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NJHS Bylaws

Membership in the FSCS National Junior Honor Society is an honor and a privilege.  Selection for membership is based on outstanding scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership and service.  Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.

The following are by-laws for this organization:


The name of this chapter shall be the Frankfort-Schuyler Chapter of the National Junior Honor
Society of Frankfort-Schuyler Middle School.
The purpose of this chapter shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire
to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character and to encourage good
citizenship in the students of secondary schools.


This chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the National
Constitution of NJHS. See In addition, this chapter will maintain
active affiliation with the national organization on an annual basis.
The chapter advisor is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities,
as delegated by the school principal. Final authority on all activities and decisions of the
chapter resides with the school principal.
Our chapter of NJHS 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, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. This policy
of nondiscrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the
selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.


Membership in the FSCS National Junior Honor Society is an honor and a privilege. Selection
for membership is based on outstanding scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership and
service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these
Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be in the second semester of seventh
grade or members of the eighth grade 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
Frankfort-Schuyler Middle School.


The scholarship requirement is considered highly important and is based on a student’s
cumulative grade point average (GPA), which is an average of the student’s overall averages
from each middle school grade level completed (beginning with 6th grade), as well as marking
periods completed in the current year. The minimum GPA allowable for the Frankfort-Schuyler
chapter of the NJHS is 90.0. The scholarship requirement will be reviewed at the end of each
marking period.


 The criteria for leadership includes a variety of areas. A NJHS member is expected to
exemplify leadership in school as well as in the community. The student who exercises
a. Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities,
b. Exercises a positive influence on peers by upholding school ideals,
c. Exemplifies positive attitudes and inspires positive behaviors in others,
d. Demonstrates reliability and dependability and maintains a loyal school attitude.


Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by a student which are done
with or on behalf of others, excluding family members, without any direct compensation or
academic credit. Some examples of these activities are:
a. Volunteering at a church or community organization (altar server, singing in
church choir, boy/girl scouts, AYSO referee, other youth sports, ...)
b. Actively participating in fundraising or collecting donations for non-profit
organizations, such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (Math-A-Thon),
Holiday Gift donations (Gram Lorraine, Toys for Tots, etc.), American Cancer
Society (Relay for Life, etc.), American Heart Association (Heart Run/Walk), etc.
Members will complete a service form to be signed by a parent to notify the NJHS of any
service activity performed outside of school. Members are expected to volunteer or
participate in at least 2 service activities per school year.


A person of character demonstrates respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring,
citizenship and follows the school code of conduct. A student displays character by:
a. Taking criticism willingly and accepting recommendations graciously,
b. Upholding principles of respect, morality and ethics,
c. Regularly showing courtesy, concern and respect for others,
d. Having powers of concentration and discipline,
e. Showing the highest standards of honesty by not cheating on any schoolwork,
plagiarizing or showing willingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
f. Acknowledging and demonstrating obedience to school rules such as attendance,
appropriate dress and proper conduct at all times.


The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council
which consists of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter adviser shall be
the sixth, non voting member of the faculty council.
The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of the
school year. Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:
a. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
b. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically
eligible using the official input form provided by the chapter adviser.
c. All students who are eligible (i.e., candidates) shall be notified and asked to complete and
submit the candidate information form for further consideration.
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
Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.


The NJHS will hold regular meetings. Special meetings may be called as needed. Meeting
dates will be posted at least one week in advance.
Members are expected to attend all meetings as important information will be discussed and
activities decided. If a member is unable to attend a meeting, he/she must see the advisor or a
committee member for information missed at the meeting.


The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year. All members shall
regularly participate in these projects, as they are able.
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.
The chapter shall publicize and promote its projects in a positive manner.


A member of the NJHS is expected to maintain his/her academic standing, demonstrate
exemplary character and take an active role in service and leadership to his/her school and
community. Any member who falls below the standards may be dismissed from the NJHS.
1. If a member fails to maintain a cumulative 90.0 GPA at the end of any quarter, he/she will
be issued a written warning. If the member’s cumulative GPA remains below 90.0 for a 2nd
consecutive marking period, a written warning letter will be mailed home. The student will then
be given one marking period to raise their grades to the required level before the NJHS
committee discusses possible dismissal.
2. Violation of the law or school regulations can result in dismissal of a member. These
violations include, but are not limited to, bullying, stealing, destruction of school property,
cheating and/or truancy.
3. Students who have been reported by any faculty or staff member to have fallen below the
standards of character and/or leadership will be discussed by the faculty committee.
Documented offenses of the school code of conduct (such as use of profanity, insubordination,
excessive tardiness, misuse of social media, etc.) will be reviewed by the faculty committee and
may result in a written warning or dismissal. A conference may be requested by the student,
parent or the faculty committee. If the student is written up for an offense a second time, the
member may be dismissed.
4. In all cases of pending dismissal:
a. The member will receive written notification indicating the reason for
consideration of dismissal from the NJHS Advisor/Committee. 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 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 NJHS
Committee is needed to dismiss any member.
b. The results of the NJHS Committee vote will be reviewed by the principal.
c. The NJHS Committee’s decision may be appealed to the building principal.
5. A member who is dismissed or resigns may never again be considered for membership in the
National Junior Honor Society.


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. These bylaws shall be reviewed and if necessary, revised within five years from the date of approval noted on this document.


These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds 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 III, IV, and VII, which are developed by the faculty council with the
approval of the principal.

NJHS Advisor

Mrs. Jodi Reid

NJHS Committee

Mrs. Andrea Cordero

Mrs. Kristina Newtown

Ms. Isa Hudziak

Mrs. Holly Lawrence

Ms. Judi Zollweg


Mr. Michael Stalteri