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National Honor Society

WINNEBAGO HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Article I – Name
The name of this chapter shall be the Winnebago Chapter of the National Honor Society of Winnebago 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 Winnebago High School.
Article III- Roles and Duties
Members – Members are expected to attend all meetings and functions, participate in a minimum of six service hours per semester, and maintain the standard of excellence by which they were selected.
Officers – The president is to preside at the meetings of the chapter. The vice-president is to fill the chair of the president in case of absence. The secretary is to keep the minutes of meetings and take attendance. The treasurer should receive and disburse all funds.
Principal – The Principal will select the Faculty Council annually. The Principal will strive to
appoint council members who teach a range of student groups, who are full time teachers, and who have taught in the district for at least one full year. Membership of the Faculty Council is confidential.
Faculty Council – The Faculty Council consists of 5 faculty members appointed annually by the Principal. It is the charge of the Faculty Council to speak for the faculty as a unified body in regard to each candidate’s evidence of outstanding scholarship, leadership, service and character. The NHS Adviser(s) works with the Faculty Council in regard to selecting, disciplining and dismissing members. The Faculty Council and NHS Adviser(s) cooperate in developing and periodically reviewing the local chapter’s bylaws.
Adviser (s)– The Adviser(s) is a member of the faculty of the school. The duties of the
Adviser(s) include: promote and chaperone chapter activities, provide information on local and national policies, attend meetings, and act as a non-voting member(s) of the Faculty Council.
The Adviser(s) also organizes and oversees the selection process.
Executive Committee – The executive committee shall consist of the officers of this chapter and the Adviser(s). The executive committee shall have general charge of the meetings and business of the chapter. Any action on the part of the executive committee is subject to the review by the chapter, Faculty Council and the school Principal. The executive committee is also responsible for creating agendas for full NHS monthly meetings.
Article IV -Membership
Membership of this chapter shall be based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Membership of this chapter shall be known as active and graduate. The graduate members have no vote.
1. Candidates shall have attended this school the equivalent of one semester and must be
a member of the sophomore, junior or senior class.
2. Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative
grade point average of 3.25 (out of a 4.0). This scholastic level of achievement shall
remain fixed, and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for
admission to candidacy. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above such
standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership.
a. The list of qualified candidates shall be obtained from the Academic Advising
Office and verified by the NHS Advisor(s).
3. Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA (scholarship) standard
requirements, candidates shall then be considered on the basis of service, leadership,
and character.
A candidate for membership must first be selected by the Faculty Council and then inducted in a special ceremony. Active members have a voice and vote in chapter affairs.
Transfer members are automatically accepted into the Winnebago High School Chapter as long as the chapter’s standards are met. It is the obligation of the student member to notify the adviser of his/her membership and to provide verification of membership at the former school.
Members are to maintain the standards by which they were selected. Members are expected to attend meetings and to perform chapter service projects during the year. Each member must obtain a minimum of six service hours per semester, and submit a service log twice a year.
Honorary Membership
The Faculty Council shall reserve the right to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, NHS advisors, or adults in recognition of outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purpose of National Honor Society.
The Faculty Council may also honor an outstanding student who has a disability, which prevents the student from fully meeting the requirements for membership, and in the opinion of the Faculty Council deserves the honor. Honorary membership is typically awarded during Senior year, but it is not limited to. The honorary membership for an outstanding student is given a membership certificate with the word “honorary” typed on it.
ARTICLE V- Member Selection Procedure
1. The selection of membership to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter adviser(s) are, nonvoting, ex-officio member(s) of the Faculty Council. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser(s) shall review with the Principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations.
2. Membership in National Honor Society is an honor bestowed on outstanding students by the faculty of Winnebago High School. Those selected for membership must excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
3. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility and will be verified by the Academic Advising office.
4. Students who are eligible scholastically (“candidates”) shall be notified and asked to
complete and submit the Candidate Information Form for further consideration for selection.
5. Students must complete and return the Candidate Information Form by the stated deadline.
a. Circumstances for approving late applications can only be approved by the Principal.
b. It will be the student’s responsibility to verify that all forms have been submitted.
c. Each candidate information form should be filled out fully and signed by both the
candidate and parent/guardian.
d. Late materials will be accepted and added at the discretion of the Principal only. Any
late materials will be noted and may impact the selection of a student.
6. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible using the official evaluation form provided by the chapter adviser(s). Members of the High School Faculty will professionally evaluate the student(s) that they are familiar with in order to provide the Faculty Council with valid information on the leadership, service and character of each candidate in regard to his or her performance at school.
a. All evaluation forms from faculty members are confidential.
7. All information pertaining to NHS candidates should be addressed to the NHS Faculty
Council and should be submitted to the chairperson(s) of this group, the Faculty Adviser(s).
8. The Faculty Council shall review the Candidate Form, disciplinary records and faculty evaluations in order to determine membership.
9. The Faculty Council will vote on each candidate’s admittance, based on evidence of outstanding scholarship, leadership, service and character. A record will be made of the vote, and any area(s) causing non-selection will be noted.
Considerations include:
a. Leadership
· Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making
suggestions.
· Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities.
· Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals.
· Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
· Is able to delegate responsibilities.
· Exemplifies positive attitudes.
· Inspires positive behavior in others.
· Demonstrates academic initiative.
· Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts
business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability.
· Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities.
· Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.
b. Service
· Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly
available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance.
· Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous
responsibilities.
· Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school.
· Is willing to represent the class or school in competition.
· Does committee and staff work without complaint.
· Participates in some activity outside of school; for example, Girl Scouts, Boy
Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.
· Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools.
· Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
c. Character
· Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
· Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness,
friendliness, poise, stability).
· Upholds principles of morality and ethics.
· Cooperates by complying with school code of conduct.
· Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability.
· Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
· Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside
the classroom.
· Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as
shown by perseverance and application to studies.
· Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding
cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the
mistakes of others.
10. Notification:
a. Candidates receiving a majority vote of the Faculty Council shall be
notified by mail and inducted into the chapter.
b. Candidates who do not receive a majority vote shall be notified by mail.
11. The selection of new, active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of
the school year.
12. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
13. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from this school will be
given a special letter indicating the status of his/her membership and signed by the Principal.
14. 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 – Appeal Process
Before an appeal begins, any non-selected student and/or his/her parent/guardian should contact Faculty Advisor(s) for clarification of non-selection. The Faculty Adviser(s) will be able to provide an oral summary of notes from the selection meeting of the Faculty Council including any areas that caused non-selection in relation to that student only. If, after this meeting, the student or parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the clarification provided by the Faculty Adviser(s) but can site no procedural error, the student and/or parent/guardian is encouraged to contact the high school Principal. If, after this meeting, the student and/or parent/guardian feels that the Faculty Council has made a procedural error an appeal may be made to the principal.
In the event that a student is not selected to the National Honor Society, an appeal may be filed on behalf of that student if it is believed that procedural error was the reason for non-selection.
The Principal is the only one who can decide if a procedural error was made. Procedural errors include, but are not limited to, miscalculations, lack of information, and digression from the selection procedure. Such appeals must be submitted within 10 calendar days of the mailing of the letters notifying selection and non-selection. If no appeal has been made within the 10 calendar days, all records pertaining to this round of selection will be destroyed.
A written appeal to the Principal requires that the name of the student concerned be listed as well as the reason(s) that it is believed that the Faculty Council has acted erroneously. These reasons should be specific and indicate what errors in procedure, lack of information, miscalculations, etc. may have occurred.
If the Principal has decided a procedural error has occurred, only he/she has to the power to reconvene with the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council will advise the Principal of any merit it sees in the appeal and any actions that the Council feels should be taken. The Principal shall issue a decision within 14 days after the Council’s advice is received. A letter will be sent notifying the student of the Principal’s decision.
Disclosure of Information
According to the NHS Constitution, Chapters are not obligated to share with parents or students information concerning student selection and non-selection into National Honor Society.
Information that will not be disclosed includes the identities of the Faculty Council, information gathered from faculty evaluations, and meeting notes from the Faculty Council selection meeting.
The Freedom of Information Act also specifically exempts information prohibited from being disclosed by the Illinois School Student Records Act. 5 ILCS 140/7.5(r). The Illinois School Student Records Act prohibits disclosure of confidential letters and statements of
recommendation furnished in connection with the receipt of an honor or honorary recognition.
105 ILCS 10/5(e). Faculty evaluations related to an honor society selection vote are statements of recommendation and thus are prohibited from disclosure under 105 ILCS 10/5(e).

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