NJHS

National Junior Honor Society

 

BY-LAWS

of the

Henrietta Junior High

National Junior Honor Society

ARTICLE 1: Name and Purpose

Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Henrietta Junior High Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, which appears on the charter granted by the National Council of the National Honor Society, duly signed by the members of the National Council.

Section 2. The purpose of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, to encourage the development of character and to encourage citizenship in the students of Henrietta Junior High School.

ARTICLE II: Membership

Section 1. Selection for membership in this chapter shall be based upon scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Once selected, the members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.

Section 2. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active or probationary. Only active members are granted the right of voting.

Section 3. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony to be held each fall. Invitations shall be mailed to parents of the inductees, and a reception for members, inductees and their parents shall be held following the ceremony. Certificates and membership cards will be presented to each new member.

ARTICLE III: Selection of Members

Section 1. Students in the seventh and eighth grades are eligible for membership in the fall. Candidates must have been in attendance at this school the equivalent of one semester unless they were members in good standing at their prior school. Many students are required to move with parents or guardians; therefore, the present school principal should seek a recommendation from the previous school principal pursuant to the candidate's selection, and based on the recommendation of the previous principal, the faculty council may waive the semester regulation. Members in good standing may transfer to the Henrietta Junior High Chapter.

Section 2. Requirements - Candidates must have:

a. for induction, a minimum cumulative academic average
of 90.0 % including the spring semester and the first
six weeks of the current year; in order to retain
membership, students must maintain this standard.
b. no academic grade lower than 85.0 % in regular class
for the semester prior to induction; after induction
no six weeks grade lower than 85.0%; absolutely no
six weeks grade below 70 (immediate removal);
in advanced courses (such as 8th grade algebra or
advanced placement classes), students must have a
grade no lower than 75%.
c. passed all sections of the Texas Assessment of Academic
Skills test.
d. not been placed in ISS or AEP.
e. the qualities of leadership, good character, and service.
f. in citizenship, no grade lower than “S” in
the preceding four six weeks' grading periods..

Section 3. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.

Section 4. The selection of new members will be made in the fall of each school year for candidates in the seventh and eighth.

ARTICLE IV: Dismissal

Section 1. Members who fall below the selection standards shall be warned in writing by the chapter adviser, be put on probation, and given a period of six weeks to correct the deficiency. If the standards are not met after the six weeks probationary period, they will be dismissed from the organization. For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required. In all cases of impending dismissal, if he or she so chooses, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council. Immediate dismissal for any
grade lower than 70%.

Section 2. Meeting attendance and participation in chapter projects is mandatory. Members who do not participate in chapter projects, who miss a meeting or ceremony without good cause and /or without personally notifying the adviser shall be warned in writing by the chapter adviser. Failure to correct non-attendance shall be cause for dismissal.

Section 3. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws, a member does not necessarily have to be warned before dismissal.

Section 4. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.

ARTICLE V: Chapter Officers

Section 1. The officers of this chapter shall be a president, vice-president, secretary, and reporter. All officers will be selected from the eighth grade

Section 2. Officers shall be selected by a method determined by the members of the chapter, approved by the Faculty Council and the principal, and described in the chapter by-laws.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings of this chapter.

Section 4. The vice-president shall fill the chair of the president in his or her absence.

Section 5. The secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings, a record of all business and all records on file, and conduct correspondence. Immediately after the induction of new members, the secretary must certify to the national secretary of the National Junior Honor Society the names of those elected to membership.

Section 6. The reporter shall notify the proper news media of activities.

ARTICLE VI: Faculty Council

Section 1. The faculty council shall consist of the chapter adviser and assistant adviser appointed annually by the principal, and four other members selected by the principal and the adviser. No principal or assistant principal may be included on the faculty council. The chapter adviser shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member the Faculty Council. The term of the Faculty Council will be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.

Section 2. The faculty council shall meet at least once a year to select members. Other meetings may be called to consider dismissal, non-selection, and warning cases, or other chapter-related business.

Section 3. The Faculty Council will develop and revise, when necessary, all chapter procedures for selection, disciplining, and dismissal of members, all of which must remain in compliance with the national guidelines.

ARTICLE VII: Executive Committee

Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter advisers.

Section 2. The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings, make recommendations to the chapter, and determine and perform such other duties as are specified in the chapter bylaws. All actions and recommendations of the executive committee shall be subject to the review of the chapter membership.

Section 3. The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.

ARTICLE VIII: Supervision

Section 1. The activities of this chapter shall be subject to the approval of the principal and the advisers.

ARTICLE IX: Meetings

Section 1. The regular meeting of this chapter shall be held when necessary for conducting business such as elections and projects.

Section 2. The officers of the chapter shall be elected at the first meeting of the charter year and at the last regular meeting of the school year.

Section 3. Special meetings shall be open meetings and shall be held under the sponsorship of the adviser.

Section 5. This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert's Rules of Order in all points not expressly provided for in the by-laws of this chapter.

ARTICLE X: Activities

Section 1. This chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.

Section 2. All members shall regularly participate in these projects.

Section 3. These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community; have the support of the administration and faculty; be appropriate and educationally defensible; and be well planned, organized and executed.

Section 4. Each member is encouraged to choose and participate in at least one service project a year which reflects his/her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.

Section 5. The chapter shall publicize these projects in a positive manner.

ARTICLE XI. Emblem

Section 1. Each member of this chapter shall be entitled to wear the emblem adopted by the National Junior Society.

Section 2. Any member who resigns or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem.

Section 3. Each member agrees that, whether the emblem comes to him/her as a gift, a personal purchase, an award, or from whatever source, the title to the emblem shall rest with the chapter of which he/she is a member. Therefore, the emblem can, on motion of the council, be commandeered. Furthermore, each member agrees that his acceptance of the emblem shall be considered affirmation of the stipulation in regard to the title of the emblem.

Section 4. All insignia must be procured from the national secretary of the National Honor Society, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091. All insignia are registered in the United States Patent Office and may not be copied by anyone.

Section 5. The motto of the National Junior Honor Society shall be "Light is the Symbol of Truth." The official colors of the society shall be blue and white.

ARTICLE XII: Amendments

Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the chapter, provided that the proposed amendment has been approved by the faculty council, and the notice has been given to members at least one month prior to the meeting at which it is to be voted upon.

Section 2. By-laws must be consistent with the constitution and policies established by the National Council.

Written 10-2000




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