California Junior Scholastic Federation (CJSF)

CJSF at a Glance:

What is CJSF?

The purpose of the California Junior Scholarship Federation, a state-wide organization of over 600 chapters, is to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship on the part of students of California's public and private junior high and middle schools.

What are the benefits of CJSF membership?

CJSF prepares the student for high school and beyond. Membership also brings with it the opportunity to participate in activities which benefit the school, the community, and the student. Getting involved in extracurricular activities outside of class, e.g. band, CJSF, Leadership, Yearbook, drama or even volunteering, helps students discover what their real interests are and where they are heading.

What do I need to turn in to join CJSF?

  • Students need to earn a minimum of 10 points on a trimester report card in at least 4 core academic courses (math, language arts, science, and social studies) to be eligible.
  • Report cards grades: A = 3 points, B = 1 points, no points for grades C and below- A "D" or "F" in any course disqualifies a student from trimester membership
  • $8.00 membership dues

CJSF Application Procedure:

  • Attend an informational meeting at the beginning of each trimester (dates to be announced).
  • Make a copy of your academic transcript from the previous trimester and attached it to the application.
  • Students must reapply for CJSF membership at the beginning of each trimester.

What is Honor Membership?

To obtain honor membership, you must qualify for membership and complete all requirements for two trimesters in 7th grade and two trimesters in 8th grade (consecutive trimesters).

What awards do CJSF Honor members receive?

Those who obtain honor membership by the end of your eighth-grade year will receive the following awards:
  • The official gold CJSF Honor Membership Pin
  • "CJSF Honor Member" stamped in your permanent cumulative folder
  • A certificate of recognition with the CJSF gold seal at 8th Grade Awards Night

What activities must CJSF members participate in?

  • CJSF General Meetings
  • Perform a minimum of 12 hours of community service each school year

What happens if I receive a referral or suspension when I am a member of CJSF?

A referral or suspension for ANY reason will result in your CJSF membership being revoked for the trimester during which the disciplinary action took place. However, you will be able to reapply for CJSF the following trimester. In addition to referrals or suspensions, any student who is otherwise eligible but who in the judgment of the Advisor and Principal is not eligible for ethical reasons may be disbarred from trimester membership.

When are community service hours due?

Community service hours are due no later than May 1st of your 8th grade year. A total of 24 hours will be collected a this time. However, feel free to drop of completed forms to Mrs. Castro in room E-2 at any time.

Forms

Upcoming Dates:

Trimester 1 Information Meeting:
Tueday, September 19, 2017

8th Grade Membership Drive:
Monday, September 25, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Community Service Ideas:

Service to friends and family (babysitting, etc) does qualify as community service. Here are some ideas that you can look into. Make a call and inquire if they have volunteer opportunities.

  1. your local library
  2. local churches
  3. animal shelters
  4. beach and park clean-up events
  5. your elementary school
  6. animal rescue groups
  7. donation centers
  8. charity groups
  9. hospitals
  10. nursing homes
  11. parades
  12. race events
  13. holiday events

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