Service as Action

Service as Action Overview

Service as Action (formerly called Community & Service) is incorporated into the Middle Years Curriculum to encourage students to think of themselves as thoughtful members of the local community and the larger world. It starts in the classroom and extends beyond, requiring students to take an active part as contributing members in the community in which they live. The idea of becoming contributing members of our community is an important component of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. The emphasis is on developing community awareness and concern and the skills needed to make an effective contribution to society.

Service as Action activities, hours, and reflections will be recorded and documented in an online system called ManageBac. Students are provided with their login credentials at the beginning of the school year. It is important that you work at earning your service hours throughout the year and be prepared for the May 6, 2017 deadline. No Service as Action Activities or Reflections are accepted after this date.

The following minimum hours of service are required for students at each grade level:

  • 6th grade – 10 hours
  • 7th grade – 10 hours
  • 8th grade – 20 hours

There are two ways to achieve your Service as Action hours:

  1. You may participate in the many service as action projects offered in school at Union Academy and be awarded hours for your participation.
  2. You may get involved with activities in your community along with your family/parents/guardians. Most non-profit organizations sponsor a variety of service activities that will allow you to earn credit.

To document your participation in Service as Action activities you will:

  1. Add your Service as Action Activity and Reflection into ManageBac.
  2. Enter the activity and hours earned in your student agenda for your own records.
  3. At the end of each quarter, print the quarterly MYP Progress Report. This will go in the Service as Action section of the Student Achievement Portfolio.

Service as Action Quarterly Report Deadlines:

  • 1st Quarter Deadline: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
  • 2nd Quarter Deadline: Thursday, January 12, 2017
  • 3rd Quarter Deadline: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
  • 4th Quarter and Final Deadline: May 6, 2017

*Please note that students may enter activities at any time throughout the entire year (for the current school year). However, they will not appear on on the MYP Progress Report if not entered by that quarter’s deadline.

*Disregard any other areas (tabs) in ManageBac that do not pertain to Service as Action.

**It is important that students work at earning their service hours throughout the year and be prepared for the May 6, 2017 deadline. No Service as Action Activities or Reflections will be accepted after this date.

Service as Action Do’s and Don’ts


  • Seek as many activities as possible to be of service to your school, local community and the world.
  • Activities must be completed through an organization, preferably a non-profit group that services the broader community.
  • Record each Service as Action activity in ManageBac.
  • Keep track of your volunteering hours on the log on the next page in your student calendar.

Don’ts (The following activities WILL NOT be accepted as Service as Action Activities)

  • Babysitting, walking pets, mowing the lawn, and general chores for your family.
  • Going to work with parents, relatives or friends is a great career shadowing experience, but not Service as Action.
  • Don’t ask how many hours you have. Check your ManageBac account and keep track of the hours you serve in your agenda.

Service as Action Hours During the Summer

Students returning Union Academy may begin earning Service as Action hours beginning June 10, 2016. Be sure to add your complete activities and reflections into ManageBac. Incoming 6th grade students and new 7th grade students may begin earning Service as Action hours after school begins and ManageBac accounts are set up in the fall.

Service as Action Forms and Documents

These forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader

Service as Action: Important Information Deadlines and Reminders 

ManageBac: Service as Action Step-by-Step Guide

Service as Action Student Personal Log for 2016-2017

If you have any questions,  please see or contact Mrs. Draper – MYP Coordinator and C&S Advisor.