7th and 8th grade students at the Union Township Middle School become eligible candidates for the UTMS NJHS after completing the first two marking periods providing they meet specific criteria.If a 7th or 8th grade student has maintained a B or better average in ALL subjects upon completion of the third marking period, he or she will be notified by mail. This notification is typically scheduled just prior to the end of the third marking period. Eligible students are given the option of completing an application for the NJHS. The fact that a student has been identified as eligible, and provided with an application, does not guarantee acceptance.Acceptance into the UTMS NJHS is determined by a Faculty Council shortly after the third marking period is completed. If a student, originally determined as eligible, no longer meets the grading requirement upon completion of the third marking period (i.e., his or her grade point average, in any subject, has fallen below the B or better requirement) then he or she is no longer eligible. In addition to the grading requirement, students must fulfill service and leadership requirements. Details of the specific requirements are provided in package/application provided to the eligible candidates.Please contact the UTMS NJHS advisor with any questions or concerns!The following general NJHS information is from the NJHS website - www.nhs.usScholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set 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, 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.
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.
Specific standards for these criteria may vary from one school to the next. Such variations are acceptable as long as they do not fall below the national standards set by the National Council of the NHS and NJHS. All chapters are required to write down the criteria and procedures used in their local selection processes. The Honor Society adviser maintains copies of the local procedures and has them available upon request. Any student in grades 10 through 12 in a school with both an official charter of the National Honor Society and an affiliation with the national office is eligible for consideration for membership in NHS. For NJHS, any student in the second semester of the sixth grade or grades 7 through 9 in a school with both an official charter of the National Junior Honor Society and an up-to-date affiliation with the NJHS national office is eligible for consideration for membership in NJHS.
Once a school has established a chapter, all membership selection for individual students is handled through the local school chapter.