Staff at the school were notified recently that their application to begin this prestigious new national student recognition program was approved by the national office and that they may now undertake to process of selecting new members in the 2010-2011 school year. More than just an honor roll, NEHS engages its members in service activities and leadership development that help strengthen the programs for all students at the school and improve life in the community.
“We’re extremely proud to recognize R.A. Hall students for their academic success through NEHS,” said Martina Villarreal, R.A. Hall principal. “Bringing an honor society to an elementary campus will support a standard of high achievement as students continue their educational career. This experience will be one way to help prepare them to become lifelong learners. We are all so proud of our students!”
NEHS is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in cooperation with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
“We are proud to recognize R.A. Hall Elementary School as a new member of our Honor Society network,” said Gerry Tirozzi, executive director of NASSP. “The decision to bring NEHS to their campus is an indication of a commitment to acknowledging the hard work of high achieving and well-rounded students. It also signals support for the core values of the Honor Society – values that we believe enhance the life of every member of the entire school community.”
NASSP also sponsors the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, and with the creation of the new NEHS, establishes student recognition programs for students in all levels of American education: elementary, middle and high school.
At the local level, chapters of the National Elementary Honor Society are supervised by a faculty adviser. The new advisers for the chapter at R.A. Hall Elementary will be Leanne McNinch and Nancy Traylor. They will be charged with supervising the selection of new members and inducting them at a special ceremony. A full description of the criteria for membership and the process for selection will be made available to all students, parents and staff as the 2010-2011 school year develops. In addition, once members are selected, the chapter will organize service projects and other activities that support the purposes of the organization.
The National Elementary Honor Society joins the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) as the nation’s premier organizations recognizing outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, responsibility, leadership, service, citizenship and character.