Service Learning

  • Service learning is an essential component of the IB curriculum. 

    Please find the 2018 Service Project here: 2018 Service Learning Project

    Click here for more service learning FAQs: Frequently asked questions

    2017 Service Learning Projects

    Please talk to your student about Service Learning and find out how you can help with community involvement.

    Activity Logs

    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. See Mrs. Cady if you have any concerns about your service requirements or records. 

    Download a Service Learning Single Sheet

    Requirements

    50 hours of service over the middle school experience and completed objectives

    Objectives

    • 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 service passports in hour and half hour increments. They should also complete the reflections found in their logbook. Teachers will review passports 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.