The National Honor Society is a service
organization where student members
participate in a variety of volunteer activities.
Members are expected to uphold the qualities of service, leadership, character, and scholarship while being actively involved in their school and in their community. The National Honor Society recognizes these students for demonstrating excellence in these four pillars and encourages them to continue challenging and improving themselves through school and community service.
If you sit down at set of sunNHS in a Nutshell
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went
Then you may count that day well spent.
But if, through all the livelong day,
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay
If, through it all
You've nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost
Then count that day as worse than lost.
2. Perform at least 15 hours of community service.
3. Actively participate in at least two (2) school-sponsored organizations/clubs. (Participation time does NOT count toward the 15 hour minimum volunteer requirement). Students participating in only one (1) organization/club must complete an additional 25 hours of community service.
4. Maintain 3.5 or better cumulative GPA.
5. Demonstrate leadership and be of good character.
(rising juniors and seniors):
1. Perform at least 15 hours of community service.
a. No more than five (5) hours of service in any
single event activity counts toward the
b. Document via letters from the sponsors
c. TURN IN WITH YOUR SELECTION PACKET
d. Hours earned as an integral part of a PINK slip organization--or Booster Club--do NOT count toward the 15 hour minimum.
(No double-dipping rule)
e. Double-dipping rule applies to coursework as well: You may not submit classwork for volunteer hours or submit a class as an organization.
2. Actively participate in at least two (2) school-
sponsored organizations/clubs. (Participation time does NOT count toward the 15 hour minimum volunteer requirement). Students participating in only one (1) organization/club must complete an additional 25 hours of community service.
3. Maintain 3.5 or better cumulative GPA
4. Demonstrate leadership and be of good character
5. Complete selection packet in the Summer
6. Final selection determined by a vote of the
NHS Faculty Council
Summer, 1st, and 2nd
marking period hours are no longer being accepted.
3rd marking period hours
are due by April 3rd.
ALL 4th marking period hours,
PINK slip, and completion of a Mandatory Activity
are due by
Friday, May 2nd.
Please check theService Opportunities page for a current list of organizations seeking
NHS prospective member Candidate Selection packets are available on this website. Please look under Candidate Checklist on the right side under the Navigation bar. Candidate eligibility letters are mailed home in early July to rising juniors and seniors after final grades are posted.
Membership in NHS is by invitation only and can be revoked if a student fails to uphold the NHS standards of service, leadership, character, and scholarship.
The NHS Faculty Council takes violations of academic integrity to heart. Our goal is to use National Honor Society as a vehicle to recognize and celebrate students of character.
Academic integrity lies at the foundation upon which learning is built. Succumbing to either internal or external pressure to cheat places a student in a precarious position.
Cheating jeopardizes learning,
impacts a teacher's perception
of your character,
and sabotages your membership in NHS.
It is not enough to avoid detection of dishonesty.
A student of character acts honorably in the classroom and in all academic endeavors.
A student of character acts morally and takes responsibility for failing to adequately and appropriately prepare by accepting a lower grade that may result from the student’s
lack of sufficient preparation.
A student of character neither copies nor permits another student to copy
from his or her work.
A student of character understands that academic integrity knows no gray areas.
NHS membership is reserved
for students of character.
Is that you?
We have some exciting new changes to National Honor Society for the 2013-14 school year. The NHS Executive Board proposed and the NHS Faculty approved a change to the NHS Bylaws. The change affects students’ school participation requirement. For students seeking selection in the fall of 2013 and for currently inducted members submitting school participation forms for the 2013-14 school year, students will be permitted to choose between two (2) options.
Option 1: Student must actively participate in and provide verification of his/her participation in two (2) school organizations/clubs.
Option 2: Students must actively participate in and provide verification of his/her participation in one (1) school organization/club and complete an additional twenty-five (25) hours of community service beyond the fifteen (15) hour minimum requirement.
This change will permit students to choose between participating with multiple organizations/clubs or focusing exclusively on one organization and filling more of the unmet need within our community. Under either option, as parents help their children look for appropriate community service placements, please remember that NHS requires community service, not just volunteering. That means that the student’s volunteer service must provide a community benefit. Additionally, for a student’s hours to qualify as volunteer community service, the student may not benefit from his/her service. Hence, a student may not earn NHS volunteer service credit while volunteering for a Booster organization or other group that supports one of the student’s reported school-sponsored organizations/clubs.
Students who will attain junior or senior class standing in the fall and who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA are eligible to seek selection to NHS. Letters will be mailed home in late June with instructions for accessing and completing the selection packet.
Additional information and volunteer opportunities are available on the Unionville High School NHS webpage. Any questions about membership or appropriate service opportunities should be addressed to the NHS Advisor, Carrie Dickmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Any member or prospective member may see
Ms. Dickmann in room 132 or email email@example.com
with any questions/concerns.
REMINDER: Current members may begin accumulating service hours for 2014-15 as of May 1st!!