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National Junior Honor Society


Advisor: Ms. J. Coonan
Contact: 887-6400 x 4221
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The National Junior Honor Society

Howard T. Herber Middle School

Chapter By-Laws

The by-laws of the National Junior Honor Society are a constitutional mandate (Article XVI). Therefore, be it known that these by-laws conform to the guidelines and regulation of the National Constitution of the National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools.

Article 1: Name and Purpose

Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Howard T. Herber Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 2: The purpose of the organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship.
Section 3: The NJHS shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091).



Article II: The Principal

Section 1: The Principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the Chapter.
Section 2: The Principal shall annually appoint a Chapter Advisor and the Faculty Council who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 3: The Principal shall be a part of the local school district appeal process for non-selection and/or dismissal cases.


Article III: The Chapter Advisor

Section 1: The Chapter Advisor shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the Chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2: The Chapter Advisor shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions.
Section 3: The Chapter Advisor shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 4: The Chapter Advisor shall help the Chapter Officers understand and carry out their duties.



Article IV: Faculty Council

Section 1: The Faculty Council shall consist of five voting members appointed annually by the Principal.
Section 2: The Chapter Advisor shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the Faculty Council.
Section 3: The Faculty Council shall be responsible for the selection of candidates for membership.
Section 4: The Faculty Council shall hear appeals in cases of dismissal.
Section 5: The Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to select members and to consider dismissal, non-selection, and warning cases.
Section 6: The term of the Faculty Council shall be on year. Members may be appointed to consecutive
terms.
Section 7: The Faculty Council shall remain confidential.

 

Article V: Membership

Section 1: Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship.
Section 2: Candidates become members when officially inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 3: A National Junior Honor Society member who transfers from another school and brings a letter from the former Principal or Chapter Advisor to the Howard T. Herber Middle School Chapter
Advisor shall be accepted automatically as a member in the Howard T. Herber Chapter. Transfer members must meet the Chapter’s standards within one quarter in order to retain membership.
Section 4: Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
Section 5: Membership in the National Junior Honor Society at the high school level is not related to the National Junior Honor Society at the middle school level.
Section 6: An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this Chapter. The Faculty Council shall grant to the transferring
member one quarter to attain the membership requirement and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this Chapter in order to retain his or her membership.



Article VI: Selection of Members

Section 1: Candidates must be in the fourth quarter of sixth grade, the fourth quarter of seventh grade or the second quarter of eighth grade at Howard T. Herber Middle School. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one quarter.
Section 2:
  • For current sixth grade students, a cumulative core average1 of at least an 85 for the first three quarters of sixth grade, with no more than one grade less than 80 in any subject in any quarter.
  • For current seventh grade students, a cumulative core average1 of at least an 85 for the sixth grade and the first three quarters of seventh grade, with no more than one grade less than 80 in any subject in any quarter.
  • For current eighth grade students, a cumulative core average1 of at least an 85 for the sixth grade, the seventh grade, and the first quarter of eighth grade, with no more than one grade less than 80in any subject in any quarter.
  • Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
  • Candidates will not have any serious referral recorded for the year that they are being considered as a candidate.
  • Candidates will fill out the Howard T. Herber National Junior Honor Society Application in order to be considered for membership.
Section 3: Prior to selection, the following shall occur:
  • Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
  • Students who are eligible scholastically (“Candidates”) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the Howard T. Herber National Junior Honor Society Application
    for further consideration.
  • The Faculty Council shall review the Howard T. Herber National Junior Honor Society Application in order to determine membership.
Section 4: The selection of each member to the Chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council
after reviewing all information concerning the candidate.
Section 5: The National Council and NASSP shall not review the judgment of the Faculty Council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters.

 

Article VII: Dismissal

Section 1: The Faculty Council in compliance with the rules and regulation of the National Junior Honor Society shall determine the procedure of dismissal.
Section 2: To maintain membership, each member must maintain a cumulative core average of at least an 85 with only one grade less than 80 in any quarter in any subject.
Section 3: Members who fall below the standards set forth in section 2 of Article VII shall be placed on
probationary status by the Faculty Council. A copy of the probation letter shall be signed by the member and his or her parent and returned to the Chapter Advisor.   At the end of the probation period, which is determined by the Faculty Council, if the deficiency is not corrected, the member may be dismissed.
Section 4: In case of flagrant violation of the school rules or civil laws, a member is subject to immediate dismissal.
Section 5: It is expected that National Junior Honor Society members will maintain the highest standard of behavior. Behavior referrals resulting from any violation of school code/policy are subject to review by the Faculty Council each quarter. Members can be dismissed from the National Junior Honor Society if the Faculty Council deems that the degree or frequencies of such referrals are inappropriate to the  integrity of the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 6: Violation of the laws or school regulations can result in dismissal of a member. These violations include, but are not limited to, stealing, assault, destruction of property, cheating, truancy, or
possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities.
Section 7: An offender of the school conduct code (these infractions include the use of profanity, bullying, failure to comply, unexcused absence, and excessive tardiness) will receive a written warning
notification. At this point, the Faculty Council, student, or parent will request a conference. If the member
is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member will be dismissed.
Section 8: Students are expected to attend all National Junior Honor Society meetings – no more than one unexcused absence is permitted for the school year.
Section 9: A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the school Principal. The Principal’s decision is final.
Section 10: The National Council and the NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.



Article VIII: Nomination and Election of Officers

Section 1: The officers of this chapter shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President shall be an eighth grader and the Vice-President shall be a seventh grader. The Secretary and the Treasurer shall be eighth graders.
Section 2:  Officers shall be elected at a regular meeting of the Howard T. Herber Middle School National Junior Honor Society Chapter.
Section 3: Officers will be self-nominated. They will submit an Interest to Run permission slip signed by
a parent/guardian, the student, and three faculty members. They will turn this sheet into to the Chapter Advisor by a specified date in order to be put on the ballot. Officers will be elected by written ballot at a
general meeting after induction. The Chapter Advisor will tally the ballots, and the results will be
announced in a timely manner.  At the general meeting, the candidates will have to read an approved speech to the Chapter (which should be one page in length, double spaced, with a font size of 12).
Section 4: If an officer is unable to fulfill his/her duties, the runner up from the previous election will be asked to serve. A new election will be called if necessary.

 

Article IX: Officer Responsibilities

Section 1: The Officers and their duties are as follows:
President – The President conducts the meeting.
Vice President - The Vice President of the Board serves in the absence of the President; other duties as directed.
Secretary – The Secretary keeps the attendance for each meeting. He or she also records a
summary of the meetings and attends to clerical duties.
Treasurer – The Treasurer shall keep the record of Chapter expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the Chapter.



Article X: Executive Committee

Section 1: The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the Chapter and the Chapter Advisor.
Section 2: The executive committee shall have a general supervision of the affairs of the Chapter between its business meetings, making recommendations to the Chapter, and planning regular meetings.
Section 3: The executive committee shall have the responsibility for insuring that Chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations



Article XI: Meetings

Section 1: The Howard T. Herber Chapter shall hold regular meetings. Meetings will be held monthly during the school year.


Articles XII: Activities

Section 1: The Chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.
Section 2: Each ten-week grading period, members shall individually volunteer for one service activity and record the service on the verification sheet. Verification sheets must be turned in at the monthly
meetings to the Chapter Secretary.
Section 3: All members shall regularly participate in service project at Howard T. Herber Middle School.
Section 4: 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.
  • Be well-planned, organized, and executed.
Section 5: Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in a service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interest. This is in addition to the Chapter project(s) to which all members contribute.
Section 6: Each member shall complete 30 hours of service each year, the hours must be documented and the documentation turned into the Chapter Advisor every ten weeks. Service hours must be completed
during each quarter.
Section 7: The Chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.



Article XIII: Amendments

Section 1: These By-Laws can be amended by the Faculty Council as needed.
Section 2: The Chapter shall promptly notify all members and their parent/guardians in written of any changes made to the By-Laws.





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Advisor: Ms. J. Coonan
Contact: 887-6400 x 4221
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Sunday, April 05, 2020