NHS Member Contract
East Ridge High School
National Honor Society
Membership Contract Agreement 2019-2020
Having met the rigorous requirements for National Honor Society (NHS) membership, each member recognizes their ongoing responsibility to maintain those same high standards. Admission requirements include clear evidence of Scholarship (minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA), Service (see service requirements below), Leadership (see membership requirements below) and exemplary Character (no disciplinary action). Failure to maintain admission standards may result in dismissal from NHS and forfeit of all rights and privileges related to NHS membership.
Failure to maintain GPA, either on a progress report or grading period, will place the member on immediate probation. Amends must be made and GPA must be reestablished by the next progress report or grading period, to have probation lifted. Failure to have probation lifted will result in immediate dismissal from NHS and a forfeit of all rights and privileges related to NHS membership. Any member placed on academic probation that fulfills the requirements to lift probation cannot fail to maintain their GPA again. Any member that fails to maintain GPA again, either on a progress report or a grading period, will be immediately dismissed from NHS and forfeit of all rights and privileges related to NHS membership.
If a member receives disciplinary action, they will be immediately placed on probation. The member will have two weeks to supply NHS officers with amends. They must be implemented within 30 days of the disciplinary action to be relieved of probation. If amends are not made within the given timeline, dismissal from NHS will be immediate. If amends are made, and the member receives a second disciplinary action, immediate dismissal will occur with no opportunity for amends. All rights and privileges of NHS membership will be forfeited.
In addition to maintaining admission standards, all members must meet the obligations of membership. Membership obligations include (but are not limited to) the following:
Members MUST maintain routine communication with NHS and NHS officers. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure two-way communication is maintained. The most common form of communication is via email, however, communication is not limited to email alone. Failure to maintain communication, either by providing inaccurate contact information or neglecting to check communication pathways, may result in immediate dismissal from NHS. Repeated failure to maintain communication will result in immediate dismissal with no opportunity to make amends. All rights and privileges of NHS membership will be forfeited.
100% participation in all NHS activities is required. If members are unable to commit to 100% participation in NHS activities, it is recommended membership be discontinued. NHS is a Service organization. All NHS activities will be service oriented. As a result, 100% participation in all NHS activities is required. Participation means physical presence providing a sincere and significant contribution to the service event.
As noted in the National Constitution, Article XIV: Activities, Section 4:
“Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.”
When planning and developing this individual project, members must follow guidelines as noted in Article XIV, Section 3: “These projects shall have the following characteristics: Fulfill a need within the school or community; have the support of the administration and the faculty; be appropriate and educationally defensible; be well planned, organized, and executed.”
Use the Individual Service Project form to plan and implement your project. All project proposals must be submitted for approval by January 1, 2020. All Projects must be completed by a date to be determined by vote at an official NHS meeting. Failure to meet either of these deadlines will result in immediate dismissal from NHS and a forfeiture of all the rights and privileges associated with NHS membership.
All members must be present at no less than 80% of NHS meetings. Meeting days/times are determined by the NHS Bylaws. It is the member’s responsibility to arrange their schedule to include meeting attendance. Because NHS activities are determined at NHS meetings, it is in the member’s best interest to be present at each meeting to negotiate potential scheduling conflicts that may interfere with a member’s ability to maintain NHS membership. 80% allows members to miss two (out of 10) meetings. Members missing a 2ND meeting will be placed on probation. Members missing a 3rd meeting will be immediately dismissed and forfeit all rights and privileges associated with NHS membership.
All members will have the opportunity to review and recommend revisions to the ERHS NHS Bylaws. It is our aim to ensure our membership proudly maintains the high standards set forth by the National Honor Society. NHS members are encouraged to review the NHS Constitution available at http://www.nhs.us/.
I have read the requirements for maintaining membership in the National Honor Society at East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida. I understand these requirements. I will maintain the required points per grading period to remain an NHS member in good standing. I am prepared to uphold the high standards of NHS membership at East Ridge High School and agree to forfeit the rights of membership in the event I am unable to maintain these standards.
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