In September, all eligible sophomores receive invitations to become candidates for membership in Shepton's chapter of the National Honor Society.
Membership induction for NHS will occur on in May 2019. National Honor Society membership is not a right guaranteed to all students; it is an honor granted by the faculty to students who uphold the four ideals of National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
Shepton's selection procedure for National Honor Society is based on standards provided by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the national organization governing NHS. All students must follow this process to be inducted in the spring.
1. In September, tenth grade students who have attended at least one full semester in PISD and who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher will be invited to become candidates for NHS.
2. Students will spend the year participating in activities and service projects with the organization. Students must earn 10 service hours each semester to remain eligible for induction. Additionally, candidates will participate in one required campus service project each semester and attend one mandatory meeting each semester. The Fall service project is a toy and clothing drive benefiting Plano ISD elementary students in a program called Holiday Dreams. The Spring project is TBD.
3. Students should display behavior consistent with the standards of scholarship, leadership, and character. This includes taking an active part in club activities, being a role model for students at Shepton, maintaining the Stallion Standard, and showing academic and personal integrity in and out of the classroom.
4. In January and April, students will turn in completed service hours. Grade eligibility will be re-evaluated in January. The names of all students who have paid their dues, satisfied the GPA requirement, and completed their service hours will be submitted to the faculty for approval. The faculty will consider the candidates in terms of the four ideals of NHS and will submit evaluations of the students being considered.
5. A five-member Faculty Council selected by the principal will meet to review the candidates for membership. NHS sponsors will not serve on this council. The council will consider the comments and concerns from the faculty regarding any candidate's character, leadership, scholarship, or service and will select the candidates who will be invited to be inducted.
6. Students will be notified of their selection or non-selection prior to the induction ceremony. Students must be formally inducted to be considered National Honor Society Members. Membership in the Shepton National Honor Society will be transferred to Plano West Senior High after students leave Shepton.
The Ideals of National Honor Society
Scholarship: Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher to remain eligible for membership in N.H.S.
Leadership: National Honor Society students are leaders both in and out of the classroom. N.H.S. candidates should demonstrate qualities of leadership on a daily basis by following school rules and policies, and by setting an example for other Shepton students with their actions.
Service: National Honor Society candidates are required to perform 8 hours of service per semester to remain eligible for membership.
Character: The Shepton High School faculty considers character to be an extremely important factor in selecting students for National Honor Society. During the year, you should make every effort to demonstrate character traits that let those around you know that you are a person worthy of admission to an honor society. Your Shepton student planner contains information on Active Character Traits and on Student Status. National Honor Society candidates should strive to embody traits such as honesty, tolerance, integrity, school spirit, success within the rules, respect for others and perseverance. Students violating the student code of conduct or involved in an incident of cheating may be denied membership by the Faculty Council. [Note: Cheating is defined in the Student Handbook and includes both in-class work, such as tests and quizzes, and homework assignments.]
All 10 hours may be community service hours. but some hours may be related to school, religion, and other volunteer organizations. However, only 2 hours in each of the following categories:
• 2 school hours: volunteering via another school club/organization; helping a teacher after school will not count as service hours
Community Service does not include:
• cleaning your room
• line judge at your brother’s soccer game
• filing papers in your father’s office
• walking your neighbor’s dog
• babysitting for your little sisters
• shopping for gifts for your mom and dad
• playing piano or dancing in a recital
Service hour sheets will be due on the dates below. PLEASE NOTE THESE DEADLINES CAREFULLY BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 1st semester hours due
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2019 2nd semester hours due