AAHS STUDENT ACTIVITIES

AAHS CLUB AND ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTIONS

HOSA– Advisors: Ms. Wendy Larsen and Ms. Marcela Iturregui
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA embodies high professional standards and character development.
 

Students collect goods, raise funds, and raise awareness for various local and national charities. Students have the opportunities to prepare for and compete at the annual HOSA conference. Health-related topics and skills are the focus at these events at the regional, state and national levels. The HOSA creed and ethics are integrated and threaded into the curriculum throughout the semester.

MATH LEAGUE – Advisor: Mrs. Anita Dahiya
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
All students who attend the Academy for Allied Health and Sciences may become members of the Math League. The faculty advisor selects members to participate in math competitions based on interest, ability, and performance. The purpose of the Math League is to promote appreciation for mathematics, foster spirit of cooperation in competition, and develop problem solving skills. This is done through participation in on-campus and off-campus contests held throughout the school year.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – Advisor: Ms. Edie Scher
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
Students are selected for membership based on scholarship, service, leadership and character. Students must uphold these values as members of the club and serve as role models for their peers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is NHS? Membership in NHS is an honor bestowed upon a student based on 4 criteria: scholarship, character, leadership and service.

2. What do I have to do to be considered? You must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative GPA of 92 or higher. If you meet those criteria you will be invited to complete a student information form in October of your junior or senior year. This form provides information about your leadership and service experiences to the Faculty Council.

3. What is the Faculty Council? The Faculty Council consists of 5 voting faculty members appointed by the Principal and the NHS advisor serves as the facilitator and the 6 th non-voting member of the Council. The Council gathers information from your information sheet, other faculty members and office records regarding your service, leadership and character (including disciplinary records) to decide if you meet the standard of criteria as established by the Academy of Allied Health Sciences faculty. A majority vote of the Council is needed to be selected.

4. How many NHS members are there? There is no limit to the number of members. Selection is based on meeting the standard of scholarship, character, service and leadership established by the faculty of the Academy for Allied Health Sciences.

5. What happens if I am selected? You will receive a letter and invitation to the Induction ceremony to be held in December. You must continue to maintain a minimum GPA of 92, attend monthly meetings, participate in service projects (12 service hours beyond the school’s required hours) and continue to model good character and leadership qualities.

6. What happens if I am not selected? You will receive a letter with specific feedback as to the criteria in need of improvement. If you believe there is more information that you would like the Council to reconsider, you may request an appeal within 10 days. However, it is not guaranteed that the Council will change its decision. If you are not selected as a junior but have maintained a 92 GPA, and feel you have improved in the area suggested by the Council you will be invited to resubmit your student information sheet again senior year.

7. Why would I want to aspire to be a member? Being a member of NHS is a privilege, not a right. It is an honor bestowed by the faculty to deserving students. Because of its selective nature it is an asset on any student’s resume. More importantly, it is an organization that provides leadership and service opportunities and reinforces an individual’s sense of good character. Participation in this organization develops lifelong skills for continuous personal growth and success.

SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society chapter of Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and may be revised to meet a local chapter’s needs. Students are selected to be members by a five-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school. Students in the 11th or 12th grades are eligible for membership.

For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 92. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service are also required.

To evaluate a candidate, the Faculty Council uses three forms of input. The student’s activity form, school disciplinary records, and a faculty survey (members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership). This information is carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.

Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, and participation in the chapter service projects.

Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the advisor, Ms. Edie Scher at: escher@ucvts.tec.nj.us

SPANISH CLUB/SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY – Advisor: Ms. Marcela Iturregui
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
The Spanish Club is open to students in each building who are interested in participating in the club’s activities. The Spanish Club promotes Hispanic culture among its members and celebrates important Hispanic holidays. Its major goal is to promote Hispanic culture appreciation through the UCVTS community.

Spanish Honor Society is open to all seniors in each building who have met the requirements of the chapter and have successfully completed the application process. Spanish Honor Society is a chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica that recognizes high achievement in Spanish to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. A student must have maintained an average of 92 in the study of Spanish for a minimum of three years and be enrolled in a Spanish course at the time of application. Students must compete the application process in order to be considered for membership.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT – Advisor: Ms. Neetu Varshney
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
The Student Government/Council should represent the lifeblood of the school. The members of the council are the models for spirit and leadership amongst their peers. It is made up of two members from each class council and a group of elected positions. All members of the council develop common goals for the school year and strive to complete them as a group. The council is responsible for making connections to students in the other schools to develop a sense of community amongst the students.

AAHS YEARBOOK – Advisers: Mr. Joshua Rubinstein & Mrs. Anita Dahiya
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
The Yearbook is a club that invites students from all four of the grade groups to participate in the design and production of a school yearbook, highlighting the students of the school and chronicling the events and activities that have occurred at the school within the last year. The book will include (at the very least) senior photos and individual blurbs written by each senior, underclass photos, faculty photos, photos from and articles about the events during the school year, club and activity photos and articles, senior advertisements and business ads.
SENIOR CLASS 2016 – Advisor: Ms. Luz Johnson
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:         
The Senior Class Council (elected officers) and members of the senior class culminate their four years of class fundraising with activities focused on preparing for their Prom, senior trip and the class gift. The members of the council are the models for spirit and leadership amongst their peers. Students focus on teamwork, cooperation and group responsibilities. All members develop common goals for the school year and strive to complete them as a group.
 
JUNIOR CLASS 2017 – Advisor: Ms. Henna Sharif
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
The advisor works closely with a junior class council that includes four officers and a select group of representatives, all of whom are chosen by their peers. Members of the council work together in developing goals for the junior class for the school year and strive to accomplish them. They strive to create a sense of community not only within their own junior class, but also within the entire district community as well.

SOPHOMORE CLASS 2018 – Advisor: Mr. Mike Stauber
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
The advisor works closely with a sophomore class council which includes four officers and a select group of representatives, all of whom are chosen by their peers. Members of the council work together in developing goals for the freshman class for the school year and strive to accomplish them. They strive to create a sense of community not only within their own sophomore class, but within the entire district community as well.

FRESHMAN CLASS 2019 – Advisor: Mr. Mike Stauber
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLUB:
The advisor works closely with a freshman class council which includes four officers and a select group of representatives, all of whom are chosen by their peers. Members of the council work together in developing goals for the freshman class for the school year and strive to accomplish them. They strive to create a sense of community not only within their own freshman class, but within the entire district community as well.
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