SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY
SOCIEDAD HONORARIA HISPÁNICA
STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTER
The Stratford High School Chapter of the SOCIEDAD HONORARIA HISPÁNICA, also known as "El Amanecer Mexicano" founded in 1993, seeks to promote involvement, interest, and scholarship in Hispanic studies. Each year, our chapter recognizes students at the high school level who demonstrate outstanding achievement in Spanish. We adhere to the National Bylaws and Constitution as stated below.
The Bylaws and Constitution of the SOCIEDAD HONORARIA HISPÁNICA
Name and Classification
Section 1. The name of this organization is the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, also known as the Spanish National Honor Society, or the Portuguese National Honor Society, and shall be referred to in this document as “the Society.”
Section 2. The purpose of the Society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and Portuguese by students of secondary schools and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.
Section 3. The Society is classified as a national and international academic honor society in the study of high school Spanish and Portuguese and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Inc. (AATSP)
Section 4. Each unit of the Society located in a secondary school is designated as a Chapter. The name of the Chapter, preferably that of an important Hispanic literary or historical figure, shall be chosen by the Chapter Sponsor. Chapter names may not be duplicated within a state and must be approved by the National Director. The person in charge of the Chapter is the Chapter Sponsor. In special cases two or more schools in one school district may form a Chapter. In such cases a teacher from each school serves as Co-Sponsor.
Qualification of Secondary Schools and Chapter Sponsors
Section 1. All accredited public and non-public secondary schools are eligible for membership in the Society. Application for membership from a secondary school seeking a Chapter is made on an official form provided by the National Director.
Section 2. The initial charter fee for school membership is established by the National Council. No monthly or annual dues or assessments are charged the schools affiliated with the Society.
Section 3. In order to remain an Active Chapter of the Society, the Chapter Sponsor must remit student membership fees to the National Director each school year, together with the names of the respective students to be initiated.
Section 4. If a Chapter fails to initiate at least one member each school year, the Chapter is placed on inactive status. In order to reinstate the Chapter to active status a reactivation fee must be paid. If the Chapter remains on inactive status for a period of five years or more, withdrawal of the charter may result.
Section 5. A sponsor who does not have an Active Chapter may affiliate with an active chapter in the area in order to promote Chapter activities.
Section 6. Sponsors and Co-Sponsors of Chapters must be members in good standing of the AATSP.
Qualifications for Chapter Membership
Section 1. A regularly enrolled student of a secondary school (grades 9-12) who has maintained an honor average in the study of Spanish or Portuguese for at least three semesters is eligible for membership in the Society. Sponsors should also include character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others in the criteria for selection into the Society. The student must be enrolled in the study of the language at the time of initiation. If the school is on Block Scheduling, the student must have a full year of Spanish or Portuguese during the year of induction. No initiation is to take place earlier than the tenth grade.
However, in exceptional cases, such as a ninth grade student who is enrolled in the highest level course of Spanish or Portuguese offered by the student’s school, a ninth grader may be initiated during the second semester of the ninth grade, at the sole discretion of the National Director of the Society, if the student has maintained an honor average in the study of Spanish or Portuguese from the time of enrollment until the day of initiation. In such cases, the Chapter Sponsor shall submit to the National Director an official transcript of the student’s course, showing the first semester grade, together with a letter of recommendation by the student’s teacher stating the reason for the requested ninth grade initiation.
Section 2. The Society does not conduct business with students or parents. All local decisions concerning membership are to be handled by the Chapter Sponsor in accordance with school policies, which include decisions made by the Board of Education, the Principal or the Department Chair.
Section 3. The student membership fee payable before initiation is established by the National Council. Each student member will receive a Certificate of Membership.
Section 4. If a member does not continue the study of Spanish or Portuguese, the student may remain in the Society as an Associate Member until graduation at the discretion of the Chapter Sponsor.
Section 5. A member may be removed from the Chapter at the discretion of the Chapter Sponsor for failure to maintain an honor average, misconduct or insubordination or other serious infraction.
Section 6. Associate Members may enjoy limited privileges and benefits in the Society. They may not vote, hold office, or be eligible to receive scholarship or travel awards of the Society. Only members currently enrolled in Spanish or Portuguese may participate in the awards program of the Society. If the school is on Block Scheduling, the member applying for an award must have the equivalent of a full year of Spanish or Portuguese during the year of the application.
Section 7. Honorary Membership may be granted to a person in the school or community who has demonstrated an interest in the promotion and advancement of the purposes of the Society. The fee for honorary membership is established by the National Council and shall be in an amount equal to the student membership fee. Each Honorary Member shall receive a Certificate of Membership.
FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY
SOCIÉTÉ HONORAIRE de FRANÇAIS
STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTER
The Stratford High School Chapter of the SOCIÉTÉ HONORAIRE de FRANÇAIS seeks to promote involvement, interest, and scholarship in French studies. Each year, our chapter recognizes students at the high school level who demonstrate outstanding achievement in French. We adhere to the National Bylaws and Constitution as stated below.
The Bylaws and Constitution of the SOCIÉTÉ HONORAIRE de FRANÇAIS
The name of this honorary organization shall be the Société Honoraire de Français (SHF) of the Secondary Schools of America.
The aim of this organization is to stimulate interest in the study of French, to promote high standards of scholarship, to reward scholastic achievements, to create enthusiasm for and an understanding of francophone culture civilization, to promote and perpetuate international friendship, and to reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in the French-speaking world.
III. Membership: chapters
A chapter may be established in any secondary school under the jurisdiction of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Home schools will be added to a state designated chapter, e.g. Home Schools of Virginia.
IV. Officers: National Council
The officers of the organization shall be: a President and an Executive Secretary, each elected for a term of two years. These officers, with the Editor of the Newsletter and the Executive Director of the AATF, shall constitute the National Council.
The SHF was established through presidential order by the AATF in 1949 and remains affiliated with the parent organization.
VI. Annual Meeting
The National Council shall meet annually at the time and place of the AATF Convention.
The Constitution may be amended as follows: Amendments may be offered by any valid chapter or by the members of the National Council; on a majority vote of the National Council, the amendments will be posted on the web site; they may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of chapter sponsors in a mail-in ballot.
1. Eligibility Requirements to be met by all Sponsors:
a. The Sponsor of the chapter, including a home school, must be a member of the AATF. If dual sponsorship of the SHF is maintained, both sponsors must meet this requirement.
b. Faculty members in French select members at each school. Only the SHF Sponsor, however, is required to be an AATF member.
2. General Eligibility Requirements to be met by all students:
a. Membership shall be based on scholarship in general and scholarship in French in particular, leadership in French activities and interest, either in a group or as an individual.
b. Membership shall be restricted to those students actively engaged in the study of French in a secondary school.
c. Candidates must be enrolled in the fourth semester of French or higher, i.e. the second semester of Level II or the equivalent in quarters or trimesters.
d. Candidates must be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade of high school. Exception is made for 9th grade students who meet the requirement “c” above because of work at the middle school level.
e. Transfer students must have spent at least one full semester in the high school before becoming eligible.
f. Selection of candidates may take place at any time during the academic year.
3. Scholastic Eligibility Requirements to be met by all students:
a. Candidates must have maintained an A average in French during the semester of selection, as well as an averaged cumulative grade of A, for all work awarded secondary school credit.
b. Candidates must have maintained a B average or higher in all other subjects during the semester of selection, as well as an averaged cumulative grade of B— in all other subjects for work awarded secondary school credit. French may not be used to calculate this average.
IX. Dues and Fees
1. The charter fee for chapter membership is ten dollars, or as the National Council may designate. Chapters pay this fee when applying for membership.
2. The student membership in the SHF, payable at the time of initiation, is two dollars, or as the National Council may designate. This fee is payable once only, and the initiate remains a member of the SHF as long as he/she is a secondary school student. The SHF sponsor, however, may exercise the prerogative to revoke a student’s membership for reasons of failure to maintain a high scholastic average, of behavior inappropriate to an honor society, irregular participation in SHF activities, insufficient service hours, failure to attend the initiation ceremony, etc.
Société Honoraire de Français of the American Association of Teachers of French
Sharon B. Rapp, President H. Todd Knox, Executive Secretary