ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Pauline Smith Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).
Section 2. The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
Section 3. The control of this organization shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP).
ARTICLE II: THE PRINCIPAL
Section 1. The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 2. The principal shall annually appoint a member of the faculty as chapter adviser, who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 3. The principal shall annually appoint a Faculty Council composed of five members of the school's faculty who may serve consecutive terms.
ARTICLE III: THE CHAPTER ADVISER
Section 1. The chapter adviser shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2. The chapter adviser shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter adviser shall send the annual report to the national office.
Section 3. The chapter adviser shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 4. The chapter adviser shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
ARTICLE IV: FACULTY COUNCIL
Section 1. The Faculty Council shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal.
Section 2. The term of the Faculty Council shall be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 3. The Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members, and to consider non-selection, dismissal, other disciplinary actions, and warning cases.
ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
Section 2. Membership shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate. Active members shall become graduate members at graduation. Graduate members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Section 3. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 4. An NHS member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the principal or chapter adviser to the new school adviser 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.
Section 5. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
ARTICLE VI: SELECTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. To be eligible for membership:
- the candidate must be a member of the junior or senior class.
- Candidates must have been in attendance at Osbourn High School the equivalent of one semester. Transfer students may have this requirement waived if proper recommendation or verification from previous principal or chapter advisor is provided.
- Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least a 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Candidates must attend a mandatory information meeting where they will receive an application packet, an explanation about the society, and its application process.
- Candidates shall be evaluated on their service, leadership, and character based on the information provided in the application packet.
- A student’s disciplinary records shall be reviewed as part of the selection process.
- The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.
ARTICLEVII: DISCIPLINE AND DISMISSAL
Section 1. A written description of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties.
Section 2. Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a one month period of time to correct the deficiency, except that in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned. Failing to meet the required number of service hours will result in probationary action by the advisor(s).
Section 4. In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council.
Section 5. For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.
Section 6. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal.
ARTICLE VIII: CHAPTER OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the Pauline Smith Chapter of the National Honor Society shall include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure and Historian. Each officer shall serve for a term of one year. The duties of each officer are as follows:
President: Presides at the meetings and represents the organization when necessary.
Vice President : Presides at the meetings when the President is absent or unable to perform his or her duties. Maintains records of service points worked by members. Maintains the organization’s website.
Treasurer: Maintains and records all financial matters involving the members.
Secretary: Maintains the records of membership, records the minutes of the meetings, and completes necessary correspondence.
Historian: records and documents membership activities. Develops a yearly scrapbook of society events.
Section 2. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the Chapter members. If an officer is dismissed from the Chapter or steps down, the office that he or she holds shall be declared vacant by the advisor(s). An election shall be held at the next meeting following the declaration to fill the office.
New officers shall be installed at a special ceremony.
Article IX: Dues
ARTICLE XIII: MEETINGS
Section 1. Each chapter shall have regular meetings during the school year on days designated by the executive committee and in accordance with school policy and regulations.
Section 2. The regularity of the meetings (i.e., weekly, monthly, or bimonthly) shall be designated in the chapter bylaws.
Section 3. The chapter president or other designated student leader may call special meetings approved by the executive committee.
Section 4. Chapters shall conduct meetings according to Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised in all points not expressly provided for in this Constitution or the chapter bylaws.
ARTICLE XIV: ACTIVITIES
Section 1. Each chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.
Section 2. All members shall regularly participate in these projects.
Section 3. 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.
Section 4. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.
Section 5. Each chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.
ARTICLE XV: OFFICIAL INSIGNIA
Section 1. This organization shall have an official emblem. The emblem shall be uniform and its distribution and rules for its use shall be determined by the NASSP Board of Directors.
Section 2. Each active, graduate, or honorary member in good standing with the chapter shall be entitled to wear this emblem.
Section 3. Any member who resigns or is dismissed shall return the emblem to the chapter adviser.
Section 4. All insignia must be procured from the national office of the National Honor Society, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA, 20191. All insignia are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and may not be copied by anyone without written permission of the NHS national office. (See also, Logo Usage Guidelines as found at www.nhs.us/logo.)
Section 5. The motto of the National Honor Society shall be Noblesse Oblige.
Section 6. The official colors of the National Honor Society shall be blue and gold.
Section 7. A graduate member may purchase a replacement for a lost emblem by verifying membership to the national office.
ARTICLE XVI: BYLAWS
Section 1. Each chapter shall write bylaws to amplify sections of this Constitution and to clarify operating procedures of the chapter. Bylaws do not need the approval of NASSP but must be consistent with this Constitution.
Section 2. The chapter bylaws shall contain information concerning the election and duties of officers, the schedule of meetings, member obligations, dues, and the like. (Note: See the NHS Handbook and the "Adviser Zone" at www.nhs.us/bylaws for additional information regarding the appropriate content of chapter bylaws.)
ARTICLE XVII: AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended by the NASSP Board of Directors based on input from the NASSP staff and the NHS & NJHS National Council.