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Dr. Yoshiko Okamoto
562-421-1213, ext. 303

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CJSF Honor Society

What is CJSF?

The purpose of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF), a state-wide organization of over 600 chapters, is to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship on the part of students in California's middle schools. CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while creating pride in scholastic achievement. Founded in 1967, the California Junior Scholarship Federation is part of CSF, the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California and one of the most prestigious honor societies in the state.

What are the benefits of CJSF/Honor Society membership?

CJSF prepares the student for high school and beyond. An emphasis is placed on academic excellence. To this end, students are given the opportunity to visit a local area university each year and are exposed to university admissions information that is geared toward middle school aged students. CJSF students begin early on to plan for their academic future and CJSF is designed to help guide students along the way. 
Group of students
CJSF field trip to UCLA, 4/13/17

Membership also brings with it the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities which benefit the school, the community, and the student. Members serve as peer tutors, support environmental activities, and participate in community service projects.
Students with plants
CJSF members tend to the school garden.

How do I qualify for membership in CJSF/Honor Society?

Students must apply for membership at the beginning of each semester. Eligibility for membership is based on grades and citizenship earned in the previous semester. Students must earn a minimum of 8 points from four eligible classes: Language Arts, History, Math and Science.

  • CJSF points are calculated as follows:
    A = 3 points
    B = 1 point
    C = 0 points
  • A grade of D or F, or a mark of N or U in citizenship in any class disqualifies a student from semester membership.
  • 6th grade students may apply for 6th Grade Honor Society in November based on 1st quarter report card grades. 
  • Grades earned in 6th grade qualify students for membership in "Honor Society" and grades earned in 7th/8th grade qualify students for "CJSF."

What is Honor Membership?

To obtain honor membership in CJSF, students must be members for three consecutive semesters based on grades earned in 7th and 8th grades. 

What awards do CJSF honor members receive?

Those who obtain honor membership by the end of their eighth grade year will receive the following awards:

  • The official gold CJSF Honor Membership Pin
  • A certificate of recognition with the CJSF goal seal
  • Recognition at 8th grade promotion (you'll get to wear a gold honor cord!)
  • Eligibility for associate membership in CSF during first semester of freshman year in high school

What activities do CJSF/Honor Society members participate in?

  • 2 to 3 club meetings per semester
  • School and community service projects
  • Field trips (College trip to UCLA or UCI and possible additional field trips)

What is required for school/community service?

Students are encouraged to complete at least 5 hours of school/community service per semester. Lunchtime volunteering, peer tutoring, helping teachers/staff, coaching, and volunteer work with other community groups can all be counted. Any service that is not compensated and helps others qualifies. The goal is for members to balance their high academic achievement with public or school service.

What school/community service opportunities are available?

Service opportunities/ideas are listed below. You are also welcome to bring your requests for community service projects.  

​School-Based Service Opportunities:

1. Lunchtime Recycling Program Volunteer
    See Mr. Foots or a lunch supervisor

2. Help a teacher or staff member before/after school or at lunch.
    See any Hoover teacher/staff member and ask if s/he needs help.

3. Peer tutoring
    See Dr. Okamoto

Community-Based Service Opportunities:

1. Participate in a beach clean-up.
    An easy and constructive way to earn Service Learning Hours! 

    a)  Belmont Shore - Justin Rudd Beach Cleanups

    b)  Seal Beach Cleanups

    c) Wetland Warriors Cleanup at Golden Shore Marine Reserve
        Contact: 562-570-1745

2)  Volunteer at your previous elementary school
     (Helping teachers, peer tutoring,  valet, helping with carnival, etc.)

3)  Volunteer with the City of Lakewood. 
      City of Lakewood Youth Action Center:  562-429-7472

4)  Volunteer for Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

5)  Conduct activities at a local retirement home

6)  Volunteer at a local 5k run

7)  Volunteer at your church, temple

Spring 2020

Tue, 2/4   Applications available
Thu, 2/20  Applications due
Wed, 3/4   Meeting #1

School closed from 3/23-4/17/20 due to Corona Virus
Fri, 3/20     T-shirt orders due
Wed, 4/1    Meeting #2
Sat, 4/18    Seal Beach Clean-up
Thu, 5/28   UCLA field trip?


FALL 2019

*All meetings are at lunch in
  Room 303.
Wed, 9/4     Applications available
Wed, 9/18   Applications due
Sat, 9/21     Coastal Clean-up Day
                     Seal Beach Clean-up
Wed,10/9    Meeting #1
Wed,10/30  Meeting #2: Officer                                               Elections
Thu,11/21  Meeting #3
Wed, 1/22  Meeting #4
Fri, 1/31      Fall Service Hour
                     Forms Due


Feb. 22    Applications due
April 29   UCI Pre-trip meeting
May 2      UCI Fieldtrip 
                (click on link for photos)
May 18    Justin Rudd Belmont
                 Shore beach clean-up 
June 6     Pin Ceremony and 
                8th Grade Celebration
                at Lunch in Room 303
June 7     6th/7th Grade Pizza
                Party & Dessert Potluck
                at Lunch in Room 303
June 13   Spring service logs due

FALL 2018

Monthly meetings in Room 303 at lunch. Use your CJSF membership card as a lunch pass.  Service Hour Logs

Oct 2018:   Meeting #1
Nov 2018:  Meeting #2
Dec 2018:   No meeting
 Jan 2019:   Meeting #3

Spring 2018

3/9/18:  Applications due

Fall 2017

9/13/17 CJSF/Honor Society 
               Invite letters distributed
               (7th/8th graders only.
               *6th graders can apply
               in the spring)
9/21/17  Applications due
1/26/18:  Community/School
                 Service Logs Due

Spring 2017

Important Dates:
Tue, 2/14/17 Green Team Party
Wed, 2/15/17 Applications Due
Tue, 3/7/17    Meeting
Tue, 4/11/17  Pre-College Visit
                         Info Meeting
Thu, 4/13/17  UCLA field trip
Tue, 5/23/17  Meeting,
                         2:30 - 3:00 pm 
Tue, 6/13/17  JANM Fieldtrip
Thu, 6/15/17 Service Logs Due

Fall 2016

Important Dates:
11/2/16:  CJSF invite letters
11/4/16:  Informational Mtg
11/10/16:  Applications due
11/29/16:  Meeting #1
12/7/16:  Green Team training 
                 by Grades of Green
12/8/16:  Meeting #2:  
                 Officer Speeches
                 and Elections
12/15/16: Meeting #3: 
                  Lunchtime recycling
                  Program Info Mtg
12/21/16: Composting Training
                  by Grades of Green
12/22/16: CJSF/Grades of Green
                  Trash-free Lunch 
                  Program Kick-off
2/3/17:   Fall Community Service
                Logs Due