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NJHS Chapter Bylaws
These bylaws were written in accordance with the Constitution of the National Junior Honor Society and have been adopted to clearly articulate guidelines and procedures unique to The Challenger Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (Adopted April/2008).
Article I Chapter Name and Beginnings
- The name of the local chapter of National Junior Honor Society at Challenger Middle School is the Challenger Middle School Chapter.
- The chapter received its charter on December 18, 2007 under the direction of chapter adviser Madeline (Chris) Teater, eighth grade Language Arts teacher
Article II Purpose of the Chapter
- Selection into NJHS is a privilege, not a right. Although there is recognition that is associated with being selected for membership, the organization’s purpose is 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 in the school.
- NJHS members are to be role models for other students and lead through example.
Article III Definition of Powers within the Organization
- The CMS chapter or the school sponsoring the chapter will pay an annual affiliation fee determined by the National Council.
- Individual membership dues may be assessed if it is determined to be necessary by the chapter advisor and the faculty council but shall not exceed 10 dollars.
- The principal or administrator appointed by the principals retains the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
- The principal or administrator may receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates and disciplining or dismissal of members; however, such cases shall be discussed with the chapter advisor and any action taken must receive approval of faculty council.
The Adviser(s) (Mrs. Ida Lori Grover; 2017-2018)
1. The chapter adviser(s) shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
2. The chapter adviser(s) shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
- Faculty council meetings shall take place for the purpose of membership selection, discipline of dismissal of NJHS members, and reviewing or revising chapter bylaws.
- Any action brought before faculty council must receive a majority vote for approval.
Article IV Definition of Membership
- Membership is open to qualified second semester sixth and seventh graders.
- Students must have attended Challenger Middle School for the equivalent of one semester to be considered for membership.
- Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 which is assessed on a semester basis.
- Students must be free from disciplinary referrals to be eligible for membership.
- Students must demonstrate leadership roles both in school and in the community. Students may be required to verify these roles.
- Students are required to actively serve the school, their classmates, and their community. The student’s attitude toward service will also be elevated when determining membership eligibility and retention.
- Students must demonstrate an understanding of the importance of civic involvement, have a high regard for freedom, justice and democracy; and participate in organizations of activities committed to the betterment of society.
- Students must exemplify good character by demonstrating respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
- Candidates become members when inducted through public or private ceremony.
- A NJHS member who transfers from another school shall supply a letter from the former principal of chapter adviser to be accepted without induction.
Article V: Establishment of the Time, Methods and Procedures for the Nomination and Election of Members
Section 1. Time Schedule for member election
- Spring Induction: The chapter adviser(s) shall begin reviewing cumulative grade point averages for sixth and seventh graders not currently inducted within a reasonable time period after the third quarter.
- Quarter grades are not averaged as part of the cumulative grade point average but may be considered if probationary status seems reasonable.
- The chapter adviser shall assess the grades of sixth and seventh graders not previously inducted.
- Students meeting the requirements for eligibility shall be given a membership application and letter inviting them to apply for membership.
- Students shall be given adequate time to complete and return the membership application.
- Students who choose not to seek membership when invited may speak with the chapter adviser(s) in the case where circumstances would prohibit immediate involvement in the chapter and may ask to be considered for induction at a later time; however, being invited a second time after refusal is not mandatory.
- Applications submitted after the deadline for submission may be considered for induction at a later time, but neither the chapter adviser(s) nor the faculty council is obligated to give priority or special consideration to candidates who miss the deadline.
Section 2. Procedures for nomination and election for membership
- Candidate applications completed and returned on time will be reviewed by faculty council.
- Faculty council will discuss the applicants’ qualifications; if concerns are raised, each member of faculty council will be asked to complete a faculty evaluation form for the candidates in question. Election into the chapter will be based on majority vote by the faculty council.
- An induction ceremony will be held within a reasonable time after the faculty council has voted on candidates.
- A candidate who has been elected to receive membership but is unable to attend the induction ceremony may be inducted privately at a chapter meeting.
Article VI: Frequency of Meeting and Provisions for Special Sessions
- The regularity of meetings shall be designed by the chapter adviser(s).
- Special meetings may be called by the chapter adviser.
Article VII: Duties and Responsibilities of the Organization, Officers, and Members
Section 1. Duties of the Organization
- The chapter shall complete a minimum of one service project per semester.
- The chapter shall be willing to represent the school at functions outside of school hours if requested by the principal or other designed administrator.
Section 2. Duties of Members
- All members shall regularly participate in chapter service project per semester.
- Members who are unable to participate in regular chapter service projects must provide written explanation for lack of participation – this explanation must be signed by a parent or guardian and is subject to verification by the chapter adviser(s).
- Members failing to support their chapter at projects will be placed on probation. Three absences will result in a motion for dismissal from NJHS being presented to faculty council.
- All members shall attend meetings set by the chapter adviser(s)
- Members who are unable to attend chapter meetings must provide written explanation for lack of attendance. This explanation must be signed by a parent or guardian and is subject to verification by the chapter adviser(s).
- Members failing to attend chapter meetings and unable to provide written explanation will be placed on probation. Three unexcused absences will result in a motion for dismissal from NJHS being presented to faculty council.
- Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in service project(s) that reflects his or her personal talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects.
- Members must submit 8 documented service hours per semester to the chapter advisor on or before the due date. Students failing to submit documentation shall be placed on 30-day probation. At the end of the 30 days, if the documentation has been submitted, the member will return to good standing (provided they meet all other membership requirements). Failure to submit documentation will result in a motion for dismissal from NJHS.
- Individual service projects must be completed prior to the spring induction.
- Individual service projects are subject to approval by the chapter adviser(s).
- Failure to complete an individual service projects will disqualify the member from involvement in the spring induction ceremony and may result in a motion for dismissal from NJHS being presented to faculty council.
Section 3 Duties of Officers
- Each officer is responsible for frequently reviewing the job description he or she was given prior to his/her election to office and carrying out the responsibilities outlined in the description.
- Officers are expected to function as a team and work closely with the chapter adviser(s) to ensure the success of the chapter.
- Officers shall attend all meetings of the executive committee.
- All officers are required to attend chapter projects and functions and enthusiastically represent NJHS.
- In addition to these duties, each officer must uphold all the standards of NJHS membership. If an officer is placed on probation for any reason, they will be removed from their position and replaced with a member in good standing.
Article VIII Procedures for Election of Officers and Filling Vacancies
- Chapter officers shall consist of president, vice president, sergeant at arms, historian, and secretary.
- Officer elections will be held within a reasonable amount of time after the start of the school year. The advisor may also choose to hold elections at the end of the school year for the subsequent year.
- All members in good standing are eligible to run for an office.
- Any member interested in running for an office must complete and return an officer application form prior to the adviser(s) set deadline.
- Election of officers will take place by secret ballot with the majority of the membership being necessary for election. In the case of a tie, membership will re-cast ballots for only the candidates in the tie position.
- The executive committee is composed of the chapter officers and the chapter adviser(s).
- In the event that an officer becomes unable to fulfill his/her duties, the executive committee will select an officer from the members who had previously applied and been voted on for the position.
Article IX Definition of Rules of Order and References for Conducting Society Business (usually Robert’s Rules of Order)
- Every effort should be made to begin and end meetings within a predetermined amount of time.
- All official business should be indicated on an agenda prior to the meeting unless the president specifically sets aside time for the members to present new business.
- During meetings, membership shall sign their name on the roll sheet in order to receive credit for their presence. Members who do not follow this procedure will be marked absent and subject to disciplinary action.
- Members asked to leave a meeting for disciplinary reasons will be subject to a motion for dismissal from NJHS being presented to faculty council.
- Chapter service projects shall be chosen by majority vote of the membership.
- Members are to conduct themselves in a manner befitting school leaders during meetings, paying particular attention to the words they use and the attitude they project during opportunities to speak. Any behavior that is considered questionable by the chapter adviser may be subject to disciplinary action.
Article X Disciplinary Action and Dismissal
- When a member falls below the standards by which the member was selected, the chapter adviser(s) will inform the member in writing of the nature of the violation.
- If a written notification for a violation is received, the member is placed on probation with a time period for improvement given and consequences of non-improvement outlined.
- If improvement has not occurred within the set time period, a recommendation for dismissal may be presented to faculty council by the chapter adviser(s).
- The faculty council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.
- In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall be notified of the action being contemplated, the reason for the action, and the date and time of the hearing.
- In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have the right to respond either in writing or rally during the hearing.
- Majority vote of faculty council is required for dismissal.
- A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the faculty council; however, The National Council and the National Association of Secondary School principals accepts the final decision of the local faculty council and shall hear no appeals.
Article XI Methods and Procedures for Ratification of the Bylaws
- Faculty council will develop and revise chapter bylaws in accordance with the Constitution of the National Junior Honor Society
Article XII Provisions for Amending the Bylaws
- Recommendations for amending chapter bylaws may be presented at any meeting of the CMS Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at Challenger Middle School and may be presented to faculty council with a majority vote of the membership and approval of the chapter adviser(s).
Official Insignia - The emblem of this society is the flaming torch. To bear forward the searching light of truth, to lead that others may follow in light, to keep burning in our school a high ambition for the enduring values of life, and to serve these purposes symbolized in the torch.
Official Colors, Motto and Flower – The official colors of the National Junior Honor Society are navy blue and white. The society’s motto is “Light is the Symbol of Truth.” The official flower of NJHS is the white flower.