• Update:  This year students will be inducted into the National Honor Society without a ceremony.  The new due date to return service forms is April 20.  A letter is being sent home with the necessary information. You receive a stamped envelope to return your forms.  If the person who is writing your letter of recommendation would prefer, they can email it to me at dcacchillo@saugerties.k12.ny.us.  Please ask them to put your name at the top.  The inductees will be given their pins, cards, and certificates when we return to school.  If you have any questions, please send me an email.

    Miss Cacchillo

    REMINDER: Letters of recommendation are supposed to be from a coach, leader, or advisor from one of the organizations you listed on your form.  It is not a teacher recommendation, unless that teacher is a coach or advisor.  This is the service part of the process.










    For many students, selection as a member of the National Honor Society is the pinnacle of their achievements in high school. This honor, recognized throughout the nation, is both the public recognition of accomplishment and the private commitment to continued excellence on the part of the new member.



    1. Selection to NHS is a privilege bestowed upon students by the Faculty of the school, and not considered a right inherent to any student.

    2. NHS is more than an honor roll. Each member must demonstrate not only good grades, but also strength in each of the remaining three criteria. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance.


    The three criteria are as follows:




    Leadership exists not only in elected position, but includes leadership roles within the classroom and community. This would include athletic team captains, section leaders in band and chorus, committee chairs in student groups, etc.


    A student exercises leadership when he or she:

       • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions

       • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
       • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit 
       • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
       • Is able to delegate responsibilities
       • Inspires positive behavior in others
       • Demonstrates academic initiative
       • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively
          and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
       • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, or in other school or community activities
       • Is dependable in any responsibility accepted


    1. SERVICE


    Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation.


    The student who serves:

       • Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, and is willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance

       • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities

       • Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school

       • Is willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition

       • Does committee and staff work without complaint

       • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, religious  

         groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.

       • Mentors in the community or students at other schools

       • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.





      Character is the force that guides a student through life. The Society values the character traits of reliability, sincerity, self-control, honesty, and integrity and expects members to demonstrate these qualities at ALL times.


    The student of character:

    • Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)

    • Cooperates by complying with all school policies and regulations and codes of student conduct

    • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

    • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity (i.e., no cheating or plagiarism), and reliability

    • Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern, and respect for others in the classroom, in the community and in the cyber world.

    • Complies with instructions and rules, and displays personal responsibility.

    • Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences and environment.




    Section 1. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the Saugerties chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain his/her academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership in his/her school and community.


    Section 2. If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard in effect when he/she was selected, which is 90%, he /she will be given a written warning and a reasonable time period for improvement. If the cumulative grade point average remains below standard at the end of the warning period the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council that can include consideration of dismissal from the chapter.


    Section 3. Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate consideration of the dismissal of a member.   These violations include, but are not limited to DWI, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, truancy, or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities or in the community.


    Section 4. Offenders of the school conduct code (such as those who use profanity, are insubordinate, have unexcused absences, have excessive tardiness, or who cut class etc.) will receive written warning notification. A conference may be requested by either party (Faculty Council or student/parent). If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for dismissal.


    Section 5. Chapter officers, as representatives of the chapter, can be removed from their positions as a consequence of disciplinary action taken by the Faculty Council.


    Section 6. In all cases of pending dismissal:

    1. The member will receive written notification from the adviser/Faculty Council

      indicating the reason for consideration of dismissal.

    2. The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge(s) against him/her at a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to any vote on dismissal (in accordance with due process identified in Article X of the National Constitution). The member has the opportunity to present his/her defense either in person or via a written statement presented in lieu of the face-to-face hearing. Following the hearing, the Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is needed to dismiss any member.

    3. The results of the Faculty Council vote will be presented to the principal for review and then stated in a letter sent to the student and parents. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser.

    4.  The Faculty Council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal.

    5. A member who is dismissed or resigns will never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.


    Section 7. In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.






     National Honor Society

    The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929.  Saugerties Central School District does not currently have a National Junior Honor Society.

    Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS and NJHS. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

    History of the Organization


    In 1921, NASSP officially established the National Honor Society. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School, Pittsburgh, Pa., the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups. 
    Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." (from the NHS Constitution) These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.



    In 1929, the NASSP turned its attention to middle level schools and expanded the scope of its concern for recognizing outstanding students by establishing the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). With its own constitution and handbook, NJHS has established criteria that parallel the emphases found in the NHS with an added purpose to encourage citizenship. (Additional information on establishing a chapter of the NJHS is available upon request from the NASSP Department of Student Activities.) 
    Both the NHS and NJHS are sponsored and supervised by NASSP which appoints a National Council - the controlling body of NHS. In addition, National Council members also serve as the selection committee for the prestigious NHS Scholarship which has been administered annually in schools with NHS chapters since 1946. 
    The day-to-day administration of NHS national concerns is handled by the NASSP Department of Student Activities, headquartered in Reston, VA.


Last Modified on April 17, 2020