LESSON NUMBER 12 GRADES 11 DATE 2/27/09
THEMES Student-Led Conferences, Portfolios
CORE QUESTION What Have I Accomplished?
ESSENTIAL QUESTION What pieces of school work can I use in
my SLC? What if I don’t have any work
in my portfolio?
□ Lesson Plan □ Fine and overdue book lists
□ Skills center survey cover letter □ Skills center survey for students
□ Skills center survey (for teacher) □ Portfolio Work Reflection
□ Bright green sign up sheet
I. (2 min) Attendance
A. Take attendance of your mentor group. Class lists can be printed from Skyward.
B. Class will be listed as a PRIDE 101 or PRD101.
II. (1 min) Essential Questions
A. Go over essential questions listed above.
III. (1 min) Fines/Announcements
A. Talk with students who have overdue books.
IV. (10 min) Skills Center Survey
A. Pass out student CTE Skills Center Feasibility Study Student Questionnaire. The intention of this survey is
to get information from students and staff about what program areas there is an interest, post secondary plans,
and how students may get the most out of a satellite skills center model.
B. Give a brief description by reading the student survey cover letter. This is not a new high school, simply
students could have more options for training by utilizing resources at other schools and students from other
schools could utilize our resources and training programs in CTE. CTE stands for Career and Technical
Education (vocational department). This is only in the planning and fact finding stage, nothing is approved to
C. Have students take the survey. Teachers should take the survey as well.
D. Collect surveys and turn them into TODD RIGHTMIRE.
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V. (2 min) Assistance League Scholarship Announcement
A. Please read the following announcement. This is a great opportunity for our kids
Would you like to attend a fun summer program this year but can’t afford it? The Assistance League of Bellingham
offers up to $1,000 per scholarship for students in grades 9 - 11 who are attending Whatcom County public schools.
Scholarships are for summer enrichment programs in most areas such as music, art, science, computer science,
medicine and more. Excluded from consideration are sports programs, foreign study/exchange programs, religious
studies, and private lessons. They award many individual scholarships. Applications are available in the career
B. Refer all questions to Sandi in the career center!
VI. (3 min) Health Care Services, Video Game Design, Construction Academy
A. Please read the announcement below about these opportunities. Students that are interested in more information
should put their name on the bright green sheet in your packet.
B. These off campus programs are great opportunities for students that are looking to do work in specific health
care, computer or construction careers. Read the short descriptions below:
Health Care Services- This class is taught on site at the hospital in Bellingham. Students will focus on the core
skills needed for most health care professions (lots of science!) Students will also be able to meet real health care
professionals (doctors, nurses, technicians, etc.). This class is academically challenging and a great way to get
introduced to the health care profession.
Video Game Design- This class is taught at Sehome high school. This is a chance to turn your passion for video
games into a career in the multi-billion dollar gaming industry. Class is taught in a state of the art computer lab in a
partnership with Digipen Insitute of Technology (one of the leaders in the gaming industry). This class in not all fun
and games. Be prepared to do math and challenging academic work.
Construction Careers Academy-This course is taught at Meridian high school. The goal of this course is to get
students ready for jobs in the construction industry. Students interested in being a welder, electrician or carpenter
should think about this course. Student will learn, worksite safety, construction math, learn to use power tools and
read blue prints. After completing basic course work, students are placed in a PAID internship. That’s right; you get
paid to go to school. If you are thinking about doing construction work after high school, this could be the course
C. Have interested students put their name on the bright green sheet in your packet. RETURN THESE SHEETS
VII. (5 min) Update Portfolio Checklist
A. Have students get out their portfolio
B. Every student should have a portfolio checklist in the front. At this time it would be good to go over/remind
students what of the portfolio requirements.
C. Below is a list of all the work that has been done in PRIDE this year.. You can work with your students to
update their portfolio checklist.
D. REMEMBER you are responsible for signing off student work in the portfolio. It is recommended you start this
process today. While students are working on the next part of this lesson would be a great time.
Date Assignment Name Section of Portfolio
2-Sep Portfolio Checklist In the very front
2-Sep PRIDE Letter Could be anywhere
2-Sep Scavenger Hunt Could be anywhere
17-Dec Checklist Goals/Careers
16-Jan SLC Quiz Could be anywhere
19-Feb SLC Template Could be anywhere
19-Feb Credit Check Attendance/Transcripts
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VIII. (15 min) Portfolio Work
A. Remind students that having a portfolio is a graduation requirement. Part of the SLC this year is them practicing
in presenting parts of their portfolio. Showing at least two pieces of work is part of the senior PRIDE Presentation.
B. Have a discussion about why it is important to be able to talk about accomplishments and growth in school.
Demonstrate growth/learning over time (9th grade paper compared to 12th grade paper.)
Show certain skills learned (Something from shop class.)
Illustrate improvement in study skills (bad project versus better or good project.)
Reflect on a certain time period of high school that was important/difficult/significant
(perhaps a time that a student was sick and had to struggle through a certain class.)
C. Hand out Portfolio Piece Reflection
Explain how this reflection can be used to help them figure out why and how the pieces they are choosing
are relevant to their SLC.
D. Have students go through their portfolios and pick work/projects/samples that they would like to use in their
Name of Item Section:
Portfolio Piece Reflection Assignments
ITEMS TO BE RETURNED
Name of Item To Whom:
Teacher Skills Center Survey Todd
Student Skills Center Survey Todd
Bright Green Sheet Toby
What’s coming next:
Continue working on SLC’s
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