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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
Students do not use student_ID@mcpsmd.net as your contact information when registering. Use another email or phone number.
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.
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