Students must indicate their interest in membership by submitting an NHS Candidate Information Form. The CIF is not an application for admission; rather it is a data collection form that assists the Faculty Council in selecting students for membership in the NHS.
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I. Academic Criteria
- Membership in the Candangos chapter of the National Honor Society is based upon scholarship, service, leadership and character. To be considered for selection to membership, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of at least one semester at EAB.
- Candidates eligible for selection must be members of the Sophomore, Junior or Senior class. Only grades earned while attending the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades at Escola Americana de Brasilia will be considered to determine eligibility for membership of this chapter.
- Students must have a minimum grade point average of 90 to be considered for membership. GPA will be calculated from the official EAB transcript and will be determined to 1 decimal point of accuracy. This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy. Candidate eligibility shall then be considered on service, leadership and character.
- During the first quarter, a list of candidates is posted. A student who believes he is eligible for candidacy and whose name is not on the list is invited to submit his name to the adviser. The adviser will recheck the scholarship rating, and if it is found that the student is eligible, the name will be added to the list.
II. Service, Leadership and Character Assessment
Once the list of candidates for possible selection is established, the following steps will take place:
- Student candidates must indicate their interest in membership by submitting a Candidate Information Form. The CIF is not an application for admission; rather it is a data collection form that assists the Faculty Council in selecting students for membership in the NHS. The CIF asks for information which consists of:
- An Essay
- A self-report form listing indicators of leadership, service, co-curricular activities and special awards and/or recognition
- The upper school faculty, without consultation, will individually rate each candidate on leadership, service and character (see below for further information).
- The NHS Faculty Council, consisting of five upper school teachers appointed by the upper school principal, will review each candidate's academic transcript, CIF, and the teachers' rating sheets. From this information, the NHS Faculty Council will select the candidates who will be inducted into the National Honor Society.
- All student submitted information, faculty ratings and council discussions are confidential and will not be made public.
- Candidates who are selected for induction will be inducted into the National Honor Society at the NHS Induction in October.
III. Probation and Dismissal from NHS
Those students who are members of the NHS and whose GPA drops below 90 will be placed on probation and will be issued a written warning by the NHS Faculty Council. The warning must be issued no more than 20 school days into a marking period. Recuperation of the GPA must be made by the end of the marking period following the one in which the warning was first issued. Failure to raise the GPA to the required 90 by the specified period will result in dismissal from the society.
Students who display behavior that violates the National Honor Society ideals pertaining to leadership, character and service, will be referred to the NHS Faculty Council. The NHS Faculty Council will review the situation and make a recommendation regarding possible probation or dismissal from the NHS.
SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, and CHARACTER
Service: This quality 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: Student leaders are those 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 or community activity while working with or for others.
Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.
Character: The student of 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.
All faculty and administrative members will be given a list of eligible candidates for induction and asked to rate each student on a scale of 1 - 4 on those qualities noted above for leadership and service and below for character (all from NHS Handbook), on the following scale:
1 point - negative, non productive
2 points - cooperative, but passive
3 points - receptive, constructive, and productive
4 points - exceptional, creative, unusual
..takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
..constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
..upholds principles of morality and ethics
..cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
..demonstrates highest standards of honesty and reliability
..shows courtesy, concern, respect for others
..observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness in obligations both inside and outside of the classroom
..has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
..manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience of rules, in avoiding cheating in written work, and in showing unwillingness to profit from the mistakes of others.
Teachers will score only those students with whom they are familiar.
Membership from NJHS does not transfer to NHS.
Candidates should keep in mind that they are submitting a Candidate Information Form (CIF) to the Faculty Council to inform the council of their accomplishments in the areas of service, leadership and character. At the same time, the Faculty Council will be receiving information from teachers, coaches, and advisers, etc. The CIF form doesn't guarantee a place in the honor society. It simply serves as part of the information-gathering phase.