National Junior Honor Society
Carthage Middle School
Selection Process Description
The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Carthage Middle School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NJHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each spring.
Students in the second semester of seventh grade or in grade eight are eligible for membership. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 89.500 for school work in 6th grade and beyond. Each student must also currently be in good standing academically in each class with a passing 20 week marking period grade of 75% or higher. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school and/or community service are required. For consistency, the Faculty Council will determine which leadership and service activities are acceptable.
To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s character, and citizenship. Students are evaluated on their character in school continuously. To get into NJHS, students are held to very high standards. Character includes, but is not limited to: lying, cheating, how you treat others, stealing, responsibility, finishing assignments on time, and trustworthiness, all in and out of school (If the faculty also have knowledge of a candidates service or leadership activities, they may also comment on these criterion.) The faculty comments and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule. For consistency, the Faculty Council will determine which students meet the character and citizenship criterion.
Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all five criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, and participation in the chapter service project(s), as well as individual service project(s). Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter adviser(s), Mrs. Lisa O’Meara or Ms. Tracy Farr, through the school email, or by phone at 493-5020.
Updated January 2017