National Junior Honor Society

    Chapter Advisers:  Maggie Kim (mkim@sprise.com) and Dan Farina (dfarina@sprise.com) 

    Current 8th Grade NJHS Members
     8th Grade
     Current 7th Grade Members
    7th Grade


    NJHS Members hard at work...

    We are proud to announce that we have established a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at Amherst Middle School.

    NJHS was established by the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in order to recognize and promote academic achievement while also encouraging the ideals of service, leadership, character, and citizenship. NASSP is also the parent organization of National Honor Society.

    Membership in NJHS is an honor that is awarded to a student by a faculty council, which consists of 5 faculty members appointed by the principal. Chapter advisers, also appointed by the principal, are non-voting members of the faculty council who are responsible for overseeing and promoting chapter activities.

    The co-advisers for our chapter are the seventh and eighth grade school counselors. Following the recommendation of the national office, the names of the faculty council members will be kept confidential because it is the chapter advisers and principal who are chiefly responsible for responding to parental or student concerns. This includes inquiries about why a student was not selected for induction into the chapter.

    A student must be in 7th or 8th grade and must have attended AMS for at least one full trimester to be considered for selection into our NJHS chapter. The first criterion that must be met for a student to be eligible for membership is scholastic achievement. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher for grades earned since the beginning of 5th grade. GPAs will be calculated following the end of the first trimester of 7th and 8th grades.

    In early January, 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible scholastically will be notified that they are being considered for selection into NJHS.  They will be directed to forms on our website to provide additional information, especially about their accomplishments in the areas of service and leadership, and to write a brief essay about what they can contribute to NJHS.  Faculty members will also be invited to give input in the areas of service, leadership, character, and citizenship on any eligible students with whom they have had professional interaction. After reviewing all the information provided by students and faculty, candidates who receive a majority vote of the faculty council will be invited to be inducted into the chapter. The induction ceremony will be held in the evening in March.

    Students who are inducted into NJHS will be expected to continue to meet the level of excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship that led to their selection. Chapter members will also be expected to be actively involved in planning and carrying out chapter service projects.