National Honor Society
At Cerro Gordo High School students become eligible for the National Honor Society their sophomore year. Applications are given to qualifying students in January. Then a team of teachers review the applications, and students are notified of their status. If a student applies but is not accepted, he or she can re-apply the following year provided that all requirements are met. Once accepted, students begin actively functioning with the chapter by participating in activities and fundraisers. Induction into the society, the final step, occurs at Honors Night in the spring.
Sophomores must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Juniors and seniors must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
All candidates should not have received a grade lower than a C on their transcript.
Candidates are evaluated on their short term service projects and long term commitment projects such as mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hospital Volunteer, etc. At least some of these service projects should be affiliated with school clubs.
Applicants must be involved in a variety of school clubs, teams, and activities and have sponsor verification of active participation.
Teachers will rate the student on a scale from 1 to 5 in these areas: positive behavior, integrity, and cooperation and ethics for a total of 20 possible points. Applicants with questionable scores from 2 or more teachers will probably be denied. Character is a major aspect of NHS.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
CERRO GORDO HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTER
I. The purpose of this organization shall be “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools,”
(Constitution of the National Honor Society, 1).
II. In January sophomores who have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and juniors and seniors who have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA will receive applications for admittance to the National Honor Society.
III. Prospective members will be notified by the National Honor Society adviser regarding the due date for their completed applications. Prospective members can seek help in completing the forms from the adviser or other faculty members. Prospective members should not expect to be accepted into the National Honor Society if the application is handed in late or incomplete.
IV. All applications are reviewed on an individual basis by the Review Board which consists of the Faculty Leadership Team of 5 faculty members as well as the principal and the NHS adviser. Membership will be granted to applicants who receive a ¾ approval vote of the Review Board.
V. Any faculty member can offer information regarding applicants by writing their comments either anonymously or openly and giving them to the principal to share at the applicant review meeting. These comments can be either positive or negative but must have a direct correlation with the overall standards of the Honor Society: Leadership, Character, Scholarship, and Service.
VI. If a student’s application is denied by the Review Board, the board must provide specific reasons the student was denied membership and offer suggestions for improvement. This information is to be communicated to the student by the adviser.
VII. Students who are accepted into the National Honor Society are notified by the adviser. This stage prior to formal induction is referred to as Probationary Membership. Probationary members must attend meetings, participate in all chapter service projects, continue existing service projects, and refrain from any of the “Prohibited Behavior” listed below.
VIII. Prohibited Behavior:
1. Disrespectful, insubordinate behavior towards others.
2. Inconsiderate and harmful behavior towards others.
3. Dishonesty of any form.
4. Violation of school, town, state, or federal laws.
5. Failure to be a good role model, especially concerning the tenets of the National Honor Society: Leadership, Character, Scholarship, Service.
IX. Induction: Students who successful complete the Probationary Membership term will be formally inducted into the National Honor Society at the Honors Night ceremony in the spring.
X. The Cerro Gordo Chapter of the National Honor Society will follow the Official NHS Constitution in all cases warranting discipline and dismissal (See Article X below).
ARTICLE X: DISCIPLINE AND DISMISSAL
Section 1. The Faculty Council, in compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Honor Society, shall determine the procedure for dismissal. A written description of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties. 3
Section 2. Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except that in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned.
Section 3. The Faculty Council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.
Section 4. In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council. (Note: This hearing is required and is considered "due process" for all members –Ed.)
Section 5. For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.
Section 6. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district. Section 7. NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.
(Note: Refer to Article VIII, Section 7 regarding the permanent consequences for members when dismissed.)