J. Frank Hillyard Middle School

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National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society 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, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.

​Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

​Source: njhs.us

Pillars of NJHS


Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Examples of Leadership

  • Elected officer for the student body, class, or club
  • Committee chairperson;
  • Yearbook member
  • Leadership in the classroom such as during a group project
  • Presenting at the Invention Convention or Genius Hour Share Fair​
  • Being Hawks Hero
  • All County Selection in Band or Chorus


This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.

Examples of Service

  • Ringing Salvation Army Bell
  • Trash Pick-Up
  • Helping conduct a clothes or food drive
  • Volunteering at an animal shelter or nursing home
  • Babysitting for free
  • Helping an elderly person with their house cleaning or lawn for no pay
* Household chores do not count as service


The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Examples of Character

  • ​Student of the Month Award
  • End of Year Character Count Awards
  • Positive Referrals
  • Teacher Recommendation and Teacher Survey


The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects democracy; respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.

Examples of Citizenship

  • Membership in activities
    • Musical
    • FFA, TSA, or SCA
    • Boy/Girls Scouts
    • 4-H
    • Youth Group ​

Heart and Sole (Girls on the Run)

Watch this space for up to date info for 2020-21!
JFHMS Heart and Sole graphic

Hawks Heroes

Hawks Heroes is a group of 6th, 7th & 8th grade students who serve as role models and mentors to care for our school community. Hawks Heroes are chosen through an application process, teacher recommendations and serve for one year at a time.
​They are positive, helpful, respectful students who make being a Hawk the best thing in the world to be!
JFHMS Hawks Heroes


2020-21 The yearbook staff will be selected once school starts, see Mrs. Hinegardner if you are interested. Our Yearbook editor is always seeking pictures taken by students or parents at school events, such as sporting events or concerts.

Email pictures to bhinegardner@rockingham.k12.va.us

Related Arts

  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Challenge
  • FFA
  • WORLD STRIDES BLOG 2019-- SEE WHAT THE WORLD STRIDES GROUP HAS BEEN UP TO on the 8th Grade World Strides science trip to Florida. This is a great opportunity for our 7th graders to see what THEY could be doing, this time next year! Links to past World Stride trips are below:
World Strides 2018
World Strides 2017
World Strides 2016
World Strides 2015

World Strides 2014
World Strides 2013
World Strides 2012
World Strides 2011
World Strides 2010

Student Options for Athletics

SIxth Graders can participate in : Cross Country, Wrestling, Track, Hawks Hangout, Band, Choir and Musical

Seventh Graders can participate in : Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling, Track, Cheer, Hawks Hangout, Band, Choir and Musical

Eighth Graders can participate in: Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling, Track, Volleyball, Cheer, several JV sports at BHS, Hawks Hangout, Band, Choir and Musical


Students are encouraged to try out for teams in the athletic program. All grade level students can try out for cross country (fall), wrestling (winter), and track (spring). Seventh & eighth grade students may try out for boys and girls basketball teams. Seventh and eighth grade girls can participate in volleyball. Girls interested in cheerleading can try out at the end of their sixth or seventh grade year and/or the beginning of their 7th/8th grade year for participation during basketball seasons.

Students at JFHMS are provided many opportunities to become involved in extra-curricular athletics. Students are encouraged to try out for teams in the athletic program. All grade level students can try out for cross country (fall), wrestling (winter), and track (spring). Seventh & eighth grade students may try out for boys and girls basketball teams. Seventh and eighth grade girls can participate in volleyball and cheer.


  • 6th/7th/8th Cross Country
  • 7th/8th Volleyball
  • 7th grade Basketball
  • 7th grade Cheerleading
  • JV Volleyball
  • JV Football

  • 8th grade Basketball
  • 6th/7th/8th grade Wrestling
  • 8th grade Cheerleading
  • JV Basketball
  • JV Swimming

  • Track
  • JV Baseball
  • JV Softball

For more information about JFHMS athletics, please contact the JFHMS Athletic Director, Mr. Brett Martin or for more information about BHS JV athletics, please contact the BHS Athletic Director, Mr. Ryan Ritter

Click here to go to the BHS Athletics Page


Awards and Academic Achievement


Students who achieve academic success at the ALL “A” level will be the recipients of JFHMS Academic Award medals and will be honored with a medal at the end of the school year. Students can achieve Bronze, Silver, or Gold medals for achieving the following criteria:

First Semester (any year) All A’s: BRONZE MEDAL

Finish the Bronze year with All A’s + First Semester of the following year All A’s: SILVER MEDAL

Finish the Silver year with All A’s + First Semester of the Eighth grade year All A’s: GOLD MEDAL

Students who do not qualify for a medal at the first semester break but who pull all grades up to “A” at the end of the year will receive their medal over the summer or at the beginning of the next year and be moved into a position to work toward the next medal honor. Students will be notified in school that they have qualified for an Academic Awards Medal, and can pick it up from the guidance office.

Clubs and Organizations

Extra-curricular activities, clubs, and fine arts organizations extend far beyond the classroom and give you an opportunity to be involved in your school and to develop your special talents. Students at JFHMS are provided many opportunities to become involved in extra-curricular activities and clubs.

Hawks Hang Out Clubs
Different clubs and after-school events are provided each year through Hawks Hang Outs when different teachers become involved in sharing their hobbies and interests with students. Hawks Hang Out activities in the past have included interests such as "Let's Rock this World", "Coding Club", "Creative Writing", "Cards and Cribbage", "Running Club", "Outdoor Club", and "Diversity Club". Students in all grade levels will be invited to sign up for Hawks Hang Outs early in the school year. The meeting dates for the 2017-18 school year are available in the school office, the schedules are different for several of the clubs, based on seasons and field trips.

The SCA and Hawks Heroes are groups are selected by a special process. Both of these groups and offer opportunities for students to assist within the building, and lead others throughout the school year.

Several after school dances are scheduled for all students during the school year. Students must be in good school standing under our PBIS program, to attend. JFH dances offer students the choice to dance in the large gym or play basketball in the small gym, all while spending some fun "down time" with friends. Admission to dances is $3.00; concessions are also available for purchase, along with our famous Gourmet Lollipops.