National Junior Beta Club
DMS National Junior Beta Club is an academic and service organization. Beta Club is founded on four principals: Achievement, Character, Leadership and Service. Betas serve as role models for leadership at DMS. We pride ourselves in our service to the school and community, in addition to participating in national and international efforts. DMS Beta Club attends and participates in the competitions at the Alabama and National Junior Beta Club Conventions each year. Our Beta Club has won numerous group and individual awards at both the state and national level.
At the conclusion of the 1st grading period each school year, students meeting the following criteria are extended an invitation to join DMS Junior Beta Club:
· Academic – All A’s in all courses, with the exception of B’s being acceptable in advanced/accelerated courses.
· Discipline – No major discipline infractions (write-ups resulting in SAP or suspension) and no more than one step (warning) on the Google discipline step document.
Once initiated, DMS Betas must maintain the above stated academic and discipline expectations. Additionally, Betas must attend club meetings and participate in service projects. A minimum of 8 hours of community service per semester is required. New initiates are only required to complete 4 hours during the fall semester in which they are initiated. Meeting attendance is mandatory unless excused absence is approved by a sponsor prior to the meeting. Failure to meet these requirements will result in probation and/or loss of membership.
Currently, annual dues are $30 for both new initiates and returning members. Additional expenses are incurred when Betas choose to participate in state and national conventions. Fundraising opportunities will be available to help offset the cost of attending conventions.
The purpose of National Beta Club is to promote academic achievement, character, leadership, and service at Demopolis Middle School. This membership agreement provides the standards of membership and consequences if the standards are not upheld.
STANDARDS OF MEMBERSHIP
All students must be performing at or above grade level in order to be eligible for membership. The academic requirements for membership in the National Junior Beta Club are all A’s on each report card, B’s are acceptable in advanced courses only.
The service requirements for membership in the National Junior Beta Club are 8 hours in the fall semester and 8 hours in the spring semester.
The character and behavioral requirements for membership in the National Junior Beta club are students may not be “stepped” on a discipline tier two times (warning and step 1) or a discipline referral resulting in SAP or out of school suspension.
LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP
A member of this National Junior Beta Club may be put on probation for the following reasons: • If he/she is absent without a justifiable reason from 3 regular meetings. • If his/her academic record falls below the specifications detailed above. • If he/she fails to attain at least 8 service hours per semester without a justifiable reason. • If his/her character and behavior record falls below the specifications detailed above. Subsequent violations of academic or discipline requirements by a member already on probation will result in dismissal from the DMS Junior Beta Club.