National Junior Honor Society
September 8, 2020
Dear STM Middle School Prospective Members and Parents,
As you begin the early stages of greater independence and responsibility as a middle school student at STM, you may discover that you excel in your studies, have an interest in leadership and service, and have a thirst for challenge and accomplishments. Membership in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) may be an ideal fit for you!
Students in grades 6-8 who meet the requirements are eligible to be invited for membership. The qualifications for membership are based on the five pillars of NJHS:
Scholarship: Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have achieved an 85 average, or Second Honors.
Service: This involves voluntary service contributions to the school or community, done without compensation, separate from service hours required for Confirmation, Scouts, etc. Students will work on an STM NJHS service project together, and perform service independently, to meet this requirement.
Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be gained in school or community activities while working with and for others.
Character: The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and maintains a clean disciplinary record.
Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects democracy; recognizes that citizens follow laws at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.
Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete an
application detailing their accomplishments in, and commitment to, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter in January should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings and member attendance obligations. Members must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community.
We look forward to getting started! What should you do first? The first requirement, Scholarship, is First or Second Honors at the end of the first trimester. This is one you can start working on right away! You should do your best in your classes by staying current with your assignments, and studying for tests and quizzes. What else? Demonstrate good Character and Citizenship. At the end of the first trimester, students in Grades 7-8 will be invited to apply for membership. Students in Grade 6 are eligible for consideration after the second trimester of 6th grade.
Mrs. Davis, Principal Mrs. Nelda Thomas, Assistant Principal
Mrs. James and Mrs. Morgan, St. Thomas More Cathedral School Chapter Co-Advisors