Frequently Asked Questions About the National Honor Society

Are there any requirements to be a member of the NHS?

Yes, there are! NHS members must:

-Have less than 3 unexcused absences at meetings,

-Participate in at least 2 events per semester,

-Participate in at least 20 hours of Community Service per year,

-Promptly pays dues at beginning of year,

-Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA,

-Have no serious school policy violations.

What is the difference between unexcused absences and excused absences?

NHS members will receive an unexcused absence when they attended school that day but did not attend the meeting. If a member is in detention during a meeting, this absence will be unexcused.

NHS members will receive an excused absence when they did not attend school that day. For example, if a member was absent because they were home sick or on a school activity, then their absence would be excused.

What happens if a NHS member does not fill the requirements?

First, the member would go on probation. This means a letter would be sent home to their parents notifying them of the student's change in status. Then, if they have any more violations before the end of the year, the member will be asked to resign or they will be tried for dismissal by the faculty council.

For example, if a member has 3 unexcused absences, the student will be put on probation and the parents will be notified. If the member has any additional unexcused absences before the end of the school year, they will be asked to resign. They could also be asked to resign if they did not complete the mandatory hours of community service or did not participate in events.

I missed a meeting and the officers e-mailed me. Are they mad / am I in trouble?

No, they are not mad and you are not in trouble. The officers are only trying to make sure you do not get blindsighted by anything and want to let you know what happened during the meeting. You will not be in trouble for missing meetings unless you have more than 2 unexcused absences.

Are there any points of wisdom that previous members would like to pass along to a current member?

Most definitely! The most important thing about participating in this student organization is communication! Do not be afraid to ask the advisers or officers questions. If you need to miss a meeting, tell an officer or adviser why and they can work with you to figure out if it is excused or unexcused. If you have trouble filling the events and community service requirements, go talk to an adviser! They are there to help you and honestly want to see you succeed in the club. Finally, do not be afraid to voice any concerns/disagreements about the club with an adviser or officer in a calm and collected manner. They want the club to be as fun and fulfilling as it can be.