The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) was established in 2008 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). NEHS recognizes students in both public and nonpublic elementary schools who meet the required standards in two areas of initial evaluation: scholarship (academic achievement) and responsibility.
Through the Colony Meadows Tigers NEHS chapter, students provide meaningful service to the school and community and develop essential leadership skills. NEHS supports these purposes by strengthening the lives of our students and school. NEHS acknowledges achievement and focuses on the needs of the total child. In addition, NEHS provides information and resources to enhance the culture of achievement in the whole school, not merely the culture of a select few.
As the nation's newest student recognition program, NEHS joins the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and National Honor Society (NHS), the nation's two oldest and largest student recognition programs, in creating a continuum of excellence being established throughout the elementary, middle, and high school education community.
Students are selected to be members of NEHS by a faculty council, appointed by the principal, and supervised by an additional member of the faculty serving as the chapter advisor. This group awards the honor of membership to qualified students on behalf of the faculty of the school during each school year. Our NEHS chapter will conduct its selection procedures during the Spring semester, beginning in February. The selection procedures are for current fourth graders, to participate and represent Colony Meadows as members throughout their fifth grade year.
Students in fourth grade are eligible for membership. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative grade average of 85% or higher. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Candidate's Form that provides the faculty council with evidence of the candidate's responsibility at home, at school, and in the community.
In addition, to evaluate a candidate's level of responsibility, the Faculty Council uses two types of information: school administrative records and faculty input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate's personal responsibility qualitites. These forms and the candidate's forms are carefully reviewed by the faculty council to determine membership. A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection according to a predetermined schedule established by the chapter. Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all of the criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year and participation in other chapter service projects and activitites.