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Initial Senior Project Overview – November

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VIRGINIA CITY HS Virginia City, NV
PROJECT ADVISOR: Virginia Warner

Paperwork also available on VCHS website: http://www.storey.k12.nv.us/vchs (Click on Senior Project Button) for more information. (NOTE: This September 2009 version includes a tentative judges’ sheet for May 2010 Presentation, as well as overall grade breakdown.)

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INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................ 1 TIMELINE for SENIOR PROJECT ............................................................................................................. 2 BREAKDOWN OF GRADING ................................................................................................................... 3 SENIOR PROJECT PROJECTED OVERVIEW – NOVEMBER and JANUARY .................................... 4 SIGNATURE PAGE .................................................................................................................................... 5 TASK ANALYSIS/TIMELINE/LEARNING STRETCH ........................................................................... 6 PROJECTED PROJECT COST ................................................................................................................... 8

UPON PROJECT COMPLETION TIME SHEET (upon completion of project) ................................................................................. 10 MENTOR EVALUATION ............................................................................................................ 11 SELF-EVALUATION ................................................................................................................... 13 TENTATIVE PROJECT PRESENTATION GRADING SHEET ................................................ 15

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VIRGINIA CITY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PROJECT

INTRODUCTION
Virginia City High School enjoys a unique setting in a unique, little town. We have always been proud of our individuality, that very uniqueness that sets us apart, and happily, above the norm. Beginning with the graduating class of 2003-2004, “Successful completion of a Senior Project” is required for graduation. (Please see Board Policy IKF – Graduation Requirements.) In developing a Senior Project for our students, we realize that the project must be tailored to fit the individual needs of VCHS students. Therefore, we propose a project that will vary according to the needs and interests of our students. We hope to encourage a great variety of subjects and, thereby, to foster greater creativity. Examples of the Senior Project could include but is not limited to: a science experiment a construction project a rebuilt engine a drama project a visual arts project a musical recital a dance recital a video/movie project a computer project an anthology of creative writing an oral history an archeological project a service learning project a community project an outdoor/survival/environmental project a tutoring project a culinary arts project

ALL of the projects must include: 1. A qualified mentor for the subject area of the project being undertaken 2. A speech/presentation before a panel of judges with each individual in the project involved in speaking about the project. 3. A tangible product/end product in the form of a display, performance, recital, etc. 4. A MINIMUM of 15 hours spent no this project by each individual involved. (For instance, if two students are working on this project, each must have in a MINIMUM of 15 hours.)

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TIMELINE for SENIOR PROJECT October 2009 – April 2010 (dates to be determined) Each senior will be required to meet monthly with the project advisor in order to discuss project ideas, the process involved in completing the project, and possible mentors. o Monthly meetings as a group (planned to occur normally during advisory period and potentially another meeting earlier in the day for those that leave before end of school. o If unable to attend due to no longer being at school, student(s) need to make arrangements with advisor for after the time of the general meeting to make up the time and get the information. It is the STUDENT’s responsibility to get the information from the advisor(s). o Monthly meetings with individual advisor (If a team project, then both students will meet with the same advisor). Advisor for the 2009/2010 school year is Ms Warner. Individual students will meet with project advisor each month and show progress that will be documented and graded. Other requirements include, but are not limited to: o Students will work on and complete project outside of classtime. o All projects should include photographic evidence of work on project in the process and at the end of the project activity. o ALL paperwork should be word processed (with the exception of signatures). Paperwork will be found online by the week of 07 September 2009 – as well as placed in each student’s personal drive at VCHS by the same timeline. o A MINIMUM of 15 hours is required for this project. Please note that normally those students who only put in 15 hours (just the minimum) on their senior projects receive a low grade. 03 September INITIAL GROUP MEETING with senior project advisor (either during advisory time at end of school day OR at noon in Computer Room) 16 October INITIAL INDIVIDUAL PAPERWORK/DISCUSSION for 2009/2010 school year with Project Advisors should be completed PRIOR TO 16 October 2009. o All students turn in Initial paperwork. Each senior will present a written and oral proposal to the project advisor explaining his/her topic. All topics must have academic or career value. Seniors will begin research/work on project. o Mentors may be teachers, staff, relatives, employers, or community members. Mentoring is solely a voluntary position but the person(s) should be qualified in the area of the project that the student(s) is/are undertaking. January 15 - Last change topic and/or mentor. (NOTE: ALL changes must be recorded and signed off by student, mentor, and advisor.) April - Students will meet with project advisor in order to present rough draft of paper or portfolio and to schedule presentations. 15 April – ALL paperwork is to be completed and given to advisor in FINAL form. May
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Presentations of project before a panel of judges (Dates to be announced by first part of May) Final grading of project by advisors

STUDENT NAME:

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GRADING of SENIOR PROJECT DETAILS A grading sheet will be kept by the advisors and information recorded monthly into the year-long Senior Project area of Power School. This will allow students to keep current on their progress on this activity for graduation from VCHS. Each of the following areas is set to award 500 points to the overall senior project of 1000 points. PossiblePoints to be awarded 150 (70 – Group & 80 Individual) PROCESS Attendance at both monthly meetings (Sept – April) to obtain information, guidance, help/advice Paperwork (If students are working as a team, each individual must have his/her own paperwork detailing each person’s responsibilities to this project) End product Qualified mentor
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Comments General meeting held monthly Individual meeting held with advisor to discuss/show progress on project activity

100

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Complete paperwork Word processed All signatures obtained No blanks left No spelling errors

200 50 TOTAL = 500 pts

Possible Points to be awarded 200 100 50 50

PRODUCT End Product Content follows elements of process Demeanor Dress

Comments

Attitude, tone Semi-formal (or business dress) – no holey jeans/slacks, no wrinkled clothing, no inappropriate clothing; dress follows dress code for school, clean clothing Suggestions for dress for presentation: Males: dress slacks or pressed jeans; dress shirt Females: pant suit, dress, or skirt/blouse Follows elements of process and self-evaluation; organization – introduction, body, conclusion; Word choice, volume, clarity Maintain eye contact with judges; does not read notes

50 25 25 TOTAL = 500 pts

Oral Presentation Content Voice Eye Contact

STUDENT NAME:

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SENIOR PROJECT PROJECTED OVERVIEW – OCTOBER and JANUARY NAME: OCTOBER (Initial) Senior Project Topic JANUARY (Status)

Type of Presentation planned: (Example: Research Paper, Project, Speech, Display, Portfolio) Please write a SUMMARY of project in 1-3 complete sentences.

Project Description (DETAILS) (Be Specific)

Student’s Background experience in area:

NOTE: If project changes drastically from original plan, additional sheets need to be added / signed off indicating such. Please keep the originals in your folder/portfolio to show process and actual planning. Thank you. You are responsible for keeping the originals of ALL paperwork done and handing it in with your final paperwork. (The advisor will keep a copy only of your information.)

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VCHS SENIOR PROJECT SIGNATURE PAGE

STUDENT SIGNATURE I understand that Virginia City High School will not fund my senior project and that I have freely chosen to undertake this project with its associated costs.

Signature

Date

PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE I have read my child’s Senior Project Proposal. Signature: Date:

MENTOR INFORMATION/SIGNATURE:

Name: Address: Qualifications/Experience Relating to Project

Phone Number

I have read

(student’s name) senior project plan and agree to

work with this student in mentoring him/her with this project. Mentor’s Signature

Date

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VCHS SENIOR PROJECT TASK ANALYSIS / TIMELINE / LEARNING STRETCH STUDENT NAME:

1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Describe your project. Include what you plan to do and how you plan to accomplish this activity. Be as specific as you can be, remembering that you must have a tangible product at the end of your project. This is to be YOUR creation and take you beyond what you already know about this particular product.

2. What difficulties might you encounter with this project? How do you plan to solve these problems? Potential Difficulty/Challenge How to overcome

3. Explain how this project is a learning stretch for you. Indicate specifically what you expect to gain and how you are proposing to do this through the project. (“Learning Stretch” = activity that would take you beyond your current experience.) “Learning Stretch” How to overcome

STUDENT NAME:

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TASK ANALYSIS: List ALL the steps you believe must be taken and the tasks you must complete to finish your project. Include the number of hours you think each step will take and the approximate date you plan to have that part of the process complete.

Task a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) k) l) m) n) o) p) q) r) s) t) u) v)

Hours Required

Completion Date

STUDENT NAME:

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VCHS SENIOR PROJECT COST Projected List all materials and resources that you will need to complete this project including the estimated cost for each item listed. You will be responsible for funding your project and will need to make sure that you are willing to spend this amount of money to accomplish your intended project. NOTE: The grey areas are not to be completed until the end of the project. Resource/Material Projected Cost Actual Cost Difference (+ or -) Projected - Actual

TOTAL

STUDENT NAME:

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STUDENT NAME:

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VCHS SENIOR PROJECT TIME SHEET (TO BE HANDED IN AFTER COMPLETION OF PROJECT) Student’s Name Description of Paper/Project Mentor’s Name Mentor’s Title Mentor’s Phone Number

Start Date: Date Number of Hours

Completion Date: Description of Project Activity

Total Hours: As a mentor, I can reasonably assure the Senior Project Board that a minimum of fifteen (15) hours has been spent by the student on the project. Mentor’s signature: (Please add additional sheets if needed for more activity documentation)

STUDENT NAME:

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Dear Mentor, You have been chosen by VCHS student to evaluate certain physical aspects of his/her Senior Project. It is necessary for the student to seek an evaluation because most of the physical part of the Senior Project is completed outside of class. Your observations are extremely important to this student’s Senior Project advisor(s) because your responses assist in the overall evaluation of this student’s physical project. Thank you for taking the time to complete this project. Please return this form by APRIL 15th Senior Project Advisor VCHS PO Box C Virginia City, NV 89440

1.

Describe the project that the student you mentored completed.

2.

Based on the final project and this student’s skill level, how many hours can you estimate that the student spent on this project?

3.

What impressed you the most about this project?

STUDENT NAME:

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4.

What do you think could have been improved?

5.

Did this student demonstrate a professional attitude in terms of appropriate dress, punctuality, and time management? Please explain.

6.

What did you learn from being a mentor?

Mentor’s Signature:

Date:

STUDENT NAME:

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VCHS SENIOR PROJECT SELF-EVALUATION FORM STUDENT NAME: AFTER COMPLETION of your senior project, please complete this form: 1. Describe your completed project in detail.

2. Explain how this project was a learning stretch/challenge for you. (“Learning stretch” – taking you beyond what you already know”)

3. What problems/challenges did you encounter throughout the phases of your project?

4. How did you handle these problems/challenges?

5. If you could redo your project, what would you do differently? Explain.

6. How do you feel after having finished your project?

STUDENT NAME:

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7. Explain three things you learned about yourself through this process. a) b) c)

8. Discuss three things you now know after having finished your project. a) b) c)

9. In at least 150 words, discuss the grade you feel you should receive for your project. In defending your grade, address the following: a. The originality of your project’s concept or product b. An account of how you managed your time c. How this project reflects your unique talents, experience, and interest(s).

STUDENT NAME:

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