National Junior Honor Society

Information about the National Junior Honor Society at Franklin Middle School

NJHS Student

NJHS at Franklin

BACKGROUND

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization to recognize outstanding middle level students.  NJHS was established in 1929, and it serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. 

Becoming a member of The National Junior Honor Society is a multi-step process. Membership in NJHS is a privilege it is not a club of honor roll students.  Once the minimum GPA requirement has been met, qualifying students must submit an application to demonstrate their commitment to the pillars of NJHS (see below).

National Junior Honor Society students are expected to be outstanding ambassadors for our school. Each member is required to fulfill meaningful school service projects.   These students are also introduced to exclusive leadership and service opportunities which will contribute to their long-term academic goals and to the community as a whole.

7th GRADE INDUCTION

INDUCTION REQUIREMENTS - Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year:

  1. NEW GPA REQUIREMENT : 7th-grade students entering Franklin in the 2018-2019 school year must achieve a cumulative GPA of a 3.75 by the end of third quarter (April 2019) to qualify for membership.  The cumulative 3.75 GPA must be maintained through the 8th-grade year in order to participate in the final pinning ceremony in May 2020. 
  2. Students must maintain behavioral standards consistent with NJHS pillars.
  3. Qualifying students must complete an application (includes an essay) and sign a contract committing themselves to be active members and follow all guidelines.
  4. A payment of $15 to cover NJHS membership dues must be provided.

7th GRADE CEREMONY

Students who meet all the requirements above will be inducted into the NJHS in a formal ceremony after school in late May/early June to which parents/guardians are invited.  There is a mandatory rehearsal one week prior.

Once inducted, students must begin the process of acquiring 15 service hours at any FCPS school.  This is in addition to the requirement for 15 hours of service required for 8th-grade Civics classes.

8th GRADE PINNING

PINNING REQUIREMENTS - 2018-2019 school year:

  1. 8th grade students who have already been inducted (May, 2018) will be grandfathered in with the previous cumulative 3.5 GPA requirement.  The new GPA requirement only impacts students entering 7th grade during the 2018-2019 school year and forward.
  2. Students must maintain behavioral standards consistent with NJHS pillars.
  3. By April, 2019, students must complete the required 15 service hours at any FCPS school.  This is in addition to the requirement for 15 hours of service required for 8th grade Civics class.

8th GRADE CEREMONY

Students who meet all the requirements above will be pinned as a member of the NJHS in a formal ceremony after school in late May to which parents/guardians are invited. 

FAQ

If I am in 8th grade during the 2018-2019 school year, what is my GPA requirement?

Your requirement is to maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).  The new GPA requirement only impacts new 7th grade students.

If I am in 7th grade during the 2018-2019 school year, what is my GPA requirement?

Your requirement is to maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale).  This new requirement falls in line with NJHS national guidelines and bylaws.

Can I still apply to join my high school National Honor Society (NHS) even if I elected not to join NJHS at Franklin?

Yes. All students are invited to apply to their high school National Honor Society regardless of whether or not they participated in NJHS.  However, students must meet their high school GPA requirement before applying.  Please discuss requirements with the high school NHS advisor.

If I moved to the Franklin MS area, can I transfer my membership from my old school? 

Yes.  Students who have been admitted into the NJHS at their previous school and transfer to Franklin are eligible to be members of the Franklin chapter.  These students will be required to provide proof of their induction and continue to maintain Franklin’s GPA requirements.

NJHS PILLARS

Scholarship

Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) meet the scholarship requirement for membership.  These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character and citizenship.

Service

This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a students to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous and enthusiastic spirit.

Leadership

Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem-solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify a growth mindset.  Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character

A student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability and shows courtesy, concern and respect for others.

Citizenship

The student of good citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement.  They have a high regard for freedom, justice and respect for democracy. 

NJHS Advisor

NJHS Advisor