Daniels Middle School Chapter National Junior Honor Society
ARTICLE I: NAME and PURPOSE
Section 1:The name of this organization shall be the Daniels Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).
Section 2: The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship in the students of this school.
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. 20191.
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 appoint a member of the faculty as a chapter advisor (or co-advisors), who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 3: The principal shall appoint a Faculty Council of at least five members, who may serve consecutive terms.
ARTICLE III: THE FACULTY COUNCIL
Section 1: The Faculty Council shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. No principal may be included on the Faculty Council.
Section 2: The Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members, and to consider non-selection, dismissal, other disciplinary actions, and warning cases. When possible, such matters can be handled by email without a formal meeting.
Section 3: Section 3. The chapter advisor (or co-advisors) shall regularly review each member for compliance with NJHS standards and obligations.
ARTICLE IV: CHAPTER ADVISOR (or CO-ADVISORS)
Section 1: The chapter advisor (or co-advisors) 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 (or co-advisors) shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter advisor (or co-advisors) shall regularly review each member for compliance with NJHS standards and obligations.
Section 3: The chapter advisor (or co-advisors) shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
Article V. Membership
Section 1: Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
Section 2: The Faculty Council shall reserve the right to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, NJHS advisors, adults, students with disabilities, or foreign exchange students in recognition of achievement and/or outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purposes of the NJHS. Honorary members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Section 3: Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 4: A NJHS member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the principal or chapter advisor to the new school adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member in the new school's chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapter's standards within one semester in order to retain membership.
Section 5: Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
Section 6: The term of the Faculty Council shall be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 7: The chapter advisor (or co-advisors) shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth (or seventh in the case of co-advisors) member of the Faculty Council.
Section 8: 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 national guidelines.
Article VI. Selection of Members
Section 1: To be eligible for membership the candidate must be enrolled in seventh grade for at least three quarters.
Section 2: To first be considered for membership, the candidate must have for scholarship a cumulative scholastic grade point of 3.6 in the four core classes (math, science, social studies and language arts) and their behavior in good standing. The following disciplinary actions will eliminate candidates for consideration of membership: no out of school supensions (OSS) or in school supensions (ISS) will be allowed. Lunch detentions for only tardiness to class at the beginning of the day, will be accepted. All other lunch detentions, such as tardiness to class due to loitering, class disturbance, disrespect to teacher or fellow students and other disturbances will not be allowed. These are examples of disciplinary actions that could eliminate a candidate from consideration of membership, as they do not exemplify the leadership, character and citizenship that NJHS looks for in a candidate.
Section 3: faculty will be given the opportunity to give input on all candidates via the teacher recommendation form
section 4: Candidates who meet class membership, a cumulative scholastic grade point requirement, with 12 hours community service as a seventh grade by the end of the third quarter, and whose behavior is in good standing, will be invited to complete a NJHS Student Activity Form. This form allows the candidate to play a crucial role in the evaluation process by giving Faculty Council members more information about him/herself. The NJHS Student Activity Forms must be returned promptly (due date will be specified on the form).
Section 5: The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is made up of five voting faculty members and the chapter adviser or co-advisors who are non-voting members.
Section 6: A description of the selection procedure is published on the Daniel web page under Student Activities and National Junior Honor Society. The selection procedure shall be determined by the Faculty Council and shall be consistent with the rules and regulations of the NJHS.
Section 7: All students (selected and non-selected) will be notified.
Section 8: Chapter dues of $ 15, as set by the Faculty Council and approved by the NASSP, are payable at the time membership is accepted.
Section 9: The National Council and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) shall not review the judgment of the Faculty Council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters.
Article VII. Discipline/Dismissal
Section 1: The Faculty Council in compliance with the rules and regulations of NJHS shall determine the procedure for dismissal. A written description of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties.
Section 2: Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter co-advisers and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. Members will be given one warning in writing which will allow the member one quarter to correct the behavior. After one quarter, the case will be reviewed. If a member does not correct the behavior in of which they were notified, a student may be placed on probation or dismissed from the chapter depending on the judgment of the Faculty Council. During probationary time, the member will not be allowed to participate in any NJHS activity.
Section 3: In the case of flagrant violation of school rules, civil laws, and society standards will be grounds for immediate dismissal without warning. Examples are: cheating, lying/dishonesty, and insubordinate behavior.
Section 4: Members who are assigned extended day or ISS must submit a written explanation for this disciplinary action within five (5) school days of being assigned. Second assignment to extended day or ISS will be grounds for immediate dismissal without warning. Assigned OSS is grounds for immediate dismissal.
Section 5: The Faculty Council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.
Section 6: In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to make a written appeal within five (5) schools days following notification of dismissal. The member must appear before the faculty council at a scheduled time of appeal set by the council. Failure to appear will waive any additional rights to an appeal.
Section 7: For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.
Section 8: If a member is dismissed from NJHS, the advisors will send a notification letter to the member’s parents/guardians. The dismissed member must surrender all privileges and insignia.
Section 9: If any member is dismissed from NJHS, or resigns, he /she may not become a member of the National Junior Honor Society again. However, this does not affect eligibility for the National Honor Society in high school.
Section 10: The National Council and NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.
Article VIII. Requirements as an Eighth Grader
Section 1: National Junior Honor Society Members are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA during their 8th grade year.
Section 2: Quarter grade reports must be submitted to the advisors within five (5) school days after reports cards have been issued. Failure to do so will result in the member becoming inactive and unable to participate in any NJHS activity.
Section 3: If a member’s GPA falls below the required 3.5, the member must submit a written plan of study to improve his/her grades to an advisor within five (5) school days following the issuing of report cards. The member’s parent/guardian must sign this written plan of study. The member will become inactive for a probationary time until interims come out while the member works to regain his/her status.
Section 4: During the probationary time, the member will not be allowed to participate in any NJHS activity.
Section 5: At the end of the 4 week period, the member is responsible for submitting written documentation from his/her teachers to an advisor indicating the member’s grade status. If the member has regained 3.5 GPA, the advisors will clear the member to become active. If the GPA is still below 3.5, the member will remain on an extended probationary time until the GPA status is regained or the end of the quarter, whichever comes first.
Section 6: If at the end of the quarter when report cards are issued, the member has not regained his/her 3.5 GPA, the matter will be taken up by the Faculty Council for a decision as to whether to extend the probationary time or to dismiss the member.
Article IX. Nomination and Election of Officers
Section 1: The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian.
Section 2: Officers shall be elected at a regular meeting of the chapter. Interested officers will complete an application for office. Applications will be presented to the chapter and the chapter will vote by secret ballot.
Article X. Officers’ Duties and Responsibilities
Section 1: The President:
· Organizes material for meetings / leads monthly meetings
· Contacts other board members for special meetings, duties, etc.
· Introduces guest speaker at meetings and on Honors Night
· Takes an active role in induction ceremony – calls out names of new members
· Co-organizes and oversees the Dance Committee
Section 2: The Vice President:
· Takes on the role of President when President is absent or unavailable
· Creates and maintains a phone chain of current membership
· Organizes and oversees Teacher Appreciation events / activities
· Co-organizes and oversees the Dance Committee
Section 3: The Secretary:
· Takes minutes of each meeting and reads minutes from previous meeting
· Takes roll at each meeting and keeps up with absences (excused and unexcused) and notifies advisors when member has an unexcused absence
· Write thank you notes for NJHS
· Collects and files Grade Sheets and Community Service hours from members after each grading period and notifies the advisors of members who have fallen below a 3.5 GPA
· Makes up the agenda for each meeting
Section 4: The Treasurer:
· Contacts school bookkeeper before each monthly meeting to get a current status of NJHS funds / reports financial standing at each meeting
· Oversees the ticket sales of the NJHS dance & the sale of any other fund raising activity
· Chairs and oversees the Honor Roll Committee with the distribution of rewards at the end of each grading period
Section 5: The Historian:
· Takes pictures at all NJHS functions (good photography skills encouraged)
· Creates a power point scrapbook of the year’s events
· Makes a photo album of power point pictures
· Makes announcements concerning NJHS
· Takes on the responsibility of keeping order at the monthly meetings
Article XI. Executive Committee
Section 1: The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter advisor (or co-advisors).
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 XII. Meetings
Section 1: The Daniels Middle School chapter shall meet at least five times during the year. The chapter meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of the month. The executive committee shall meet prior to chapter meetings.
Section 2: Special meetings approved by the executive committee may be called by the president.
Section 3: An excused absence from a meeting is defined as one that has been put in writing either through email or on paper, prior to the meeting time. It can be given to the secretary or the advisor (or co-advisors).
Section 4: Members are allowed only one unexcused absence from a meeting per year. The second unexcused absence will be grounds for immediate dismissal without warning.
Section 5: Chapters shall conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised in all points not expressly provided for in these bylaws.
Article XIII. Activities
Section 1: Members are expected to participate in at least two chapter committees.
Section 2: Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter committees to which all members contribute.
Section 3: Each member shall complete a community service report form for every individual and small group service project completed. This is to be turned in within five days of receiving the report card at the end of each quarter.
Article XIV. Amendments
Section 1: The Faculty Council shall meet annually for amending bylaws.
Section 2: Any member of the Faculty Council, principal, or the chapter adviser may request a meeting to amend bylaws. The Faculty Council will make the final decision.