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National Junior Honor Society Essay Ideas On Responsibility

President:  Runs monthly meetings and organizes projects for members.

Vice President:  Assists in running meetings and projects.  Keeps record of service hours for each member.

Secretary:  Records the minutes and attendance of each meeting of officers and monthly meetings. Completes any necessary correspondence. 

Treasurer:  Signs off on financial transactions and completes necessary financial paperwork for NJHS.

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is more than just an honor roll. The Honor Society chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built. 

* Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 89.5 percent or higher, for five consecutive marking periods, meet the scholarship requirement for membership in the Linden Avenue Chapter. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship. 
* Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit. 
* Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. 
* Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. 
* Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.

Specific standards for these criteria may vary from one school to the next. Such variations are acceptable as long as they do not fall below the national standards set by the National Council of the NJHS. All membership selection for individual students is handled through the local school chapter.

For membership in the Linden Avenue Chapter of the NJHS , any student in the second semester of the 7th grade, or grade 8, with a cumulative grade point average of 89.5 or above, for five consecutive marking periods, is eligible for consideration. Applications will be distributed to all students who meet this criteria for Scholarship.

The Faculty Council meets (date to be determined) to review applications for membership. Correct completion of the application is essential. Each candidate’s application is reviewed thoroughly. Essays must be neat, well-written, and summarize each student’s individual qualities and examples of Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship in his/her own life. Service and Citizenship are weighed heavily. The Faculty Council obtains information regarding a student’s Leadership and Character qualities from teachers, coaches, and/or advisors, in addition to the essay. After review, members of the Faculty Council vote to determine acceptance or decline membership, with the majority being the rule. The Advisor does not vote.

NJHS Service Requirements

Your application for membership requires at least 20 hours of service  in grade 8 or ten hours in grade 7(Linden Ave. and/or Community) prior to application. Any student already inducted into the NJHS, or those interested in being inducted this year, should either use the link to print a Monthly Service Log or ask Mrs. Goldhirsch for copies of the form.

Each member already inducted into the Linden Avenue Chapter of the NJHS is required to perform 20 hours of service to Linden Avenue Middle School or the surrounding communities (June 2016 - May 2017).   Each time you work, fill in the date, amount of time logged, and have your sponsor or parent initial the log.  Members continually turning in logs late will be placed on probation.

 

  National Junior Honor Society

 

Welcome to the Derby Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) webpage.  Here you will find information that explains the National Junior Honor Society, requirements of candidates and members, important dates, and printable forms. 





Optional Volunteer Opportunities
Here is a list of volunteer opportunities that you may choose from if you are having trouble receiving your community service hours.

  
 1 . Baldwin Library Volunteers Needed
Students please email me if you wish to volunteer.elisabeth.phou@baldwinlib.org
  


 


NJHS LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS 2017





  
  
Candidate Invitation Forms 
  
The 7th Grade students who have a 3.7 GPA and have been enrolled at Derby for at least one semester will be given an invitation to become a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Students who meet the Scholarship criterion will be called to the Media Center to receive their invitation. Students will sign off on the attendance sheet verifying that they received the invitation. The student must then fill out the candidate information form completely and return it to Mrs. Kmiec. 
  
Selection Criteria & Membership in NJHS

The NHS/NJHS chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character. These five criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.

Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7

Service:  This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

Leadership:  Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activity while working with or for others.

Character:  The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern and respect for others and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. The student obeys the Derby code of conduct and exemplifies the Derby Cornerstone: Respect Yourself; Respect Everyone; Respect Everything; Respect Everyday
 
Citizenship: The student understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and respect of the American form of government. Student demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as; scouting, community organizations, and school clubs
 
 
Candidates who need assistance in filling out the form:
  
Help will be available. Listen to the announcements.
  
  

  
  
Understand the Obligations of NJHS Membership
NJHS is more than just an honor society. In addition to sustaining the qualities that earn you your membership, as an NJHS member you'll attend society meetings, perform service projects that benefit your school and communities, and fulfill any other responsibilities as required by your local chapter's bylaws.

Derby Middle School NJHS Commitments

  1. Up hold great Scholarship(3.7 GPA),Character, Leadership, Service, and Citizenship
  2. Attend all Mandatory Meeting which will take place during lunch and recreation up to twice a month. We will eat together as a club.
  3. Attend NJHS fieldtrips
  4. Complete at least two service projects with the club
  5. Take on leadership roles when needed
  6. Be an active participant

  
Common Questions andAnswers About NJHS
                                 
What is National Junior Honor Society?
 

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and National Honor Society (NHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1929.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS (High School) and NJHS (Middle School). NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

How do I become a member?

To become a member of NJHS, you must be selected as a candidate by your chapter's Faculty Council. Students who meet a cumulative GPA requirement of 3.7 will then be considered for membership on the basis of service, leadership, citizenship and character. You will be asked to complete a Candidate Form created and distributed by the Derby Middle School NJHS Advisors, and Administration. Membership is determined by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.
In the school year 2017-2018

The process will begin the process in May 2018.

 Will I be notified if I am selected?
Yes. A letter will be sent home.

Will I be notified if I am not selected?
Yes. A letter will be sent home.

Can I appeal a decision for not being accepting to the NJHS?
You can appeal only at the local level, through existing chapter procedures. Derby Middle School’s procedure is a written letter to the principal asking for clarification on the Faculty Council’s decision. The Principal and the Advisors will hear your appeal and make a final decision.
 
 
If I was a NJHS member in the Middle School does that automatically make me a NHS member in High School?
No. NHS and NJHS are separate entities with different requirements for membership.
 
 
What are the commitments I will have if I become a member of NJHS?

  1. Up hold great Scholarship(3.7 GPA) ,Character, Leadership, Service, and Citizenship
  2. Attend all Mandatory Meeting which will take place during lunch and recreation up to twice a month. We will eat together as a club.
  3. Attend NJHS field trips
  4. Complete at least two service projects with the club
  5. Take on leadership roles when needed
  6. Be an active participant

 
Derby Middle School National Honor Society Bylaws
 
ARTICLE I: Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship, leadership, character, service, and citizenship. Derby Middle School’s chapter of National Junior Honor Society shall complete at least two service projects during the school year.
 
ARTICLE II: Selection of Members
Section 1 Eligibility
To be eligible for membership the candidate must be in 7thgrade and in attendance at Derby Middle School (DMS) for at least one semester. The DMS minimum standard for scholarship is 3.7.  Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

 
The evaluation process for the 2017-2018 seventh graders will begin at 4th quarter with an informational meeting. All academically eligible students (GPA 3.7) are invited to attend.
 
 
Section 2 Voting
The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote by the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is made up of five voting faculty members who are appointed by the principal. The advisors are non-voting members.
 
Section 3 Selection Procedure
1. Interested eligible students must complete the NJHS Candidate Form. This form outlines the candidate’s accomplishments in the areas of service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Deadlines for this will be given to candidates at the information meeting for their grade level and will be printed on the candidate form.
2. Unfortunately, late applications cannot be accepted as our timeline is very strict and candidate form help sessions were provide.
3. Formal notification will be made to all candidates who completed the NJHS Candidate Form.
 
ARTICLE III: Powers Vested in the Organization
Section 1 Principal
The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter, and shall  appoint a member or members of the faculty as chapter advisor(s), who may serve consecutive terms. The principal shall annually appoint the Faculty Council composed of five members of the school’s faculty who may serve consecutive terms.
 
Section 2 Advisors
The chapter advisor(s) shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
 
Section 3 Membership and Selection
Membership in Derby Middle School’s chapter of National Junior Honor Society is an
honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by the Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
 
 
Section 4 Discipline, Dismissal and Resignations
When a member falls below any of the standards by which the member was selected or fails to fulfill chapter obligations, the adviser should inform the errant member in writing of the nature of the violation, the time period given for improvement, and provide warning of the possible consequences if no improvement (i.e., consideration of probation or dismissal, or additional disciplinary measures being imposed). In all cases of pending dismissal, a chapter member shall have a right to be notified in writing of the offenses and to a hearing before the Advisors and Principal. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
 
ARTICLE IV: Frequency of Meetings
Mandatory general membership meetings will typically be held 1 or 2 times a month.
There may be exceptions to this due to school holidays or unforeseen circumstances.
Additional meeting times may be required due to service projects.
 
ARTICLE V: Duties and Responsibilities of Organization and Officers
Officers share the tasks of organizing and conducting an induction ceremony and various service projects. In addition to these responsibilities, each officer oversees the following areas:
The president and vice president share the responsibilities of motivating, organizing, and leading the members and activities of the chapter.
The treasurer will announce the profits of fundraisers when necessary at the meetings. The secretary keeps notes on all the meetings.
The historian will maintain a scrapbook and take pictures of NJHS events.
 
ARTICLE VII: Procedures for Elections
All officer candidates should be prepared to make a short speech to members. The candidates must write a speech and turn it in the day before the election to the advisors. The candidate is the only person that can read/give their speech.Students must stay to the content of the speech when presenting to the NJHS. The speech should be brief and should explain what would make them a good officer and what goals they bring to the position. Selection of officers will be made by a majority vote of NJHS members. Officers must be able to meet with the advisors before each meeting to set agendas and prepare for each club meeting.

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