CHMS has a variety of clubs and activities. Students can create their own club if they find a willing faculty member to be the advisor. All new clubs must be approved by administration.
- Morning News Team
- National Junior Honor Society
- Activist Group
Each year a small group of dedicated and hardworking students create a yearbook. The group is led by a faculty advisor and never fails to produce an impressive collection of memories. Students interested in participating in the yearbook club should select that option for enrichment.
At CHMS the morning announcements are delivered in a live broadcast by a student led anchor team, camera and sound crew. Students are responsible for finding the news, editing and reporting the daily news. Interested seventh graders can audition for a job with our morning news team in January. Stay tuned for additional information regarding news team auditions.
City Hill Middle School National Junior Honor Society Bylaws
Article I: Name and Purpose
Section 1 –The name of this chapter shall be the City Hill Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society
Section 2 – The purpose of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and citizenship, and to encourage the development of character in students of City Hill Middle School.
Article II: Membership
Section 1 – Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and honorary. Honorary members become graduate members at the completion of 8th grade. Graduate and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
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, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.
Section 3 – Eligibility
- To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must be a 7th grader that has been in attendance for a period of 2 trimesters at City Hill Middle School.
- Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative 94.5 as of the date that trimester 2 grades are stored, or 92.5 for students in advanced classes. This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall
be the required minimum level of scholastic achievement for admission to candidacy. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership.
- Eligible candidates must be in good standing with attendance and behavioral expectations.
- Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, behavioral expectations, and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, citizenship, and character.
Article III: Selection of Members
Section 1 – The selection of members to this chapter shall be a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter advisers shall be the sixth and seventh, nonvoting, ex officio member of the
Section 2 – Prior to selection, the following shall occur:
- Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
- Students who are eligible scholastically (“candidates”) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the following for further consideration for selection:
- Student Activity Information Form
- Teacher Recommendation Form
- Recommendation Form from another teacher or an adult (other than a family member)
- The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible using the official evaluation form provided by the chapter adviser.
- The Faculty Council shall review the Student Activity Information Form and Recommendations in order to determine membership.
Section 3 – The selection of new active members shall be held once a year at the beginning of trimester 3 for each school year.
Section 4 – Candidates become members when inducted at the spring ceremony.
Section 5 – Once selected and inducted, all members are expected to maintain the standards by which they were selected and maintain all obligations of membership.
Section 6 – An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given a letter indicating the status of his or her membership and signed by the principal or chapter advisers.
Section 7 – An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter. The Faculty Council shall grant to the transferring member one semester to attain the membership
requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this chapter in order to retain his or her membership.
Article IV: Discipline and Dismissal
Section 1 – Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, or service may be considered for dismissal from the City Hill Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. A member of the National Junior Honor Society is expected to maintain his or her academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership to his or her school and community and adhere to the ROCKS matrix.
Section 2 – If a member’s cumulative GPA for all trimesters at City Hill Middle School falls below 95, he or she will be given the remainder of the trimester to make the improvement. If the cumulative GPA remains below 95 at the end of the trimester, the
student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council, which may include consideration of dismissal from the chapter.
Section 3 – If a member fails to perform any of the published obligations of membership, he or she will be given a written warning and a time period for improvement. If the obligation remains unmet at the end of the warning period, the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council, which may include dismissal from the chapter.
- Attendance: All members are expected to remain in good standing with attendance in school. Any member who misses 2 meetings during a school year without a parent’s note or documented absence of attendance at school will be placed on probation. If the student misses one more meeting, the Faculty Council will meet to discuss dismissal.
- Service: If a student does not complete the required 3 service hours every nine weeks, he or she will be placed on probation for the next trimester. If the service hours are not completed (This includes the required 3 hours, plus the hours not completed the previous nine weeks), the Faculty Council will meet to discuss dismissal.
Section 4A - A violation of the law or school regulations can result in the dismissal of a member. These violations include but are not limited to stealing; destruction of property; cheating; truancy; or possession, selling or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities.
Section 4B - Students in NJHS at City Hill Middle School who receive an office referral during a school year will be placed on probation, and his or her membership will be reviewed by the Faculty Council. Students must report any violations of law or school
regulations to the CHMS NJHS faculty advisers.
Section 5 – Offenders of the school conduct code (such as the use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absence, excessive tardiness, etc.) must report these infractions to the CHMS NJHS faculty advisers as soon as they occur and he or she will receive written warning notification from the advisers. A conference may be requested by either party (Faculty Council, student, or parent). If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for dismissal.
Section 6 – In all cases of pending dismissal:
- The member will receive written notification indicating the reason for possible dismissal from the advisers or Faculty Council. The member and advisers will discuss the written notification in a conference. Situations that involve flagrant violations of school rules or the law can warrant disciplinary action without a written warning although a hearing must still be held.
- The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge against him or her at a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to the vote on dismissal. The Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is needed to dismiss any member.
- The results of the Faculty Council vote will be reviewed by the principal an then, if confirmed, expressed in a letter sent to the student, parents, and principal. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser.
- The Faculty Council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal and afterward through the school district discipline policy.
- When a student is dismissed or resigns, he or she is no longer a member and may not be reconsidered for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 7 – In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.
Article V: Officers
Section 1 – The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
Section 2 – Student officers will be elected in September. All active members are eligible to run for a position as an officer. All active members of the chapter are eligible to vote.
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. The following duties should reflect the responsibilities developed for officers in the local chapter.
Section 4 – It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the 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 all official chapter correspondence.
Section 7 – The treasurer shall keep the record of chapter expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the chapter.
Article VI: Executive Committee
Section 1 – The executive committee shall consist of the faculty advisers and the chapter officers.
Section 2 – The executive committee shall have general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any action by the executive committee is subject to the review of the chapter members.
Article VII: Meetings
Section 1 – Meetings of this chapter shall be monthly. Dates and times to be determined at the start of each school year.
Section 2 – All chapter members are expected to attend all regularly scheduled chapter meetings. You may have two excused absences from meetings per year with 24-hour notice or with a parent note in the case of an emergency. After 2 absences, the student will be put on probation for review by the Faculty Council.
Article VIII: Activities
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 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.
Section 4 – Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project of a minimum of three hours during each trimester that reflects his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members must contribute.
Section 5 – The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.
Article IX: Emblem
Section 1 – Each member of this chapter who is in good standing with regard to the membership standards and member obligations shall have the privilege of wearing the emblem adopted by the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 1 – The chapter advisers are given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal.
Section 2 – The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 3 – These bylaws are designed to amplify provisions of the national constitution and cannot contradict any components thereof. The chapter is obligated to adhere to the provisions of the national constitution in all activities it undertakes.
Article XI – Amendments
Section 1 – 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 and IV (selection and discipline), which
are developed by the Faculty Council with the approval of the principal.
Section 2 – Bylaws and amendments must be consistent with the constitution of the National Honor Society.
Date: (amended) April 5th, 2019
Advisers – Katrina Spina
Principal – Eileen Mezzo
Racial Activist Group
Advisor: Katie Staley
Our Activist Group meets weekly to provide a safe space to discuss real world issues and work together to find solutions to make our school community a more welcoming and inclusive place. Within the activist group subcommittees will form to address issues from all historically marginalized groups.