BY-LAWS Of the
FRANCIS HOWELL CENTRAL
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Name and Purpose
Section 1: The name of this organization will
be the National Honor Society of Francis Howell Central 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 Francis Howell Central High School.
Section 3: The Francis Howell Central High
School National Honor Society shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the principals of Francis Howell Central High School, in accordance with the National Association of Secondary School Principles (NASSP), 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091.
Principal and Chapter Advisor(s)
Section 1: The principle shall reserve the
right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 2: The principal shall annually appoint
a chapter advisor(s) for the following levels of Honor Society: sophomore, junior, and senior. A chapter advisor may serve
Section 3: The chapter advisor shall be responsible
for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 4: 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 5: The chapter advisor shall regularly
review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 6: The chapter advisor shall help the
chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
Section 1: The Faculty Council of Francis Howell
Central High School National Honor Society shall consist of five members appointed by the principal. The faculty council shall
not include the principal or assistant principal, but shall include the chapter advisor(s) as non-voting members.
Section 2: The Faculty Council shall have a
term of one year and members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 3: The Faculty Council shall meet to
select members and consider dismissal, non-selection, and warning cases.
Section 1: Membership, an honor bestowed upon
a student selected by the faculty council, is based on outstanding SCHOLARSHIP, SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, and CHARACTER. A member
has the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
Section 2: Members shall be known as active
and graduate. Active members shall become graduate members at graduation. Graduate members shall have no voice or vote in
Section 3: The faculty council shall reserve
the right to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, National Honor Society advisors, or citizens
in recognition of outstanding service rendered the school in helping with the purpose of Francis Howell Central High School
National Honor Society.
Section 4: Any member who transfers to Francis Howell Central High School and brings a letter from the former principal or chapter advisor to the new school advisor shall
be accepted automatically as a member in the new chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapter’s standards within
one semester to retain membership.
Section 5: Members who resign or are dismissed
are never again eligible for membership or benefits.
Section 6: New members shall be inducted at
a special ceremony.
Section 7: Members who are seniors in good
standing are eligible to be nominated to compete in their chapter’s National Honor Society Scholarship Program.
Selection of Members
Section 1: To be eligible for membership, the
candidate must be in the sophomore, junior, or senior class.
Section 2: To be scholastically eligible, the
candidate must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 on the four-point scale.
Section 3: Prior to final selection, the following
a. Student’s academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
b. Students who are eligible scholastically shall be notified and asked to complete the Student
Activity and Community Service Information Forms for further consideration for selection.
c. The faculty shall be requested to comment on candidates determined to be scholastically
d. The Student Activity and Community Service Information Forms and faculty comments shall
be reviewed by the Faculty Council.
Section 4: The final selection of members to
this chapter shall be by a majority of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members appointed by the principal.
The faculty advisor(s) shall sit on the council as additional, non-voting member(s).
Section 5: The selection of active members
shall be held during the second semester of the school year. Additional selection periods may be added if circumstances warrant
Section 6: An active member of the National
Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given a letter indicating the status of his/her membership and signed
by the principal.
Section 1: Any member who fails below the standards
of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be dismissed from the Francis Howell Central High School chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain an active role
in service and leadership to his/her school and community.
Section 2: Members who fall below the standards
of their selection shall be given a written warning by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct
the deficiency. In cases of flagrant violation of rules of the school, of the Society, or criminal law, the student does not
have to be warned.
Section 3: In the case of pending dismissal:
a. The member will receive written notification of the reason for possible dismissal for the
advisor/Faculty Council. The member and advisor will discuss the written notification in a
b. To present his/her defense, the member will be offered a hearing with the Faculty Council prior
to dismissal. The Council will then vote on whether to dismiss.
c. A letter of dismissal will be sent to the principal, student and parents if the student is dismissed.
Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the advisor.
d. The member may appeal the Faculty Council’s decision within the rules for disciplinary
appeals in the school district.
e. When a student is dismissed, he/she is no longer a member and may never again be considered
for membership in National Honor Society.
Section 1: The officers of the National Honor
Society shall be as follows:
-President: presides over all meetings, appoints committees for
Honor Society projects, and
oversees all National Honor Society operations.
-Vice-president: presides whenever the president is unable to fulfill
his/her duties. The vice-
president is committee chairperson for all fundraisers and service projects.
-Secretary: keeps written records of all meetings, including who
are present, and what is
discussed. The secretary will also keep records of member’s service project commitment status,
and perform correspondence duties.
-Treasurer: keeps records of all funds, including business expenses,
dues, and fundraisers.
-Historian: takes photographs of chapter events; maintains scrapbook.
Section 2: A majority vote shall be necessary
to elect any officer of this chapter. If the first vote does not yield a majority, a second vote shall be taken of the two
candidates receiving the highest number of votes.
Section 1: The executive committee shall consist
of the faculty advisor(s) and the chapter officers.
Section 2: The executive committee shall have
general supervision of the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any actions by the executive committee are subject
to review of the chapter members.
Section 3: The executive committee shall have
the responsibility for ensuring that Francis Howell Central chapter activities and procedures follow Francis Howell Central High School policy and regulations.
Section 1: The meetings of this chapter shall
be held monthly or every two weeks at the discretion of the advisor(s), executive committee, and chapter members.
Section 2: The President may call special meetings
approved by the executive committee. The advisor(s) may call meetings.
Section 3: This Chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules
of Order—Newly Revised in all points not expressly provided for in the chapter bylaws.
Section 1: The chapter shall determine one
group service project per quarter. Each member of National Honor Society shall obtain 7 hours or 35 points from community
service projects per semester. At least one hour of community service each semester
MUST be a late-start morning tutoring session.
Section 2: All members shall regularly participate
in service projects. All members must participate in at least one fundraiser per semester.
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, and be well planned, organized, and executed.
Section 4: The chapter shall publicize its
projects in a positive manner.
Section 5: Each member shall have the responsibility
for choosing and participating in service projects which reflect his/her own interests, as well as participation in chapter
Section 6: In order to wear NHS cords and NHS
stoles at graduation, the following service project points must be earned:
10th Semester 2
11th Semester 2
12th Semester 2
Community Service shall be defined as work or service done without pay which benefits a community as a whole. Babysitting for family or neighbors, pet sitting, being a teacher or library aide,
and singing in a church choir does not qualify as community service. In addition,
activities which count towards requirements for another organization will not be counted as NHS service.
Examples of service projects and the points they earn:
Meetings: 2 points (for all meetings, you must be on time
to receive points)
Meetings: 2 points
(for all meetings, you must be on time to receive points)
1 point/item sold
5 points per hour
MAXIMUM 8 hours per day, 5 points per hour credited
Special Clause: Community Service
Class. If an NHS member is enrolled in the Community Service class at FHC and
works more hours than required by the class may count any extra hours towards NHS service hours.
Section 1: Each member of this chapter shall
be entitled to wear the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society.
Section 2: Any member who withdraws or is dismissed
from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.
Dues are paid only once when the member is accepted into the Francis Howell Central National Honor Society. These dues
are determined by the executive committee.
Section 1: These by-laws may be amended by
a 2/3 vote of the chapter, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given to members at least one meeting prior
to the vote. The exceptions are Articles V and VI, Selection of Members and Dismissal.
Section 2: By-laws and amendments must be consistent
with the Constitution of the National Honor Society.