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PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

Service is integral as we identify ourselves as Christians to our local and global community. The Christian Service program at Bishop O'Connell reflects the fundamental principles upon which the school was built. Our mission is to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Christ to brothers and sisters in our local and international communities. We integrate and practice the methods in accordance to Catholic social teaching to help students prepare for missions throughout the world. The Christian Service program is designed to meet the following objectives in Catholic education:

  1. To provide an opportunity of service in which the students can explore their own giftedness and ways in which they can share them with others
  2. To provide an opportunity of service in which the students will make choices about areas of deep human need with which they will become involved.
  3. To provide an opportunity of service in which the students can discover the joy that comes with responding to others in need and to plant a life-long commitment to service beyond high school.
  4. To provide an opportunity of service in which students are challenged to broaden the scope of their involvement.
  5. To provide an opportunity for reflection through writing and sharing with others. The students are encouraged to integrate their service experiences with their religious, academic, athletic, and spiritual formation.
Each year students are expected to perform a minimum of ten (10) hours of service in the school, local, national, or global community. Approved service cites and guidelines for each grade level are outlined below. Students who would like to serve with an organization that is not listed as approved and/or does not fall within the service guidelines should submit an Intent to Serve Request (Special Request Form on the right)  to the Christian Service Office before completing service hours.

SERVICE GUIDELINES

To better prepare O’Connell students for future post-secondary education and training, service projects must be performed in accordance to the following guidelines:

  • Forms for service completed during the summer months must be submitted no later than October 2, 2013 in order for these summer hours to count towards the 2013-2014 service requirements.
  • Service Forms are due one month after approved projects are completed.
  • Completion of hours MUST be done outside of the school day and with an approved non-profit organization. Working for any non-profit organization that provides funds for medical research which is in accord with Catholic teaching is acceptable service. Any organization which provides support for persons with medical conditions is acceptable service (e.g. Kidney Foundation). This does not include doctor’s offices and other medical establishments that are for-profit.
  • Service with athletic teams in the name of Bishop O’Connell is to be for activities that are not for profit to the school, team, or individual in any way.
  • Service to family, including extended family does not fulfill any requirement. Students seeking to do service for an individual should be done to someone unrelated by friendship or family in order for hours to fulfill the service requirement.
  • Supervisor feedback is to be from someone outside of the family or extended family. Information for service is often requested for use on college resumes, job references and scholarships; parents, relatives, and students are not permitted to submit supervisor forms.
  • For the second semester, students whose hours are completed, submitted one month within the activity, and are received by the grade level deadline will earn a Pass with Distinction (P+). Students whose service hours are completed, submitted within one month of the activity, and are received between April 29 and May 28, 2014 will receive a (P) Pass. Please see senior service requirements for specifics with grading and evaluation.
  • Service does not affect GPA, but are listed on official transcripts. Any student with a P+ will be eligible for honor roll.

FRESHMAN REQUIREMENTS

Freshmen are required to complete ten hours of service BEFORE Apr. 28, 2014. Hours from middle school do not count towards this requirement.

Approved service:

  • Service to the O’Connell community (Please see Service Guidelines for athletic related activities)
  • Service in the name of the school as the March for Life (4 hours)
  • Service to the Church (local parish or diocese)
  • Service to a non-profit organization
  • Work camp
  • Any service listed for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

SOPHOMORE REQUIREMENTS

Sophomores are required to complete ten hours of service to be completed BEFORE Apr. 28, 2014.

Approved service:

  • Service to the O’Connell community
  • Service in the name of the school (Please see Service Guidelines for athletic related activities)
  • Service to a non-profit organization
  • Service to the Church (local parish or diocese)
  • Coaching, mentoring, and tutoring
  • Work camp
  • Any service listed for juniors or seniors

JUNIOR REQUIREMENTS

Juniors are required to complete ten hours of service BEFORE Apr. 28, 2014, directly (preferably face-to-face) serving a group that is identifiable as poor, dispossessed or marginalized. CLICK HERE to read more...

Please see Service Guidelines about service to individuals in need).

Approved service:

  • Service in the name of the O’Connell community serving as a Chair or Co-Chair for the annual Super dance-a-thon for Cystic Fibrosis
  • OR service that has a direct impact to the poor, dispossessed, or marginalized (i.e. Thrift stores, The Red Cross, Food Pantry/Food Distributions)
  • Tutoring students at a disadvantaged school with limited government funding (Title 1 Schools)
  • Helping people learn English
  • Coaching disadvantaged or underprivileged children
  • Hospitals and Nursing homes (Please see Guidelines for work done for doctors’ offices)
  • Service spent in work for the church (not related to the Sunday Mass or service)
  • Service to a non-profit organization
  • Work camp

SENIOR REQUIREMENTS

Seniors are required to complete ten hours of service BEFORE March 28, 2014, by directly (face-to-face) serving a group that is identifiable as poor, dispossessed or marginialized. CLICK HERE to read more...

Please see Service Guidelines about service to individuals in need.

In addition to ten hours of service performed, seniors will be required to write a reflection paper on Christian Service. This essay will be evaluated and reviewed by teachers and administration.

Seniors who do not receive a passing service grade will not receive their diplomas and their transcripts will be withheld from colleges until they have completed their service requirements.

Approved service:

  • Service in the name of the O’Connell community serving as a Chair or Co-Chair for the annual Super dance-a-thon for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Tutoring students at a disadvantaged school with limited government funding (Title 1 Schools)
  • Helping people learn English
  • Coaching disadvantaged or underprivileged children
  • Hospitals and nursing homes (Please see Service Guidelines for work done for doctors’ offices)
  • Service spent in work for the church (not related to the Sunday Mass or service)
  • Service to a non-profit organization in DIRECT (face-to-face) contact with the poor, dispossessed, or marginalized
  • Work Camp

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2013-14 STUDENT FORMS

Students may complete the form in two ways: 1) fill out a PDF on the computer print out and submit as a hard copy, or 2)  complete an online form through X2VOL.

1) Submit a Hardcopy of Service Form
This is a fillable form. Please complete this form by typing the information into the form. Once the form is completed, it can be printed out and submitted as a hard copy to the service office.

2) Complete Service Form Online
Available through x2VOL or through Naviance Family Connection. First-time users will need to click on the "Complete Registration Here" button to begin.

Intent to Serve Request
The "Intent to Serve" Request Form is to be used ONLY if there is a question about whether intended service fits the approved service guidelines.

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Contact Info

Ms. Mannikka Heard
Christian Service Coordinator
703-538-3307 (office)
703-237-1465 (fax)
mheard@bishopoconnell.org


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