Student Service Learning (SSL)

For information about what is SSL, how to earn hours, due dates, how to find opportunities, how to gain pre-approval, how to complete forms, how to turn in forms, awards, and general SSL information, please view this presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1n8iOL31pfzCCqwQplPjXVeHxiz8voxjcvd7l34JfRTY/edit?usp=sharing

Upcoming Student Service Learning Opportunities:  

MCPS SSL Newsletter – November/December 2019 Edition:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/10xmU34NkDkhQJpxWKudwAtd57OP5ss3_AA27ZpXNMeg/edit?usp=sharing

Opportunities to earn SSL hours can be found on the MontgomeryServes.org website http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/volunteers/SSL.html

Students can also join the SSL Google Classroom to find up-to-date pre-approved opportunities sent specifically to CJMS by organizations that would love to have CJMS students volunteer. 

Join the SSL Google Classroom using the following class code:  hfyzkm  

Please turn in all SSL forms to the bins outside of Mrs. Addi Davis’ classroom, Room 1237. 

Student Service Learning Deadlines 

September 27, 2019Documentation of all service completed during the summer is due

January 3, 2020: Documentation of all service completed during the summer and 1st semester is due

April 3, 2020: Documentation of all service completed to date due for consideration for SSL Service Awards. Please note: The 10 hours students may earn each year of middle school are not added to a student’s SSL record until the end of the school year.  The ten hours students may have earned in this school year will not be counted towards the total hours for SSL for award purposes.

June 5, 2020: Documentation of all service completed during the summer, 1st semester, and 2nd semester is due

 

Student Service Learning Forms

560-51 Student Service Learning Activity Verification  - To be completed after completing hours 

560-50 Individual Student Service Learning Request  - To be used to gain pre-approval before beginning SSL hours if the organization the student plans to work with is not pre-approved by MCPS.

Forms will be returned to students for completion if information is missing, incorrect or additional documentation is necessary. SSL hours will be awarded when a complete and approved form is submitted.  

Students are encouraged to maintain records of the SSL hours they have earned by keeping copies of all forms and a log of their involvement. Review regularly the section of your report card where the record of required, earned and remaining SSL hours to complete appears.  

 

Preapproval: 

Please check the MontgomeryServes.org website to determine if an organization if preapproved. Organizations with an MCPS SSL banner are pre-approved. Note: Organizations may be on the website but may not be pre-approved.  Organizations must have an MCPS SSL Banner to demonstrate that it is a pre-approved organization.

 

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 MontgomeryServes.org

If an organization does not have an MCPS SSL banner and/or is not listed, you must gain pre-approval before beginning the activity. Please complete the following form:

 

560-50 Individual Student Service Learning Request  - To be used to gain pre-approval before beginning SSL hours 

 

Important Links: 

Special Information about SSL Activities:   

SSL hours for involvement in auditioning, practicing, training, rehearsing, etc. in activities such as dance, sport, and music may be earned when such talents are shared with the greater community. A performance to nursing home residents, hospital patients, visit to a homeless shelter etc. are examples. Hours are available for the actual performance only, not the practice sessions and/or training involved in developing the skill. For further clarification, please contact the SSL Coordinator. 

For-profit assisted living and nursing home facilities remain the only for-profit locations where students may earn SSL hours in MCPS. If these organizations are not listed on the pre-approved for SSL list then the student is required to complete an Application for SSL Special Activity approved in advance of any service with these for-profit organizations. Service with these organizations must be direct to the residents, nothing to support the profitability of the for-profit business.  

All MCPS sponsored events, including PTSA activities and assisting individual teachers, are pre-approved and do no required a pre-approval form.

All Montgomery County Government sponsored events are pre-approved and do no required a pre-approval form.

Political activities for specific candidates require a pre-approval form.  Activities that involve door to door canvassing, phone banking, and soliciting of donations for political campaigns cannot earn SSL hours.

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/pages/faq.aspx