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Community Service

 


All Santa Clara Unified students must complete and document 20 hours of community service as part of the graduation requirements. Opportunities will be posted as received. Please see the Community Service Bulletin in the Counseling Office for more details.

Download a Confirmation of Hours Worksheet from the News on the right.

 

What is the purpose of the community service?

The purpose of Community service is to provide students the opportunity to have a positive impact on our local community. Volunteer work for high school students can be a life-changing experience, one that allows teens to expand their horizons and foster meaningful relationships.  Students are also able to build their resume and skills, which they can include in their college and scholarship applications/interviews.

 

What qualifies as community service?

  • Community service hours must be completed at a non-profit organization.
  • A student may volunteer for a single organization or at a variety of organizations.
  • Students are encouraged to complete their hours in areas related to their personal interests.
  • Paid experiences do not qualify.
  • Working without pay at your job or for a family business does not qualify.
  • Students cannot earn hours for donating items or money...only their time. 

Community service opportunities are posted on the Community Service page on school loop.  Students can also inquire about community service opportunities in the counseling office before school, lunch and after school. 

 

How do I prove my community service hours?

Students must complete a Confirmation of Hours form and a Reflection for each activity completed. A supervisor's signature is required on each form.  The parent of a student may not sign as the supervisor.  Verification forms are located in the Counseling Office and School loop. Forms must be submitted and turned into the Counseling Office.  Hours earned over summer should be turned in at the beginning of the school year in August.The deadline for submitting community service hours is two weeks before prom. SENIORS... DO NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE!


Community Service Resources

Santa Clara County Volunteer Opportunities                            

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Santa Clara County Government Volunteer Opportunities

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Bay Area Volunteer Opportunities  

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Volunteer Match

                                                                                                           

Volunteers in Motion

Designed to link Volunteers with the Sponsoring Organizations in our community that benefit from volunteer support. Volunteers In Motion links your interests, skills, and availability with the Sponsoring Organizations who benefit from having your help.

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News

12/11/17

Online score reports do more than show you which skills you should work on. They also connect you to:

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12/4/17

Calculating Your Score

Because there’s no penalty for guessing, your raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly. Raw scores are converted to scores on a scale of 160 to 760 using a process called equating. Equating adjusts for slight differences in difficulty between various versions of the test (such as versions taken on different days).

The College Board uses equating to make sure there’s no advantage in taking the test on a particular day. A score of 400, for instance, on one day’s test means the same thing as a 400 on a test taken on a different day—even though the questions are different.

Making Sense of the Numbers

Score ranges, mean (average) scores, benchmarks, and percentiles can be used to see if you’re on track for college readiness.

For the next few years, norm groups for the score ranges, mean scores, and percentiles described below will be derived from research data, not the prior year’s test-taking populations. A norm group, also called a reference population, is the group whose data your results are compared to.

Score Ranges

Tests can’t measure exactly what you know, and many factors can affect your score. After all, no two days are the same, and if you were to take the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 three times in a week or once a week for a month, your scores would vary.

That’s why it’s helpful to think of each score as a range that extends from a few points below to a few points above the score earned. Score ranges show how much your score might change with repeated testing, assuming that your skill level remains the same.

Mean (Average) Scores

Your score report will show you the mean, or average, scores earned by typical U.S. test-takers per grade. Unless your score is much lower than average, you’re probably developing the kinds of reading, writing and language, and math skills you’ll need in college.

College Readiness Benchmarks

You’ll see a benchmark for each section of the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. Benchmarks are the scores that represent college readiness. In other words, if you score at or above the benchmark, you’re on track to be ready for college when you graduate high school.

If you score below the benchmark, you still have time to work on your skills. Use the detailed feedback in your online score report to see which skills need the most improvement.

Percentile Ranks

A percentile rank is a number between 1 and 99 that shows how you scored compared to other students. It represents the percentage of students whose scores fall at or below your score.

For example, a 10th-grade student in the 57th percentile scored higher than or equal to 57 percent of 10th-graders. 

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11/1/17

20 hours of community service are required for graduation. This can start as early as your 9th grade year. Turn completed forms into your counselor. If you have questions, please see or email your counselor.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE- SENIORS...WHERE ARE YOU?

DON'T FORGET COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS!! Students must complete and document 20 hours of community service as part of the graduation requirements. This can start as early as your 9th grade year. Turn ...more