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Fall 2014 Due Dates
These are the dates for the Senior Project. Please put these in your calendar and adhere to them. They will approach quickly, so keep up with your assignments and work ahead as much as possible! I will update this and make an announcement in class as new dates arise.
8/29/14 Signed Parent Letter & Ethics Pledge due
9/5/14 Letter of Intent due
9/19/14 Signed Mentor Consent due
9/26/14 Sign of Commitment due digitally
10/6/14 Final Paper due & signed Academic Advisor Meeting due
10/20/14 Hours log check #1
10/27/14 Hours log check #2
11/7/14 Resume due
11/10/14 Hours log check #3
11/24/14 Hours log check #4; signed Academic Advisor Meeting #2 due; Reflection due digitally
12/2/14 Portfolio due digitally; Mentor Final Evaluation due
1/8/14 Presentations after school!!
As you can see, the items are discussed below in the order they are due.
Parent Letter & Ethics Pledge
Letter of Intent
There are some requirements for the topic of your project. You must do a research paper and 15 project hours related to your project, so choose wisely.1. Topics must be considered a stretch for the student. For example, a student on the football team cannot do a project on football. However, coaching football would be acceptable.
2. All topics must be approved by the committee, so nothing inappropriate!
3. Select a topic that is interesting to you! A potential career, a hobby, or something beneficial to the community are all great options.
Overall, when in doubt, ask me!!!
Academic Advisor & Mentor
The academic advisor is an adult employed by MGSD who is not related to the student. The advisor will review the paper, portfolio, and help the student practice their presentation. Have a favorite teacher, coach, or counselor? This is the time to ask politely for their help.
The mentor is an adult with expertise in the chosen topic. The mentor will supervise the student during the 15 required project hours, can serve as an interviewee for the paper, and will be asked to fill out the final evaluation of the student's performance. This can be someone the student knows or a stranger contacted because of their employment or affiliation with an organization.
I will be happy to assist any students in finding an academic advisor or mentor.
Sign of Commitment
The research paper must be related to the hours and product, keep this in mind!!
Minimum 6 full to maximum 7 full pages typed pages.
One student-generated visual that is a maximum of 1/2 a page.
A minimum of five-six sources (more is fine!!) - One must be an interview
12 point Helvetica or Times New Roman font; one-inch margins; double-spaced
MLA citations for all cited material
**NO TEXT SPEAK!! - This is a formal, academic paper!
Write your paper in a GoogleDoc and let me see it, so I can go back and make edits as you write. Also, if you want me to look at your entire paper - email it to me or set up an appointment to meet with me after school or during your lunch!
- You may complete up to 5 hours during the research portion of the project, if your mentor consent form is turned in.
- Must do a minimum of 15 hours (you may do more!!)
- Document all hours in mentor log and student log! Mentor must sign both!!
- If you skip school to do hours, you will fail.
- Hours cannot be done at your job, or during your school organization, sport, internship, or club participation.
You must demonstrate your participation:
- Minimum of 10 pictures. At least 1 must be of you and your mentor.
- Minimum of 5 30-second video clips.
Your portfolio will include:
"About Me" tab
Senior Project introduction page
Letter of Intent
Sign of Commitment
Research paper w/ outline and works cited
Journal entries for all logs with date & time complete
Photos & Videos from hours
Product or photos and videos with description of product
This project is for you to learn something and enjoy yourself!!
How to contact Ms. Chapman if you are lost or confused!
PHONE: 704-658-2580 (MHS main office)