National Junior Honor Society

Grade 8

NJHS's five main purposes: Building character, scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship throughout the school. Please visit the National Organization's page for more information: 

 The National Junior Honor Society is the leader among educational organizations and societies that promotes recognition for middle school students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character.  Membership in the NJHS is a privilege. The Honor Society member exhibits excellence in academics and leadership, displays honorable and admirable character, and demonstrates a commitment to service and good citizenship- all of which indicate that the member is willing to use personal talents and skills for the improvement of both self and society.

The NJHS handbook is the official guide for all NJHS advisers. It explains national policy and procedure guidelines regarding selection of members, induction ceremonies, activities and disciplinary actions. The NJHS Faculty/ Advisory Council of SPC has established local school chapter guidelines for selection of students as members here at our school.

Selection of Members:

  1. The standard for scholarship shall be a cumulative average of at least a 93% for both the first trimester and second trimester of the student’s 7th grade year.

  2. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, character and citizenship. Students will be required to submit a short resume and paragraph explaining why they wish to be considered for membership. This will be required with the submission deadline to be determined and communicated to 7th graders during the third trimester.

  3. The selection of each member shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty/Advisory Council. Previous disciplinary incidents will also be considered at this time, if applicable.

Criteria:

Leadership

  • Demonstrated initiative in promoting school activities

  • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit

  • Contributes ideas that improve the life of the school

  • Inspires positive behavior in others

  • Demonstrates reliability and dependability

Service

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance

  • Willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance

  • Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school

  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students

Citizenship

  • Has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the US form of government and respects the law for citizens at the local, state and federal levels

  • Demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations or school clubs and sports

 Character

  • Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior

  • Cooperates by complying with school policies and regulations and codes of student conduct

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity and reliability

  • Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern and respect for others

  • Complies with instructions and rules, and displays personal responsibility

This is the criteria that is used to determine membership in the NJHS. Hopefully this will give you an idea of the detailed selection process that is used to determine candidates.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Cheryl Matheson & Valerie Hughes

 

Moderators of the NJHS, St. Paul of the Cross Chapter