Mr. Weshahi and Mr. Ohanian are proud to sponsor the CTMS National Junior Honor Society. The NJHS 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, leadership, service, citizenship and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.
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.
Students are inducted as seventh graders and are active members as eighth graders. Students must be in the top 20 percent of their 7th grade class (combined 6th grade and 7th grade averages) in order to be invited to apply for induction. Active members must complete a minimum of 20 community service hours and maintain an overall average of 90 or higher in order to remain members. Members must also participate in NJHS sponsored events.
The Five Pillars of the NJHS
Membership in NJHS is an honor; in fact, to prove worthy of the honor, members of this organization must meet the following obligations which are known as The Five Pillars:
a. Chapter Service Projects-All members participate and promote the NJHS Group Service Projects. We will have one group project each semester.
b. Individual Service Projects-All members independently complete an additional 20hours of community service during their 8th grade year. This service may be completed for a church group, a scout group, a community volunteer effort, and/or opportunities offered at CTMS.
2. Scholarship: As an Honor Society, we have high expectations for academic performance. NJHS members must maintain an overall average of 90 each grading period.
3. Leadership: Members of NJHS act as student leaders, providing a positive role model to other CTMS students.
4. Citizenship: All members comply with school rules. Office referrals, detentions, or suspension for behavior issues are not acceptable for members of NJHS and could result in removal from the organization.
5. Character: Members of NJHS strive to develop the following character traits: responsibility, respect, patience, courage, caring, integrity, self-control, cooperation, and perspective.