Bishop Stanley J. Ott Chapter of the National Honor Society

Mission Statement:  The mission 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.

Duties:
1. attend meetings
2. provide tutoring
3. perform one service project per year
4. plan Induction Ceremony

Membership: Students whose weighted G.P.A. is 3.5 after completing five semesters of high school work may apply for membership

Participation and Grade Requirements: Students must maintain weighted 3.5 G.P.A.

Membership Statistics: Membership varies from 23-30 Seniors each year.

National Honor Society Selection Procedure
NHS Members must meet four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
1. Students with a weighted GPA of at least 3.5 for four semesters (junior class) or six semesters (senior class) are invited by letter to apply for membership. The invitation letter includes an Information Form which must be completed by the applicant in order to review a student’s scholarship, service, and leadership abilities.

2. Those completing and returning applications by the deadline are considered by the Faculty Selection Council, a committee of 4- 5 teachers approved by the principal.

3. Strength of a student’s course work is considered as a part of the scholarship requirement.

Honors classes in 5 content areas: 5 points
Honors classes in 4 content areas: 4 points
Honors classes in 3 content areas: 3 points
Honors classes in 2 content areas: 2 points
Honor classes in 1 content area: 1 point
No Honors classes: 0 points

4. The Faculty Council then evaluates all applicants on the basis of leadership and service. Each teacher on the Faculty Council receives a packet of Information Forms in which a student has outlined his/her examples of service and leadership. The student names are blocked out so that each teacher bases his/her evaluation on the merit of the completed form. Teachers score each applicant from 1 – 5 in leadership and from 1-5 in service. (5 is high, 3 is average, 1 is low.)

5. Faculty Council members receive a list of the names of the students who passed the service/leadership evaluation. If a Council member has a concern about the character of any applicant, he or she will notify the Moderator, who will then confer with the administration about these concerns. In addition, the list is given to the Dean of Discipline who reviews each applicant’s disciplinary record. Administration may deny an applicant for disciplinary reasons.

6. Administration and the Faculty Council determine a cut off score for admission.

7. Each applicant is informed in writing of his/her acceptance and asked if he or she would like to abide by the rules and standards of NHS. Those replying in the affirmative are inducted.

Club Moderator: Joshua Zeringue / jzeringue@smhsbr.org