National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society at Kilmer Middle School
Contact: Liz Hild, Megan McCasland (NJHS Sponsors)
According to the NHS/NJHS website, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 and is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its establishment.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS (High School) and NJHS (Middle School). 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 challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Characteristics of an Exemplary NJHS Candidate
Scholarship means a commitment to learning. A student willing to spend hours in reading and studying, knowing the lasting benefits of a cultivated mind. Knowledge is one great element in life, which leads to the highest success, and it can be acquired in only one way... through diligence and effort. Candidates have the charge to continually expand their world through the opportunities inherent in scholarship.
Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school. In taking the initiative in class and school activities, the real leader strives to train and aid others to attain the same objective. The price of leadership is sacrifice... the willingness to yield one's personal interests for the interest of others. A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate.
Service can be described in various ways. In the routine of a day's work, many opportunities arise to help others. Willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without monetary compensation or without recognition is the quality we seek in our membership. We are committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow.
Character is achieved and not received. It is the product of constant action, daily striving to make the right choices. By demonstrating high qualities such as reliability, honesty, sincerity, and respect for others.
Citizenship is vital to the strength of our school. It requires effort and commitment. It is the willingness of each student to participate responsibly in classes, clubs, teams, and activities that occur at Kilmer Middle School
- Candidates for NJHS must have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.70. Initial enrollment is based on your 7th grade GPA.
- Candidates must complete all NJHS assignments by the deadline established by the NJHS committee.
- Candidates must be in 8th grade and show evidence of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship, and service.
- At least 15 hours of service must be completed in an approved service learning project, in addition to Civics hours.
Incorporating Service Learning into Education
Kilmer Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society focuses on Service Learning, using the model presented by FCPS Service Learning and The Complete Guide to Service Learning manual by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.
In order to realize the five components of NJHS: Citizenship, Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service, Kilmer’s NJHS uses a guided research-based learning method to help students address an authentic community need. Student initiative and structured time for reflection on the service experience are key elements. Students finish the year able to demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge in a Community Night at Kilmer, with a Service Learning Gallery and Induction into the National Junior Honor Society.
What Types of Service Learning Can Students Do?
Direct Service Learning
Activities directly affect and involve the recipients.
Indirect Service Learning
Students do not see the recipients, however, their actions benefit the community or environment as a whole. Preparation and evidence collection are also part of Indirect Service Learning.
Activities involve students finding, gathering, and reporting on information in the public interest. Preparation, evidence collection, and reflection activities are also part of Research.
Activities create awareness of or promote action on an issue of public interest.
Information included from The Complete Guide to Service Learning, Cathryn Berger Kaye