Pershing Middle School
National Junior Honor SocietyMrs. Julie Bennett, Adviser
Welcome to the Pershing Middle School NJHS website. Here you will find a lot of great information that explains the National Junior Honor Society, requirements of candidates and members, important dates, and service opportunities.
What is National Junior Honor Society?Established in 1929, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves 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 its beginning 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.
(Taken from www.nhs.us. Accessed 12/10/16)
Who is eligible for NJHS?At Pershing, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship and behavior. That means, students in 6th or 7th grade with all A’s and B’s and a GPA of 3.60 will receive an invitation to fill out an application. Students will then fill out the information sheet to give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. Students must have an overall GPA submit a completed application packet by the due date. Therefore, just because a student qualifies does not mean they will automatically be inducted into the NJHS.
Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?After students fill out an information sheet, write an essay and obtain recommendations, their qualifications will be reviewed by our Faculty Council. The Faculty Council are from the school’s professional staff and not support personnel, such as administrative or custodial staff. The chapter adviser serves as a sixth nonvoting member of the council, facilitating all meetings. The National Constitution does not allow principals or assistant principals to be members of this five-member council. This is done to ensure impartiality should a matter require a principal’s action, such as an appeal by a non-selected student or a discipline or dismissal action. The Faculty Council also serves as the group who determines if a student should be dismissed because of a failure to meet expectations in one of the five areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, or Citizenship. The NJHS sponsors do not have a vote on the Faculty Council and will not be making any decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or dismissal.
What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?
Scholarship: Students who have all A’s and B’s meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of GPA, service, leadership, and character (and citizenship for NJHS).
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.
If I'm a 6th grader, what can I do to become a better candidate for NJHS in 7th and 8th grade?One of the best things you can do as a 6th grader is to have really strong grades and be well-behaved in all your classes. You should work hard every day in school because as a 7th grade inductee, you will qualify in the area of scholarship based on your grades in 6th grade. Also, becoming involved in school clubs and activities, following all school rules and being a great role model for other students will give you strong teacher recommendations. In addition, outside of school, you can begin to track community service hours (work in which you don't receive some kind of pay) in order to strengthen your information sheet.
What do you do in NJHS?The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and do service. Other than that, the activities are up to the NJHS members. In the past, we have volunteered at Sheltering Arms, a day care for Alzheimer patients and at Kids Meals, which provides lunches for pre-school children. NJHS members also run the school’s recycling program at Pershing. Each student will also select his/her own service projects each nine weeks that best reflect his/her personal interests.
The following students have been selected by the Pershing NJHS Faculty Committee to be members of the National Junior Honor Society for the 2018-19 school year:
Thank you to everyone who applied this year. Over 100 students qualified for NJHS based on a 3.60 GPA for the five six-week grading cycles.
Please see the attached rubric to see how the Faculty Committee scored the students’applications.
If you are a sixth grader this year, you will have the opportunity to apply next year as a seventh grader.