NJHS: Demonstrating Excellence

Posted on March 28, 2019 in: General News

NJHS: Demonstrating Excellence

Demonstrating Excellence 

St. Jude Elementary School in Bridgetown, Ohio, educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school takes pride in helping students reach their full potential and to become a contributing member in our community and the Catholic Church.   After seven years of hard work, students finally make their way to the junior high. Students begin preparing for high school and gain insight into what is next for them in their education path.

As seventh graders, entering the final leg of their elementary school journey, students are invited to apply for the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). This is a national organization that recognizes excellence in junior high.  Merit in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character are the foundation for membership in this society. Students in seventh and eighth grade are eligible for NJHS.

At St. Jude Elementary School, the beginning of the induction process actually begins in sixth grade. Students earning all A’s and no more than two B’s  in the second semester of sixth grade are invited to apply for NJHS in the first quarter of their seventh grade year. Students do have another opportunity to become inducted into NJHS in the first quarter of eighth grade if they meet the academic qualifications in seventh grade.  

Students that are members of National Junior Honor Society demonstrate scholarship in their classroom academics throughout the year, leadership, scholarship and citizenship in many school activities, and service as a group and individual.

NJHS participates in service projects as a group, including food collections for St. Vincent de Paul at Thanksgiving, a St. Jude feast day project, and Lenten Penny Race for St. Jude Research Hospital. Members in NJHS also demonstrate service through individual projects at the Ronald McDonald House, Tender Mercies, Matthew 25 Ministries and other local organizations.

A thorough background check is required for all those employed or volunteering to work with youth or vulnerable adults as a cleric, at a parish or school, as an Archdiocesan employee or at an Archdiocesan institution. All volunteers and employees are required to complete the electronic/online background check through SELECTION.com prior to beginning their volunteer activity or employment. In addition to the electronic/online background check, employees are required to complete manual fingerprinting and submit a B4 form before begin- ning their employment at an Archdiocesan parish, school, or institution.