National Junior Honor Society
Selection Criteria & Membership in NJHS for Clear Creek Middle School
Selection Procedures for Selection into NHS and NJHS
The following selection process is used at Clear Creek Middle School:
Section 1: To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a 7th or 8th grade students designated as eligible in the chapter bylaws. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester. As the first step in the process, students’ academic records are reviewed to determine students who are scholastically eligible for membership, i.e., students who meet the required 3.8 cumulative G.P.A. The G.P.A will be calculated by Infinite Campus reports. The GPA used at the local level cannot fall below the national minimum standard outlined in the national constitution, and, once set, must be applied fairly and consistently to all candidates.
Section 2: Students who are eligible scholastically (i.e.,“candidates”) should be notified and informed that for further consideration for selection to the chapter, they must complete the NJHS APLLICATION that includes an application cover page, an essay prompt, student activity sheets, and two teacher recommendation forms. This form outlines the candidate’s accomplishments in the areas of Service and Leadership. Care will be taken to follow the established guidelines and time schedule for completing and submitting the forms in a reasonable amount of time. The student must sign these forms when submitting them, indicating that the content is both complete and accurate.
Section 3: Because additional faculty input would be beneficial, all faculty members will be invited to make comments on candidates, most often done on a faculty evaluation form/rating form . It is important to note that the actual selection of members must be made by the five appointed members of the Faculty Council. Consequently, point totals or averages of the faculty ratings are not to be considered as votes or the sole determinants of membership, but should instead be reported to the Faculty Council to add to their information when considering selections. Faculty members should consider this input in the most professional manner and consequently be able to substantiate claims, in particular those low ratings provided, with professional actions. All input from the faculty should be signed, but will remain confidential as per commentary in the handbook unless dictated to the contrary by local or state policies or laws.
Section 4: The NJHS application will be reviewed by the Faculty Council, along with any other verifiable information about the candidates relevant to their candidacy. Some Faculty Councils may wish to interview candidates personally. The leadership, service, and character of all candidates should be reviewed carefully. Faculty Council members are encouraged to deliberate in order to guarantee that their decisions are based on accurate and complete understandings of all information presented for review. With the vote on each candidate, those candidates receiving a majority vote of the Faculty Council should be invited to be inducted into the chapter. All nonselected candidates (i.e., those who do not receive the majority vote of the Faculty Council) should be listed and have those criteria not met by the individual candidate next to their name to assist the adviser and principal in handling inquiries regarding nonselection.
Section 5: After careful consideration and review of the Student application, each member of the faculty council will rate the student in four categories: service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Once the student’s GPA is shown to be sufficient for candidacy, the issue of scholarship should be put aside. The Faculty Council will rate the forms using the scale of: 4 for outstanding, 3 for excellent, 2 for good, 1 for fair, and 0 for not recommended. In the event of a low rating on one of the evaluations, it is always important to verify the reason for such a rating, avoiding the speculation and rumor. A rating of less than 2 is considered a low rating and should be explained by the evaluator.
Section 6: Each evaluation will be totaled. All evaluation scores will be averaged to determine if the candidate’s score makes the cutoff point. All tabulations will be rechecked for accuracy. The cutoff score will be determined by the Faculty Council and will not serve as the absolute determinant of membership. When determining the cutoff point, the Faculty Council will not have the names and scores of the candidates while making that decision. If a candidate falls below the cutoff point, the Faculty Council should review their information forms again in order to make a sound professional judgment regarding selection and non-selection.
Section 7: As with the Student Activity Information Forms, faculty evaluations are considered working documents. Such evaluations are expected to be used only by the Faculty Council, the advisor, and the principal and should be considered confidential.
Section 8: The actual selection of new members must be made by a majority vote of the five appointed members of the Faculty Council. Consequently, point totals or averages of the faculty ratings are not to be considered as 'votes' or the sole determinants of membership. With the vote on each candidate, those candidates receiving a majority vote of the faculty council should be invited for induction into the chapter. All candidates identified and listed as "not selected" (i.e., those who do not receive the majority vote of the faculty council) should have criteria not met listed next to their name to assist the adviser and principal in handling inquiries regarding non-selection.
Section 9: Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser should report to the principal the results of the faculty council's deliberations for approval. Lists of selected and non-selected students, as well as reasons for non-selection may be incorporated into this meeting. This will assure the support of the administration prior to any notification.
Section 10: Formal notification of all selected and non-selected candidates and their parents will be done with a letter by the chapter advisor to inform them about selection and the timing of the induction ceremony.
Section 11: A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication that 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 NHS.