The National Junior Honor Society is an organization which recognizes outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship. Members have a responsibility to continue demonstrating these qualities and may do so through a variety of projects, fundraisers, and school/community service.
Process & Guidelines
Membership is open to qualified 7th and 8th graders who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5. However, the NJHS is more than just an honor roll and other components must be met for membership. To be inducted as a member of the NJHS candidates must also demonstrate outstanding character, leadership, citizenship and service. A description of each criterion, with examples of qualifying activities is included for your guidance (see Membership Criteria).
The school selection process adheres to the guidelines established by the national organization. As such, students are recommended for selection into the NJHS by a Faculty Council. The Faculty Council consists of seven faculty members who are appointed by the NJHS Chapter Advisors. The Faculty Council will collect and evaluate information for each candidate and make recommendations based on this information. Selection criteria collected by the school is confidential.
Students who qualify scholastically (minimum 3.5 GPA) will receive notification after the second marking period grading period. For seventh grade students, grade point average will include academic performance from 6th grade and the first two marking periods of 7th grade. [Students must have a 3.5 or higher in both their sixth grade and seventh grade years] For eighth grade students, grade point average will include academic performance from sixth and seventh grades and the first two marking periods of eighth grade. [Students must have a 3.5 or higher in their sixth, seventh, and eight grade years] The notification will include a form that they MUST complete within a stated time period in order to be considered for membership into the NJHS. The essay portion of this form should include details of involvement (i.e. clubs, sports, organizations, etc.) that would satisfy the other criteria considered for induction (i.e. character, leadership, citizenship and service). A clear and definitive criterion for entrance in to the organization has been implemented, based on a point system, to maintain the integrity of the organization.
An NJHS member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the former principal or chapter adviser to the new school adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member in the new school’s chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapter’s standards within one semester in order to retain membership.
Any candidate who is internally or externally suspended will lose his or her candidacy and is ineligible for membership selection. Failure to meet predetermined requirements of the aforementioned criteria may also preclude students from selection. Some examples are as follows:
Students who have a discipline referral may not meet the criteria for leadership and character.
Students who do not voluntarily participate in activities may not meet the criteria for service.
Students who are not members of civic organizations may not meet the criteria for citizenship.
Students who do not hold school office positions (i.e. President, Vice President, etc.) or positions of responsibility within organizations may not meet the criteria for leadership.
5. Students who were eligible in seventh grade but did not aplly will be not be invited to apply in eighth grade.
Parents of students who do not get selected reserve the option to question the school about the decision made.
Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership in NJHS or its benefits. Students who choose not to participate in chapter activities may be dismissed as well. Students will be evaluated each semester to make sure they continue to meet all chapter criteria. Students who fall below the required 3.5 GPA will receive a letter of probation and will have one semester to bring up their GPA. Students who have been internally or externally suspended will be subject to a faculty council hearing to determine continued membership. Students who have a discipline referral may be dismissed from the NJHS as this directly conflicts with the traits of Leadership and Character that are requirements of members.
Upon acceptance into the William Davies chapter, the new members are inducted at a ceremony in April. The 2017 induction ceremony will be held April 4 at 7pm in the Davies Cafetorium.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE THIS YEAR?
- SERVED AS GUIDES FOR 6TH GRADE ORIENTATION
- HELPED AT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
- COLLECTED MORE THAN 130 COATS FOR THE AC RESCUE MISSION
- MADE OVER 950 PB AND JELLY SANDWICHES FOR THE RESCUE MISSION IN AC
- COLLECTED CLOSE TO 4500 NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR THE FOOD BANK IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP
- STAFFED THE MAIN OFFICE DURING SPP
- WORKED TWENTY OUT-OF-SCHOOL HOURS EACH
- DELIVERED COOKIES TO BUS DRIVERS FOR BD APPRECIATION DAY- (COMING FEBRUARY 16)
- SENT LETTERS AND CARDS FOR US SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN
- HELPED OUT WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE DAVIES SCHOOL AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
PB & J Day on January 12, 2017
The NJHS made over 950 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that were donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.