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Calvert

1. Service-Learning Contact Information

Coordinator: 

Janel McPhillips, Calvert County Public Schools

Telephone:

410-535-7247

Fax:

410-535-7262

E-mail:

mcphillipsj@calvertnet.k12.md.us

Website:

www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/instruct/service.shtml


2. Service-Learning Fact Sheet

A complete PDF version of Calvert County's Service-Learning Implementation Plan is available below.

Implementation Plan


The Student Service-Learning Program in Calvert County Public Schools is designed to teach, recognize, and value individual service to the community.  As a result of participating in service learning, students will be informed citizens and responsible stewards of the environment with knowledge of history, economics, conservation and preservation. 

 

Service learning projects are implemented in grades one through eight. The elementary and middle school projects use an infused model in the areas of science, social studies, physical education and health.

Breakdown:

Grade

Project Name

Subject

Student Service-Learning Hours

One

Habitats Creation

Science

8

Two

Recycling Advocacy

Science

9

Three

Terrapin Restoration

Science

7

Four

Historic Preservation

Social Studies

7

Five

Oyster Preservation

Science

7

Six

Historic Preservation

Social Studies

15

Seven

Bay Grasses in the Classroom & Environmental Data Bank Project

Science

10

Eight

Community Wellness/Fitness Fair

PE/Health

12

High School Transfer Students

Independent Study

 

Based on the year of entry

Optional Projects:

Superintendent’s Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Community for Eighth Grade Students

Meritorious Student Service-Learning for Graduating Seniors

(See Student Recognition for explanation)


Transfer Policy:

With appropriate documentation, CCPS accepts the student service learning experiences of students prior to their enrollment in CCPS.  At the time of enrollment, official documentation of prior service beginning in grade one may be presented to the school student service-learning coordinator for inclusion in the student’s record. 

  • Students enrolling or entering CCPS for the first time during grades six and seven are required to earn 65 service-learning hours before graduation.
  • Students enrolling in CCPS for the first time in grade 8 are required to complete 50 approved service-learning hours before graduation.
  •  Students enrolling in CCPS for the first time in grade 9 are required to complete 40 approved service-learning hours before graduation.
  • Students enrolling in CCPS for the first time in grade 10 are required to complete 30 approved service-learning hours before graduation.
  • Students enrolling in CCPS for the first time in grade 11 are required to complete 20 approved service-learning hours before graduation.
  • Students enrolling in CCPS for the first time in grade 12 are required to complete 10 approved service-learning hours before graduation.

Reporting Service Learning Hours for Students Transferring out of the System:

Each school has a Service Learning Coordinator who is responsible for recording and documenting student service-learning hours.  See an explanation of the process below:

 

Reporting: The Student Service-Learning Coordinator in each school will maintain a computer record (Student Plus) of each student’s progress toward his/her prior approved service-learning graduation requirement.  Student progress toward their requirement is reported quarterly on their report cards, beginning in grade one.  All service for which students earn student service-learning hours must be documented on a CCPS form, Student Service- Learning Activity Verification Form.  Documentation of service performed during the summer must be turned in to the school student service-learning coordinator by September 30. Documentation of service performed during the first semester (September through January) must be turned in to the school the end of the semester.  Documentation of service performed during the second semester (February through June) must be turned in by the end of the semester.  All forms associated with the CCPS service-learning program may be secured from the school student service-learning coordinator or downloaded from the CCPS website.


3. Teacher Fellows (see overview)

Thomas Harten, 2012, CHESPAX, (Environmental Science), hartent@calvertnet.k12.md.us

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring  

For the past 18 years, seventh grade students in Calvert County have been assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S.F.W.S.) and the Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences in a bay-wide study of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV).  These underwater grasses play a critical role in the health of the bay as a filter for nutrients and sediment which can be detrimental to the health of the environment.   

Shawnada Spivey, 2007, Windy Hill Elementary School, 410-257-1539, spiveys@calvertnet.k12.md.us  

Students complete a variety of projects at Windy Hill Elementary. Projects vary from grade to grade.  In social studies and science classes, teachers discuss ways in which students can be responsible for helping out in the community.

Our service-learning projects are linked to our school-wide character education program.  Students learn about a different character trait each month. The meaning and examples of each trait are discussed during an assembly and back in the classrooms. Every teacher also picks a student each month that frequently demonstrate the featured trait in their classroom. The child's picture is taken and displaced on a bulletin board. 

In December 2006, we emphasized the trait of Caring.  As a school, we carried out a food drive to help a family in need for the holiday and demonstrated the trait of caring.

 

In January 2007, the featured traits we focused on were Justice and Fairness and we planned service-learning projects connected to these traits by:

- raising money for the American Heart Association,

- collecting items for Echo House, an emergency shelter in Calvert County,

- and creating t-shirts and friendship bracelets for children in John Hopkins Children's Center as part of Caring means Sharing.

Clarice Johnson, 2002, Plum Point Middle School, 410-535-7400, johnsoncl@calvertnet.k12.md.us  

Quilts for Calvert Hospice

Students in a Family Consumer Science class created quilts to be sold as part of a fundraising activity for a local hospice.

Tamara Sasscer, 2001, Southern Middle School, 410-535-7877, sasscert@calvertnet.k12.md.us

Butterfly Garden

20 8th grade math students planted a buttefly garden in the school courtyard. The students found the area of the courtyard and created scale drawings to indicate where to plant the plants. We were aiming to beautify the school grounds.

Linda D. Bailey, 2000, Windy Hill Middle School (Science), 410-257-1560, baileyl@calvertnet.k12md.us

Recycling Drive

In this service-learning activity, students and the teacher were involved in an aluminum can recycling drive. The first period classes held a contest in which the class that brought in the most cans by weight won a juice and doughnut party to recognize and celebrate their success.

Gina L. McCullough, 2000, Calvert Middle School (Special Education), 410-535-7355, mcculloughg@calvertnet.k12.md.us

The most memorable experience I have had engaging my students in service-learning was accompanying them on the CHESPAX canoe trip. This trip allows the students to collect data in hands-on activities that is later analyzed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Students record types of submerged aquatic vegetation present in a local creek, as well as the wildlife species found in the area. This activity provides CHESPAX and the U.S.F.W.S. with valuable information to help work towards solutions to help save the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to the trip, students partake in activities that provide them with the knowledge necessary to effectively understand this service. In addition to the collaborative efforts of teachers, CHESPAX, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, I designed a preparation and reflection activity to further enhance their knowledge. This activity allowed me to incorporate service-learning into a math graphing unit. Having the same students for math and science further enhanced the effectiveness of this task. After the trip, students are engaged in a number of reflection activities. One activity requires them to analyze their data and write a letter reporting their results to the U.S.F.W.S. The organization utilizes this information to determine the overall health of the bay. The U.S.F.W.S. writes letters in response to the students' findings thanking them for the valuable service they provided. The look of pride on the students' faces was priceless. Teaching children with special needs can, at times, be difficult and always challenging. Through this program, I have seen students so enthusiastic and engaged. Their response further validates the need for such service-oriented, hands-on experiences.

 Nancy LaVorgna, 1999, Northern Middle School, 410-257-1627, lavorgnan@calvertnet.k12.md.us  

My team serves all organizations under the umbrella of the United Way. Activities vary from teacher to teacher and class to class. Students are responsible for identifying a community need and a planning for its resolve. Students brainstorm, discuss, evaluate, contact, and implement the plan. Assessment and reflection is continual and reevaluated often.

Colleen Davies, 1997, Southern Middle School (Reading, SS, World Cultures), 301-535-7877, daviesd@calvertnet.k12.md.us

We introduce students to service-learning through a variety of projects. We have been reducing solid-waste to prolong the life of our landfill and began a school beautification project.

Kaye Oliver, 1997, Calvert High School (Civics), 410-535-7300, oliverk@calvertnet.k12.md.us  
I am the service-learning coordinator for students at my school. I help students create an action plan and select service-learning projects on which to work.

Leila Baddour, 1997, Northern High School (Civics, World History), 410-257-1519, baddourl@calvertnet.k12.md.us

Students in the Northern High School Key Club serve the community in a variety of ways from acting as student aides at the elementary school to establishing and sponsoring service clubs a two of the county's middle schools. The Key Club is the primary vehicle for transfer students to Northern to meet their service-learning graduation requirement.

Contact Information
Julie Ayers, Service-Learning Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0358
Fax:  410-333-8010
Email:  jayers@msde.state.md.us
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