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The National Honor Society is a service organization established to recognize students who reflect high academic accomplishments and exemplary character, leadership, and service qualities.

The Bylaws of the Cut Bank High School Chapter of the National Honor Society

Revised and Ratified October 2005

Article I

The name of this organization is the National Honor Society. The purpose is to encourage the four characteristics of the NHS: Character, Leadership, Service and Scholarship.
The NHS is sponsored by the Administration of Cut Bank High School, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Article II
The high school principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.

Article III
The adviser is appointed by the principal of Cut Bank High School.
The adviser will maintain all records of membership, selection and discipline associated with the chapter.
The chapter adviser acts as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Faculty Council.

Article IV
A five member Faculty Council appointed yearly by the principal will meet at least once a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members, and consider non-selection, discipline and dismissal.
The Faculty Council will develop and revise, when necessary, all chapter procedures for selection, disciplining, and dismissal of members.

Article V
The chapter adviser will invite all students, grades 10 through 12 whose GPA is 3.25 to indicate an interest in being selected for membership in the local chapter of the National Honor Society. A student information form indicating areas of service and leadership roles, along with a faculty-at-large evaluation form, will be considered by the Faculty Council for membership selection. Membership is granted to students who demonstrate outstanding qualities in all four areas of character, leadership, service and scholarship.
Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
Candidates become members upon induction.
The local chapter may from time to time recognize any individual with an honorary membership, subject to the approval of the adviser and principal.

Article VI
The NHS Induction Ceremony and Installation of Officers are scheduled in the spring. Members, their parents, school administration and Board of Trustees are invited to the induction. The chapter president, and appointed members are responsible to organize this event. The chapter adviser and chapter officers are responsible for the induction of new members.

Article VII
Discipline of members for school infractions, grades, or behavior is the responsibility of the adviser. 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, except that in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not necessarily have to be warned. The Faculty Council will convene for serious or repeated infractions; their vote may include expulsion from the chapter membership. Students so identified may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.

The officers of this chapter shall be a president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer.
It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings of this chapter. The president is also responsible to represent National Honor Society at Student Council meetings throughout the school year.
The vice-president shall fill the chair of the president in his absence.
The chapter secretary/treasurer shall keep the minutes of the meeting, a record of all business, and all records in a file.
Election of officers will be held in the spring, after the selection of new members and before the induction ceremony. A majority of votes cast shall be necessary to elect any officer of this chapter. Members of the senior class may nominate candidates but they may not vote in the election. Incoming candidates who have not yet been inducted may nominate candidates and they may vote in the election, but they themselves may not hold office.
If the chair of president is vacated during his or her tenure, the vice-president shall succeed the president. If the office of vice president or secretary/treasurer is vacated, an election will be held to determine a successor.

The local chapter will conduct regular monthly meetings, the second Tuesday of the month at noon. The first Tuesday of the month, the NHS executive committee, composed of the president, vice president and secretary/treasurer will meet to establish an agenda. Special meetings, approved by the executive committee, may be called by the president.
Members are responsible to attend the monthly meetings. If a member is not able to attend because of an excused absence, he or she is responsible for speaking with the adviser to receive any missed material. If a member has more than one unexcused absence from meetings, the matter will be treated as a discipline issue, with dismissal as a possible consequence.

Service projects will be determined yearly by the local chapter. Individual members are responsible for a minimum of ten hours of participation in designated activities per semester. Up to three hours in non-NHS supported actives may be credited to the individual as well. Failure to participate in ten hours of designated activities will be treated as a discipline issue by the adviser, with dismissal as a possible consequence.

The local constitution may be amended at any meeting of the local chapter by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members, provided that the proposed amendment has been approved by the executive committee of the chapter.


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