The Mission

The purpose of the Community Service Program at Newark Academy is threefold:
  1. to build a lifelong passion for service and a generosity of spirit
  2. to use service as a springboard for self-awareness and self-actualization
  3. to integrate service as a learning opportunity in the holistic education of the Newark Academy student

Service Opportunities Abound!

Throughout the school year, the Community Service Council sponsors a wide variety of service opportunities in conjunction with other Newark Academy clubs, classes and student councils.

Students are also encouraged to pursue opportunities for service in their local communities and in areas of their particular interest with a focus on how to best use their time, talent, and resources to serve members of the local and global communities in need.

Community Service Council

The Community Service Council is comprised of faculty grade-level coordinators, student representatives from each grade, an executive board comprised of juniors and seniors, and the community service director

Responsibilities include educating the student body about service opportunities, benefits of service, and issues of social justice. The Council works to develop school-wide and grade-level opportunities, publicize the service work being done by the Newark Academy community, and engage the NA community in thought-provoking conversations about the social justice issues behind the service work we do.


List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the purpose of the Newark Academy Community Service Program?

    The purpose of the Community Service Program at Newark Academy is threefold:

    1. to build a lifelong passion for service and a generosity of spirit
    2. to use service as a springboard for self-awareness and self-actualization
    3. to integrate service as yet another learning opportunity in the holistic education of the NA student
  • Who are the Community Service Grade-Level Coordinators?

    The following faculty members are serving as Community Service Grade Level Coordinators for the 2016-2017 school year:
    Andy Ryan (9th Grade)
    Deb Ronan (10th Grade)
    Joey Yow (11th Grade)
    Sandy Palmer (12th Grade)
  • The requirement calls for six hours of direct service but what is the difference
    between direct and indirect service?

    Direct service means face-to-face contact directly with the population
    being served, for example. This includes tutoring students, working with animals
    at a shelter, cleaning a trail, or distributing food at a pantry.

    Indirect Service involves helping organizations to build capacity to deliver
    valuable direct service; this includes such activities such as filing, answering the
    phones, event planning, or fundraising for organizations that will serve
    populations in need.

    To meet the yearly requirement students must complete a minimum of six hours of direct service per year throughout their four years of high school. All hours can be direct service as there is no indirect service component. Indirect service can be counted towards the yearly goal but the requirement is not met until the 6 hours of direct service have been completed.
  • How do I report my community service hours?

    Community service reporting is done online through the x2vol system.
    You can access the x2vol system via the student resource board on the Newark Academy website or by going directly to the site at

    Once you sign on to the system, you will report your hours to the appropriate goal (either direct or indirect depending on the type of service). In order to report your hours, you will need to record not only the number of hours completed but also the contact information including an email for the sponsor of the project. Additionally, for
    each project you will be asked to write a short but thoughtful reflection.

    Reflection is a key part of the community service process at Newark Academy and
    should be done with care. Once you have reported your hours they will not be
    approved until your grade coordinator has verified the hours with your sponsor
    and approved your reflection. Students who write reflections that do not meet the
    guidelines outlined on the reporting form will be asked to revise their reflections. 
    We strongly encourage that you write all of this information on a google or word document before imputing into x2vol.
  • How do I verify my hours? What does sponsor verification mean?

    You must have the person who supervised your project (the
    Sponsor) certify your project and number of hours you served. When
    you enter the sponsor’s email address in the x2vol system a verification email will
    be automatically generated that your sponsor can easily fill out. However, if you
    do not have the email for a sponsor you will need to get a letter from your
    sponsor that includes the name of the organization, contact information for the
    supervisor (name and phone/email), the date of the service, and the number of
    hours served. If you have a certificate or letter with your supervisor’s signature
    with this information, upload a copy to x2vol and then email your grade coordinator to let them know you have done so. Please note that there is no easy way for the grade coordinators to see which entries have documents attached in the x2vol system; therefore, emailing your grade coordinator to alert them to the upload will greatly increase the speed in which you hours are approved.

    Please note that your grade level coordinator must receive sponsor verification by the final community service deadline or your hours might not count towards the requirement.
  • When should I report my community service hours?

    Right now! You should complete your community service hours immediately after you have completed the service. Do not wait until the final deadline to report all of your hours and write your reflections. We encourage students to report their hours and reflect on their experiences in real time throughout the school year, so you are more cognizant of the activities in which you are engaged and so the Community Service Council can keep a more accurate account of all of the community service projects completed by NA students.
  • Are students limited to participating in the Community Service opportunities sponsored by NA?

    NO! We encourage students to serve with organizations they feel passionate
    about and that they may have served with in the past as well as exploring new
    opportunities through the high school careers. The only requirement is that all
    students must serve with a 501(3)c non-profit that does not directly benefit
    Newark Academy. Additionally, students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of
    direct service per year.
  • I am an alum or parent of NA. How can alumni and parents get involved with
    the Community Service Program at NA?

    We sponsor several community-wide events a year where alumni in which
    alumni and parents can participate. Parents interested in the Community Service
    Program should contact the Newark Academy Parents Association (NAPA).
    Alumni can contact Director of Alumni Relations.
  • What if I have more questions?

    Feel free to contact Sarah Fischer, Director of Community Service, with any questions! 

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Community Service News

List of 3 news stories.

  • NA’s Director of Community Service to serve on Madison’s Board of Education

    Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer has been elected to serve on the Board of Education in the Madison District of Morris County.
    “I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to give back to our communities and saw serving on the Board of Education as the best way I could leverage my skills for my community,” Sarah said. “I believed there needed to be someone on the Board that worked with students of district age and since I have been an educator for more than 15 years working in the classroom, as an administrator, and as a manager of educational non-profits, I felt I could lend my experience as we consider how to close achievement gaps and serve all students.”
    Sarah said she hopes to be a voice for those students who use special services.
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  • NA Anatomy Club supports American Heart Association

    Several Newark Academy students, led by the Anatomy Club, recently supported the American Heart Association Heart Walk to fight heart disease and stroke.  On Sunday, October 21, roughly 3,000 supporters and survivors, along with several NA Students helped raise awareness at the 2018 Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk at South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange. The event raised over $356,000.
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  • Newark Academy Eighth Graders Learn to Become Ethical Leaders

    While the rest of NA’s student body was either on a field trip or taking the PSATs, the eighth grade spent the day on campus learning about ethical leadership. With the help of Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer and Director of Equity and Inclusion Gardy Guiteau, students took part in a morning of leadership and communication experiences, followed by an afternoon completing community service projects.

    Before breaking off in three groups for their service project of sending a care-package for those being held in immigration detention centers, students heard from a George William Forson from Ghana, who was held in a detention center in Newark for seven months before he was released last Thursday, October 11.

    Working with First Friends of NJ and NY, a nonprofit that upholds the inherent dignity the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants and asylum seekers, and Sister Regina Holtz, students helped out with “stamp out despair” putting together folders for detainees that had paper, note cards greeting cards, Christmas cards, envelopes, stamps and a pen, along with a note from a student. “I can’t overvalue what you are doing this afternoon,” Gina told students.
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