National Junior Honor Society
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Howard Beach School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of PS/MS 146Q Howard Beach.
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, and to encourage the development of character in students of PS/MS 146Q.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate. Active members become graduate members at graduation. Graduate and honorary members have no vote in chapter affairs.
Section 2. 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, Character and Citizenship.
Section 3. Eligibility:
- Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be 7th and 8th grade students.
- To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one year at PS/MS 146Q Howard Beach. Attendance must be at least 90%.
- Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 90 in ALL major subject areas with no grade lower than an 85 in any class; ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, Spanish. This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership. In addition, ALL conduct grades must be satisfactory.
- Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, character and citizenship.
- Since we are a uniform school, students must also be in compliance with the dress code policy. There is no opting out of dress code if a student intends to be a member of NJHS.
ARTICLE III: SELECTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.
Section 2. 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 a student application for further consideration for selection.
- The Faculty Council shall review the student application in order to determine membership.
Section 3. The selection of new, active members shall be held once a year in October and will be based on the prior year’s overall average and attendance records.
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 a letter indicating the status of his/her membership and signed by the Principal [alt., adviser].
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 IV: DISCIPLINE and DISMISSAL
Section 1. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be dismissed from the Howard Beach School 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 grade point average falls below the standard in effect, he /she will be given a written warning and a time period for improvement. If the 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 will include dismissal from the chapter. The warning period will be one marking period.
Section 3. Violation of the law or school regulations can result in dismissal of a member. These violations include, but are not limited to, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, truancy, violation of the Chancellor’s Regulations and the DOE Discipline Code.
Section 4. Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absence, 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 will be dismissed.
Section 5. In all cases of pending dismissal:
- The member will receive written notification indicating the reason for possible dismissal from the adviser/Faculty Council. The member and adviser will discuss the written notification in a conference. Situations that involve flagrant violations of school rules or the law can warrant disciplinary action without a written warning although a hearing must still be held (see below).
- The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge against him/her at a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to the 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 in writing. The Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is needed to dismiss any member.
- The results of the Faculty Council vote will be reviewed by the principal, and then if confirmed, expressed in a letter sent to the student, parents, and principal. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser.
- When a student is dismissed for conduct issues or resigns, he/she is no longer a member and may never again be considered for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 6. In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the chapter can be president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
Section 2. Student officers can be elected at the first beginning of each school year. All returning active members are eligible to run for a position as an officer. All active members of the chapter are eligible to vote.
Section 3. 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 for this chapter.
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 of meetings and be responsible for all official chapter correspondence.
Section 7. The treasurer shall keep the record of chapter expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the chapter
ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the faculty adviser and the chapter officers.
Section 2. The executive committee shall 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 VII: MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings of this chapter shall be monthly during lunch period.
Section 2. All chapter members are expected to attend all regularly-scheduled chapter meetings.
ARTICLE VIII: ACTIVITIES
Section 1. The chapter shall determine one service project 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 its projects in a positive manner.
ARTICLE IX: EMBLEM
Section 1. Each member of this chapter who is in good standing with regard to the membership standards and member obligations shall have the privilege of wearing the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society.
Section 2. Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.
Section 3. Chapter members who are seniors in good standing shall be granted the privilege of wearing the honor cords [or other insignia adopted at the local level] at graduation.
ARTICLE X: POWERS
Section 1. The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal.
Section 2. The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 3: These bylaws are designed to amplify provisions of the National Constitution and cannot contradict any components thereof. The chapter is obligated to adhere to the provisions of the National Constitution in all activities it undertakes.
ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the chapter, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given to members at least one month prior to the vote. The exceptions are Articles II, III and IV (selection and discipline), which are developed by the Faculty Council with the approval of the principal.
Section 2. By-laws and amendments must be consistent with the Constitution of the National Honor Society.
NOTE: Additional Articles can be added as needed. It is often convenient to have the last Article dealing with Amendments.
Signatures: Chapter President, Secretary, Adviser, Principal
Statement of non-discrimination: The Howard Beach School chapter of NJHS 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, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.