LMS National Junior Honor Society

10/18/2014

Good afternoon.  The following information is being sent to all current 7th and 8th grade parents, in the event that your student(s) may qualify for consideration for National Junior Honor Society.

Mrs. Lambie and Mrs. Crabtree will continue to serve as our NJHS Sponsors.  I will coordinate the process of completing the January mailing listed below and will serve as the primary contact during candidate evaluation and selection.

Notification
In January, 2015, a packet will be mailed to 7th and 8th grade students who have achieved the following:
·      A cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above.
·      Six or more “O” Citizenship grades in the first semester of the current school year.
·      No “I” or “U” Citizenship grades in the first semester of the current school year.
The scholarship and character requirements outlined above will permit these students to take part in the application process, if they so desire.  The application packet will allow them to provide information to be used by the selection committee (comprised of LMS faculty members) to support their candidacy.
Completed applications must be submitted to the LMS Office no later than 3 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015, to be eligible for review by the selection committee.  It is imperative that all directions be followed when completing the application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidacy/Evaluation
Students who are eligible for candidacy must:
·      Have completed fifteen (15) hours of community service.
  • Not have been assigned to BIC or have had an out of school suspension during the current school year.
  • Complete the NJHS Candidate Form, including the Student Activities Form and Honors and Awards form.
Selection
If all of the above requirements are met by the deadline stated on the Candidate Form, it will be reviewed by the selection committee.  Please be aware that  completion of a Candidate Form does not automatically guarantee admittance into the National Junior Honor Society.  The selection committee (under my direction) will make final membership recommendations. 

Community Service
Below are some guidelines about community service and a list of suggested activities where past and current NJHS members have volunteered.
Service is generally considered to be those activities undertaken by the student, which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.
Possible Community Service Organizations:
Click on the following website: www.volunteennation.org.  This website lists volunteer opportunities for kids of all ages – just enter a zip code and age, and it provides a list of age-appropriate opportunities.
Other suggestions:
Toy Drives
Food Shelters
Art Start
Hosea House
Soup Kitchens
Operation Food Search
Feeding the homeless
Service projects through religious organizations
Ronald McDonald House
Kids Connection (tutoring club at LMS)
Circle of Concern
Nursing Homes
Autism Speaks
Parc Provence
Pet Co
Recycling Projects (outside of school)
Inner city tutoring

I hope this answers some questions you might have.  Please contact me should anything remain unanswered or unclear.  Since this is my first year being involved in the notification and selection process, there is the chance that I may have made mistakes in the above.  If that occurs, I will get out a correction asap.

Thank you for your time,

Greg

Gregory Baber, Principal

Ladue Middle School

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