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Welcome to the National Honor Society Webpage!



The National Honor Society is the leader among organizations and societies that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of service, leadership, character, citizenship, and scholarship. Oneonta City Schools has a National Junior Honor Society which consist of Jr. High students, as well as the National Honor Society which is comprised of Sr. High students.

The outstanding accomplishment areas are defined as follows:

Service is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit. Leadership is defined by the students who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school and community activities while working with or for others. The student with good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has high regard from freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs. Last but not least, scholarship, is reflected by the the students who excel academically in the classroom. Students who are members of the National Honor Society are expected to maintain an 90 or higher cumulative average.

Reminders for members of the NHS as well as the NJHS are as follows:

  1. Members must maintain a cumulative average of 90 or higher. (No rounding of numbers) If a student's average falls below 90 he/she will be placed on probation and may not be allowed to participate in the induction ceremony of new members.
  2. Members who serve an out of school suspension for violation of school handbook policies may be dismissed from the Honor Society after "due process" hearing held by the faculty council.
  3. Members who are punished with ISS (in school suspension) will not be allowed to participate in the induction ceremony of new members but can maintain their membership.

Selection Process:

  1. Candidates must have a cumulative average of 90.
  2. Students who are automatically eligible will be given a student information form to fill out and return to the sponsor by deadline.
  3. Chapter sponsors will prepare a list os students who are academically eligible for the faculty to rate each candidate on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest) in the following areas: SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, CHARACTER, and CITIZENSHIP. Assistant principal will examine list for detention and or in-school-suspension and present information to chapter sponsors.
  4. Principal will appoint a five member Faculty Review Council who will review all information.
  5. Faculty Council may wish to interview candidates personally. The five member council will vote on each candidate. Those candidates receiving a majority vote will be invited to be inducted into the chapter.
  6. Candidates not selected for membership will be informed by the chapter sponsors.

FYI: Over the summer, as a voluntary contribution, each member of the National Honor Society (NHS) performed 10 hours of community service.

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