Distinguished Member of the Wolf Pack Award

Overview

District 95 Mission Connection

LZMSN strives to empower every learner to achieve personal excellence and flourish as responsible, caring citizens in a global community. 

Overview

The Benefits of Teen Volunteering and Extracurricular Involvement at school:
  • Develops an increased sense of social responsibility—a global view of society and a heart for "giving back" and helping others.
  • Exposes teens to diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Provides opportunities to apply academic learning to real human needs.
  • Builds relationships and "social connectedness" with peers, adults, and activists sharing a cause.
  • Improves communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Helps students find their passions and interests that may lead to a career choice they may not have previously considered.
  • Helps develop lifelong interpersonal and communication skills.

Community service is an essential way for students to explore their interests, show colleges what they believe in, and define a possible career path. By engaging in volunteer work, teens have an opportunity to learn experientially. They discover where their passions lie while undertaking "feel good" projects that truly make a difference. These experiences allow them to make more  informed choices about college and career options as well as instilling a lifelong interest in giving back. Heidebrecht, Camille. "Why Community Service Work Is Beneficial for Teenagers." TeenLife Media . N.p., 08 July 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

Extracurricular activities offer opportunities for students to learn the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community. Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are thus considered part of a well-rounded education. Recent research suggests that participation in extracurricular activities may increase students' sense of engagement or attachment to their school, and thereby decrease the likelihood of
school failure and dropping out (Lamborn et al, 1992; Finn, 1993).

Students who meet all the requirements of a Distinguished Member of the Wolf Pack will receive:
  • Special Recognition at 8th Grade Graduation - You will be honored with a gray cord and your name to be called
  • MSN Legacy Wall: A plaque with name and graduation year

Requirements

Academics

Cumulative 3.3 GPA

A Distinguished Wolf shall have a cumulative 3.3 GPA during their time at MSN.

Citizenship

No more than 2 Behavioral Intervention Referrals at MSN

A Distinguished Wolf shall not receive more than two Behavioral Intervention Referrals while at MSN. A Distinguished Wolf shall have no in-school or out-of-school suspensions.

Volunteerism

75 or more cumulative volunteer hours while at MSN 

If the student begins attending MSN in 7th or 8th grade, the number of volunteer hours will be 50 and 25 hours, respectively.  Volunteer hours can be submitted as they occur, but no later than May 1st.

Involvement

Participate in at least 4 extracurricular activities while at MSN

Participating in one activity for 3 years counts as 3 extra-curricular activities. Activities must have sustained after-school requirements, i.e. practices. For example, being in the choir would not count as an extra-curricular activity, but participating in Chamber Choir or Heart Warmers would count as an extra-curricular activity.  Being in Band would not count as an extra-curricular activity, but participating in Jazz Band would count because that has regularly scheduled after-school practices and performances.

Responsibility

95% Cumulative Attendance Rate

A Distinguished Wolf will have a 95% cumulative attendance rate. This equates to no more than 7 absences per year or 21 absences over a period of 3 years.

Tracking and Submitting Your Information

Tracking your Volunteerism & Involvement

All information of the current school year must be entered no later than May 1st. If you have any questions, please email marcia.day@lz95.org or todd.jakowitsch@lz95.org. Click on the graduation class for MSN link to log in volunteer hours or extracurricular involvement.

8th Grade Students - Graduation Class of 2020 

7th Grade Students - Graduation Class of 2021 

6th Grade Students - Graduation Class of 2022

Feel free to use this google spreadsheet to help you keep track of Volunteerism Hours and Involvement Activities: DMWP AWARD Volunteer Hour Tracker
Click on the link, sign in to your District #95 Google Docs, make a copy of the spreadsheet.