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Abington School District Program Requirements

  • 10th grade: minimum of 15 hours of service learning with at least 8 journal entries
  • 11th grade: minimum of 15 hours of service learning with at least 8 journal entries
  • 12th grade: minimum of 20 hours of service learning with at least 8 journal entries and the completion of the senior project, including a 2-3 page process paper, oral and visual presentation

Senior Project

The senior project is to be completed by May 1st of the studentsR17; senior year. The senior project consists of three components R11; oral, written, and visual. A presentation to the studentsR17; social studies class fulfills the oral requirement. A visual must accompany your presentation. The visual can be a scrapbook, video, or Power Point presentation. Finally, a process paper is turned in to complete the senior project. The culminating service project replaces a senior social studies term paper.

Documentation

Beginning in 10th grade, all students must record their service-learning hours on their culminating project time log. Students must provide documentation in order to get a signature confirming their participation in an event. Journaling occurs in each studentR17;s social studies classes at a rate of two entries per marking period. At the end of the school year, journals are collected by the social studies teacher and placed in the studentR17;s portfolio.

Earning Hours

Hours can be derived from the five stages of service learning - planning, preparation, execution, reflection, and celebration. Any supporting documentation, such as thank you letters, brochures, photographs, or newspaper articles, should be included in the student's portfolio. (Please save these items throughout high school for your visual presentation in 12th grade.)

If a student contributes items to any sort of drive, such as canned food (Key Club) or coats (Leo Club), they cannot count the item as a service hour; he or she can, however, account for the time they spend delivering the items to shelters or agencies with the club. Also, if a student is participating in an event with a fundraising organization, for example the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk or the AIDS Walk, he or she must make a minimum contribution of $15 and document it with a receipt. Participation in any community service project that takes place during school hours, 7970 AM-2975 PM, will not be counted toward the Abington High School Service Learning requirement. (Senior Give Back Day and Service learning Day are the only exceptions. Refer to "Days of Service" on page 10, for details).

Community service projects conducted during the school day (7970 -2970), such as Poppy Bear, Peer Mediators, Penn Partnership, etc, may be counted toward the Abington Service Award or the Presidents Volunteer Service Award, but not toward the Abington High School Service Learning (15-20 hour) requirement. For purposes of meeting the Abington High School Service Learning requirement of 15-20 hours of service, only projects conducted outside of the school day are eligible.

Mentors

In their junior year, each student must designate a project mentor from the community at large who will support and encourage the complex process of selecting an area of concentration for service activities, searching for related academic topics, refining project tasks, proposing reasonable service activities, gathering information, reporting data and research, preparing portfolios, and completing the many verification forms that will be an integral part of the portfolio. This person may be an expert in any particular field R11; teacher, coach, site coordinator, or minister. The mentor is to be viewed as a guide or project manager. It is appropriate that a community member at the service site, and not a family member, act as a studentR17;s mentor.

Grading

The Pennsylvania Department of Education specifies that graduating seniors must comply with the state law that requires a project of significant duration and clearly demonstrates problem solving, analytical thinking, the ability to communicate, and other educational standards such as writing and presentation skills.
Grading our students on their service-learning projects encourages them to perform to the best of their ability. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, R20;Everyone can be great because anyone can serve.R21; We believe the service program at Abington Senior High School affords our students the opportunity to excel and learn life-long lessons of compassion, leadership, and citizenship. Students are graded in their social studies classes.

Sophomores and juniors are graded on the following:
  1. Eight journal entries per year
  2. Participation in Service Learning Day and a follow-up writing assignment
  3. Serve a minimum of 15 hours in the community
  4. Assessment and grading will be done through the social studies class.
Seniors are graded on the following:
  1. Eight journal entries per year
  2. Participation in Senior Give Back Day and a follow-up writing assignment
  3. Serve a minimum of 20 hours in the community
  4. Assessment and grading will be done through the social studies class.
  5. Preparation and presentation of the Senior Project (due first school day in May of senior year) is graded in social studies in the final quarter of 12th grade.
  6. Failure to meet the fifty-hour minimum service requirement and prepare a project for presentation during May of senior year will result in retention until the above criteria are met. A student may not graduate without participation in the Pennsylvania Graduation Project Requirement, as stipulated by the Abington Board of School Directors and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  7. Due May 1st
  • Two-three page written process paper will be turned in to the social studies teacher
  • Eight-minute oral presentation on your project
  • Visual display (poster, film, PowerPoint, scrapbook, or other display)