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Falcon Service Awards

Falcon Service Award Program


The Falcon Service Awards Program recognizes and rewards students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and citizenship and go above and beyond through their service to AVMS and the community.  Students are eligible to participate in this program each school year.  Awards for those that meet the following criteria will be presented at the end of the school year.

PURPOSE:  The Purpose of this annual award is to reward students who demonstrate outstanding Scholarship, Citizenship and Service.


2017-2018 Cover Sheet and Logs

2017-2018 Falcon Service Awards Cover Letter and Application Form

2017-2018 Falcon Service Awards Service Logs

2017-2018 Falcon Service Awards Service Suggestions

2017-2018 Frequently Asked Questions

PowerPoint Presentation from the August 30, 2017 Student Meeting

  NEW INFORMATION - January 2018

2017-2018 Turn In Procedure Guidelines



An informational meeting will be held on TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018 in the MPR during lunch to discuss the 2017 - 2018 to discuss the program and review the turn in process.  Students that have signed up for the program should attend this important meeting.  If you signed up but are no longer working on the award, please let Mrs. Westling know so we can update our records.



An informational meeting was on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 in the MPR during lunch to discuss the final 2017 - 2018 guidelines and requirements.  Students signed up for the program at this meeting.  Students can continue to sign up via email to kkwestling@capousd.org or in Mrs. Westling's office.  Sign ups CLOSE at the end of Q1 on October 13, 2017. 


PROGRAM DUE DATE:  The application FINAL due date will be APRIL 13, 2018.  You may turn it in before that time if all activities are complete.  Completed applications are turned in to Mrs. Westling in the office.  Applications received after the due date cannot be accepted.

AVMS Library Volunteer Infoormation

Library Training NEXT MONTH!

Thursday, January 11, 2018 during lunch

Come to the library at 1:20 PM
Completion of training is REQUIRED to volunteer in the Library for Falcon Service Award hours



  • Know how to shelve books (see below)
  • Complete the Book Shelving Worksheet
  • Sign up in the Library with your completed worksheet
  • Follow ALL Library rules!

How to Shelve Books

Ways to Help

You must complete the above requirements

before you volunteer.

  • Work on an Assigned Shelf – You will come in at least 1 time a week and organize YOUR assigned shelf.  Ms. Cunningham will assign you a shelf and you won’t need to sign-in after that – just work on organizing your shelf and then have Ms. Cunningham sign off on the time.  YOUR shelf will be YOUR responsibility.  You can come in at your convenience but it must be checked at least one time per week.  When you have collected your hours you need for the award, let Ms. Cunningham know and she will assign your shelf to someone else.
  • Shelving Books – Put returned library books back onto the shelves.  Only one person can do this per day.  Sign in with Ms. Cunningham before you begin.
  • Odd jobs – Random tasks around the library (not common).  Check with Ms. Cunningham to see if there is something you can do.

All library volunteering time must be completed outside of classroom hours (before or after school, break or lunch) with permission from the librarian, Ms. Cunningham. 

Community Service - Niguel Botanical Preserve

Niguel Botanical Preserve - Laguna Niguel

Planting Events

Watch for future events!  Visit their website.  Volunteer Registration Forms are available in the front office

Located at the Crown Valley Park Amphitheatre

Students 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult

ALL participants must have a signed Volunteer Registration Form



Community Service Opportunity - Laguna Canyon Foundation

Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

Watch their website for future events!

  • Aliso and Wood Canyon Park Ranger Headquarters - 28373 Alicia Pkwy at 7:45 AM
  • Student volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Short Term Volunteer Forms Required for students and adults
  • Bring water bottle, sunscreen, and wear close toed shoes
  • Questions – 497-8324 (M-F), 923-2200 (Sat. or Sun.)
  • Don't forget to bring your logs!

Monthly Community Service Opportunity

The City of Laguna Niguel Council has an exciting new program available for middle school students!

2017-2018 Junior Civic Workshops 

Free workshops to educate middle school students about City government and how they can get involved to make government better.

***The AWARDS RECOGNITION Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 PM.  Awards and recognition of attendance will be presented by local elected officials. Sign Up at www.lnteens.org.***

First Meeting is September 12, 2017 - Click here for a list of topics by meeting date

The topics at the first meeting will be information about the City Council and the History of the City Seal.

Sign Up for each meeting you will attend at www.lnteens.org. (click on the Jr. Civics Workshop icon)

Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Students should arrive before 6:30 to sign in.           


Laguna Niguel City Hall 

30111 Crown Valley Parkway 

Meetings from September - April will qualify for Falcon Service Award hours!


All AVMS students may enroll in these workshops.

For more information including the application go to www.lnteens.org.


Additional Community Opportunities

Laguna Niguel Library - 8th Grade Students only - Starts on September 19, 2017

Work with local elementary school students. Application is required. Applications are available at the Laguna Niguel Library

Reading is Fun! - Tuesday afternoon from  4:00 – 5:00 PM

Homework Help – Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 – 6:00 PM


Look for more local activities at: 

City of Laguna Niguel - www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/index.aspx?NID=429

City of Aliso Viejo - http://www.alisoviejoexchange.com/index

Laguna Niguel Teens - www.lnteens.org 

School Service - Gardening - Thursdays After School

Thursday Gardening Volunteers - After School

Many thanks to Mrs. Ortiz for leading the program for students to work in the garden this year and last year!  A permission slip is required and will be available in the office.  Mrs. Ortiz will also have permission slips.  

Start Date - September 14, 2017

End Date - April 12, 2018

3:30 - 4:30 PM on Thursdays


  • Garden volunteers may work in the garden with Mrs.Ortiz near room 110 after school on Thursdays. 
  • Students should report to Mrs. Ortiz by 3:30 PM.
  • Parents must sign a permission slip for students to volunteer.  Permission slips will be available from Mrs. Ortiz in Room 110 after August 30.
  • Bring your log!!
  • Students will work in the garden under the direction of Mrs. Ortiz and receive volunteer credit for the time served.
  • Students may be removed for repeated disturbances. 
  • Students must sign in each day they serve and have this permission slip on file. 
  • If it is raining on a Thursday or very wet from earlier rain, the activity will be cancelled.

School Service - Lunchtime Recycling

If you are interested in collecting recyclables for your last 15 minutes of lunch this will qualify for school service.  You may ask a lunchtime supervisor for a bag and then have them sign your school service log when you bring the bag back with what you have collected.  You must spend at least 15 minutes though doing this each time for the credit.

What to collect:

Empty cans and plastic bottles without caps


Time spent must be in 15 minute increments

School Service - Recycling

Recycling volunteers needed on Thursday mornings starting at 9:00 AM

Sign up on sheet near Mrs. Westling's office.  Sign up logs available Friday morning for the following Thursday.

Limited to 10 volunteers per week.

Start date is on Thursday, September 7, 2017

  • Students may volunteer to help collect the donations and receive school service credit. We need 10 students each time.
  • Sign up in the office prior to the Recycling day is required and there are 10 spots available for each day.
  • Due to the limit of 10 students per week, students may only sign up for one Thursday per month.
  • Bring your log!!  Be there no later than 9:00 AM to get the full credit!
  • If you sign up, MARK YOUR COMMITMENT in your Agenda!  
  • If it is raining, Recycling collections will be cancelled.
  • We are always looking for more Parent Volunteers for this program.  Interested parents should contact the front office.  

School Service - Food Services Volunteers

Students can volunteer to work in Food Services for 6-8 weeks and receive school service credit for the Falcon Service Award. Students receive 15–20 minutes credit each day and also receive a free lunch.   Regular attendance is important.  If you are interested, pick up an application from Mr. Collins in Food Services.  You will need to complete the application and receive an administrators signature to be eligible.  Return the completed application to Mr. Collins as soon as possible so he can schedule your service time.

Falcon Service Awards Information and Forms

2017-2018 Forms and documents  

Students should attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, August 30 during lunch in the MPR to receive the FINAL Application Form and Guidelines.  Students must sign up by the end of the first quarter on October, 13, 2017.


2017 - 2018 Falcon Service Awards Letter and Application Form 

2017 - 2018 Falcon Service Awards School and Community Support Logs 

2017 - 2018 Falcon Service Awards Frequently Asked Questions

2017 - 2018 Falcon Service Awards Service Suggestions

PowerPoint Presentation from the August 30, 2017 Student Informational Meeting


2017-2018 Service Awards Applications and Logs are DUE on April 13, 2018 - No exceptions!

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