The National Association of Secondary Schools (NASSP) in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), to recognize students in both public and non-public elementary schools, established the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) in 2008. The creation of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is the fulfillment of a vision of the leadership of NAASP and NAESP, bringing to life a new program to recognize the outstanding students in the elementary grades.
The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) provides an opportunity for students to earn recognition for their academic excellence and to benefit from particpation in activities designed to improve the lives of all of their peers at school. NEHS membership influences the development of the whole child and brings both an honor and commitment to excellence to each student while enhancing the culture of achievement and emphasizing the core values of scholarship, responsibility, service, and leadership.
DLE NEHS Mission Statement
The National Elementary Honor Society exists at Donald Leonetti Elementary to provide opportunities for students to earn recognition for their academic excellence and ability to be a responsible student at school, home, and in the community. The Donald Leonetti NEHS chapter involves students as participating members in leadership development and service activities, enhancing the culture of achievement in school.
DLE NEHS Core Principles
Scholarship means a commitment to learning. An NEHS member is willing to spend time in reading and study, knowing the lasting benefits of a cultivated mind. We all must continue to learn even when formal education has ended, whether at the end of the school day, the school year, or our educational career, for education ends only with the end of life. Knowledge is one great element in life, which leads to the highest success, and it can be acquired in only one way; through diligence and effort. Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past, and the light that illuminates the future. Members of NEHS are challenged to continually expand their world through the opportunities inherent in scholarship.
Responsibility is our commitment to do what we say we are going to do. It is our obligation for doing what is right when faced with the temptation of doing wrong. Responsibility is an expression of our concern for our family. We work in a responsible manner at school to achieve our academic goals. When playing sports we are responsible to the team by always competing with our best effort and displaying good sportsmanship. Our responsibility to our community is displayed through acts of good citizenship, respecting the laws, culture, and traditions of our part of the world. NEHS members demonstrate responsibility at home, at school, and in the community and serve as role models for our peers.
Service means a commitment to helping and doing. In our day-to-day lives, many opportunities arise to perform service, helping others to do what they cannot do alone. This willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation or the expectation of reward, is the quality we seek in our members. We are committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow for us all.
Leadership means a commitment to exerting a positive influence on the school and others. A student leader takes the initiative in class and in school activities, striving to train and aid others to reach their goals. The price of our leadership is sacrifice—a willingness to yield our personal interests for the interest of others. A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate. Leadership is needed in many aspects of our lives; thus, to lead is another important challenge to each of our members.