NOTE: If you have been previously removed from the National Honor Society, you may NOT reapply for the following year.
To become a member, please complete the following candidacy consideration requirements. You must submit the signed Statement of Intent with the acknowledgement of the Jacob L. Adams Chapter of the NHS Chapter Bylaws. Candidate Consideration Form: Google Doc Link Submit the Resume, Essay, and the signed Statement of Intent to Ms. Nelson by October 30th, 2020 at 4:00 PM to this Candidate Consideration Packet Submission Google Form.
NOTE: If you need help composing a resume for the National Honor Society, please refer to the document below, which contains an outline of what your resume should look like. Be sure to include your experiences in community and service, extracurricular activities, and your GPA. Resume Template for the Candidate Consideration Packet
Please Review the bylaws below:
Chapter Bylaws of the Jacob L. Adams Chapter of the National Honor Society Adopted: October 1, 2018
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this chapter shall be the Jacob L. Adams Chapter of the National Honor Society of Henrico High School.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of Henrico High School
ARTICLE III: POWERS
Section 1: This chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the National Constitution of NHS. See www.nhs.us/constitutions. In addition, this chapter will maintain active affiliation with the national organization on an annual basis.
Section 2: This chapter will remain an active member of the state association, in Virginia, by paying annual dues and participating in state functions when possible.
Section 3. The chapter adviser, Sara-Alyse Nelson, is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal.
Section 4: Final authority on all activities and decisions of the chapter resides with the school principal. [For reference, see Article V, Section 1 of the National Constitution.]
Section 5: Nondiscrimination. Our chapter of NHS maintains policies and practices that are designed to prevent discrimination against any qualified candidate or member on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, and disability. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.
ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Section 2. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active, honorary, and alumni. Active members become alumni members at graduation. Alumni and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Section 3. Eligibility:
Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class.
To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Henrico High School.
Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.7 on a weighted scale. Students must maintain this GPA to maintain membership with the chapter.
Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character. The candidate consideration packet, including the resume and essay, will introduce the candidate’s service, leadership, and character which is expected to continue and progress during the membership with the chapter.
ARTICLE V: SELECTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council. The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, nonvoting, ex officio member of the faculty council.
Section 2. The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the first semester of the school year.
Section 3. Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur: a. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility. b. All students who are interested in becoming members and are eligible scholastically (i.e., candidates) shall be considered if they complete and submit the candidate consideration packet for further consideration. c. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible using the official candidate consideration input form provided by the chapter adviser. d. The faculty council shall review the candidate information forms, faculty input, and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership.
Section 4. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 5. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given an official letter indicating the status of his/her membership.
Section 6. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter. The faculty council shall grant to the transferring member one semester to attain the membership requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.
ARTICLE VI: OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS Section 1. Annual dues for this chapter shall be $15.00. Dues will be payable to the chapter within 30 days of induction or membership will not be honored. Dues cover only a little more than the cost of an NHS honor cords, so they are essential for chapter operation and representation at graduation.
Section 2. Each member of this chapter who is in good standing with regard to the membership standards and member obligations shall be entitled to wear the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society, including the hood at graduation.
Section 3. Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.
Section 4. Chapter members who are seniors in good standing shall be granted the privilege of wearing the honor hood at graduation. Members on probation will not be permitted a the chapter hood.
Section 5. Members must log 4 hours of community service by the last day of each month, to begin October for standing members and November for new members. This obligation must be met each month through May of each school year. Members that are more than seven days late logging hours will be placed on a warning after one late log. Members that submit a second late log will be on probation. Members on probation can appeal in a meeting with the faculty councils. After probation, members will lose with another instance of a late log submitted.
ARTICLE VII: OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, historian, community outreach parliamentarian, and fundraising parliamentarian.
Section 2. Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of each school year. All returning members in good standing with the chapter are eligible to run for a position as an officer. Any active member can nominate an eligible member as a candidate for office.
Section 3. Election will be based on officer applications and chapter voting shall be by secret ballot. 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 4. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings of the chapter, and serve as the official representative of the chapter at school and community functions.
Section 5. The vice president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall also keep a record of members’ contributions to leadership and service.
Section 6. The secretary shall keep the minutes and attendance records for meetings and be responsible for all official correspondence.
Section 7. The treasurer shall keep the record of business expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the chapter.
Section 8. The historian will document the service projects and keep photographic record of NHS projects. The historian will also see over the maintenance of the NHS Weebly website.
Section 9. The community outreach leader and parliamentarian will coordinate the service projects that are developed for the benefit or the local community in conjunction with the Henrico Community Outreach Committee. Drives will be maintained each month to contribute to the mission of this role.
Section 10. The fundraising leader and parliamentarian will work to actively organize events to build funding for NHS expenses, including chapter fees and senior cords. These fundraising events will also be used to support chapter service projects.
Section 11. Officers and the faculty adviser(s) shall collectively be known as the chapter’s executive committee. The executive committee shall establish annual goals for the chapter and have general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any action by the executive committee is subject to the review of the chapter members.
ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS
Section 1. Regular meetings of this chapter shall be monthly. Special meetings can be called by the president with approval of the adviser. Meetings will take place during warrior time on the second Tuesday of the month.
Section 2. This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 3. Members are expected to attend all chapter meetings. Members unable to attend will review the meeting minutes and are responsible for all material introduced or discussed at meetings.
Section 4. Officer meetings will occur on the second Tuesday of the month during Warrior Time.
ARTICLE IX: ACTIVITIES
Section 1. The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year. Each month the chapter will run a drive, for which each member may donate to receive at least one hour towards the service hour requirement.
Section 2. All members shall regularly participate in these projects. However, each member must complete at least one service activity independently of the chapter each marking period.
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. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.
Section 5. The chapter shall publicize and promote its projects in a positive manner.
ARTICLE X: DISCIPLINE and DISMISSAL of MEMBERS Section 1. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, service, leadership, or character may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the Jacob L. Adams chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain his/her academic standing, with a GPA above 3.7, and take an active role in service and leadership to his/her school and community.
Section 2. If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard in effect when he/she was selected, he /she will be given a written warning and a reasonable time period for improvement. If the cumulative grade point average remains below standard at the end of the warning period, the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the faculty council that includes consideration of dismissal from the chapter. Probation will be enacted for a period of one month. After one month, the member will be up for probation from NHS if the GPA has not returned to a cumulative level above 3.7.
Section 3. Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate consideration of the dismissal of a member (see Section 5 below). These violations include, but are not limited to DWI, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, truancy, or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities or in the community.
Section 4. Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absences, excessive tardiness, etc.) will receive written warning notification. A conference may be requested by either party (faculty council or student/parent). If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for dismissal.
Section 5. Chapter officers, as representatives of the chapter, can be removed from their positions as a consequence of disciplinary action taken by the faculty council.
Section 6. In all cases of pending dismissal: a. The member will receive written notification from the adviser/faculty council indicating the reason for consideration of dismissal. b. The member has the right to respond to the charge(s) against him/her at a hearing before the faculty council prior to any vote on dismissal (in accordance with due process identified in Article X of the National Constitution). The member can also appeal before a secondary faculty council in a hearing to appeal dismissal if an appeal before the executive council is not agreeable. The member has the opportunity to present his/her defense either in person or via a written statement presented in lieu of the face-to-face hearing. Following the hearing, the faculty council will then vote on whether to dismiss. A majority vote of the faculty council is needed to dismiss any member. c. The results of the executive or faculty council vote will be presented to the principal for review, and then stated in a letter sent to the student and parents. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser. Dismissed members surrender the right to claim membership to the Jacob L. Adams Chapter of the NHS. d. The executive or faculty council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal and afterwards according to provisions of the school district discipline policies. e. A member who is dismissed or resigns may never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.
Section 7. In lieu of dismissal, the faculty council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.
ARTICLE XI: RATIFICATION, APPROVAL, and REVIEW.
Section 1: These bylaws will be approved upon receiving a two-thirds affirmative vote of all active members of the chapter, a majority affirmative vote of the faculty council, and approval by the administration. Section 2: These bylaws shall be reviewed and if necessary, revised within five years from the date of approval noted on this document.
ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS
These bylaws 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 month prior to the vote. The exceptions are Articles IV, V, and X, which are developed by the faculty council with the approval of the principal.