Caritas Connection experiences will be approved and assessed based primarily on their quality, not on the quantity of time spent on them. Generally, experiences should take place at/for established non-profit agencies; exceptions to this rule must be proposed by students and approved by Caritas Ministers in advance. To promote immediate reflection, each experience will require a short reflection on the Helper Helper app (e.g., What did you do? How did it go?).
The Helper Helper website and app will be used both (1) for Campus Ministry to promote Caritas opportunities and (2) for students to record and submit their Caritas Connection experiences. The web login and links for app downloading can be found here
. Once Cascia has its school information for the service, it will be available here in this Doc.
Caritas Connection will appear as a pass/fail course on myCascia each semester. Each class will have a Campus Minister as the teacher of this course. This person will be that class’s dedicated Caritas Minister for all four years of Upper School.
- Class of 2023: Mrs. Bonnie Leighty
- Class of 2024: Mr. Adam Stoermer
- Class of 2025: Mrs. Bonnie Leighty, Dcn. Michael Loeffler and Mr. Adam Stoermer
- Class of 2026: Dcn. Michael Loeffler
Each required experience will appear as an assignment on myCascia for consistent, transparent, easy access. Experiences beyond those required will be entered as extra-credit assignments for tracking purposes. Summer experiences will count for the following fall semester. Christmas break and Minimeter experiences will count for the following spring semester. Otherwise, experiences will be recorded only for the semester in which they occur (of course, any deficiencies (F’s) will be fulfilled first).Recognition
Once a student completes a semester’s requirements, all additional Caritas experiences will be recorded as extra-credit assignments in myCascia and count toward above-and-beyond recognition:
Just in Case
- outstanding achievement award for at least three experiences beyond each year’s requirements (N.B.: After the 2020-21 school year, we will assess whether this is a good standard moving forward)
- the Sister Mary Murrihy Award at graduation for the senior with the most outstanding service portfolio, considering both quantity and quality
Students who choose not to meet the minimum requirements will receive grades of F for the Caritas Connection for that semester. Athletic and extracurricular ineligibility will follow as with other courses. Incomplete experiences from the previous semester will need to be completed before the current semester’s experiences are begun. When they are, F’s will be changed to P’s. Students must have passed all semesters to date of the Caritas Connection to be eligible for the National Honor Society.