Membership Obligations

To remain an NHS member in good standing, students must:

  • participate in the NHS service projects
  • complete ten hours of additional community service within the school year
  • serve as a guide or usher for at least two school events
  • maintain a G.P.A. of a 3.7 (out of 5.0) or higher
  • act as a positive role model and representative of Burlington High School
  • maintain excellence and integrity in leadership, scholarship, character, and service
  • attend all NHS meetings
  • pay NHS annual dues

NHS WHOLE BODY SERVICE PROJECTS

Each year, the BHS chapter of NHS works to organize, develop, and facilitate at least two service projects in which the whole body is expected to participate. We try to vary our projects and attempt to serve a vast number of people. During the 2011-2012 school year, the NHS projects included a community yard sale to benefit the Arc of Massachusetts, and participation in Project Linus. During the 2012-2013 school year, we held an Anti-Bullying week and also participated in hunger-related activities, such as a canned food drive and the Walk for Hunger in Boston. Service project ideas are presented to the whole body at NHS meetings, and we determine which projects we will run based on the results of a vote. All members are encouraged to present service project ideas. Please see one of the NHS advisors for details on how to submit a project concept, as this process will vary situationally.

If a member does not participate in the whole body service projects, he/she will lose status as a member in good standing and will be placed on probation. The NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, the student will have to exemplify his/her commitment to community service by completing a project that serves the same community affected by the efforts of the whole body. This service project must be approved by the NHS advisors. If a student does not fulfill this requirement within the school year, he/she will be subject to dismissal from the BHS chapter of NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

In addition to the work students do for the whole body NHS service projects, members are expected to maintain their commitment to community service by completing at least five hours of volunteer work outside of NHS sponsored events. This type of service can be fulfilled through school projects, such as Adopt-a-Class hours or volunteer projects for other clubs. It can also be accomplished outside of school. This service should be directed toward the betterment of the community – school, local, state, national, or global. Community service  is time given freely of one’s own will to participate in unpaid activities that benefit the community. These service hours must be completed within the school year, each school year a student is a member of BHS NHS. The executive board and advisors will do their best to keep members informed of service opportunities. Members can record their hours on the COMMUNITY SERVICE SUBMISSION FORM.

If a member who is a sophomore or junior fails to complete these service hours, he/she will no longer be a member in good standing and will be placed on probation. The NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status.  While on probation, he/she is expected to complete a minimum of seven hours of community service by the end of the summer in order to return to school the following year as an NHS member in good standing. If he/she does not complete this additional service, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.

If a member who is a senior fails to complete these service hours by the end of April, the NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. If he/she does not complete the hours by the end of the school year,  he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not graduate high school as an NHS member.

SCHOOL SERVICE : GUIDES AND USHERS

Over the course of every school year, BHS hosts events that require student volunteers. Some examples of these events are as follows: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Scholarship Night, FAFSA Day, The Fall Play, The Spring Musical. Each NHS member must serve as a guide or usher for at least one of these events. As the dates for each event are provided, the NHS advisors and executive board members will inform the NHS membership and request volunteers.

If a member fails to complete this school service by the end of the school year, he/she will be placed on probation and will no longer be a member in good standing. The NHS advisor(s) will meet with this student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and provide him/her with written notification of this change in membership status. He/She will have to determine an alternate way to serve the school by the end of the school year OR (if the member is a sophomore or junior) serve as a volunteer for at least two school events during the following year. His/Her probationary status will not be removed until he/she volunteers for both events. If he/she fails to do so, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.

SCHOLARSHIP: G.P.A. OF A 3.7 (OUT OF 5.0) OR HIGHER

Each member is expected to maintain a G.P.A. of a 3.7 or higher in order to remain an NHS member in good standing. If it comes to the advisors’ attention that a member’s G.P.A. has fallen below a 3.7, the advisor(s) will meet with the student to place him/her on probationary status, and present the student with written notification of this change in status. The member must then develop a plan to raise his/her G.P.A. by the end of the following semester.

If the student fails to raise his/her G.P.A. to one acceptable by the NHS advisor(s) and prove dedication to scholarship by the end of the following semester, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council.  If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for NHS selection again.

If the student on probationary status is a senior, and does not raise his/her G.P.A. to one acceptable by the NHS advisors and prove dedication to scholarship by the end of the school year, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not graduate as an NHS member.

CHARACTER and SCHOLARSHIP: MAINTAINING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

If it comes to the attention of the advisor(s) that an NHS member committed an act of academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism or another form of cheating, the advisor(s) will meet with this student and inform him/her of his/her probationary status, and present him/her with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, he/she is expected to maintain academic integrity and exemplify positive classroom behavior and dedication to scholarship. The advisors will consult the student’s teachers by the end of the next semester to ensure this student  has met the NHS expectations. If the student has met these expectations, the student’s membership status will be returned to a member in good standing. If the student has not met these expectations, the student will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, the student will not be eligible for membership again.

CHARACTER: FUNCTIONING AS A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AND REPRESENTATIVE OF BHS

All members are expected to exemplify each of the six desirable qualities of good character outlined in the membership prerequisites; he/she must be respectful, mature, responsible, fair, trustworthy, and honest. NHS members must conduct themselves with a strength of character both inside and outside of school. Additionally, NHS member are expected to maintain positive digital citizenship.

If it comes to the attention of the advisor(s) that a member is displaying negative character traits and not meeting the character expectations of NHS, the advisor(s) will meet with this student to inform him/her that he/she is on probationary status, and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, the student must seek to rectify his/her character infractions and maintain a strength of character. The advisor(s) will meet with this student again by the end of the year and provide a determination about his/her membership status. If the student fails to improve his/her character in a way acceptable to the advisor(s), he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS  by the Faculty Council. If dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.

PARTICIPATION/ATTENDANCE

Each member is expected to attend all NHS meetings that are announced at least two weeks in advance. If a student cannot attend due to a schedule conflict, he/she must submit a written request for an excusal from the meeting. This written request must be sent to the Executive Board members and the advisor(s) at least 48 hours before the meeting. It must outline the reasons why the student cannot attend, and how the student plans to obtain the information presented at the meeting and make up any activities completed during the meeting. The Executive Board members and advisor(s) will determine whether or not the absence is excused. Each member is allowed two excused absences within the course of the school year, as long as he/she is granted approval and makes up for the missed time as instructed by the executive board and advisors. Additional excused absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

If a member does not obtain approval for an absence or does not make up the missed time for an excused absence, he/she will be placed on probation The NHS advisor(s) will meet with the student to inform him/her of his/her probationary status and present the student with written notification of this change in membership status. While on probation, he/she must make up the time and activity covered during the meeting. Additionally, he/she must add an hour of community service to his/her service requirement. If a student fails to do so, he/she will be subject to dismissal from NHS by the Faculty Council and, if dismissed, he/she will not be eligible for membership again.

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