National Junior Honor Society
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 good citizenship in the students of Immaculate Conception of Dardenne.
Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the faculty council on the condition of their having met the standards for selection established at the local level and based on the provisions of the National Constitution. NJHS is more than an honor roll. Each candidate must demonstrate not only good grades, but also strength in each of the remaining four criteria: character, service, leadership, and citizenship. (Paraphrased from the NJHS Handbook).
The process begins in January of the students’ 7th grade year. Many qualifications must be met, beginning with scholarship. In order to begin the invitation process to NJHS, a candidate must have a certain cumulative GPA. This GPA is taken from all four quarters of sixth grade as well as the first two quarters of seventh grade. If the cumulative GPA is 3.9 or higher, then an information packet will be provided to the candidate.
- Once the packet is received, there will be a minimum of three weeks to complete it. The packet will provide the faculty council with information on how the candidate has demonstrated the remaining qualities needed for selection: character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Candidates must also provide the faculty council with teacher recommendations. There are four
recommendations that must be submitted. At least three of these must come from current teachers. The fourth may come from a sixth grade teacher. Only one of the four may come from a special area teacher (art, music, band, spanish, technology) or from someone not associated with ICD (coach, troop leader, etc.) The faculty council realizes how much personal growth can occur
from year to year, so it is valuable for the Council to have recommendations from teachers that consistently interact with the students day to day.
Once all packets are received, the faculty council will review each and begin the selection process. After careful consideration, selection will be based on a majority vote of the faculty council. If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, either non-selection or a probationary status will be decided. The results of the faculty council vote will be presented to the principal for review, and then stated in a letter sent to the student and parents. If selected, the induction ceremony takes place on the first Tuesday of May at 7pm.