Membership in the Pittsville Chapter of National Junior Honor Society is based on the five pillars of NJHS:
At a minimum, students must have a cumulative middle school GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
This quality is defined through voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Members of the NJHS are expected to participate in all service activities planned by the Pittsville Chapter.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and maintains a clean disciplinary record.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of government; respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.
Students who meet the scholarship requirement following the completion of term 2, will have an opportunity to complete forms detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Students must also complete an essay and provide 3 teachers of their choice with recommendation forms. This information will be presented to the faculty panel to consider membership. The faculty panel is an anonymous group of faculty members who make final decisions about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. The faculty panel also serves as the group who determines if a student should be dismissed because of a failure to meet expectations in one of the five areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, or Citizenship. The NJHS sponsor does not have a vote on the faculty panel. Our induction ceremony is held in March.
During the 2015-16 school year, the Pittsville NJHS members were able to tour Salisbury University, University of MD College Park and the US Naval Academy. We also planned a literacy event for the entire elementary school and cleaned up the school grounds prior to field day. Members also support school events such as American Education Week.
The 2016-17 school year has also been productive so far. We were able to have a winning trunk at the Willards School Trunk or Treat. This was a great way to be involved in our community and promote our organization. We have recently formed a connection with the Believe in Tomorrow non-profit organization in Ocean City. We hope to support them in multiple way for the remainder of the school year. Our students have also taken on the responsibility of greeting any substitute teachers who are in our building each day with a welcome bag. Many of our members have become “experts” in the new process of adding service hours to Naviance. We hope to offer assistance to any middle school students who are not yet comfortable with the process. Another project we are planning for is a book swap for our entire school. We have regular meetings after school and members are expected to attend all meetings as well as participate in our service projects.