Holy Cross Service Program and Service Learning
As a Catholic Holy Cross High School, Saint Francis finds it an honor to provide opportunities for educating the hearts and minds of its students to serve the world. Completion of the Holy Cross Service Program, including both completion of individual hours and the completion of the freshman and sophomore service learning components are requirements for successful completion of the Religious Studies courses. The completion of the individual hours is a graduation requirement as set by the Board of Directors of Saint Francis High School. Each year the school mandates that every student fulfill this requirement, submit the required documentation to verify the completion of the hours (service verification form and supporting documentation from the service agency), and enter the hours in the online database. The individual hour requirements are as follows:
|Freshmen||15 hours of direct service with children|
|Sophomores||10 hours of direct service with the developmentally disabled|
|Juniors||15 hours of direct service with the elderly|
10 hours of direct service with any of the four populations: children, developmentally disabled, elderly, or poor/economically disadvantaged
All projects must involve the student working in direct contact in each category determined by grade level, and must be done off campus and NOT during school hours. In addition, the service hours must be completed by a valid agency or organization (not with family, friends, or neighbors). Service hours for the following year may be started as soon as the current school year's service deadline for a particular grade has passed. Hours done over the summer will count towards the requirement for the upcoming school year. Deadlines for the Holy Cross Service Program for the school year 2017-2018 are:
|Seniors||January 12, 2018|
|Juniors||February 2, 2018|
|Sophomores||February 20, 2018|
|Freshmen||March 9, 2018|
Failure to complete the Holy Cross Service Program by the due dates will result in a 3 hour detention after school or on a Saturday that same month. If the student fails to complete the outstanding service hours within 10 calendar days of the due date, the student will be suspended from school for one day. Following suspension, if the student fails to complete the outstanding service hours within a second 10-calendar-day period, the student willl be suspended from school a second day and subject to further disciplinary penalties until the student successfully completes the service hours. If the hours are not completed by the first day of semester finals, freshmen, sophomores and juniors will then be enrolled in the Campus Ministry Summer Service program at the cost of $250. If outstanding service hours are NOT completed by the last day of Summer School in July, the student may be dismissed from Saint Francis High School.
Failure to submit the required verification paperwork and supporting documents from the service agency will result in one hour of detention for each late day prior to submission, up to 3 hours (and 3 days late) at which point the service hours themselves will be considered late and the penalties above will be implemented.
Students are subject to suspension from school and further disciplinary consequences for falsification of service hours/documentation.
Seniors: A senior who does not complete his/her hours by the first day of senior finals will NOT be allowed to graduate or participate in the graduation ceremony. The senior will receive his/her diploma upon completion of the service hours. All information about the Holy Cross Service Program is on the school website: www.sfhs.com under Campus Ministry and Holy Cross Service.
All freshmen and sophomore students will participate in service learning through their Religious Studies classes. Freshmen will spend a day with their Religious Studies class in service to an institution that assists children, since ministry and service to children is the focus of the freshmen service projects. Sophomores will spend a day with their Religious Studies class in service to persons with developmental disabilities, as their focus for service will fall within the realm of those challenged with developmental disabilities.
Freshmen and Sophomores MUST attend their service learning day with their Religious Studies Class as scheduled; exceptions will, of course, be made in case of illness or extreme circumstances, at the discretion of the Associate Campus Ministry for Community Service and Outreach and the Director of Campus Ministry. In such an event the Service Learning component must be rescheduled and completed with another Religious Studies class before the end of the current school year. The Service Learning Program for freshmen and sophomores is NOT an optional activity.
Campus Ministry lends support to the Holy Cross Giving Program which includes but is not limited to The Thanksgiving Food Drive, The Mission Collection, and the Homeroom Projects.
Inspired by the life of Jesus and the humble service of the Brothers of Holy Cross, our Immersion Program offers students an opportunity to form relationships with the poor and marginalized. Students are exposed to local and global challenges, encouraged to reflect theologically, and called to respond with service. The experience invites students to be open to transformation and to integrate their faith with justice and a sense of the common good. The four tenets of our program are: Solidarity, Community, Spirituality and Simplicity. Interested students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend an information session in October. The Immersion program is open to junior and senior students. Please see the Campus Ministry website for descriptions of past trips. Please note: service performed on immersions are in addition to the hours completed for Holy Cross Service Program, and will not be counted as part of a student’s service hours.
The chaplain and other members of the Campus Ministry Team are available for spiritual guidance. Students have the opportunity for prayer through the Religious Studies program and the student-led prayer group. Campus Ministry and the Chaplain’s Office also function as “drop-in” centers for informal gatherings of students, as well as faculty and staff.