1. Service-Learning Contact Information
2. Service-Learning Fact Sheet
A complete PDF version of Washington's Service-Learning Implementation Plan is available below.
Each middle school grade has service activities connected to regular curricular initiatives. 6th grade is connected to science around the theme of "Ecology"; 7th grade is connected to social studies in various areas pertaining to "Serving Those in Need"; and 8th grade is connected to the curricular initiatives of English/language arts. Students earn 15 hours for completing the activities of each grade. Students must complete 15 hours individually, in the community beginning after the end of 8th grade, and complete the 15 hours connected to the curriculum of the 10th grade Health/Life Skills required class. Students not completing the connected portions must perform the equivalent number of individual hours in the community after completing 8th grade.
Middle school students may earn independent hours only if the project undertaken is an exemplar as identified when judged against the Maryland Seven Best Practice rubric. Application for such approval is made to the student service-learning resource teacher.
When students have been credited with meeting the 75 hour graduation requirement they have the opportunity to continue their service and earn high shcool credit through The High School Credit Option. Known as the Student Volunteer Program, this option provides an opportunity for high school students to earn one credit by performing an additional 135 hours of student service-learning with an approved non-profit institution, agency, or organization. A booklet outlining the program is available at all high schools.
6th grade-Science (15 hours), 7th grade-Social Studies (15 hours), 8th grade-English/language arts(15 hours), 10th grade-Health/Life skills (15 hours)
Reporting: Service-learning is indicated on report cards. Completion of service-learning or the number of hours completed is indicated on the transfer sheet when a student withdraws.
Transfer Policy: Students entering in the 10th grade must do 55 hours; in the 11th grade, 35 hours; in the 1st semester of 12th grade, 15 hours; in the 2nd semester of 12th grade, 5 hours.
If a student enters from another Maryland public school system with documenation that they have completed the requirement, WCPS accepts this as documentation that they have met the minimum requirement. Students do not need to perform additional SSL hours; however, students may, if they choose, participate in SSL activities to add to the trasferred hours as long as they follow the guidelines of the WCPS plan.
Students who enter the WCPS system from a private school or another state that has SSL requirements may seek to have the hours accepted by the Student Service-Learning Coordinator. The projects involved in the transferring hours must comply with the criteria in the Maryland's Seven Best Practices rubric.
3. Teacher Fellows (see overview)
Donald Brian Ansel, 2006, Winter Street Elementary School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Earthy Day Celebration
During the spring of the 2004-05 school year, North Dorchester Middle School students were studying the history of Earth Day in social studies and learning about our environment in life sciences. As a team, the math and language arts teacher and I decided to incorporate all subject matters into a service-learning project to celebrate Earth Day.
Larry Myers, 2004, Smithsburg Middle School, 301-766-8353, email@example.com
John R. Marsh Cancer Center Walk-a-Thon
The entire 7th grade at Smithsburg Middle School (232 students) took on and completed a very energetic service-learning project. They completed a 6K walk-a-thon at Antietam National Battlefied to raise money for the John R. Marsh Cancer Center in Washington County Maryland. It was not just a walk-a-thon though, the students took ownership of the project from beginning to end, and that is what made it so unique! On a beautiful October day we completed our walk and in November the students presented a check for over $2,500.00 to the cancer center.
Sally Poole, 2002, Boonsboro High School, 301-766-8022, PooleSal@wcboe.k12.md.us
This is not the usual classroom project that is built by connecting service with classroom experiences and curriculum. I was confronted with the need for educating students about student service-learning (SSL), which was at an all time minimum required level at our school. I choose to start a Service Club after my first year in the SSL advisor’s position. Its inception began two years ago by connecting with the REACH Cold Weather Shelter and offering our students an opportunity to serve meals to people who are homeless. After engaging a group of 25 students in this project the stage was set for starting a Service Club. Their goal for the year was to advocate for SSL through a variety of projects and invite the entire student population to become involved in these projects.