Bishop Ward Catholic Social Service Outreach
Legacy Project Handbook
”There is no higher dignity than to serve Christ.”
-Saint Ambrose, Father and Doctor of the Church
Every student attending Bishop Ward High School is expected to participate in the Legacy Project as a way to give back. Students are encouraged to use their unique gifts and talents to serve others and leave their legacy.
Legacy Project Grade (Freshmen-Junior)
Students will earn a Pass/Fail grade for their Legacy Project each semester. The grade will appear on student transcripts, but will not affect GPA. In order to Pass, the Legacy Project Coordinator must receive 2 documents each semester (by December 1st and by May 1st):
1. Legacy Project Reflection Journal- Students must turn in at least 4 points per semester AND meet their class benchmark. Journals must be complete with service supervisors’ contact information and signatures, thorough student reflection, and Legacy Points Advisor’s signatures.
2. Legacy Project Presentation Evaluation- Students must turn in an evaluation with the Legacy Points Advisor’s signature showing satisfactory completion of their Legacy Project Presentation (only applicable to second semester).
Legacy Project Grade (Seniors only)
Students will earn a Pass/Fail grade for their Legacy Project each semester. The grade will appear on student transcripts, but will not affect GPA. In order to pass, the Legacy Project Coordinator must receive the following document by April 1:
1. Legacy Project Reflection Journal- Students must turn in at least 8 points per year AND meet their class benchmark. Journals must be complete with service supervisors’ contact information and signatures, thorough student reflection, and Cyclone Time teacher’s signatures.
Seniors enrolled at Bishop Ward for 4 years must have 32 points to graduate. Seniors without 32 points will be ineligible for participation in graduation activities.
Additionally, seniors’ Legacy Project status will affect their eligibility for exam waivers. In order to be eligible for semester 1 final exam waivers, seniors must turn in at least 4 points AND meet their class benchmark (28 points for most seniors) by December 1. In order to be eligible for semester 2 final exam waivers, seniors must turn in at least 4 points AND meet their class benchmark (32 points for most seniors) by April 1.
Bishop Ward seeks to instill an attitude of Christian service in all students. Working toward this goal, Bishop Ward has chosen to measure service based on quality, rather than quantity. The Legacy Project Point system encourages students to pursue opportunities that involve direct service or interaction with people, preferably in the context of a long-term relationship.
In order for a service experience to count for Legacy Points it must meet the following criteria:
• The student had started classes at Bishop Ward prior to the experience
• The student was not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for his/her assistance
• The experience was conducted through a formally recognized organization (assistance to family, neighbors, friends, etc does not count)
• The student was supervised in some capacity during the experience
• The student is able to provide the supervisor’s name; organization, current contact information, and signature (see Legacy Journal).
Acts of service are evaluated using our Legacy Project Point system. This system accounts for the type of service provided, the duration of commitment, and the impact on the student (as determined by written reflection). The following provides examples of acts of service that would fit into each category. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and inclusion does not guarantee points. There is no set formula for hours to points; it all depends on the type of service.
† Tier 1: Long-term Interpersonal Service (2+ days) 4+ points
- Mission Trips
† Tier 2: Short-term Interpersonal Service (1 day or less) 2 points
-Freshmen Enrollment Night
-Class wide project
-Helping with a parish or Archdiocese wide event
-Habitat for Humanity
† Tier 3: Task-oriented Service 1 point
-helping a teacher after school
-helping in the office during the summer
For questions regarding individual service eligibility or point potential, please contact the Legacy Project Coordinator. The Legacy Project Coordinator will have the final say on Legacy Project points earned.
For students with continuous enrollment at Bishop Ward starting in 9th grade the benchmarks are as follows (4 points per semester, 8 points per year):
Freshmen- 8 points
Sophomores- 16 points
Juniors- 24 points
Seniors- 32 points
Transfer students and students with discontinuous enrollment are responsible for 4 points per semester they have attended/will attend. Transfer students should contact the Legacy Project Coordinator to determine their benchmarks and become more familiar with the program.
Legacy Project Reflection Journal
Service is an important aspect of living the Gospel. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world. When we take the time to truly reflect on this service, it can become deeply formational. This is why Bishop Ward requires each student to thoroughly reflect on their service experiences. The Legacy Project Reflection Journal helps us accomplish this. There are 3 main sections for each experience of service.
The first section is for verification purposes and should be completed by the person directly supervising the student’s volunteer work (not the student’s parents or otherwise). The student’s supervisor must provide his/her name, organization, phone number, signature, and date and hours of student service.
The second section is for reflection and should be completed by the student. Students should legibly describe the acts of service they performed and then write about their reflection on this service. Students must answer 3 questions (options provided in Journal) with at least 3 sentences each. Students also have the option for verbal reflection with the Legacy Project Coordinator. Students must set up time with the Legacy Project Coordinator on an individual basis. The quality of reflection is a factor in determining how many points an act is worth.
The third section is for point evaluation and should be completed by the student’s Legacy Points Advisor. The LPA will provide his/her signature only if section one is completed satisfactorily and section two shows thorough reflection. If either section is lacking, the LPA will return the Journal to the student, without a signature, for remediation. If the journal is deemed satisfactory, it will be returned to the student. It is then the student’s responsibility to hand in that journal to the Legacy Project Coordinator. The Legacy Points Coordinator will then determine the tier and number of points each act is worth (see Legacy Points).
The student is solely responsible for the Legacy Project Reflection Journal. Each student will receive a Journal at the beginning of the year from his/her Legacy Points Advisor. Students must provide their Journals to their site supervisors and their CT teachers. Students, not BW faculty or parents, are responsible for turning in their Journals to the Legacy Project Coordinator. Students who lose their Journals must obtain a new one from the Legacy Project Coordinator.
Legacy Project Presentation
Students (excluding seniors) are expected to give a short oral presentation their service experience to their Legacy Points Advisor at the end of each year. The presentation should share what service the student has completed and how it impacted him/her and others. Presentations need to be 3-5 minutes and include a visual aid (display, booklet, PPT, etc).
To pass the presentation, students must earn a “Yes” on each area of the rubric below. Once a student has earned a “Yes” for each indicator, the student has successfully completed the presentation. If there is a “No” marked, the student will do the presentation again at a later date.
Did the student use a Visual Aid?
Did the student share who he/she served?
Did the student share how this impacted him/her?
Did the student share how this impacted others?
Was the student prepared to do his/her presentation?
Legacy Project Presentation Evaluations will be distributed by Legacy Point Advisor teachers at the beginning of 4th quarter. Students, not BW faculty, are responsible for turning in their Evaluations to the Legacy Project Coordinator.
Students looking for organizations to serve with should speak with the Legacy Project Coordinator. Additionally, Bishop Ward maintains a calendar of service activities in the area (displayed on the bulletin board outside the 2nd floor boys’ bathroom) and a list of service organizations with which we have a relationship.