5-13-14 PLEASE NOTE: THE CURRENT SERVICE LEARNING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ARE UNDER REVISION. NEW REQUIREMENTS, SERVICE GUIDELINES, SERVICE TRACKING FORMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE BY 6-1-14. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
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Individual service-learning projects are service-learning projects outside of the classroom in which students develop a project based on their own interests. These projects might not be part of a specific class; however, they must still be connected to coursework at MHS. Students designing individual projects are encouraged to consult with MHS staff and to use information and resources from MHS classes.
Remember, Service-learning projects include planning, action, and reflection phases and have three essential requirements:
- The service project is MEANINGFUL to the community
- The service project is CONNECTED TO THE CURRICULUM
- Students are INVOLVED in the process and participate in a meaningful REFLECTION
Process for approval of an Individual Service-Learning Project:
Students interested in completing individual service-learning projects must complete two phases of approval:
1. Preapproval (to be submitted at least two weeks before beginning a project)
All individual projects must be preapproved. Forms for preapproval must be submitted electronically to MHSServicelearning@mcpasd.k12.wi.us or in person to the service-learning mailbox in the MHS administrative office at the four corners. Project proposals must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the project's start date. A maximum of 20 hours per project will be applied.
Forms for preapproval:
Individual Service-Learning Project Preapproval Form and Student/Parent Responsibility contract (required) Individual Project Pre-Approval and Responsibility Contract
2. Project documentation and completion (during and after a project)
After project completion, documentation and completion forms must be submitted electronically to MHSServicelearning@mcpasd.k12.wi.us or in person to the service-learning mailbox in the MHS administrative office at the four corners:
Forms for Documentation and Completion:
Student hours tracker, complete with contact information for a community partner or supervisor (required)
Student Hours Tracker
Project reflection (required)
Individual Project Reflection
Examples of MHS Students' Individual Service-Learning Projects:
Pheasant Branch Belly Boards: Students interested in environmental studies spoke with directors of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy to see what they could do to help improve the experience at the Conservancy. After researching projects, students learned that belly boards were needed in order to allow people to get closer to the springs and to be more connected with the nature. Students begun by pulling out invasive species and then designed and built belly boards. In the process, students learned about their environment and helped to serve their community.
Future Problem Solvers/Destination Imagination: MHS freshman with past experience in Future Problem Solvers and Destination Imagination volunteered to help middle school students currently in the program. MHS students studied and listened to presentations made by middle school students, and based on experience and practice, MHS students gave tips and suggestions on how to improve. This project required knowledge of many subjects and MHS students were able to use things learned through their freshman level classes to help lead and inspire middle school students in the program.
Farm Tour: One MHS student interested in biology, agriculture, and farming, used his knowledge and expertise to give farm tours to students in elementary school. This student researched and learned about livestock and crops through his biology and science classes and shared his information with aspiring young learners as they toured and discovered the complexities of life on a farm.