National Junior Honor Society
The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship.
¨ Students in seventh grade who have been enrolled at TAMS for at least one semester are eligible for membership consideration.
¨ Students’ cumulative academic records shall be reviewed at the end of the second marking period to determine scholastic eligibility.
¨ Eligible students will be notified in a letter from the chapter adviser and will be invited to participate in the selection process.
¨ The student/parent consent form must be signed and returned by the designated due date and candidates must attend a meeting with the adviser on the date specified.
¨ The chapter adviser will request information on each candidate from the faculty.
¨ Candidates must complete the Student Activity Information Form and submit it by the designated due date. This form should provide description and verification of a minimum of five hours of service within a one-year period.
¨ Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from a non-related
adult who has known them for at least two years.
¨ The faculty council shall review information on each candidate. A majority vote is needed for selection.
¨ A list of candidates will be provided to the principal for final approval.
¨ Notification of selection or non-selection will be in the form of a letter from the adviser.
¨ New members will be inducted at a special ceremony.
Criteria for Membership
To be eligible for membership, the student must have a cumulative average of 90.00 or above. This will be determined based on the school’s computer grading system. Attendance and disciplinary records must be satisfactory.
The student of character:
· Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
· Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (e.g., cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
· Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
· Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
· Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
· Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
· Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing an unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
· Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment
The student who serves:
· Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
· Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
· Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
· Is willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition
· Does committee and staff work without complaint
· Participates in some activity outside of school (e.g., Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, religious groups, volunteer services for elderly, poor, or disadvantaged)
· Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
· Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
The student who exercises leadership:
· Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
· Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
· Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit
· Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
· Is able to delegate responsibilities
· Exemplifies positive attitudes
· Inspires positive behavior in others
· Demonstrates academic initiative
· Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
· Conducts business effectively and efficiently
· Demonstrates reliability and dependability
· Is a leader in the classroom, at work, or in other school or community activities
· Is dependable in any responsibility accepted.
The student who demonstrates citizenship:
· Understands the importance of civic involvement
· Has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U. S. form of government; and respects the laws
· Demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement in activities
Attention to personal responsibility is a reflection of a student’s character. This is a quality important to membership selection.
Materials must be handed in by designated due dates.
Chapter adviser: Mrs. Megan Frantz
Tamaqua Middle School