Service Learning and the Community Project
Service learning is an expectation for all Jefferson students. This includes community service directly tied to classroom subjects and activities in TA. Of course, students are also encouraged to complete independent service as well. Examples of Service Interest Areas are included in the link and opportunities to volunteer are here on our service learning calendar.
In 8th grade (MYP Year 3), all students are expected to complete a Community Project to finish the IB Program. Students may work independently or in groups of up to three students. The purpose of the project is for students to be in charge of their learning and to address community needs. Much of the work for this project will be completed during TA. The total time beyond school throughout the year can’t exceed 15 hours. The Community Project will not be for a specific subject grade, but it will be assessed. The grade will be shared with students and parents. The Community Project has four phases and the deadlines for each phase are as follows:
- Investigating – Choose goal to address community need by October 5.
- Planning – Create a plan for a action by December 12.
- Taking action – Service hours completed by March 15.
- Presenting/Reflecting – Presentation on the project on April 9.
More details and examples are here: The Community Project Explained Video here or view the presentation