• NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY BY-LAWS

    Berlin Community School Chapter

     

    Article I

    NAME

     

    The name of the local chapter shall be the Berlin Community School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) chapter of Berlin Community School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization.  Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character.  Students are selected to be members by a five-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each May.

     

    Article II

    SELECTION OF MEMBERS

     

    Section 1

    A brief description of the selection criteria shall be published in the STUDENT HANDBOOK and further information will be available online. The complete selection procedure will accompany a letter sent home informing the students and their parents/guardians that they are being considered for membership in the NJHS.

     

    Section 2

    To be eligible for membership, the candidate must be a member of the seventh or eighth grade class. Candidates must have attended Berlin Community School for four marking periods, consecutively. Exceptions may be made for students transferring into Berlin Community School during their eighth grade year. Students must provide appropriate documentation from the sending districts.

     

    Section 3

    Candidates must have and maintain an average of 94.50%, from sixth grade forward. When based on S, N, U, or P/F grading system, students must achieve and maintain all S and P grades.

     

    Section 4

    Candidates will be notified via a mailed eligibility letter following the second marking period report cards. The candidate must then complete a Student Information Form and return a signed statement of interest by the specified date. Both the students and their parents/guardians must read and sign that they have an understanding of the selection process and the responsibilities and obligations of membership in the NJHS.

     

    Section 5

    Failure of a candidate to turn in a completed Student Information Form and a signed selection process statement by the specified date and time will constitute non-interest and the candidate will not be considered for selection during that school year.

     

    Section 6

    Candidates shall be evaluated on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. All staff members working with middle school students will be afforded an opportunity to participate in the selection process through a faculty evaluation form. Candidates will be given four Teacher Recommendation forms. The four evaluators must include one previous year’s academic teacher, one current academic teacher, one special area teacher, and any other staff member. All four will be of the student’s choice.

     

    Section 7

    Failure of a candidate to obtain a mean (average) score of 8 on the Teacher Recommendation forms, and a mean (average) score of 3.2 on the Staff Evaluation forms will be taken under Faculty Council review.  

     

    Section 8

    Meeting the following conditions will enable the candidate to be recommended to the Faculty Council for consideration for selection in the local chapter:

    Ÿ  Yearly, cumulative scholastic average of 3.80 in grades 6, 7, and 8

    Ÿ  Minimum of 10 voluntary hours of documented outside community service as noted on the Student Information Form

    Ÿ  8 mean (average) score, out of 10, on the Teacher Recommendation forms

    Ÿ  3.2 mean (average) score, out of 4, on the Staff Evaluation forms

    Ÿ  Completed Student Information Sheet

    Ÿ  Student Interest Form signed by student and parents/guardians

    Ÿ  Zero lunch, teacher or administrative detentions and zero suspensions from grades six to present

    Ÿ  No more than three demerits issued per academic year

    Ÿ  Zero administratively-assigned “community service” activities

     

    Section 9

    Candidates and parents will be notified of selection or non-selection by a mailed letter.

     
     

     

    Article III

    NON-SELECTION

     

    Schools are not obligated to share with parents and students specific details concerning non-selection. The principal and chapter advisor receive appeals in cases of non-selection. Appeals must be received within 10 calendar days from the date of the non-selection letter. Reconsideration of a Faculty Council’s decision, however, is a rare occurrence. The principal will reconvene the Faculty Council in the event of a procedural error.

     

    Parents and students must understand that selection for membership in a chapter of the NJHS is a privilege, not a right, and that the Faculty Council is entrusted with making selection decisions in accordance with the National Constitution of the NJHS.

     

                                                                         

                                                                         

    Article IV

    DISMISSAL

     

    Section 1

    Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship or service may be considered for dismissal from the Berlin Community School chapter of the NJHS.  All members of the NJHS are expected to maintain their academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership to their school and community.

     

    Section 2

    If a member’s cumulative average falls below 94.50%, he or she will be given a written warning and a time period for improvement.  If the cumulative average remains below the standard at the end of the warning period, the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council, which may 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 student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council, which may include consideration of dismissal from the chapter.

     

    Section 4

    Violation of the law or school regulations will result in the dismissal of a member.  These violations include, but are not limited to, stealing; destruction/attempted destruction of property; cheating; truancy; or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities.

     

    Section 5

    Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, insubordination, cafeteria infractions, bus infractions, dress code violations, disciplinary referrals, etc.) resulting in an accumulation of more than three demerits, will be given a warning letter. The issuing of additional demerits will result in dismissal.

     

    Section 6

    For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required. A member who has been dismissed may appeal, in writing, the decision of the Faculty Council. The outcome of the appeal will be delivered via certified mail. 

     

    Section 7

    According to the National By-Laws of The National Junior Honor Society, members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits within the NJHS.

     

     

                                                                         

     

    Article V

    INDUCTION

     

    Induction of new members into the NJHS is a significant event for the student, the chapter and the school. The ceremony provides an excellent opportunity to recognize the high levels of academic and personal achievement of the inductees.

     

    Section 1

    Induction ceremonies shall be scheduled by the advisor each school year, with approval through Administration.

     

    Section 2

    The ceremony shall be open to friends and relatives of the inductees, as well as all school officials, school board members, faculty and staff.

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    Section 3

    The induction ceremony shall be dignified and reflect the high levels of achievement obtained by the students.

     
     

     

    Article VI

    CHAPTER OFFICERS and EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

     

    Section 1

    The chapter officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. The executive committee shall consist of the Chapter Advisor and the five officers.

     

    Section 2

    Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of each school year, whereby only 7th grade members are permitted to vote. Newly elected officers will begin their duties at the first meeting of the new school year.

     

    Section 3

    A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any chapter officer. 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

    The duty of the president shall be to preside over all society meetings. ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER shall serve as the appropriate reference in conducting all meetings.

     

    Section 5

    The vice president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall keep a record of members’ contributions for leadership and service.

      

    Section 6

    The secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings, and be responsible for all official chapter correspondence.

     

    Section 7

    The duties of the treasurer shall be to keep track, with the advisor, of monies, help organize fund raisers, and make reports to the organization.

     

    Section 8

    The duties of the historian shall be to maintain a visual and written account of the activities of the Berlin Community School chapter of the NJHS.

     

    Section 9

    In the event of a vacated office, a suitable replacement will be determined following the procedure established by ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER.

     
     
     
     

    Article VII

    MEETINGS

     

    Section 1

    The Berlin Community School Chapter of the NJHS shall meet monthly.

     

    Section 2

    Special meetings may be called by the advisor.

     

    Section 3

    Meetings will be conducted according to ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER.

     

    Section 4

    All members are required to attend regularly scheduled meetings. Exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances.

     
     

                                                                         

    Article VIII

    ACTIVITIES

     

    Section 1

    The Berlin Community School Chapter of the NJHS will have at least one major service project per school year. All members must participate. 

     

    Section 2

    In addition to the chapter service project, members are to engage in at least 10 voluntary hours of community service according to their own talents and interests. Proper documentation must be provided by the member.

     
     

    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 NJHS.

     

    Section 2

    Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter. (Note:  If the members purchased such emblems, the chapter is obligated to reimburse the student for said expense.)

     

     

    Article X

    DUES

      

    Section 1

    Annual dues for this chapter shall be $20.00.

Last Modified on August 30, 2011