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Chapter Bylaws of the Kiowa Chapter of the National Honor Society

Adopted: April 27th, 2012

ARTICLE I:  NAME

 

The name of this chapter shall be theKiowa Chapter of the National Honor Society of Questa High School. , which appears on the charters granted by the National Council of the  National Honor and National Junior Honor Societies, duly signed by the national secretary.

 

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

 

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

 

ARTICLE III: POWERS

 

Section 1:This chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the National Constitution of NHS. See www.nhs.us/constitutions.

 

Section 2:The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal.

 

Section 3:Final authority on all activities and decisions of the chapter resides with the school principal.

 

Section 4:Non-discrimination. Our chapter of NHS maintains policies and practices that are designed to prevent discrimination against any qualified candidate or member on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex (gender), and disability. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.

ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1:  Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Citizenship and Character.

Scholarship will be demonstrated by a student who;

-has attained a career grade point average of 3.5 or above with no rounding up of the average based on the grade point value table of Questa Jr./Sr. High School.

-This career grade point average is based on 2

cumulative semester grades.

 

Leadership may be demonstrated by a student who:

-Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making

suggestions

-Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities

-Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals

-Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school

-Is able to delegate responsibilities

-Exemplifies positive attitudes

-Inspires positive behavior in others

-Demonstrates academic initiative

-Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts

business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability

-Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school and community

activities

-Is thoroughly dependable in any accepted responsibility

-Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude

 

Service may be demonstrated by a student who:

 

-Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly

available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance

-Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous

responsibilities

-Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school

-Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic

competition

-Does committee and staff work without complaint

-Participates in some activity outside of school; for example, Girl Scouts, Boy

Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.

-Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools

-Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students

 

Character may be demonstrated by a student who:

 

-Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

-Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness,

friendliness, poise, stability)

-Upholds principles of morality and ethics

-Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property,

programs, office, halls, etc.

-Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability

-Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others

-Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside

the classroom

-Has the power of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown

by perseverance and application to studies

-Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoids cheating in

written work, and shows unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others

 

Citizenship may be demonstrated by a student who:

 

-Cooperate

-Get involved in community affairs

-Stay informed; vote

-Be a good neighbor

-Obey laws and rules

-Respect authority

-Protect the environment

-Volunteer

 

Section 2:  Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate members.  Active members become graduate members at graduation.  Graduate and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

 

Section 3:  Eligibility:

  1. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the 7th, 8th and 9th grades (National Junior Honor Society) and members of the 10th, 11th and 12th grades (National Honor Society.
  2. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Questa High School.
  3. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale per semester with no C letter grades.  A student must earn a 3.5 or better G.P.A with no rounding off of G.P.A’s.  This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy.
  4. Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 to 4.0 will then be evaluated by faculty members on their leadership, character, service and citizenship based on a 1 to 5 grading scale.  (5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest).  All candidates must earn a 3 point average to be eligible. 
  5. Eligibility will be considered following faculty approval, once candidate has earned a 3 point requirement.  All GPA requirements are calculated on 2 semester grades previous to ceremony.

 

ARTICLE V:  SELECTION OF MEMBERS 

 

Section 1:  The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council which consists of five faculty members appointed by the principal.  The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, non-voting, ex-officio member of the Faculty Council.

 

Section 2:Any member who fails below the standards which were the basis of his/her election shall be promptly warned.  A National Honor or National Junior Honor Society member must maintain a 3.0 grade point average per semester and the other standards in order to retain membership.  A member will be allowed only 1 warning period.  If grades do not improve by during the next marking period, the student is promptly dismissed from these societies.  Members who earn a D letter grade will promptly be warned not to repeat such grades during his/her term in the National Junior or National Honor societies.  Members who earn a D letter grade and fall below the required 3.0 G.P.A in a semester will be dismissed.  A F letter grade earned during any grading period automatically dismisses the member.

Section 3:  Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:

a. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.

b. Students who are eligible scholastically (i.e., candidates) shall be notified.

c. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible using the official evaluation form provided by the chapter adviser. SEE appendices

d. The Faculty Council shall review the Student Activity Information Form, faculty evaluations and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership.

 

Section 4:Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.

 

Section 5:  An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given an official letter indicating the status of his/her membership.

 

Section 6:  An active member of the National 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 semester to attain the membership requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.

ARTICLE VI: OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS

 

Section 1:  Annual dues for this chapter shall be $20.00. This amount shall be subject to majority vote of all members.

 

Section 2:  Each member of this chapter who is in good standing with regard to the membership standards and member obligations shall be entitled to wear the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society.

 

Section 3:Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.

 

Section 4:Chapter members who are seniors in good standing shall be granted the privilege of wearing the honor stole at graduation.

 

ARTICLE VII:  OFFICERS

 

Section 1:The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, reporter-historian, and treasurer.

 

Section 2:  Student officers shall be elected at the first regular school meeting of each school year.  All returning members in good standing with the chapter are eligible to run for a position as an officer. Any active member can nominate an eligible member as a candidate for office.

 

Section 3:  Voting shall be by secret ballot. A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any officer of this chapter.  If the first vote does not yield a majority, a second vote shall be taken of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.

 

Section 4:  It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings of the chapter, and serve as the official representative of the chapter at school and community functions.

 

Section 5:  The vice-president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall also keep a record of members’ contributions to leadership and service.

 

Section 6:  The secretary shall keep the minutes and attendance records for meetings and be responsible for all official correspondence.

 

Section 7:  The treasurer shall keep the record of business expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the chapter.

 

Section 8:The reporter-historian shall keep the public aware and informed of events within and successes of the chapter.

 

Section 9.  Officers and the faculty adviser(s) shall collectively be known as the chapter’s Executive Committee. The executive committee shall establish annual goals for the chapter and  have general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any action by the executive committee is subject to the review of the chapter members.

 

ARTICLE VIII:  MEETINGS

 

Section 1:  Regular meetings of this chapter shall be held monthly during the school year on days designated by the adviser or president and approved by the principal.

 

Section 2: These chapters shall conduct their meetings according to the Robert’s Rule of Order. (SEE appendices)

 

Section 3:Members are expected to attend all chapter meetings.  After the 3rd unexcused absence, the member will be placed under probation.  A total of 6 unexcused absences will lead to the dismissal of a member.

All members shall attend all meetings.

  1. A member who is not able to attend a meeting shall turn in Excused Absence form.  Excused absences are limited to: necessary academic meetings with a teacher, excused absence from school, and other club meetings.  A member shall be excused from chapter meetings for other club meetings only if he or she is an officer of that club or has a specific other duty at that meeting.
  2. Unexcused absences shall have the following penalties:
  3. First absence: verbal warning from chapter advisor
  4. Second absence: written warning from Faculty Council
  5. Third absence: hearing before the Faculty Council, which will vote on the member’s dismissal from the chapter.

 

Section 4:Membership into the society includes meetings, activities, ceremonies, and fundraising for the society.  Failure to participate in these will lead to written warning.  If no improvement is seen in a semester, dismissal of the member will be enforced.

ARTICLE IX:  ACTIVITIES

 

Section 1:  The 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 the faculty, be appropriate and educationally defensible, and be well-planned, organized, and executed.

 

Section 4:  Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.

 

Section 5:  The chapter shall publicize and promote its projects in a positive manner.

 

ARTICLE X:  DISCIPLINE and DISMISSAL of MEMBERS

 

Section 1:  Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the Kiowa Chapter of the National Honor Society.  A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain his/her academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership to his/her school and community.

 

Section 2:  If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard in effect when he/she was selected, he /she will be given a written warning and a reasonable time period for improvement.  If the cumulative grade point average remains below standard at the end of the warning period the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council that includes consideration of dismissal from the chapter.

 

Section 3:  Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate consideration of the dismissal of a member (see Section 5 below).  These violations include, but are not limited to DWI, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, truancy, or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities or in the community.

 

Section 4:  Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absences, excessive tardiness, etc.) will receive written warning notification.  A conference may be requested by either party (Faculty Council or student/parent). If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for dismissal.

 

Section 5:  Chapter officers, as representatives of the chapter, can be removed from their positions as a consequence of disciplinary action taken by the Faculty Council.

 

Section 6:In all cases of pending dismissal:

a. The member will receive written notification from the adviser/Faculty Council indicating the reason for consideration of dismissal.

b. The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge(s) against him/her at a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to any vote on dismissal (in accordance with due process identified in Article X of the National Constitution). The member has the opportunity to present his/her defense either in person or via a written statement presented in lieu of the face-to-face hearing. Following the hearing, the Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is needed to dismiss any member.

c. The results of the Faculty Council vote will be presented to the principal for review, and then stated in a letter sent to the student and parents. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser.

d. The Faculty Council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal and afterwards according to provisions of the school district discipline policies.

Section 7:  In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.


 

ARTICLE XI: RATIFICATION, APPROVAL, and REVIEW.

 

Section 1: These bylaws will be approved upon receiving a two-thirds affirmative vote of all active members of the chapter, a majority affirmative vote of the Faculty Council, and approval by the administration.

Section 2: These bylaws shall be reviewed and if necessary, revised within five years from the date of approval noted on this document.

 

ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS

 

These by-laws may be amended by a 2/3rds vote of the chapter, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given to members at least one month prior to the vote.

 

 

Approved by the Faculty Council on April 27th, 2012.

 

Approved by Principal on April 27th 2012

 

Approved by chapter members on April 27th 2012