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Graduation Requirements

Important Due Dates and Specifications:


Year


Total hours required


Due Date for hours (penalties added for lateness)


Type of service required

Freshman+

5

Hours should be submitted no more than 2 mos after completion

Final due date for all hours: 5/19/17

Community outreach; must work for non-profit organization, schools, environmental clean up, homeless shelters, food pantries, coaching youth or special needs leagues, etc.

Sophomore+

10

Same as freshman

Same as freshman

Junior/Senior+
Combined

40 : at least 20 must be direct contact

Junior year: At least 20 hours of any kind must be completed by 5/19/17

Senior year: The remaining hours must be completed by Feb 17, 2017.

Direct contact: at least 20 hours. Must work directly with people in need: homeless, hungry, elderly, at-risk children, etc.

Non-contact: Community outreach; work for non-profit organizations, etc.

Junior Proposal

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Feb 1, 2017

An outline of where student will work for contact hours.

Senior Reflection Paper**

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March 17, 2017

Graduation requirement: may be written or in the form of an interview (if student qualifies)

  • If a student’s hour requirement is not completed by 5/19/17, the student will be assigned penalty hours and students will have until the end of summer school to complete and submit their required hours for that grade level. If the summer hours are not submitted by the appointed date, students will be removed from classes for the upcoming school year and will not be allowed to start school until all hours from the previous year are completed and submitted.

Freshmen

Complete five (5) hours of service during academic year.

For freshman year, each student must complete five (5) hours of service during the academic year. Service must be voluntary and must better the community through local non-profit organizations (ex: churches, youth athletic clubs, elementary schools, food warehouses, meal kitchens, etc.)

Service completed before freshman year will not count towards DeMatha requirements.

Sophomores

Complete ten (10) hours of service; some students may have additional service hours from freshman year.

For sophomore year, each student must complete ten (10) hours of service. Students may complete their service during the summer before their sophomore year. Service must be voluntary and must better the community through local non-profit organizations (ex: churches, youth athletic clubs, elementary schools, food warehouses, meal kitchens, etc.)

Juniors

From the beginning of summer prior to junior year to the end of first semester senior year, students must complete forty (40) hours combined for junior/senior years, in addition to any added penalty hours from previous years. The hours are divided up into two groups: contact and non-contact hours.

Contact hours: A minimum of twenty (20) hours must be spent as contact hours, meaning that they must directly serve the poor, marginalized, or disadvantaged and MUST be approved by the Christian Service coordinator by the appointed date. A minimum of twenty (20) junior/senior hours must be spent serving the same organization or focus group; however, ALL hours MAY BE spent with this organization or focus.
Non-contact hours: The remaining twenty (20) hours may be spent serving the community in other ways, such as church services, retreats, city services, etc. All hours should be pre-approved or are subject to the Christian Service coordinator’s discretion.

Junior proposals should outline the student’s plan to work primarily with an organization which directly serves the poor or disadvantaged or focus exclusively on a group in need (ie: homeless, children, etc.). Juniors intending to complete their service hours during the summer prior to junior year or first semester should have their projects pre-approved by the Christian Service coordinator.

Senior Notes

The junior/senior service hours requirement is 40 hours. Any hours that were not completed junior year must be completed senior year.

Contact hours: Twenty (20) of those hours must be direct contact. In other words, service must be spent working directly with the poor or marginalized. Examples include homeless shelters, soup kitchens, etc. These hours must be pre-approved by Mrs.Bright in your junior proposal. If you plan on changing your proposal, you should get approval from Mrs. Bright.

Non-contact: The remaining twenty hours can be contact or non-contact (approved service but not necessarily working directly with people). Examples include working for church retreats/services, civic organizations, etc. Please see Mrs. Bright for ideas or more information.

Senior Service Reflection: Seniors who have completed their requirement must complete the senior reflection paper. All seniors are required to turn the senior service reflection by the end of the 3 rd quarter senior year to Mrs. Bright, the Christian Service coordinator. Students who fail to turn in this paper by the appointed time will have an additional 10 hours of community service to complete, thereby owing 50 hours for the junior/senior requirement. Students are responsible for turning their hours or papers in by the appointed date REGARDLESS OF THEIR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE THAT DAY. Senior papers and/or hours which are not completed and turned in before May 15 will result in a failure to receive their DeMatha diploma and transcripts.

The service reflection paper or interview must connect the student's service to various articles on Catholic Social Teaching which will be distributed by Mrs. Bright. Paper/interview will be evaluated as 'pass/fail' by the Christian Service Coordinator. BOTH the paper/interview and Christian service hours are graduation requirements.