What is it?
CJSF or California Junior Scholarship Federation, is a statewide organization founded for the purpose of fostering high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship in the middle school grades. CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while creating pride in scholastic achievement. Its motto is Scholarship for Service. Students qualify each semester based on grades but can lose active membership status for poor citizenship or grades in which inactive membership does not count towards graduating with honors.
When does CJSF meet?
CJSF meets during lunchtime, and meetings are usually the first Wednesday of the month. See calendar for dates.
Update: For the 2020-2021 distance learning school year we will not hold meetings. We will stay connected via Google Classroom.
Who is eligible for membership?
Second semester seventh grade students and eighth grade students who qualify with the appropriate grades are eligible. "CJSF students may be disqualified from membership based on poor citizenship. It is the adviser and principal’s prerogative to determine disbarment." -CJSF Website
Update: For the 2020-2021 distance learning school year CJSF will only be accepting 8th graders who were members last year as 7th graders. Currently the 7th grade program is on hiatus.
Grades are given a point value. An A is 3 points, a B is 1 point, and a C is 0 points. A D or an F in any subject disqualifies a student from membership. Only Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Year-long Spanish Elective (if the student is taking it) are used to determine eligibility.
What is the membership dues?
There is a $10.00 membership fee per semester. It goes to pay for volunteer activities, donations to causes that the students vote on. No one will be denied membership if they cannot afford the dues. See Mrs. Malatesta scholarship options.
Update: For the 2020-2021 distance learning school year we will not be collecting dues.
What is required for school /community service?
Students are requested to complete a minimum of 5-10 hours of volunteer service per semester. Tutoring outside the family, coaching, volunteer work with other community groups, and schools can all be counted. Any service that is not compensated and helps citizens other than your family members qualifies. The goal is for members to balance their high academic achievement with public or school service. Students who complete the community service portion may be eligible for extra activities such as a reward luncheon.
Update: For the 2020-2021 distance learning school year we will not be participating in community service outreach through CJSF.
What can you gain from membership in CJSF?
Students who qualify based on their academics and are active members for their last 3 semesters at Union will graduate with Honors and they will be accepted as an Associate Member in CSF (the high school version of CJSF program). For Union Middle School's promotion ceremony they will receive a CJSF gold pin and honors seal on their UMS diploma if eligible.
When do I apply?
Students have a window to apply at the beginning of the first quarter and third quarter. A powerschool printout that includes the students name from the previous quarter should be attached to the application. Applications are going to be available via paper application at the first meetings of each semester.
Update: For the 2020-2021 distance learning school year we will pushing out a digital application a couple weeks after the new year has started for 8th graders only.
First Semester CJSF Applications Due : TBA (8th graders ONLY)
Second Semester CJSF Applications Due: TBA (8th graders ONLY)