National Junior Honor Society
Information about the National Junior Honor Society at Liberty Middle School
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According to the NHS/NJHS website, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 and is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to recognize 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 its establishment.
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.
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Who is eligible for membership in the NJHS at Liberty Middle School?
In accordance with national standards set by the National Junior Honor Society, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. Students in 7th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale will receive an invitation to complete an application at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Students will then fill out and return the application forms which include student information and contract that are to be signed by both the student and parent. Applicants are also required to submit an essay and include a $15 check for their membership dues once receiving an acceptance letter from the LMS Chapter. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship), they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.
Who chooses inductees into the NJHS at Liberty?
After students fill out and return all of the required forms, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by the LMS Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is a group of faculty members who make the final decision about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. Following the Faculty Council’s decision, parents and students will be notified of the final decisions and the procedures to be followed for the induction ceremony.
When are Induction Ceremonies held?
Liberty holds a formal Induction Ceremony during the spring each year. There is a mandatory practice held after school prior to the ceremony. The ceremony is in the gym, followed by a brief reception in the cafeteria. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend.
What do you do in NJHS?
The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and perform service work. We have a general membership meeting for all NJHS members at the beginning of the school year. Normally, this occurs during Lion Time. At this meeting, students who are running for NJHS office will present themselves. We will also review NJHS rules and expectations for members as well as go over an outline of the yearly plans for the Chapter. Students are encouraged to complete 20 service hours outside of their already required service hours for Civics.
When do you meet?
Meetings will be the 3rd Wednesday of each month during Lion Time. This year (2019-20) the meeting dates are: September 18, October 16, November 13, December 18, January 22, February 26, March 18, April 29 and May 13.
What happens if a student maintains a 3.5 GPA and completes the 15 service hours?
NJHS members who maintain the minimum GPA of 3.5 and complete a minimum of 20 service hours will be awarded their NJHS pin at a Pinning Ceremony usually held in the Liberty Cafeteria in June. Those members failing to meet the GPA or service hour requirement will not be invited to participate in the Pinning Ceremony and will not receive their NJHS pin.
What is the importance of the NJHS pin?
The NJHS pin is the symbolic representation of that member’s fulfillment of all of the requirements of the Liberty Chapter and the National Organization. Receipt of this pin at the annual Pinning Ceremony is an important milestone for the student as it further shows that the student carried through in their commitments to themselves, their school, and community.
Does membership in NJHS affect future membership in NHS (National Honor Society)?
NJHS membership is separate from and not considered when students enter high school. Whether or not you join NJHS will not affect future membership in NHS. Please note that each high school has its own admission requirements.
How are NJHS Officers selected?
NJHS members wishing to run for one of the five (5) officer positions, (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Historian and Parliamentarian) will apply in writing. Application forms will be available on Blackboard. Students will complete these forms by the due date and return to Ms. Storch (B124) or Ms. Boring (C127). At the General Membership meeting (to be held during Lion Time the 1st quarter), these applicants will introduce themselves, and read their prepared speech. Once voting is complete, the officers will be announced and an NJHS Officer Installation Ceremony will take place at a location and time to be determined.
Can students who transfer to Liberty and who were admitted into the NJHS at their previous school join the LMS NJHS?
Students who have been admitted into the NJHS at their previous school and transfer to Liberty are eligible to be members of the LMS Chapter. These students will be required to provide proof of their induction. This proof can be a copy of the induction certificate, or an email or letter from the previous school. However, these students will be required to maintain the 3.5 cumulative GPA and complete 15 service hours.
Characteristics of an Exemplary NJHS Candidate
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), as established by Liberty’s Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character and citizenship.
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.
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.
A 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.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement; has a high regard for freedom, justice, and respect for the American form of government; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.