WAAS will continue to require and encourage community service but with a focus on service learning and connections to curriculum. Students will still be required to complete three hours of community service each quarter. Hours must be documented with a written reflection that must be submitted by the last day of each quarter (document can be found in front office and below).The Service Learning Program is intended to introduce WAAS students to the importance of serving others and provide perspective on the issues that impact our community. In addition to helping WAAS students recognize and reflect on their own experiences and role(s) in our community, our students will cultivate community partnerships and the skills of proactive citizens. Developing a habit of community service will also give WAAS students a head start in college preparation, the Graduation Project, and leadership skills. Community service hours and documentation will factor into students’ Social Studies grade each quarter based on completion.
Timeline: 1st Quarter: Students will be introduced to the purpose and expectations of the Service Learning Program. Community members of current community outreach programs and organizations will visit to share what they and their organization/program do for the community and why they are involved. This will give students ideas on how they can get involved and provide information on what issues impact our community. Students will complete three hours of community service that addresses an issue of importance to them (i.e.: food scarcity, education, clean water).
2nd Quarter: Students will be encouraged, and provided resources, to research other ways to address their chosen issue from 1st quarter. Are there other ways to get involved? Students may complete their second set of hours with the same organization/program, or they may chose another community service opportunity that addresses the same issue.
3rd Quarter: Students will be encouraged, and provided resources, to research other ways to address their chosen issue from 1st quarter. Are there other ways to get involved? Students may complete their second set of hours with the same organization/program, or they may chose another community service opportunity that addresses the same issue.
4th Quarter: Students will be encouraged, and provided resources, to create their own community outreach opportunity based on their issue focus of previous quarters. However, students may complete their second set of hours with the same organization/program, or they may chose another community service opportunity that addresses the same issue.
Why Service Learning? Objectives: Students will become more self-aware and aware of their community through research and understanding of what issues impact our community. Students will gain knowledge of how those issues impact our community and what is already being done by community members and public officials to enact change. Students will work on time management, organization, and collaboration to engage in community service each quarter, with a minimum requirement of 3 service hours. Students will make meaningful connections to project, self, and the middle school curriculum by completing a reflection of each quarter’s service hours including documentation of location and type of service as well as necessary signatures. Throughout the year, students will apply knowledge gained in core classes in real life application including the connections between historical and contemporary issues. Curriculum Alignment: According to the interpretation and definition by the National Council for the Social Studies, “...The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world”. This aligns with the North Carolina K-12 Social Studies vision that…”Every student graduates from high school with the knowledge, skills, understandings, and dispositions gained from the social sciences that will result in college and career ready students who are globally informed and active citizen”. The Service Learning Project supports students in meeting, and exceeding, this global and relevant view of social studies. As a student-centered and student-led community outreach, students will not simply simulate but carry out of the responsibilities of informed and active citizens. Research on Service Learning for Gifted and Talented Students: http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/THP_Summer_2014.pdf http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb96/vol53/num05/Serving-Others-Hooks-Gifted-Students-on-Learning.aspx https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ781805.pdf http://compels.pbworks.com/f/Terry_Service+Learning_Gifted.pdf http://www.wect.com/story/39021251/teacher-launches-her-dream-class-where-9th-grade-students-learn-through-service Required Documentation Each Quarter (submitted to Ms. Cubbage):