San Gabriel Mission High School

Welcome to San Gabriel Mission High School, an International Baccalaureate World School

Service Learning Program

About the Service-Learning Program

Service Learning is a graduation requirement based on responding to the Gospel’s call to love and serve others so that we can promote social justice and respect for all human life. It calls on students to work in direct service to other under-served people and communities. 

Service Learning Requirements

  • Direct service is emphasized.  You must interact with the people who are in need.
  • It must be with non-profit organizations outside of your community.  The goal is to step outside your nearby comforts and offer your service to other under-served communities. (We do not accept service hours from any of your former schools or any schools your siblings have attended.  Nor do we accept service hours from anywhere your parents work.  Service at these places should already be happening. Our program challenges the students to go beyond that to share their gift of service to other communities they are not normally a part of.)
  • You must keep a running log of your hours using the appropriate form, verified and signed by the supervisor at the site. You also need to be logging in your hours to Aeries.
  • Refer to the attached list for some suggestions on already approved sites.  If there is another site you are interested in, please fill out the New Site Approval form and submit it to the Service Learning Moderator.  Once she has determined whether the site meets our Service Learning requirements, she will email the student accordingly.

Academic Requirements

Service Learning comprises 20% of a student’s religion grade each semester.

 Freshmen & Sophomores

  • 25 service hours are required per year during a student’s freshman and sophomore years.
  • Take this opportunity to explore different organizations who champion different causes.  Hopefully you will find a cause that you will develop a passion for and feel called to serve.
  • Theological reflections and service logs/time sheets are administered by the Service Learning Moderator and are collected for Religion Class credit.  Your religion teacher is the theological reflection facilitator for the class.
  • For sophomores, a portfolio and oral presentation on your service learning is due in place of the 3rd quarter exam.

 

Juniors & Seniors:

  • 70 hours of service to one approved non-profit organization and Peace/Justice issue; 35 hours are completed junior year and 35 hours are completed senior year.  By this time, you will have chosen a single cause you will devote all your service to.
  • Theological reflections and service logs/time sheets are administered by the Service Learning Moderator and are collected for Religion Class credit.  Your religion teacher is the theological reflection facilitator for the class.
  • A capstone project is due in the 3rd quarter of your senior year.

 

Red Cord Recognition at Graduation

To qualify to wear the Red Cord upon graduation a student must have donated at least 250 hours of your time to an approved Peace/Justice cause in an approved non-profit organization. At least 70 hours must be from the freshmen and sophomore years combined. The completion of a research/reflection paper, along with an oral presentation and PowerPoint or Smart presentation to the Red Cord Review Board are necessary requirements. All requirements are due 4 weeks into the 4th quarter of the senior year.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Due on November 29th, 2017 to their Religion Teacher (9-12 grade)

1.       Original Service Learning Logs (please make a scan, copy, or screen shot of this form before turning it in):

a.       15 hours for 9-10th graders

b.      20 hours for 11-12th graders

c.       Reflection (please see your Religion Teacher for details)

 

Due on March 21st, 2018 to their Religion Teacher (9-11 grade)

Original Service Learning Logs to Religion Teachers (please make a scan, copy, or screen shot of this form before turning it in):

a.       10 hours for 9-10th graders

b.      15 hours for 11th graders

c.       Portfolios due for 10th graders (please see your Religion Teacher for details)

d.      Reflection for 9th and 11th (please see your Religion Teacher for details)

Due on March 14, 2018 to their Religion Teacher (Seniors)
 

a.      15 hours for 12th graders

b.   Presentations due on April 11th for Seniors during Advisement (please see your Religion Teacher for details)

 Application for Red Cord due on April 16th, 2018 (Seniors)

 

Please contact the Service Learning Moderator, Ms. Haro at gharo@sgmhs.org