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National Junior Honor Society By Laws


Article 1

Name and Purpose

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Terry Fischvogt Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of South Ripley Junior High School.

Section 2. 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 citizenship in students of South Ripley Junior High School.

Section 3. The NJHS shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

Article II

The Principal

Section 1. The principal shall annually appoint a chapter adviser, who may serve consecutive terms.

Section 2. The principal shall be a part of the local district appeal process for non-selection or dismissal cases at the request of a parent.

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 a 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 activity report E-survey to the national office by April 1. 

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.  No principal may be included on the faculty council.

Section 2. The term of the faculty council shall be one year.  Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.

Section 3. The chapter adviser shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the faculty council.

Section 4. The faculty council shall meet at least once a year to select members and to consider dismissal, non-selection, and warning cases.

Article V


Section 1. Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student.  Selection for membership is by majority vote of the faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship.  

  1. Academic Eligibility = cumulative GPA 3.5
    1. Advisor cannot remove names from the candidacy list. 
    2. Discipline can be a factor that does not allow induction.
      1. Students with suspensions or RCATS will not be invited as a candidate for NJHS. 
      2. Other discipline will be discussed as a committee.
  2. Notification = students are notified through a qualification letter and invited to join a NJHS google classroom.
  3. Additional faculty review = teachers can use the Faculty Evaluation form to rate each student candidate
  4. Review, Deliberate, Vote = majority vote will be inducted
  5. Report results = review results with principal
  6. Notification = students will be notified in writing if they have been selected or not
  7. Induction = seals membership
Section 2. The faculty council shall reserve the right to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, NJHS advisers, or adults in recognition of outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purpose of the National Junior Honor Society.

Section 3. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.   

Section 4. A National Junior Honor Society member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the former 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.
  1. Members can be dismissed for grade ineligibility, meeting attendance/participation, and upon Chapter Advisor’s discretion along with principal.

Article VI

Selection of Members

Section 1. To be eligible for membership the candidate must be enrolled as a member of those classes that follow:  2nd semester seventh grade or 2nd semester eighth grade.

Section 2. Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of 3.5 in English, math, science, social studies, and reading.  Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship. 

Section 3. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter advisor will review with the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations. 

Section 4. A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication that is widely available in a timely fashion to all students and parents of the school. The selection procedure shall be determined by the Faculty Council and shall be consistent with the rules and regulations of NJHS.  The information will be posted on the South Ripley Junior High School website. 

Section 5. The National Council and the NASSP shall not review the judgment of the faculty council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters.

Article VII


Section 1. The faculty council will develop as dismissal procedure.

Section 2. Members who fall below the grade point average, receive In-School Detention, out of school suspension, RCATS, receive more than one office referral, fail to participate in duties required by the organization, or fail to follow instructions of the adviser will be subject to dismissal from the Terry Fischvogt chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of South Ripley Junior High School.

Section 3. In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to written notification of charges and a hearing before the Faculty Council.  The member and/or parent may choose to have the building principal attend the hearing.

Article VIII

Nomination and Election of Officers

Section 1. The officers of this chapter shall be president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and student representative.

Section 2. Officers shall be elected by ballot at a regular meeting of the chapter.

Article IX

Officers’ Duties and Responsibilities

Section 1.  The president shall be in charge of meetings, designate committees and do any duties directed by the adviser.

Section 2. The vice-president shall be in charge of any committees and do any duties directed by the adviser.

Section 3.  The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meeting and do any duties directed by the adviser.

Section 4. The treasurer shall keep accurate records of all monies, keep the other officers informed of financial transactions, and do any duties directed by the adviser.

Section 5.  The student representative shall do any duties directed by the adviser.

Article X

Executive Committee

Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and chapter adviser.

Section 2. The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings, make recommendations to the chapter, and determine and perform such other duties as are specified in the chapter by-laws.

Section 3. The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.

Article XI


Section 1. The chapter shall meet bi-monthly meetings or as directed by the adviser.

Section 2. Chapters shall conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order in all points not expressly provided for in these bylaws.

Article XII


Section 1. The chapter shall be involved in service projects as directed by the adviser and/or faculty council.

Section 2.  Each Member shall be involved in individual service projects pre-approved by the adviser and adding up to a total of 10 hours at the end of their term.  The members must have 5 hours completed by the end of the first semester after induction if they are inducted as an 8th grader.

Section 3.  Each member shall participate in 2 community service activities directed by the adviser.

Section 4.  Each member shall participate in the service project chosen by the organization.

Section 5.  Each member shall participate in activities deemed as required by the adviser.


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