All 7th grade students who are eligible to apply for National Junior Honor Society membership received a NJHS Application Packet last Friday, April 17th. Please click on the blue link above to view the packet if you have misplaced yours. Instructions for applying for membership are in the packet. All membership applications are due by Friday, April 24th. If an eligible member is unable to turn in the packet by Friday, April 24th, there will be a three day grace period to turn in applications. All late applications must include a written letter explaining the reason for the late entry. Additionally, all late applications must be hand delivered to an advisor (Ms. Grimes, Mr. Burdett, or Mrs. Gingras) absolutely no later than 3pm Wednesday, April 29th. Parents may not drop off applications in the office and have them placed in an advisors mailbox. The student MUST bring the application to the advisor. Applications will not be accepted after the Wednesday, April 29th deadline, no exceptions.

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All NJHS members must make a poster to advertise our upcoming Toys for Tots fundraiser. Posters are due Thursday, October 30th. You will find details on the following TFT poster link: TFT–Posters 2014. Please follow directions on the linked information sheet and be sure to turn it in to the appropriate NJHS sponsor on Thursday along with your poster. Students who fail to turn in a poster on time will not be allowed to go Toys for Tots shopping in December.

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All NJHS members must make plans to attend our second meeting this Thursday, October 23rd in Mrs. Gingras’s room. We will be discussing Toys for Tots posters. It is important for each member to be present to hear the poster requirements. Any member who fails to make a Toys for Tots poster will not be allowed to go shopping in December.

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Today was the first NJHS meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. All NJHS members and parents should read, sign and return the NJHS membership letter–2014 and dues no later than Friday, September 5th. NJHS members who have not paid dues by September 5th will become inactive members of the honor society. Inactive members can reapply for membership in January.

Any NJHS member who wishes to volunteer for the OMIS Back to School Splash this weekend, should sign up outside Ms. Grimes’s door no later than 3 pm on Thursday, August 21st. Volunteers are needed to work in 1 hour shifts. Of course, you are welcome to work more than one hour if you want. It is supposed to be hot on Saturday. Please remember to drink plenty of fluids and wear sunscreen. A bottle of water will be provided to all volunteers. Please arrive 15 minutes before your shift begins to check in at the volunteer table and to get your assignment. Thank you in advance for helping to make this a successful event in our community.

If you missed the meeting today, be sure to thoroughly read the membership letter linked above. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to see Ms. Grimes during advisory sometime this week. We do take attendance at NJHS meetings. Please bring an excuse to Ms. Grimes ASAP when you miss a meeting. Two unexcused absences from meetings may result in dismissal from the honor society.

If you are interested in being an NJHS officer, please write a one page essay explaining why you would make a good leader for the honor society. Officer essays are due to Ms. Grimes by Friday, August 22nd.

If you have completed community service hours already, you may record them on the Individual Community Service Hours sheet. Throughout the year, service hours should be turned into Mrs. Gingras in room B-7.

We’re looking forward to another great year with the NJHS. Please, please, please check the blog occasionally and listen to daily announcements for upcoming NJHS meetings and events. Those are the only ways we have of communicating with members.

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All NJHS members should make plans to attend a meeting this Thursday morning at 7:20 in Ms. Grimes’s room. Additionally, any member who has not turned in a minimum of 10 community service hours for the year by this afternoon will not be allowed to participate in this year’s tapping and induction.

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All NJHS members should turn in a minimum of 10 community service hours for the year by Wednesday, April 9th. If you went Toys for Tots shopping, you received 6 service hours for that event. However, you need to record those hours on an Individual Community Service Hours form to receive credit for shopping. Any NJHS member who does not turn in a minimum of 10 community service hours for the year will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming tapping and induction ceremonies.

If you’re not sure about how many hours you have completed for the year, you can come by my classroom and check your NJHS file.

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Today the honor society met to discuss our upocoming Toys for Tots fundraiser and shopping trip. We will shopping on Monday, Dec.9th. The TFT assembly with the marines will that afternoon from 2-3 pm. Here is a link to the TFT shopping trip permission slip: TFT-Permission Slip. Permission slips are due by 3 p.m. next Thursday, November14th. Please notice that the time of our departure on the 9th is subject to change if buses are not available at 6:30 am. If our departure time changes, I will post the new time on the blog. it will also be added to the daily memo, math teacher’s boards, and the afternoon announcements.

Addtionally, we are putting together a photo slide show for the TFT assembly. We would like for all NJHS members to submit Christmas photos for the slide show. You may submit one or two pictures, but no more than that. Photos should be e-mailed to me at agrimes@shelbyed.k12.al.us no later than November 22nd. Please put your first and last name in the subject line. We want to share our Oak Mountain Christmas Memories with everyone. Plus, we want to remind everyone of the kind of memories we hope to be making for the children receiving our gifts.

If you have any questions, please see me.

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The next NJHS meeting is Thursday, Nov. 7th at 7:15 in room D-5. We will be discussing Toys for Tots assembly and shopping information. Some of you have printed last year’s Toys for Tots permission slip from the blog. That permission slip is not valid for this year. We currently do not have a shopping date set in stone, so there is no permission slip for this year’s shopping trip yet. Please listen to the daily memo and afternoon announcements in the coming weeks for more information regarding meetings and shopping.

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Reminders from this week’s meeting:

* Do not forget that your Toys 4 Tots posters and forms are to be turned in on the morning of October 31!! You should turn your posters in between 7:15 and 7:40 that morning. YOU MAY NOT TURN YOUR POSTERS IN EARLY. I do not have anywhere to store 110 posters until Oct. 31st. That being said, if you know you are not going to be present on Oct. 31st, you may see me to make other arrangements for turning in your poster. Here’s the link to the TFT form: TFT–Posters

* The OMES Fall Fun Fest is tomorrow, 10/19/13 . For the volunteers that signed up, don’t forget to turn in your hours that you worked next week.

* To go Toys 4 Tots shopping you must turn in at least 3 service hours by December 2!


1.  Listen to the afternoon announcements

2. Check the blog often. Meetings will be posted several days in advance.

3. Every 8th grade math teacher will have it written on their board.

4. Listen to the Daily Memo when it is read to you at school.

5. Ask a NJHS officer or another NJHS member.

***There is no reason for you to not know about a meeting.***


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All NJHS members and parents must read the 2013-2014 NJHS Membership Letter. The bottom portion of the letter must be returned along with $20 dues (or $26 if you are ordering a Toys for Tots long-sleeve t-shirt) by Friday, September 20th. If you need to wait until after the first of October to send membership dues, please e-mail me at agrimes@shelbyed.k12.al.us. I must receive the membership letter and dues or an e-mail on or before Sept. 20th in order for you to be an active member. Any form and payment not received by Friday, September 20th will result in membership becoming inactive. Inactive members may not participate in club activities. Inactive members may re-apply for active membership in January. This means that if you bring me your dues on Sept. 23rd, I will NOT accept them. You will be considered inactive. PLEASE do not miss deadlines. We simply do not have time to send personal reminders when there are over 100 NJHS members.

If you have already completed community service hours, you may record them on the Individual Community Service Hours sheet. This form must be signed by a group leader or a parent. You may bring them to Ms. Grimes or Mrs. Gingras when you have an opportunity. Remember, you must complete a minimum of 3 hours in order to go Toys for Tots shopping in December. Summer service hours do count.

Let me know if you have any questions. If you leave a comment on the blog, I will most likely e-mail the response back to your e-mail address.

We’re looking forward to another great year with the NJHS. Please check back from time to time for information and updates, and be sure to listen to the daily announcements for information as well.

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