National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is more than just honor roll. Rules for membership are based upon a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship. These criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.
A student must have a minimum average of 93 to be eligible. This average is based on grades in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Conduct. This average must be maintained while a student is a member of the NJHS.
A student should exhibit leadership roles in the school and in the community. Examples of leadership include, but are not limited to:
- Demonstrating initiative in school activities
- Exercising a positive influence on peers
- Ability to delegate responsibility
- Positive attitude
- Demonstrates reliability
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
Service is defined as the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit. Service contributions may have been made to the school, classmates, and/or the community. Examples of service include, but are not limited to:
- Providing dependable, well-organized assistance
- Works well with others
- Cheerfully renders services when asked
- Completes work without complaint
- Willingness to represent the school
- Participation in activities outside of school
- Courtesy to visitors, teachers, and students
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.
- Students must have attended Portmsouth Catholicl for at least one full semester before being eligible for selection.
- Membership is open to all students in grades 6-8 who are academically eligible.
- The selection process will be conducted at the conclusion of the second nine weeks.
- The Faculty council will receive input from other members of the faculty through the use of a faculty evaluation form.
- Selection will be determined by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.
- Students will be notified in writing of their selection to the PCRS Chapter of the NJHS.
- Will meet at least one a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members, and to consider nonselection, dismissal, other disciplinary actions, and warning cases.
- Will develop and revise, when necessary, all chapter procedures for selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.
- Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except that in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law (cheating, violence, theft, plagiarism, bullying, et al), a member does not necessarily have to be warned.
- The Faculty Council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings. In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council.
- For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.
- A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.