Francis Scott Key High School

National Honor Society Handbook

2017-2018

 

2017-2018 Information .................................................................................................................................2

 

National Membership Information ................................................................................................................. 3

 

Carroll County NHS Membership Information ................................................................................................. 4

 

Francis Scott Key High School NHS Membership Information .......................................................................... 5

 

Honor Stoles ............................................................................................................................................... 5

 

FSK Membership Points System .................................................................................................................... 6

 

FSK NHS Agreement Contract ...................................................................................................................... 7

2017-2018 Executive Board

            President:  Wendy Schneider

            Vice President:  Morgan Sutkaytis

            Senior Representative:  Elena Rippeon

            Junior Representative:  Logan Burdette

            Communications Director:  Isabela Garcia

            Fundraising Director:  Maddie Beasley

            Historian:  Marena Mosher

2017-2018 After School Meeting Dates

            Monday, September 11

            Tuesday, October 17

            Wednesday, November 15

            Thursday, December 21

            Monday, January 22

            Tuesday, February 13

            Wednesday, March 14

            Thursday, April 12

            Monday, May 14

2017-2018 Key Time Meeting Dates

            Friday, September 15

            Friday, October 13

            Friday, November 17

            Friday, December 15

            Friday, January 19

            Friday, February 16

            Friday, March 16

            Friday, April 27

            Friday, May 25

Francis Scott Key High School 

3825 Bark Hill Road

Union Bridge, Maryland 21791

410.751.3320

Joseph Guerra, Principal

Emily Copenhaver and Alethea Miller, NHS Advisors

 

Maintaining Active Membership (from the NHS Constitution)

In general, the standards for scholarship, leadership, service, and character required for eligibility and selection must be maintained in order for students to remain active members.  According to the official National Honor Society Handbook, the advisor will periodically review the standing of members for compliance with Society standards.  However, a member is never automatically dismissed for failing to maintain standards. A hearing must be conducted by the Faculty Council to dismiss a member, unless the student elects to resign from the society.  A resignation must be submitted in writing to the NHS advisor. 

Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor 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 necessarily have to be warned prior to dismissal.

For infractions or offenses of a minor nature, the advisor will inform the student in writing and, when possible, in a conference about the nature of the violation, provide the student with a reasonable time period for improvement.  Should the faculty council determine that an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings, a faculty council pre-dismissal hearing will be held.

In the event that a Faculty Council pre-dismissal hearing must be convened, the hearing and any consequent dismissal appeal will be conducted in strict accordance with procedures outlined in the National Honor Society Handbook.  Furthermore, a student who is dismissed or resigns may never again become a National Honor Society member.

Carroll County Public Schools’ NHS Membership Information

 

Computation of Grades for Eligibility

Each member is required to maintain a 3.75-weighted GPA. A member whose GPA falls below this level will be warned and given a period of one semester to raise his/her GPA to the minimum level. Each member’s GPA will be checked twice a year (semester and end-of-year grades). At semester time, the GPA for the semester will be reviewed. If the semester GPA falls below a 3.75-weighted GPA, the student’s cumulative GPA will be calculated using all credits earned and any grades that are for year-long courses as if they were final grades.

 

The Role of the Principal

The principal will inform the Faculty Advisor when an NHS member has been disciplined for a significant violation of school rules.  The principal will hear appeals and support notification of parents

 

School Rule Violations and Punitive Actions

 

Suspensions less than 5 days:  recommendation for probation or dismissal

Suspensions of 5 days or more:  recommendation for dismissal

  • Eligibility violations resulting in a 45-day or greater period of ineligibility:  recommendation for dismissal
  • Cheating:  recommendation for probation or dismissal
  • Tobacco violation:  recommendation for probation (1st) or dismissal (2nd)
  • Other violations:  as recommended by principal

 

Voluntary Withdrawal of NHS Membership

In the event that an NHS member finds that he or she is unable to successfully fulfill NHS responsibilities and/or obligations for whatever reason, or if a member is dissatisfied with the organization in some capacity, an NHS member may voluntarily withdraw his or her membership simply by writing and submitting a letter to that effect. Once a member resigns or loses NHS membership, he or she will never again be eligible for membership or its benefits.

 

Francis Scott Key High School’s NHS Membership Information

The NHS member must:

Fulfill all obligations as determined by the national and Carroll County guidelines.

  • Actively participate in NHS-sponsored community service projects. Infractions may be imposed on members that sign up for an event or activity but do not attend. Members must notify an NHS advisor as soon as they know they are unable to participate and must provide a valid reason.
  • Participate in National Honor Society fundraisers. 
  • Attend NHS general assembly meetings.
  • Attend the NHS Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm as well as Induction practice immediately after school on Wednesday, April 18.
  • Maintain an attendance record with no unexcused absences or tardiness to school that affect eligibility.
  • Pay annual $30 dues by September 29, 2018.
  • Exhibit behaviors that promote a positive school environment.

 

Continuing NHS Membership from Junior to Senior Year and Wearing NHS Graduation Stoles

In order for a junior NHS member to continue NHS membership into their senior year, members must finish their junior year in good NHS standing. In addition, wearing a stole at your graduation ceremony is an honor that is earned through a senior member’s active membership in the Francis Scott Key Chapter of the Nation Honor Society. Members of NHS are not guaranteed this recognition through membership in the society. 

 

To maintain membership year to year as well as to wear NHS Graduation Stole at graduation, NHS members must:

 

  • Maintain a minimum 3.75 weighted, cumulative GPA through the end of their schooling.
  • Earn at least 30 NHS points each year through active membership in the organization.
  • Attend all induction ceremonies during their membership.
  • Embody the NHS tenets of leadership, service, and character.

 

Leadership includes the following more specific characteristics. The student:

  • is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
  • demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
  • contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • is able to delegate responsibilities
  • exemplifies positive attitudes
  • inspires positive behavior in others
  • demonstrates academic initiative
  • successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities
  • is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
  • is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.

 

Service includes the following more specific characteristics.  The student:

  • volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
  • works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competitions
  • does committee and staff work without complaint
  • participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
  • mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
  • shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

   

Character includes the following more specific characteristics.  The student:

  • takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • upholds principles of morality and ethics
  • cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
  • has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
  • manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.

 

Wearing NHS honor stoles at graduation activities is a privilege granted by local NHS chapters to deserving NHS senior members. Again, this is a privilege and NOT a guaranteed recognition by the national organization simply for being an NHS member.

 

FSK Membership Point System

 

Members must earn at least 30 total points from the first day of summer vacation in 2017 through the last day of school in June 2018.

  • For the most part, 1 point is equivalent to 1 hour of participation.
    • Points must be earned by participating in any aspect of our NHS-sponsored service projects. These may include tutoring during Key Time, tutoring after school, fundraising, planning, advertising, attending the actual service event, clean-up, etc.
    • Points must also be earned by attending monthly meetings, attending Induction and practice (mandatory), paying dues on time, serving in an NHS leadership position, serving as an officer, distributing programs at graduation, representing NHS at 8th Grade Visitation and 9th Grade Orientation, etc.

       

Francis Scott Key High School National Honor Society Agreement Contract

We have thoroughly read the rules and obligations for membership in the Francis Scott Key National Honor Society. We fully understand these terms and agree to them. 

 

 

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Student’s signature

 

 

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Parent’s or guardian’s signature

                                                                                                      

Please sign and return this form to Ms. Miller (Room 109) or Ms. Copenhaver (Room 412) no later than Wednesday, October 11, 2017.