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Silver Spring International Middle School
National Junior Honor Society
Welcome to the SSIMS NJHS website! 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.
NJHS Sponsor- Mr. Bostic (Joseph_D_Bostic@mcpsmd.org)
What is National Junior Honor Society?
Established in 1929, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the nation's premier organizations 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, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.
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! Some examples include, but are not limited to, walkathons to raise money for cancer research, providing hygiene supplies to a Pantry, and car washes to raise money for charity.
Each student has the opportunity to select his/her own service projects each nine weeks that best reflect his/her personal interests.
What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?
Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale), as established by the local school's NJHS Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. 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, 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.
Who is eligible for NJHS?
At SSIMS, 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 3.3 on an 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), does not mean they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.
How do I become a member?
Please click on Forms and Documents for an application.