National Honor Society

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The purpose of National Honor Society shall be 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.

NHS General Information Booklet

National Honor Society Officers

Your NHS Officers for the 2018-19 School Year:

President: Aleksandra Swiatek

Vice President: Gia-Bao Tang

Activity Coordinators: Rebecca Rong, Olivia Robinson

Point Representatives: Evelyn Yang, Evelynn Li, Olivia Wisont

Website Manager: Olivia Oomen

General Club Information

Important Deadlines

  • The electronic application and the $10 fee for the 2018-19 school year are due Jan 18, 2019 by 3pm. The application is an electronic Google Form. Click the link below or access it via the NHS Facebook page.
    • **You must sign in to the form with your apps.nsd.org (school ID) email. Do NOT try to submit twice- duplicate applications will be deleted. A list of students who have applied will periodically be posted outside of room 915. 
    • This is the link for 10th-12th grade: (https://goo.gl/forms/PdFOAafsKgh09uM92) 
    • This is the link for the 9th grade (Statement of Intent): (https://goo.gl/forms/2J3vPm5EObsdYvKE3)
  • ALL appilcants pay the $10 non-refundable membership fee - it is due on Jan 18, 2019 by 3pm to the Cashier (located in the ASB Center). We do not need your receipt. Both the fee AND the electronic application must be paid/submitted by the due date for your application to be considered complete. 
  • Half of the service hours (5 Valhalla/10 Individual) are due on Jan 18, 2019 by 3pm in Ms. Richards' mailbox or the NHS box in the main office. This is the same deadline as the Application and Fee. The remainder of service hours (5 Valhalla/10 Individual) are due on March 29, 2019 by 3pm in Ms. Richards’ mailbox OR the NHS box in the main office. Do not turn in forms to NHS officers- they are not authorized to collect them. Forms can be picked up in the main office or printed from this website on the 'forms' page or accessed via the facebook page.
  • Rememer that full IB Diploma candidates (jrs and srs) are exempt from the 20 Individual Hours. Everyone does the 10 Valhalla hours.
  • There are absolutely NO exceptions to any of the deadlinesREALLY.

REQUIREMENTS FOR NHS 2018-19

  1. GPA Requirement: 3.5 cumulative (FOR ALL STUDENTS)
  2. Hours Requirement:
    1. 10 Valhalla Hours (FOR ALL STUDENTS)
    2. 20 Individual Service Hours (Full IB Diploma Students Exempt – jrs/srs)
  3. Freshman: You are required to fulfill the Valhalla and Individual Service Requirements this year (9th grade) in order to be eligible for membership AFTER your grades for the entire year have been entered. The reasoning for this is that we need to have a year of High School cumulative GPA that will be checked at the end of this (9th grade) year after final grades are submitted in June- that, along with your hours, will be used to determine your eligibility for membership in the IHS Valhalla chapter of NHS. Your NHS Certificate for your 9th grade year will be available for pick up from Ms. Richards at the start of your Sophomore year (she will post details online).
To reiterate:
1) Electronic Application/Intent to Join is due Jan 18, 2019 by 3pm 
2) Half of your hours (5 Valhalla, 10 Individual) forms are also due by Jan 18, 2019 by 3pm  
3) Your $10 non-refundable membership application fee must be paid Jan 18, 2019 by 3pm to the ASB Cashier
4) Remaining 5 Valhalla/10 Individual hours forms are due March 29, 2019 by 3pm
5) AFTER getting final grade reports in June, Ms. Richards will post a final list of all 9th graders who are accepted (outside of 915) and your certificates will be available for pick up in September before school starts (don't email her in July or August asking...). 
 
  1. No hours awarded for ‘helping’ teachers- Valhalla or Individual.
  2. Hours verification: 5 Valhalla/10 Individual due when Application/Fee are due in January, 5 Valhalla/10 Individual due on Final Hours Due Date in March at hours deadline (you can turn hours in early or as you do them).
  3. More than 1 Academic Dishonesty incident (cumulative) on record means no NHS membership eligibility.
  4. Must be a member of NHS for 3 of 4 IHS years INCLUDING Senior Year to earn Honor cord at graduation (or majority of time at IHS including Senior Year).
  5. Summer camps, retreats, trips- max of 8 hours earned per day- must be verified by supervisor that you were working those hours.
  6. No double dipping- hours that you are counting for ANY other club or activity (DECA, Amnesty, Key Club as examples), including CAS hours or any paid activities are not eligible for NHS hours.
  7. Only specific Church-sponsored activities are eligible for individual hours- see information online for requirements and guidelines. Must benefit community as a whole.
  8. Hours/Award year is always from the day after Induction until the due date the following year- so for this year, it is May 22, 2018-March 29, 2019.
  9. Who is eligible for NHS Officer: Jrs and Srs who were also members as Sophs.
  10. Link Leaders can claim a total/maximum of 7 (seven) hours for their participation in Link Day Orientation activities at the start of the school year.

Valhalla Hours (10 Required for ALL Students)

  • Regularly check website for upcoming opportunities (under “Valhalla Hours”). Also check the facebook page maintained by our Officers.

Individual Service Hours (20 hours for all students ASIDE FROM Full IB Diploma Candidates 11/12th Grade)

  • Check website for ideas (under “Community Service Hours” link).

Important Reminders

  • All hours forms are located in the main office and are attached to the website under the link “forms/handouts.”
  • Do NOT wait until the last minute to get hours accomplished. Valhalla hours are very specific opportunities that need to be completed throughout the school year. It is NOT the job of the Officers to come up with last-minute Valhalla opportunities the week before the Hours deadline. 

Questions? 

Email:  lrichards@nsd.org (Ms.Richards, NHS Advisor)


*For the individual service hours , you have choice in the activity in which you participate.  HOWEVER -- paid work, working for an immediate supervisor who is a parent (or guardian), working at a for-profit agency, duties in extra-curricular events in which you're already involved are unacceptable for credit.  Church related activities are acceptable only if they help the community at large (e.g., a canned food drive for the poor in your community); National Honor Society requires inductees to fulfill the needs of the community at large.  See "Community Service suggestions" link for further ideas. 

**For the Valhalla hours , you MUST participate in the Inglemoor "Valhalla" organized or sponsored opportunities.  See "Valhalla Hours" link for further opportunities. 

For summer camp, retreats, and similar hours opportunities- you are allowed to count a maximum of 8 hours per day- and those must be verified by your supervisor who can attest that you were actually volunteering and working during all 8 hours.  These must be volunteer, community service opportunities- you can't get paid or otherwise compensated for these hours and they can't count for credit to any other organization (no 'double dipping'). Always ask Ms. Richards before assuming that your hours will be applicable if there is any question.

Valhalla Opportunities

For the Valhalla hours, you MUST participate in the Inglemoor "Valhalla" sponsored opportunities. DO NOT ASSUME THAT AN EVENT IS VALHALLA! Double check before attending a volunteer event. Valhalla hours must be organized by our officers and benefit our community. Always make sure to bring the Valhalla Service Form with you to the event so that the coordinator can sign it. Our new officers are busy organizing Valhalla hour opportunities. Make sure you check this page, the NHS board in the cafeteria, GMI, and all the flyers up around campus. See Ms. Richards with further questions. 

**Remember: if you are a full IB Diploma Candidate you only have to complete the Valhalla hours, NOT the individual hours as well.

**For info on how to get projects approved for Valhalla hours, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
 


Upcoming Events:

Watch GMI, check the facebook page, and check flyers around the school for info on any upcoming events. We add events throughout the year as they get approved- check back often.

Upcoming Valhalla Opportunities:

 

12) Earn Valhalla or Individual Hours helping out the City of Kenmore at its Annual Jack Crawford Day Park Clean Up!

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Log Boom Park.

What: We will be doing a variety of tasks including planting flowers, weeding invasive plant species, and picking up trash.

Where: Log Boom Park (17415 61st Avenue NE, Kenmore, WA)

Who: We need approximately 20 more volunteers to help on Oct. 20.

Contact/Sign Up: email skrogh@kenmorewa.gov and fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement upon arrival

Please dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. Tools and refreshments will be provided.**Everyone under 18 has to have a parent sign off on the Volunteer Form- print it, have your parents sign it, and bring it with you to the event if you want to participate. Copy and paste the link below into a new window to download and print: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kASzdgUQLD70AmtWgoyAHtxqZ48QPtgjtpRYE48S73A/edit?usp=sharing

 

11) Earn Valhalla or Individual Hours helping support VFW Post 2995!!
The Troop Support Program works through the VFW in Lake Washington Post 2995 and provides Comfort Boxes to our troops serving on the front lines in Afghanistan.  Comfort Boxes are filled with non-perishable food, toiletries, “letters from home”, and other useful items.  These Comfort Boxes are a much-needed morale booster that shows our brave Americans how much we care about them and wish them a safe return home.  As of August 2018, in our fourteenth year of program operation, the Troop Support Program has packed and shipped more than 20,000 Comfort Boxes. 

What: Volunteers will be given a t-shirt and briefed by an experienced volunteer when they arrive. The volunteers distribute flyers to customers entering Fred Meyer. The flyer outlines the items needed to fill the comfort packages that we send to the vets. We ask the customers to purchase these items and drop them off to use as they leave. All volunteers will be given a t-shirt so it’s clear they’re part of the team. We give all donors an American flag as a thank you.

Where: The Fred Meyer in Kirkland

Time(s) for the 19-21st event  - there are 5 shifts, each are 3 hour - Friday the 19th 5-8pm, Saturday, October 20 11-2pm OR 2-5pm, or Sunday, October 21 11-2pm OR 2-5pm

Contact info and how to sign up: text or call Sharon at 206 229 9296 or email her pgphillips@comcast.net.

Reminders: If you SIGN UP you need to SHOW UP because they are counting on you! You are a representative of IHS and we expect you to dress and act with professionalism and courtesy to all

10) Help out at German Club Oktoberfest!

Volunteer opportunities will be on Oct. 23 and 24. Students can help cook on Tuesday. Wednesday will involve set up, helping to run the event, and cleaning up.

Email Ms. Kanning at skanning@nsd.org for more info or to sign up. Remember to bring your Valhalla or Individual Hour forms!

 

9) Help the Bothell PD in their Food Drive for Hopelink! FULL!!!

·      Saturday November 10th 9am-5pm at the Canyon Park QFC. You can volunteer for part or the whole time.

·      Volunteers will be standing alongside Bothell Officers and families at the entry doors to the Canyon Park QFC.  We are handing out food drive flyers to incoming shoppers to inform them of our food drive for Hope-Link.  We are also handing out a shopping list of items that are needed for Hope Link. Food items donated by shoppers will be placed in provided food crates. 

·      Photographs of the event will be posted on the Bothell PD and City Websites. 

·      Remember to bring your Valhalla or Individual hours forms to get signed when you are done helping out. Remember- you are a representative of IHS and are expected to act professionally and with courtesy to everyone. Dress and act appropriately. If you SIGN UP you need to SHOW UP because they are counting on you.

 

8) Donate Toys for Children’s Hospital!

October 16-30th, 2018

Drop off location: ASB room BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY

All items must be brand new and in original packaging. 3 toys are equal to 1 hour earned and 6 toys are equal to 2 hours earned (that is the MAXIMUM allowable for hours). There will be 3-4 items which all students can donate and more info will be available to students via ASB.

Bring your hours forms for sign off by either Ms. Kowalski or Ms. Heindel ONLY. There are no other authorized signatories. Contact Jaeden Burdge with questions.


7) Attention all NHS Members! Help out at a Halloween Party for those in our community with special needs!

When: October 31st from 5pm-8pm

Where: Kenmore Hangar (6728 NE 181st Street Kenmore, WA)

What: Assist with crafts and games at the party. Dress up in fun, scary, appropriate costumes for the event!!

Who: Contact Becky Paulay at 425-273-7525 or bpaulay@yahoo.com for more information or to sign up. 

Remember: You are a representative of IHS and we expect you to act with courtesy and professionalism. If you SIGN UP you need to SHOW UP because they are counting on you. Dress appropriately. Bring your Valhalla or Individual Service Hour forms to be signed when you are done.

 

6) Attention all NHS members! Earn Valhalla or Individual Service Hours helping out at the Monster Mash!

What: Help organizers run the carnival-style games

Where: Woodmoor Elementary School

When: Oct 26th 5:00-8:30pm

Sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CADA82DAAFA7-monster 

Contact info: Kari Stokes kstokes@nsd.org or 425-408-5630

Reminders: You are a representative of IHS and we expect that you act with professionalism and courtesy to all. Dress appropriately. Show up on time. Remember...if you SIGN UP you need to SHOW UP because they are counting on you. Bring your hours forms to get signed off after you are done.

 


5) Attention all NHS Members! Earn Individual or Valhalla hours by helping at the St. John's Preschool Carnival! FULL!!!

When: Sat, Nov 17th 11am-1pm (volunteers need to show up by 10:45am and be done by 1:15pm). 

Location:127 State St S Kirkland, WA 98033

What: 4-5 volunteers who would like to help with face painting (doesn't have to be super fancy, these are mostly pre-schoolers).

Contact: Alesia Portugal stjohnpreschool@hotmail.com and 425-822-5079 to sign up and sign off on hours forms.

Reminders: You are a representative of IHS so you need to dress appropriately, act with professionalism and courtesy to all. If you SIGN UP you need to SHOW UP because they are counting on you. 

 

4) Attention all NHS Members! Earn Valhalla or Individual hours helping out My Village NW!

They are a local non-profit organization that aims to serve the needs of children with special needs and their families in the Northshore Region. My Village NW was started by a NSD para-educator and some families in 2003.(https://myvillagenw.org) They are in need of volunteers for two major events this year; Special Santa and the Can Do 5k. 

Special Santa (https://myvillagenw.org/special-santa/)is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Eastside Foursquare Church from 8:30-5:30. There are two separate shifts from which students can sign up.See link for the service positions available: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dadaf28aa8-volunteers1

Students should dress comfortably and will be provided with a volunteer t-shirt . There are no special skills required, but students should be comfortable working with young children with special needs. The day is all about these young children and giving them an incredible experience with a day of crafts, treats and a visit with Santa. Many para-educators and teachers from NSD volunteer at the event. 

Contact/Sign Up: Amy Young, amylouyoung@me.com and 206-484-0042
Remember: You are a representative of IHS and we expect you to act with courtesy and professionalism. If you SIGN UP you need to SHOW UP because they are counting on you. Dress appropriately. Bring your Valhalla or Individual Service Hour forms to be signed when you are done.

 

3) Football Boosters has one more opportunity for Valhalla Hours this season! 

Tuesday, Nov 6th,

Estimate 5:00 – 7:00 (possibly later**) - Exact times to be determined

IHS Cafeteria

2-4 Students

Duties will include: assist Boosters with table set-up and decorating, assist with dinner &/or dessert food (menu is still being set, assist with meal clean-up prior to being excused, possibly stay thru the event and assist with clean-up (also to be determined)

Students should wear Viking Black & Gold

**# of Hours will be 2-4, depending on the final agenda set by the planning committee

Primary on-site contact will be Mrs. Molly Hill, or Ms. Paige Anderson.

Remember: You are a representative of IHS and we expect you to act with courtesy and professionalism. If you SIGN UP you need to SHOW UP because they are counting on you. Dress appropriately. Bring your Valhalla or Individual Service Hour forms to be signed when you are done.

 

2) EARN VALHALLA HOURS AT THE MAPLEWOOD CARNIVAL!

What:  Maplewood Co-op K-8 carnival known as "Maplewood Madness."  Large school fundraiser that has approximately 20 different booths, 5 of which could use student volunteers.

Where/When:  Friday, Oct. 5th from 4:p.m. - 7:p.m. at Maplewood Elementary in Edmonds. The students would need to arrive by 3:30 (3:00 for cotton candy) so they can be trained and help set up their booths.

# of Volunteers Needed:  We would like 8-10 volunteers present for the full 3 hours, plus extra time in the cotton candy booth.  It could be 8-10 volunteers staying the whole time or 8-10 different students working in hour shifts.  Whatever works better for the students' schedules.  Ideally, we would like 4 students making cotton candy, selling the cotton candy in the booth, and walking the cotton candy around the grounds selling it.  This would require that they start making the cotton candy around 3:00 so it is bagged and ready to sell when the carnival begins at 4:00.  It would be helpful to have at least one student who has used a cotton candy machine before and could take the lead on that.  We would like 1-2 students making sno-cones.  We would like 1 student helping run the dunk tank.  And we would like 1 student doing face painting, if you have anyone comfortable with that task.  We would definitely take more students if you have them.  More face painters would be great.  A student to help in the cake walk would be nice.  And if we have extra help, they could make and sell popcorn.

How to Sign Up:  Students are welcome to email  directly at whitmorewyckoff@gmail.com

Contact Person: Courtney Whitmore Wyckoffwill be at the carnival the entire time and can sign off on students' fulfillment of their obligations.  Lori Wendt is also chairing the event and will be available to sign forms.

Special Requests:  If possible, we would love students who have helped at school carnivals before or have knowledge of making cotton candy or sno cones.  If 1 or 2 students are proficient at face painting, we could use their skills.  This is primarily an elementary school event, so we ask that volunteers dress appropriately for young children and families, but there is no special uniform or color that they need to wear.  Friendly students who enjoy working with kids would be great!

1) Earn Hours helping the Viking Football Boosters! 

Fri, 9/28 – Varsity Game vs Northcreek @ Pop Keeney Field

6:30 pm thru Half-Time (up to 2 hours)

   Max 2 students

   Large Canopy next to the Concessions Building – dress for the weather

   Assist with inventory set up and display

   Assist with pulling items and sizes for Viking Fans

   Assist with packing up and loading vehicles at end of event

Thu, 10/11 – Varsity Game vs Woodinville @ Pop Keeney Field

6:30 pm thru Half-Time (up to 2 hours)

   Max 2 students

   Large Canopy next to the Concessions Building – dress for the weather

   Assist with inventory set up and display

   Assist with pulling items and sizes for Viking Fans

   Assist with packing up and loading vehicles at end of event

Please Tana Ingersoll via email to secretary@inglemoorfootballboosters.com.  We prefer to coordinate with students, not parents.  Students should wear Viking colors and dress for the weather (especially at Pop Keeney Field).  

FRIENDLY REMINDER: IF YOU SIGN UP YOU NEED TO SHOW UP- THEY ARE COUNTING ON YOU! BE A GOOD REPRESENTATIVE OF IHS!

 

**To get Valhalla Approval for an event: 

We need the following information- after we get it we will vote and discuss it at a meeting and then let you know if we approve it or not. If we approve it we will advertise on our school website and the facebook page. 

Name of event, date, time, location

Brief description of volunteer duties, number of students needed

Any special skills, required attire, instructions. 

Contact person- for signing up, for signing Valhalla forms. 

Individual Service Hour Ideas

*For the INDIVIDUAL service hours , you have choice in the activity in which you participate.  HOWEVER -- paid work, working for an immediate supervisor who is a parent (or guardian), working at a for-profit agency, duties in extra-curricular events in which you're already involved are unacceptable for credit.  Church related activities are acceptable only if they help the community at large (e.g., a canned food drive for the poor in your community); National Honor Society requires inductees to fulfill the needs of the community at large. You can tutor in an NSD classroom and count those as community service hours.

For summer camp, retreats, and similar hours opportunities- you are allowed to count a maximum of 8 hours per day- and those must be verified by your supervisor who can attest that you were actually volunteering and working during all 8 hours.  These must be volunteer, community service opportunities- you can't get paid or otherwise compensated for these hours and they can't count for credit to any other organization (no 'double dipping'). Always ask Ms. Richards before assuming that your hours will be applicable if there is any question. 

**Remember: If you are a full IB Diploma candidate you only have to complete the Valhalla hours. 

 

If you are looking for ideas, check out the link below for info on Special Olympic volunteer opportunities in our area.

http://specialolympicswashington.org/volunteer/event-volunteers/

Senior NHS Scholarship Award Information

All current IHS Seniors!

If you are intersted in applying for the National Honor Society Scholarship, see the page below. Check out the deadlines and FAQ section. See Ms. Richards with questions.

http://www.nhs.us/advisers/the-nhs-scholarship

Contact

NHS Advisor

Ms. Lindsey Richards

Phone Number

425-408-7327

Email

lrichards@nsd.org

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