EPIC Charter Schools Chapter
NHS Official Colors: Blue and Gold
NHS Official Flower: Yellow Rose
NHS Official Motto – Noblesse Oblique – nobility obligates meaning that, your position in the National Honor Society obligates you to uphold its standards and bring honor to the society of which you are a member.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY PLEDGE
I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society
to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands;
I will be loyal to my school; and will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
The National Honor Society chapter of EPIC Charter Schools is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization.
Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school. There is no right to membership. It is a privilege bestowed upon a student by the faculty of the school.
NHS Service Projects
In order to remain active in the National Honor Society, students must participate in at least one service project or activity each year. EPIC will offer opportunities throughout the year, but students are welcome to submit hours from service projects of their choice in their area.
Volunteer Opportunities for National and National Junior Honor Society:
Non-Date Specific Opportunities. Go to the website to sign up for the date that works best for your schedule.
Animal Rescue Foundation of Tulsa
OKC Humane Society
Pet Angels Rescue
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (OKC area)
SafeHaven Animal Shelter
Tulsa Food Bank
*Also check with your local community centers, libraries, sports camps, mobile meals, etc for additional opportunities in your area.
Submit your Volunteer Hours
Include the contact person and their phone number so that the NHS adviser can confirm the service hours on the form found below.
Transferring NHS Membership to EPIC Charter Schools
Members of the National Honor Society are able to transfer membership from one school to another, so long as they meet all of the requirements for eligibility of NHS.
Those requirements are as follows:
- The student must have been initiated into the National Honor Society and have an official copy of their NHS certificate verifying their induction and share that information with the EPIC NHS sponsor.
- The student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above.
- The student must perform a service project each year to retain eligibility as a member of NHS.
If you or your student meets the requirements listed above and would like to maintain their membership in the National Honor Society through EPIC Charter Schools we ask that they please submit a copy of their certificate through the form below.
Once a copy of the certificate has been submitted the EPIC NHS Sponsor will review it and contact the student regarding their eligibility.
Graduating members of the EPIC chapter of NHS are recognized in the EPIC commencement program and given an official NHS hood to wear over their cap and gown at their EPIC Commencement.
- A student must have a 3.50 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale.
- A student who has been withdrawn for truancy during the past two semesters will be ineligible.
Those students who meet this criterion are invited by the Chapter Adviser to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership, character and service. Parent or Teacher nominations are not accepted.
Students selected for the National Honor Society demonstrate outstanding achievement in leadership. They have led in more than one capacity, and their experience includes leadership of their peers. The Faculty Council understands that sophomores may have had less time to build leadership experience. Sophomores applying for NHS display a developing pattern of leadership.
Aspects of leadership:
- Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions.
- Exercises positive influence on peers.
- Contributes ideas for improvements within the community and/or school environments.
- Is able to delegate responsibilities.
- Exemplifies positive attitudes.
- Inspires positive behavior in others.
- Demonstrates academic initiative.
- Demonstrates reliability and dependability.
In order to be selected for the National Honor Society, students must have experience with and commitment to school and/or community service. Students selected have participated in more than one service project or activity.
Examples of service:
- Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance.
- Willing to sacrifice to offer assistance.
- Works well with others and is willing to take on sometimes difficult and inconspicuous responsibilities.
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school or community.
- Shows courtesy by assisting others.
- Participates in some activity, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.
A candidate must have no recorded incidents of cheating or intentional dishonesty. Disciplinary records such as knowingly violating school regulations or truancy are considered during the application process. Instead, a candidate must be willing to assist others as well as to support ethical, acceptable behavior in all situations.
A person with good character:
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability).
- Upholds principles of morality and ethics.
- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in any work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
- Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability.
- Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required. To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council will solicit teacher input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership. Candidates can also submit letters of recommendation from members of the community who can objectively evaluate the candidate’s character, service and leadership qualities.
Applications will be considered ineligible for membership consideration for the following reasons:
- Student Activity Information Form is received after the designated deadline.
- Sections of the form are omitted.
- Missing signatures and contact information.
- Violating a school policy as determined by the EPIC Charter Schools administration.
All forms and letters are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.
Following selection notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at a designated location to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year (additional meetings scheduled on an as-needed basis) and participation in the chapter/individual service projects.
Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter advisor, Heather Harlan, at email@example.com.
As per the ECS NHS Handbook, a written letter may be sent stating that the student was not selected and a reason for that non-selection may be noted. Non-selected students can request an appeal within fourteen (14) days from notification of non-selection status. Students may ask how the selection process was conducted, but there is no requirement that an explanation of why a particular student was not selected be explained. A final decision will be made by the Faculty Council to confirm non-selection or change a candidate’s membership status.
Epic National Honor Society Membership Requirements:
We will make every effort to maintain communication with NHS members/parents throughout the course of the school year. In order to do that, we encourage all parties to take time to note the avenues of communication we will use.
NHS Facebook Group – NHS students are allowed and encouraged to join this private group. Within this group, members interact freely, share details regarding upcoming events, and more.
Email Communication – While it is likely we have your email address already, make sure you’re checking your email for any important messages we send to NHS members.
School Calendar – All Important NHS dates/events are listed on the school calendar. Be sure to check the event details for relevant information such as times, locations, and more.
Graduating Members – All 2020-2021 graduating NHS members are required to complete the Graduating Member Form so that their graduation can be verified and their stoles/hoods can be ordered and shipped. If you do not complete the form prior to the graduation deadline, you may not receive your NHS graduation gear prior to your graduation ceremony.
Adviser & Leadership
Heather Harlan is the EPIC Charter School Chapter Advisor for the National Honor Society. She may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.