Frequently Asked Questions
Does Service as Action count towards Graduation?
Service and Action hours appear on the official MLC transcript but are NOT required for a student to graduate.
Is there someone who oversees my child in the service program?
Yes! Each student is enrolled in the Advisory program and the teacher is the one assigned to oversee their program involvement. If you have questions about an aspect of the program, contact MYP Coordinator Emily Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How many hours are needed for Service as Action?
10 hours - Grades 6 and 7
15 hours - Grades 8 and 9
20 hours - Grades 10 - 12
- Grade 10 Personal Project Students complete SA (Personal Project does not count for Service hours)
- Grade 11 and 12 IB Diploma Candidates follow CAS guidelines
- Grade 12 Senior Project Students follow Senior Project Guidelines.
Can I do service during school time?
Service as Action hours are expected to be completed by students outside of the school day. Students can participate in events at the school, but not during the school day.
Can I complete service over the summer?
YES! If a student in interested in completing SA during the summer they should PROPOSE the experience prior to leaving school. Upon return, the service forms would be given to the Advisory teacher and count towards the new academic year.
Does religious activity count towards service?
Does History Day count towards my Service as Action?
No, it does not. In the past, these hours were accepted. The new model does not look for student benefit to be the primary goal - it is about service to others! A website that was created for an organization could be service. Please share your individual questions with your Advisory teacher, Mrs. Rowe or Mrs. Wright.
My hours were not reported correctly for the prior school year - what happened?
This is important to address! First - check in with your Advisory teacher from the previous year and confirm the papers were received. If there are questions - please see Mrs. Rowe (email@example.com). Once the hours are confirmed, they can be corrected through Guidance.
Who do I give my completed forms to?
Every student at the MLC is assigned to an Advisory Class. When Service as Action papers are complete - they should be given to the Advisory teacher. IB Full Diploma Candidates students manage their Service through the CAS program. Seniors completing Senior Project will have their service work checked through the Senior Project teacher.
Can I submit my Service as Action paperwork electronically?
Service papers are due to the Advisory teacher. If the Advisory teacher and the student agree to electronic submission, that is acceptable. The Advisory teacher would be responsible for printing the documentation sheets.
When is Service as Action due in the 2018-2019 school year?
Service forms are due to Advisory Teachers by Saturday, June 1, 2019. We are aware this is a Saturday, students can hand the forms in electronically by the deadline or turn them in upon return to school.
What is the difference between Service as Action and CAS?
Service as Action is an MYP program and a term we have adopted to use through Grade 12. Students who choose to pursue the IB (full) Diploma option will complete CAS - Creativity, Activity and Service. This is an 18-month program that further develops the service attributes from the MYP and includes Creativity and Activity to provide continued opportunities for personal growth in areas specifically developed in the MYP.
Can families suggest service opportunities?
Yes! Yes!! If you have an idea for service or know of an agency in need of service - please share it with us! Forward your ideas to Emily Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
MLC families can view a spreadsheet with over 130 agencies where our MLC Students have completed service. The list has been updated with 2017 agencies for each grade level.
Do Something is a non-profit organization with the goal of motivating young people to take action around social change. This is a GREAT site to get students thinking about service OUTSIDE of the box!
Visit our Service Opportunities for MLC Students Facebook page where local/relevant service opportunities are posted. You do not need a FB account to view the site.
The United Way is an agency dedicated to bringing together resources and people committed to the well-being of children and families. They have an excellent website with opportunities for individuals and groups!