NHS members must continue to demonstrate service throughout their senior year.
The National Constitution requires that local chapter members complete one large chapter service project (i.e. food drive, spirit week awareness, etc.) and also complete individual service hours each month. The GHS requirement for individual service hours is twice a cycle, or six hours a month. Students have two options to complete these service hours:
1.) GHS peer tutoring. Members are assigned tutoring responsibilities during two of their opens each cycle. Assignment can be made to Stand By Me peer tutoring, the AVID classroom, the STARS classroom, as peer tutors with teachers in freshman science or math classes, individually matched with a student needing specific help; or in a learning center as an “on-call” tutor for that block. These assignments can be fluid as the need for tutors ebbs and flows, but every student choosing this option will “lose” two of their opens. With prior permission from the NHS adviser, tutors may miss their scheduled time if they need to meet with a teacher, or make up a test. Students with no opens need to do option 2, below.
2.) Individual hours plan. Members can create their own service hours “project” using any of the approved service hours from the “accepted” hours list (this is found under the Four Criteria tab). They may continue to serve where they originally earned their hours for membership or join a new organization. Members choosing Option 2 must submit an Individual Service Plan for approval. In order to maintain stability with the school-based tutoring program, members can only begin their own Individual Service Plan at the start of school, and the start of the third marking period. Members are required to document six hours of service each month. Once a service plan has been created, it can be used for the entire year. Students already on a service plan can also change what they are doing for service as the need arises as long as they submit a new service plan indicating the change. They can also terminate an individual plan at any time and join the GHS peer tutoring program. Information about the service plan, and an application, will be included in the packet that eligible students will be given in the spring of junior year.
Dismissal from the Chapter
Members who do not maintain the chapter’s standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character are subject to dismissal from the chapter. Although students may be warned of failure to maintain standards, no warning is required in a case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law and the faculty council can immediately schedule a disciplinary hearing. A written notice with the time and date of the hearing will be provided to the affected student.
Members not fulfilling their service hours requirement also risk being dismissed.