National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Twain Middle School

NJHS Sponsors: Jessica Harris - jharris@fcps.edu  |  Erin Murphy - esmurphy@fcps.edu

According to the 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. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible for membership in the NJHS at Key Middle School?

Students in 7th or 8th grade who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have followed the Twain Middle School tenets of respect, responsibility, and readiness will receive an application in early March. The application requires the completion of two essays and three teacher recommendations. All students who are accepted into the NJHS must sign an “Expectations Contract,” stating that they will maintain excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Service, & Character.

Who chooses inductees into the NJHS at Key Middle School?

After students fill out and return the required forms, their qualifications will be reviewed by the members of Twain's NJHS committee. The committee is a group of faculty members who make the final decision about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. Following their decision, parents and students will be notified of the final decisions and the procedures to be followed for the induction ceremony.

When are Induction Ceremonies held?

Twain Middle School holds the induction ceremony in the Spring.

What do you do in NJHS?

The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and perform service work. We have a general membership meeting for all NJHS members at the beginning of the school year. Normally, this will occur during our Advisory period. We will also review NJHS rules and expectations for members as well as go over an outline of the plans for the Chapter for the year. Student members are required to complete 6 hours of service, and all hours must be completed at Twain Middle School. Sponsors organize service activities for the students throughout the year.

Does membership in NJHS affect future membership in NHS (National Honor Society)?

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.

Characteristics of an Exemplary NJHS Candidate

Scholarship

Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale), as established by Twain Middle School’s Faculty Council, 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 positive attitudes about life. 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, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.

Citizenship

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.