• CONSTITUTION OF THE SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

    CHAPTER OF THE

    NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

     

    ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE           

    Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Springfield High School Chapter Of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools, which appears on the charter granted by the National Council of the National Honor Society, duly signed by the members of the National Council.

    Section 2. The object of this chapter shall be to create enthusiasm for Scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render Service, to promote worthy Leadership, and to encourage the development of Character in students at Springfield High School.

     

    ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be based upon Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Members have the responsibility to demonstrate these qualities.

    Section 2. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate. Active members become graduate members upon graduation from Springfield High School. The graduate members shall have no voice or vote in Chapter affairs.

    Section 3. A National Honor Society member who transfers to Springfield High School and brings a letter from the principal or chapter advisor of their former school stating that they were indeed a member in good standing shall be accepted automatically into the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. The transfer member must meet the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society standards within one semester of attendance in order to retain membership.

    Section 4. Candidates transferring to Springfield High School who have met the membership requirements of the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society at their former school shall not be discriminated against their application for membership.

     

    ARTICLE III: SELECTION OF MEMBERS

    SECTION 1. Selection procedures shall consist of the following steps:

    Eligibility for candidacy is a minimum of 3.3 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of the fourth semester for juniors and sixth semester for seniors. (amended 11/2011)

    The eligible student will sign for an activity packet. 

    The eligible student will return the completed packet by the designated time and date and will sign that he or she has returned the packet.

    Failure to pick up or return the activities packet by the deadline will automatically eliminate the student from the selection process and membership.

    The staff will be asked to fill out character evaluations for each candidate that they have had in class while in high school. 

    The activities packet and character evaluation forms are reviewed by the National Honor Society five-member Faculty Council.

    The Faculty Council will select honorees to the Chapter by a majority vote.

    The Faculty Council has the final authority to select members. No specific reason shall be given as to non-selection into the National Honor Society, except in the pillar(s) identified that was the area of weakness.

    National Council shall not review the judgment of the Faculty Council regarding selection of the individual members into the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society

    Section 2. A copy of the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society Constitution shall be included in the membership packet.

    Section 3. The selection process will be reviewed and revised by the Faculty Council as deemed necessary.

    Section 4. A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication and distributed in a timely fashion to all students and parents of the school. 

    ARTICLE IV: INDUCTION CEREMONY

    Section 1. The Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will conduct an appropriate Induction Ceremony.

    Section 2. The Induction Ceremony will be held during the month of November in which all inductees will be inducted. (amended 11/2010)

    Section 3. Should Circumstances such as illness or personal emergency prevent a candidate from attending the scheduled ceremony, an informal induction will b held for the candidate at a later date.

    Section 4. The Induction Ceremony will be conducted by officers and members of the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.

    Section 5. Upon induction, the new members will receive tokes of membership, i.e., Certificate of Membership, Membership Card, etc., and sign the ongoing register of all Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society members.

     

    IV: INDUCTION CEREMONY

    Section 1. The Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will conduct an appropriate Induction Ceremony.

    Section 2. The Induction Ceremony will be held during the month of November in which inductees will be inducted. (amended 11/2010)

    Section 3. Should circumstances such as illness or personal emergency prevent a candidate from attending the scheduled ceremony, an informal induction will be held for the candidate at a later date.

    Section 4.  The Induction Ceremony will be conducted by officers and members of the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.

    Section 5. Upon induction, the new members will receive tokens of membership,i.e., Certificate of Membership, Membership Card, etc., and sign the on going register of all Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society members.

     

    ARTICLE V: DISMISSAL OF MEMBERS

    Section 1. A member is never automatically dismissed for failure to maintain the standards of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character that were used for the basis of their selection.

    Section 2. Dismissal from the National Honor Society will be considered for the following reasons:

    1) The member falls below the scholastic standard which was used as the basis for his or her selection.

    2) The flagrant or chronic violation of school rules which result in suspension or expulsion from school or conviction from a violation civil law, to include “in school suspension” as well.

    3) Non-attendance at meetings, non-participation of service projects and/or committee responsibilities.

    Section 3. If a member is not in compliance with the National Honor Society standards, the advisor will inform the errant member in writing of the nature of the violation, the time period given for improvement, and the possible consequences for non-improvement.

    Section 4. With no improvement during the specified time period, the Faculty Council shall decide on appropriate disciplinary measures.

    Section 5. The National Honor Society member may appear before the Faculty Council and the President of the National Honor Society (who represents the officers of the Chapter) to explain the situation.

    Section 6. If the Faculty Council and the President determine that dismissal is warranted, a written notice shall be sent to the member and his/her parents.

    Section 7. The student may at any time during the dismissal process have the option of voluntarily withdrawing his/her name from membership.

    Section 8. The dismissed member will surrender all tokens received from National Honor Society to the Chapter advisor. If the member is unwilling to do this, the matter will be treated as a school disciplinary matter.

    Section 9. The dismissed member may appeal the decision under the rules that govern disciplinary appeals to the Springfield Board of Education.

    Section 10. A student who is dismissed or resigns may not reapply for membership in the National Honor Society.

     

    ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS

    Section1. The officers if the Springfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chaplain, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Assistant to the officers.

    Section 2. A greater number of votes cast by National Honor Society members shall be necessary to elect an officer. If a tie of votes occurs, a revote involving only the nominees who received the greater number of votes will take place until the position is filled.

    Section 3. The election of officers will be held during the month of May each Year. Any current junior member, in good standing, may run for an office.

    Section 4. Any good standing junior member may submit his/her or another junior’s name and the office to which the member wishes to be elected. Members will have at least 3 school days in which to submit nominations.

    Section 5. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at the meetings, the Induction Ceremony, and to head at least one working committee.

     

    ARTICLE VII: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    Section 1. The Executive Committee will consist of the officers of the Chapter And the Chapter Advisor.

    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 Constitution. All actions and recommendations of the Executive Committee shall be subject to the review of the Chapter membership.

    Section 3. The Executive Committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that Chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.