The Rucker-Stewart Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is currently being established. Eligible candidates must demonstrate the requirements of excellence found in the five pillars of NJHS; Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship, and Character. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Time-line for Invitation, Induction, Award
Candidates will receive an invitation to join on either Monday, March 27, 2017. Applications and dues must be returned by Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The induction ceremony is Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Eligibility by Grade
Students must be in their second semester of sixth or seventh grade for consideration. Because our school is in the transition of joining the NJHS, this is the only time current eighth grade candidates are eligible to join and receive awards in May 2017. Please note that in traditional 9-12 high schools, ninth graders are not eligible for NJHS membership.
Qualifications for membership
Nominations for membership are based on the five pillars of NJHS:
Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence (in core academic subjects)
Service involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of government; respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.
Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete an application form detailing accomplishments.
Honor Your Future Now
NJHS membership is an outstanding opportunity to develop the habits and standards so important to success in high school, college, and a career. Think of it as making yourself #futuready. As an NJHS member, you’ll have exclusive access to robust tools and resources:
- College admission and financial aid planningoptions, including webinars and a mini-website called Honor Your Future Now, which you can browse by yourself or with your family for college preparation tips
- Help with financing your college education through the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award, which each year recognizes 500 exceptional NJHS members who best reflect the values of membership with a college savings award
- Service projects, both by the chapter and individual, allow you to build teamwork capabilities, hone project management aptitude, and make friends—all valuable life skills and requirements for the TN Promise Scholarship.
- Leadership development, motivation, and inspiration gained through your own chapter's work as well as three LEAD Conferences and NJHS State Summits held in select locations annually
Understanding the Obligations of Membership
Students who are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, maintaining your GPA, attending chapter meetings, and participating in chapter and individual service projects benefiting school and community, totaling at least 10 hours. The chapter bylaws will articulate the yearly meeting schedule and member attendance obligations.
Candidate application process
It is highly recommended that all students who are interested in completing the form make a copy to practice on. The candidacy form must be completed and accompanied by the $15 membership dues by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Induction into the National Junior Honor Society is a prestigious distinction awarded only to the most deserving students. Candidates who are accepted will receive an invitation by Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to the Induction Ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017.
Faculty Advisors: Mrs. Robinson, 6th Grade: Mrs. Brent, 7th Grade: Mr. Trull and Ms. Gurchiek, and
8th Grade: Mrs. Carlin