iNaCA Student Groups
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization established to recognize gifted and talented high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments but also challenges them to further develop their academic strengths through active involvement in school activities and community service.
English National Honor Society, Shangri-La
Shangri-La, the setting of a 1933 novel, is an idyllic, peaceful environment that approaches perfection. Shangri-La challenges gifted and talented high school students that excel in the world of English, literature, and writing. Members participate in a variety of rich experiences, promoting leadership and exceptionality in language arts. Past events include Poetry Month Event, National Day on Writing, iSHARE events, Author’s Chair Literacy event, Writer’s Workshops with the iNaCA elementary students, and more!
Science National Honor Society
The Science National Honor Society (SNHS) and Friends of SNHS (for younger students) will focus on creating fun events for students of all ages to enjoy science. These activities for gifted middle and high school students will have hands-on demonstrations, video demonstrations, and ideas for you to try at home! Each member will also focus on a research project and topic of their choosing to present at the STEM fair and expand their knowledge of the wider world of science.
STEAM Club is the integration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math in a real-world setting. The main goal of iNaCA STEAM Club initiative is to best prepare STEAM proficient students who are ready to take on tomorrow's global challenges. In STEAM Club, students and teachers meet twice a month to share interests, ideas and passions in math, science, engineering, the arts, and technology. We work together on project and demonstration ideas for the iNaCA STEAM Club Fair. STEAM Club is also a path for freshman and sophomores to join the Science Honor National Honor Society and have some fun!
iNaCA students in grades 3-8 meet once a month—sometimes more—to play DimensionU together. DimensionU is an engaging and interactive multiplayer video game that focuses on core skills in mathematics and literacy. Club members also discuss what games they have been playing and skills they have been working on, and certificates are given to those with high scores and most points per minute.
This group of gifted and talented high school students is actually two groups in one! A group of students, known as the iNaCA Soundbytes Communication Desk, meet weekly to record school news on webcam to keep iNaCA informed. They also host the Reader’s Theatre group, where students rehearse and perform scripts in old time radio-style—sound effects and all.
The iNaCA Student Council Program is a venue for student participation in decision making. Below are the program’s goals:
- Create a better school life in cooperation with the principal, staff, and students
- Provide students with opportunities for leadership and to help students develop a sense of responsibility
- Encourage the students in the school to become more aware of how the school is run and to constructively identify and express their needs
- Contribute to overall school development by being involved in school policy development
- Be a resource for working in partnership with school administration
- Act as liaison where appropriate between the student, teacher, and school administration
Our COW (Community of Writers) engages students in different genres of writing each month. Beginning writers are supported as they explore each genre, and more advanced writers are challenged to bring their writing to the next level. Students are exposed to exemplars of the genre, participate in creating their own pieces, and are encouraged to share their writing.
Middle School Scholars Society (MSSS)
Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to apply for the MSSS. This group encourages emerging leaders to work with younger students on projects, lead elementary and middle school events, focus on service projects, and collaboration with the high school student council.