Service Learning Opportunities
Current service learning opportunities
Click here for a list of non-profit organizations that offer service learning opportunities.
Click here–WHS Service Learning Opportunities – Sept. 27— for a list of additional service opportunities within the community.
Service May Be Performed in the Following Ways:
- School club or activity group;
- Approved agency or organization within the community;
- Student- or class-initiated projects within the school or community;
- Religious or civic organizations
- Activities on behalf of specific political candidates or issues, generally limited to 20 hours.
*The above guidelines were developed by a committee of parents, faculty members, and administrators who worked during the summer of 1993 to incorporate the ideas and recommendations of the entire Westside staff into a viable, workable graduation requirement and program.
1) All hours MUST be turned in by the appropriate deadline. Hours turned in after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Deadlines for the year are as follows for the 2017-18 school year:
August 25 — Summer Hours Deadline
January 26 — First Semester Deadline
April 6 — Seniors FINAL DEADLINE, 9-11 Honors Hours
May 4 — Second Semester Deadline for all other students
2) Limitations on hours:
The following activities have a limit of 20 hours maximum. All remaining hours done in each category are considered honor service hours.
- Political Campaigns
- Family OR Individual Service (babysitting, routine chores, or assisting an able person do not count. A “need” MUST be present.
- 8 hours maximum per day for extended service projects (i.e. camp counselors, mission trips, day long projects) Travel time or sightseeing time is not included.
3) Hours must be PRE-approved by homeroom teacher!
4) Only hours for NON-PROFIT organizations are acceptable.
5) In order to receive a pass:
First semester: Juniors 50 hours, Seniors 70 hours
Second semester: Juniors 60 hours, Seniors 80 hours
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is active student participation in an unpaid activity which is of benefit to other individuals or groups, community agencies, or the community at large.
Is Service Learning a graduation requirement?
Yes, 80 hours of service learning must be completed in order to graduate from Westside High School.
Are there Service Learning opportunities through school?
Yes, many clubs participate in Service Learning projects throughout the year. Join a club! Other opportunities are posted on the Service Learning Bulletin Board (across from the art display in the Warrior Walkway).
What is the process for gaining Service Learning credit?
1) Student gets pre-approval from homeroom advisor (includes parent signature)
2) Student does the service
3) Agency fills out their section (after completion of service)
4) Student writes reflection paragraph
5) Student reflects to homeroom (gets advisor’s signature)
6) Student turns it in to homeroom advisor
How often is PowerSchool updated?
PowerSchool is updated two times a week. Once hours are turned in, please allow AT LEAST one full week for hours to update.
Can my 8th grade student earn hours prior to entering high school?
Yes. However, students may NOT attain forms until school has officially ended for the year.
How do I get a form in the summer?
Forms can be picked up from the main office during summer office hours. To receive a form, students must provide the name of the organization and dates service is to be performed.
Who do I contact if the hours listed on PowerSchool are incorrect?
Please contact Sarah Schau, Service Learning Coordinator, at 402.343.2804 or Schau.Sarah@westside66.net
Click here for examples of how service learning can be integrated into the curriculum.