Club Name:National Honor Society
    School:Academy for Allied Health Sciences
    Advisor:Sheila Murphy
    Classroom/Bldg.:Room 125 Baxel Hall
    Phone 908-889-8288 ext 842
    What is NHS? Membership in NHS is an honor bestowed upon a student based on 4 criteria: scholarship, character, leadership and service.
    What do I have to do to be considered? You must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative GPA of 92 or higher. If you meet those criteria you will be invited to complete a student information form in October of your junior or senior year. This form provides information about your leadership and service experiences to the Faculty Council.
    What is the Faculty Council? The Faculty Council consists of 5 voting faculty members appointed by the Principal and the NHS advisor serves as the facilitator and the 6 th non-voting member of the Council. The Council gathers information from your information sheet, other faculty members and office records regarding your service, leadership and character (including disciplinary records) to decide if you meet the standard of criteria as established by the Academy of Allied Health Sciences faculty. A majority vote of the Council is needed to be selected.
    How many NHS members are there? There is no limit to the number of members. Selection is based on meeting the standard of scholarship, character, service and leadership established by the faculty of the Academy for Allied Health Sciences. faculty.
    What happens if I am selected? You will receive a letter and invitation to the Induction ceremony to be held in December. You must continue to maintain a minimum GPA of 92, attend monthly meetings, participate in service projects (12 service hours beyond the school’s required hours) and continue to model good character and leadership qualities.
    What happens if I am not selected? You will receive a letter with specific feedback as to the criteria in need of improvement. If you believe there is more information that you would like the Council to reconsider, you may request an appeal within 10 days. However, it is not guaranteed that the Council will change its decision. If you are not selected as a junior but have maintained a 92 GPA, and feel you have improved in the area suggested by the Council you will be invited to resubmit your student information sheet again senior year.
    Why would I want to aspire to be a member? Being a member of NHS is a privilege, not a right. It is an honor bestowed by the faculty to deserving students. Because of its selective nature it is an asset on any student’s resume. More importantly, it is an organization that provides leadership and service opportunities and reinforces an individual’s sense of good character. Participation in this organization develops life long skills for continuous personal growth and success.
    Selection Process for the National Honor Society
    The National Honor Society chapter of Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character . Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and may be revised to meet a local chapter’s needs. Students are selected to be members by a five-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school. Students in the 11th or 12th grades are eligible for membership.
    For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 92 . Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service are also required.
    To evaluate a candidate, the Faculty Council uses three forms of input. The student’s activity form, school disciplinary records, and a faculty survey (members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership). This information is carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection according to a predetermined schedule.
    Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, and participation in the chapter service projects.
    Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the advisor at: smurphy@ucvts.org




                                                           HEALTH SCIENCES


                                                               ARTICLE I

                                                     NAME AND PURPOSE

    Section 1.  The name of this chapter shall be the Union County Academy for

    Allied Health Sciences Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.


    Section 2.   The object 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 the students of the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences.

    a.       Scholarship:  Students who have a quality point average of no lower than 92 percent.

    b.      Service:  Students who demonstrate a consistent, on-going commitment to service.  This quality is exhibited through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community for the benefit of others, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

    c.       Leadership: Student leader are those who are resourceful, good problem-solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who inspire positive attitudes and behavior.  Leaders may demonstrate these traits through the positions they hold, but they may also demonstrate leadership in other settings and through the manner in which they treat others.  Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activity while working with or for others.

    d.      Character:  A person of character demonstrates respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  A student of character takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously. S/he exemplifies desirable behavior, upholds the principles of morality and ethics, and cooperates with school regulations. S/he demonstrates courtesy, concern, and respect for others.  S/he observes instructions and rules and is punctual and faithful both inside and outside of the classroom.  S/he exhibits powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention to studies.  Finally, s/he manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules avoiding any form of cheating or plagiarism.


                                                                     ARTICLE II


    Section 1.  Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate.  Active members become graduate members at graduation.  The graduate members have no vote.


    Section 2.  Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.


    Section 3:  To be eligible for selection to membership to this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences.


    Section 4:  Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class.  Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum quality point average if 92 (all courses taken at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences will be included in the quality point average).  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 a standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership.  Their eligibility shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.


                                                        ARTICLE II

                                               SELECTION OF MEMBERS


    Section 1: The final selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members appointed by the Principal. The chapter advisor shall by the sixth, non-voting member of the Faculty Council.


    Section 2: Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:


    a.       Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.

    b.      Students who are eligible scholastically shall be notified and asked to complete the Candidate Profile Questionnaire for further consideration for selection.

    c.       The faculty shall be requested to comment on candidates determined to be scholastically eligible.

    d.      The Faculty Council shall review the Candidate Profile Questionnaire and faculty comments.


    Section 3:  The selection of active members shall be held once a year at the beginning of the second semester of the school year.  (Alternative or additional selection periods may be added as deemed necessary by the advisor and membership.)


    Section 4: An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given a letter indicating the status of his/her membership signed by the Principal.


    Section 5:  An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter.  This transfer member will attain the membership requirements for this chapter within one semester and then maintain them in order to retain his/her membership.



                                                               ARTICLE IV



    Section 1:  Any member who falls below the standard of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be dismissed from the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences’ Chapter of the National Honor Society.  A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain an active role in service and leadership to his/her school community.


    Section 2:  If a member’s quality point average falls below the standard in effect when s/he was selected, s/he will be given written warning and a time period for improvement, if the quality point average remains below the standard at the end of the warning period, the student may be dismissed from the chapter.


    Section 3:  Violation of criminal law or school regulations can result in dismissal or a member; these violations include, but are not limited to: DWI, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, plagiarism, truancy, or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or at school-related activities.


    Section 4:  Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, insubordination, unexcused absence, excessive tardiness, etc.) will receive a written warning notification.  A conference may be requested by either party (Faculty Council or student/parent).  If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be dismissed.


    Section 5:  In the case of pending dismissal:

    a.       The member will receive written notification of the reason for possible dismissal from the advisor/ Faculty Council.  The member and advisor will discuss the written notification in a conference.

    b.      The member will be offered a hearing with the Faculty Council prior to dismissal (in accordance with due process identified in the National Constitution).  The member has the opportunity to present his/her defense.  The Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss.

    c.       A letter of dismissal will be sent to the Principal, student, and parents if the student is dismissed.  Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the advisor.

    d.      The member may appeal the Faculty Council’s decision to the Principal, the Superintendent, and the Board of Education (in that order) within a period of one month.

    e.       When a student is dismissed or resigns, s/he is no longer a member and may never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.


    Section 6:  In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.



                                                                 ARTICLE V



    Section 1:  The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.


    Section 2:  Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of each school year.  All returning members are eligible to run for a position as an officer.


    Section 3:  A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any officer of this chapter.  If the first vote does not yield a majority, a second vote shall be taken of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.


    Section 4:  It shall be the duty of the president to preside at meetings for this chapter.


    Section 5:  The vice-president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall also keep a record of members’ contributions to leadership and service.


    Section 6:  The secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings and be responsible for correspondence. S/he will also keep an accurate history of the chapter and membership.


    Section 7: The treasurer shall keep the record of business expenses, dues, etc.


                                                            ARTICLE VI

                                                 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


    Section 1:  The executive committee shall consist of the faculty advisor and the chapter officers.


    Section 2:  The executive committee shall have the general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any action by the executive committee is subject to the reviews of the chapter members.


                                                             ARTICLE VII



    Section 1:  Meetings of this chapter shall be held no less than once a month.


    Section 2:  This chapter shall conduct meetings in accord with Robert’s Rules of Order.


                                                             ARTICLE VIII



    Section 1:  The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.


    Section 2:  All members shall regularly participate in these projects.


    Section 3:  These projects shall have the following characteristics:  fulfill a need with the school or community, have the support of the administration and faculty, be appropriate and educationally defensible, and well planned, organized, and executed.


    Section 4:  Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the chapter advisor. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.


    Section 5:  The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.



                                                    ARTICLE IX



    Section 1:  Each member of this chapter shall be entitled to wear the emblem assigned by the National Honor Society.


    Section 2:  Any member who withdraws or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.



                                                     ARTICLE X



    Section 1:  Upon selection in this chapter, members must pay a one-time dues fee of $20.00.


    Section 2:  Dues will be payable to the chapter treasurer within 30 days of induction.



                                                      ARTICLE XI



    Section 1: These by-laws may be amended by a 2/3 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 and IV that are developed by the Faculty Council with approval of the Principal.


    Section 2:  By-laws and amendments must be consistent with the Constitution of the National Honor Society.