Student Service Learning

 New to SSL | Due Dates | Pre-Approval and Verificaton Forms | Opportunities | Contact

NBMS SSL Coordinator, Christine Keller, 240-740-2110

New to SSL? 

 

SSL stands for Student Service Learning. Students in the State of Maryland are required to earn 75 hours in order to graduate from high school. Service Learning must be done with non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, it must be non-religious in nature, occur in a public place, and be open to the greater community. All hours must be pre-approved by MCPS or the School SSL Coordinator. Watch the 11-minute SSL tutorial for more important information about Student Service Learning.Want a printable version of the SSL basics? Click here to admit I'm New to SSL and find all the nitty gritty details to have you totally "in the know."

 

Due Dates:

Although you have until the end of your senior year to earn 75 hours, the hours have to be turned in in a timely manner. You really should turn them in as you go so they don't get lost or forgotten.  Mrs. Keller will always accept forms early. Here are the due dates for the 2017 - 2018 school year.

  • All SSL hours earned during the summer are due by Friday, September 29, 2017.
  • All SSL hours earned during first semester are due by Friday, January 5, 2018.
  • All SSL hours earned during second semester are due by Friday, June 1, 2018.
  • Anyone applying for the Superintendent's Award must turn in 75 hours by March 23, 2018.

Please note that these due dates are county-wide and late forms cannot be accepted.

Pre-Approval and Verification Forms:

All service learning must be pre-approved by Montgomery County Public Schools. All pre-approved organizations have been through the MCPS SSL Training and know the MCPS SSL standards. In return, we know that the organizations are appropriate places for your children to work. Pre-approved opportunities can be found on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center  website.

 

If you want to earn hours by working with an organization that is non-profit, tax-exempt, and secular in nature, but is not already pre-approved, you can Request a Pre-Approval from Mrs. Keller. Complete the Pre-Approval form and turn it in to Mrs. Keller at least two weeks before the date of service. All service hours must be documented on the  Verification Form. It is important that SSL Verification Forms are completed before they being submitted, including a written reflection touching on each of the four questions asked and a signature from a supervisor. Please note that family members cannot supervise SSL activities. Verification forms must be turned in by the due dates listed above.

 

Opportunities:   

 

Ongoing - Clothing Center Workers: Sort and organize donations, assist clients, greet donors, or help with other needs as assigned at Interfaith Works's clothing center in Rockville. Minimum age: 14; volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up online or email Yvonne Esipila

 

Ongoing – Right here at NB! Support our Building Service Staff after school hours by helping to clean and organize the school for the next day. You can ride the Activity Bus home on T/W/Th or grab a ride from a parent. Find Mrs. Prather in the lunch room during your lunch if you are interested in this SSL Opportunity.

 

Ongoing – Maplewood Park Place Senior Tech Support – Work with small groups of seniors to help them understand and use their technology. Help them kick their non-existent or very basic ability levels on their IPAD and IPHONE up a notch! Interested? Contact Scott McAlister at 301-571-7400.

 

Ongoing - Animal Shelter Apprentices: Work with animals at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood and learn about the operations of a municipal animal shelter. Apprentice program is for youth age 14-17, who must volunteer alongside a parent or guardian. Training and mentoring provided. Minimum time commitment: eight hours per month for at least six months. Email Lea Ann Gross, volunteermcasac@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 

Ongoing - Basketball Score Table Operators: Run the score clock and book for MADE Sports Unlimited's youth basketball league games played in Damascus, Gaithersburg, Poolesville, Germantown, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Training provided. Email Tori Moten or call 301-966-2335.

Ongoing - Meal Servers: Set up tables, prepare food, and/or serve breakfast or lunch to vulnerable members of our community at Shepherd's Table's new location in Silver Spring. Volunteers are needed mornings and afternoons, Mondays through Fridays, beginning Dec. 16. Minimum age: 16 (or 14 if accompanied by an adult). Email Ashley Wagstaff or call 301-585-6463 x9.

Ongoing - Sports Equipment Sorters: Sort through and inventory soccer balls, baseball bats, cleats, ice skates, and other items donated to Leveling the Playing Field in Silver Spring so equipment can then be passed along to schools and youth/after-school programs serving low-income students. Email Maitlyn Healy or call 301-844-5622.

 

Check the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website for additional service opportunities.

All Student Service Learning must be pre-approved. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center keeps a wonderful website of volunteer activities. Any activity tagged MCPS SSL Approved or Approved SSL MCPS is a great one in which to get involved. If you want to do an activity that is not pre-approved, see the Pre-Approval and Verification Form section aboveMCPS also has a link to Student Service Learning on the website. This is a great tool with a lot of good information. There are links to downloadable forms, additional tutorial videos, and a link to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website.

The best source of information about SSL requirements for all students in Montgomery County is the county website starting with the Program Overview. The Getting Started page has a Step by Step list to follow.   

 

Questions? The MCPS page has a Frequently Asked Questions section.   

 

 

 

 

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