National Junior Honor Society
Information about the National Junior Honor Society at Franklin Middle School
According to the NHS/NJHS website, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 and is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. NJHS serves to recognize 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 establishment.
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.
The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and perform service work. Some of the activities completed over the past years have included canned food drives, toy and game collections for the National Children’s Hospital, book mark contests, support to the Fairfax County Homeless Shelter, and the making of blankets and toys for animal shelters. Student members are required to complete 30 hours of community service. Some of these service hours can be the same hours used for service learning in Civics.
In accordance with national standards set by the National Junior Honor Society, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in scholarship.
- Students in 7th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4 point scale will receive an invitation to complete an application at the end of the 3rd quarter.
- Students complete and return the application forms which include student information and contract that are to be signed by both the student and parent.
- Applicants are also required to submit an essay and include a $15 check for their membership dues.
- Applicants also must agree to perform 15 service hours at Franklin or any feeder school (elementary or high school).
- Students must go through this application process in order to be considered for membership. A 3.50 GPA is one portion of the qualification process.
Franklin holds two Induction Ceremonies each school year.
- 7th graders are inducted at a ceremony in the Franklin gym during the 4th Quarter, around May/June.
- 8th graders who maintain their high academic standing throughout their 8th grade year, complete all service hours by the deadline and participate actively as member will be “pinned” at the end of their 8th grade year in a Pinning Ceremony in June.
The NJHS pin
The NJHS pin is the symbolic representation of that member’s fulfillment of all of the requirements of the Rocky Run Chapter and the National Organization. Receipt of this pin at the annual Pinning Ceremony is an important milestone for the student as it further shows that the student carried through in their commitments to themselves, their school, and community.
NJHS versus the National Honor Society (NHS)
NJHS membership is separate from and not considered when students enter high school. Whether or not you join NJHS will not affect future membership in NHS. Please note that each high school has its own admission requirements.
Students who have been admitted into the NJHS at their previous school and transfer to Franklin are eligible to be members of the FMS Chapter. These students will be required to provide proof of their induction. This proof can be a copy of the induction certificate, or an email or letter from the previous school. However, these students will be required to maintain the 3.50 cumulative GPA and complete 15 service hours.
Characteristics of an Exemplary NJHS Candidate
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (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.
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.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
A student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement; has a high regard for freedom, justice, and respect for the American form of government; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.