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 - 2020-2021 school year:

  1. GPA REQUIREMENT: 7th-grade students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.75 by the end of the third quarter 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 of their 8th-grade year. 
  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. NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on our ability to collect dues and on the potential family financial strain, member dues will be waived for the 2020-2021 school year only.

7th GRADE CEREMONY

UPDATE for 2020:  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the official induction ceremony for 7th-grade qualifying students will take place in the fall, 2020.   Anticipate that the ceremony may not look like it has in past years.  Details will be provided as soon as they have been determined.

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.  

NOTE: Normal service hours are 15 hours for the school year in service to Fairfax County Public Schools.  However, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of service hours may need to be re-evaluated in the fall.  If you submit your application and become a member, please go to the NJHS Google Classroom for updates throughout the year for more information.

8th GRADE PINNING

PINNING REQUIREMENTS

  1. Inducted 8th-grade students must maintain a 3.75 cumulative GPA by the end of the third quarter to qualify for the NJHS pin.
  2. Students must maintain behavioral standards consistent with NJHS pillars.
  3. By April 30, 2021, 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 the 8th-grade Civics class.
  4. NOTE: Normal service hours are 15 hours for the school year in service to Fairfax County Public Schools.  However, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of service hours may need to be re-evaluated in the fall.  If you submit your application and become a member, please go to the NJHS Google Classroom for updates throughout the year for more information.

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

How can I perform service hours if we are possibly in distance learning during 2020-2021?

Normal service hours are 15 hours for the school year in service to Fairfax County Public Schools.  However, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of service hours may need to be re-evaluated in the fall.  If you submit your application and become a member, please go to the NJHS Google Classroom for updates throughout the year.

When can I start service hours?

You may begin as soon as you are officially inducted in the fall of 2020.  If you submit your application and become a member, please go to the NJHS Google Classroom for updates throughout the year.

How do I find service hour opportunities?

You do!  Advisors will post SOME opportunities as they come to them, but YOU are ultimately responsible for SEEKING opportunities yourself.  Go ask your teachers!  Ask at the front office!  Call your elementary school and see if they need any help.  It’s easy and there are ALWAYS opportunities to help our schools!

Remember, members, not their parents, are responsible for making sure they are meeting ALL requirements for maintaining membership and qualifying to participate in the 8th-grade pinning.  Members are considered role-models and leaders and should take the leadership role in all aspects of NJHS membership.  The expectation is that parent involvement is minimal.

What types of activities count toward service hours?

Any service to a Fairfax County Public School.  Examples include: School-based events, helping teachers, peer tutoring, office help are all examples of what you can do to earn your hours.  

Community service, like soup kitchens, cleaning up a park, etc. may count toward Civics & Economics class Service Learning requirements, not NJHS.

What is my GPA requirement to be invited to become a member and to be pinned at the end of my 8th-grade year?

Your requirement is to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale).  

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 requirements 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.

Can I join NJHS in 8th grade?

No.  Membership in NJHS is only considered at the end of the 3rd quarter of the 7th-grade year.  After that, new members will not be considered UNLESS entering Franklin from another school in which the student was already a member.  Proof of that membership will be required. Usually, a copy of the induction certificate will be sufficient.

 

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 student 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 high regard for freedom, justice, and respect for democracy. 

NJHS Advisor

NJHS Advisor