NHS Bylaws

By-laws of the Socios Chapter of National Honor Society of Ashland High School

Adopted January 2003

 

ARTICLE I           NAME and PURPOSE

SECTION 1    The name of this chapter shall be the Socios Chapter of National Honor Society. (NHS)

SECTION 2    The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of Ashland High School.

 

ARTICLE II       GOVERNANCE

SECTION 1    The NHS shall be under the supervision of the advisor of NHS of Ashland High School selected from a pool of applicants by the principal and the director of student activities.

SECTION 2    The National Honor Society Faculty Council shall be called the National Honor Society Board at Ashland High School.  The National Honor Society Board shall be composed of five teachers selected by the principal and the advisor and shall be reviewed on an annual basis.

SECTION 3    The principal, in consultation with the director of student activities, shall reserve the right to remove the advisor and any member of the NHS Board from their position.

 

ARTICLE III      MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1    Members of the Socios Chapter shall be those selected students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2, which is a weighted average.  Eligible students who have completed student information forms must demonstrate very good to outstanding completion of activities in leadership and service and have references indicating very good to outstanding character.  A definition of the characteristics of leadership, service, and character desired in members of NHS is included in the appendix. (Appendix 1)

 

ARTICLE IV     SELECTION OF MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1    All students having a career weighted grade point average minimum of 3.2 will be invited by letter (Appendix 2) to submit a Student Information Form (Appendix 3).  All forms will be reviewed by the NHS Board and rated according to the selection rubric.  (Appendix 4)  Those students receiving a minimum rating of 9, with no ratings less than 2, will be accepted into the Society. 

SECTION 2    Students will be notified of the results of the selection process in a written letter from the advisor.  (Appendices 5, 6, 7)

SECTION 3    If students are not satisfied with the initial results of the selection process, they may appeal to the NHS Board for reconsideration in an appeal hearing.  The hearing will be held within two weeks of the announcement of the initial results of the selection process.  Students will be notified of the results of the appeal in a letter from the advisor.  (Appendices 8, 9)

 

ARTICLE V      DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

SECTION 1    The duties and responsibilities of each member of the organization are the maintenance of a career grade point average of 3.2, the completion of five hours of community service each term, acting as a positive role model in leadership and character for the school and the society, and participation in at least two society-wide service projects each year.

SECTION 2    The duties of the officers are the following:

  •  President:  plan, organize, and run all meetings; plan and organize society-wide service activities by contacting organizations; help to plan additional smaller activities throughout the year; help plan the induction ceremony.
  •  Vice-president:  aid the President with activities; help to plan the induction ceremony; announce meetings; announce and help with society-wide service activities, and write any and all press releases for the society.
  •  Secretary:  help to plan the induction ceremony; keep track of community service hours; keep attendance at meetings; inform the Advisor of the attendance and service hours status of members; write thank-you notes as needed.
  •  Treasurer:  keep a record of additions to and expenditures from the society treasury; balance the treasury each quarter when the statement is received from the school treasurer; communicate with the school treasurer concerning the writing of reimbursement or other checks when necessary
  •  Chairperson of the Planning Committee:  plan the service activities calendar for the following year.

 SECTION 3    The duties of the advisor are to keep an account of any money earned, to enforce the bylaws, to write warnings and probation letters, and to act as a   liaison between the Principal, the Administration, the Faculty and members.

 

ARTICLE VI ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

SECTION 1    Nominations for officers are solicited in the spring and will be announced

                        prior to the election.  A meeting will follow the announcement of candidates.  Only juniors will cast ballots.  A quorum of 2/3 of the junior membership is required to vote for candidates.  Voting will be by secret ballot and will be counted by the advisor.  A plurality of the votes wins the election.  A plurality is understood to mean a greater number of votes for one candidate.  The ballots will be counted by the advisor.  In the event of a tie vote, the officers and the advisor will vote.  The outcome of the election will be announced the following day.

 

SECTION 2    Officers will be removed from their positions if they are dismissed from

NHS or if they can no longer carry out the duties of the office.  Notification of dismissal will be by written letter from the NHS advisor. (Appendix 10)

 

SECTION 3    Should vacancies in one or more offices occur, elections will immediately be held to fill the position vacated.

 

ARTICLE VII    MEETINGS

 

SECTION 1    Meetings will be advertised on the appointed bulletin board as well as on the morning announcements at least one week in advance. 

 

SECTION 2    Attendance at all meetings advertised at least 1 week in advance will be required.  If a student cannot attend a meeting, a written note explaining why must be given to the secretary or to the advisor. 

 

SECTION 3    Special meetings, if needed, will be called by the president, executive committee or advisor.

 

SECTION 4    Disciplinary issues involving attendance at meetings are discussed in Article IX, Section 3.

 

ARTICLE VIII   COMMUNITY SERVICE

               

SECTION 1    Five hours of community service must be completed per term within each term.  If a member completes more than five hours in any one term, these hours may not be rolled over to then next term.

 

SECTION 2  If a member does not complete the required five hours of community service, disciplinary measures will be taken.  Disciplinary issues involving completion of community service are discussed in Article IX, Section 4.

 

ARTICLE IX     DISCIPLINE

 

SECTION 1    Disciplinary measures will consist of a series of written warnings, probation, and dismissal and will deal with issues of scholarship, leadership, character and service.

 

SECTION 2    For non-compliance due to low grade point average, the student will receive a written warning and be place on probation. (Appendix 11)  The student will have the opportunity to bring his or her grade point average into compliance in the following two terms.  If, after this time period, the grade point average is 3.2 or higher, the student will receive notification of removal from probation by written letter from the NHS advisor (Appendix 12).  If, on the other hand, the grade point average continues to be lower than 3.2, the student will be dismissed from the chapter.  Notification of dismissal will be by written letter from the NHS advisor. (Appendix 13)

 

 

SECTION 3    For the first unexcused non-attendance at a required meeting advertised one week in advance students will be issued a written warning. (Appendix 14)  For the second unexcused non-attendance at a required meeting, students will be placed on probation in writing.  (Appendix 15)  The third unexcused non-attendance at a required meeting will result in dismissal in writing from the society.  (Appendix 16)

 

SECTION 4    If the student fails to complete 5 hours of community service one term, the student will be issued a written warning (Appendix 17) and will have the opportunity to make up the five hours plus an additional five hours the following term.  Therefore, at the end of this time period following the warning and period of probation, the student must turn in a community service form or forms indicating the completion of a minimum of fifteen hours of service.  If the student fails, after the second term, to make up the required number of community service hours, the student will be dismissed in writing from the chapter.  (Appendix 18)  If he or she is a

                        senior who has not completed the required number of community service

                        hours for last term, he or she will not be allowed to wear the NHS sash

                        at graduation.

 

SECTION 5    Issues dealing with character will be handled on an individual basis and may include input from the faculty, NHS Board and the principal.

 

SECTION 6    Once dismissed, a student cannot be reinstated in National Honor Society.

 

ARTICLE X      PRIVILEGES

 

SECTION 1    The following privileges will be extended to NHS members in good standing:

 

1.   Upon completion of the Late Arrival Form (Appendix 19) NHS members may arrive late to school in time for second period, providing that the first period of the day is a study hall.  Students are first to report to the office to sign in in the NHS privilege book.  Students are then to pass through the halls and go to their lockers quietly so as not to disturb classes in session.  Abuse of this privilege (i.e. noise in the halls upon arrival to school) will result in the revocation of the privilege for the NHS member involved.  The student will be asked to surrender their NHS membership card for the determined period of time of revocation of the privilege.

 

2.  Upon completion of the Early Dismissal Form (Appendix 20) NHS members may leave school early providing that the final period of the day is a study hall.  Students are first to pick up any books from their lockers they may need.  They are then to report to the office to sign out in the NHS privilege book.  Students are to leave the school property promptly upon dismissal.  Abuse of this privilege (i.e. remaining on school grounds) will result in the revocation of the privilege for the NHS member involved.  Students will be asked to surrender their NHS membership card for the determined period of time of revocation of the privilege.

 

3.  All NHS members in good standing may use their NHS membership card as a hall pass instead of the required pass when arriving late to class or when passing through the halls during class time.  Students must present this identification card each time upon entry to class or when requested in the halls.  Chronic tardiness or abuse of this privilege (three times) or excessive noise in the halls will result in a character-based hearing with the NHS Board.

 

4.  Graduating members of NHS will have the privilege of wearing the NHS stole at commencement exercises provided that they have maintained a minimum of a 3.2 average through third term of their senior year and have completed a minimum of 5 hours of community service for each of the four terms of their senior year.  Any student who fails to carry out these requirements will not be accorded the privilege of wearing the NHS stole.

 

 

SECTION 2    Any NHS member found abusing any of the above privileges by school administration or faculty will be given a written warning (Appendix 21) and be denied the privilege for a period of one term.  If further abuse of the privilege continues, the student will be dismissed in writing from NHS. (Appendix 22)

 

 

ARTICLE XI     RATIFICATION OF BYLAWS

 

SECTION 1    The bylaws of the Socios Chapter must be ratified by a vote of two-thirds of the total membership.

 

ARTICLE XII    AMENDING BYLAWS

 

SECTION 1    The bylaws of the Socios Chapter may be amended by an approval of newly suggested amendments by two-thirds of the total membership.