California Junior Scholarship Federation Application Requirements
A. E. Wright has been a proud member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) for over 30 years. This federation recognizes students for their exemplary academic and citizenship achievement during the school year. In order to earn recognition in this program, students must conform to the bylaws within the CJSF Constitution. Please read and review the following qualifications for membership into CJSF or 6th Grade Honor Society.
Grades earned in 6th grade will qualify students for eligibility in "Honor Society". Grades earned in 7th & 8th grade will qualify students for eligibility in "CJSF". Membership applications and requirements for Honor Society and CJSF are the same.
Requirements for 6/7 Honor Society and 7/8 CJSF Membership:
It is a MANDATORY requirement for STUDENTS to apply EACH semester for membership, during the application acceptance period. Students use their end of semester grades from the previous semester for their application (June report card when applying in the Fall, January report card when applying in the spring). No parent signature is required for the application.
7th/8th Grade CJSF and 6th Grade Honor Society points are granted as follows:
A = 3 points*
B = 1 point*
C = 0 points
*Honors courses may earn 1 extra point per "A" or "B" not to exceed a total of 2 points extra. GATE courses, Accelerated Math, or Math High do not qualify for the additional point(s).
Students must earn a total of 8 points from the following subjects in the previous semester: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science.
7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS enrolled in a Foreign Language must earn a total of 10 points for membership.
No points are earned for P. E., remedial or repeated courses, electives (other than foreign language taken in 7th or 8th grade). Grades must be "C" or higher in each enrolled class regardless whether they count for points or not. No "D's" or "F's" in any subject. Behavior and citizenship grades must be maintained as satisfactory or better in all classes. No "N's" or "U's" in citizenship. In addition, students must maintain a minimum of 95 behavior points.
*Parents: If your child does not earn enough points to make Honor Society or CJSF or if you have questions regarding this program, PLEASE do not contact the Counselors or Administration. Please contact the advisors; Miss Wessels [email protected] or Mr. Bostrom [email protected]
If you have questions regarding a grade received from a specific teacher, please contact the teacher as ONLY the teacher who issues the grade has authority to make any grade changes.
GRADUATING WITH HONORS - ASTROCAMP - CATALINA - YOSEMITE
How to apply for 7th & 8th Grade CJSF or 6th Grade Honor Society
Applications for membership into CJSF or 6th Grade Honor Society will be available on the counter outside the Attendance Office during the application period. Students must complete the application and return it to the collection bin prior to the application deadline. NO parent signature is required to complete the application. Students simply input their academic and citizenship grades earned from their end of semester report card. If a student does not recall the exact grade, they should complete the application to the best of their knowledge. Each application is verified for accuracy by the Honor Society advisors.
If a student attended a school other than A. E. Wright during the previous semester, they must provide a photocopy of their report card along with the application.
How to Graduate from A. E. Wright with "Honors"
Students who apply for and are accepted into CJSF based on grades earned during each semester (spring and fall) while in 7th and 8th grade may culminate with "Honors" status. During these four semesters, students must have earned admittance into CJSF in at least three of the four semesters. Each student who culminates from A. E. Wright with "Honors" will receive a gold CJSF pin to wear on their gown during culmination ceremonies. In addition, these students will receive recognition at culmination as well as a certificate embossed with a gold seal from CJSF with their diploma.
In accordance with the CJSF bylaws; "on a campus that includes 6th grade, second semester 6th graders as well as first semester 7th graders have no official CJSF status. These students may not serve as officers nor may the semesters count toward Honor Member status." In order to recognize academic excellence in 6th grade, A. E. Wright has established a 6th Grade Honor Society. Membership requirements into 6th Grade Honor Society are the same as CJSF.
Honor Society and CJSF Trip Information
As a reward for their exemplary academic and citizenship achievements, any student who qualifies for 6th Grade Honor Society and 7th & 8th Grade CJSF are invited to attend one of our overnight educational field trips. In the fall, 7th graders who apply for and are accepted into Honor Society will have the opportunity to go to Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) for three days of marine biology and other science related education. 8th graders who apply for and meet the qualifications for CJSF will have the opportunity to go to Nature Bridge in Yosemite National Park for six days of classes and hiking while learning about the geology, natural history, ecology, and conservation of the area. All Yosemite trip applicants must be in excellent physical health as they will be learning in the field and hiking up to 10-15 miles each day. In the spring, 6th graders who apply for and are accepted into Honor Society will have the opportunity to go to Astrocamp, in Idylwild, for three days to learn about astronomy, physics, and other related subjects.
Please be aware that for the 2013-2014 school year each parent meeting will be held in the Gymnasium at A. E. Wright Middle School
NATUREBRIDGE TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
NatureBridge Yosemite has named Mr. Greg Bostrom as their 2013 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Bostrom received his award at a special recognition in San Francisco at the annual NatureBridge Gala corporate event. "It is a tremendous honor to receive this recognition from NatureBridge. I'm proud to have had the opportunity to lead student groups with this outstanding organization for the past 28 years. I accept this recognition on behalf of my many colleagues and chaperones who make this experience happen for our students each year."
In October of 2010, Mr. Bostrom was recognized by NatureBridge inYosemite for his 25 years of service bringing student groups to their program. Over the course of this time several thousand students from our community have had the opportunity to learn about geology, natural history, biology, geography, and ecology in a truly unique program. Click on the link below to read a blog about him.
25 Years Blog!
Astrocamp (6th Grade)
Next trip date: March 5 - 7, 2014
ONLY students who apply and qualify for 6th Grade Honor Society in the spring semester may attend this trip. Anticipated trip cost: $325.00
Catalina Island Marine Institute (7th Grade)
Next trip date: November 11 - 13, 2013
ONLY students who apply and qualify for 7th Grade Honor Society may attend this trip. Anticipated trip cost: $330.00
Students must be good swimmers as they will experience 2 snorkel dives during the trip.
NatureBridge Yosemite Trip (8th Grade)
Next trip date: October 27 - November 1, 2013
Our Premier Honor Society Trip!
ONLY students who qualify for 8th Grade CJSF may attend this trip. Anticipated trip cost: $790.00
Students will be attending the world famous NatureBridge outdoor education program where they will take part in an intensive inquiry-based, hands on field science experience. Students will hike through the dramatic landscapes of Yosemite Valley, explore ancient groves of giant sequoias and lush meadows, and challenge themselves to reach the tops of waterfalls.
They will learn about the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada; engage in field research projects, such as macroinvertebrate biomonitoring; and discover how the environment supported humans from the early Miwok to the present.
Students must be in excellent physical health as they will be hiking up to 5 - 15 miles each day with an elevation gain of up to 2,500 feet. If you are not a hiker, this may not be the trip for you! If you are, you will learn about geology, botany, ecology, natural history, and astronomy, within one of the most spectacular places on Earth.
Click on the links below to see and learn more about NatureBridge Yosemite. It is truly a life changing experience!
What is NatureBridge?
A typical day with NatureBridge Yosemite
What are the facilities like at NatureBridge Yosemite?
Clothing and equipment list
Curry Village Cabin Renovation Update
If you have additional questions regarding 6th Grade Honor Society, CJSF, or our trip excursions, contact the advisors listed below. For questions regarding grades in subject area classes, please contact the individual teacher as the advisors have no authority to adjust student grades.
Yosemite, Catalina, and Astrocamp Trip Photos