National Junior Honor Society

Kenedy Middle School inducted the first members into the newly formed National Junior Honor Society on Monday, March 24, 2014 in the KMS gymnasium.  We are very proud of the young men and women with their achievements. 

                                                                                                                                                                       

2017 Kenedy Middle School National Junior Honor Society

 

What is National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Established in 1929The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS and NJHS. 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. www.nhs.us.

 

Who is eligible for NJHS?

At KMS, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. Students going into 7th or 8th grade with a cumulative GPA 90% in all-academic courses, as well as an end of year all A/B honor roll status, no attendance issues, and good conduct will receive an invitation of eligibility to fill out a student information packet. Students will then fill out the packet to 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 a student information packet and the required recommendation forms from a teacher and one other adult, our Faculty Council will review all of their qualifications. The Faculty Council is a group of 5 faculty members who make 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.

 

Discipline and Dismissal Procedures

These are found in Article IV of our bylaws on the Kenedy NJHS website or KMS library.

 

What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?

Scholarship: Students, who have a cumulative grade point average of 90%, as well as an end of year all A/B honor roll status, as established by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character and citizenship

Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, reliable, 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. The student is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions; Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals.

Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary, dependable and well-organized contributions made by the student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit. Works well with others. Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.

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. Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously. Must never have served OSS, ISS or DAEP and has had no more than two behavioral incidents (lunch detention).

Citizenship: Respects freedom, justice, and the American form of government. Also, demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.

 

What do you do in NJHS

The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and do services other than that, the activities are up to the NJHS members and Executive Council. This can include service projects like car washes, fundraisers, leadership retreats, and team building 

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