Welcome to Saint Rita of Cascia High School’s National Honor Society website! The purpose of this organization 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.
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SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, CHARACTER, and SERVICE
Members of the National Honor Society excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Each student is expected to follow school code relative to academic honesty, school responsibilities and club/organization behavior code. Any member whose personal conduct is questionable in accordance with the accepted norms of student behavior may be dismissed.
Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 to be considered for membership in NHS.
NHS members are required to maintain a semester average of 3.00 GPA upon induction into the society. Students who fail to maintain a semester average of 3.00 are placed on probation the subsequent semester and are reinstated only if their semester average reaches 3.00. If it does not, they face dismissal from NHS.
Students who meet the requirements for the pillar of leadership must:
- Successfully hold school offices or positions of responsibility. Belonging to a club or participating in a sport or activity alone is not in itself considered leadership.
- Demonstrate leadership in the classroom and in school activities.
- Demonstrate leadership in promoting school activities.
- Demonstrate influence on peers in upholding school ideas.
- Exemplify positive attitudes and inspire positive behavior in others.
- Contribute ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
Students who meet the requirements for the pillar of character must:
- Demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability and observes instructions and rules faithfully both inside and outside of the classroom. (Candidates reported for cheating, plagiarism, lying, etc. are automatically disqualified from the evaluation process).
- Manifest truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, including all school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc. and is unwilling to profit at the expense of others.
- Shows courtesy, concern, empathy, and respect for others and consistently exemplifies desirable behavior (cheerful, friendly, etc.).
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
Students who meet the requirements for the pillar of service must:
- Complete a significant number of documented, verifiable service hours.
- Make themselves available and is willing to offer assistance, and is willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance.
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school and is willing to represent a class or the school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition.
- Do committee and staff work without complaint.
- Work well with others and is willing to take on leadership responsibilities.
MINIMUM REQUIRED SERVICE HOURS AND TUTORING HOURS:
Members must complete a minimum of six (6) credit hours of volunteer service per semester, and five (5) hours of tutoring per semester. Additional hours may be required if a member misses a mandatory meeting without filling out and submitting to Mrs. Earley an absence form indicating a VALID excuse.
All service hours must be recorded on official service forms and counted in increments of half hour and hours only, no minutes.
It is the responsibility of each member to submit his total hours by the deadlines. If service hours aren’t completed and submitted by the deadline to Mrs. Earley in Room 108, the NHS member will be removed from the organization roster and will not be reinstated throughout his high school career.
If a member is unable to attend a mandatory NHS meeting, they must fill out a form explaining the reason to Mrs. Earley, Room 108, within one week of the meeting. Failure to do so, will result in an additional required service hour. NHS members are allowed only ONE valid excused meeting absences per semester. If a member submits TWO in a semester, regardless of reason, they must complete one extra hour of service. If a member fails to fill out a form or completes a form with an invalid excuse, they are also required to complete one extra hour of service.
Seniors who do not meet NHS requirements are considered inactive and are denied the privilege of wearing the gold NHS tassel and/or gold cord at graduation. NHS members who flagrantly violate school policy or civil laws, can be dismissed without warning.