2019-2020 Christian Service Program Goals and Policies
Information for Students and Families

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Christian Service Program Basic Guidelines

  • All service must be completed with an existing non-profit organization in the community and must be supervised by an adult who is not a relative.

    • Students may choose from a pre-approved site listed in the Google Docs on Google Classroom.
    • Students may propose a site and serve there, pending department approval. The link for such a request is available in Google Classroom.
  • All service submitted for graded credit needs to be completed as core service (projects in which students are significantly engaged with people experiencing hunger, homelessness, poverty, physical or developmental disability, isolation due to old age or illness, or service that promotes environmental justice). No more than 50% of the year’s requirement can be completed through projects promoting environmental justice.
  • Sophomore, Junior, and Senior (depending on program option chosen) Christian Service commitments can be started during the summer preceding the school year in question.
  • With the exception of the Freshman Day of Service, credit for service will not be granted to students who miss school to complete service. It is the school’s expectation that students engage in service outside of school hours.
  • All other types of service (e.g., indirect service, fundraisers) can count towards the student’s Magis Service Record. Any student who has completed 200% or more of the required hours (including the full graded requirement) by the end of the 4th Quarter Service Deadline will receive special recognition.

Grading

  • Grading will continue on a Pass/Fail basis with quarterly benchmarks. Exact dates will be updated once the 2019-2020 calendar is finalized.
  • All service will continue to be tracked through the student’s MobileServe account. Any student who completed service during the 2018-19 school year has an account Students with questions should visit https://info.mobileserve.com/help-page-main or submit a help request to MobileServe’s responsive Help Team.
    • Please note: paper hours verification forms are no longer accepted.
    • MobileServe has multiple options for service verification. To verify service we require our students to do one of the following: Enter the supervisor’s full name and then either:
      • Utilize the email verification feature with their site supervisor (be sure to spell the email address correctly and confirm that the supervisor will respond to an email from “Team MobileServe”) or,
      • Utilize both the signature and geo-verification features.
  • All additional Christian Service assignments (e.g., Service Plan, reflection prompts, Christian Service Site Proposal Form) will be distributed and collected through Christian Service Google Classroom pages and given credit in the student’s Theology class. Students received the code during their orientations in April and May 2019.
  • If a student wishes to be involved in a significant project that falls outside the bounds of the a grading period, the student may submit a Deadline Extension Request Form. After reviewing the information provided, as well as the student’s Christian Service history, the Christian Service Department will notify the student of the status of his request.
    • Please note: this mechanism is meant to support students who have plans to participate in substantive service projects that fall outside of the grading periods. It will not be used to extend deadlines for students who simply did not plan service in a timely manner. Requests will not be considered in the two week window leading up to each quarter’s deadline. The deadline for Quarter 4 cannot be extended.

Additional Service Policies

  • Service that directly benefits Jesuit High School (e.g., President’s Dinner, Crab Feed, PACE Auction and Gala, Parent Dinners) is only accepted for Magis Service credit.
    • Please note: some such volunteer opportunities might qualify for VIP Service credit. Please see the Advancement Office for questions regarding the VIP Program. Students must choose for which program they are receiving credit.
  • Ministry or volunteer work during religious services (e.g., altar serving, lectoring, eucharistic ministry, music ministry, or any other activity during a worship service) is not accepted for service credit. JHS believes participating in religious services is an important ministry as part of a faith community, and encourages students to engage in such projects. These particular activities fall outside the objectives of the Christian Service Program, and as such, are not accepted for service credit.
  • Service through or with a business or for an individual person is not accepted for service credit. Only service with and through existing nonprofit organizations will be accepted for service credit. This guideline is in place to help keep students safe and to make sure their time is being put to good use.

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The attached image provides a visual breakdown of the four-year Christian Service sequencing. 

Please contact Sara Brabec, Director of Christian Service, with any questions.