ARTICLE I NAME AND PURPOSE
ARTICLE II THE PRINCIPAL
ARTICLE III THE CHAPTER ADVISERS
ARTICLE IV FACULTY COUNCIL
ARTICLE V MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE VI SELECTION OF MEMBERS
ARTICLE VII DISCIPLINE AND DISMISSAL
ARTICLE VIII CHAPTER OFFICERS
ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ARTICLE X MEETINGS
ARTICLE XI SERVICE
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools (NHS).
Section 2. The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
ARTICLE II: 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 member(s) of the faculty as chapter adviser, who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 3. The principal shall annually appoint a Faculty Council composed of five members of the school's faculty who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 4. The principal shall receive appeals in cases of nonselection of candidates, and the disciplining or dismissal of members.
ARTICLE III: THE CHAPTER ADVISER
Section 1. The chapter advisers shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2. The chapter advisers shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions.
Section 3. The chapter advisers shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 4. The chapter advisers shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
Section 5. The chapter advisers shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the Faculty Council.
Section 6. The chapter advisers shall be a member of the faculty, appointed annually by the principal, and may serve consecutive terms.
ARTICLE IV: FACULTY COUNCIL
Section 1. The Faculty Council shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. The chapter advisers shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the Faculty Council. 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 Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to select members and to consider nonselection, dismissal, and other disciplinary actions.
ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a 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, honorary, and graduate. Active members shall become graduate members at graduation. Graduate members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Section 3. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 4. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
ARTICLE VI: SELECTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a second-semester junior. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school at minimum one semester.
Section 2. The minimum standard for scholarship shall be a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale). Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character
Section 3. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.
Section 4. A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication that is widely available in a timely fashion to all students and parents of the school.
ARTICLE VII: DISCIPLINE AND DISMISSAL
Section 1. 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.
Section 2. In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council.
Section 3. For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.
Section 4. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.
ARTICLE VIII: CHAPTER OFFICERS
Section 1. Chapter Officers are nominated by their NHS peers after the induction ceremony. The top 5 nominations receive a post as officer. Duties of Chapter Officers available from Faculty Advisors.
ARTICLE IX: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter advisers.
Section 2. The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings, make recommendations to the chapter, and determine and perform such other duties as are specified in the chapter bylaws.
Section 3. The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.
ARTICLE X: MEETINGS
Section 1. Totino-Grace High School NHS Chapter has four meetings during the school year, which are posted on the TG NHS webpage.
Section 2. Meetings are mandatory and a member wishing to stay in good standing must attend the designated meetings.
Section 3. The chapter president or other designated student leader may call special meetings approved by the executive committee.
ARTICLE XI: SERVICE
Section 1. All members must participate in four Totino-Grace service projects: 8th Grade Open House, Auction, Appreciation Dinner, and the NHS Induction Ceremony. Dates and times are listed on the TG NHS webpage.
Section 2. In addition to the above listed projects, members must complete a minimum of eight (8) service hours through Totino-Grace Lasallian Youth Program at a minimum of two (2) different sites.
Section 3. Members have the option of completing all or some of their required service hours during the summer months. These service hours need not to be completed through Lasallian Youth. Section 4. Members are responsible for documenting service hours, attaining required signatures, and submitting forms the Faculty Advisors in a timely fashion.