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 12/10/11)
Please remember that students need to maintain a GPA of 3.75 and perform 10 hours of community service while members of the NJHS. You will be asked to provide an electronic signature to show that you agree that all information is correct and that you agree to attend meetings and commit to community service.
Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, or service may be disciplined or dismissed from the Stafford Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. A member of the National Junior Honor Society is expected to maintain his/her academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership to his/her school and community.
Possible Reasons for discipline and dismissal include but are not limited to:
- GPA falling below scholarship standards
- Violating the law
- Violating school rules such as: use of cell phones during school hours, profanity, dress code violations, academic dishonesty, unexcused absences, excessive tardiness, disrespectful behavior, or referral.
- Failing to meet member obligations such as meeting attendance, participation in service projects, participation in fundraisers, participation in school based events, etc.
- NJHS Adviser/Faculty Council is informed about the deficiency. (Office referral, grade report, service record, meeting attendance, etc.)
- In the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a warning is not required for dismissal, but a hearing will still be held.
- The Faculty Council meets to discuss and determine disciplinary action. A probationary period may be given with what the student needs to do to correct the deficiency. A conference with the student and Faculty Council may occur at this time.
- A Certified letter placing a student on probation is mailed home. Verification should be returned with student and parent signature.
- Students have the probationary period to correct the deficiency as outlined by the Faculty Council.
- The Faculty Council meets with students at the end of the probation period to determine the next step.
- In case of dismissal, students will have the right to a hearing before the Faculty Council.
- A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser. When a student is dismissed or resigns, he/she is no longer a member and may never again be considered for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Katie Gardner, NJHS Advisor.