceremony in November.
- Members must maintain the 3.500 G.P.A. and demonstrate leadership.
- Members must complete 18 volunteer hours each school year of which 5 must be NHS sponsored activities, and of the five, 2 must be completed as a tutor outside of school hours. There are opportunities to tutor in the CHS media center, CMS media center and Central Woodlands media center
- Seniors must complete their hours by early April. Only hours earned since induction will be accepted.
- Juniors must complete their hours by the end of May. Only hours earned since induction will be accepted.
- Members must meet the expectations of character by upholding all school regulations. Cheating is not permitted. No suspensions allowed – both in school and out of school. Violations of the above, after due process, may constitute dismissal. Complete adherence to all civil laws is also a must.
- Members that do not meet expectations will get a letter of warning or a letter of probation.
Grounds for Dismissal from NHS
- Failure to meet all GPA requirements as stated above may result in dismissal.
- Violation of criminal law or school regulation will result in a dismissal hearing. These violations include, but are not limited to, possessing, selling or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, cheating and plagiarism, stealing, destroying property and truancy.
- These rules are binding on and off school property through the entire calendar year.
- All senior volunteer hours must be turned in no later than early April and junior hours no later than end of May. All volunteer hours are subject to examination and those of a dubious nature may be rejected. Failure to meet the designated deadline may result in dismissal.
- A member who is dismissed or resigns will never again be eligible for membership in the National Honor Society.
- The student announcements on FX and scrolling announcements are utilized as a main communication source
- Postings are available in room 240 and outside room 240 for signing up for NHS events
- Seniors need to listen for when NHS gold cords will go on sale in room 240 for graduation – typically in mid May
Possible NHS Events Each Year
- September – Open house
- October – Road Clean-up, Fundraiser
- November – Dodge Ball for Cystic Fibrosis
- December – Operation Santa Clause
- January – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Kids Food Basket
- February – Pennies for Patients Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- March – Laughfest Buttons and Volunteering
- April – Road Clean-up
- May – Arthritis Walk