Welcome to the CMS National
    Junior Honor Society Webpage!
    Advisor:  Thomas Hayman
    Co-Advisor: Carla Ream
     Candidates will be notified of eligibility in late January/early February
    2021-22 NJHS OFFICERS:
    Vice President: 
    Coming soon...

    Centreville Middle School Chapter of the

    National Junior Honor Society


    Welcome to the CMS NJHS webpage.  Here you will find a lot of great information that explains the National Junior Honor Society, requirements of candidates and members, important dates, and printable forms.  


    What is National Junior Honor Society?

    Established in 1929


    The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serve to honor 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 their beginnings in 1929.

    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.


    Who is eligible for NJHS?

     At CMS, 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.  That means, students in 7th or 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale will receive an invitation to fill out an information sheet. Students will then fill out the information sheet to give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.  Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship), they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.


    Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?

      After students fill out 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 is an anonymous group of faculty members who make final decisions about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS.  The Faculty Council also serves as the group who 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 sponsors do not have a vote on the Faculty Council and will not be making any decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or dismissal.


    What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?

           Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), as established by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship for NJHS.

    Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

    Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who 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 grader, what can I do to become a better candidate for NJHS in 7th and 8th grade?

      One of the best things you can do as a 6th grader is to have really strong grades.  You should work hard every day in school because as a 7th grade inductee, you will qualify in the area of scholarship based on your grades in 6th grade!  Also, becoming involved in school clubs and activities, following all school rules and being 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?   

          The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and do service.  Other than that, the activities are up to the NJHS members.  Things like school awareness programs, volunteer drives, service projects, etc. are all decided upon through the school year by the NJHS officers and members.


    • FAQs

      How do I join?

      Membership in the Chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student.  Students must meet all selection criteria to be members of this organization.  Membership is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship.  Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. 

      If I meet the grade requirements, am I automatically in?

      No.  GPA is only one of several criteria that a student must meet in order to be selected. Please refer to the previous question for a list of membership requirements.


      When are invitations handed out?

      Candidates who are selected for membership will be notifies of their selection sometime in late January-early February.  An induction ceremony will be held shortly thereafter to formally admit the candidates into NJHS.  Candidates are not considered to be members until and unless they have been inducted.


      What if I’m a transfer student who was in NJHS at my old school?

      A National Junior Honor Society member who transfers from another school and brings documentation to the CMS Chapter Advisor shall be accepted automatically as a member in the CMS Chapter.  Transfer members must meet the Chapter's standards within one semester in order to retain membership.


      What happens if I fail to live up to the NJHS standards after I become a member?

      Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the Chapter Advisor.  A copy of the warning shall be signed by the member and his or her parent and returned to the Chapter Advisor.  The member shall be placed on probation and given one quarter to correct the deficiency.  In case of flagrant violation of the school rules or civil laws a member is subject to immediate dismissal.  More detailed information will be given to students upon their selection. 

      What is the time commitment involved?

      Each member shall complete a minimum of six hours of service each year.   A portion of these hours must be completed in service to Centreville Middle School's group service project.  Service projects will usually involve time before and/or after school.  The hours must be documented and the documentation turned into the Chapter Advisor.

      We will also have chapter meetings at least once each month.  These meetings will be held after school.  All members are expected to attend.

      Members who are elected as officers will have a greater time commitment.  Information about officer elections will be given out during one of the first few meetings.


      If I’m not in NJHS, can I still be in National Honor Society (NHS) in high school?

      YES!  Selection for NHS in high school is 

      not based on NJHS membership.  Students who meet their school’s requirements for NHS membership are eligible to join, regardless of their NJHS affiliation.
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