National Honor Society:
Robert Joyce Chapter

Sponsor: Mrs. Christina Sutter
Contact: Christina_sutter@mcpsmd.org


What is the National Honor Society?

Established in 1921, the National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes outstanding students who exhibit excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Its purpose is to further develop these students through active involvement in school activities and community service. 

The four pillars of the National Honor Society:

Scholarship: Members must have a strong academic background and must maintain an acceptable grade point average. 

Service: Members are expected to serve and participate in their community through their actions and projects.

Leadership: Members must demonstrate their leadership within the school community and must have exhibited leadership before membership. Student leaders should be resourceful, problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, and dependable. As an NHS chapter, one service project is completed each year that members can participate. In addition, members are expected to guide other students (tutoring/mentoring) and participate in community service on their own. 

Character: Members are held to a higher standard of conduct and serve as examples to their fellow students. They must conduct themselves in a respectable manner and demonstrate honesty and reliability.

2019 - 2020 Executive Board

Lucas Glander - President

Colleen Barrett - Vice President

Monica Blassau - Secretary

Fatym Tourey - Treasurer

Mrs. Sutter - Advisor


Obligations of an NHS member:

Scholarship

NHS members are expected to maintain the standard GPA under which they were accepted into the organization.  

  • Members inducted prior to the 2018-2019 school year must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 and a WGPA of 3.5. 

  • For those members inducted in spring of 2019 or later a  CGPA of 3.6 AND WGPA of 4.1 is required to maintain an NHS membership.  

Service

25 Hours

  • Members are required to earn 25 Service hours each year they are in the NHS. Members are expected to complete these hours during the school year. Fifteen of the twenty-five hours must be through tutoring This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Lunchtime tutoring for a specific teacher

  • 1:1 tutoring

  • Tutoring at the Rocking Horse Community Center

  • Tutoring at Wood Middle School or an elementary school

  • Mentoring through Rockville City or the Adopt a Freshman program

  •  Tutoring of siblings is NOT acceptable as this would be a familial obligation rather than a service opportunity.    

 

  • It is expected that these service hours will be completed during the school year.  

  • Service Hours must be verified by an adult who can attest to the fact that the tutoring took place for the specified amount of time.   Service Hour verification is completed through the completion of an NHS Service Hours Log or and SSL form. If you choose to use SSL hours for NHS, you MUST submit one copy to the SSL coordinator and a second copy to the NHS advisor.  

  • Service Hours must be reported by the end of the month following the month they were completed.  Example: Service Hours completed in September must be reported by October 31. Service hours completed in May and June must be reported by the last day of school.   

  • Members are also expected to participate in chapter service projects. 

  •  Juniors who do not complete hours are subject to a faculty board hearing. Seniors who do not complete hours will not receive the NHS garment for graduation.

Personal Project

  • Members are required to complete their own, personal service project.

    • Personal Service projects must be approved prior to implementation.  

    • Projects must demonstrate service and leadership.  If it is a group project, each member of the group must submit their own approval form with emphasis on the leadership role they will play in completing the project.  

    • Students may use IB projects and/or projects completed in conjunction with other organizations (ie Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Youth Groups) as long as they contain BOTH leadership and service components.  

    • Personal Service Projects must be completed and submitted by March 1 of senior year in order for students to be able to order graduation regalia.  

Chapter Projects

  • Members are expected to participate in at least one chapter project per school year.  

 

Dues

  • There is a yearly $15 dollar membership dues.

  • Dues can be paid at the September and October chapter meetings or online. 

  • If paying by cash, please be sure that the cash is in an envelope with your name printed neatly on the outside. 

  • If the yearly dues constitutes a financial hardship, please see the chapter advisor concerning a waiver. 

  • Failure to pay dues by October 31 may affect your status as a member in good standing.   

 

Meetings

  • Meetings are mandatory and occur twice monthly on dates specified by the NHS President. 

  • If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may attend electronically by reviewing the Google Slides and certifying that you have read them by leaving a  comment. 

  • Failure to attend at least 75% of meetings may affect your status as a member in good standing.   

Character

  • Members of the NHS are expected to be role models for the entire RHS school community.

  • Any instance of academic dishonesty may affect your status as a member in good standing.  Students who demonstrate academic dishonesty or repeated violations of the student code of conduct may be brought before the faculty council for dismissal from the organization. 

  • Members are expected to review the presentation on Academic Integrity and adhere to the standards set forth.   

 

Benefits of being an NHS member

  • Membership is nationally recognized

  • Local recognition for achievements in the four pillars

  • More involvement in the school and student-led activities

  • Opportunity to lead student-run committees and activities

  • Benefit and help the surrounding community through service

Structure of the NHS 

  • Faculty adviser: The adviser provides guidance to the members and serves as a link between the NHS students and the rest of the faculty

  • NHS President: The president is elected by the NHS, runs each meeting, prepares the agenda for each meeting, and serves as the student leader of the entire chapter.

  • NHS Vice President: The vice president possesses the same qualifications as the president, plans and conducts meetings with the president, and assumes leadership in the president’s absence. 

  • NHS Secretary: The secretary records the events of each meeting by writing minutes that are filed for later reference, records members’ attendance of meetings, and keeps track of the members’ records of service.

  • NHS Treasurer: The treasurer handles the chapter’s funds and keeps record of the chapter’s spending. They keep track of NHS member fees.

  • Tutor-location Officers: These officers are assigned to specific schools where NHS members can tutor students. They provide information to the rest of the NHS about these tutoring opportunities and are responsible for making sure each location has a sufficient number of tutors.

Election Process

The members of the current year’s NHS elect the student officers for the next year’s NHS. The candidate for each position prepares a short 5 minute speech and any handouts or papers to distribute for presentation during a set date. Candidates present even if they are running unopposed. Members of the NHS listen and cast anonymous ballots.  

 

Selection Process

To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a member of the Sophomore or Junior Class. Ninth  graders are not eligible. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester.

The standard for scholarship shall be a scholastic average of at least a 3.6 cumulative GPA and a 4.1 weighted GPA.  Candidates must have a minimum of 75 hours of Student Service Learning on record with MCPS. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of leadership, and character. Candidates will be required to give character and leadership references from the faculty.  At least one reference must be from a coach or club advisor.

 The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser shall review with the principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations.

 The selection procedure shall be as follows:

  1. In February, the chapter advisor will identify those sophomores and juniors who meet the academic and service criteria. 

  2. Those students who meet the academic and service criteria will be given a letter inviting them to submit a Candidate’s packet for consideration to become a member of the National Honor Society.

  3. Students will be asked to name three faculty member (teachers/coaches/advisors) who can serve as a reference to their leadership and character.  Information from these references will be considered in conjunction with their written responses to questions asked in the candidate’s packet.

  4. The faculty council will review candidates’ packets and determine which students have met the threshold for membership.