This service requirement is based on the example of Jesus who came “not to be served but to serve” (Mt 20:26). Service is an integral part of educating the whole child. Through service, our students will gain a sense of empathy for others, leading to a desire to contribute to our community through acts of service. It will also help to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.
Students will be required to complete a designated number of hours each year and complete a written reflection of their service including Scriptural references and knowledge of faith learned in their Theology class. It is the individual student’s responsibility to input the service information into their Dashboard in Schoology. And then once a quarter complete a SA Service Reflection in Theology based on their service experience.
Required hours for each grade for the year:
Middle school students – 15hrs
9th grade – 20hrs
10th grade – 30hrs
11th & 12th grades – 40hrs
Teens (ages 11–15) Bronze: 50–74 hrs Silver: 75–99 hrs Gold: 100+ hrs
YA (ages 16–18) Bronze: 100–174 hrs Silver: 175–249 hrs Gold: 250+ hrs
Required hours can be divided between service to Church, school and community - the 3 pillars. Organizations should be non-profit & engaged in activities that are not contrary to Catholic teaching.
Community service hours: half must be completed before Christmas break, and the rest by the second week of April.
Each grade will be given opportunities for service but not all service requirements can or will be met in conjunction with school. Examples of organizations within the 3 pillars:
Church: Community: School:
Local Churches Urban League Retreat Team
VBS Harvest Hope Christian Service Team
Catholic Charities Transitions CNDM
Select a program or other non-profit organization from the pre-approved agency list, located in Schoology under your class’ resource folder. If the organization is not on the list, the student may seek pre-approval from the Service Director via the Engage app in Schoology. Be sure to fill out the requested information. Students will be able to view and monitor their service hours via their dashboard in Schoology.
The completion of these hours, with a quarterly reflection essay, is required as part of their theology grade, as well as a general school policy. Completion of the hours will result in an exempt grade for a SA Service assignment. Failure to complete them will result in an "M" which will count as a zero for the SA, which are 70% of the quarter grade.
Step by step instructions in use of Engage in Schoology under your class’ resource folder.