MUMS Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Upchurch Middle School Club page.  We offer many clubs and organizations for optimal student benefit.

Math and Science Team

Coaches:  Kendra Clayton, Philicia Upchurch, and Katie Manzella

Morris Upchurch Middle School Math and Science Team is a member of the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association. TMSCA was founded in order to provide additional preparation opportunities for students participating in the number sense, calculator applications, mathematics, and science events.


Student Council

Sponsor:  Shirley Miles

The Student Council is responsible for Red Ribbon Week. This includes educating other students about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and abuse. We do  this by having fun activities for the students to participate in each day as well as handing out literature which informs students of the dangers of drugs. The seventh and eighth graders participate in “Dead Day” which helps emphasize the consequences of drug abuse in a realistic way.

Fundraising activities undertaken during the year were as follows: selling items for Homecoming and Valentine’s Day and working for the concession stand during volleyball and basketball season. A highlight of the year was the winter dance sponsored by the Student Council for seventh and eighth graders.


Sponsor:  Robin Hutchinson

Members of NJHS strive to better their community by getting involved and doing community service work. We encourage all our members to get involved and give something back to the community!

What is National Junior Honor Society?

Established in 1929, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding middle school level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1929.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS (High School) and NJHS (Middle School). 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.

(Taken from Accessed 12/10/11)


Who is eligible for NJHS?

At MUMS, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship.  That means, students in 7th or 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 93 or above will receive an invitation to fill out an information sheet. Students will then fill out the information sheet to give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.  Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship), they will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.


Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?

After students fill out an information sheet and the required recommendation forms from teachers and/or other adults, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by our Faculty Council.  The Faculty Council is an anonymous group of faculty members who make final decisions about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS.  The Faculty Council also serves as the group who determines if a student should be dismissed because of a failure to meet expectations in one of the five areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, or Citizenship. The NJHS sponsors do not have a vote on the Faculty Council and will not be making any decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or dismissal.


What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?

Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 93 or above, as established by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character (and citizenship for NJHS).

Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.