Welcome to the Swampscott Middle School NJHS website. Here you will find a lot of great information that explains the National Junior Honor Society, requirements of candidates/members, important dates, and printable forms.

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Remember 2 hours of community service per month is expected for current members. Members must hand in hours before or during monthly meetings.


National Junior Honor Society Meeting Dates

You will be reminded of meetings by school announcements, NJHS group texts, and/or emails. It is important that you make sure to clear your calendar to ensure attendance on these dates.

In the event that a meeting needs to be changed or canceled, you would receive group text and/or e-mail and it will be announced at school.

Missing a meeting for a sports event is NOT a valid excuse. Please tell your coach that you will NOT be at practice until after 3pm on our meeting date. It is your responsibility to ensure you are at the meetings.

Want to Become a Member of the Society?


(The above powerpoint is shown to grade 6 students at the end of the school year during advisory.)

The National Junior Honor Society (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, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.

Students at SMS are invited to become members of this prestigious society if they fit the qualifications below:

  • After completion of the first two marking periods, report cards of all 7th and 8th grade students will be examined by the society's advisors and faculty council to look for those scholars who have demonstrated academic excellence and demonstrate positive leadership and excelling character here at SMS . A student is considered if he/she has earned all A's and only one B or B+ in each term.
  • For those who meet the academic requirement, character, and leadership requirement, will then have their attendance and tardies in total for both terms checked. Anyone having 7 or more unexcused absences will not be asked to become a member. Absences will be excused are:

You were sick and gave the office a doctor’s note when you return to school.

There was a death in the family and you gave the office a note stating why you were absent.

Religious holiday and you gave the office a note stating why you were absent.

Other absence arranged in advance @ the Principal’s discretion


  • If students meet the requirements above they will then be invited to apply. Students will need demonstrate qualities of character and leadership by providing documentation of their involvement in the community. To be considered students must have documented that they have participated a minimum of 10 hours of community service and must take part in two or more activities/clubs inside or outside of school (one in which must be non-sports related). A letter of recommendation from a non-family adult (teacher, coach, religious educator) will also be required.
  • Once all forms are in, a panel of anonymous teachers called the Faculty Council will review the student applications. Upon the Faculty Council's recommendation, a student will be asked to join the NJHS or could be declined from acceptance. The society does not provide an appeal process as the Faculty Council has already gone through a rigorous selection process.

If you want to be a member of the NHJS, you need to do well in school, have good attendance, participate in community service activities through your middle school career, and display good character inside and outside of school.

Faculty Council looks through your application, attendance/tardiness records, and through teacher feedback for the following evidence:

The faculty and faculty council looks for a student who exercises leadership: 
· Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions 
· Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities
· Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
· Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school 
· Is able to delegate responsibilities 
· Exemplifies a positive attitude 
· Inspires positive behavior in others
· Demonstrates academic initiative 
· Demonstrates leadership in the classroom and in school activities 
· Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
The faculty council looks for a student who serves: 
· Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude 
· Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged; family duties
· Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance 
· Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
· Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
· Does committee and staff work uncomplainingly 
· Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students
The faculty council looks for a student of character: 
· Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously 
· Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability) 
· Upholds principles of morality and ethics 
· Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc. 
· Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability 
· Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
· Observes instructions and rules and practices punctuality and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom
· Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies 
· Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others 
· Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences 

The faculty council looks for a  student who demonstrates citizenship:
· Understands the importance of civic involvement 
· Has a high regard for freedom and justice and respects the American form of government 
· Demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs



The National Junior Honor Society Pledge

I pledge to myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Junior Honor Society to which I have been selected:

I will be true to the principles for which it stands;

I will be loyal to my school;

and I will maintain and encourage high standards of

scholarship, service, leadership, and character.