National Junior Honor Society

What is National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization 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, service, leadership, 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 official Honor Society activities. 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.

History

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS in 1929, eight years after it founded National Honor Society for high school students. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NJHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.

Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.

(Taken from https://www.njhs.us/utility/about-us. Accessed on 12/7/16)

Adviser: Karen Nightingale knightingale@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us

2020-2021 Meetings for Current NJHS Members:

  • All monthly meetings will be help virtually through zoom. You will be notified via email and our NJHS Schoology Course Page.


NJHS Activities and Ideas for 2020-2021

  • Post pictures/proof of what you are doing in the community since we are limited as to what we can do as a group with Covid.

NJHS 8th Grade Service Project

2020-2021 School Year

Besides the events that we work on together as a group, each 8th grade NJHS member is required to complete 10 hours of community service time. It is up to you whether you want to create and work on a specific project for an organization/charity or split up those hours amongst various places. This year this requirement is different like we have discussed in meetings. Show me what you are doing in your community and for others while being safe!

Steps for the NJHS Application

  • Eligible 7th and 8th grade students must wait until after marking period 1 to complete the NJHS application.

  • Letters will be mailed home to those students that qualify academically to apply. The gpa for the core subjects must be a 90 or higher.

  • There will be a meeting with the qualified applicants and applications will be distributed in December. Our meeting is December 17, 2020. There will be 3 zoom meetings because of the larger number of qualified candidates.

  • Completed applications will have to be turned in by the due date - January 15, 2021.

  • Students will be notified by a letter in the mail if they have been accepted as a member of the NJHS. That letter will have the information for the induction ceremony.