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 Graduation Project
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A Graduation Requirement - Class of 2012
                                              Table of Contents

Graduation Project - Rationale................................................................................................ Page 4

Important Support People ....................................................................................................... Page 5
       Graduation Project Coordinator .................................................................................. Page 5
       Research Paper Coordinator ....................................................................................... Page 5
       Graduation Project Advisor ........................................................................................ Page 5

Graduation Project - Time Schedule ....................................................................................... Page 6

Graduation Project Procedures ............................................................................................... Page 7
      Project Topic Selection ............................................................................................... Page 7
      Project Advisor Selection ........................................................................................... Page 8
      Graduation Project Proposal Form.............................................................................. Page 8
      Advisor Approval Form .............................................................................................. Page 8
      Activity Logs .............................................................................................................. Page 9
      Research Paper ............................................................................................................ Page 9
      Oral Presentation Scheduling Form .......................................................................... Page 10
      Oral Presentation ....................................................................................................... Page 10

Graduation Project - Course Credit....................................................................................... Page 11

Requirements: Graduation Project - Academic .................................................................... Page 11

Grading Procedures ............................................................................................................... Page 12

Graduation Project Guidelines .............................................................................................. Page 13
      Student Responsibility .............................................................................................. Page 13
      Selecting an Advisor ................................................................................................. Page 13
      Excused Absences ..................................................................................................... Page 14
      Administrative Approval of All Surveys .................................................................. Page 14
      Plagiarism ................................................................................................................. Page 14
      Protection of Participants in Research Projects ........................................................ Page 15



Advisor’s Responsibilities .................................................................................................... Page 16

Sample Graduation Project Topics ....................................................................................... Page 17

Graduation Project Resources ............................................................................................... Page 17


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Sample Forms ....................................................................................................................... Page 18
      Graduation Project Proposal Form - Class of 2012 .................................................. Page 19
      Advisor Approval Form - Class of 2012................................................................... Page 21
      Activity Logs - Class of 2012 ................................................................................... Page 22
      Excused Absence Form - Class of 2012 ................................................................... Page 23
      Oral Presentation Scheduling Form - Class of 2012 ................................................. Page 24

Completed Forms .................................................................................................................. Page 26
      Graduation Project Proposal Form - Class of 2012 .................................................. Page 27
      Advisor Approval Form - Class of 2012................................................................... Page 29
      Activity Logs - Class of 2012 ................................................................................... Page 30
      Excused Absence Form - Class of 2012 ................................................................... Page 31
      Oral Presentation Scheduling Form - Class of 2012 ................................................. Page 32

Grading Scales ...................................................................................................................... Page 34
      Grading Scale for Research Paper - Class of 2012 ................................................... Page 35
      Scoring Scale for Oral Presentation - Class of 2012................................................. Page 36




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                     Graduation Project - Rationale
The purpose of the graduation project is to assure that all students are able to apply, analyze,
synthesize, and evaluate information. The students will demonstrate their knowledge through a
combination of research, writing and oral presentation/demonstration in a multi-disciplinary
project. The graduation project will provide all students with a culminating activity that
demonstrates these skills. It also gives students an opportunity outside the classroom to integrate
their various courses of study with their individual interests.


Businesses require workers who possess the following: oral communications skills, written
communications skills, personal initiative, and reliability in completing assigned tasks on time.
The graduation project requires the student to develop and demonstrate these important skills.


To complete the graduation project, students will need to demonstrate self-initiative. The
project is entirely student driven. Advisors, resource people, and teachers are available to
assist students, but the students must initiate the request for support. This approach to the
graduation project is designed to prepare students for future endeavors in post-secondary
education or work.


The graduation project is designed to meet both state and local graduation requirements. The
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates that:
       In order to graduate from high school, a student shall complete a project in one
       or more areas of concentrated study under the guidance and supervision of the
       high school faculty. The purpose of the project, which may include research,
       writing, and/or some appropriate form of demonstration, is to assure that the
       student is able to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information and
       communicate significant knowledge and understanding…


To receive a Schuylkill Valley diploma, students must earn a minimum number of credits during
grades 9-12. One of these required credits is the completion of the graduation project course.




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                         Important Support People

The following people are important in helping students successfully complete their graduation
project. Students must take the individual initiative to contact these people as needed to
complete their project. These people will not initiate any action; self-initiative is an important
component of the project.



Graduation Project Coordinator                       Mr. Steven Schell

This person is responsible for approving graduation project topics and advisors. He will track
progress and maintain records as students complete each part of the project. This is the person
who certifies that students have successfully completed their graduation project. This person is
also responsible for overseeing the oral presentation component of the graduation project.
Students should schedule the date and time of their oral presentation through this person. Any
general questions relative to the graduation project topic or advisor, questions concerning
progress toward completion of the graduation project, and questions concerning the oral
presentation should be addressed to this person.



Research Paper Coordinator                           Mr. Daniel Hornberger

This person is responsible for overseeing the writing of the research paper component of the
graduation project. Questions relative to the writing of the research paper should be addressed to
this person.



Graduation Project Advisor                           (Student Selected)

The individual student based on the topic of their graduation project selects this person. The
advisor must have expertise in the area of the individual student’s project. This person serves as
the mentor as the student completes the activity portion of the graduation project. The project
advisor does not have to be a Schuylkill Valley High School faculty member. Selection of an
advisor who has expertise in the area of the student’s project and is accessible to the
student is crucial to the successful completion of the activity portion of the graduation
project.




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    Graduation Project - Time Schedule Class of 2012

The following time-line for graduation projects for the class of 2012 shows final deadlines for
each project requirement. Students may complete projects earlier than indicated by the time-line.
Students are encouraged to submit the research papers and complete the oral presentation or
performance requirement at the end of their junior year or beginning of their senior year.


Orientation                                 Information is available on line at the Schuylkill
                                            Valley H. S. homepage www.schuylkillvalley.org
                                            or in the assignments folder on drive “W” of the
                                            high school’s network.


   Requirement                              Latest Submission Date


Graduation Project Proposal Form            October 1, 2010


Advisor Approval Form                       October 1, 2010


Activity Logs                               Should be submitted as soon as the required hours
                                            are completed!
                                            The Deadline is September 10, 2011


Activity Portion of Project                 September 09, 2011


Oral Presentation Scheduling Form           September 23, 2011


Oral Presentation                           Beginning October 1, 2011


Research Paper - 1st Submission             October 7, 2011


Research Paper - Final Submission           February 24, 2012



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                     Graduation Project Procedures

Project Topic Selection

During the last quarter of their sophomore year, students will be required to select a graduation
project topic. Good judgment in selection of the topic is critical to successful completion of the
project. The project should be completed in an area of interest to the individual student. The
project should be fun, yet have some relationship to the student’s future goals.

Topics for graduation projects vary from student to student. Topics will be acceptable as long as
they are structured properly. Graduation projects may take a variety of forms. The following are
some examples:

       Shadowing Experience Relative to a Specific Career
       Involvement in a Specific Activity or Hobby
       Involvement in Community Service
       Learning a New Skill
       Development or Production of a Product
       Researching a Specific Topic

Examples of possible topics are given later in this manual. These examples are given to show
possible choices, not to limit the student’s selection of a graduation project topic.

When choosing a graduation project topic, students should remember that the graduation project
has three components:

       Activity, Product, or Experience
       Research Paper
       Oral Presentation

Students should consider how they plan to complete both the research paper and oral
presentation aspects of the graduation project. Many students only consider what they plan to do
for the activity, product or experience. They fail to consider exactly how they are going to
complete the research paper and oral presentation. Students should carefully consider how they
would complete all the requirements of the project. A lack of foresight could prove detrimental
to the overall project.

B.C.T.C. students must use their shop as the topic for their graduation project.

Choose your topic wisely and with thought to the entire process!




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Project Advisor Selection

After choosing a graduation project topic, a student must select a project advisor. This person
should be selected by the student based on the topic of the graduation project. The advisor must
have expertise in the area of the individual student’s project. This person will serve as the
mentor for the student for the activity portion of the graduation project. The advisor must be
willing to work with the student for the entire length of the graduation project. The project
advisor does not have to be a Schuylkill Valley High School faculty member. Selection of an
advisor who has expertise in the area of the student’s project, can work with the student, and is
accessible to the student is crucial to the successful completion of the graduation project.

BCTC students must use their shop instructor as their advisor.


Graduation Project Proposal Form

After selecting a graduation project topic and advisor, students must complete the Graduation
Project Proposal Form. The form must be typed. All sections of the form must be completed
prior to its submission to the Graduation Project Coordinator. If the form is not acceptable to the
Graduation Project Coordinator, the student will be required to make necessary corrections and
resubmit the form. A sample of the Graduation Project Proposal Form is shown later in this
manual. Blank forms are available in the “Assignments Folder” on the high school computer
network. For blank forms, go to W:\Assignments\Graduation Project 2012. You can find this by
accessing the Start Menu - My Computer – Drive “W”. You can also find this form on
Schuylkill Valley High School’s homepage at www.schuylkillvalley.org; High School link;
Graduation Project link.

BCTC students do not need to complete this form.


Advisor Approval Form

After selecting a graduation project topic and advisor, and receiving a verbal commitment from
the advisor, students must complete the Graduation Project Advisor Approval Form. The form
must be typed. All sections of the form must be completed prior to submission to the Graduation
Project Coordinator. If the form is not acceptable to the Graduation Project Coordinator, the
student will be required to make necessary corrections and resubmit the form. A sample of the
Advisor Approval Form is shown later in this manual. Blank forms are available in the
“Assignments Folder” on the high school computer network. For blank forms, go to
W:\Assignments\Graduation Project 2012. You can find this by accessing the Start Menu - My
Computer – Drive “W”. You can also find this form on Schuylkill Valley High School’s
homepage at www.schuylkillvalley.org; High School link; Graduation Project link.

BCTC students do not need to complete this form.


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Activity Logs

These forms are designed to document the hours required by the activity portion of the
Graduation Project. The form must be typed. All items listed in the form must be verified by
having your advisor sign each entry. All sections of the form must be completed prior to
submission to the Graduation Project Coordinator. If the form is not acceptable to the
Graduation Project Coordinator, the student will be required to make necessary corrections and
resubmit the form. A sample of the Progress Report Form is shown later in this manual. For
blank forms, go to W:\Assignments\Graduation Project 2012. You can find this by accessing the
Start Menu - My Computer – Drive “W”. You can also find this form on Schuylkill Valley High
School’s homepage at www.schuylkillvalley.org; High School link; Graduation Project link.

BCTC students do not need to complete this form.




Research Paper

This requirement takes the form of a formal research paper and should follow the current
acceptable MLA format as designated by the SVHS English Department. The paper topic should
be related to the overall Graduation Project topic. The paper must include the following:


       Thesis Statement

       Content Pages - Body of Paper

       Appropriate Citations

       Works Cited Page (Must have multiple types of sources; may not use all internet sources)

       Appropriate Header


The research paper must be typed. MLA handbook guides showing the details of the format and
the paper requirements are available from your English teacher. The student should secure a
copy of the MLA Handbook prior to beginning his/her research paper. The entire research
paper must be completed prior to submission.


BCTC students will do their paper at BCTC and submit the grade to the Graduation
Project Coordinator to receive credit for the research paper at S.V.



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Oral Presentation Scheduling Form

If a student wishes to deliver their oral presentation prior to the October start date, they must
submit the Oral Presentation Scheduling Form to the Graduation Project Coordinator. Upon
receipt of the form, the Graduation Project Coordinator will schedule a date and time for the
student’s oral presentation.

A student does not have to submit an Oral Presentation Scheduling Form as long as they are able
to do their Oral Presentation in their regular senior English class.

If a student wants an alternate location for their oral presentation, they must submit the Oral
Presentation Scheduling Form to the Graduation Project Coordinator by the listed deadline.

If you submit an Oral Presentation Scheduling Form the form must be typed. A sample of the
Oral Presentation Scheduling Form is shown later in this manual. For blank forms, go to
W:\Assignments\Graduation Project 2012. You can find this by accessing the Start Menu - My
Computer – Drive “W”. You can also find this form on Schuylkill Valley High School’s
homepage at www.schuylkillvalley.org; High School link; Graduation Project link.

BCTC students will do their Oral Presentation at BCTC and submit the grade to the
Graduation Project Coordinator to receive credit for the oral presentation at S.V.

Oral Presentation

The oral presentation demonstrates what students learned, discovered, or participated in while
completing their graduation project. Students are encouraged to use various visual aids during
their oral presentation. Visual aids will serve to enhance the oral presentation. Visual aids may
take the form of the following:

       Overhead Transparencies                                Models
       Slides                                                 Equipment and Facilities
       Videos                                                 Brochures
       Posters                                                Pamphlets
       Charts and Diagrams                                    Handouts
       Products                                               PowerPoint Presentations

The oral presentation may be given in a variety of different formats. Some of the formats, which
meet the requirements of the oral presentation, are the following:

       Formal Speech
       Informal Speech
       Demonstration
       Performance
       Tour

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                  Graduation Project - Course Credit
The graduation project is a Schuylkill Valley mandated course for graduation. The graduation
project carries a value of 1.0 credit. The graduation project course and grade will appear on the
student’s report card and transcript in the senior year after completion of all project requirements
listed in this manual. The graduation project course will be included in a students final G.P.A. in
the senior year. The student must have completed the graduation project with a passing
grade in order to graduate.




                  Requirements: Graduation Project

   Project Area                               Requirements




Activity Project:                             25+ Hours




Research Paper:                               7 Pages

                                              5+ References
                                              (Students must have multiple types of sources)
                                              (Students may not use all internet sources)

                                              Citations required based on MLA Standards




Oral Presentation:                            15 Minutes (Including time for questions)

                                              2+ Visual Aids




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                               Grading Procedures

The graduation project will be graded on a 0% to 100% scale. A grade of 60% is considered
passing for purposes of meeting the Schuylkill Valley High School graduation requirement.

There are four components to the final grade: the research paper, the oral presentation, the
required forms and the activity hours. Each component will be graded independently of the other
components.




When determining the final grade for the graduation project, each component of the graduation
project will be weighted as follows:


       Research Paper                                30%

       Oral Presentation                             30%

       Required Forms                                10%

       Required Hours                                30%




Students will also lose points for submitting required items past the last submission date
according to the following scale:

        1 - 10 Days Late              1/4 Of The Items Point Value
       11 - 20 Days Late              1/2 Of The Items Point Value
       21 - 30 Days Late              3/4 Of The Items Point Value
       31+                            No Credit For The Item




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                      Graduation Project Guidelines

Student Responsibility

Responsibility for all aspects of the graduation project rests solely with the student. The student
is responsible for selecting a project, scheduling time to complete the project, completing
requirements on time, and seeking help when needed. While there are many resources at
Schuylkill Valley High School and in the community available to facilitate the student’s progress
through the graduation project process, it is the student’s responsibility to seek out and utilize
these resources. Students having questions or problems should see Mr. Schell for help or
direction. It is the individual student’s responsibility to seek help and assistance as needed.



Selecting an Advisor

It is the student’s responsibility to select, contact, and confirm an advisor. Students should select
their advisor based on the topic of their graduation project. This person serves as the mentor for
students as they complete the activity portion of their graduation project.


Students should consider the following when selecting an advisor:

       The advisor must have expertise in the area of the student’s project.

       The advisor must be willing to work with the student for the entire length of the
       graduation project.

       The advisor must be accessible to the student.

       The advisor must be willing to mentor the student during the activity portion of the
       graduation project.


The project advisor does not have to be a Schuylkill Valley High School faculty member.
Selection of an advisor who has expertise in the area of the student’s project, can work with the
student, and is accessible to the student is crucial to the successful completion of the activity
portion of the graduation project.




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Excused Absences

Students have their entire junior year, and the summer between their junior and senior year to
complete the activity portion of their graduation projects. There is, therefore, the expectation
that the majority of the activities relative to the graduation project can be completed without
missing school.

It is understood, though, that there may be times when students will not be able to complete the
activity portion of their projects during the summer, evenings, or weekends. Under these
circumstances students may have to miss school to complete the activity portion of their
graduation project.

When the nature of the graduation project requires a student to miss school, the student will be
granted an excused absence under the following guidelines.

       Students will receive a maximum of 8 excused absences while completing the entire
       project.

       No more than 3 excused absences will be permitted during a given month.

       Requests for an excused absence must be submitted to the Graduation Project
       Coordinator at least 1 week prior to the date of the requested absence. The student must
       submit a completed Graduation Project - Excused Absence Form. This is the only form,
       which may be handwritten.

       Excused absences will be granted to work on the activity portion of the graduation
       project. Students will not be granted excused absences to work on the research paper or
       the oral presentation portion of the project.


Only the Graduation Project Coordinator may grant exceptions to the above guidelines.

Students failing to follow the above outlined procedure will lose points, and the privilege of
being excused from school to work on their graduation project.



Administrative Approval of All Surveys

Prior to the administration of any survey, the survey must be presented to the Graduation Project
Coordinator for approval. Failure to receive prior approval will invalidate the survey for use as
part of the graduation project and will result in the loss of points.




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Plagiarism

Plagiarism in any form, whether intentional or unintentional, is unacceptable in the graduation
project of a student at Schuylkill Valley High School. Submitting falsified information is also
unacceptable. The penalty for plagiarism or submission of falsified information is a grade of
zero for that portion of the graduation project. Students found to have plagiarized any portion of
their graduation project or falsified any information relative to their graduation project may be
required to complete an entirely new graduation project before receiving credit for graduation.



Protection of Participants in Research Projects

1.     Schuylkill Valley High School does not sanction any kind of research project which
       threatens the health or well-being of any investigator, facilitator, or subject (human or
       animal) through:

       a.      Biomedical procedures
       b.      Procedures used to elicit information
       c.      Procedures designed to directly modify the knowledge, thinking, attitudes,
               feelings, or other aspects of the behavior of subject
       d.      Procedures which create discomfort or distress

2.     Schuylkill Valley High School does not sanction any kind of research project which
       causes subjects any degree of:

       a.      Discomfort
       b.      Harassment
       c.      Invasion of privacy
       d.      Risk of physical injury
       e.      Threat to personal dignity
       f.      Potential harm

3.     Schuylkill Valley High School does not sanction any kind of research project which
       involves giving false or misleading information to subjects or withholding information
       from them such that their “informed” consent is in question.

4.     Procedures for maintaining confidentiality of all subjects’ data must be included in all
       research projects using human subjects.

5.     Students engaged in any research must conform to school policies and procedures, state
       laws, and national laws currently in force.




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                          Advisor’s Responsibilities

The following are requirements and responsibilities of a person agreeing to be an advisor for a
Schuylkill Valley graduation project. Potential advisors should read this list before agreeing to
sign the Advisor Approval Form. It is the responsibility of the student to give a copy of the list
of advisor’s responsibilities to the potential advisor prior to asking for a signature on the Advisor
Approval Form. All advisors must be 21 years of age or older.

The advisor is only responsible for helping the student with the activity portion of the graduation
project. The advisor is not responsible for helping the student with the any of the required forms,
the research paper or the oral presentation.

The advisor is responsible for the following:

       Having expertise in the area of the student’s project.

       Being willing to share this expertise with the student.

       Guiding the student through the activity portion of the graduation project.

       Working with the student for the entire length of the graduation project.

       Finding time to be accessible to the student.

       Possibly serving as member of the team, which will evaluate the student’s oral
       presentation at the conclusion of the project.

       Guiding the student by giving them ideas and suggestions on how to obtain information,
       learn skills, or complete tasks specific to the advisor’s area of expertise.

       Encouraging the student in the completion of the activity portion of the graduation
       project.

       Setting reasonable standards and expectations relative to the student’s level of
       achievement in the advisor’s area of expertise.

       Provide guidance and feedback as the student progresses through the activity portion of
       the graduation project process.

While the advisor is the subject-topic area mentor, it is the student who bears the
responsibility for the work and the completion of the graduation project.


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                  Sample Graduation Project Topics
       The Operation of Emergency Medical Services
       Working with Elementary Students with Special Needs
       Architecture
       Web Site Development
       Learning to Fly through the Reading Flite Academy
       Eagle Scout Project - Restoration of the Historic Sign at Eplers UCC
       Pediatric Physical Therapy
       Martial Arts As a Means of Self Defense, Physical Fitness and Personal Development
       Veterinary Medicine
       The Operation of the Humane Society of Berks County
       Rebuilding a Small Engine
       The Techniques of Firefighting
       Screen Play Writing
       The Roofing Industry
       The Law Profession
       Music Education
       Painting and Paper Hanging
       The American Red Cross
       Geriatric Nursing



                      Graduation Project Resources
While there are many resources at Schuylkill Valley High School and in the community
available to facilitate the student’s progress through the graduation project process, it is the
student’s responsibility to seek out and utilize these resources. The following is a partial list of
resources available to Schuylkill Valley students to assist them in the completion of their
graduation project:

       Schuylkill Valley Faculty
       Schuylkill Valley Library and Librarian
       Schuylkill Valley Community Library
       Experts in Fields Related to Projects
       Personal Books, Magazines, and Newspapers
       Community Service Organizations
       Community Health Organizations
       Government Agencies
       Local Colleges and Universities
       Schuylkill Valley Computer Labs
       Internet Searches

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Sample
Forms


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                               Schuylkill Valley High School
                                   Leesport, PA 19533

   Graduation Project Proposal Form - Class of 2012

Name:                                                          Date:


Topic:


Advisor:




Describe Your Activity:




Describe the Subject of Your Research Paper:




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Describe the Subject of Your Oral Presentation:




List Possible Resources for Your Research Paper (minimum of 4 required):




       Student’s Signature                                      Parent/Guardian’s Signature




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                                  Schuylkill Valley High School
                                      Leesport, PA 19533

              Advisor Approval Form - Class of 2012

Name:                                                                Date:


Topic:


Advisor:


Describe the advisor’s expertise and how this expertise relates to your topic:




I agree to serve as the advisor for the above named student and to help this student with his/her
graduation project. I understand that I am to advise the student relative to the project topic listed
above. I understand that I am responsible for helping the student with only the activity portion of
the project. I understand that there are other sources available to help the student with the
research paper, oral presentation, and other graduation project requirements. I have read a copy
of the Advisor’s Responsibilities. Except for the possibility of unforeseen circumstances, I agree
to help the student for the entire length of the graduation project.




         Advisor’s Signature


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                                 Schuylkill Valley High School
                                     Leesport, PA 19533

                  Activity Log Form - Class of 2012
Name:                                                              Date:

Topic:

Advisor:

Describe what you have done relative to the activity portion of your project since submitting
your last activity log. Be specific in listing the activities!

 DATE                          ACTIVITY                            HOURS         SIGNATURE




           TOTAL HOURS THIS PAGE:


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                                 Schuylkill Valley High School
                                     Leesport, PA 19533

               Excused Absence Form - Class of 2012

Name:                                                            Date:


Topic:




Date of Excused Absence:




Time of Excused Absence:      From:        To:




Where Will You Be during this Time Period?




Who Will Be Supervising You during this Time Period?




         Parent/Guardian’s Signature               Graduation Project Coordinator’s Signature


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                                  Schuylkill Valley High School
                                      Leesport, PA 19533

   Oral Presentation Scheduling Form - Class of 2012

Name: Date:


Topic:


Advisor:


Normally, your Oral Presentation will be scheduled as part of your regular English class unless
otherwise requested. Student wishing to give their Oral Presentation at a different location are
responsible for listing all special needs on this form. There is no guarantee that special requests
will be honored.

Location:
You Oral Presentation will be scheduled for your regular English classroom unless you request a
different location. If you wish to give your Oral Presentation at an alternate location, please list
the desired location below and reason for the request. Also give the address of the alternate
location.




Date:
If you wish to have your Oral Presentation scheduled in a specific month or on a specific date,
please list the month or date below along with the reason for the request.




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Time:
Your Oral Presentation will be scheduled after school, Monday thru Friday between 2:45 PM
and 5:00 PM, on Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM or vacation days between 8:00 AM
and 5:00 PM. Presentations will be scheduled during classes only if that is the only time a
student can do their presentation. Work is not a reason for special consideration when
scheduling an Oral Presentation. If you wish to have you Oral Presentation scheduled at a
specific time, list that time below along with your reason for the request.




Please list any audio-visual materials or other special items you need for your presentation. You
are responsible for securing these items.




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Completed
 Forms



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                                Schuylkill Valley High School
                                    Leesport, PA 19533
   Graduation Project Proposal Form - Class of 2012

Name:         Harry Jones                                         Date: 10/01/10


Topic:        The Operation of the Berks County Food Bank


Advisor:      William Smith



Describe Your Activity:


I will volunteer at the Berks County Food Bank.

I am interested in studying the operation of the Berks County Food Bank. I want to understand
how the food bank operates in terms of the following:
        Acquiring monetary donations
        Acquiring food donations
        Purchasing food
        Storing food
        Determining eligibility for food
        Distributing food to the needy
        Keeping required records




Describe the Subject of Your Research Paper:

My research paper will cover the history of food banks in the United States from 1900 to the
present. It will also include statistics relative to the need for food banks and the number of
people served by food banks during this time period. I will also attempt to show how changes in
governmental policy have affected food banks.




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Describe the Subject of Your Oral Presentation:

My oral presentation will cover the operations of the Berks County Food Bank and the effect the
food bank has had on the needy people of Berks County. I will explain why I feel the Berks
County Food Bank is successful or unsuccessful in meeting its objectives.




List Possible Resources (minimum of 3 required):

       Berks County Food Bank
       State and Federal Department of Welfare
       Access Pennsylvania in S.V. Library
       Penn State Berks Campus Library




       Student’s Signature                                 Parent/Guardian’s Signature




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                                  Schuylkill Valley High School
                                      Leesport, PA 19533
              Advisor Approval Form - Class of 2012

Name:           Harry Jones                                           Date: 10/01/10


Topic:          The Operation of the Berks County Food Bank


Advisor:        William Smith


Describe the advisor’s expertise and how this expertise relates to your topic:

Mr. William Smith is currently the Executive Director of the Berks County Food Bank. He has
been on the staff of the food bank since its inception.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Kutztown University. His
entire 20 year career has involved work in the area of public welfare.


I agree to serve as the advisor for the above named student and to help this student with his/her
graduation project. I understand that I am to advise the student relative to the project topic listed
above. I understand that there are other sources available to help the student with the research
paper, oral presentation, and other graduation project requirements. I have read a copy of the
Advisor’s Responsibilities. Except for the possibility of unforeseen circumstances, I agree to
help the student for the entire length of the graduation project.




         Advisor’s Signature




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                                 Schuylkill Valley High School
                                     Leesport, PA 19533

                  Activity Log Form - Class of 2012
Name:         Harry Jones                                                 Date: 09/10/11

Topic:        The Operation of the Berks County Food Bank

Advisor:      William Smith

Describe what you have done relative to the activity portion of your project since submitting
your last activity log. Be specific in listing the activities!

 DATE                        ACTIVITY                            HOURS         SIGNATURE
05/20/05 Toured the Berks County Food Bank building and            5
         learned about its operation.

06/10/05 Attended a meeting of the Berks County Food Bank            5
         board of directors.

06/14/05 Volunteered at the Berks County Food Bank                   5
         distributing food.

07/16/05 Helped with a food drive sponsored by the food              4
         bank

08/10/05 Volunteered at the Berks County Food Bank                   6
         stocking and inventorying food




           TOTAL HOURS THIS PAGE:                                    25


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                                 Schuylkill Valley High School
                                     Leesport, PA 19533

               Excused Absence Form - Class of 2012

Name:           Harry Jones                                      Date: 10/28/10


Topic:          The Operation of the Berks County Food Bank




Date of Excused Absence:      Friday, October 11, 2005




Time of Excused Absence:      From: 8:00 AM        To:    3:00 PM




Where Will You Be during this Time Period:         Berks County Food Bank




Who Will Be Supervising You during this Time Period:      William Smith




         Parent/Guardian’s Signature               Graduation Project Coordinator’s Signature




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                                  Schuylkill Valley High School
                                      Leesport, PA 19533

   Oral Presentation Scheduling Form - Class of 2012

Name:          Harry Jones                                           Date: 09/23/11


Topic:         The Operation of the Berks County Food Bank


Advisor:       William Smith


Normally, your Oral Presentation will be scheduled as part of your regular English class unless
otherwise requested. Student wishing to give their Oral Presentation at a different location are
responsible for listing all special needs on this form. There is no guarantee that special requests
will be honored.


Location:
You Oral Presentation will be scheduled for your regular English classroom unless you request a
different location. If you wish to give your Oral Presentation at an alternate location, please list
the desired location below and reason for the request. Also give the address of the alternate
location.



I need to do my oral presentation at the Berks County Food Bank since I want to give a tour of
the facility as part of my presentation. The food bank is located at 456 Elm Street, Reading, PA.




Date:
If you wish to have your Oral Presentation scheduled in a specific month or on a specific date,
please list the month or date below along with the reason for the request.


I need the presentation to be on a Monday or Wednesday since that is when the food bank is
open to the public. I also can not do the presentation in October or November since my advisor
is having major surgery and will not return to work until December.


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Time:
Your Oral Presentation will be scheduled after school, Monday thru Friday between 2:45 PM
and 5:00 PM, on Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM or vacation days between 8:00 AM
and 5:00 PM. Presentations will be scheduled during classes only if that is the only time a
student can do their presentation. Work is not a reason for special consideration when
scheduling an Oral Presentation. If you wish to have you Oral Presentation scheduled at a
specific time, list that time below along with your reason for the request.



My oral presentation must be scheduled so that it is finished by 5:00 PM since the Food Bank
closes at 5:00 PM.




Please list any audio-visual materials or other special items you need for your presentation. You
are responsible for securing these items. If you need any help, see Mr. Schell.


Overhead Projector




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Grading Scales




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                             Schuylkill Valley High School
                                 Leesport, PA 19533

    Grading Scale for Research Paper - Class of 2012

Name:                                                        Date:


Topic:


   I.     Content (40)

              Originality/Focus/Body of Information (20)
              Relevant Sources/Citations (20)

   II.    Format (20)

              Paper Guidelines (10)
              Incorporation of Citations (10)

   III.   Writing Style (20)

              Sentence Structure (10)
              Paragraph Structure (10)

   IV.    Mechanics (20)

              Spelling (10)
              Punctuation (10)

Final Score

Points Lost For Late Paper

Final Grade


Comments:

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                                 Schuylkill Valley High School
                                     Leesport, PA 19533

      Grading Scale for Oral Presentation - Class of 2012

Name:                                                            Date:

I.      Presentation Skills (40 Points)

        Enunciation, Pronunciation, Projection                   (10)
        Word Choice
        Eye Contact                                              (10)
        Minimal Reference To Notes
        Flow of Presentation                                     (10)
        Remains within Time Limit
        Use of Visuals                                           (10)

II.     Content (40 Points)

        Introduction, Body, Conclusion                           (15)
        Clear Organization of Body                               (20)
        Effective Transitions
        Sharply Focused, Engaging, Easy to Follow                (05)
        Effective Use of Quotes, Citations, or Documentation
        Fully Covers Topic of Speech

III.    Audience Interaction (20 Points)

        Fields Questions with Poise and Ease                     (10)
        Provides Concise, Insightful Answers with Authority      (10)
        Does Not Use Contrived Answers



Final Score

Points Lost For Late Presentation

Final Grade


Comments:


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