Students may apply to ACE or Governor’s School during the winter of their sophomore year. The selection process is very competitive; therefore, students should maintain exemplary academic, attendance, and discipline records. Student SOL scores, PSAT scores, teacher recommendations, VPT and GPA are all considered during the selection process. In addition, students must have successfully completed Algebra II. Please refer to the Henry County High School Program of Studies for more information.
The Art Club is comprised of students who are interested in art. The club's intent is to give students a creative and artistic outlet at school, that they might not otherwise have access. Each year the club's activities vary, but some activities have included pumpkin carving, mask making, and exploding paintings. Our service projects have included repainting the portable fire engine for fire safety week, creating a model of the Enterprise for a local post office, and painting screens for the Southside Survivor Response Center.
BENGAL TECH ACADEMY
Bengal Tech is a project-based learning academy within Bassett High School. Students are also eligible to participate in ACE, Governor's School, and dual enrollment courses while enrolled in Bengal Tech. Each student will receive a MacBook Air for use during the school year. Applications will be accepted at the end of the first semester.
The National Beta club is an academic-leadership service organization for students at BHS in grades nine through twelve. Its purpose is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among secondary school students. Students maintaining 94.0 or above average will be invited in the fall of each year to apply for membership. Students should not have received any disciplinary infractions in order to be eligible to apply. Members will be required to participate in a number of service projects pertaining to their school and community throughout the year. Membership fees are required.
Students may become members of DECA, an organization of marketing students, if they are enrolled in any marketing class offered at Bassett High School.
Future Business Leaders of America is the co-curricular organization for secondary business education students. FBLA enhances occupational preparation for business education students by helping them attain several goals. These goals include increasing self-confidence, strengthening business skills, encouraging efficient money management, promoting civic pride and responsibility, and assisting in setting professional goals. From this, students will become competent business leaders making their transition from school to work with much ease. Most importantly, FBLA tries to stimulate scholarship with its members. Some of the activities enjoyed by being a member of the FBLA include attending a Fall leadership conference, working with community service projects, taking field trips to different businesses, and participating in our local competition. In order to become a member of FBLA, a student must be enrolled in a business class.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and society issues through work and family studies education. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making and interpersonal communication necessary in the home and workplace. Membership is open to students in grades 9-12 who are taking or have taken a Family and Consumer Sciences class.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students is for all student who wish to participate in Christian oriented activities. Students and sponsors work together to plan appropriate activities. Students may attend local events, host events for the school, and perform service activities for the school and community.
Students Organized for Developing Attitudes (SODA) is an organization of select tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students who are trained mentors for sixth grade students at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School. SODA students facilitate six sessions a year with the middle school students. The sessions cover topics such as bullying, peer pressure, drugs, decision making, and social media safety.
The Gay Straight Alliance is a student led organization intended to provide a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) high school students and their straight allies. Our goal is to make the school community safe and create a welcoming environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Health Occupation Students of America is an organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and Health Occupation Education Division. HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunity in health care industries and to enhance delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides a program of leadership development and recognition for secondary students enrolled in Health Occupation or Health Science Education programs.
The Interact Club, sponsored by Rotary International, is a service club that teaches not only leadership skills but also service above self. The organization looks both within the school and in the community to determine needs and find creative ways to meet them. They complete a service project a month that involves local, national, and international concerns, and in doing so, work closely with leaders in the community.
The National Art Honor Society is an organization, which recognizes students who excel in art. Students must be enrolled in an Art class, maintain a B average in Art, and have good citizenship grades. Seniors who participate for three semesters wear Art honor cords at graduation. Two service hours per semester are required by NAHS members.
National Honor Society is an organization which recognizes students who excel in leadership, scholarship, service, and character. Members participate in a number of service projects and attend monthly meetings throughout the year. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are eligible for consideration for membership. Students who have a GPA of 92 or above and a clean discipline record are eligible to apply. The NHS faculty council carefully examines these sheets along with faculty recommendations, and a final vote is taken. The council considers involvement in school and community, good behavior, and citizenship; including but not limited to absences, tardiness, and internal or external suspensions. If you think you may be interested, start at the beginning of your high school career and get involved in clubs, sports, and community activities.
The National Technical Honor Society requires that its members be either a junior or senior, have at least a 3.0 overall GPA, be classified as completers or concentrators, or have completed four Career and Technical classes, and have achieved an overall average of a 94 in all Career and Technical classes. Membership to the NTHS is by invitation only.
The Student Council Association represents students. It is actively involved in coordinating major events throughout the school year to promote school spirit and pride. The organization is the voice of students.
Skills USA is a club for students enrolled in trade, technical and health occupations. This council establishes professional development criteria for students to use in becoming more aware of what the business community needs in an employee. Skills USA gives students opportunities to excel in leadership and marketable skills used in the workplace. Skill and Leadership Olympics are held in order to recognize student accomplishments. Students learn how to conduct themselves in a business meeting and how to use teams and committees to reach a goal. The student has many social outlets as well. Skills USA is a national organization.
Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO), is a youth leadership organization focused on saving the lives of teenage drivers. This goal is achieved by educating, encouraging, and empowering teenagers to be traffic safety advocates in their schools and communities. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 20.
The purpose of the BHS French Club is to promote, explore, and enjoy the study of the French language and various aspects of Francophone cultures. At the August interest meeting, students plan the meetings and events for the year. Membership is encouraged for students who are taking French and is open to those who are interested in learning more about France.
The Spanish Club is comprised of students who have studied or are studying Spanish at Bassett High School. The club's intent is to create an awareness of foreign cultures. Each year the club's activities vary, but some activities have included: cultural fun and games, the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, learning Hispanic dances, listening to guest speakers from around the world, an annual Christmas party, and the celebration and promotion of Foreign Language Week. Service projects have included: sponsoring a child from El Salvador, buying Christmas gifts for two local children in need in the Henry County area, and raising funds for Heifer International. Heifer International is an international relief program that provides animals and livestock for those in poverty and teaches the communities how to provide for themselves.
To become a member of the yearbook staff, a student must be dedicated to its purpose. Students must be willing to meet deadlines and work actively as a part of a group. Computer skills are not necessary, but are a valuable asset to the effectiveness of all projects
Kickoff Mentors must be juniors or seniors that are in good standing. Students must complete an application and are selected during the spring semester. Kickoff mentors must attend a mandatory training in the summer, lead Freshmen Orientation, and serve as a positive role model to rising freshmen.
Any student wishing to participate in a sport must have a physical form, insurance information, and a Henry County Athletic Code of Conduct form on file. Physicals must be dated after May 1 of the current school year and are valid until June 30 of the following year. School insurance is available for purchase if needed.
To be academically eligible for participation is sports, students must pass three out of four subjects for credit the preceding semester (i.e. a student wishing to play football in the fall needs to have passed at least three subjects the preceding Spring). In addition, students must pass three out of four subjects each grading period to maintain eligibility. If a student fails more than one course in a grading period, then the student is eligible to practice only and will return to active (game) status if s/he is passing three out of four courses at the interim of the grading period.
Students who enter the ninth grade for the first time are automatically eligible for the first semester they enter high school; following the first semester, students must pass three out of four classes to remain eligible for a Winter/Spring sport. [NOTE: a student who begins participation in a Winter sport MUST pass at least three courses in the first semester to remain eligible in that Winter sport for the second semester.]
Students who transfer to Bassett High and wish to participate in an athletic event must meet the requirements of the VHSL (Virginia High School League) Transfer Rule, Scholarship Rule, and Enrollment Rule.