Cuthbertson Middle School held its National Junior Beta Club Induction Ceremony on Thursday, September, 27, 2012 at 10:30. One hundred and forty-nine Eighth Graders were inducted in the ceremony. Beta Club is a student centered organization, whose mission includes continual development and nurturing of individuals by providing opportunities and experiences that enable them to demonstrate the ideals of character, achievement, service, and leadership in a global community.
In order to be inducted into the National Junior Beta Club at Cuthbertson Middle School, students must have an overall 92.00 average at the end of seventh grade in the following classes: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, and P.E. These students also must have excellent conduct, with no more than one conduct grade of “Needs Improvement” in any subject and no “Unsatisfactory” during their seventh grade year. Even with these stringent criteria, 149 students were inducted.
The focus for National Beta Club is leadership, and service. This year Junior Beta Club will be participating in a variety of community service projects. Currently the Junior Beta Club is in the planning stages of a campus beautification project, food drive for the food bank of Union County, candy sales for a charity of our choice, fundraiser for military families, and volunteering at Marvin Elementary for their field day in the spring. Students in Junior Beta Club are challenged as members to become involved in service projects which strengthen student leadership, character, and service.
Students being inducted took this time to thank their parents for the many doors that they unlocked for them throughout their journey in life. Teachers were also thanked for teaching many skills including reading and reasoning, which are keys to the locks of the doors that lead to maturity. Keys are a symbol of Junior Beta Club and were used in the induction ceremony. These keys represented achievement, character, leadership, and service.
For the key of achievement, students were asked these questions: “What have you done?” “Have you produced something through honest toil?” “Have you made satisfactory grades in your school?” Have you completed the tasks you have undertaken?” Have you used to your advantage your inborn abilities? Students were warned not to expect to possess achievement suddenly, but can only be won gradually through daily accomplishment that builds up from small to ever-increasing effort.
The key to character was described as a strong key that unlocks the most difficult of locks. It is a key forged of many different metals including dependability, humility, justice, compassion, and integrity.
Leadership is a key sometimes described as deceptive because students may not be aware that they have it. Service is the master key that opens the heart of mankind.
Students chosen to join National Junior Beta Club have demonstrated these keys and are challenged to develop them further. Students pledged to be honest and truthful at all times, maintain a creditable scholastic record, be a service to their teachers and fellow man, and conduct themselves in a moral and ethical manner. It is an honor to announce that the following students were inducted to the National Junior Beta Club at Cuthbertson Middle School: