Bylaws of the Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter of The National Honor Society

Article 1 Statement of the name of the organization

The National Honor Society chapter at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts shall be called the Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter.

Article 2 The general purpose of the group
The purpose of this organization shall be to recognize and promote enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to encourage leadership, and to develop character in the students at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts.

Article 3 Powers vested in the organization
The organization has the authority to organize itself and activities that promote the aims expressed in Article II.  The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.

Article 4 The Faculty Council
The Faculty Council shall consist of five voting faculty members suggested by the Advisor and appointed by the principal. The Faculty Advisor(s) will sit on the council as a nonvoting member(s). The term of the Faculty Council shall be one year. The Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members, and to consider disciplinary actions, if any are warranted.

Article 5 Definition of membership for the group
Membership in the Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter of the National Honor Society will be open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts who have met the criteria for scholarship, service, leadership, and character as established by the Faculty Council. Continued membership in the society requires continued adherence to the standards established for induction and participation in at least one chapter service project each year.

Article 6 Establishment of the time, method, and procedures for the nomination and selection of members.
The advisor(s) will, near the beginning of the school year, obtain a list of students meeting the academic standard (currently a cumulative GPA of 3.50 set by the Faculty Council) and have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester. The advisor(s) will invite the academically eligible students to submit a letter describing their interest in the NHS and a form detailing what they have done in these areas during their high school years. The names of the students responding to the invitation will be submitted to the high school faculty and administration for comment. The comments received from the high school faculty will be reviewed along with the students’ letters and information forms by the advisor(s). The advisor(s) will select the students eligible for induction to the NHS. The Faculty Advisor(s) will notify by letter each invited student regarding the result of his interest in joining.

Article 7 Frequency of meetings, dues, and provisions for special sessions
The Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter will have regular meetings on a monthly schedule. The dates and times for those meetings will be established at the beginning of the year, in co-ordination with other high school organizations. The Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts dues will be $20.00 per member per year. The Faculty Advisor(s) in consultation with the chapter chairperson has the authority to call special meetings when necessary.

Article 8 The duties and responsibilities of the organization, the officers, adviser(s), and members.
It is the duty of the Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter to promote the general purpose of the society as established in Article II. It is the duty of the officers to fulfill the responsibilities of their respective positions

  • Chairperson

The duties of the chairperson are as follows: establish an agenda for each meeting, conduct the regular and special meetings of the society chapter, attend all functions of the chapter, organize the induction ceremony of the chapter, and supervise the performance of other officers.

  • Vice Chairperson

The duties of the vice chairperson are to support the efforts of the Chair and to serve as Chair in the Chair’s absence.

  • Secretary

The duties of the secretary are as follows: make an accurate record of the society’s regular and special meetings, organize the records of the meetings, and provide written and electronic communications to other organizations and individuals when directed to by the Chairperson or Faculty Advisor(s).

  • Treasurer

The duties of the treasurer are as follows: keep an accurate record of the chapter’s accounts, make deposits and withdrawals of moneys at the direction of the Chairperson and advisor(s), report to the society on the status of chapter accounts at regular meetings, and collect receipts from all members for moneys spent and collected.

  • Service Coordinator

The duties of the service coordinator are to: research, plan, and implement a service project as directed by the Chairperson and/or Faculty Advisor(s).

Article 9 Procedures for election of officers, removal from office, and filling of vacancies
All candidates must be current members of the Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter in good standing. The election of officers will be held within the first quarter of the school year for which the term of office will run. The term of office for the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson is for one academic year. The term of office for the Secretary, Treasurer, and Service Coordinator is one academic semester. Members may seek re-election the following year.

Candidates for Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer will be nominated (or may nominate themselves) and members will hold a secret ballot election. The candidate receiving a majority of votes wins. If no candidate receives a majority in the first round, the top two vote-getters in the first round will advance to a second round of voting. The candidate receiving the majority of votes in the second round wins. The Service Coordinator is appointed by the Faculty Advisor(s).

The Faculty Council has the sole authority to remove an officer from his or her position, or expel a member from the chapter. Causes for removal and/or expulsion include, but are not limited to, failure to perform required duties, failure to maintain the standards establish for induction (maintain a 3.5 GPA, participate in at least one group service project, and attend 75% of the meetings), conduct that challenges/questions the reputation of the National Honor Society or Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts.

If an officer’s position becomes vacant before the end of the school year, the advisor(s) will notify the members at the next meeting. At that time nominations will be opened for interested candidates. At the same meeting members will vote to fill the vacancy using the procedure described in the second paragraph of this Article.

Article 10 Definition of rules of order and references for conducting society business
The Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter will use the publication from the office of student activities of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Parliamentary Procedure Without Stress as the guide for conducting society business.

Article 11 Method and procedure for ratification of the bylaws
The bylaws of the Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter of the National Honor Society become the legal framework for the chapter upon a majority vote of the Faculty Council and the approval of the Principal.

Article 12 Provisions for amending the bylaws
The bylaws of the Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts Chapter of the National Honor Society may be amended by a majority vote of the Faculty Council and the approval of the Principal.