Tappan Zee High School

TZHS Honor Societies

English Honor Society
The Tappan Zee High School English Honor Society was founded in 2003 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature at Tappan Zee High School. The society seeks to promote interest in literature and the English language, provide cultural stimulation in the form of lectures, debates, and performances, and serve society by fostering literacy.
Members of the English Honor Society are juniors and seniors who have exhibited high standards of excellence in their freshmen and sophomore English classes, published a piece of writing on the school, state, or national level, and received the recommendation of at least one English teacher.
English Honor Society Application
English Honor Society Points

French Honor Society
Juniors and seniors currently taking French at TZHS may be eligible for induction into La Société Honoraire de Français, which is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. The purpose of the Société is to honor junior- and senior-level students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their study of French.

After three years of French study (French III), students who have maintained an overall 90 average in French and a cumulative grade point average of 88 (excluding French) are encouraged to apply to the French Honor Society after the second quarter of the school year. Once inducted, French Honor Society members must maintain these grade point averages to remain in FHS.

Members must attend monthly meetings, fulfill a personal service requirement, pay society dues ($5) and continue to be enrolled in French courses. A service project (verified) may include: Two hours of tutoring students in French; creating banners, displays or bulletin boards; taking part in fundraising for local and international charitable organizations; and/or assisting in the We the People event and other events sponsored by the South Orangetown Central School District.

An induction ceremony is held each spring.

History Honor Society
The History Honor Society was established to recognize students who excel in history and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the subject. The HHS also works to provide opportunities for students to develop and share their understand of the world in which we live.

Criteria for admission:

  • Only juniors and seniors will be considered
  • Cumulative grade point average of 92 in Regents-level social studies courses OR an 88 in Honors and/or AP social studies courses OR a 90 in a Regents/Honors social studies course combination
  • Demonstration of good character
  • Social Studies Department approval

To maintain membership, members must:

  • Participate in the annual National History Day Competition
  • Complete 12 documented hours of service by mid-March
  • Maintain the grade point averages required for admission
  • Attend monthly meetings and miss no more than two (2) per school year
  • Attend any special meetings that may be called by the advisor and/or officers

To be considered for membership, students must submit the following:

  • A typed, grammatically correct letter of intent that expresses both your appreciation of historical study and HHS expectations for the year
  • A copy of their transcript with social studies classes highlighted
  • A copy of their current year course schedule

Applications must be submitted in the fall. An induction ceremony is held each spring.
History Honor Society Application

Italian Honor Society
The Società Onoraria Italica, the national Italian honor society for high school students, is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian. The purpose of this program is to recognize students who excel in the study of Italian, as well as to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture.

Candidates for induction must:

  • Have completed one year of high school Italian at TZHS
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 90 or above in Italian
  • Have an overall grade point average of 80
  • Attend the induction ceremony
  • Demonstrate good citizenship, responsibility and trustworthiness

To be re-inducted as second- and third-year members, members must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 90 or above in Italian
  • Have an overall grade point average of 80
  • Attend the annual induction ceremony
  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours of community service during the prior year; service activities must be approved by the society advisors
  • Attend at least half of the society’s meetings
  • Continue to demonstrate good citizenship, responsibility and trustworthiness

Mu Alpha Theta
Mu Alpha Theta is an organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics and establishing mathematics as an integral part of high school education and experience. As an honor society, Mu Alpha Theta requires its members to meet certain expectations. In order to join and maintain membership, members must meet the following requirements:

  • Academics: Maintain a 90 grade point average in Regents-level math or higher over three years or 95 average over two years. Eighth-grade Algebra I counts! As an honor society, we expect all members to be aware of and maintain academic integrity.
  • Tutoring and Service Points: By the end of the school year, you must complete 14 total tutoring/service points. At least seven of these points must be earned by tutoring in the Learning Center. The remaining seven service points may be earned from tutoring, helping teachers, grading papers, or participation on the TZHS Math Team. (Note: All tutoring completed outside of the Learning Center must be submitted with the required teacher verification ASAP.) Each member must have a specific number of points by certain meeting dates. There are penalties for those who fail to meet the point requirements.
  • Attendance Points: Members must earn a total of nine attendance points throughout the school year and may earn up to two points per meeting. Meeting attendance earns members one point; an additional point may be earned by staying after meetings to play games. Staying for games potentially provides members with more entries into the end-of-the-year raffle. Note: Attendance points are a separate requirement from tutoring/service points.
  • Projects: All members must complete a project by the end of the year. Project types are dependent upon membership status.
    • Prospective members, including new seniors, must submit a research project on a non-class related topic or a historical math figure
    • Non-senior inducted members must create a Mu Fest game
    • Inducted seniors will be given senior jobs, which entail running a game during a meeting and/or helping to run Mu Fest

An induction ceremony is held each spring.
Mu Alpha Theta Website

Science Honor Society
The New York State Science Honor Society was established to recognize students who excel in science. Members have demonstrated their science ability not only in the classroom, but in science-related activities in school and in the community, such activities as Science Research, Science Congress and Science Olympiads. The NYSSHS provides an environment in which students can further develop their knowledge of science and technology.

Membership selection is based on the following:

  • Service and personal character
  • Completed a minimum of three semesters of high school science
  • Complete a Regents-level science class
  • Must have a minimum science grade point average of 85%
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 80% or above
  • Must have a minimum math grade point average of 75%
  • Must have two faculty recommendations, at least one from a science teacher
  • Must show interest in science and participate in science or technology related activities

Science Honor Society Application Information & Faculty Recommendation Form

Spanish Honor Society
The Spanish Honor Society is a national organization whose goals are to recognize students who have achieved excellence in the study of Spanish, as well as to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture and civilization.

To be eligible for admission, candidates must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a TZHS Spanish course;
  • Have completed two years of high school level Spanish;
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative average of 90% in all Spanish courses;
  • Hold a minimum grade point average of 85% in all high school courses;
  • Demonstrate good citizenship, responsibility, and trustworthiness; and
  • Participate in the official induction ceremony.

To maintain membership, members must:

  • Volunteer as a tutor one period per month;
  • Actively participate in sponsored activities; and
  • Attend meetings regularly.

An induction ceremony is held each spring.
Spanish Honor Society Application
Spanish Honor Society Webpage

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