National Honor Society

Officers: President-Coral Ferreira, Vice President-Trinity Affonso, Secretary-Anne-Marie Brilhante, Treasurer-Brittany Pavao, Historian-

Faculty Advisor-John Saurette, IMC 7

Link to: NHS Application & Handbook

The Mu Kappa Delta chapter of the National Honor Society at Durfee High School is dedicated to scholastic achievement, community and school service, leadership and character-building. The organization is open to all students who maintain a 3.9 GPA on Durfee's weighted scale. Members are expected to participate in activities that will better their school and community and raise awareness of the issues in Fall River, MA. NHS members are considered role models for all Durfee students and endeavor to achieve the highest levels of social awareness, academic achievement and personal integrity.  Student who complete all requirements are presented with the National Honor Society "Gold Cord" to be worn at graduation.

Members should be willing to:

  • Maintain a 3.9 GPA
  • Serve their school when called upon for at least 3 school events per year
  • Complete a service program each year. (This project must encompass at least 30 volunteer hours and ideally will represent a cause that is relevant to the student)

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Application Process

October-Students with at least a 3.9 GPA receive an "Invitation to Apply"

November-Applications are accepted

December-Applicants are notified of their acceptance/rejection

January-New Members are Inducted

New Officers

Congratulations to our elected officers for the 2017-18 school year: President-Coral Ferreira, Vice President-Trinity Affonso, Secretary-Anne-Marie Brilhante, Treasurer-Brittany Pavao, Historian-

Pennies for Patients 2016-17

NHS raised $1,431.76 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Thank you for your generous giving!  Let's look forward to an even more successful year this year.

Pennies for Patients 2015-16

NHS raised $1,311 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Thank you for your generous giving!  Let's look forward to an even more successful year this year.

Pennies for Patients 2014-15

NHS raised $1,000 for the Leukemia  & Lymphoma Society! Thank you for your generous giving!  Let's look forward to an even more successful year this year.

Pennies for Patients 2012-2013

We raised almost $600 for cancer research and treatment.  Thank you for your generous giving!  Let's look forward to an even more successful year this year.

Member Information

Events and Hours

Record your volunteer hours and events on the proper forms located on the NHS Activities Board outside of IMC 7 and deposit them in the NHS Mailbox.  Members are required to complete all hours and events by the end of the school year.  Newly installed members have the summer to complete their requirements.  Members who complete all requirements by the end of the school year can accumulate hours and events for the next year during the summer. School events and Service opportunities are announced at each meeting, through the Remind App, and by email.  It is the member's responsibility to find school events and volunteer hours to participate in.  Most school events can be found on the school calendar boards throughout the school and online.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held in the IMC and are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the convenience of members that are involved in other activities.  Members may choose to attend either of the week's meetings.  The meeting schedule for the year listed on the NHS Activites Board outside of IMC 7.  It is the member's responsibility to know the meeting dates. Members are required to attend 70% of meetings per year.  If you miss a meeting for a legitimate reason, you must file a Waiver Form.  Waiver forms can be found on the NHS Activites Board outside of IMC 7. Members who miss a meeting for a valid excuse must have written documentation (note from coach/teacher, etc.)  AN EXCUSED ABSENCE DOES NOT COUNT TOWARD YOUR ATTENDANCE OBLIGATION.  In other words, you still must attend 70% of the remaining meetings by the end of the year to meet the requirement. 

Probation

Members are required to fulfill all obligations each year.  A one-year probation period is granted to members who fail to fulfill their obligations.  Members will be notified of their probationary status in writing.  During the probationary period the member must complete the former year's requirements as well as the current year.  Failure to do so will result in an immediate and automatic removal from the NHS roster.  During the probationary period, a member is not considered to be a "Member in Good Standing" in the eyes of the Mu Kappa Delta chapter.  During this time, any requests for the member's NHS Standing from Colleges and Scholarships will be reported as "On Probation."  Seniors cannot be granted probation for GPA.  Members must enter their senior year at a 3.9 weighted GPA.

Suspension

Any member who commits a serious infraction against the NHS Honor Code that results in school disciplinary action (i.e. suspension) is immediately considered "Suspended" from NHS. During the suspension period, a member is not considered to be a "Member in Good Standing" in the eyes of the Mu Kappa Delta chapter.  During this time, any requests for the member's NHS Standing from Colleges and Scholarships will be reported as "Suspended."  Suspended members will be notified with an "Intent to Dismiss" letter which outlines the procedure for removal from the NHS roster.

Right to Hearing

National Honor Society members have the right to a hearing before the NHS School Council before being removed from the NHS roster.  Within ten (10) days of receiving an "Intent to Dismiss" letter, a member must submit a "Hearing Request" form to the faculty advisor along with a written explanation of why the member should not be dismissed from NHS.  The faculty advisor will convene an NHS School Council to review the request within ten (10) days. The NHS School Council will review the request, contact the parties concerned, and schedule a hearing on the issue. The member may choose to be present at the hearing or not.  At the hearing, the NHS School Council will debate the issue and make a determination as to whether the member's status should be returned to "Member in Good Standing", placed on probation, or removed from the NHS roster. The NHS School Council's decision is final.

Hazing Policy

Hazing is not acceptable under any circumstances.  Check out the law about hazing.