• HONOR SOCIETIES

     

    National Honor Society

    At Massapequa High School, students are selected for induction into the National Honor Society in the spring semester of 11th grade. 

    Eligibility for induction into the MHS Chapter of the National Honor Society is based on criteria established by the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals.  The process of selecting candidates for induction complies with the national chapter of the organization. Membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege rather than a right. Induction will be based on the recommendations of the MHS Faculty Council to the Principal, for those students who meet the following criteria: 

    • Scholarship - Requisite weighted Grade Point Average of 88.000 (or higher) based on the final GPA for any accelerated subjects taken in grade 8 and academic work completed in grade 9, grade 10, and the GPA for the first two quarters of grade 11.
    • Character - Attendance and disciplinary records are reviewed and judged according to the standards established by the MHS Faculty Council. Students are expected to have exemplary attendance and disciplinary records with no history of infraction.
    • Service and Leadership - Students must document participation in at least two clubs, interscholastic athletic teams or community-based service activities during the 9th, 10th or 11th grades at MHS. Participation in these activities must be documented by the candidate and include the signature of the activity advisor and/or coach.

    Candidates not selected in their junior year for induction can appeal to the National Honor Society advisor in the fall semester of their senior year.  Seniors must meet the same criteria stated above as well as fulfilling the additional requirements listed below: 

    • Scholarship - Requisite weighted Grade Point Average of 88.000 (or higher) based on the final GPA for any accelerated subjects taken in grade 8 and all academic work completed in grade 9, 10, and 11.
    • Submit a written appeal to the National Honor Society Advisor.

    Tri-M Music Honor Society 

    Modern Music Masters is an international music honor society sponsored by the Music Educators National Conference.

    Eligibility requirements for membership are as follows: 

    • Student must be on the Honor Roll and maintain a grade of 90 or better in their primary performing ensemble.
    • The student must achieve a NYSSMA level of 5 or 6 with a grade of 90% or better in the official NYSSMA adjudication.
    • The student must have the recommendation from the conductor of his/her performing ensemble attesting to their character, leadership, and citizenship and two non-music teacher recommendations.
    • The student must submit a written essay.

    To maintain eligibility, students in Tri-M must complete a set number of performance and service hours annually. These can be done as part of the group or individually and are assigned at the beginning of each school year. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors must continue to meet the induction criteria to maintain membership for the following year. 


    National Art Honor Society 

    The National Art Honor Society provides avenues for recognition of artistic talents and opportunities for leadership roles for visual art students, while spotlighting the success and community work of our school’s art program. Students are creators, innovators, and leaders.

    The NAHS program is more than just an “art club.” Students are required to meet the following eligibility criteria for membership, with inductions held in the spring:

    • Must demonstrate art scholarship/leadership, service, and character.
    • Must be a student enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12, and have completed a period equivalent to one semester of art.
    • Minimum art average of 89.49 from the previous art year.
    • Currently be enrolled in a Massapequa High School or Ames art course.
    • Maintain a report card average of 84.49 or higher
    • Have the endorsement of a current Massapequa art educator.

    Business & Marketing Honor Society of New York State

    The Business & Marketing Honor Society of New York State recognizes those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in a secondary business/marketing program.

    Eligibility requirements for membership are as follows:

    • Students must be currently enrolled in a business/marketing course.
    • Seniors must complete 3 units in business/marketing by the end of the current school year.
    • Sophomores/Juniors must complete 2 units in business/marketing by the end of the current school year and should be planning to continue for a least one additional credit prior to graduation.

    • Students selected for recognition must also demonstrate, both in the classroom and through extracurricular involvement, the following:
      • Character - evidenced by teachers attesting to this quality
      • Leadership - evidenced by committee chair positions, officer/chair or other lead positions, officer/chair or other lead positions in student organizations, civic/community leadership roles, etc.
      • Service - evidenced by volunteer activities in the school and/or community

    • GPA Criteria:
      • GPA Business Marketing Courses - 85 or higher
      • GPA Overall - 80 or higher

    New York State Seal of Biliteracy

    NYSSB acknowledges the importance of being bilingual in today’s global society.  It highlights the hard work and achievement of students, recognizes the value of both foreign and native language instruction in schools and encourages students to pursue language study.  The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school record and appears on the diploma for these students.  It is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admission.

    In order to be eligible for the NYSSB in junior year, and potentially graduate with this prestigious honor, a student must meet the following requirements 

    • Preliminary Requirements - 11th Grade
      • Earn a 90 or higher on the English Language Arts Common Core Regents exam
      • Maintain a 95 weighted average or higher in the English 11 course (e.g. 11R, AP Research)
      • Maintain a 95 weighted average or higher in ASL 3, Italian 3, Chinese 4, French 4, German 4, or Spanish 4

    • During senior year, all eligible students will be invited to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy. They must demonstrate proficiency in English and another world language during their senior year. The world language project will be completed during the first semester and the English project will be completed during the second semester. Additionally, candidates must maintain a weighted average of 95 in both their 12th grade English course and in the 5th year course sequence of World Language. All students who attain who meet these criteria will graduate with the NYS Seal of Biliteracy affixed to their diplomas and receive honor cords for graduation.

    • Requirements for current or former English Language Learners may vary.  Those students will receive information from their Guidance Counselors.

    The ASL National Honor Society (sponsored by the National ASL Honor Society)

    Eligibility requirements for National ASL Honor Society membership are as follows:

    • Enrolled in ASL 2 or higher
    • Currently a junior or senior
    • Maintain at least a 90 average in ASL, as well as an 85 in all core classes
    • Complete at least 15 community service hours within the Deaf Community in order to be inducted
    • Complete an additional 10 hours of community service hours within the Deaf Community during senior year in order to earn graduation medal/cord 

     The National Chinese Honor Society (sponsored by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools)

    Eligibility requirements for National Chinese Honor Society membership are as follows:

    • Currently a junior
    • In 9th through 11th grade, maintained at least a 90 Overall GPA average and at least a 90 average in Mandarin Chinese courses
    • Complete 15 community service hours - 10 hours in Mandarin Chinese and 5 general
    • Complete a Mandarin Chinese course during senior year

    The French Honor Society / Société Honoraire de Français (sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French)

    Eligibility requirements for French Honor Society membership are as follows:

    • Currently a junior
    • Maintained a 90 average in French for six consecutive quarters (all of 10th grade and Q1/Q2 of 11th grade)
    • 85 overall average
    • Complete at least 5 service credits within SHF to be inducted
    • Complete an additional 10 service credits during senior year (5 SHF; 5 outside organization)
    • Complete a French course during senior year
    • Maintain the aforementioned averages after induction

    The Delta Epsilon Phi German Honor Society - New York Upsilon Chapter (sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German)

    Eligibility requirements for Delta Epsilon Phi German Society membership are as follows:

    • Currently a junior
    • Maintained an overall 90 average in German in previous 6 quarters (10th grade and Q1/Q2 of 11th grade)
    • Complete 15 community service hours, with at least 5 hours in German
    • Complete a German course during senior year
    • Maintain a 90 average in German during senior year
    • Maintain good attendance and active engagement in Honor Society meetings

    The Italian Honor Society / Società Onoraria Italica (sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian)

    Eligibility requirements for Italian Honor Society membership are as follows:

    • Juniors currently enrolled in an Italian course beyond the second year
    • Maintain an overall GPA average of an 85
    • Maintained a 90 average in the previous year of Italian study
    • Maintain a 90 average for Q1, Q2, and midterm exam (11th grade)
    • Complete 15 community service hours, with at least 5 hours in Italian

    The Spanish Honor Society / Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese)

    Eligibility requirements for Italian Honor Society membership are as follows:

    • Juniors currently enrolled in a Spanish course, intending to enroll in a Spanish course senior year
    • Maintain an overall GPA average of an 85
    • Maintained a 90 weighted average in the previous year of Spanish study (10th grade)
    • Maintain a 90 average in Spanish 4R or an 88 average in Spanish 4 ACC for Q1, Q2, and midterm exam (11th grade)
    • Complete 15 community service hours, with at least 5 hours in Spanish