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Over 3,000 Thanks Yous

As, National Junior Honor Society Advisor, I’m so proud of our Caroline Middle School, National Junior Honor Society students. We hosted our annual Thanksgiving food drive and this year set the goal high…3,000 items! I’m proud to announce we exceeded that amount with enough items to bless over 40 families with all that was needed for their Thanksgiving meals. It doesn’t stop here, Because of your generosity, We have enough to bless several families for Christmas!
Special shout out to the entire CMS family including Principal, Foster all students faculty, staff and parents. I would like to give a special shout out to Pastor, Duane Fields Sr for personally donating items, Mr. Vandevender (former NJHS parent)who purchase over 50 items to help us reach our goal and last but not least, Mr. Foster who count it not robbery to purchased over 250 items to make sure our goal was met!! God is so amazing and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to sponsor so many talented students that desires to help others and do it with love!

“Scholars Today, Leaders Tomorrow



Children in Africa smiling after receiving donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste from our National Junior Honor Society.
The National Junior Honor Society donated 100 toothbrushes and 100 tubes of toothpaste to an orphanage in Uganda, Africa. Not only are our students excited about helping the community and people within the United States, but also people throughout the world.

Helping Hands!

National Junior Honor Society Students (NJHS), Adrianna Crockley and Taylor Peterson, along with Sponsor Shermeka Baker-Latney, partnered with Psi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Stafford, VA to fight Childhood Hunger.

The Issue:

Nearly 16 Million children (1 in 5 kids) live in a “food-insecure” household. This means they lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis and struggle with hunger at some time during the year as a result.

NJHS Students not only donated over 100 canned goods within 24 hours of notification, but also unselfishly made themselves available “to serve” during their weekend time to collect additional canned goods and non-perishable items. Kudos to these young ladies for giving back to the community for such a worthy cause!

Sharon Hardy, Adrianna Crockley, Taylor Peterson, Shermeka Baker-Latney and Francesca Johnson

NJHS helps out family with the Texas We Care project!

Texas Resident Invited to Shop at CMS!

Caroline Middle School National Junior Honor Society students hosted a TEXAS WE CARE! drive during the month of September. Students, staff and community members donated over 5,000 items over 55 care packages to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Various items were sent, including personal hygiene products, clothes, shoes, book bags, school supplies, cleaning products, detergent, sheets, and much more.

CMS, National Junior Society (NHJS) Sponsor, Mrs. Baker-Latney had the honor of meeting Tristan, a Texas resident who was affected by Hurricane Harvey. After Hurricane Harvey destroyed Tristan’s home, he relocated to Caroline County, though his parents and siblings were unable to relocate.

Tristan was invited to shop at the NJHS Hygiene Pantry. Not only did Tristan select items that he needed, he was also encouraged to select items for his parents and siblings. Tristan stated, “I’m very grateful, and it’s such a great feeling that young students in another state are willing to help us, Wow!” The items selected for his parents and siblings were sent through priority mail.

This year, the NJHS will go above and beyond to help families. Our goal is to assist families within our community, throughout Virginia and our country. As NJHS President Jasmyne Lewis stated, “We would want others to help us if we were in need here in Virginia.” As a result of the generous donations collected. Caroline Middle School haves additional items and care packages available for families in need. Our CMS student leaders understand the value of building relationships and exceed in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, Service, and Citizenship. They are definitely implementing “Scholars Today Leaders tomorrow.”

Texas resident, Tristan, receives supplies from NJHS

NJHS provided supplies for the residents of Texas.


Texas, We Care!

The Caroline Middle School NJHS asks your help to support the families of Texas. These families were affected by the recent hurricane Harvey and have lost their homes and personal possessions. The NJHS at Caroline Middle School is asking for any donations of personal hygiene products that you can give. Please view the link below for more information.


NJHS Mandatory Meeting

Welcome back NJHS members!
We will have our first meeting of the 2017-2018 school year, on Wednesday, August 23rd, from 3:00 -5:00 pm; ALL members are expected to be present. Cant wait to see you there.

S. Baker-Latney,
NJHS Sponsor

The National Junior Honor Society’s newest members


The evening of April 24 was wet and gloomy, but inside the auditorium of Caroline Middle School the hearts of those in attendance shined bright like a diamond. The CMS auditorium gleamed with the accomplishments of the new members to be inducted in the National Junior Honor Society.

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school 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.”

Since 1929, over 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. The organization does not just focus on the academic achievements of students, but their community service involvement as well.

The guest speaker for this occasion was Dr. William Noel Sr., former CMS NJHS member, educator and coach of Caroline County Public schools who inspired students by focusing on the five pillars. “Scholarship is the commitment to your learning and therefore a commitment to your future. I challenge you to be a lifelong learner,” Noel expressed. “To be a leader is to lead and not boss. A boss sits in the back, barking orders while everyone else works. I challenge you to be leaders.”

The following students recited the induction pledge to uphold the purpose of the National Junior Honor Society, to remain loyal to their school and to uphold high standards of scholarship; service; leadership; character; and citizenship: Reanna Ahnen, Laila Arnshoff, Tyler Bevan, Jacob Blevins, Ashley Breese, Brianna Cooksey, Kellen Cuevas, Kalista Driggers, Kennedy Drumm, Braiden Fletcher, Arika, Gray, Christianna Gray, Rowan Heagney, Alita Hix, Kaylin Hofmann, Amayah James, Amanda Joyce, Sean Kenny, Kayla Kinard, Jasmyne Lewis, Emma Mahaney, Lilly Mahaney, Megyn McCoy, Gabriela Mont, Heciel Nieves-Bonilla, Hassanatou Nimaga, Amanda Norman, Adrianna Patterson, Taylor Peterson, Shanyi Pierre, Shiyah Pierre, LaMarrio Pittman Jr., Breanna Ralls, Nevaeh Randolph, Justin Simulcik, Faith Smith, Hope Smith, Cassidy Southworth, Shamia Stevens, Holly Trout, Riley Wallace and Aleksandra Witkowski.

Jordyn Rollins-Williams expressed to inductees and their parents. “Being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society reflects more than academic achievement, it is a testimony of your integrity, constructive idea and outstanding citizenship. Parents in a real sense, you share this honor with your child. You have provided the foundation of character, encouragement and support that have made your son or daughter into an outstanding student”

She also acknowledged that the sponsor of the CMS National Junior Honor Society, Mrs. Baker-Latney was “like a second mom and always told me to make sure my spirit is right and if it wasn’t, she would tell me to get your spirit right! She always found the good in all things and encouraged me to always be a beacon light”.