Helen and Thomas Kelly Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools at Bishop McGann-Mercy Jr. High School 2016 Basic Procedure and Deadlines: Students may not just apply for membership in the National Junior Honor Society. Membership is granted only to those students who qualify and who are selected by the faculty. Parents and students will be notified by April 22nd if they meet the Academic standard for ALL core subjects. (Section 1 and 2 of NJHS Handbook.) On April 25th, students who qualify will be provided an application. The application must be filled out and handed in to Ms. Sapio NO LATER than May 9th. Applications placed in mailboxes or turned in to homeroom teachers will NOT be accepted. Also, late applications will NOT be accepted. (Section 2 of NJHS Handbook.) A panel of teachers will meet and students accepted will be notified by May 27th. (Section 2 of NJHS Handbook.) The induction will take place at the 8th Grade Medallion Ceremony on June 16th. Any questions please call Ms. Camillery at ext. 354 or email her at [email protected] Who is eligible for NJHS? Students will first qualify for an invitation to apply through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. This means, students in 7th or 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 90 in all core subjects will receive an invitation to fill out an information sheet. Students will then fill out the information sheet and give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship), they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS. Who chooses inductees into the NJHS? After students fill out an information sheet and the required recommendation forms from teachers, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by our Faculty Council. They Faculty Council is an anonymous group of faculty members who make the 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. Once accepted into the NJHS what are my obligations? Attend the NJHS induction ceremony in June Participate in the NJHS club the following school year Attend activities sponsored by NJHS Maintain your GPA to a 3.5 or higher or risk losing your membership What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like? Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 90 and a 90 or above in all core classes. Core classes are: Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Religion, and Foreign Language. 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 positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. Character: The 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, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. Citizenship: The student understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and respect of the American form of government. Student demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and social clubs. ARTICLE IX: SELECTION OF MEMBERS (Excerpt taken from National Junior Honor Society Handbook) Section 1. To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a member of those classes (second semester sixth grade, seventh grade, eighth grade, or ninth grade) designated as eligible in the chapter bylaws. (Ninth graders in a 9-12 school may not be inducted into either NJHS or NHS, nor can that school operate a chapter of NJHS as per these guidelines and those of the National Honor Society.) Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester. 2 Section 2. The national minimum standard for scholarship shall be a cumulative scholastic average of at least 90 percent or the equivalent standard of excellence. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship. 3 Section 3. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser shall review with the principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations. Section 4. A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication that is widely available in a timely fashion to all students and parents of the school. The selection procedure shall be determined by the Faculty Council and shall be consistent with the rules and regulations of NJHS.