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National Honor Society

Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Students selected for membership are expected to continue to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Only active members have a voice and vote in chapter affairs.  Active members become graduate members at graduation.

Students may not apply for membership in the National Honor Society.  Membership is granted only to those students selected by a faculty council.

According to the constitution, only those students who have been in the school the equivalent of one semester may be considered for membership.  Membership is open to qualified juniors and seniors.

Only those students who have a cumulative scholastic average of 88 percent or higher are eligible to meet the scholarship requirement for membership in the National Honor Society.  These students are then considered for eligibility based on their leadership, service, and character.  The following definitions are guidelines used by the faculty council to determine leadership, service and character qualities.


The student who exercises leadership:

- Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions.

- Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities.

- Exercises 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 efficiently and effectively, and is reliable and dependable without prodding.

- Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school activities.

- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.

Leadership Requirements

An elective office or its equivalent in either school.  Example:  elected as president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer; editor or assistant editor of a school publication; chairperson of a major activity, (i.e., prom, bloodmobile, craft fair).

Long-term participation in at least three school-sponsored organizations, clubs, or teams.  (Additional, you may include community leadership experiences be sure to explain your duties and role.)


The student who serves:

- Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.

- Participates in some outside activity:  Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged; family duties.

- Volunteers 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 school.

- Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition.

- Does committee and staff work uncomplainingly.

- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

Service Requirements

Voluntary contribution of at least a total of sixty (60) hours of time to any charity or community function, whether school sponsored or not.  The sixty (60) hours must include more than one activity.  Ten (10) service hours per year will be required to maintain status.

Examples of Service:

- Bloodmobile

- Library Aide

- School Store (non-credit)            

- Religion instructor

- Church custodial work (non-paid)

- Red Cross volunteer

- Cancer and heart fund drives

- Volunteer at Senior Citizen Center

- Candy striper

 Service documentation sheet must be signed by supervisor of the specified activity. BE SURE PHONE NUMBERS are provided.  The number and name should be clear in order to allow for verification by the advisor. 

You may include an email for the supervisor. 


The student of character:

- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.

- Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (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.

- Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.

- Observes instructions and rules, punctuality and faithfulness, both inside and outside of the classroom.

- Has powers of concentration 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 to rid the school of bad influences and environment.

Note: You may hand out more than the two sheets provided. Be sure to follow up to be sure that forms are completed and forwarded to Mrs. Stearns.  A minimum of two character references must be turned in.

Please see Mrs. Stearns with any questions by date in cover letter. (October 24, 2017)

Please click here to download Criteria and Application Form

Please click here to download Character Form for staff references

National Honor Society Bylaws (2017)

This chapter shall be named the Schalmont High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, encourage leadership, and to develop good character in the students of Schalmont High School.

II.  Membership

Membership shall be in accord with the National honor Society handbook.

Only members of the junior and senior class are eligible for selection.

The candidate must have a cumulative average of at least 88.0.

Induction will be held in the fall.

Students who have recently moved to the district and who were members of the NHS in their previous school, will be officially inducted into the Schalmont High School Chapter at the next formal induction ceremony. They may participate in chapter activities while waiting for induction ceremony.

Once a student qualifies under the academic and class requirements, they will be eligible for consideration based on their participation in school and community activities and the demonstration of good character. Candidates must complete an application that will be used by the faculty council in determining acceptance to the chapter.

Faculty council will consist of five members selected and approved by the principal

III Membership selection procedures (attachments in this section may be updated every year to include new dates and information)

Students who meet the academic qualifications shall be notified with a letter provided to the first period teacher. Additionally, school announcements will be made for at least 3 days indicating that any junior or senior with an 88 or better overall average is eligible to complete the National Honor Society application.  

Letter: NHS first letter

In order to aid the faculty council in granting membership, each candidate shall be required to fill out the application to determine interest in membership and obtain the necessary information regarding their service, character, and leadership activities. School discipline records may be obtained through secretaries and used in the process.

Application may be changed after the ceremony for the following year by principal approval with input from the faculty council and faculty advisor.  Assistance with proper layout of application forms and postings in school handbook and calendar will be given by principal secretary or designee.

 *Dates in forms will be adjusted for the upcoming school year

C.  Candidates must adhere to dates and time lines listed in the application forms and letters.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to complete and deliver the application to the faculty advisor by the specified dates and time listed in the application and letters.

D.  The selection procedure will be one that is fair and non-discriminatory.  The faculty council will determine applicant's acceptance by reviewing the candidates applications and selecting candidates who clearly demonstrate that they meet the requirements listed in the application.  The faculty council consisting of 5 teaching members appointed or approved by the principal for that school year shall make the decisions. The selection procedure shall be consistent with the rules and regulations of the National Honor Society.

E.  The advisor or principal shall convene the faculty council to review the application, character forms, and discipline information on each candidate. 

All candidates are to turn in application without their name on forms; just attached to packet for advisor to remove and set up folders with numbers.  The use of folders is used to attempt to be as objective as possible. 

F.  Copy of the selection procedure and application will be available online. 

G.  Each member shall be selected by a majority vote of the faculty council. 

H.  Only those students selected by the faculty council of the Schalmont High School Chapter of the National Honor Society shall be granted membership.

Induction will take place in the fall. 

Acceptance/Denial letters will be sent home prior to the date of the ceremony.  Assistance with proper construction of letters and mailings will be provided by principal secretary or designee.

Selected members will be inducted at a special ceremony. The date will be placed on district calendar. 

Once inducted members must follow chapter service requirements.  Complete at least two chapter projects in the fall and two in the spring.  The executive committee may meet and decrease a requirement for the fall due to a late induction ceremony.  Members must also pay dues or work at fundraising activities for the chapter.  Dues for the school year are decided upon by the executive committee.  Any difficulties meeting these requirements may be discussed with the faculty advisor and requirements may be waived. 

IV Obligations of Membership

All members shall be expected to maintain the standards by which they were inducted.

If the faculty advisor is aware of any member whose average has fallen below 88.0 or committed an offense that violated the pillars of leadership, character or service that member may be eligible for disciplinary action from the principal or faculty council.   Disciplinary actions may include but are not limited to:  a warning letter, additional chapter sanctioned projects, or dismissal. 

All sections in the National handbook from the National Honor Society Constitution regarding dismissal shall apply to all members. 

Flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws may result in immediate dismissal as determined by the majority of the faculty council with principal and advisor input.

V Election of Officers

Elected offices will be those of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Student Council Representative.  The faculty advisor may add an additional office position as needed. Duties will be determined by advisor and approved through article X (amendments to Bylaws)

Notice of election will be given to all members with at least three days advanced notice.

There shall be one election on a specified date only, with the exception of school cancellation and/or other unforeseen circumstances by which it will be re-scheduled with ample notice.

Elections will take place during the school day or through an online process.  Time lines for the process will be provided with no one allowed to take part after the time is done.

The president shall open the floor for nominations. 

Students nominated must plan on attendance for the new year of office.

F.  After all nominations have been made for the prospective offices, the President will close the nominations.  There shall be no more nominations after this time.

G.  All current member may vote.

H.  Offices will be nominated in order listed in (A)

Voting shall be conducted be written ballot or online. Voting will be private and secure. Only one vote per current member will be allowed.

J.  The winner shall be the nominee with the popular vote.

1.  The faculty advisor with an additional staff member will tabulate the votes.   The chapter President may also choose to participate.

2.  In the case of a tie, only the nominees involved will be voted on again and the winner will be the one with the majority vote.

VI Duties of Officers

A.   The President shall:

 - Preside at all meetings and conduct them in accordance to policies

- Help plan and Serve as master of ceremonies for induction ceremony

- Check in once a week with the faculty advisor/check school email for information from advisor

- Complete a year end report in combination with executive committee to be kept on file within the school

 B.  The Vice-President shall:

 - Act as president in his/her absence

- Coordinate all committee work and projects

- Is responsible for recording chapter events with photos/ mementos as needed

- Check in once a week with the faculty advisor or chapter president/check school email for information from advisor

- Complete a year end report in combination with executive committee to be kept on file within the school

 C.  The Secretary shall:

- Keep the minutes of all meetings

- Keep record of all chapter projects and business

- Keep record of members service requirements/attendance at meetings

- Chapter correspondence such as thank you’s and invites

- Check in once a week with the faculty advisor or chapter president/check school email for information from advisor and update the members with emails and posted announcements. (It is the responsibility of members to check their school email/ chosen form of correspondence.)

- Complete a year end report in combination with executive committee to be kept on file within the school

D.  The Treasurer shall:

- Receive and disburse all funds of the chapter

- Keep an accurate account of all receipts and disbursements in accordance with school regulations

- Collect and deposit dues (Dues are determined to be assigned by advisor and all current  officers)

- Check in once a week with the faculty advisor or chapter president/check school email for information from advisor

- Complete a year end report in combination with executive committee to be kept on file within the school

E.  The Student Council Representative shall:

- Regularly attend all student council meetings in representation of the chapter

- He/She shall put all proposed school-related activities of the chapter before the council for approval

- He/She shall act as an envoy between the student body and the chapter

- Check in once a week with the faculty advisor or chapter president/check school email for information from advisor

- Complete a year end report in combination with executive committee to be kept on file within the school

All chapter records shall be kept on file within the school building under the purview of the principal and faculty advisor. 

VII The Executive Committee

The executive committee shall consist of the chapter officers and the faculty advisor.

The executive committee shall conduct the affairs of the chapter between business meetings and work together to propose and coordinate all chapter projects, events, and meeting agendas.

The committee shall meet at least once before each regular meeting when possible and before each ceremony.  These meetings will be scheduled by the President and faculty advisor.

VIII Meetings and Activities

The chapter will strive to hold at least one regular business meeting each month from September to May.

Meetings will be held after school or during lunch periods.

All meetings shall be scheduled by the President and advisor.

All meetings shall be held under the supervision of the chapter faculty advisor or by a designated appointee of the advisor.

All meetings shall be open except when a change is made by the principal or faculty advisor.

Special ceremonies will be held in the evening unless a change is agreed upon by the principal, faculty advisor, and chapter president.

Induction ceremonies will be listed on school calendar and the date decided upon by the principal and faculty advisor.

There shall be a majority vote for all business transactions.

IX Official Insignia

The Schalmont High School Chapter of the National Honor society shall recognize and utilize the official emblem selected by the National Council.

Upon induction, each member shall receive a card of membership bearing the official emblem and the signature of principal and a pin bearing the official emblem; A certificate may be used in place of the card if agreed upon by the principal and advisor.

Members in good standing are recognized at graduation by the presence of a honor cord.  The chapter secretary shall keep records and work with the advisor to create the checklist of members eligible for the cord.

X Amendments to the Bylaws

Proposed amendments must be submitted to the faculty advisor.

No BYLAW proposed or adopted may supersede the National Council Regulations and school policies.

Bylaws may be amended by majority approval of the faculty council and a two-thirds vote of the membership.