National Junior Honor Society

The NJHS has begun meeting for the year, and its members are those who were inducted in the spring of 2017. 

To all 7th & 8th grade students: Nomination Notices will be distributed three weeks AFTER Q1 grades close (this policy is in place to allow for INC grades to be made up and factor into the GPA.)

 


NJHS LogoAdviser: Mr. DiBenedetto
Grade 8 English, Cluster E
Room 2304

Welcome to the KMS NJHS page!  On this page, you'll find answers to questions about the club, its members, and the selection of those members.  Additionally, you'll find some handy websites for community service, if you'd like to broaden your horizons.

If you have any questions regarding membership, activities, community service, or the selection process, feel free to contact Mr. DiBenedetto.

 

The 2017/2018 KMS NJHS Executive board:

President/Events Coordinator: Sharanya Budakoti
Vice President/Events Coordinator: Quinn Thatcher
Secretary/Treasurer/Historian: Emma Schmidl-Gagne


What is NJHS?
NHS/NJHS OFFICIAL WEBSITE NJHS is a club that meets regularly and plans/sponsors community service events.  We meet every other Wednesday morning at 7:30 in the Main Office Conference Room.  Our community service projects happen year-round and could occur during the school week or on the weekends.

 

The Qualities of Membership are:
Academics
: Active engagement in learning and the craving of new knowledge or understandings
Service: voluntarily contributing to the school or community
Leadership: resourceful problem solving, promotion of school activities, idea contribution, and dependability
Character: high standards of honesty, reliability, courtesy, cooperation, concern, and respect for others
Citizenship: high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy - possible involvement in scouting, community organizations, and other school clubs

 

Which students can join?
Any current KMS 7th/8th Grade student who has achieved an A average* for the first quarter.  He or she must be nominated before being selected.

 

How are students nominated for NJHS?
The students meeting the academic criteria of an A average* will be notified via letter that they have been nominated for membership.

 

What happens after a student is nominated?
Once nominated, students will have a few weeks to fill out their Student Involvement Packet, which will detail their level of involvement in service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

 

How are students selected?
The ANONYMOUS five-member Faculty Council reviews all Student Involvement Packets, looking for high levels of documented service, leadership, character, and citizenship. An objective point value system is applied to analyzing the packets, and a common rubric is used for scoring the essay(s). The packet's score, the score of the essay(s), and discussion-based consideration by the five anonymous members are all combined to provide a suggested decision for selection or nonselection. At no time is the adviser consulted, nor any faculty members not part of the Faculty Council. At no time are letters of recommendation required or consulted. Although the process is meant to be as objective as possible, neither the packet's score, nor the score of the essay(s) will automatically determine selection or nonselection.

 

What is the Faculty Council?
Five anonymous members of the faculty who oversee the selection of students and create the by-laws of the club.

 

What happens when students are selected?
Students receive a congratulatory letter and will be invited with two guests to the Induction Ceremony in the late winter.

 

What happens if a student isn't selected?
Students will receive a letter explaining that they have not met the requirements outlined by the national organization and the local chapter.  If a 7th grade student is not selected, he/she has another chance in 8th grade for nomination.

Are you already "overbooked", and do not want to be a member? 

Are you a 7th grader looking for more community service experience?   
You can still help out with our volunteer efforts!   When you hear about a community service project or activity that is broadcast over WCAN, feel free to ask any NJHS member or Mr. DiBenedetto how to help out!

Do you have an idea for a community service project, but don't know how to get it started...or do you need some help making it happen?
Contact Mr. DiBenedetto, or one of the NJHS members, and we'll be glad to help out!

 

* The Quarter 1 average was increased from an A- to an A in the Fall of 2015 by the Faculty Council. 


PROJECTS
Spring 2010: Toy Drive for Hospitalized Children

2010-2011 After School Tutoring

February 2011: Fundraiser for World Wildlife Foundation

June 2011: Drives for Humane Society and Community Kitchen

Holiday 2011: MFS Fundraiser to help needy families

March 26 - March 30, 2012: 1st Annual Penny Wars; funds to David Hudgik Foundation

September 30, 2012: Worked with Student Council and the Cross Country Team at the 1st Annual Clarence Demar Marathon cheering section

February 2013: Visit to Langdon Place Nursing Home with Alzheimer's Patients (recurring in March, April, and May)

March 6, 2013: National Oreo Day OreoGrams Fundraiser (funds donated to Washington, D.C. Scholarship Fund)

March/April 2013: 2nd Annual Penny Wars Fundraiser

Spring 2013: Fundraiser to benefit the National Water Project

June 2013: First Annual KMS Help-a-thon (students signed up to assist staff with preparations for end-of-year closing)

October 2013: National Crazy Hat Day Fundraiser for the Washington, D.C. Scholarship Fund

Fall 2015: "Fill the Principal's Office" Canned Food Drive for the Community Kitchen

December 20, 2015: Caroling at Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities

Fall 2016: "Fill the Principal's Office" Canned Food Drive for the Community Kitchen

December 2016: Caroling at Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities

Spring 2017: Car Wash Fundraiser

ONGOING PROJECTS:

Spring Cleanup at Langdon Place Nursing Home

Annual Penny Wars Fundraiser

Annual Spring Car Wash Fundraiser

Annual End-of-Year Help-a-thon

 


COMMUNITY SERVICE RESOURCES

DoSomething.org http://www.dosomething.org/

Teaching Tolerance http://www.tolerance.org/

International Youth Day http://social.un.org/index/Youth.aspx

International Volunteer http://www.volunteerinternational.org

Books for Africa http://www.booksforafrica.org

Monadnock Humane Society http://www.monadpets.org

Contact Mr. DiBenedetto

DiBenedetto, Dominic
Grade 8 English