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.
- Students in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades who have attended at least one semester at Epic are eligible for membership.
- A student must have a 3.50 cumulative GPA better on a 4.0 scale.
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 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 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 adviser, Beth Powell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 candidate’s membership status.
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.