The Mayfield chapter of the National Honor Society is a nationally affiliated organization sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. To be eligible for election to membership, candidates must be juniors or seniors and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or above. The students must participate in extracurricular activities and community service activities. Membership is based on a four-point program of Scholarship, Character, Leadership and Service. Meetings occur monthly and attendance is mandatory for NHS members.
In the fall of their junior and/or senior year, students who have attained the scholastic qualifications are notified by letter that they are eligible for consideration for membership. Students are asked to list their activities both inside and outside of school, identify the offices they hold, include the community service projects in grades 9-11 they have completed, and report their work experiences. Candidates must have their club advisors and community service sponsors sign the application for membership consideration. As a part of the application for membership, the students will write a short essay in order to expand on qualifications that may not be apparent from the objective list of activities. This information needs to be returned to the chapter advisor by the deadline date listed on the application. A faculty council composed of five staff members as well as the NHS advisor (a non-voting member) review the applications and determine the final selection of students.
Once selected and inducted (in a ceremony that takes place in December each year), National Honor Society members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate the qualities of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. All members will be given a code of conduct to sign that explains academic and behavioral standards for NHS members. Members will be given a copy of the Mayfield chapter by-laws that explain the application process, the induction ceremony, the election process for officers and the dismissal process for members. Members who fall below the academic and behavioral standards that were the basis for selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. A request for consideration for dismissal proceedings will be sent to the Faculty Council if the deficiency is not corrected. In the case of flagrant offenses of school rules or civil laws, a member does not necessarily have to be warned. In all cases of consideration for impending dismissal, a member shall have the right to a hearing before the faculty council and/or the school principal. There will be a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and or drugs for all NHS members. Students can review the updated by-laws on the NHS school web site and if there any questions, students may contact the NHS advisor or the principal for further clarification.