NHS By-Laws

Constitution of the

Tell City High School

National Honor Society


Article I – Name and Purpose


Section 1.  The name of this organization shall be the Tell City High School National

                 Honor Society.


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 Tell City High School.


Section 3.  The Tell City High School Chapter of the National Honor Society abides by

                 all the articles and bylaws of the national, regional, and state organizations.


Article II – The Principal


Section 1.  The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of

                 this chapter.


Section 2.  The principal shall annually appoint up to two chapter advisers who may serve

                 consecutive terms.


Article III – The Chapter Adviser(s)


Section 1.  The chapter adviser(s) shall be responsible for the direct day-to-day super-

                 vision of the chapter and act as liaison(s) between faculty, administration,

                 students, and community.


Section 2.  The chapter adviser(s) shall maintain files on membership, chapter history,

                 activities, and financial transactions.  The chapter adviser(s) shall send the

                 annual report to the national office.


Section 3.  The chapter adviser(s) shall regularly review each member for compliance

                 with society standards and obligations.  The advisor(s) shall meet with the

          members as a group to remind them of the standards which they have sworn

                to uphold.


Section 4.  The chapter adviser(s) shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out

                 their duties.


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Article IV – The Faculty Council


Section 1.  The faculty council shall consist of five (5) faculty members appointed

                 annually by the principal.


Section 2.  The term of the faculty council shall be one (1) year.  Members may be

                 appointed to consecutive terms.


Section 3.  The chapter adviser(s) shall be an ex-officio member of the faculty council.


Section 4.  The faculty council shall meet at least once a year to select members, to  

                 discuss non-selection of members, and to consider disciplinary actions

                 including, but not limited to, warnings, probation, and dismissal cases.


Article V – Membership


Section 1.  Membership in the Tell City High School National Honor Society is an

honor bestowed upon a student.  Selection for membership is by both the             faculty council and the faculty (as described in Article 6, Section 4) and

based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service.

                 Once selected, members have the responsibility to demonstrate the

                 qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.


Section 2.  The Tell City High School faculty council reserves the right to award

                 honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, NHS

                 advisers, or citizens in recognition of outstanding service rendered the

                 school in keeping with the purpose of the National Honor Society.


Section 3.  New members shall be inducted in a special ceremony.


Section 4.  Members who are seniors in good standing are eligible to be nominated

                 by their chapters to compete in the National Honor Society Scholarship



Section 5.  A National Honor Society member who transfers from another school and

                 brings a letter from the former principal or chapter adviser to the new school

                 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 6.  Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership

                 or its benefits.


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Article VI – Selection of Members


Section 1.  To be eligible for membership, the candidate must be a member of either the

                 junior or senior class.  Candidates must have been in attendance at the school

                 the equivalent of one semester.


Section 2.  Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.333 on a

                 4.0 scale.  Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leader-

                 ship, and character.


Section 3.  Students who have received police citations, with the exception of minor

          traffic violations, or who have been suspended from school within one

     year of the NHS application deadline, may not apply for membership.


Section 4.  Juniors and seniors with a cumulative gpa of at least 3.333 may apply for

                 membership in the Tell City High School National Honor Society.  Eligible

                 students will pick up, complete, and return service applications during an

                 announced time frame.  No late applications will be accepted, and eligible

                 students will not be recruited.  The applicants’ names are covered on the

                 applications and given to the faculty advisory council who rank the students

                 based on their service only.  Following this ranking a list of applicants is

                 distributed to each teacher for leadership and character ranking.  Teachers

                 must sign their forms in order for the ranking to be considered.  The four

                 average scores from scholarship, leadership, character, and service are

          averaged.  All students whose average equals at least 3.333 are eligible for

                 induction.  There is no rounding of any scores.  


Section 5.  The above description is found on the school website which is widely

                 available to all students and parents in the school.  


Article VII – Dismissal


Section 1.  Should a disciplinary issue arise, with the exception of a warning, the

          faculty council will meet with the student(s) involved to gather

          information regarding the incident.  The council will then make a

          decision about the appropriate punishment as outlined in the by-laws.


Section 2.  Should grounds for dismissal occur, the member will be notified in writing.

                 The letter will contain the reason(s) for dismissal.  Should the member wish

                 to appeal the dismissal, he/she will have five (5) school days in which to

                 request a hearing.  The faculty council will preside over the hearing which

          will be scheduled in a timely manner.


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Section 3.  Any member facing dismissal will have the option of resigning.


Section 4.  Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their

                 selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser(s) and

                 given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency.  In the case of

                 flagrant violation of school rules or civic laws, no warning is required.  

                 Flagrant violation of school rules is defined as any act punishable by

          suspension from school as outlined in the student handbook.  In-school

          suspensions will result in a recommendation for probation.  Other

          flagrant violations include, but are not limited to, cheating and

          plagiarism.  With the exception of minor traffic violations, any member

          who receives a citation from the police for violating civic law will be

          recommended for dismissal.  This would include, but not be limited to,

          minor consuming, DUI, and shoplifting.  Members who are suspended

          from school attendance will be recommended for dismissal.


Section 5.  Members will be placed on probation for one semester, or its equivalent,

                 upon receipt of the second warning.  Three warnings will result in a

     recommendation for dismissal.


Section 6.  No member may receive probation as a punishment while on probation

          for another incident.


Section 7.  Members who are on probation are not considered to be in good standing.

Senior members who are on probation will not wear honor cords at                    graduation.  


Section 8.  In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing

                 before the faculty council, with the exception of dismissal for gpa.


Section 9.  Any student whose cumulative gpa falls below the required 3.333 will be

                 placed on probation within one week of the distribution of report cards.

                 Should the student fail to bring up his/her gpa to the required 3.333 by the

                 end of the next semester, then the member will receive a letter of dismissal

                 within one week of the distribution of grade cards.  The appeal process does

                 not apply to gpa dismissal.


Section 10.Seniors who are on probation for grades during the second semester will be

          recognized in the graduation program as a member of NHS.  Following the

          last senior day of school, a grade check will be made; if the senior brings

          his/her cumulative gpa up to the required 3.333, then he/she will be allowed

          to wear honor cords.  If, in the final report card of the year, a senior’s grades

          fall below the 3.333 requirement, and that senior is not already on probation,

          he/she will still wear honor cords and be recognized in the graduation

          program.  This rule is based on the fact that probation is not issued until

          report cards are distributed (see previous section).


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Section 11.The faculty council will meet in any dismissal proceedings with the exception

                 of dismissal for gpa.


Section 12.A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the faculty

                 council under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.


Article VIII – Chapter Officers


Section 1.  The Tell City High School Chapter of National Honor Society will elect

                 six (6) officers – president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer,

historian, and activities director.  These members will be nominated and voted upon by the present members of NHS and elected by a majority vote.


Section 2.  Duties of the officers are as follows:  

           a) President – works with advisers on planning meetings and developing and

                      implementing projects;

           b) Vice-President – takes the place of the president in his/her absence and

                       works with advisers and president developing and implementing projects;

                  c)  Secretary – takes minutes of meetings, prepares news releases, and

                       records meeting attendance;

                  d) Treasurer – co-signs purchase orders, prepares financial reports for

                       meetings, plans and implements fundraisers;

                  e) Historian – maintains scrapbook/website of NHS events/news; and

           f) Activities Director – plans social events and assists President with

               implementing projects.


In lieu of a vice-president, co-presidents may be established at the discretion of the chapter advisor(s).  Other duties may be assigned by the chapter adviser(s).


Section 3.  Officers for the next school year will be elected in May of the previous year.


Section 4.  Members who are on probation will not be allowed to run for office.


Article IX – Executive Committee


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

                 chapter adviser(s).


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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.  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.


Article X – Meetings


Section 1.  Meetings will be scheduled before school, at lunch, or during homerooms, as

                 the schedule allows.  At least two days’ notice for each meeting will be given

                 via the daily announcements.


Section 2.  Regular meetings will be held monthly.  Special meetings may be scheduled

                 as necessary in compliance with Section 1 rules on notification.


Section 3.  The Tell City High School National Honor Society shall conduct meetings

          according to Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised in all points not

                 expressly provided for in this constitution.


Section 4.  One (1) unexcused absence from a scheduled meeting will result in the

          student being warned.  Two (2) unexcused absences will result in the

          member being placed on probation.  One (1) unexcused absence while on

     probation will result in a recommendation for dismissal.  A probationary  

     period shall be for three (3) grading periods which is the equivalent of one

  1. semester or four (4) months.  June and July are not counted towards the

probationary period.  An excused absence from a meeting is determined as an excused absence from school or attendance at another previously scheduled meeting.


Article XI – Activities


Section 1.  The Tell City High School Chapter of the National Honor Society shall

                 determine one or more group service projects per year.  Each student

                 must participate in one group project to fulfill his/her requirements as

                 a member.


Section 2.  These projects shall have the following characteristics:  fulfill a need

                 within the school or the community; have the support of the admini-

                 stration and the faculty; be appropriate and educationally defensible;

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       be the chosen activities of the majority of the NHS members; and be

                 well planned, organized, and executed.


Section 3.  Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating

                 in an individual service project which reflects his or her particular talents

                 and interests.  This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members

                 contribute.  Individual service projects must be reasonably attainable by the

                 member.  Service hours may not include hours from projects by volunteer

                 service groups which the member is expected to complete as a part of the

                 membership in that group.  Service hours should be for the benefit of one’s

          school, community, or church, and not for the benefit of private industry.


Section 4.  A total of ten (10) service hours must be accumulated by each member and

                 reported in writing to the adviser(s) no later than May 1. Service hours must

        be verified in writing by an adult supervising the activity.  Hours accumulated over the summer may be used by current members.  Hours must be turned in to the chapter advisor no later than the end of the month of which the hours were completed.  Hours completed during the summer months must be turned in no later than the last day of the first month of school.  Senior members who do not meet the May 1 deadline for service requirements will not wear honor

cords or be recognized as an NHS member at graduation.  If the deficiency is     cleared by May 15, then the senior will be recognized in the program as a member, but, as stipulated previously in these by-laws, will not be allowed to wear honor cords.  Juniors who do not meet the requirements will be placed on probation as per previous guidelines.


Section 5.  The Tell City High School Chapter of the National Honor Society shall

                 publicize its projects in a positive manner.


Article XII – Amendments


Section 1.  This constitution may be amended at any meeting of the Tell City High

                 School Chapter of the National Honor Society executive committee.


Adopted May 4, 2004

Revised August 31, 2016