School Support and Improvement

Student Service Learning (SSL)

 

Student Service Learning Essentials

Introduction to SSL Handout:
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SSL Hours Earned
How to check your SSL hours on Student/Parent Vue

New2SSL Forms, Guidelines and Resources
MCPS SSL Hub for Students/Families.

SSL Opportunities
https://bit.ly/SSLOpportunities

SSL Coordinators
High School SSL Coordinators
Middle School SSL Coordinators

The MCPS PeaceJam Conference is now open to all high school students

How can MCPS students earn SSL hours?

SSL Opportunities

 

World Languages Student Voice Survey

opportunity

Deadline:
– June 29, 2022 –

World Languages Student Voice Survey - Deadline: June 29, 2022 - Calling all MCPS students in rising grades 7-12 who have taken a World Language course! The MCPS World Languages Office is collecting feedback from students regarding their recent experiences in world languages classes to improve teaching practices and optimize learning experiences across the county for all students. We will award MCPS students in rising grades 7-12 with three, four, or five (3-5) SSL hours for completion of the entire survey. Survey responses must be submitted by Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Interested students may find additional details and directions for this contest at the following link.

2022 Youth Pride Writing Competition

PeaceJam

Deadline:
– June 23, 2022 –

High school students are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Pride Month Youth Writing Competition hosted by Councilmember Evan Glass. Students may earn two SSL hours for a quality essay or poem submission that meets the contest criteria and reflects thoughtful, insightful, and meaningful work. Submissions should be 250 words or less and must be submitted by Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Students should submit their essay or poem at https://bit.ly/writerscompetition2022
Interested students may find additional details and directions for this contest at the following link  

MoCo Board of Elections
Poll Workers

poll worker

– July 19, 2022 –

The Montgomery County Board of Elections seeks student volunteers to serve as poll workers for the 2022 Primary Election. Students can earn up to $210 or up to 25 SSL hours for their service. Individuals must be U.S. citizens, 16 years of age or older and registered to vote. Training is required including an online quiz, virtual training and in-person classroom training. Learn more.

Student-to-Student
Extracurricular Series

student holding leadaership sign

– Ongoing –

We are seeking students interested in developing a video presentation with either a leadership moment or extracurricular skill to inspire, teach, and share with their MCPS peers and the greater MCPS community. Students may earn 10 SSL hours for successful submission of all items identified in the Student-To-Student Extracurricular Series Form.  Learn more.

Nonprofit-Hosted
SSL Opportunities

SSL grad cap extended

– Ongoing –

All nonprofit-hosted SSL opportunities can be found on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website. These opportunities are tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon. Students may also directly access nonprofit-hosted MCPS SSL opportunities at bit.ly/SSLOpportunities and bit.ly/VirtualSSL2020.

Visit this link to review the guidelines for select virtual/remote service that students may complete under the sponsorship of an approved nonprofit organization or MCPS school staff member:   MCPS SSL Guidelines for Virtual/Remote SSL Opportunities

To continue meeting the service-learning needs of our students, MCPS will continue to allow students to earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for select virtual/remote service completed from home beyond the 2021-2022 school year and moving forward. Students may engage in designated virtual/remote SSL opportunities under the sponsorship of an approved nonprofit organization or MCPS school staff member. All virtual/remote service must meet the MCPS SSL Guidelines for Virtual/Remote SSL Opportunities, which have been created to ensure that any virtual/remote service maintains the safety and privacy of our students and adheres to the proper supervision and monitoring needed for SSL as a state graduation requirement.

Middle school and high school students may continue earning SSL hours towards their SSL graduation requirement by engaging in SSL opportunities during the summer and throughout the school year, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the established MCPS SSL guidelines. Rising sixth-grade students may begin participating in SSL opportunities starting June 18, 2022.

Nonprofit-Hosted SSL Opportunities
MCPS SSL organizations and opportunities are tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website.
All opportunities (including in-person): https://bit.ly/SSLOpportunities
Virtual/remote opportunities: https://bit.ly/VirtualSSL2020
MCPS Form 560-50: Individual SSL Request Form
Used to obtain pre-approval prior to service with a nonprofit organization not listed on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC).
To request pre-approval for service to be completed during the summer, complete and submit https://bit.ly/SSLPreApproval to SSL@mcpsmd.org
MCPS Form 560-51: SSL Activity Verification Form
Used to verify and document SSL hours after service is completed
Student and supervisor must complete the form
SSL Activity Verification Forms (https://bit.ly/SSLReflection) for service completed should be turned into your school’s SSL coordinator in the fall
Student SSL Records on Student/ParentVUE
Step-by-step directions for viewing a student’s full SSL record
Step-by-step directions may be found at https://bit.ly/SSLonVUE
MCPS SSL Program Overview
Complete overview of SSL requirements, guidelines, process, awards, and forms
MCPS SSL Program Overview may be found at https://bit.ly/SSLOverview2020
MCPS SSL Guidelines for Virtual/Remote Service
Virtual/remote guidelines will remain in place moving forward
Review the Guidelines for Virtual/Remote Service at https://bit.ly/VirtualSSLGuidelines
MCPS SSL Hub for Students
SSL forms, translated resources, SSL guidelines, and more important information
View the SSL forms, resources, and guidelines at https://bit.ly/SSLHubMCPS

Reminder: All SSL forms for service completed after June 1, 2019, should be submitted to the school’s SSL coordinator when students return to school for the 2021-2022 school year (please note that after the 2021-2022 school year, SSL forms will no longer be accepted from previous school years).

High School SSL Coordinators

Middle School SSL Coordinators

If you have any questions about the SSL program during the summer, please email the MCPS SSL office at SSL@mcpsmd.org.

If you have any questions about the SSL program during the school year, please email your school’s SSL coordinator.

Want to learn more? See this presentation detailing the state of Maryland and MCPS requirements for SSL, how students can earn SSL hours, how students can access virtual/remote opportunities while schools are closed, and an overview of the MCPS SSL program and its resources.

Systemwide Documentation and Award Timelines


SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT DOCUMENTATION TIMELINE
Time Frame of Service Documentation Due Date
Service completed during the summer September 24, 2021
Service completed during the summer and 1st semester January 7, 2022
Service completed during the summer, 1st semester, and 2nd semester June 3, 2022
**Any unsubmitted SSL forms for service completed after June 1, 2019 will be accepted until June 3, 2022. Please note that after the 2021-2022 school year, SSL forms will no longer be accepted from previous school years.
SYSTEMWIDE SSL AWARD TIMELINE
Award Documentation Due Date
Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service April 1, 2022*
Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Award. This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school and is only awarded once. April 1, 2022*

*The required deadline for all documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service and middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Award is April 1, 2022. All SSL forms (MCPS Form 560-51: Student Service Learning Activity Verification) should be emailed to the school’s SSL coordinator by April 1, 2022, to be considered for these awards.

*Any high school senior who has submitted documentation to show the completion of 240 SSL hours or more by April 1, 2022, will earn the Certificate of Meritorious Service along with a purple tassel for graduation. This award requirement has been prorated to account for the period of time during which school buildings were closed. Any middle school student who has submitted documentation to show the completion of the 75-hour SSL graduation requirement (for the first time in middle school) by April 1, 2022, will receive the Superintendent’s SSL Award.

All SSL Forms for service completed any time during the current school year and the summer before the current school year are REQUIRED to be submitted to the school SSL coordinator no later than the first Friday in June.

SSL Pre-Approval Requests

  • Nonprofit organizations that are not identified with a graduation cap graduation cap on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website require pre-approval.
  • The MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request, must be submitted and approved by the school-based SSL Coordinator in advance of service for any in-person service.
  • For any virtual/remote service, students must submit the MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request to SSL@mcpsmd.org.
  • All pre-approval requests must be submitted in a timely manner. There is a two-week allowance for SSL Coordinators to review the request for approval or denial based on compliance with MCPS SSL Program.
  • During the summer, all pre-approval requests may be submitted to the SSL Dropbox at SSL@mcpsmd.org.

 

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News and Highlights

MCPS PeaceJam

PeaceJam-MCPS

MCPS has partnered with PeaceJam Mid-Atlantic to provide an application-only leadership development and service-oriented program for high school students across the district! This program is designed to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. Learn more about the program here.

Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

 

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