Trailside Middle School
National Junior Honor Society
Welcome to the TMS NJHS webpage. Please watch this video and read the information below to learn about the National Junior Honor Society at our school and the requirements for candidates and members.
What is the National Junior Honor Society?
The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle-level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. 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 also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to encourage responsible citizenship, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
TMS NJHS Eligibility Requirements:
At TMS, 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. Eighth-grade students who have earned all A's (A-, A, or A+) as the final grade for all of their semester- and year-long courses (including PE and all encore classes) for 6th and 7th grades and all A's (A-, A, or A+) for the first quarter of 8th grade (including PE and all encore classes/electives) will receive an invitation to apply. Students will be asked to give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.
Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?
After students submit an information sheet and the required recommendation forms from teachers and/or other adults, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by our Faculty Council. The Faculty Council, comprised of faculty members appointed by their Department Chairs, makes final decisions regarding who among the NJHS candidates are chosen as TMS NJHS Inductees. The Faculty Council also 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. The NJHS Chapter Advisers, aka Teacher Sponsors, do not have a vote on the Faculty Council and do not make decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or dismissal.
What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?
Scholarship: Eighth-grade students who have earned all A's (A-, A, or A+) as the final grade for all of their semester- and year-long courses (including PE and encore classes/electives) for 6th and 7th grades and for the first quarter of 8th grade will receive an invitation to apply. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character (and citizenship for NJHS).
Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community. Student contributions are completed without compensation in a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic manner.
Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and 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.
If I'm a 6th or 7th grader, what can I do to become a better candidate for NJHS in 8th grade?
One of the best things you can do as a 6th and 7th grader is to have really strong grades. You should work hard every day in school because as an 8th grader, you will qualify in the area of scholarship based on the grades you have earned in middle school! Also, becoming involved in school clubs and activities, following all school rules, and serving as a great role model for other students will give you strong teacher recommendations. In addition, outside of school, you can begin to track community service hours (work in which you don't receive some kind of pay) in order to strengthen your information sheet.
What do you do in NJHS?
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. The chapter bylaws articulate the yearly meeting schedule and member attendance obligations. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. Each inductee will be required to volunteer 10 hours by the end of the school year.
Trailside Middle School NJHS Sponsors: Mrs. Lisa Dolinich, Dr. Rose Weitzner, Mrs. Terri Colbert