NJHS Official Colors: Blue and White NJHS Official Flower: White Rose NJHS Official Motto – Light Is the Symbol of Truth. National Junior Honor Society Pledge I pledge myself to uphold The high purposes of the National Junior Honor Society. I will be true to the principles For which it stands. I will be loyal to my school And will maintain and encourage High standards of the following ideals: Scholarship, leadership, service and character. Introduction The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Epic Charter Schools is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NJHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school. There is no right to membership. It is a privilege bestowed upon a student by the faculty of the school. Criteria for Selection Click here to download the NJHS Application Pack. Word Doc Scholarship Students in the 7th or 8th grades or within the second semester of 6th grade who have attended at least one semester at Epic are eligible for membership. A student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA better on a 4.0 scale. Those students who meet this criterion are invited by the Chapter Adviser to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership, citizenship, character and service. Parent or Teacher nominations are not accepted. Leadership Students selected for National Junior Honor Society demonstrate achievement in leadership. They have led in more than one capacity, and their experience includes leadership of their peers and their community. Aspects of leadership: Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions. Exercises positive influence on peers. Contributes ideas for improvements within the community and/or school environments. Is able to delegate responsibilities. Exemplifies positive attitudes. Inspires positive behavior in others. Demonstrates academic initiative. Demonstrates reliability and dependability. Service In order to be selected for National Junior Honor Society, students must have experience with and commitment to school and/or community service. Students selected have participated in more than one service project or activity. Examples of service: Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance. Willing to sacrifice to offer assistance. Works well with others and is willing to take on sometimes difficult and inconspicuous responsibilities. Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school or community. Shows courtesy by assisting others. Participates in some activity, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged. Citizenship The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement, demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through activities such as scouting, community organizations, or clubs, and has a high regard for the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels. Character A candidate must have no recorded incidents of cheating or intentional dishonesty. Disciplinary records such as knowingly violating school regulations or truancy are considered during the application process. Instead, a candidate must be willing to assist others as well as to support ethical, acceptable behavior in all situations. A person with good character: Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously. Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability). Upholds principles of morality and ethics. Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in any work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others. Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability. Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required. To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council will solicit teacher input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership. Candidates can also submit letters of recommendation from members of the community who can objectively evaluate the candidate’s character, service and leadership qualities. Membership Selection All forms and letters are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.Following selection notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at a designated location to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all five criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year (additional meetings scheduled on an as needed basis), and participation in the chapter/individual service projects. Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter adviser, Leisha Albaugh at [email protected]. Non-Selection As per the ECS NJHS Handbook, a written letter may be sent stating that the student was not selected and a reason for that non-selection may be noted. Non-selected students can request an appeal within fourteen (14) days from notification of non-selection status. Students may ask how the selection process was conducted, but there is no requirement that an explanation of why a particular student was not selected be explained. A final decision will be made by the Faculty Council to confirm non-selection or change candidate’s membership status. The Epic Charter Schools NJHS bylaws are available on this website. Communication We will make every effort to maintain communication with NJHS members/parents throughout the course of the school year. In order to do that, we encourage all parties to take time to note the avenues of communication we will use. Email Communication – While it is likely we have your email address already, make sure you’re checking your email for any important messages we send to NJHS members. School Calendar – All Important NJHS dates/events are listed on the school calendar. Be sure to check the event details for relevant information such as times, locations, and more. Important Dates The following is the NJHS 2016-2017 Schedule: School Calendar – All Important NJHS dates/events are listed on the school calendar. Be sure to check the event details for relevant information such as times, locations, and more. Sept. 15th: Fall NJHS Invites Emailed Oct. 3rd: Fall NJHS Applications Due Oct. 10th: Acceptance Letters Sent Oct. 17th: Appeals Due Oct. 28th: Induction Ceremony 5-6:30 Nov. 5th: NJHS Party/ Meeting 10:30-12:30 Dec. 10th: NJHS Winter Party 10:30-12:30 Jan. 24th: Food Bank – (tentative – not scheduling 2017 yet) Feb. 10th: Spring NJHS Invites Emailed Feb. 24th: Spring Applications Due Feb. 27th: Acceptance Letters Emails March 10th: Appeals Due March 24th: Spring Induction Ceremony April 8th: NJHS Party/ Meeting 10:30-12:30 May 16th: Service Project 10:30-12:30 May 24th: Potential Officers Meeting NJHS Advisor Leisha Albaugh is the Epic Charter School Chapter Advisor for National Junior Honor Society. She may be reached via email at [email protected].