The Middle School Kicks Off Its Honor, Leadership, and Service Organizations for the New School Year

Last Year’s National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony Pictured Above

At yesterday’s Middle School Assembly, Head of School Mr. Hopman spoke to students about setting meaningful goals for the new year: not only academic goals, but also goals geared toward developing their leadership on campus and fostering healthy friendships. One way that middle school students can develop leadership skills and foster friendships with peers who will lift them up and hold them accountable is to join one of the honor, leadership, and service student organizations in the Middle School.

Builders Club. Builders Club is a service organization for middle school students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. Members learn to work together and develop leadership skills as they serve their school and community. Builders Club is structured on the local club level but is supported by Kiwanis International and a local Kiwanis club, which provides guidelines, programs, educational resources, and club recognition opportunities. Ms. Williams will tell students about the application process during an upcoming Assembly.

Honor Council. The Middle School Honor Council promotes a school culture where all members of the school community understand the value of honor and strive to live with integrity. The Honor Council identifies current issues related to the Honor Code and works with Middle School administration to help students and teachers understand and address those issues. Members of the Honor Council are selected by the Academy’s administration through an application process and serve a term of a single year. These applications were sent to students via email and should be submitted by Friday, August 25.

National Junior Honor Society. Founded in 1929, NJHS is modeled after its well-known companion program, the National Honor Society. NJHS members commit to creating enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulating a desire to serve, promoting worthy leadership, and encouraging the development of character and citizenship in themselves and others. Students become eligible to apply for membership after they have completed their second semester of sixth grade at Montverde Academy, or after they have completed one semester of seventh or eighth grade at Montverde Academy. Mrs. Parets will soon share application information at an upcoming Assembly.

Student Government Association. Students in SGA are elected by their peers to represent students to positively affect school life. Each advisory group elects one representative to serve, and the student body votes for four officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Those who are interested in being an SGA officer should see Mr. Narducci for an application.

Yearbook. Students who have a knack for storytelling, whether through photography or writing, should consider joining the Yearbook Club. Members will learn and practice a variety of photography techniques and work collaboratively to chronicle both regular days and special events, and they can earn byline credit in the yearbook. Participating will be a great way for students to gain real-world experience in the field of journalism and build their resumes and professional portfolios. Mrs. Parets will be holding a general interest meeting in her classroom after school on Monday, August 28.