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  • What is NJHS (National Junior Honor Society)?

    Official NJHS Website

    What is NJHS at Lewis and Clark Middle School?

    NJHS is a group of LCMS 8th graders that are committed to high academic standards (maintaining a 3.5 GPS or higher) and to serving our school and community.  NJHS members help out our school in many ways including volunteering to help at the Fall Carnival, fundraising, and peer tutoring. NJHS projects are student-driven, and members are encouraged to create meaningful projects and volunteer opportunities both at our school and in the local community.

    Selection Procedure:

    The selection procedure begins with consideration of 7th grade students who have maintained a 3.5 or above grade point average for the first semester of the current year.  The citizenship and character of the eligible students are evaluated. Students who have received a disciplinary action during the current school year are removed from the eligibility list.  The faculty council may also determine the eligibility of students with minor infractions.

    Students determined to be eligible for consideration for membership in NJHS are provided an information packet to be completed by the student in his/her own handwriting and returned prior to the stated deadline.  This is not an application.  The packet allows the student to provide the faculty council with information about service, leadership, character and citizenship.  Spelling, grammar and handwriting are important and careful attention should be given to them.

    The final step in the selection process is the voting procedure used by the faculty council as they evaluate the information packets and student essays.  Student names are not provided to the faculty council during this step.  Each eligible student is assigned a number as information packets are returned.  The faculty council bestows the honor of selection on those students who clearly demonstrate all five qualities of NJHS:  scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship.  The selection shall be by a majority vote.

    According to the constitution by-laws of the National Junior Honor Society, all paperwork seen by the faculty council is destroyed and a summary sheet containing only voting tallies of all students considered will be prepared.  Chapters of NJHS are not obligated to share with parents and students information concerning specifics for non-selection and the faculty council may not be polled.

    In order to maintain membership in NJHS, all students inducted must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average for each subsequent semester he/she is enrolled and pay membership dues of $10.

    When does NJHS meet?

    NJHS is an 8th Grade Advisory class that lasts for the entire year.  

    If I am in NJHS Advisory during 8th Grade, can I also participate in other Advisory classes like Builder's Club and Orchestra?

    Yes! The 8th Grade Advisory teachers are flexible and you can participate in multiple organizations throughout the year. NJHS members are kept in the loop with frequent e-mails to learn about opportunities to be involved and stay connected.

    How do I make sure I stay eligible for NJHS once I'm a member in 8th Grade?

    Members need to maintain a 3.5 grade point average on their 8th grade report cards, and are also expected to complete a minimum of 10 community service hours throughout their 8th grade year (5 hours must be LCMS-related).

    How and when do I apply to be an NJHS member?

    7th grade students who earned at least a 3.5 GPA (grade point average) on their 7th Grade Semester 1 Report Card are invited to apply for NJHS. There is an application packet that includes a place for you to record past volunteer experience, why you would like to join NJHS, and what qualities you possess that make you a strong candidate.  In March of your 7th grade year, there will be an after-school essay writing portion of the application process.  A faculty council of teachers will look at each application packet and essay to make the final NJHS member selections.

    What can I do now to increase my chances of getting into NJHS?

    Look for opportunities to get involved in the school and community.  Keep up your grades, study, and follow our school rules and valued. In other words, be a good person! Be a good role model. Volunteer, be kind to

    What other fun things can I look forward to in NJHS?

    NJHS is a great place to make new friends!  You will be with students who are also committed to making a positive impact by spreading kindness.  At the end of the 8th grade year, we go on a field trip (we decide as a group when and where) to celebrate all our accomplishments.

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  • Taken from www.njhs.us:

     

    "The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These five pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1929...As such, NJHS chapters and students are in schools that care not only about student achievement, but also community engagement.  NJHS students and their peers volunteer in their communities at the highest rates and make connecting with and serving within the community a priority."

    LCMS National Junior Honors Society members are 8th Grade students that were elected through a rigorous selection process. Members have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and demonstrate a strong commitment to leadership and helping others.

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