Triangle Math and Science Academy

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I

NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Triangle Math and Science Academy chapter of the National Junior 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, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship in students of TMSA.

Section 3. The NJHS shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of

Secondary School Principals (NASSP), 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

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 adviser(s), who may serve consecutive terms.

Section 3. The principal shall be a part of the local school district appeal process for non-selection or dismissal cases.

ARTICLE III

THE CHAPTER ADVISER(S)

Section 1. 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 community.

Section 2. The chapter adviser(s) shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter adviser shall send the annual activity report to the national office.

Section 3. The chapter adviser(s) shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.

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

ARTICLE IV

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a majority vote of the faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, service and citizenship.

Section 2. The faculty council shall reserve the right to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, NJHS advisers, or adults in recognition of outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purpose of the National Junior Honor Society.

Section 3. Candidates become members when they receive a letter of acceptance after the application process.

Section 4. A National Junior Honor Society member who transfers to 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 in the new school’s chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapter’s standards within 30 days in order to retain membership.

Section 5. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.

ARTICLE V

SELECTION OF MEMBERS

Section 1. Selection begins by identifying students with a 3.5 GPA or better in level and above level courses.

Section 2. Candidates submit the application and proof of qualifying grades by the specified deadline. They must also provide their teachers with recommendation letters, to which the teachers must submit by the deadline.

Section 3. The faculty council members discuss the candidate’s eligibility in the areas of character and citizenship.  Council members consider the candidates qualifications in these two areas based on the descriptions of demonstration of these qualities as stated in the NJHS Handbook in the section on the selection process.

Section 4. Interviews may be held with a candidate if the faculty council has questions or needs further information concerning a candidate’s qualifications for membership.

Section 5. After reviewing the candidate’s questionnaire and discussion of the candidate’s qualifications, faculty council members vote on the acceptance of the candidate for membership.  Majority vote decides membership.

Section 6. A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication which is widely available, in a timely fashion, to all students’ and parents of the school. The selection procedure shall be determined by the faculty council and shall be consistent with the rules and regulations of the National Junior Honor Society.

Section 7. The National Council and the NASSP shall not review the judgment of the faculty council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters.

ARTICLE VI

DISCIPLINE/DISMISSAL

Section 1. The dismissal procedure consists of the following: minor infractions will result in one verbal warning. If a second infraction is brought to the adviser’s attention, the student will be put on probation. If a third infraction is brought in the same school year, the student will be have the right to meet in a hearing with the faculty council, or elect immediate dismissal. Any major infraction is grounds for immediate dismissal. Specifically, there will be a zero tolerance policy for bullying, cheating, and meeting truancy.  

Section 2. 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 civil laws a member does not, necessarily, have to be warned.

Section 3. The chapter adviser(s) will be assisted by teachers in the monitoring of members’ compliance with the Society’s standards.

Section 4.  Teachers will be provided with a list of members and “Code Blue” forms. Forms may be submitted to chapter adviser(s) whenever necessary. The faculty council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.

Section 5. In most cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to written notification of charges and a hearing before the faculty council. Exceptions to this include cheating and meeting truancy.

Section 6. A member who has been dismissed, with the exception of that being due to cheating or meeting truancy, may appeal the decision of the faculty council to the building principal. The principal’s decision is final.

Section 7. The National Council and the NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.

ARTICLE VII

MEETINGS

Section 1. The Triangle Math and Science Academy Chapter shall meet a minimum of once per month.

Section 2. The advisers or committee chairs may call special meetings.

ARTICLE VIII

ACTIVITIES

Section 1. The chapter shall be involved in one or more service projects during the school year.

Section 2. Each member shall be involved in an individual service project as approved by the chapter adviser(s).

Section 3. Members will provide documentation of their individual service project on a form provided by the chapter adviser(s). Documentation must be given to the adviser monthly. Monthly requirements include 3 hours of community service.  

ARTICLE IX

AMENDMENTS