Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) meet the scholarship requirement for membership.
Service: This quality is defined through the contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without pay and with a positive and enthusiastic spirit. Service is demonstrated through the way students treat each other in and out of school.
Leadership: Student leaders are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, and dependable. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. Leadership in school is demonstrated in many ways. It may mean holding an office in a school club, participating in the band or on a team, or by standing up for a principle. Not all leaders hold office, but usually they do the right thing and they lead by their every action.
Character: A student of good character is moral and ethical, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
Citizenship: 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. Citizenship is striving for the common good.
The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and perform service work. Some of the activities completed over the past years have included canned food drives, toy drives for Christmas, fundraising for Childhood Cancer Awareness, presenting the Veterans' Day Assembly, and service projects around Watson. Student members are required to complete 8 hours of community service each semester.
After students fill out and return all of the required forms, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by the Watson Junior High School Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is responsible for making the final decision about who will be invited for induction into NJHS. Following the Faculty Council’s decision, parents and students will be notified of the final decisions.
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 and 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 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 regarding service, citizenship, character, and leadership. Teachers will also be asked to provide information regarding student attendance and behavior. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship), they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.