The Seneca Middle School National Jr. Honor Society
In the Spring of 2012, a chapter of the National Jr. Honor Society was established at Seneca Middle School. The Seneca NJHS is founded on the principles of the National organization: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character and Citizenship. Students are invited to apply for membership during the 3rd quarter of the school year after demonstrating at least 1 semester of academic excellence. Students are first identified by their cumulative GPA, a minimum of 3.9 and given the opportunity to apply for membership.
Components of the application form give candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their Leadership skills, service to the community and school, character and citizenship via their activities. School records are used to further validate a candidates eligibility for admission. Endorsement from teachers and other school staff are also used in the selection process.
Our chapter of NJHS has a Faculty Advisory Committee that reviews policies and procedures; consults on chapter goals/projects and selects the new membership based upon all the information provided. A formal induction ceremony is held to welcome new members.
The Seneca National Jr. Honor society members must maintain their high GPA, participate in one school sponsored service project and one individual service project, and attend all meetings, to remain a member is good standings. In addition, all members are expected to demonstrate the 5 principles of the National Honor Society; scholarship, leadership, character, service and citizenship.
Meetings are held monthly and there are several school based activities that depend upon the membership for their success. They include: Open house in September; Conferences Bake Sale; Kiwanis Canned Food Drive; the Candy Cane Candy Gram Sale; The Pasta for Pennies Fundraiser; and the Seneca Awards Night. Each year, there may be one or more additional projects members support. This year, a Muscular Dystrophy Shamrock Sale took place.
We know NJHS isn't for everyone. Many students are very involved in other school or community activities and aren't able to participate in NJHS. This will not impact their ability to participate in NHS at the high school level. The two groups are independent of each other. But for those who have reached this level of success in so many ways, the Seneca National Jr. Honor Society is a great way to be involved at our school.