The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) chapter of Blanche Dodd Intermediate is a duly
chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to
those students who meet the required standards in two areas of initial evaluation: scholarship
(academic achievement) and responsibility.
Students are selected to be members of NEHS by a faculty council and supervised by an
additional member of the faculty serving as the chapter adviser. 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 of eligible
students’ fourth grade year.
Students in the fourth grade are eligible for membership for the following school year. For the
scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative A average for the first semester as well as the 3rd nine weeks grading period. 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 qualities. 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
non-selection 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 weekly during the school year, and participation in other
chapter service projects and activities.