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Election to the National Honor Society is a privilege awarded to selected students based on criteria in compliance with national guidelines.  Selection to the Peru High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is based upon scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  Membership is not automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance.  The names of students that qualify academically are submitted to faculty members for rating based on a 4 point rubric.  Comments from the faculty are requested.  These individual ratings and comments will be kept confidential.

 

The academic qualifications for selection to the Peru High School Honor Society is a cumulative grade point average of 9.0 on the present 12.0 scale.  Membership is limited to the junior or senior class.  The selection process begins for eligible students after semester 1 of their junior year.  The criteria to be selected as a junior requires that more than half of the student’s education must be at PHS.

 

Transfer students who have less than the required number of attendance terms at PHS may be considered as seniors and may be eligible, based upon faculty council discretion.  Transfer students who were already members of NHS will receive automatic membership to the PHS chapter pending a letter of recommendation from their previous NHS school sponsor or principal.

 

Students who meet the academic and attendance criteria will be requested to submit evidence of service, leadership, and school involvement by filling out the application and returning it to the faculty sponsor prior to consideration by the faculty council.  Candidates are responsible to complete all sections of the application.  All completed applications must be turned into the chapter adviser by the application deadline.  No extensions will be granted.  Incomplete applications will be given NO further consideration.  All completed applications are forwarded to the Faculty Council.

 

There will be one induction ceremony held in the spring of the year.  Induction is required to be a member.  Membership dues are $10.00.

Leadership

            -Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities

            -Exercises influence on peers on upholding school ideas

            -Inspires positive behavior in others

            -Demonstrates leadership in classroom, work, and school activities

            -Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility he or she accepts

            -Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school

Service

            -Willingness to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude

            -Participates in some outside activity

            -Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities

            -Willingness to render cheerfully and enthusiastically any requested service to the school

            -Readiness to show courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students

Character

            -Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality, cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, and stability

            -Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.

            -Positive behavior, no record of skipping classes or knowingly violating school regulations, no record of cheating or intentional dishonesty

            -Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness in obligations both inside and outside of the classroom

            -Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or negative environment

 

Following receipt of candidate information and faculty rubric ratings and recommendations, a faculty council consisting of five faculty members meets with the honor society sponsor to review the candidates.  Selection is based upon the faculty council’s review of the faculty rubrics and recommendations and the majority opinion of the faculty council.  All decisions are final.  All candidates are notified in writing, during the school day, on the results of the selection process.  Students not selected must present a written letter of appeal to the principal within 5 days of notification of their non-selection, if they wish further consideration or information to be presented.  The principal decides if he wishes the council to reconsider the non-selection.  Junior students not selected may be considered the following year if they again meet the selection qualifications.  Students selected but failing to maintain standards will be notified and counseled by the sponsor.  Students can be dismissed by the council for failure to bring grades back up to standard or failure to complete service projects or failure to attend the monthly meetings.  Disciplinary, legal, or behavior/character issues could warrant the council’s dismissal of a member.

 

The four point rubric is as follows:

 

 

4

3

2

1

SCORE

           
 

High evidence of

Sufficient

Minimal evidence

No evidence of

 
 

leadership 

evidence of

of leadership

leadership 

 

Leadership

qualities/positions

leadership

qualities/positions

qualities/positions

 
   

qualities/positions

     
           
           
           
 

Outstanding signs

Sufficient signs of

Minimal signs of

No signs of

 
 

of volunteering/

volunteering/

volunteering/

volunteering/ service

Service

service in/out of

service in/out of

service in/out of

in/out of school; and/

 

school; and/or

school; and/or

school; and/or

or interscholastic

 
 

interscholastic

interscholastic

interscholastic

competition

 
 

competition

competition

competition

   
           
           
           
 

Strong demonstration

Average

Minimal

No demonstration

 

Character

of respect,

demonstration

demonstration of

of respect,

 
 

responsibility,

of respect,

respect,

responsibility,

 
 

trustworthiness,

responsibility

responsibility,

trustworthiness,

 
 

fairness, caring,

trustworthiness,

trustworthiness,

fairness, caring,

 
 

and citizenship

fairness, caring,

fairness, caring,

and citizenship

 
   

and citizenship

and citizenship