Welcome to the
National Honor Society at
Central Bucks High School - West!
The National Honor Society is a nationwide service organization which exists in most high schools around the country.
Current NHS members should check the Calendar for upcoming events & important forms.
Students interested in membership should read the information in the link 'Becoming a Member' to the left.
REGARDING SIMILARLY-NAMED ORGANIZATIONS:
At different times throughout the year, CB West students receive letters from organizations whose names sound very similar to the National Honor Society. These organizations frequently charge a fee for membership. It is important for CB West students to know that there is one and only National Honor Society, and we do not charge membership fees.
If you have any questions about the value of joining those organizations, we suggest you speak to your guidance counselor before you pay any membership fees.
If you have any questions about joining the CB West chapter of the National Honor Society, click on the link "Becoming a Member" on the left side of this page.
All members are required to attend all meetings. Sports practices and work are not considered legitimate excuses. Our schedule of meetings are published on our calendar a year in advance, so you should make arrangements to be at every meeting. If a meeting has to be missed because of an emergency or a game, members have 2 days to pick up the minutes with Ms. Graney in order to receive credit for the meeting. If minutes are not picked up within 48 hours, two additional hours of service will be required in order to maintain membership.
GOOD CHARACTER POLICY
Instances of cheating, plagiarism, intentional dishonesty, and violations of school rules at CB West require subject teachers to fill out a disciplinary form and submit the infraction to Security. Any NHS student who has a record of academic dishonesty or violations of school policy is in jeopardy of facing dismissal from the National Honor Society. One of the four tenets of NHS membership is character, which has been defined in the following manner: "No record of cheating or plagiarism, intentional dishonesty, violating school rules or having civil or criminal offenses in the community."
NHS service hours will be given to students who are paired up with a tutee through Guidance, or who are actively tutoring students during the Peer Tutoring Academy on Tuesdays in the Library. Merely being on hand to tutor at the Academy does not qualify for service hours. Make sure you have a supervising adult or Mrs. Bagnick sign off on the Tutoring Verification form found on the homepage of the NHS website under 'Forms.'
(taken from CBW NHS bylaws)
Membership in the C.B. West National Honor Society is both an honor and a commitment to the demonstration of scholarship, service, leadership, & character. Maintaining one's membership is dependent upon the continuous demonstration of these qualities that earned each member's selection.
Please note that all members will:
1) Maintain the necessary 3.5 cumulative weighted GPA. [Starting with Class of 2019, GPA requirement will be 3.7]
2) Attend all meetings, or pick up the minutes within two days for equivalent credit.*
3) Participate in the minimum number of hours of NHS-sponsored projects or activities with our school and community partners. Members are expected to continue community service activities on their own, but those hours do not count towards NHS requirements. There are hundreds of hours available to our members through our own signup calendar.
(NOTE: Seniors must complete their hours one month prior to Graduation; Juniors have until the last day of school.)
- Induction class of 2016: 12 required hours
- Induction class of 2017: 16 required hours
- Induction class of 2018: 20 required hours
4) Adhere to all Central Bucks rules & policies.
In the event that a member fails to comply with any of these requirements, the West Faculty Selection Council will review his or her membership status with the intent to dismiss. If a Junior fails to meet these requirements, he or she may be required to relinquish membership and will not be able to reapply. Any Senior who fails to meet these requirements may be required to relinquish membership and will not be honored as a NHS member at the graduation ceremony.
Students whose grades fall below the required GPA will have one marking period in which to raise his/her grades to be in compliance. Juniors and seniors whose GPA remains below the minimum for two consecutive marking periods will be dismissed from NHS. Seniors whose grades are not at or above the required GPA at the 3rd marking period report card will not be recognized at Graduation. Additionally, the Faculty Selection Council will be asked to review his or her membership status.
*Note: All meetings are mandatory. Other club meetings and/or sports do not take precedence over NHS meetings. Expect that meetings will last 30 minutes. Additionally, it is a member's responsibility to see Ms. Graney within two days after a missed meeting for the minutes and to provide a valid excuse for missing the meeting. Only after picking up the minutes within 48 hours, will members receive credit for the meeting. Failure to pick up minutes will result in 2 extra hours of service being required for membership maintenance.