Peters Township High School<br />GRADUATION PROJECT<br />Graduation Requirement<br />beginning with the Class of 2013 (PTSD Policy #5127)<br />Peters Township School District Mission<br />Mission<br />The mission of the Peters Township Schools, working in partnership with families and the community, is to educate individuals to be responsible, lifelong learners who possess the skills, knowledge, creativity, self-worth, and ethical values necessary to live, learn, lead and flourish in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse global society. <br />Vision<br /> Peters Township School District <br /> Learning from the Past, <br /> Listening to the Present, <br /> Leading for the Future<br />Superintendent’s Vision<br />PTSD has a systematic approach of working together toward excellence and expecting it of all student and staff performance.<br />Peters Township High School Mission for the Graduation Project<br />The Mission for the Graduation Project is to support the District’s mission, vision, and expectations by affording students the opportunity to meet the State requirements to demonstrate through research, writing, and the integration of skills and concepts their ability to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information and communicate significant knowledge and understanding while addressing the PA Academic Standards for Career and Work.<br />How to Successfully Complete the <br />Peters Township High School Graduation Project:<br /><ul><li> Know its purpose:</li></ul>Through career exploration, the students will research their interests, talents, and abilities as they relate to post-secondary options. A variety of required and optional experiences will lead students toward focusing and discovering desirable and appropriate post-secondary decisions as they relate to a first job/career. This process will be documented and stored by the students in electronic portfolios and presented by the student to a panel of school district professionals for evaluation. The project as a whole is completed independently by the student. It is not part of any class; however, components of the project are considered completed if passed in a class.<br /><ul><li> Know the process: MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ALL COMPONENTS.
NOTE: This is Career Exploration. You do NOT have to pick a career.
Graduation ProjectEvidence of AccomplishmentAssessed/Recorded byElectronic PortfolioElectronic Portfolio that will include the following:Information Technology (IT) TeacherSet, Reflect on, Refine Career GoalsGoal-setting WorksheetOne-page reflection paper of your career Goals from your goal-setting meeting with your counselor School CounselorExplore CareersAt least two of the following: a. Interest Survey Results from the District’s Career Exploration software (one-page reflection)b. Employer Interview in Careers Related to your Career Goals (one-page reflection)Job Shadow in Field Related to your Career Goals (one-page reflection)d. Electronic Search of Careers Reflection Paper (one-page)Student—using attached rubricEvaluation Panel—in junior year during in-service daysSee School to Career Coordinator if assistance needed with job shadow.Develop ResumeResume (keep updating)IT Teacher
Graduation ProjectEvidence of AccomplishmentAssessed/Recorded byAttend a Career FairCareer Fair Reflection Paper addressing at least 3 careers represented at the Fair related to your goals (two-page)Student—using attached rubric for self-assessmentEvaluation Panel—in junior year during in-service daysPresent a Speech in Speech Class on your Career ResearchSpeech Outline—indicated as having passed using the criteria from Speech ClassSpeech TeacherSuccessfully Complete a Classroom Project in any class OR a Service Project through the Community Service Course that is related to Your Career GoalsThe Project (e.g.,video file if from a media project, written report, lab report if from a chemistry project, music file if from a chorus project, etc.)Classroom Teacher, including Community Service TeacherCollege Application with Essay or Job Application depending upon Career GoalJob Application for the job identified in your career goals if planning on moving directly into the workforceCollege/Post-Secondary Institution Application with related EssaySchool Counselor(stored and completed before January 1 of the senior year)Tell Your StoryUsing the contents of your electronic Portfolio, present a thoughtful, reflective journey of your career exploration. Dress professionally for this presentation.Panel of two to three Peters Township Faculty (may also include professionals in this field) near end of junior year
To whom do I go with questions?See the chart above for those responsible for assessing/recording individual components of your project. See your school counselor with questions on the remaining components.
When can I or must I “Tell My Story”?All juniors will “Tell Their Story” during an in-service day toward the end of their junior year.
Can my reflection papers be of a shorter or longer length?
The minimum length for acceptance is listed above (pgs. 3 & 4).
Papers may run over by one short paragraph, but you are expected to be direct and concise. Long papers will not be considered.
Juniors who do not pass their project will have an opportunity to present again as seniors
No presentations will be entertained prior to the scheduled in-service day in your junior year.
If I pass all of my required credits and all of the required assessments (e.g., PSSA), but do not do or pass my graduation project, may I still graduate?
No. PA School Code and Peters Township School District Policy (#5127) require passing the graduation project in order to graduate.
Students who have not met ALL of the graduation requirements may not participate in commencement exercises.
Is there a suggested timeline to keep me focused? Consider this suggested timeline:
Freshman Year—create electronic portfolio, set career goals, complete resume, begin career exploration, attend career fair.
Sophomore Year—complete a job shadow, successfully complete your career speech, continue career exploration, complete a classroom project or plan take the community service course during the first semester of your junior year.
Junior Year—ensure all required documents are in your portfolio and refine their quality; prepare, practice, and present your “Tell Your Story” presentation.
Senior Year—complete a college application or job application if moving directly into the workforce and store the application and the college essay, if one was required in your portfolio, BEFORE JANUARY 1 of your senior year.
Will the project receive a letter grade and affect my gpa?
Pass/Incomplete/Not Passed will not affect your gpa, but an incomplete (did not include one or more of the required components) at the end of the junior year will preclude honor roll status, will keep you on the SHARP list until it is completed, and will prevent your obtaining a parking pass.
If I do not pass my junior year, when can I try again?In January, seniors with Incompletes or who did not pass may try again.
What happens if the technology fails and my electronic portfolio is gone?
The District will back-up the information in your portfolio. It is STRONGLY suggested that you keep a hard copy of everything you put in your portfolio. This is a good practice for high school, college, and your future careers.</li></ul>454660354330Peters Township High School Graduation Project<br />Electronic Portfolio Checklist<br /><ul><li>Required ContentDate Stored in Electronic Portfolio Electronic Portfolio_(created)_____________________One-page reflection paper of Career Goals and Goal-Setting Workshop _________________________Resume_________________________At least two of the following: One –page Reflection Paper of Interest Survey and Survey Results from the District’s Career Exploration software _________________________One-page Reflection Paper of Employer Interview in Careers Related to your Career Goals _________________________One-page Reflection Paper of Job Shadow in Field Related to my Career Goals _________________________One-page Reflection Paper of my Electronic Search of Careers _________________________Two-page Reflection addressing at least 3 careers represented at the Fair related to my career goals _________________________Speech Outline_________________________Career-related Classroom Project (e.g.,video, written report, lab report, etc.) or Community Service Project_________________________ Application (due by Jan. 1 of senior year)College/Post-Secondary Institution Application with related Essay or Job Application</li></ul>8 Habits of Highly Effective Students<br />Successfully Completing the Peters Township Graduation Project<br />(Move from being dependent ► to independence ► to interdependence.)<br />BE PROACTIVE<br />Begin thinking about how you will complete this process<br />Do not wait until the last minute and try to cram<br />Keep good records and print out hard copies of back-up information<br />Schedule appointments well in advance<br />KEEP A HARD COPY OF ALL ELECTRONICALLY SAVED DOCUMENTS<br />BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND<br />Ask yourself exactly what you expect your electronic portfolio to look like by the time you are ready to present<br />Envision yourself presenting—will you stand and present? Will you use technology (e.g., ppt, video, audio, etc.)<br />Study the rubrics and expectations to ensure you understand what to submit and what the expectations are to pass<br />Decide if you are just interested in passing or you want your project to be used as an example of quality work that is shared with upcoming classes<br />PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST<br />Review the expectations of the Graduation Project<br />Design Your Plan for Successful Completion<br />Meet with your counselor to set your career goals<br />Create your electronic portfolio through your IT course (keep it updated)<br />Create your resume in IT class<br />Attend the District’s Career Fair<br />THINK WIN-WIN<br />The graduation project is a great way to meet graduation requirements and showcase your talents, skills, and creativity<br />The graduation project is an excellent way to prepare for the college/job application process and to make a thoughtful post-secondary choice<br />Much of what you put into your portfolio can be used later, even in a college interview<br />SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD<br />Ask questions along the way, so that you are not surprised when it is time to present and your electronic documents or your presentation is not acceptable<br />Read over the rubrics, and seek clarity if you do not understand<br />Design quality interview questions, so that you truly understand the pre-requisites, time commitment, job tasks, and future of the career you are considering<br />Attend an afterschool workshop your junior year to practice your “You’re your Story” presentation<br />SYNERGIZE<br />Work with others to plan and brainstorm<br />Meet with your counselor<br />Talk with your IT teacher and the Career Resource Center (CRC) representative (Mrs. Pigman)<br />Include classroom teachers, parents, peers, siblings, and experts in career fields to guide your career selection<br />SHARPEN THE SAW<br />Using the habits will keep you focused, less anxious, and able to relax<br />Keep on schedule and be proactive, so you have time to relax<br />Recognize that stepping away from any task to refresh and refocus will support a quality product or outcome<br />FIND YOUR VOICE<br />Be a self-advocate<br />Don’t select a career goal because someone thinks you should; do the research and determine what is right for you<br />Create an excellent “Tell Your Story” presentation<br />PTHS GRADUATION PROJECT<br />REFLECTION PAPER RUBRIC<br />Exceptional2Proficient1No credit0FOCUSClearly states the purpose of the activity.Never diverges from the topic.Implies but does not clearly state the purpose of the activity.Never diverges from the topic.Does not state or imply the purpose of the activity.Diverges from the topic.CONTENTDemonstrates a thorough self-reflective analysis including a summary of the activity supported by specific and illustrative details. Draws conclusions and makes connections to future plans. Demonstrates a reflective analysis including a summary of the activity supported by details.Draws conclusions and makes a connection to future plans.Lacks development and self-reflection. Does not include a summary of the activity or has insufficient details.Does not make a connection to future plans.ORGANIZATIONPresents the reflection in a compelling, highly-organized manner. Includes the following elements:Attention-getting introduction, which includes thesis statementEffective transitionsReflective conclusionPresents the reflection in a well-organized manner. Includes the following elements:Introduction with thesis statementTransitionsConclusionPresents the reflection in a poorly organized manner. Elements are missing that impact understanding:No introductionNo transitionsNo conclusionCONVENTIONSUses articulate and appropriate language, sophisticated word choice, and sentence structure. 0-1 errors in: GrammarPunctuationMechanicsUses appropriate language, word choice, sentence structure.2-3 errors in:GrammarPunctuationMechanicsUses slang and unsophisticated word choice.4 or more errors in:GrammarPunctuationMechanics<br />Passing (score of 4 or higher with NO “no credits” ___________ _____________________<br /> Score Number of “No Credits”<br />PTHS GRADUATION PROJECT<br />ORAL PRESENTATION RUBRIC: TELL YOUR STORY<br /><ul><li>Exceptional2Proficient1No credit0ContentDiscussion includes detailed reflection of the career journey. Thorough conclusions drawn on all of the following: Career goal-settingInterest survey resultsEmployer interviewsJob shadowing in a related fieldElectronic career searchParticipation in career fairsCareer speechCareer-related classroom project ORcommunity service projectDemonstrates a thorough analysis and synthesis of this process and presents a plan for future endeavors/next steps (e.g.: apply to post-secondary institution, military, job).Discussion includes the career journey. Conclusions drawn on all of all of the following:Career goal-settingInterest survey resultsEmployer interviewsJob shadowing in a related fieldElectronic career searchParticipation in career fairsCareer speechCareer-related classroom project ORcommunity service projectDemonstrates analysis and synthesis of the graduation project/process and presents a plan for future endeavors.Discussion includes the career journey. Conclusions missing on one or more of the following:Career goal-settingInterest survey resultsEmployer interviewsJob shadowing in a related fieldElectronic career searchParticipation in career fairsCareer speechCareer-related classroom project ORcommunity service projectLittle or no analysis or synthesis of the graduation project process or no plan for future endeavors/next steps.OrganizationPresents the project in a compelling, highly-organized manner. Includes the following elements:1. attention-getting introduction, which includes thesis statement2. effective transitions3. reflective conclusionPresents the project in a well-organized manner. Elements are recognizable:1. introduction with thesis statement2. transitions 3. conclusion Presentation is poorly organized. Elements are missing that impact understanding:1. no introduction2. poor transitions 3. no conclusion</li></ul>Oral Presentation Rubric cont.Exceptional2Proficient1No credit0PresentationUses articulate and appropriate language and sophisticated word choice.Minimal use of prompts (e.g., note cards, ppt slides, etc.).No errors in grammar.Avoids fillers such as “um,” “like,” etc.Body language enhances presentation—appropriate use of gestures, posture, and eye contact.Uses appropriate language and word choice.Minimal use of prompts (e.g., note cards, ppt slides, etc.).Few errors in grammar. Avoids excessive fillers such as “um,” “like,” etc.Body language does not distract from presentation—use of gestures, good posture, and eye contact. Uses slang and unsophisticated word choice. Overreliance on prompts (e.g., note cards, ppt slides, etc.).Frequent errors in grammar. Body language distracts from presentation—lack of or distracting gestures, poor posture, little or no eye contact.VoiceSpeaks clearly, expressively, audibly; exceptional use of pace and enthusiasm.Speaks clearly, audibly, and with inflection.Presents at an appropriate pace.Speech is unclear, inaudible, or monotone. Pace is too fast or too slow.AttireDresses “professionally.”Males--dress slacks, dress shoes with socks, tie. Professional use of jewelry, make-up, and hairstyle. No noticeable body art or piercing. Follows student dress code.Females--dress shoes, dress, suit, or dress slacks. Professional use of jewelry, make-up, and hairstyle. No noticeable body art or piercing. Follows student dress code. Dresses in “business casual.”Males--Docker-type slacks, golf-shirt, no tie, casual shoes with socks (no athletic shoes). No evidence of distracting jewelry/make-up/hairstyle/body art/piercings. Follows student dress code. Females--skirt or slacks and sweater/blouse, and dress shoes. No evidence of distracting jewelry/make-up/hairstyle/body art/piercings. Follows student dress code. Dresses unprofessionally.Jeans, shorts, athletic shoes, t-shirt, casual sandals/flip flops. Excessive use of make-up, distracting hairstyle/body art/piercings/or jewelry.Does not follow dress code.<br />Passing (score of 5 or higher with NO (“no credits”) ___________ _____________________<br />Score Number of “No Credits”<br />Presentation length: __________ minutes<br />Presentation must be between 10 and 15 minutes.<br />Presentations less than 10 minutes or more than 15 minutes will receive an Incomplete.<br />NOTES:<br />