Atkins High School By-Laws
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the National Honor Society, Atkins High School Chapter.
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 Atkins High School.
Section 3. The NHS, Atkins High School Chapter 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 chapter advisor and faculty council, who may serve consecutive terms.
ARTICLE III - THE CHAPTER ADVISOR
Section 1. The chapter advisor 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 advisor shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter advisor shall send the annual report to the national office.
Section 3. The chapter advisor shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 4. The chapter advisor shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
ARTICLE IV - FACULTY COUNCIL
Section 1. The faculty council shall consist of five faculty members.
Section 2. The term of the faculty council shall be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 3. The chapter advisor shall be an ex-official 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 - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in the Atkins High chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Section 2. New members shall be inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 3. 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 sophomore, junior, or senior class.
Section 2. Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.2 unweighted GPA. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character.
Section 3. The selection of members to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.
ARTICLE VII - DISMISSAL
Section 1. A written description of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties.
Section 2. Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or civic laws a member does not have to be warned.
Section 3. The faculty council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.
Section 4. In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the faculty council.
ARTICLE VIII - CHAPTER OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers shall be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer.
Section 2. The President shall meet with the NHS advisor to plan meetings, chair all meetings, make, copy, and distribute the agenda to all members, coordinate with the executive committee, and liaison to AHS administration.
Section 3. The Vice President shall assist the President, chair all meetings that the President is unable to attend, and oversee attendance.
Section 4. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings for a record of all business, which entail attendants, motions, topics, speakers, decisions, and actions.
Section 5. The Treasurer shall oversee all fundraising activities, keep an accurate account of all monetary movement.
ARTICLE IX - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. The executive committee shall 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 and make recommendations to the chapter. 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. There shall be regular meetings during the school year on days designated by the executive committee.
Section 2. Special meetings approved by the executive committee may be called by the president.
ARTICLE XI - ACTIVITIES
Section 1. The 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 faculty; be appropriate and educationally defensible; and be well planned and executed.
Section 4. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in a service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.
Section 5. The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.
ARTICLE XII - AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the faculty council by a majority vote.