RRMS National Junior Honor Society
Information about the National Junior Honor Society at Rocky Run Middle School
National Junior Honor Society at Rocky Run Middle School
Contact: Charlie Fontz (RRMS NJHS Sponsor)
According to the NHS/NJHS website, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 and is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its establishment.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS (High School) and NJHS (Middle School). NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
View Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is eligible for membership in the NJHS at Rocky Run?
In accordance with national standards set by the National Junior Honor Society, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. Students in 7th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 on a 4 point scale will receive an invitation to complete an application at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Students will then fill out and return the application forms which include student information and contract that are to be signed by both the student and parent. Applicants are also required to submit an essay and include a $15 check for their membership dues. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship), they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.
Who chooses inductees into the NJHS at Rocky Run?
After students fill out and return all of the required forms, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by the Rocky Run Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is a group of faculty members who make the final decision about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. Following the Faculty Council’s decision, parents and students will be notified of the final decisions and the procedures to be followed for the induction ceremony.
When are Induction Ceremonies held?
Rocky Run holds two Induction Ceremonies each school year. 7th graders are inducted at a ceremony in the Rocky Run gym during the 3rd Quarter, around mid to late March. Rocky Run holds an 8th grade Induction Ceremony during the 2nd quarter. Those 8th graders who are new to Rocky Run, who were not eligible, or did not respond to the invitation to apply for the March Induction and have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 will be invited to apply after the 1st quarter.
What do you do in NJHS?
The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and perform service work. We have a general membership meeting for all NJHS members at the beginning of the school year. Normally, this will occur on the first late bus day. At this meeting, students who are running for NJHS office will present themselves. We will also review NJHS rules and expectations for members as well as go over an outline of the plans for the Chapter for the year. Some of the activities completed over the past years have included canned food drives, toy and game collections for the National Children’s Hospital, book mark contests, support to the Fairfax County Homeless Shelter, and the making of blankets and toys for animal shelters. Student members are required to complete 30 hours of community service. Some of these service hours can be the same hours used for service learning in Civics.
What happens if a student maintains a 3.75 GPA and completes the 30 service hours?
NJHS members who maintain the minimum GPA of 3.75 and complete a minimum of 30 service hours will be awarded their NJHS pin at a Pinning Ceremony usually held in the Rocky Run Gym on the last Thursday in May. Those members failing to meet the GPA or service hour requirement will not be invited to participate in the Pinning Ceremony and will not receive their NJHS pin.
What is the importance of the NJHS pin?
The NJHS pin is the symbolic representation of that member’s fulfillment of all of the requirements of the Rocky Run Chapter and the National Organization. Receipt of this pin at the annual Pinning Ceremony is an important milestone for the student as it further shows that the student carried through in their commitments to themselves, their school, and community.
Does membership in NJHS affect future membership in NHS (National Honor Society)?
NJHS membership is separate from and not considered when students enter high school. Whether or not you join NJHS will not affect future membership in NHS. Please note that each high school has its own admission requirements.
How are NJHS Officers selected?
NJHS members wishing to run for one of the five (5) officer positions, (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Historian and Parliamentarian) will apply in writing. Application forms will be available on Blackboard and in the Library in September. Students will complete these forms by the due date and return to Mr. Fontz in the Library. At the General Membership meeting (to be held on the 1st late bus day in the first quarter), these applicants will introduce themselves, and read their prepared speech. Members will be instructed on the on-line voting procedures at this meeting. Once voting is complete (usually within five days), the officers will be announced and an NJHS Officer Installation Ceremony will take place at a location and time to be determined.
Can students who transfer to Rocky Run and who were admitted into the NJHS at their previous school join the RRMS NJHS?
Students who have been admitted into the NJHS at their previous school and transfer to Rocky Run are eligible to be members of the RRMS Chapter. These students will be required to provide proof of their induction. This proof can be a copy of the induction certificate, or an email or letter from the previous school. However, these students will be required to maintain the 3.75 cumulative GPA and complete 30 service hours.
Characteristics of an Exemplary NJHS Candidate
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale), as established by Rocky Run’s Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character and citizenship.
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.
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.
A 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.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement; has a high regard for freedom, justice, and respect for the American form of government; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.
Rocky Run Middle School National Junior Honor Society Chapter By-Laws
Article I: Name and Purpose
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of Rocky Run Middle School.
Section 2: The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship at Rocky Run Middle School.
Section 3: The National Junior Honor Society shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.
Article II: The Principal
Section 1: The principal or his designee shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 2: The principal or his designee shall annually appoint one or more chapter advisers, who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 3: The principal, or his designee, shall be a part of the local school district appeal process for non-selection or dismissal cases.
Article III: The Chapter Adviser(s)
Section 1: The chapter Adviser(s) shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2: The chapter adviser(s) shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter adviser(s) shall send the annual activity to the national office.
Section 3: The chapter adviser(s) shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 4: The chapter adviser(s) shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
Article IV: Selection of Members
Section 1: Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of 3.75. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Section 2: The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.
Section 3: A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication which is widely available, in a timely fashion, to all students and parents of the school. The selection procedure shall be determined by the Faculty Council and shall be consistent with the rules and regulations of the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 4: The National Council and the NASSP shall not review the judgment of the Faculty Council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters.
Article V: Faculty Council
Section 1: The Faculty Council shall consist of at least five (5) voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal or his designee. No principal may be included on the Faculty Council.
Section 2: The term of the Faculty Council shall be one (1) year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 3: The chapter adviser(s) shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the Faculty Council.
Section 4: The Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to select members and consider dismissal, non-selection, and warning cases.
Article VI: Membership
Section 1: Final membership is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a majority vote of the Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship.
Section 2: The Faculty Council shall reserve the right to award an honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, National Junior Honor Society advisers, or other adults in recognition of outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purpose of the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 3: Candidates become members when they are inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 4: A National Junior Honor Society member, who transfers from another school and brings a letter from the former principal or chapter adviser, shall be accepted automatically as a member in the Rocky Run Chapter. Transfer members must meet Rocky Run’s standards within one semester in order to retain their membership.
Section 5: Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
Article VII: Discipline/Dismissal
Section 1: The Faculty Council, in compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Junior Honor Society, will develop a dismissal procedure. A written description shall be available to interested parties.
Section 2: Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned (in writing) by the chapter adviser(s) and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency (one quarter). In the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws, a member does not have to be warned.
Section 3: The Faculty Council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.
Section 4: In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have the right to written notification of charges and a hearing before the Faculty Council.
Section 5: A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.
Section 6: The National Council and the NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.
Article VIII: Nomination and Election of Officers
Section 1: The officers of this chapter shall be president, vice-president, secretary, historian, and parliamentarian.
Section 2: Officers shall be elected at a regular meeting of the chapter (time, methods, and procedures to follow).
Article IX: Officer’s Duties and Responsibilities
Section 1: Duties of the President
- Meet with sponsors to plan activities, meeting agendas, service projects
- Lead NJHS meetings
- Coordinate communication with NJHS Teacher Liaisons
- Divide and delegate the responsibilities of NJHS officers
- Assist the coordination of and officiate at NJHS ceremonies (pinning and 7th grade induction).
Section 2: Duties of the Vice-President
- Meet with sponsors to plan activities, meeting agencies, service projects
- Help with member coordination—maintain a NJHS bulletin board in adviser(s) room(s)
- Help to lead and facilitate meetings
- Coordinate communication with NJHS Teacher Liaisons
- Work with team of officers in delegating tasks and responsibilities
Section 3: Duties of the Secretary
- Record minutes and report past meeting minutes to NJHS members
- Help organize paperwork for service hour projects
- Help with member coordination—maintain an NJHS bulletin board in adviser(s) room(s)
- Plan and participate in induction ceremonies
- Work with team of officers in delegating tasks and responsibilities
Section 4: Duties of the Historian
- Record and save details and publications of all NJHS activities
- Photograph members and activities of NJHS
- Design and organize an official Rocky Run Middle School scrapbook to be forwarded to succeeding classes at RRMS
- Utilize RRMS technology (digital cameras, computers, A/V equipment) to produce a historical and comprehensive account of NJHS
Section 5: Duties of the Parliamentarian
- Meet with the other officers and faculty advisers prior to meetings.
- Help maintain order during meetings.
- Answer any questions regarding proper procedures.
- Make sure the officers are following Robert’s Rules of Order – make helpful suggestions/corrections when necessary.
Article X: Executive Committee
Section 1: The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter adviser(s).
Section 2: The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings, make recommendations to the chapter and determine and perform such other duties as specified in the chapter by-laws. All actions and recommendations of the executive committee shall be subject to the review of the chapter membership.
Section 3: The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.
Article XI: Meetings
Section 1: The chapter can meet up to twice per month on the “Academic” day.
Section 2: Special meetings approved by the executive committee may be called by the president.
Section 3: The Chapter Executive Committee shall conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order in all points not expressly provided for in these by-laws.
Article XII: Activities
Section 1: The chapter shall be involved in one or more service projects during the school year.
Section 2: Each member shall be involved in (a) service project(s) as approved by the chapter adviser(s).
Section 3: Each member shall complete a minimum of 30 service hours of work. Those students inducted at the Winter Induction Ceremony are required to complete a minimum of 15 service hours. Students may start performing service hours once they have been inducted.
Section 4: Service hours may be performed in the school, neighborhood or community. The service you perform should be something that is not normally expected of you – that is, not one of your usual responsibilities. You cannot be paid in any way for your service. You can do anything that will benefit your school, neighborhood or community. For service provided to neighbors, there must be a sense of community support for the hours to count. For example, it is not considered community service if you baby-sit so that the parents can go to the movies. If you offer to baby-sit so that the parents can attend church or a meeting, and could not otherwise afford a sitter, that would be considered an appropriate service. Raking leaves or shoveling the driveway of an elderly or sick neighbor would be appropriate, but offering to do the same for a healthy neighbor would not. Other venues which would be appropriate for completion of service hours are: a Fairfax County Public School elementary, middle or high school; a Fairfax County Public Library; or a public school in another county or jurisdiction.
Section 5: Proof of service hour completion will be submitted using the x2VOL Reporting System. Instructions for joining x2VOL are available on the RRMS Blackboard site. Additionally, there is a Rocky Run Middle School National Junior Honor Society Proof of Service certificate available on the RRMS Blackboard site for student use. While the x2VOL Reporting System is the primary means of reporting service hours, all NJHS students are encouraged to keep a paper record of their service hours. This paper copy is not only a back-up to the electronic version, but also provides an alternate means of verifying service hours. The person for whom the member provided the service will sign the form and provide contact information (phone number and/or email address) for the service hours to count toward the student’s service hour requirement. At no time will parental signatures be accepted to replace the contact person’s signature and/or contact information. A separate form containing the pertinent information may be signed by the contact person and then stapled to the Proof of Service Certificate for submission.
Article XIII: Amendments
Section 1: The Faculty Council, sponsor(s), and administrative team reserve the right to examine concerns and issues on a case-by-case basis and to amend these by-laws accordingly.
Section 2: At no time may any other governing body amend these chapter by-laws.
Section 3: If a change is needed to the existing by-laws, the change and the reason for the change must be received in writing by the Faculty Council.
Section 4: The change and the reason for change will be read and reviewed at the next Faculty Council meeting and a vote will be taken.
(Amended, August 2017)