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Smith Middle School By-Laws

 

Article I

NAME AND PURPOSE

A. The name of this organization shall be the National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools (NJHS).

B. 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 good citizenship in the students of secondary schools.

Article II
PURPOSE

A. The purpose of this organization is to promote excellence in scholarship, citizenship, leadership, service, and character.

B. Students will participate in service projects that:

1. fulfill a need within the school or community;

2. have the support of the administration and the faculty;

3. be appropriate and educationally defensible;

4. be well planned, organized, and executed.

Article III
THE PRINCIPAL

A. The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities of the chapter.

B. The principal shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates and dismissal of members.

Article IV
CHAPTER ADVISOR

A. 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.

B. The chapter advisor shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.

Article V
MEMBERSHIP

A. Membership in the SMS chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student.

B. 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.

C. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.

D. A National Junior Honor Society member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the former principal or chapter advisor to the new school advisor 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.

Article VI
SELECTION OF MEMBERS

A. Membership is limited to eighth grade students with an average of 90% in each class/elective during the 7th grade year and throughout the 8th grade year. Pre-AP/Advanced (including Spanish 1 and Algebra 1) classes must have an 80% or higher; all middle school courses will be included.  Grades are reviewed at the end of each six week grading period.  Semester grades shall be considered for induction into the chapter.  Students are not allowed any 6-weeks grade below the chapter academic standard listed here.

B. Students must also maintain a 90% or higher in conduct during the 7th grade year, throughout the 8th grade year, and may not have spent any time in In-School Suspension for disciplinary reasons. Six weeks grades will be considered during the induction process.

C. After meeting these first two requirements, students who qualify will then be evaluated by each of their teachers using a 0-5 scale in each of the following areas: citizenship, service, leadership, character.  Students who have a 16 average or higher will be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.  Please Note: Grades alone do not guarantee membership in NJHS.  Each student must also have a 16 average or higher from the teachers and staff to become a member.

D. Students who transfer to SMS during their 8th grade year will be qualified to join NJHS if they meet and maintain the grade and conduct requirements.

E. Students will be required to pay a $15 membership fee to become an active member of the SMS chapter.

Article VII
PROBATION/DISMISSAL

A. Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time (the following six week grading period) to correct the deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member may be dismissed at the discretion of the Principal.

B. All class grades must remain at 90% or better each six weeks (80% or higher in Pre-AP/Advanced classes). When a six-week grade report is released, and the member is found failing the chapter grade expectation, the member will become ineligible to participate in chapter trips.  Eligibility can be restored at the proceeding 3-week progress report or 6-week report card if the member meets the chapter grade expectation.

C. In the instance that a member’s conduct grade falls to 90%, the student will receive a stern warning of possible dismissal from NJHS. This member is considered on probation, and if the member’s conduct grade drops further, or if their conduct drops to 90% in any six weeks after the warning, their membership will be revoked.

D. Members are required to complete 25 hours of community service per year; 15 hours will be due at the end of the fall semester, and 10 hours will be due at the end of the spring semester.  Failure to submit service hours will result in dismissal from National Junior Honor Society.  An appeal may be submitted (see section E).

E. When a member is notified of dismissal, they have two weeks to submit a written request for an appeal hearing. A date will be set for the meeting at that time and the member will be notified in writing.  The appeal hearing will be moderated by the faculty advisor. When meeting with the faculty council, the member will be allowed to speak and present their case, a parent/guardian may attend, but the final decision will be made by a vote of the council. The advisor will be present, but will only vote in the event of a tie. The vote shall be by secret ballot.

F. An ineligible member will not be able to participate in any NJHS trips.  They may still continue to complete service hours.  A member on disciplinary probation is still considered eligible.

Article VIII
CHAPTER OFFICERS

A. Officers will be elected by majority vote at the first club meeting to be held within the first two weeks of school.

B. Each individual desiring to run for office must complete an election bio, and turn it into the club advisor at a designated time prior to the first club meeting.

C. At the first club meeting, those individuals running only for the offices of president or vice president will be allowed to share campaign speeches or videos as outlined or instructed by the faculty advisor or executive committee.

D. Votes will then be completed by secret ballot and the results tabulated by the faculty advisor and one other member of the school faculty and staff.

E. There will be no write-in nominees.

F. Officers shall be:

President

* will preside over meetings (with help of advisor)
* will oversee other NJHS officers (with help of advisor)
* will serve on executive committee
* assist advisor

Vice-President

* will stand in for President, if needed
* will assist treasurer with website updates
* will serve on the executive committee
* will assist advisor

Secretary

* will keep accurate attendance records/minutes
* will serve on the executive committee
* will assist advisor

Historian

* will be official NJHS photographer; work with yearbook staff member in charge of NJHS pages
* will serve on the executive committee
* will assist advisor

G. The minor officers shall include:

Chaplain

*shall provide invocations, inspirational comments, or moment of silence for chapter meetings and functions
*there shall be no discrimination based on religion

H. Officers will be given a copy of their duties and along with the advisor shall constitute the executive council.

I. In the extreme situation that the president is dismissed from the society, the vice president will assume the president's responsibilities.  Should another officer be dismissed from the society, a mid-year election may be held to replace their position.

Article IX
MEETINGS

A. Chapter meetings will be held throughout the school year before, during or after school in the faculty adviser's classroom, unless otherwise specified.

B. The executive council will often meet to plan the agenda before scheduled meetings during Jacket Time.

Article X
ACTIVITIES

A. The SMS chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.

B. All members shall regularly participate in these projects.

C. 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;
be well planned, organized, and executed.

D. Members are required to complete 25 hours of community service per year; 15 hours will be due at the end of the fall semester, and 10 hours will be due at the end of the spring semester.

E. Failure to submit service hours will result in dismissal from National Junior Honor Society.  An appeal may be submitted (see Article VII, Section D)

Article XI
OFFICIAL INSIGNIA

A. Each active or honorary member in good standing with the chapter shall be entitled to wear this emblem.

B. Any member who resigns or is dismissed shall return the emblem to the chapter advisor.

C. The motto of the National Junior Honor Society shall be "Light Is the Symbol of Truth."

D. The official colors of the National Junior Honor Society shall be blue and white.






 

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