Mount Rainier Senior Project Packet 2011/12
Senior Project Frequently Asked Questions
What is it?
The State of Washington requires all students complete a project in their senior year of
high school in order to graduate. Your project should:
Encourage you to think analytically, logically and critically
Involve interaction with the community outside of school
Be related to your career interest
What is the purpose of the project?
The purpose is to provide you with an opportunity to test yourself. You will be able to
demonstrate and communicate to others that you can apply the knowledge and skills you
have learned in important and practical situations. It also gives you an opportunity to solve
a problem of your own choice and to achieve goals that you set for yourself.
When do I work on my project?
This project is done outside of school time. See the Career Center or your Guidance
Counselor for more information on getting help.
What is involved in the senior project? What do I have to do?
You will need to complete the following items to meet the requirements:
An intent form – turned in to the Career Center
The project itself (see the list of topic ideas later in this packet)
A presentation about your project
o You will give a presentation at school in front of a panel of judges: school staff
members, community members, and parents
o Many students choose to do a display board or a PowerPoint presentation
o Your presentation needs to include a reflection on what you learned doing your
A project log – completed as you do your project and turned in to the panel of judges
when you do your presentation
When is my project due?
Friday, May 18, 2011 is the date set aside for presentations.
How will my project be scored?
There is a rubric for your presentation located in this packet. You will receive a “pass” or
“no pass” based on the rubric.
Who should I ask if I have questions?
Contact Angela Engel, the Mt. Rainier Career Center Specialist or your Guidance Counselor.
Spring of your junior year
It’s never too early to begin brainstorming, refining, sharing, and researching ideas for your
project. Now would also be a great time to identify a community contact.
Fall of your senior year
Complete the Intent Statement and turn it in to the Career Center. Oh, and don’t forget to go
ahead and begin working on your project. Remember to log your progress in the project
Fall to Spring
Continue working on your project. You should be meeting regulary with your community
connection making entries in your project log. It would be wise to begin making the outline
of your project presentation.
Present your project to your panel. Remember, if you want to graduate, you must complete
and present a project.
MRHS Senior Culminating Project Checklist 2011/12
Brainstorm ideas: Is there something you have always wanted to learn to do? Is there
something you would like to learn to make? Projects that create real products show your
learning well and are easier to present. Is there a problem you would like to contribute to
solving? Is there a community group or organization you would like to help? Review the list of
potential project for inspiration.
Refine your idea: Talk to someone in the organization you would like to work with. Talk to
someone who has done what you would like to learn to do. Talk with your parents. Talk with
your advisory teacher, or your counselor.
Research your idea: Who in the community has done something similar to what you would
like to do? What was involved? How much time was required to learn how to do it? How much
time did it take to do it once someone knew how? What resources were required? What special
expertise was needed? What problems were faced and how were they solved?
Identify community contact: Who has experience and/or expertise and is willing to guide you
in your work? Are they willing to mentor to you and your project? Have they signed your
Complete your intent form: After revising your ideas with the assistance of your mentor,
prepare the statement of your plan using the intent form.
Go to the Mt. Rainier High School Counseling Web Page under “Counseling Forms”
Type directly into the form. Save the form electronically.
Submit your TYPED intent form to the Career Center by Friday, November 18, 2011.
Do the Project: Do the work you have proposed, being sure to keep records, including a project
log and anything else that will help you demonstrate your work. Remember to reflect on your
project. You must spend at least 10 hours in project service.
Write your reflection: Use the reflection worksheet to write your personal reflection on your
project. All materials must be TYPED for submission and should be saved electronically.
Prepare for your Oral Presentation
o Decide what type of a presentation to give and what kind of visuals you will use.
(PowerPoint, video, other media)
o Gather together the paperwork you need including your reflection, your project log (or
other evidence), and your high school and beyond plan.
Present your project: Share and discuss your project with your panel. Remember to invite
your mentor, your parents or guardians, community members, and fellow students – anyone
who is important to you. Friday, May 18, 2012 is the date set aside for presentations.
Celebrate the completion of your project.
Give a brief description of your project. What will be accomplished or produced?
How will your mentor be working with you? What relevant experience or expertise does this
person bring to the project?
I have discussed the proposed project with the student and have agreed to serve as a mentor.
One of the purposes of the senior project is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate that you are
able to learn independently and to use your thinking skills to solve problems and accomplish goals.
What new learning will be required for you to successfully complete your project?
Briefly describe the steps you have planned to complete the project. Include a timeline.
What resources to you anticipate needing to accomplish your project? List the materials, tools,
finances, expert assistance, time and any other resources you will need.
Submit your completed intent form to Ms. Angela Engel in the
Career Center before Friday, November 18, 2011.
Use this form to document the time you spend on your project. Be sure to include the time you
spend planning your project, meeting with your mentor, directly working on your project, and
preparing for your presentation.
Date Amount of Activity
Complete this worksheet to help you reflect on your project. Remember, you should incorporate
this reflection in your presentation of your project.
Start by describing your prior knowledge, the learning goals you set for yourself, and the purpose of
Explain how you completed the project and what you learned along the way.
Describe how your project connects to your future goals.
What went well with your project? What part of your project makes you proud?
What would you differently if you were to do your project again?
What advice would you give next year’s seniors as they start the planning for their projects?
Senior Project Presentation Rubric
The final presentation is an opportunity for you to share your project with staff, parents and
members of the community. Your presentation should last 10 minutes and include the following
Why you picked your particular project The problems you encountered
What you learned from your project The life lessons you learned
What you learned from working with your How this project connects to the community
mentor and your future career
You must speak for at least 10 minutes and you must be judged at least competent in each category.
Introduction Introduction well-prepared. Clearly Introduction stated purpose and value of
stated the purpose and value of the project
Overall Presentation was well organized and Presentation was well organized and
Presentation flowed logically from beginning to flowed logically from beginning to end
end. Thought and detailed planning
Visual Aid High quality visual aids involved Visual aids supported the content of the
technology. Supported and enhanced presentation
the presentation. (PowerPoint,
digital photos, video)
Public Good energy, eye contact and Generally poised
Speaking volume. Good posture and dress
Good posture and dress
Evidence Student explained and showed Student explained what was tried and
evidence of what was tried and accomplished.
Discussion of Summarized obstacles and problems. Summarized obstacles and problems
Problems Discussed in detail the steps used to general way.
manage the problems.
First I did this… then I tried this…
Learning Presentation was full of “I learned” Presentation included at least two “l
and “I never knew” statements. learned” statements. (These can be
Personal learning was obvious. prompted by judge.)
Connections Explained how project connects to Explained how project connects to
community and/or future career. community and/or future career.
Q &A Asked for questions and them all Asked for questions and answered most
List of Mt. Rainier High School Senior Project Topic Ideas
Solve a Community Problem Build Upon Personal Skills or Interests
Coach a community youth sports team Compose world language short story
Design and build a fitness trail Develop a science lab
Examine community needs and implement Devise world language software
improvement project Dramatic interpretation in world language
Organize a community festival (i.e. arts, Engineering project
music, foods, multicultural heritage, etc.) Instrumental / musical recitals
Organize a wellness program for a specific Intensive study of major author and work
community group Intern in a business of your choice
Participate in planning health screening days Job Shadow a person who works in your
Perform a service for a senior citizen career of interest
community Learn, master, and demonstrate a new skill
Plan and supervise an elementary school and teach it to others in a structured setting
bicycle safety program Life-skills portfolio (consumer related –
Refurbish a historical site income tax, job application, resume, budget)
Volunteer at homeless shelter Math / computer projects
Multi-disciplinary research project
Create a Useful Product or Performance Refinishing project
Build a piece of furniture and donate it Research and critique dietary guidelines of
Choreograph and direct a dance local health care facility
performance Statistical projects
Compose and perform a piece of music for a Videotape/photograph historical
senior citizen home architecture of a community
Design and paint a mural for display Visual interpretation of major literary work
somewhere in the community Weaving fabric and construction clothing
Edit and produce a magazine for a school or Write, perform and evaluate original
community organization dramatic production
Make a video for public service
announcements Help an existing Organization or Project
Organize a student art show Create and implement a landscape
Organize a student concert architectural design for a community park
Plan and conduct a showing of your personal Demonstrate carpentry skills by remodeling
artwork or writings or enhancing an area in the community
Plan and conduct a showing of your Design and redecorate a room for a women’s
personally designed clothing shelter
Write and illustrate a children’s book in Participate in Habitats for Humanity
English or a World Language
Write and publish a short story or book of
High School and Beyond Plan
Fill in the classes you have taken or plan to take in the chart below.
Course Credits 9th 10th 11th 12th
Social Studies 3.0
Including a lab
Occupational Ed 1.0
Fine Arts 1.0
Additional Graduation Requirements – Students planning to attend a 4 year college need the additional requirements of two credits of World Language and one
credit of upper level lab science and Math through Algebra II.
Describe what you plan to do once you have graduated. Do you plan on going to a university, college, trade school, and/or joining the military? Which
one and why? Are you planning on being career-ready right out of high school? Which career and what do you plan on doing to be ready for that career?
Are there specific requirements for your plan?