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National Junior Honor Society - J.E.B. Chapter Constitution

National Junior Honor Society Constitution
Joel E. Barber Chapter

ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Joel E. Barber C-5 Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.

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 citizenship, and to encourage the development of character in students of Joel E. Barber C-5.

 

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate. Active members become graduate members at the end of their enrollment. Graduate and honorary members have no votes in chapter affairs.

Section 2. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by a Faculty Council, and shall be based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Citizenship, and Character. All criteria is received from academic documentation, the National Junior Honor Society Application, and faculty approval.

Section 3. Eligibility

a. Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must in grade eight.

b. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Joel E. Barber C-5.

c. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 for eighth grade (out of 4.0 unweighted grade point average). This scholastic level of achievement shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy. All students who can achieve this level or above such level may be admitted to candidacy for membership. A candidate is not guaranteed membership.

d. Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, citizenship, and character.

ARTICLE III: SELECTION OF MEMBERS

Section 1. The selection of members to this chapter shall be a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting 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. Prior to selection, the following shall occur:

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

b. Students who are eligible scholastically ("candidate") shall be notified and invited to complete and submit the National Junior Honor Society Application for further consideration for selection.

c. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible.

d. The Faculty Council shall review the application and faculty evaluation in order to determine membership using the official evaluation form provided by the chapter adviser.

Section 3. The selection of new, active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of the school year. Alternative or additional selection periods may be added.

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

Section 5. An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given a letter as indication of the status of his/her membership which will be signed by the Principal and the Adviser.

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 member must provide proof of membership from transferring chapter. Council shall grant to the transferring member one grading period 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, citizenship, or service may be dismissed from the Joel E. Barber C-5 chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. A member of the National Junior 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 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 action by the Faculty Council that may include dismissal from the chapter.

Section 3. Violation of the law or school regulations can result in dismissal of a member. Offenders of the school conduct code or the NJHS code of conduct (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 or the NJHS code of conduct, the member may be dismissed.

Section 4. In case of pending dismissal:

a. 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 violation of school rules or the law can warrant disciplinary action without a written warning although a hearing must be held.

b. 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 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 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.

d. The Faculty Council's decision may be appealed to the principal.

e. When a student is dismissed or resigns, he/she is no longer a member and may never again be considered for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.

Section 5. 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 Joel E. Barber C-5 chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Section 2. Student officers shall be elected at the first meeting 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.

a. At the first meeting, Candidacy Nomination form for various offices will be available to all members.

b. The Faculty Council and adviser shall assure that the candidate nominees are qualified in terms of leadership and communication abilities as determined by the nominee's application form.

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. President

Subsection 1- Any person nominated for President shall meet the following eligibility requirements:

        a. Must be a member of the NJHS

        b. Must be in eighth grade during the term of office to be served

        c. Must not hold a similar position in any other school organization

Subsection 2- The President shall have the following duties and powers:

        a. Preside over all meetings of the Executive Board and General Assembly

        b. Call and cancel NJHS meeting with the approval of the faculty adviser

        c. Appoint all committee chairpersons

        d. Prepare a written agenda for distribution at all meetings with the assistance of the secretary

        e. Represent the NJHS at school functions

        f. Perform all duties associated with the office of President

Section 5. Vice President

Subsection 1- Any person nominated of the position of Vice President shall meet the following requirements:

        a. Must be a member of the NJHS

        b. Must be in eighth grade during the term of office to be served

        c. Must not hold a similar position in any other school organization

Subsection 2- The Vice President shall have the following duties and powers:

        a. Perform the duties of President in the event of his/her absence

        b. Perform all the duties associated with the office of Vice President

        c. Shall keep a record of members' contributions to leadership and service

Section 6. Secretary

Subsection 1- Any person nominated for the position of Secretary shall meet the following requirements:

        a. Must be a member of NJHS

        b. Must be in eighth grade during the term of office to be served

Subsection 2- The Secretary shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

        a. File and maintain a record of the minutes of all NJHS meetings and official chapter correspondence

        b. Record attendance at all meetings

        c. Prepare typed minutes within two school days after a meeting

        d. Be responsible for filing the service records for all members

        e. Perform all duties associated with the office of Secretary

Section 7. Treasurer

Subsection 1- Any person nominated for the position of Treasurer shall meet the following requirements:

        a. Must be a member of NJHS

        b. Must be in eighth grade during the term of office to be served

        Subsection 2- The Treasurer shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

                a. Have a general charge of NJHS funds, collection, and distribution with the assistance of the chapter adviser

        b. Present a financial statement at the beginning of each NJHS meeting

        c. Present a financial statement at the end of each school year    

        d. Perform all duties associated with the office of Treasurer

 

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 by the chapter members.

 

ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS

Section 1. Executive Board shall establish a meeting schedule on a month to month basis. Meeting shall be held monthly. Additional meetings may be added by the NJHS president and/or faculty adviser on an as needed basis with at least a 24 hour notice of meeting.

 

Section 2. The General Assembly shall meet on a specific day every month which will be set up by the Executive Board and the faculty adviser and printed in the school calendar. Meeting shall be held no less than once a month. Additional meetings may be added by the NJHS president and/or faculty adviser on an as needed basis with at least a 48 hour notice of meeting.

Section 3. All chapter members are expected to attend all regularly scheduled chapter meetings. Members will only be allowed to miss one meeting or be subject to dismissal from NJHS. Excused absence from school does not apply. Chapter adviser may excuse an absence due to extraordinary events.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII: ACTIVITIES

Section 1. The chapter shall determine two or more service projects for each year. These service projects will not be considered for individual community service hours.

Section 2. All members shall regularly participate in these projects.

Section 3. These projects shall have the following characteristics:

        a. Fulfill a need within the school or community

        b. Have the support of the administration and the faculty

        c. Be appropriate and educationally defensible

        d. Be well-planned, organized, and executed

Section 4. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in two or more individual service projects which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the chapter adviser. Each member must record their service projects and return a signed (by parent and supervised adult of the project) Community Service Form to the NJHS vice president. The vice president will collect forms at scheduled meetings. Service form(s) must be completely filled out and returned by the end of each semester. A total of 10 hours of individual service hours per member must be recorded and filed each semester. No service projects will be accepted that are performed for family members. Failure of any member to participate and record individual service projects may be cause for dismissal from NJHS. All individual service projects are done after school hours.

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 Junior Honor Society.

Section 2. Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.

 

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 by-laws 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 Article 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 Junior Honor Society.