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.



Rosalie Hobbs Room 118 - Math hobbs@swampscott.k12.ma.us

Jaclyn Wilson Room 218 - jwilson@swampscott.k12.ma.us


NJHS Community Service Hours Form:

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


All meetings are held in Room 118 at 2:30 sharp. 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 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 as follows:

  • 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 to look for those scholars who have demonstrated academic excellence. High Honors for both first and second terms is the minimum grade requirement.
  • For those who meet the academic requirement, their attendance and tardies in total for both terms will then be checked. Anyone having 7 or more unexcused absences will not be asked to become a member. (Unexcused absences are those absences that do not have a medical excuse from a doctor). Anyone having 10 or more tardies will not be asked to become a member.
  • Students will then 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 (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/tardie records, and through teacher feedback for the following evidence:

The 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





NJHS Candidacy Form I: Student Activity Information

NJHS Candidacy Form II: Essay

NJHS Candidacy Form III: Recommendation

What is National Junior Honor Society?

Established in 1929

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 serve 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 their beginnings 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)

Who is eligible for NJHS?

At Swampscott Middle School, 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. That means, students in 7th or 8th grade with the first two consecutive terms of high honors

( 2 marking periods of all A's on your report cards) will receive an invitation to fill out an candidacy forms. Students will then fill out the candidacy forms to give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their academic standards (scholarship), they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.

Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?

After students fill out the candidacy forms and the required recommendation form from a teacher and/or other adults, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by our Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is an anonymous group of faculty members who make final decisions about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. 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.

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. Also, becoming involved in school clubs and activities, following all school rules and being a great role model for other students will start you on the right track to becoming a member of the NJHS Swampscott Middle School Chapter. In addition, out side 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. Things like car washes, fundraisers, leadership retreats, and team building activites are all ideas that have been discussed, but plans will not be made until our chapter members are inducted this spring.


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.