Student Government

Student government is a junior high group consisting of three representatives from each grade, nine members in total. Members are elected each spring from their student body to run dances, student events, and pep assemblies with an ear open for student ideas and input. They are a highly independent and self-motivated group who enjoy giving back to their school community.

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

The National Junior Honor Society promotes recognition for middle level students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Through NJHS chapter service activities, members maintain and extend the qualities that won them selection by a Faculty Council.

What is the National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.

Eligible students can be identified at the beginning of second trimester in eighth or ninth grade and be a student at NDPA for a minimum of one trimester. They must meet standards in the above mentioned areas.

Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Four main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning:

  • to create enthusiasm for scholarship,
  • to stimulate a desire to render service,
  • to promote leadership, and
  • to develop character in the students of secondary schools

All chapters are required to conduct at least one chapter service project each year and to promote individual service projects for all members. The organizational, leadership, and service learning skills developed through these activities build stronger students.

Athletics

 Basketball: Girls, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Teams – Basketball begins in mid November, with games starting in early December and the tournaments wrapping up by mid-February.

Cheer –  NDPA Cheerleaders are exceptional athletes and have committed themselves to promote good fellowship, sportsmanship, friendship and school spirit.  They are examples of honor, respect, and accountability.  Our Cheerleaders cheer competitively and support other sports programs and events in the school.  Tryouts are held in the spring.

Co-ed Cross Country – Season begins the second week of school, with the state championship meet typically happening in mid-October. The races are two miles long-summer practicing by individual athletes is encouraged for a more successful season.

Co-ed Soccer – Season begins the first week of March, with the tournament ending in mid-May.

Dance Company – Dance company is an audition only team open to Jr. High age students. For more information visit ndpadancinglions.blogspot.com.

The following forms are required each year. Parents and student athletes should read and understand this document prior to participating in NDPA Athletics.

Clubs

EcoGeeks – We are an after school service group with an environmental focus.  Every Monday and Friday for 45 minutes we are responsible for emptying the paper recycling bins, as well as the battery recycling boxes and Print cartridge recycling boxes, in both the Elementary and Secondary Buildings.  As part of a reward for their service, the EcoGeeks take a trip (usually on Saturdays), once a trimester to some fun outing to learn more about how they can do their part to help the environment.  Service is optional, just show up when you can!

Wild About Reading Club – NDPA’s Junior High book club, meets the third Thursday of the month in the library from 3:10-4:00 to discuss the month’s selected book.

Sept. 15th     Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Oct. 27th       Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Nov. 17th      Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Dec. 15th       Hitler’s Canary by Sandi Toksvig
Jan. 19th       Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Feb. 23rd       OC Daniel by Wesley King
Mar. 16th       Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
Apr. 20th           Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
May 18th            Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Music Club – If you like music, join the Music Club. They meet on Fridays from 1:15pm – 2:00pm in room 218.

 

After-School Activities

After-School Chess Club, grades 5-9 – more info coming soon!