SERVICE HOURS PROGRAM: 2019-2020 School Year
Service Hours Deadlines/Information/Instructions
15 Service Hours by March 19, 2020:
Theological Reflection Papers by April 24, 2020:
Reflection Papers should be given to your Religion teacher.
SERVICE HOURS PROGRAM: 2019-2020 School Year
Philosophy: The best way to spread the Good News of Christ to the world is to live the Good News of Christ in our daily lives.
Goal: The goal of SCC Service Hours Program is two-fold: one, to enable each student to serve others and fulfill the commandment of Jesus to love one another as He has loved us; and two, to allow students an opportunity to reflect in a serious way about their service experience.
Service Hours Requirement: All students are required to perform a minimum of 15 hours of service per school year, and to complete and turn-in a Theological Reflection Paper.
Theological Reflection Paper Details: All students are required to submit a Theological Reflection Paper. The Paper is a 50-point assignment. The paper should encompass all of the service experiences that the student participated for the year. Students are not required to submit a paper for each service in which they participated. Spelling, grammar and neatness do matter.
What must be turned in*: The student must submit the following to his/her Religion teacher**:
(1) A fully and properly completed Service Hours Log Sheet;
(2) A fully and properly completed Service Hours Verification Form(s)***;
(3) A fully and properly completed Theological Reflection Paper; and
(4) All Request for Service Hours Approval Forms, if any.
All forms should be stapled together in the order listed above, with the Log Sheet on top.
* ALL forms must be submitted to the student’s Religion teacher. Service Hours forms WILL NOT be accepted in the office at any time.
** Religion teachers will verify and ensure that all Forms are fully and properly completed, and they will attest as such by completing the box of information at the bottom of the Service Hours Log Sheet. Religion teachers will forward completed Forms to the Campus Ministry Service Hour Coordinator.
*** Service Hours Verification Forms MUST be signed by the supervisor/coordinator of the project or non-profit organization. PARENTS MAY NOT SIGN VERIFICATION FORMS. You need a separate Verification Form for each organization where you perform service hours. You also need a separate Verification Form for each supervisor/coordinator who supervises or coordinates the performance of your service if you do multiple types of service at one organization.
Due Date for service hours: ALL 15 service hours are due no later than March 19, 2020.
Due Date for Theological Reflection papers: Reflection Papers are due no later than April 24, 2020.
Consequences for Not Turning in ALL Service Hours by the March 19th Due Date:
- Since the Service Hour Project is 20% of the student’s 4thquarter grade, failure to meet the March deadline will mean the project grade will be recorded as a ‘0’ until ALL required service hours are turned in; and/or
- Once the service project has been turned in, 20 points will be deducted from the grade; and/or
- Students who miss the March deadline, and who do not complete their service hours before the last day of classes will have to complete an extra 15 hours, total of 30, by August 1, 2020. The student will receive an Incomplete, “I,” for their yearly Religion grade until ALL service hours are turned in; and/or
- Seniors who do not complete their service hours before the last day of senior classes will receive an Incomplete, “I,” for their yearly Religion grade until ALL service hours are turned in; in addition, the student will not be allowed to participate in any graduation ceremonies, and will not be allowed to graduate until ALL service hours are complete; and/or
- Any student not completing ALL his/her service hours by August 1, 2020 will not be allowed to return to St. Charles Catholic High School.
Consequences for Not Turning in Reflection Papers by the April 24th Due Date:
Failure to meet the April deadline will mean the student’s Reflection Paper grade will be recorded as a ‘0’. The reflection paper will count for 25% of the service project grade. Reflections papers turned in late will be given half credit.
Pre-approval of service hours: The overall objective of the service hour program is to affirm service. To help students select service hours projects there is a list of pre-approved service hour projects. The List is located on the back of the Service Hours Verification Form. The list of pre-approved projects is not exhaustive, meaning that other service hour projects may be done; however, any service hour project that is not on the Pre-Approved List may be rejected if the service project does not fit within the approval guidelines established by the service hours program. If you would like to do a service project that is not on the pre-approved list, please submit the Request for Service Hours Approval Form to the Campus Ministry Service Hour Coordinator.
Approval Guidelines for Service Hours Projects: The primary, but not only, criteria for service hours’ approval is that service hours are performed on behalf of a non-profit organization whose mission is consistent with, or at least not in opposition to, the mission, beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church.
Some* of the reasons for service hours not being approved would include the following:
The organization’s mission, and/or business, is inconsistent with and/or contrary to the mission, beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church, such as Planned Parenthood, or any pro-abortion organization, etc.
The service is to an individual person, e.g., babysitting, yard work for neighbor, etc.
The organization is in business for profit, such as a mall, retail outlet, law office, doctor office, dance school, etc.
The service includes any activity that would monetarily profit or benefit the person doing the service, a family member, relative or long time friend.
The service is seen as exploiting the person doing the service.
The service involves raising funds for an organization whereby the funds only benefit the student and not the organization, such as raising money to attend a convention.
The service involves selling candy, raffle tickets, discount cards, etc.
The service takes place during class time.
* NOTE: This list is not an exhaustive list.
Fourth Quarter Grade for Service Hours:
All students will receive a letter grade for service hours performed.
The grade will count for 20% of the student’s fourth quarter Religion grade.
The student’s grade will be determined by the Total Points, (see below to learn how to calculate), and when all service hours forms were turned-in to student’s Religion teacher. Specifically, grades will be determined as follows:
For Service Hours turned-in by the March Deadline
If a student turns in ALL 15 service hours by the March deadline, and earns 1500 or greater Total Points, the student will receive an “A,” a 100 in the teacher’s grade book.
If a student turns in ALL 15 service hours by the March deadline, and earns between 1125 and 1499 Total Points, the student will receive a “B,” a 93 in the teacher’s grade book.
For Service Hours turned-in after the March Deadline
If a student fails to turn-in ALL service hours by the March deadline please refer above to the section titled,“Consequences for Not Turning in ALL Service Hours by the March 19thDue Date.”
Total Points - Calculation used in Grade Determination:
The Total Points used to determine a student’s grade will be calculated on the Service Hours Log Form, verified by the student’s Religion teacher, and checked by the Campus Ministry Service Hour Coordinator.
NOTE: PLEASE USE A PENCIL WHEN COMPLETING THE SERVICE HOURS LOG FORM.
On the Service Hours Log Form there are 6 columns, and multiple rows.
On each row of the Log Form the student should record information taken from ONE Service Hours Verification Form. In other words, the number of rows of information on the Log Form should be equal to the number of Verification Forms.
The first column is for “Office Use” only, and the student should not write anything in this column.
The second column should contain the name of the Non-Profit Organization where the student performed his/her service hours. (Line 1 from the Service Hours Verification Form).
The third column should contain the “Service Code.” The “Service Code” contains a “letter” (A or B) and a “number.” A list of Service Codes is contained on the Pre-Approved Service Hours Project List.
The fourth column should contain the # of Hours of service performed at the non-profit organization listed in the second column.
The fifth column should contain the “Quality Points” assigned to the service that was performed. The Quality Points are either 100 or 75. See the Pre-Approved Service Hours Project List, or the Request for Service Hours Approval Form.
The sixth column is for the “Line Points.” “Line Points” are determined by multiplying the # of hours (column 4) by the Quality Points (column 5).
Bonus Points available:
500 Points if minimum number of hours are reported before September deadline, or
300 Points if minimum number of hours are reported by the January deadline.
200 points if minimum number of hours are completed with your church parish.
200 points if minimum number of hours are completed with your parent(s) serving with you.
There is a reward system for those students who feel called to go beyond the minimum hours. THE DEADLINE TO TURN IN SERVICE HOURS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SERVICE AWARDS IS THE LAST DAY OF SENIOR CLASSES.
10,000 points or more = Golden Service Award
6,000 – 9,999 points = Silver Service Award
3,000 – 5,999 points = Bronze Service Award
Fourth Quarter Grade for Theological Reflection Papers:
All students will receive a number grade for Theological Reflection Papers.
The Theological Reflection Paper grade will be a 50-point assignment during the 4th quarter.
Theological Reflection Papers will be graded on seriousness in responses, spelling, grammar and neatness. In short, they will be graded the way all short answer/essay questions are graded.
Theological Reflection Papers turned in on or before the deadline may receive a maximum grade of 50 points.
Theological Reflection Papers turned in after the deadline, but on or before the last day of classes, may receive a maximum grade of 40 points.
Any Theological Reflection Paper turned in after the last day of classes and on or before August 1st, may receive a maximum grade of 35 points.