Eustis-Farnam High School
National Honor Society Bylaws
Updated Spring 2017
Article I: Name and Purpose
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Eustis-Farnam 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 Eustis-Farnam Schools.
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 member of the faculty as chapter adviser, who may serve consecutive terms. Co-advisers may be appointed where necessary.
Section 3. The principal shall annually appoint a Faculty Council composed of five members of the school’s faculty who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 4. The principal shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates, and the disciplining or dismissal of members.
Article III: The Chapter Adviser
Section 1. The chapter adviser shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2. The chapter adviser shall maintain files on membership, activities, and financial transactions.
Section 3. The chapter adviser shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 4. The chapter adviser shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
Section 5. The chapter adviser shall be an ex officio, nonvoting, sixth member of the Faculty Council and shall facilitate all meetings of the council.
Section 6. The chapter adviser shall be a member of the faculty, appointed annually by the principal, and may serve consecutive terms.
Article IV: The Faculty Council
Section 1. The Faculty Council shall consist of five (5) voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. The chapter adviser shall be an ex officio, non-voting, sixth member of the Faculty Council. No principal
by be included on the Faculty Council.
Section 2. The term of the Faculty Council shall be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 3. The Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members, and to consider non-selection, dismissal, other disciplinary actions, and warning cases.
Section 4. The Faculty Council will develop and revise, when necessary, all chapter procedures for selection, discipline, and dismissal of members, all of which must remain in compliance with NHS policies.
Article V: Membership
Section 1. Membership in the chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected,
members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
Section 2. Membership shall be known as active, honorary, 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 when inducted at a special induction ceremony.
Section 4. Members who are seniors in good standing are eligible to compete in the National Honor Society Scholarship program, in addition to applying for the Eustis-Farnam National Honor Society scholarship.
Section 5. An NHS member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the principal or chapter adviser to the new school adviser 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.
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. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester.
Section 2. The minimum standard for scholarship shall be a cumulative scholastic average of at least 86 percent, B, 3.0, or the equivalent standard of excellence. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service,
leadership, and character.
Section 3. Students who are academically eligible will receive a letter announcing that they are eligible to begin the process for candidacy. This letter will include a timeline of the selection process. Academic eligibility does
not guarantee selection to NHS.
Section 4. Attached to the eligibility letter will be the Candidate Form. The Candidate Form must be filled out, signed by the candidate and the candidate’s parent/guardian, and returned by the date specified in the
Section 5. Candidate Forms will be distributed to faculty members for review. Faculty members will fill out a selection form rating each student in the categories of Character, Leadership, and Service. Faculty selection
orms must be signed or they will be discounted. Ratings will range from 1 through 5, with a rating of 5 exhibiting excellence in the category and a rating of 1 exhibiting a deficiency in the category. Faculty members are
sked to write an explanation of any rating that is a 3, 2, or 1 so that the reason for the rating may be shared with the student. When sharing areas of possible improvement with students, the faculty member who provided
the feedback will not be identified.
Section 6. All faculty selection forms will be accumulated and the ratings will be totaled. Faculty comments will be provided on the accumulated ratings sheet as well, however, the identities of the faculty members who
provided the feedback will not be provided.
Section 7. The Faculty Council will meet to review the accumulated ratings sheets and faculty comments. Students who are deemed worthy of NHS membership based on their candidate forms and the faculty evaluations
will be selected by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. A letter of congratulations will be sent to the parents of the selected students, which will include an invitation to the Induction Ceremony. Letters of non-selection
will also be sent to the parents of students who are not selected.
Section 8. Students who are not selected for membership will be asked to meet with Mrs. Shepherd. During this session, areas of possible growth will be explained to the student. Faculty comments will be shared with the
student as deemed necessary, however the identity of the faculty member providing the feedback will not be provided. The student will be eligible to resubmit a Candidate Form in subsequent years, dependent upon
continued academic eligibility.
Section 9. Appeals
o Appeals must be registered in writing with the chapter adviser within ten school days of notification of non-selection.
o After the written notice of appeal is received by the chapter adviser, the Faculty Council will meet to reconsider the student’s Candidate Form.
o If the student or parents are not satisfied, the next level of discussion will take place with the principal.
o If a non-selected student or his/her parents wish to challenge or appeal the principal’s decision, the appeal process will occur under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.
Article VII: Discipline and Dismissal
Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency.
In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned.
In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council.
A majority vote of the Faculty Council shall determine whether or not the member will be dismissed.
A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.
Discipline and dismissal may occur as a result of offenses that happen during the summer months.
Article VIII: Chapter Officers
Section 1. The officers of the chapter are elected in the spring. Officers are to be current Juniors who will act as President or Vice President during the next school year. Current Junior and Sophomore members will vote to
elect the President and Vice President.
Section 2. The officers will work with the chapter adviser to ensure that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations. Officers will also be consulted by the chapter adviser regarding projects and
Article IX: Meetings
Section 1. Meetings will be held as necessary regarding upcoming projects, events, and activities.
Section 2. The chapter adviser and officers will conduct the meetings.
Article X: Activities
Section 1. The chapter shall determine service projects for each year.
Section 2. Members shall regularly participate in these projects.
Section 3. Projects shall fulfill a need within the school or community, be appropriate and educationally defensible, be well planned, organized, and executed.
Section 4. Members shall be presented with a tentative listing of activities and obligations during the Fall of each school year.