St. Francis High School

Christian Service

In addition to the academic requirements for graduation, every student is asked to carry out a designated amount of service during each of his four years at St. Francis High School.
 
How to Record Your Completed Service Hour
Once you have completed your service hours, record them in x2VOL through the Student Naviance application. Do not wait to complete this step, as hours need to be verified before they are approved. You will need to log in as a student and select x2vol on the left hand side.  

 

FRESHMAN SERVICE REQUIREMENT:

All 9th grade students are expected to participate in 1 mandatory service trip AND complete 5 additional hours before May 3, 2019. Students do not receive hours for participation in the service trip.

DESCRIPTION: Class level service trips are designed specifically for St. Francis Freshmen. Each trip will bring two LINK groups of students to serve at a designated service organization. 

SOPHOMORE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:

All 10th grade students are required to participate in 1 mandatory service trip AND complete 10 additional hours before May 10, 2019. Students do not receive hours for participation in the service trip.

DESCRIPTION: (K)nights of Service are class level service trips designed specifically for St. Francis Sophomores.  Each Knight of Service will bring groups of students to serve at a designated service organization.

Students can sign up for a trip in the Franciscan Spirit and Life office in the 100 Building.  Spots are on a first come-first served basis. Once they have signed up, families will receive detailed information and permission slips in a follow up email.  These service trips will take place on designated Friday afternoons after school (2:30PM-6:45PM) throughout the school year (please see below). SFHS will provide transportation and faculty supervision for each trip. There is no cost to attend.

JUNIOR SERVICE REQUIREMENT: 

All 11th grade students are required to complete 5 hours with one of our pre-approved service sites and 10 additional hours before May 17, 2019.

The Additional 10 Service Hours are only a minimum and students may complete them through a variety of different off-campus organizations or on campus. For a full description of the Christian Service program, please refer to pp. 9-12 in the Student/Parent handbook.

SENIOR SERVICE REQUIREMENT:

All 12th grade students are required to complete a Senior Service Project in small groups of two to five members. A senior project proposal form is due by October 31, 2019. 

DESCRIPTION: When you first came to St. Francis, you joined other young men in the search for your own growth and development in an emerging Christian community. Together with your parents, we try to help you realize that ultimately it is you who must develop yourself into a responsible person in the real world.  To help your personal growth and ongoing reflective process, the Senior Project has been instituted.

In conjunction with a service organization, Seniors will carry out a service project over the course of the academic year having shown a minimum of 20 hours of work, which includes both the planning, and execution of the service.  Students will work in small groups of no more than 5 students. Individual service projects will not be approved. Participation, completion and presentation of the senior project will be part of your Second Semester Religion Vocations grade.  

The Senior Project should reflect the Corporal Works of Mercy as set forth by the Catholic Church; these are kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.

  • Feed the hungry
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick and imprisoned
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor

All projects must be completed by April 30th, 2019. Hours associated with the project should be verified by the same date. Seniors who do not complete their service project may not take their final examinations. Students will present projects to their religions classes with a faculty panel.

 FURTHER REQUIREMENTS, OBSERVATIONS, AND SPECIFIC PROHIBITIONS:

  • The Senior project may benefit the St. Francis community or an off campus community.
  • Students may not work for profit businesses and they may not receive any PAY, WAGES, OR SALARIES for services performed during the project.
  • There will be no project approved that involves students’ own parents or immediate relatives or firms run by the same. No project will be approved if a parent or relative works for the same company at the same site being considered.
  • Ideally, seniors’ projects should be at places different from other seniors’ projects. Several seniors at one location may affect the project’s goal to give an experience away from school-related work and relationships.

 

Charity vs. Service: Students sometimes are inspired to collect items and/or funds for a specific cause/charity/organization. While fundraising and advocacy can be a component of the project, there must be an element of direct service through which the students have face-to-face interaction with the group being served.