Since it began in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is our nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the National Honor Society serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. These four criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.
The NHS National Council establishes the standards for all NHS chapters. Local chapters create their own by-laws which must be consistent and comply with the NHS National Constitution. Specific standards many vary from one school to the next, but are acceptable as long as they do not fall below the standards set by the National Council. All chapters are required to write the criteria and procedures used in their local selection processes. The NHS advisor maintains and oversees copies of the local procedures and has them available upon request.
Any student, in grades 10 through 12, is eligible for consideration for membership. Once selected by the local Faculty Council, a student is awarded membership at a special induction ceremony. With induction, a member assumes certain obligations. The chapter must annually conduct a service project for the school or community. In addition, regular meetings of the chapter are held to conduct business and communicate with members.
For more information, see the National Honor Society's Web Page at http://www.nhs.us
The Erie Mason Chapter of the National Honor Society at Mason High School was established in 1964. Induction into the National Honor Society takes place during Homecoming of each year. After induction, the Faculty Council evaluates members each trimester. All NHS members will wear an honor cord upon graduation and gain permanent NHS status.
Membership in the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed on Mason High School senior or junior students who have given evidence of outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. A high grade point alone does not automatically qualify a student for membership.
At the end of each school year, the NHS advisor reviews the cumulative grade point averages of all senior and junior students to ascertain which students may be considered for membership. To be considered a student must have a cumulative grade point of 3.4 or better. These students will receive a letter from the NHS advisor asking them to fill out and return a student information form. This form will be used by the Faculty Council to help determine selection.
The faculty council consists of five members, excluding the NHS advisor and principal. They review the evidence of outstanding performance for each student who is under consideration. Selection of a student to the NHS chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council. Students will be informed during the first few weeks of the school year if they will be inducted. For those not selected, they will be eligible the following year as long as the grade point requirement is met. Also a student, who was a member of NJHS, does not automatically become a member of NHS. The five-member faculty council, by majority vote, can place a member on probation, or dismiss a member, if the member does not maintain the standards of the National Honor Society.
The Erie Mason Chapter of the National Honor Society holds monthly meetings at Mason High School. The meetings take place in Mrs. Kevorkian's room. Announcements regarding the meetings are on the scrolling announcements. Meeting dates are also posted in the NHS display case by the Superintendent's Office entryway. In order to avoid conflict with the member’s other obligations, meeting dates will be posted one week prior to the date.
Induction of new members will take place in the Mason High School Library Media Center. The induction ceremony consists of a candle lighting ceremony by current members, the introduction of the new members, the swearing in of the inductees by the principal, and the tokens of membership, which include a certificate and pin. There will be refreshments following the ceremony for the inductees and their guests.
In accordance with Article XVII, Section 1 and 2 of the National Constitution, each chapter shall have its own bylaws. These laws do not need approval by the National Council, but must be consistent with their Constitution. These bylaws will clarify operating procedures of the Erie Mason Chapter and shall contain information concerning membership, the election and duties of officers, the schedule of meetings, member obligation, dues, and other information.
ARTICLE I. NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of the local chapter shall be "The Erie Mason Chapter of the National Honor Society" as granted on May 8, 1964, by the National Organization, and listed as Chapter Number 11929.
Section 2. The purpose of the Chapter is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service to the school and community, to promote leadership, and to develop character.
Section 3. The chapter shall be under the supervision of the National Honor Society school advisor and the Mason High School principal.
ARTICLE II. CHAPTER DUES
Section 1. Annual individual member dues shall be seven dollars and fifty cents, and be due at the beginning of each school year.
Section 2. Changes in dues shall be determined by the officers and subject to the approval of the chapter membership.
ARTICLE III. 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 members.
Section 3. The principal shall be a part of the appeal process for non-selection or dismissal cases.
ARTICLE IV. THE CHAPTER ADVISOR
Section 1. 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 the community.
Section 2. The chapter advisor shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter advisor shall send an 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 V. THE FACULTY COUNCIL
Section 1. The faculty council shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. No principal or assistant principal may 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 chapter advisor shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the faculty council.
Section 4. The faculty council shall meet at least once a year to select members and to consider non-selection, dismissal, other disciplinary actions, and warning cases.
ARTICLE VI. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership 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 these qualities.
Section 2. Membership shall be known as: active, probationary, and graduate. Active membership is for those students, enrolled at Mason High School, who have been duly selected for membership and are maintaining or exceeding all standards. Active members enjoy all privileges of membership. Probationary membership is for active members who have temporarily fallen below standards for continuing membership and who are working to correct the deficit to return to active status. Active members become graduate members upon graduation. Graduate members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Section 3. The faculty council shall reserve the right to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, National Honor Society advisors, or adults in recognition of outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the National Honor Society.
Section 4. Candidates become members upon induction at a special ceremony and reciting the National Honor Society pledge.
Section 5. A National Honor Society member who transfers from another school and brings a letter from the former principal or chapter advisor shall be accepted automatically as a member in the chapter. Transfer members must meet the chapter's standards within one semester on order to retain membership.
Section 6. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership in the chapter.
ARTICLE VII. SELECTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. To be eligible for membership, the candidate must be a member of the junior or senior class. Freshmen and sophomores are not eligible. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school for at least one trimester. In the case of transfer students, the faculty council may waive the semester regulation based on the recommendation of the previous school's principal.
Section 2. Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.40. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character.
Section 3. The selection of each member shall be by majority vote of the faculty council.
Section 4. A description of the selection procedure is available 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 Organization.
Section 5. All candidates for induction to the chapter must attend a formal induction ceremony. The ceremony will take place during Homecoming of each school year. Candidates, upon recitation of the National Honor Society pledge, become active members and will receive tokens of membership.
Section 6. The tokens of membership shall be a Certificate of Membership, a personal membership card, a National Honor Society pin, and upon graduation, an honor cord for commencement ceremonies.
ARTICLE VIII. PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The privileges of membership include: the right and duty to attend all formal meetings of the chapter, the right to vote on official chapter business, the right to attend any and all functions arranged by the chapter, and the right to wear the tokens of membership.
ARTICLE IX. CRITERIA FOR CONTINUING MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Active members shall show continuing progress in fostering the standards of the National Honor Society by: maintaining a 3.40 cumulative grade point average, exhibiting leadership and character, attending formal National Honor Society meetings, maintaining good standing with regard to school policies, and attending the formal induction ceremony each year.
ARTICLE X. PROBATION/TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Members who fail to meet the criteria for continuing membership by the end of each trimester shall be assigned probationary status for the next trimester. They will receive a written notice from the chapter advisor. Probationary members must meet or exceed the standards during the next trimester to regain active membership.
Section 2. In case of flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws, a member does not have to necessarily be warned.
Section 3. The faculty council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings and will vote, by a majority, for termination of membership.
Section 4. Terminated members may not be reconsidered for membership.
Section 5. In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have the right to a hearing before the faculty council.
Section 6. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the faculty council under the same disciplinary appeals process for the Mason Consolidated School District.
ARTICLE XI. ELECTION OF CHAPTER OFFICERS
Section 1. All officers (president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer) will be elected by the junior members in the spring of each year to serve the following school year. Seniors will not be allowed to vote for incoming officers.
Section 2. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary to elect an officer.
ARTICLE XII. DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
Section 1. The president shall chair all business meetings, prepare a calendar and meeting agendas, oversee all activities of the chapter, organize the induction ceremony, and stay informed of all aspects of the chapter operation. The president is an ex-officio member of all committees.
Section 2. The vice-president shall chair business meetings in the absence of the president and be chief assistant to the president in all chapter functions. The vice-president shall help the president organize the induction ceremony.
Section 3. The secretary shall keep minutes of all formal meetings and attend to all necessary correspondence of the chapter.
Section 4. The treasurer shall keep all records relating to the funding of the chapter and over-see all fund-raising activities.
ARTICLE XIII. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter advisor, as voting members. Additionally, the officers or advisor may invite active members, who are non-voting, to assist the committee as executive assistants.
Section 2. The executive committee shall oversee the operation of the chapter by supervising affairs between the business meetings, making recommendations to the chapter, and determining and performing other duties as specified in the bylaws. All actions and recommendations of the executive committee shall be subject to the review of the membership.
Section 3. The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that the chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.
ARTICLE XIV. MEETINGS
Section 1. The chapter shall hold monthly meetings, outside of normal school hours, during the school year, as scheduled by the executive committee or advisor.
Section 2. Special meetings, approved by the executive committee, may be called by the president.
Section 3. Meetings shall be conducted according to standard rules of order.
Section 4. Meeting times shall be announced one week in advance.
Section 5. Committee meetings shall be held as necessary.
ARTICLE XV. ACTIVITIES
Section 1. A service project shall be decided for each school year.
Section 2. All members shall participate in the project.
Section 3. The project shall: fulfill a need within the school or community; have the support of the administration and faculty; be appropriate and educational; and be well planned, organized, and executed.
Section 4. The project shall be publicized in a positive manner.
Section 5. Each member shall participate in an individual service project(s) totaling at least fifteen (15) hours each year. The service may be of their own choosing in their own particular talent or interest. This service is in addition to the chapter's project(s) to which all members contribute.
ARTICLE XVI. AMENDING OF THE BYLAWS
Section 1. Amendments to the bylaws shall be by a two-thirds vote at a regular business meeting.
Section 2. Voting on amendments shall be deferred to at least the next meeting after introduction.
Section 3. Amendments must be consistent with the National Constitution.
Section 4. Final approval by the principal is required.
Adopted January, 1996
Revised April, 2008
To be a member in good standing upon graduation from Mason High School and to be officially recognized by the National Organization, a member of the Erie Mason Chapter of the National Honor Society must abide by the rules as written in the bylaws of the National Organization, the Erie Mason NHS Bylaws, and the rules as presented below by the Mason High School Faculty Council.
Grade Point Average
In addition to abiding by the rules, the required cumulative grade point average of 3.40 must be maintained. Probation will result if the GPA falls below this requirement. A member has until the end of the following trimester to return the cumulative GPA to 3.40. Failure to do so will result in a dismissal by the Faculty Council. The cumulative GPA includes the final semester before graduation.
The Mason High School Faculty Council will base its decision for continued individual membership on the rules listed below:
1. All members must attend the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.
2. Each member must be in attendance at 90% of the meetings, September through May. There is one special meeting prior to the induction in March and special meetings may be called through the year as necessary. There is a minimum of 10 meetings per year. Therefore, only one absence can be excused. Attendance is determined by being present at the time of roll call and remaining until the adjournment of the meeting.
3. The NHS Advisor, Mrs. Kevorkian, must excuse any absence prior to the meeting. An exception to prior notification is an illness during the day of the meeting. The advisor must be notified as soon as the member returns to school. Failure to notify the advisor will result in an unexcused absence.
4. All members must participate in one chapter-approved community service project during the year.
5. In the event of a violation of school rules (e.g. in-school or out-of-school suspensions) or a violation of state and federal laws, a member need not be put on probation, but can be dismissed by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. A hearing with the Faculty Council will take place before any such dismissal.
A verbal warning and/or a written letter from the advisor will inform members who fail to meet the criteria, indicated above, of potential disciplinary action (probation or dismissal).
Violation of Rules – Probation and/or Dismissal
Any violation of the chapter rules and all bylaws will result in either probation or dismissal from the National Honor Society. Members who are placed on probation will have their status regularly reviewed by the Faculty Council. A member on probation must regain the good standing status before graduation. If the Faculty Council recommends that the probationary status should be rescinded or a dismissal should be considered, the member will be informed.
In the event of a recommendation for dismissal, the Faculty Council will conduct a hearing. The member will be informed in writing of the date, time, and location of a hearing with the Faculty Council. The member has the option of attending the hearing. The decision of the Faculty Council is final. If the Faculty Council dismisses a member, they cannot be reinstated the following year(s).
It is the responsibility of the member to inform his/her parents or guardian of his/her membership standing, probationary status, or any hearing that may result in dismissal from the organization.
If you feel that you are unable to meet the obligations of the Mason High School National Honor Society, you may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to the Advisor.
Web page: www..eriemason.k12.mi.us
2400Mason Eagles Drive
Erie, Michigan 48133
B. Kevorkian, NHS Advisor
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Last updated: September 19, 2012
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