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ELO/SAIL EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIESUPDATE 4/20/21: MCPS will not be recruiting student volunteers to assist with the Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) summer programs for 2021. Students may continue to engage in other MCPS SSL opportunities during the summer, including select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the temporarily amended SSL guidelines. All MCPS SSL opportunities can be found at https://bit.ly/VirtualSSL2020 and https://bit.ly/SSLOpportunities. These opportunities will be tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon.To learn more about the MCPS SSL program, please view our SSL program overview. If you have questions, please email the MCPS SSL office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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High school students are encouraged to participate in the 2021 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. Letters should be 250 words or less. Students should submit their essay or poem at bit.ly/writerscompetition2021. Details & DirectionsFlyer
PeaceJam is an international education program built around youth working with Nobel Peace Laureates. MCPS is hosting a virtual summit to raise awareness for different global issues including Protecting the Environment, Health Equity, Empowering Women, and Equity in Education. The event will include interactive workshops and breakout sessions for students to discuss these important topics. Middle and high school students may earn SSL hours for attending and participating in follow-up advocacy action. Register for this live stream event here. Flyer
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.
NEW TEMPORARY AMENDED SSL INFORMATIONMCPS SSL Guidelines for Virtual/Remote SSL Opportunities
IMPORTANT: The Maryland State Board of Education met on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 and approved the State Superintendent’s waiver for the Student Service Learning requirement for seniors who have not met the requirements.
To meet the service-learning needs of our students during this time period, students may temporarily earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for virtual/remote service completed from home under the sponsorship of an approved nonprofit organization or MCPS school staff member. Students may engage in designated virtual/remote MCPS SSL opportunities through the summer of 2021 and until the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The new guidelines have been created to ensure that any virtual/remote service during this time maintains the safety and privacy of our students and adheres to the proper supervision and monitoring needed for SSL as a state graduation requirement.
All in-person and virtual/remote SSL opportunities can be found at Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC). Students may also access all MCPS SSL opportunities directly at the following quick links: https://bit.ly/SSLOpportunities and https://bit.ly/VirtualSSL2020. These opportunities will be tagged with the blue MCPS SSL banner and graduation cap icon.
Reminder: All SSL forms for service completed from the summer of 2019, 2019-2020 school year, and summer of 2020 should be emailed to the 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.
UPDATE: The deadline for all documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service and middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Awards is April 9, 2021. All SSL forms (MCPS Form 560-51: Student Service Learning Activity Verification form) should be emailed to the school’s SSL coordinator by April 9, 2021, 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 9, 2021, 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 schools have been closed. Any middle school student who has submitted documentation to show the completion of the 75-hour SSL graduation requirement by April 9, 2021, 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.
Nonprofit organizations that are not identified with a 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.
Students do not use student_ID@mcpsmd.net as your contact information when registering. Use another email or phone number.
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