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 February Jefferson Award earner, Ashley Muraco. She created an on-campus peer support program to guide underclassmen through high school by helping them create bonds with experienced upperclassmen. To learn more about her accomplishment, please visit the page below. 

The Spring Blood Drive will be held on May 23 from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. To learn more about the blood drive such as requirements, permissions, or volunteering then please visit our blood drive page. If you would like to sign up to donate, follow the link below. 

We will need volunteers to help with set up, running the event, and cleaning up. For details about volunteering and if you would like to sign up, please click the link below. 

Service Learning
Leadership Applications


Service-Learning Leadership is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Please see/email Mr Burrell ( for any questions about the course. The deadline for applications April 29 at midnight. 

Over the past few years, we have allowed several incoming 9th grade students to apply for the class. Students will get first hand experience in planning, budgeting, publicizing, executing, and evaluating a variety of service projects. 

SJUSD Updated
Community Service Requirements


The community service requirement has been waived by the state of California and the San Jose Unified Board of Education as follows:

  • Class of 2022: 0 hours required

  • Class of 2023: 0 hours required, may increase to 10 if California's state of emergency ends in 2022

  • Class of 2024: 0 hours required, may increase to 20 if California's state of emergency ends in 2022

  • Class of 2025: 0 hours required, may increase to 30 if California's state of emergency ends in 2022


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


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