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Communication will be sent to prospective 7th grade students (rising 8th grade students) who have qualified for membership.  Be certain to read the entire email and pay very close attention to the dates and times listed as NO exceptions to the deadlines will be made.

 

Congratulations! You have met or exceeded the minimum cumulative, non-rounded, grade point average and are being considered for admission into the National Junior Honor Society here at Marsteller Middle School.

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, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.

For further selection consideration into the National Junior Honor Society, you must complete the Middle Level NJHS Student Activity Form found in Canvas (link below) by Wednesday, May 4, 11:45 pm, at which time the Canvas link will be locked. Once this form has been submitted and reviewed, recommendation requests will be sent to your selected teachers.  A paper copy of this activity form is available only upon request and completed paper activity forms will need to be placed in a drop box located at Marsteller Middle School no later than Wednesday, May 4, 3:00 pm.

Final selections for the 2022-2023 National Junior Honor Society will be made on or before Friday, May 6, and you will be notified by email if admitted. An induction ceremony will be held at the end of May.

Congratulations once again and any questions regarding the Marsteller Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society can be addressed to its advisers, Mrs. Shannon Fennell, [email protected], Mrs. Shelly Sybertz, [email protected], or Mrs. LeeAnn Buchheit, [email protected].

 

Expectations for members of NJHS:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.0
  2. Attend all meetings with only 2 excused absences allowed
  3. Complete 9 service hours from induction in the fall through December 31
  4. Complete an additional 9 hours from January 1 through May 15
  5. Check Canvas site regularly to see updates for service hours and club information.
  6. Students in NJHS are the leaders at Marsteller and are expected to behave during school as well as during the meetings.  This includes showing the traits expected of an NJHS member:
    1. Character
    2. Scholarship
    3. Leadership
    4. Service
    5. Citizenship

Any questions about the application or membership in NJHS can be directed to Mrs. Fennell.

What is the criteria to become a member of NJHS? What are the requirements of membership?

Per PWCS Regulation 664-4 (updated June 12, 2019):

Membership Selection Criteria

I. The student must earn a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent standard of excellence at the end of the third nine-week grading period of the school year, and must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester. In extenuating circumstances, the semester rule may be waived by the faculty council.

II. The student must receive an overall faculty rating - average of 3.0 (non-rounded) on character, leadership, service, and citizenship based on a 4.0 scale.

A. Three teacher recommendation forms should be completed for each student.
B. At least two recommenders should be teachers of core academic classes.
C. At least two teacher recommenders should be current teachers.
D. A student may ask a community member to complete the third
recommendation.

III. Students may be asked to complete a personal statement or essay as a part of the selection process.

IV. Teachers will rate the student using the criteria on the attached rating form (see Attachment I or II) and forward the evaluation directly to the faculty council.

Membership Requirements:

I. Students recommended and approved for induction into the NJHS will be inducted in the spring of each year. Regardless of when the student is selected, he/she is expected to fulfill all obligations related to membership in the NJHS. A student who does not fulfill such obligations may be removed from membership in accordance with NJHS rules and regulations.

II. Students must maintain scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship expectations to maintain membership in the NJHS. Members who fall below these standards shall be warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, the member does not have to be provided warning.

III. Students who face dismissal shall have the right to a hearing by the faculty council and can appeal the decision to the building principal.

The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Marsteller Middle School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Students are selected after completing a candidate form, and then having 3 current year teachers (2 core and 1 non-core) complete an evaluation form.

Students in grades seven and eight are eligible for membership. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (non-rounded) or better on a 4.0 scale. Each spring those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Candidate Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service.

To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership.  These forms and the Candidate Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.

Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all five criteria that led to their selection

Students are expected to complete 18 hours of community service by the end of the school year.  Nine of the hours must be completed by December 31, 2021.  An additional 9 hours need to be completed between January 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022.  Opportunities for service hours will be provided throughout the school year as they arise and students will learn of these opportunities via Canvas.  Forms for service hours should be turned in once the service is completed (i.e. if you complete service hours in September, the form should be turned in at the October meeting).

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