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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. A
n 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. 

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.

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 spring semester membership based on 1st semester 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 four semesters in 7th and 8th grade. 

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?

  • 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, 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:
Lunchtime Trash Reduction/Recycling Program Sorting Station Monitor
Dates:  Ongoing (1/4 hour to 1/2 hour per shifts)
See lunch supervisors

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

Peer tutoring
See Dr. Okamoto

Community-Based Service Opportunities:
Participate in a beach clean-up. An easy and constructive way to earn Service Learning Hours! 

Alamitos Beach Clean-Up: 
Held EVERY FOURTH SUNDAY of the month from 10 AM - 11 AM at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach (On Beach Access Rd, off Shoreline Drive, Between Ocean Blvd and Linden Ave).Trash bags, gloves, and volunteer slips are provided.

Seal Beach Cleanups
Monthly Beach Cleanup, normally, on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Meet at 1st Street and Ocean, next to Rivers End Café. Parking passes, bags, and gloves are provided.

Wetland Warriors Cleanup at Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve
Dates: Every 3rd Saturday.
Time:  10 am to noon
Place:  Meet at 101 Golden Shore Avenue
Contact: 562-570-1745
Note:  Ages 10+, wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels.


Volunteer at your previous elementary school

Volunteer at your church, temple

Volunteer for Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

Conduct activities at a local retirement home

Volunteer at a local 5k run

Organize a drive (e.g., accept and sort donated clothing to give to a local charity)

Fall 2018

Invite letters and applications  will be distributed in Period 1 on 9/17 and 9/18. Applications are due on Friday, 9/28/18.  

Fall 2017

Wed/Thu., Sept. 13 & 14:
Honor Society/CJSF invite letters distributed in math classes to 7th and 8th graders who qualified based on June 2017 grades. **6th graders will be able to apply for spring membership in Honor Society based on 1st semester grades.

Thu., Sept.21st:  Applications due.

Fri., Jan.26, 2018:  Service logs due.
Community/School Service Log

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 (minimum day)

Tue, 6/13/17  Cancelled-JANM Fieldtrip

Thu, 6/15/17 Service Logs Due

*All meetings are in Room 303 from 3:45 pm - 4:20 pm unless otherwise specified.

Fall 2016

Info Meeting and Applications:
Wed., Nov. 2nd:
Honor Society/CJSF invite letters distributed.

Fri., Nov. 4th:
Informational assembly in auditorium during advisory. Applications passed out.

Thu., Nov.10th:  Applications due.

Meeting #1: (at lunch)
11/29:6th grade mtg in library
11/30:7th grade mtg in Rm303
Meeting #1 Agenda & Handouts

Green Team Training, Wed 12/7/16
in Room 303 at lunch (bring your lunch).

Meeting #2: Thursday, 12/8/16
in the auditorium during advisory.
• CJSF Officer Elections

Meeting #3: Thursday, 12/15/16
in the auditorium during advisory.
Lunchtime trash reduction/recycling program

Green Team Meeting, Tue 12/27/16
at lunch in Room 303. Bring your lunch.

Trash-free lunch program kick-off and eco-assembly:
Thursday, 12/22/16 

Fall Community Service Hour Logs Due:
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 

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