Think Globally, Act Locally!

The Jefferson Award is a prestigious award given to students for participating in unique community service. Anyone can nominate a student for consideration (teacher, parent, friend, even the student themself). ​You can nominate through email by sending a brief message to the Jefferson Team at or Mr Burrell at Visit the Jefferson page for more information.

Congratulations to the November Jefferson Award earner, Matthew Sequin. Matt was instrumental in helping Mr Simon set up our virtual tutoring academy for the fall semester. This provided much needed help to struggling students while also offering mentorship ship opportunities to older students. Well done Matthew. To learn more about Matt and his service, click the link above. 

Project Ignition


The Project Ignition team from Service Learning Leadership is hosting a survey to learn more about the knowledge teenagers have about driving. 

Students will have the opportunity to take a quick survey about road safety and teenage driving. After you complete your survey, you will be entered into a raffle to win a $5.00 Starbucks gift card. Five students will be randomly drawn and awarded these cards in late December, once the survey is complete (it ends in early December).

For more information, please email 

Congratulations to the 2020 Presidential Service Award earners. This year, we are honoring 11 students for their combined 1500 hours of community service performed last year. 

Bronze Awards (100-174 hours)

  • Riley Blackwell 

  • Ben Clevenger

  • Anvi Damani

  • Shawheen Ghezavat

  • Maya Miller

  • Scott Miller

  • Megha Nair

  • Ethan Schweizer

  • Jennifer Ye

Silver Awards (175-249 hours)

  • Sammy Schweizer

Gold Awards (250 or more hours)

  • Heather Duckworth

Did you know that you can now submit your pink sheets electronically? If you have old pink sheets (or new ones that you just completed) that you would like to submit then go to the page linked below and follow the instructions. 

Due to the COVID 19 quarantine measures, the 2020-21 Sophomore Project has been modified. We will not be requiring community service for the Fall Semester. Many of the first semester activities are remaining the same. We will not be announcing any of the spring semester details until the end December/January 1. ​

Time is running out for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The deadline to apply is Nov 10. If you apply, be certain to list Mr Burrell as the certifier. Follow the link above to learn more or click the button below in order to apply. 


Service Learning has been a part of Pioneer High School since 1995 when the first Sophomore Project was completed. Michael Stark and Bob Vasconcellos started Service Learning through innovative projects like BioSITE, Senior Exhibition, YMCA Leadership Development, and S-Period Service Hour.


Mike Burrell and Rob Zaccheo took over the program in 2002. In 2005, the first Service Learning Leadership class began. Every year, students in the class learn valuable organizational skills along with project management tasks as they create, plan, and evaluate various service projects on campus. The Fall Outreach Fair, blood drives, Red Ribbon Week, Diversity Week, and Earth Day are just a few examples of these projects.


Mike Burrell - Service Learning Coordinator

1290 Blossom Hill Road, 

San Jose, CA 95118