The NJHS was founded in 1929 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in students. The St. Joseph the Protector Chapter of the NJHS was formed in September, 2012.
Each year, students in grades 6 and 7 who have a cumulative general average of 92 or above receive from the Faculty Council an invitation to request NJHS membership. This average is calculated using the final report grade from the previous grade along with the report card grades for the 1st and 2nd trimesters of the current grade. Students in 6th-8th grade who are new to the school will be offered invitation into the NJHS on an individual basis as long as the criteria are met. With this letter of invitation is a form, which candidates must personally complete, that indicates the service activities, co-curricular activities, recognition, and awards that they believe demonstrate their eligibility for membership in the NJHS.
The Faculty Council reviews these activity forms and seeks input from the faculty members who work with the candidates. Each candidate is interviewed by Faculty Council members. After all forms have been reviewed and interviews have been completed, the Faculty Council meets to vote and determine if membership to candidates will be offered. Candidates who accept membership will be inducted into the NJHS at a ceremony before the school community during the third trimester.
Sustained membership is based on members’ continuing to meet the standards that were in place at the time they were offered membership and continued participation in service activities. Students are required to maintain a minimum of ten hours of service each trimester.
The Faculty Council is made up of five faculty members of St Joseph the Protector School who have been appointed to serve on the council by the principal. Their duties include participating in the selection process for new members, providing support and direction for NJHS service activities, participating in deliberations involving disciplinary actions for members who are not meeting chapter standards, and bestowing guidance and mentorship to assist students in developing to their full potential.
The Faculty Moderator, who is a non-voting individual, deals directly with the students and supports the student officers as they organize NJHS activities.