Summer ReadingSummer Reading 2017
Read as much as you can, as often as you can!
Our city public library system is the best reading resource over the summer. Participating in free activities online and in person will enrich each student's summer and is essential for academic success. Participate with Slay the Slide and complete at least five weekly challenges (or do all 12 if you can!).
Summer EnrichmentLooking for something fun and stimulating to do this summer? Try some of these enrichment programs offered in the Richmond and surrounding areas:
- Collegiate School of Virginia's summer learning programs
- The University of Virginia, Curry School of Education's Summer Enrichment Program
- Computer Camp at the College of William & Mary
- Art Classes at the Glen Allen Arts Center
Students have a service passport that is used in their third block class. Service passports allow students to record hours of service completed in the community and to track their progress on seven objectives. Much of this will be completed through the class time in the service learning block.
When a student completes all seven objectives and completes fifty hours of service, the student is eligible for a service medallion.
LMB students made 747 pinwheels which were mailed in November under our team name "Pinwheels from Panthers." These pinwheels represent nearly $1500 contributed to the Students Rebuild / Healing Classrooms challenge. Way to go, LMB!
See Mrs. Cady if you have any concerns about your service requirements or records.
50 hours of service over the middle school experience and Completed Objectives -- Objectives include:
- Become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
- Undertake challenges that develop new skills
- Discuss, evaluate, and plan student-initiated activities
- Persevere in action
- Work collaboratively with others
- Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
- Consider the ethical implications of their actions
What constitutes community service?
Students are encouraged to use their interests, passions, and skills to provide meaningful service both in their service learning blocks and during free time that they can devote to the community. For community activities, students must be supervised by an adult, must be engaged with an organization (i.e. an animal shelter, a scouting group, or a charity, etc), and provide contact information (email or telephone number) for the supervising adult. Activities may be documented in the service passport on page 2. Students may add additional pages as needed.
How do I log hours?
Hours can be designated by the sponsor of an event.
- Hours can be logged in half-hour increments.
- A half an hour community service will be earned for giving items such as cans, clothes, and the like to a charity – the number of items will not matter. Students may accumulate up to two hours of time through donations.
- Hours can be saved or banked for the next year until the student completes the 50 hours. Students are encouraged to participate in service hours on a regular and on-going basis.
What does not constitute service?
- Any activity in which you receive a tangible benefit or reward such as money (like babysitting) or special favors.
- Any school activity in which you will receive a grade or credit toward a grade.
- Practice hours for performance activities (i.e. choir practice, sports practice,etc.)
- Helping a relative or friend with chores or a job.
- Participating in a religious activity, play, as an acolyte, or youth group that’s purpose is to promote a given religion. Activities that promote worship or evangelism do not count toward the service hours requirement. However, if such an activity benefits others without proselytizing, then the activity will count. Feeding the homeless, building homes for the needy, holiday group presentations to the community, and assisting with gift giving during the holidays all count toward service hours.
- Playing in a band for formal presentation at school does not constitute community service unless the ensemble plays outside the school for the benefit of others such as for a nursing home.
- Please talk with a teacher if you have questions regarding a type of service.
When will I be responsible for tracking my hours?
Students should track their hours in their logbooks in hour and half hour increments. They should also complete the reflections found in their logbook. Teachers will review booklets each marking period to see that information is being properly completed. This will also give students the ability to monitor and evaluate their own progress.
How are students recognized for completing service hours requirements?
Students will be recognized in grade level presentations once they have completed the fifty hours of service and have completed all seven objectives.