The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Chapter of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of the prestigious national organization (NHS). Membership is open to those students in grades seven and eight who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character. The standard for selection is established by the national office of NJHS and has been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students do not apply for this organization. A faculty council bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty each trimester.
NJHS requires that students earn an overall grade percentage average of 89.5% or higher in the 5 main subjects, as well as in independent reading and effort and responsibility. In order to maintain membership and not be disqualified students must earn a 79.5% or higher in Spanish and a 70% or credit in all other courses. Students who meet the academic requirements will be evaluated by the faculty council for acceptance into NJHS. To evaluate a candidate’s character, leadership and citizenship, the faculty council uses the student’s report card, disciplinary records, and overall conduct in and out of class. Students selected for membership are inducted at the Fall Recognition Assembly and at the First and Second trimester awards assemblies. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, 10 hours of service per trimester, and participation in the chapter service project(s).
The members of the National Junior Honor Society are selected from the seventh and eighth grade classes using criteria based on scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Students who wish to be members of this prestigious organization must show a dedication to community service, leadership in school organizations, and exemplary character. Applicants qualify in the fall of their seventh grade year by having a Grade Percentage Average of 89.5% or higher. National Junior Honor Society members participate in a variety of activities in order to assist the school and the community.
Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 89.5 percent or higher, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.
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. Students who are accepted into membership must complete a minimum of 10 community service hours each trimester. These hours may only be for NJHS and may not be used to fulfill requirements for any other organization.
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. Students meet this requirement by maintaining a conduct grade of 86.5% or higher.
Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.