The National Honor Society of Radnor High School
CHAPTER BYLAWS - as of 06/05/2019
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the National Honor Society of Radnor 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; and to develop character in the students of Radnor High School.
ARTICLE II: ORGANIZATION
Section 1: The Principal shall pay an annual affiliation fee as recommended by the NHS National Council and approved by the NASSP Board of Directors.
Section 2: The Principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 3: The Principal shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates, as well as the disciplining or dismissal of members.
Section 4: The Principal shall annually appoint a member or members of the faculty as chapter adviser(s).
Section 5: RHS Staff will volunteer as members of the Faculty Council committee to review and approve candidates for membership. The Faculty Council must consist of at least five (5) faculty members, not including the chapter advisor(s), for quorom.
Section 6: The chapter adviser(s) shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter, and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and the community.
Section 7: The chapter adviser shall maintain clear records on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions.
Section 8: The chapter advisor shall help the chapter student officers understand and carry outtheir duties and review the members for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 9: The chapter adviser(s) shall be an ex-officio member(s) of the Faculty Council.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Membership in the Society is an honor bestowed upon a student, as well as a responsibility. Selection for membership is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Students selected for membership are expected to continue to demonstrate these qualities thorughout their high school career.
Section 2: Membership shall be known as active 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 only when inducted at a ceremony.
Section 4: 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 adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member. Transfer members must meetRadnor’s chapter standards within one semester in order to retain membership
Section 5: Membership in the National Honor Society is a permanent condition unless a student’s performance falls below the academic, character, leadership, and or service standards by which he or she was selected.
Article IV: SELECTION and INDUCTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1: To be eligible for membership, a candidate musthave been in attendance at Radnor High School for one semester. Membership is open to qualified juniors and seniors who will be invited to submit information via application for use in determining membership.
Section 2: For transfer students in 12th grade, who are not members of NHS, Radnor’s principal should seek a recommendation from the previous school principal pursuant to the candidate’s selection. Based on the recommendations of the previous principal, the semester regulation may be waived.
Section 3: Criteria for membership shall be based on:
Scholarship - Candidates must have completed their sophomore year with the cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.8 or better as identified by the Radnor HighSchool Guidance Department.
Character - Candidates must demonstrate elements of good character. A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The student of character:
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior
- Upholds principals of morality and ethics
- Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, hall, etc.
- Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
- Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
- Observes instruction and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
- Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application of studies
- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
- Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment
Leadership - Candidates must demonstrate leadership in school or community organizations. This leadership may be either elected positions or effective participation in extracurricular sports and activities. Students who exercise leadership:
- Is resourceful in making suggestions
- Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
- Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
- Contributes ideas that improve the civiclife of the school
- Exemplifies positive attitudes; inspirespositive behavior in others; demonstrates academic initiative
- Successfully holds school offices orpositions of responsibility
- Conducts business effectively and efficiently
- Demonstrates reliability anddependability
- Is a leader in the classroom, in work,and in other school or community activities
- Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
Service - Candidates must demonstrate service to the school or community. Such service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with, or on the behalf of, others without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performingthe service. The student who serves:
- Volunteers and provides dependable andwell organizes assistance, is gladly available and is willing to sacrifice tooffer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any request of service to the school
- Is willing to represent the school or the class in interscholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work without complaint
- Participates in service activity outside of school, for example Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, etc., or volunteers services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
- Mentors persons in the community and/or students at other schools
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students of Radnor High School
Section 4: Required Student Information for Membership Consideration:
A candidate for membership must submit via application packet as designed and distributed from the faculty adviser(s), to the faculty adviser(s), no later than the date and time set forth by the adviser(s):
- Two character recommendations*
- Two service recommendations*
- One Leadership recommendation
- One Personal Statement
*All recommendations must be signed by the evaluator, and include clear and current contact information. Anonymous recommendations may not be used, nor may recommendations that have inaccurate contact information.
Completed student application is to be submitted to the faculty adviser, absolutely and unequivocally no later than the date and time set by the faculty adviser and clearly marked on the application, website, and all communications.
Upon completion of the application acceptance process, the candidates will be reviewed by the Faculty Council for the final selection of members based upon submitted applications.
Applications submitted after the date/time set forth by the faculty adviser(s) will not be considered. Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.
Section 5: Pursuant to Article III, Section 3, all Candidates selected by the Faculty Council only become Members during an induction ceremony and witnessed delivery of the NHS oath. The formal NHS Induction Ceremony is to take place in October. The Induction Ceremony is to be planned and organized by the faculty adviser(s), with input from the student leaders. Final approval of the programming is to be given by the Principal.
Students who miss the induction are not considered members, and must appeal to the Principal for an opportunity to take the oath.
ARTICLE V: DISCIPLINE and DISMISSAL
Section 1: The procedure and criteria for discipline and/or dismissal from the National honor Society shall be set forth by the faculty adviser(s) and Principal, in compliance with the rules and regulations for the National Honor Society constitution. These procedures will be readily available for review publicly, alongside these Bylaws.
Due to the sensitive nature of discipline and dismissal procedures, dicsciplinary proceedings are private to the individual member, the faculty adviser(s), and the principal only, in accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99).
Section 2: A member who has been dismissed may appeal under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the Radnor Township School District.
ARTICLE V: MEETINGS
Section 1: Mandatory meetings for all members shall occur as needed by the student officers and/or faculty advisers. The date, time, and location of mandatory meetings for all members will be communicated no less than five (5) school days from the date of said meeting.
Section 2: Non-mandatory and/or special meetings may be called to as needed.
ARTICLE VI: CHAPTER OFFICERS
Section 1: The officers of the Radnor chapter shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In order to hold the office of President or Vice-President, a student may not be president of any other club.
Section 2: Officers shall be elected by the active members of the NHS Chapter.
Section 3: The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter adviser(s). The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter. All actions and recommendations of the executive committee shall be subject to the review of the chapter membership via record and minutes.
Section 4: The executive committee shall bear responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities follow school policy.
ARTICLE VII: SERVICE
Section 1: Each year the chapter shall determine possible service projects for the school year. Service projects willbe determined by the officers, advisor, and principal. The principal has the right to approve ordeny all activities.
Section 2: All members shall have the opportunity to participate in approved National Honor Society projects approved.
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, andexecuted.
Section 4: Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in volunteer projects that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute. Second year members must complete 18 hours per year (9 hours during the first semester and 9 hours during the second semester) and first year members must complete 15 hours (6 hours during the frist semester and 9 hours during the second semester..
Section 5: The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.
ARTICLE VIII: GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section 1:The National Honor Society of Radnor High School shall function under the national constitution as developed by the NHS National Council
Section 2: These bylaws are intended to implement the national constitution as set forth by the NHS National Council. The constituion may be referenced for all concerns, questions, and appeals. The NHS National Council does not accept direct appeal or complaint regarding local chapters.
ARTICLE IX: PROVISIONS FOR AMENDEMENT
Section 1: Revisions to the bylaws shall be drafted and approved by an ad-hoc bylaws revision committee. The committee will consist of the Principal or designee; adviser(s); and student officers. The Principal retains power of two votes if needed to override possible impasse of a tie.
Section 2: An approved amendment as detailed pursuant to Section 1 of this Article is then to be submitted to active and current members of the chapter for reviewand discussion. The proposed amendment must be passed by a two-thirds vote of the chapter in order for it to be adopted.
Section 3: Article IV of these bylaws dealing with procedures selection, disciplining and dismissal of members can be altered only specially-appointed facultyrevision committee on Society membership (Input from the chapter is allowed).