Chapter Bylaws

San Jacinto Christian Academy Chapter

of the National Honor Society.

ARTICLE I:  NAME

The name of this chapter shall be the San Jacinto Christian Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society.

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 San Jacinto Christian Academy. (Article 1 National Constitution)

ARTICLE III: POWERS

Section 1.            This chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the NHS National Constitution.

Section 2.            The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise the administration of all 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. (Article V.1 National Constitution)

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

Section 5.            The Faculty Council shall consist of five (5) voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal.  The term of the Faculty Council shall be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms. They shall meet at least once a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members, and to consider nonselection, dismissal, and other disciplinary actions.  The Faculty Council shall maintain anonymity, upon recommendation of the school principal.

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, and Character.

Section 2.            Membership in this chapter shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate. Active members become graduate members at graduation. Honorary members are selected at the discretion of the Faculty Council. Graduate and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Section 3.            Eligibility:

a)        Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be                                                             members of the sophomore, junior, or senior class.

b)        To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the                                                   candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to                                                   one semester at San Jacinto Christian Academy.

c)        Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a                                                          minimum cumulative grade point average of 90 on a 100 scale.

d)       Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment and GPA standards,                                                  candidates shall then be considered based on their service,                                                        leadership, and character.

ARTICLE V:  SELECTION OF MEMBERS

Section 1.            The selection of members in 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, nonvoting exofficio member of the Faculty Council.

Section 2.            The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of  the school year. (Alternate or additional selection periods may be added.)

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

a)  Student’s academic records shall be reviewed to determine                                                        scholastic eligibility.

b)  All students who are eligible scholastically shall be notified and                                               asked to complete and submit the Candidate’s Form for further                                                 consideration.

c)  The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to                                        be scholastically eligible.  All evaluations will be “blinded” when                                              reviewed by the Faculty Council.

d)  The Faculty Council shall review the Candidate Forms, faculty                                                  evaluations, student cumulative behavior records, and other                                                    relevant information to determine those who fully meet the                                                     selection criteria for membership.

Section 4.            Upon Faculty Council selection, candidates are notified in writing by the adviser. Selected candidates will receive congratulatory wishes on behalf of the Faculty Council, information in regard to the induction ceremony date and time, and a copy of the Chapter Member Commitment Form detailing all member requirements.  Candidates shall confirm acceptance of membership, or declination thereof and return the bottom portion of the letter to the adviser stating as such.

Section 5.            Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.

Section 6.            Once selected and inducted, all members are expected to maintain the standards by which they were selected and maintain all obligations of membership.

Section 7.            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 upon request.

Section 8.            An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter upon confirmation of membership.  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.

Section 9.            In accordance with the National Constitution, selection is determined by local chapters.  This chapter determines that there is no appeals process.  The National Council and NASSP shall not review the judgment of the Faculty Council regarding selection of individual members to loccal chapters. (Article IX, Section 5).

ARTICLE VI:  OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS

Section 1.            Induction fees for this chapter shall be $10 (ten dollars).

Annual dues for this chapter shall be $10 (ten dollars), not to exceed $20 per member, per year as stipulated in the National Constitution.

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

Section 3.            Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall no longer be granted the privilege of wearing the emblem to the chapter.

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

Section 5.            Membership standards in regard to Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service shall be maintained as stated in the Chapter Member Commitment Form. At the first meeting of each new school year the form shall be reviewed and sent home for full disclosure to members and parents.  Members and parents shall sign and return the form acknowledging receipt.

Section 6.            The Chapter Member Commitment Form may be revised as needed annually by the advisor. All revisions will be ratified/rejected by majority vote of the Faculty Council.

Section 7.            Members are expected to attend all chapter meetings. Members are expected to participate in both individual and chapter service projects during the year (Article XIV, Sec 2).

ARTICLE VII:  OFFICERS

Section 1.            The officers of this chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and chaplain, as determined to be needed each year by the adviser.

Section 2.            Officer positions shall be filled as follows:

President                                                            12th grade

Vice President                                                   11th or 12th grade

Chaplain, Secretary, and Treasurer           11th – 12th grade

Section 3.            Students interested in running for office shall submit an Officer Election Application to the adviser by the required deadline.

Section 4.            Upon review of the submitted applications, the final determination of an applicant’s name being placed upon the ballot will reside solely with the adviser.

Section 5.            Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of the school year. 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 6.            Should an officer vacancy occur during the year, the adviser shall have the authority to appoint a replacement for the remainder of the year, as deemed necessary.

Section 7.            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 8.            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 9.            The secretary shall keep the minutes and attendance records for meetings and be responsible for all official correspondence.

Section 10.          The treasurer shall keep the record of business expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the chapter.

Section 11.          The chaplain shall open and close each meeting of the chapter in prayer, and pray at other school and community functions as required.

Section 12.          All candidates elected will fulfill responsibilities in:

* performing other duties as established by the adviser

* attending every NHS meeting

* assisting in setup/breakdown of every NHS meeting

* actively participating in all service projects for NHS and NHS                                                    fundraisers

* fulfilling service hour obligations and reporting them in a timely                                              manner

* positively representing and encouraging ideas and service work of                                          NHS to fellow students

* PRO-actively volunteering and seeking opportunities to assist NHS                                          Advisor preparing for and conducting meetings and fund raising                                              opportunities

Section 13.          An officer with any major disciplinary action taken i.e. cheating, skipping class, skipping chapel, inappropriate Facebook/MySpace usage, ISS, etc, will immediately forfeit their position.

Section 14.          Officer 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. 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 monthly. Special meetings can be called by the president and/or adviser.

Section 2.            Regular meetings of the executive council shall be monthly. Special meetings can be called by the president and/or adviser.

Section 3.            This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order.

ARTICLE IX:  ACTIVITIES

Section 1.            The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.

(Article XIV, Sections 1 & 2).

Section 2.            All members are expected to participate in these project(s). (Article XIV, Section 2). Students participating in SJCA sponsored activities in conflict are exempt.

Section 3.            These project(s) 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(s) which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and is approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute. (Article XIV, Section 4).

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 and/or dismissal from the San Jacinto Christian Academy chapter of the National Honor Society.  A member of the National Honor Society expected to maintain his/her academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership in 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 (90 on a 100 scale), 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 can include consideration of dismissal from the chapter.

Section 3.            If a member fails to perform any of the published obligations of membership, he or she will be given a written warning and a time period for improvement. If the obligation remains unmet at the end of the warning period, the member will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council, which may include dismissal from the chapter.

Section 4.            Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate consideration of the dismissal of a member.  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 5.            Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absences, excessive tardiness, ISS, etc.) will receive written warning notification/probation and a time period for improvement.  If a member is involved in any additional violation of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for immediate dismissal.

Section 6.            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 7.            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 with due process identified in Article X of                                       the National Constitution by requesting a hearing before the Faculty                                       Council. 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 uphold or repeal their initial dismissal                                                 decision.  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 the provisions of the school                                         discipline policies.

e)  A member may freely, at any time, withdraw or resign membership                                        from the chapter effective immediately, by submitting it in writing to                                      the chapter adviser.

f)  A member who is dismissed or resigns, may never again be                                                      considered for membership in the National Honor Society.

Section 8.            The National Council and NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases. (Article X, Section 7).

Section 9.            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 ratified 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 Principal.

Section 2.            These bylaws shall be reviewed and if necessary, amended at any such time as recommended by the Chapter Adviser, Principal, and/or Faculty Council.

ARTICLE XII:  AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the chapter, or a majority affirmative vote of the

Faculty Council.  The exceptions are Articles V and X, which are developed by the Faculty Council with the approval of the Principal (selection and discipline).

 

Ratified.               4/23/12

 

Revised and Approved:         4/4/13

Chapter President                                                                           Chapter Secretary

Chapter Adviser                                                                                Principal

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