Overview- Eligibility and Requirements

  • Potomac Falls High School
    Science National Honor Society
    Sponsors: Mrs. Angelidaki & Mr. Almond
    Next meeting: Tuesday, April 9th, in room 243 at 8:50 am
                                                                                    2023-24 Officers
                                     President:                                   Fefi Peralta      
                                     Vice Presidents:                   Dyan Pham and Jenna Zekra    
                                     Secretaries:                          Edward Christopher and Jaynie Malling


    Statement of Purpose

    The society acknowledges the accomplishments of exceptional science students at Potomac Falls High School. Society will:

    ·         promote collaboration between students

    ·         provide support for our school science symposium

    ·         promote increased understanding of careers in science

    ·         encourage excellence within the science curriculum

    ·         encourage students to pursue science beyond high school
    Membership Criteria
    • Be in the eleventh or twelfth grade
    • Maintain a unweighted 3.5 (B+) average in science courses & a 3.0 overall, unweighted
    • Take two research, upper level, AP, or DE science courses before graduation from high school (see below for list of courses)  
    • Complete at least one AP or DE science course by graduation
    • Has been recommended by current and previous science teachers for membership
    •  Aspiring members must not have been removed from SNHS membership previously for any reason

    Research/Upper level courses : Research Earth Science, Research Biology, Research Chemistry, Honors Physics, Independent Science Research, AOS classes 

    AP courses : AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science 

    DE courses:   DE Physics, DE Biology, DE Geospatial Science

    Students transferring to Loudoun County from other school systems will need to see Mrs. Angelidaki & Mr. Almond to determine their eligibility.

    Membership Requirements after Acceptance

    • Monthly meeting attendance (can only miss 2/year).   The only excused absences are for field trips that leave before the school day begins and therefore eliminate the possibility of you attending the meeting.  You have 2  absences- use them wisely.  Save them for when you are out sick, etc.  Once you have missed the 3rd meeting, your name is immediately removed from our roster and you will receive an e-mail stating that you have not met the requirements for membership.  Occasionally, the meeting time or day may be changed due to AP testing, etc.  You will receive notification.
    • Dues ($30) (goes toward national dues,  scholarships, etc...)
    • Earn 9 service points per semester, track and submit service records in January & May.     
    Service points earned through:
    • Tutoring                          
    • Participate in the fund raiser (organize = 3 pts., help out = 1-2 pts)

    • Attendance at speaker event (3 pts.) 

    • Maintenance of science safety equipment- flushing eye washes in science rooms weekly.    (1/2 pt per week)

    • Assist a science teacher with lab clean-up, inventory, etc.  Arrange this with the teacher.     (1 pt = 45 min.) 

    • Present (slide presentation) during a monthly meeting: Do you have a science related job?  Do you volunteer at the hospital?  Are you involved in an activity that would be of interest to SNHS members?  (15 min = 2 pt. or 30 min = 4pt.)

    • Feature Friday Submission recognizing a day of historical science significance.     ex. DNA Day,  Earth Day, Darwin's bday, Mendel's bday, etc...  (1-3 pts)

    • Other possibilities as approved by Mrs. Angelidaki & Mr. Almond  




Last Modified on April 9, 2024