BY-LAWS OF THE
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTER
Candidate selection to the Blue Valley Northwest Chapter of the National Honor Society is conducted under the requirements established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals which supervise the organization. The Blue Valley Northwest Chapter of the National Honor Society as described in the National Honor Society Handbook bases membership upon the four standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The specific process of membership selection for the Blue Valley Northwest Chapter of the National Honor Society is outlined in the following paragraphs:
•1. At meetings, all prospective members are informed of the necessity of performing 25 hours of community service, 10 of which can be school service, as one requirement for membership. Prospective members are responsible for providing verifiable records of such service on forms provided by the Blue Valley Northwest Chapter.
•2. A list of candidates eligible for membership is obtained through a computer printout of unweighted and weighted cumulative grade point averages for juniors and seniors. The scholastic qualifications for membership in the Blue Valley Northwest Chapter of the National Honor Society for the 2005-06 school year shall be a minimum weighted and or unweighted grade point average of 3.500 on a 4.000 scale. In accordance with the national guidelines, only those students meeting the 3.500 weighted and/or unweighted GPA minimum who have been in attendance at Blue Valley Northwest for a period equivalent to one semester prior to selection for membership shall be considered eligible, excluding transfer memberships.
•3. Based upon scholastic achievement as demonstrated by the weighted and/or unweighted cumulative GPA and a minimum of one semester attendance at Blue Valley Northwest, students determined eligible for National Honor Society membership will be notified by letter. In addition, a list will be posted on appropriate bulletin boards of those students who have met the eligibility requirements. Students are invited to check with their counselors and the National Honor Society sponsors if they feel that their names have been omitted from the list. The letter of notification sent to the student will include instructions to attend a mandatory meeting with the National Honor Society sponsors for the purpose of explanation of the selection process, and for distribution of a packet of information which includes forms that the student must have submitted by specific dates in order to be considered for membership. The candidate packet shall consist of instructions to the candidate, eight (8) faculty recommendation forms, two (2) extracurricular activity sponsor recommendation forms, one (1) community service record sheet, and one(1) candidate data form.
•4. The next step in the selection process involves faculty/sponsor evaluation of the candidate on the basis of leadership and character. This part of the candidate evaluation involves teachers and sponsors of the candidate's choice. The information submitted by the teachers/sponsors is confidential and will only be given to the National Honor Society sponsor in a designated place.
•a. Teacher endorsements shall be on criteria of leadership and character. The student must secure five (5) teacher recommendations from the current academic year and three (3) teacher recommendations, other than the above five, from previous years. *(The following classes are not eligible for teacher endorsements: Cheerleading, Drill Team, Winter Guard, Flag Corp, and Student Aide).
•b. Sponsor recommendations are to be made on the basis of leadership and character. The student must secure recommendations from two (2) extra-curricular sponsors. Sponsor recommendations may be secured from Band, Chorale, Debate, Forensics, Newspaper, and Yearbook, only if these are not used as teacher recommendations. Cheerleading, Drill Team, Flag Corp, and Student Aid may be used for sponsor recommendations only. Activities such as employment, baby-sitting or service organizations outside of school may be used for recommendations, subject to approval of sponsor. Two sponsors from the same activity may not be used. Parents and relatives may not complete sponsor forms.
All evaluation forms are to be returned by the evaluator to a place designated by the sponsor prior to the deadline specified in the candidate instructions. Forms from teachers or sponsors not at Blue Valley Northwest High School should be mailed by the evaluator to Blue Valley Northwest High School in care of the National Honor Society Sponsor. Students should provide the evaluator with a pre-addressed, stamped envelope for this purpose. No evaluations will be accepted from the candidate.
Also, recommendation sheets and a list of the potential inductees will be delivered to each faculty member at Blue Valley Northwest. A faculty member may use a recommendation sheet to make a comment on the leadership or character of a student. This will give an opportunity to faculty members not selected by the student to voice concerns or make positive comments on the candidate.
•5. The student must complete and submit a candidate data form by the specific date. By completing and signing this form, the candidate agrees to the requirements described on this sheet.
•6. The student must submit the community service record sheet documenting his/her 25 hours of community service by the specified date. This form must contain a listing of services provided, the number of hours spent in each listed service, the name, and phone number of a person who can verify that the candidate performed the service, and the signature of a person capable of verifying the hours of service claimed for each activity. Service hours must be performed between June 1, 2005 and the specified date. The 25 hours of community service are required each year. Ten (10) of the twenty five (25) can be school service.
•7. The National Honor Society guidelines require the election of society members by the Faculty Council. The composition of this council shall consist of five (5) faculty members appointed by the principal annually, with the chapter advisor as an ex-officio member of the council. The Faculty Council's judgments are based on the information provided by the students' data sheets, faculty and sponsor recommendations and the Council's knowledge of the candidate. In addition, the Council reserved the right to deny membership to candidates on the basis of major disciplinary infractions. The entire Council will review an individual candidate's evaluation and data in order to make a final determination of membership. No candidate will be eligible for membership unless all the required recommendation forms, data sheets, and community service verification forms are submitted by the specific date.
•8. Notification of membership in the National Honor Society will be in the form of a letter informing the student of his/her selection. The final indication is a formal ceremony, held in the evening for parents and society members. Failure to participate in the ceremony may result in council action to deny graduating seniors the honor of wearing the National Honor Society stole at graduation.
•9. Appeals in Cases of Non-selection. There is an appeal process available to any person who may not be selected to be a member of National Honor Society. Appeals must be registered with the chapter adviser within 10 school days of notification of non-selection. The Faculty Council will set a date and time to welcome all appeals no more than 4 weeks from notification of non-selection.
Member in Good Standing
Current and potential members are expected to remain a Student in Good Standing with respect to Blue Valley Northwest High School.
Election of Officers
Officers for the following school year shall be selected by a consensus vote of the underclass membership at the final membership meeting of the school year prior to their term of office. The offices shall be President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Officers shall be installed at the election meeting.
Dues and Fees
Dues of $10.00 per year shall be assessed to each member. Dues must be paid to the treasurer by a date specified by the Executive Council. A $10.00 initiation fee will be collected prior to initiation. We will collect the ten dollars sometime in March.
Meetings shall be held once a month at specified times published in the school announcements and on schedules handed out at the first meeting of the school year. Special meetings may be called as needed by the Executive council. Attendance at the scheduled National Honor Society Meetings, as well as participation in National Honor Society activities, is required to be a member in good standing.
* These by-laws are subject to override by virtue of the National Organization governing all chapters nation-wide.