NHS FAQ

FAQ {Frequently asked questions}:

  1. What is NHS?
    NHS is National Honor Society. It is nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and other territories. The organization consists of many chapters in high schools and focuses on scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
  2. How can I join NHS?
    You must fulfill certain requirements to be inducted into the NHS. You can find the NEW NHS requirements for induction this year in the letter posted at the end of last school year (2016-2017) on the main page for our NHS website. You must however, be a sophomore, junior or senior.
  3. Where do I find all of NHS deadlines and important dates?
    You can find all important dates and deadlines on the NHS calendar page. As well as will receive reminders through the REMIND communication app.
  4. What do I need to demonstrate scholarship?
    As an inductee or continuing member, you must maintain a 3.75 weighted cumulative grade point average or higher. You will also have to be in at least 2 honors classes or AP classes. If you do not maintain the appropriate GPA, you will receive a probation letter first semester. If you are still not in compliance with requirements, second semester, you will receive a letter of dismissal and an opportunity to appeal in front of the NHS Faculty Council.
  5. What do I need to demonstrate leadership?
    As an inductee or continuing member, find opportunities in your classes, community, and school in which you can lead activities, groups, or lead in leadership positions. You should also work diligently to keep a clean disciplinary record.
  6. What do I need to fulfill my service requirement?
    As a potential inductee
    who is desiring to apply, if you are a senior student you will need to fulfill 30 hours of community service within the school or in the community to be considered for acceptance. If you are a junior, you must fulfill 20 hours of service and sophomores fulfill 10 hours. As a continuing member you must participate in the Fall and Spring Whole Society service project (total of 10 hours minimum per year) and fulfill 2 hours of service minimum per semester at the Ocean Palms Elementary D.E.N. program. As an inductee, you must participate in the Spring Whole Society service project (total of 5 hours minimum), you must also fulfill 2 hours of service minimum at the Ocean Palms Elementary D.E.N. program. If you fail to participate in the service project(s) or O.P.E., you may risk being dismissed from the society.
  7. Is there an NHS scholarship?
    Yes.  If you are a senior and are interested, an announcement will be made towards the Spring to pick up a form.
  8. When are meetings?
    See the NHS calendar. There will be one meeting in the fall and one in the spring. Both are held in the auditorium and begin at 8:45 AM. Sign-in begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 8:45 AM. You will be reminded through the REMIND app of meetings.
  9. How many meetings can I miss?
    Due to the fact that meetings are only held three times in a school year, it is a membership requirement to be present at each meeting. If you are a new member you will only be expected to attend two. If you are to be excused you must present an advisor with a parent/guardian letter prior to your absence or 24 hours after your absence. You are responsible to obtain the information missed.
  10. What happens if I resign or get dismissed from NHS?
    If you resign or are dismissed, you will not be permitted to apply again.
  11. How much are the dues?
    A check of $20 must be paid annually along with a contract signed for new membership or continuing membership. Checks must be made payable to PVHS with a memo NHS dues and member name.
  12. What will I need to include in my application?
    You can read the parent informational letter for more details, however, you will need to include a paragraph on leadership, service, and character as well as a copy of your schedule.
  13. Will I need recommendations for my NHS new membership application?
    Yes, you should have two teachers from different subjects, one administrator, dean or staff member send a brief email to your advisors (3 emails in total).  These emails will be printed by the advisors and added to your application. In the email they should confirm that you have no disciplinary record and that you demonstrate the four pillars of the National Honor Society: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. You should notify the faculty and staff no less than 1 week in advance and should ask that they email the appropriate sponsors according to your last name.If your last name starts with A-M the emails should be sent to Mrs. López-Cortés. If your last name starts with N-Z the emails should be sent to Mrs. Alonzo. Please see the NHS Advisors page for their email contact information.
  14. How will I keep track of my NHS Service hours?
    You must maintain a service portfolio with all your service forms signed. You can get service forms from the guidance office or print from PVHS website. Before service collection deadline you will be expected to create a service cover sheet for the semester and can find a sample of it in the NHS Service page or contact the NHS Service advisor Mrs. Alonzo.