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    Seniors: The School Board has approved a motion to remove the 60 hour Service Learning requirement for seniors graduating this year. This only applies to the class of 2021. Questions? contact Lindsay Squires at lesquires@seattleschools.org


    Service Learning Coordinator

    The Service Learning Coordinator Lindsay Squires can be reached at: lesquires@seattleschools.org updates and maintains the monthly Service Learning Opportunities for students. In addition she is available to help students find options that suit their interests. 

    Service Learning Requirements
    One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is *60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

    Service Learning Updates
    The *60 hours service learning graduation requirement for Grade 12, Class of 2021 has been waived by the Seattle School Board. If seniors have not accumulated 60 hours of volunteer service work by the graduation deadline, you will still be able to graduate. Seniors who are currently volunteering in a safe place, we encourage you to continue your service and turn in your hours. Volunteering provides much needed support in your local community, and can open the doors to career connections and provide valuable work experience.

    Grade 9 - 11 Ballard HS students please continue to turn in your hours if you are able to find safe ways to volunteer. One way to get involved and accrue service hours is by keeping up with our monthly Service Learning opportunities, posted here at the beginning of each month and listed below. You can also feel free to reach out to Ms. Squires directly for help finding opportunities.

    Summer Hours
    Summer hours that students complete that meet the service-learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement, except for incoming freshmen who can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard HS  



    Students! Share Your Experience | Other Opportunities

    New! Have something to share about your learning experience this past year or ideas about how to improve your school experience (both in-person and remote)? Join a group of high school students leading an effort to lift up student voices and promote system-wide change. Join a student-to-student conversation on May 6 (4-5:30), May 11(4:30-6), or May 12 (2:15-3:45) and we will bring your thoughts, ideas, and feedback to school and district leaders. All participants will earn service learning hours! Please complete the sign up and select a day and time.

    Seattle Public Library's Teen Services librarians offer Service Learning and Learning Buddies tutoring opportunities for high school students to make a positive impact in their communities while earning community service hours for high school. More information on the SPL Teen Service Learning page.

    Students of the Year The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year campaign is a leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. The winner gets a scholarship, but all get letters of recommendation and references for colleges, scholarships, employers, etc. Our Board/Leadership Team help to make a real impact in the fight against blood cancers. Visit studentsoftheyear.org to learn more and apply. Contact: Danica.Smith@lls.org



    Opportunities at Ballard HS | Athletics | Performing Arts

    Athletics | “I am looking for any students interested in earning volunteer service hours for helping out, so please pass along the message. What a fun way to help support athletics and earn hours while getting to watch our athletes compete at the same time! “ Send an email to Mr Ensign at erensign@seattleschools.org

    Performing Arts | Students needed to: Update BPA Alumni News archive page on web site. Video help with senior videos. Please contact Carol Cheyne if you can help at bpabbandrep@gmail.com. Check the BPA site for additional details.

    Ballard HS Library

    Eager Beaver Readers- You read, rate, and write reviews of books for the WA State Evergreen Book Award. The list can be viewed on bit.ly/WABookAward.
    Library Leaders- Create programs and activities for students to form community at BHS. Follow us on @BHSLibraryLeaders to learn more.
    Reading Buddies- Read to 1st grade students at Magnolia Elementary School.
    PRIDE Book Club-  Rate, and amplify LGBTQIA+ characters in literature. All students are invited to amplify great books and support inclusivity at BHS.
    Beaver Book Club- Community service hours are available to write reviews, create trivia, organize events, and amplify connection through great books.
    Library Ambassador- meets by appt to help staff and students learn how to use SPS Library resources and SPL resources including Hoopla, Libby, and databases.
    Email Teacher-Librarian Ms. Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org to learn more! All links are located on Schoology for students.



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    FAQs

    Important Service Learning Reminders: Service Learning involves learning, benefiting the community and a written reflection.  Service Learning must be done at a non-profit or governmental organization, the work must be unpaid, and your supervisors must be an adult. If you have any questions, see the Service Learning Coordinator or your Counselor before you start your Service Learning.  

    • Who can sign my Service Learning Documentation Form? A supervisor or site contact from a non-profit or governmental organization must sign your SL Documentation Form. A family member or peer cannot sign your Service Form.  
    • Where do I turn in my Service Hours Documentation? Fully completed SL documentation can be emailed to Lindsay Squires at lesquires@seattleschools.org. Be sure to attach your completed Service Learning Documentation Form (both sides) and attach any paperwork (letters, certificates, etc) given during your Service Learning and make sure paperwork is signed.
    • When is the SL Documentation due for Seniors to earn the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award (240 or more hours).  If students already have 240 or more hours turned in, they do not need to do anything else in order to receive the award. Service Learning Hours for Seniors need to be turned in by May 21, 2021. Hours beyond the required 60 do not appear on The Source. To keep track of SL hours beyond 60, contact Lindsay Squires at lesquires@seattleschools.org
      *Update: Any completed Service Learning hours will be counted, but seniors graduating in 2021 are no longer required to complete 60 hours.

    • When is the Academic Awards Night? The Academic Awards Night is typically in June and students were awarded the Above and Beyond Service Learning award in the Academic Program.  
    • When is the Graduation Ceremony? The BHS Graduation Ceremony is Wed, June 16, 2021 at 5:00pm!  

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