October 30, 2014
Dear Parents of our Seniors,
With the close of grades for quarter one, I thought it timely to remind you to emphasize to your senior son or daughter about the expectations for Senior Project work. We spent considerable time with seniors at the start of the school year and during the first quarter discussing the changes to Senior Project for this year. The one significant adjustment made from last year was in the grading policy.
In the past, although assignments were to be turned in each quarter as a way of demonstrating and verifying seniors were engaged in the “year-long journey” expected from the experience, not all seniors embraced this approach. Last year, our seniors virtually had until well into the fourth quarter to complete and turn in all requirements of the project. It became evident that a growing number of students were not meeting the standard of the “year-long” study as we had expected. As a way to maintain the Senior Project as a rigorous capstone experience, the grading criteria was reviewed and adjusted.
This year, grading of Senior Project work (pass/fail) is done by quarter with a culminating year-long grade at the conclusion of the student’s presentation. There are a total of twenty-two assignments that must receive a passing grade in order to successfully earn Senior Project credit (a graduation requirement). Certain requirements have been identified for completion in each marking period, allowing a reasonable and scaffolded approach to the work. Any missing assignment(s) for a marking period will cause a senior to fail. If a senior fails any two marking periods, they will not be allowed to present at year end and therefore, not meet the graduation standard, i.e. not be included in graduation ceremonies. Failing Senior Project would then be cause for attendance at summer school to complete the required work and presentation.
I am writing to you now so you can prompt your son or daughter to stay on top of their Senior Project requirements throughout the year. We do look forward to many outstanding presentations this June, and we want your son or daughter’s to be one of them!