Students who are interested in improving leadership skills can become involved in school politics and seek election to the Student Council. Students who wish to run for Student Council office must meet the criteria of the Council advisors. The Student Council consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Reporter, as well as classroom representatives. Each elected officer serves a one year term. With the guidance of their faculty advisors, the Student Council members act as the student governing body, and are instrumental in bridging the gap between the staff and the student body. The duties of the council members include school or community announcements, representing NAMS in a positive way, and delegating duties to classroom representatives. Each morning, Student Council officers and/or representatives lead the student body in the “Pledge of Allegiance” from the office before the school-day begins. Student Council members are also involved in community service. Additionally, the members of the Student Council participate in activities throughout the year that benefit students and staff members.
Junior Honor Society
Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a student at New Albany Middle School. The National Junior Honor Society strives to recognize the total student. Standards for selection include five areas of achievement: scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.
Candidates for membership in the National Junior Honor Society must have a 3.5 grade point average, and participate in two or more community or school activities. Additionally, students must show active participation in three or more service projects in the school or community, and demonstrate the highest qualities of character, measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with both students and faculty. Finally, participation of the student in civic-related organizations and activities is considered.
Seventh and eighth grade members of the National Junior Honor Society conduct service projects each year. The organization sponsors annual food drives and works diligently soliciting funds to aid the victims of natural disasters. Other fundraisers in which students have participated are Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), Math Counts (St. Jude Research Hospital), and collecting money and items for needy children within our school family. Melissa Tate and Leanne Tate George serve as advisors for the New Albany Middle School chapter.
New Albany Middle School Students have several opportunities each year to compete in academic competitions. Seventh and eighth grade students participate each year in the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics district math tournament. Tests are administered at NAMS to determine which students will proceed to the district tournament held at Northeast Community College. Two students from each grade represent the school.
Academic competitions are also available in the form of Geography and Spelling Bees. School level competitions are held each year to determine which students will represent NAMS at the district, state, and national levels. A NAMS student has participated in the Geography Bee at the state level each year. Several New Albany Middle School Students have been Union County Spelling Bee winners and placed at the Mid-South Spelling Bee.
The New Albany Middle School Band Program consists of three bands: sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade. Members of the band from each grade level participate in the New Albany Christmas Parade and in Christmas and Spring Concerts. The seventh and eighth grade bands attend concert evaluations as well as solo and ensemble competitions at Itawamba Community College, where they consistently receive superior ratings. Additionally, the seventh and eighth grade bands play at football games.
The NAMS PTO sponsors the annual NAMS Beauty Review. Girls in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade can participate in the competition. Three to five Beauties are selected from the students who participate in the beauty review depending on the number of entries. Proceeds from the NAMS Beauty Review help to increase funds available for PTO use.