Graduation Project Requirements Due by December of Senior School Year
RATIONALE FOR COMPLETION OF GRADUATION PROJECT
1. Derry Area is charged by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the following mandate:
IN ORDER TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, a student will 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, or some other 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.
Furthermore, it is the intent of this Project that students develop and continue the strengthening of skills and applications learned through classroom courses. Additionally, the Project will foster critical thinking and a respect for learning which will extend to the student after graduation.
2. The Board of Education affirms the mission of Derry Area School District to promote lifelong learning. The Graduation Project not only provides an opportunity to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information, but also encourages communication of that knowledge. For these reasons the Derry Area Board of Education supports the completion of the Graduation Project.
Student Researched Graduation Portfolios must contain EACH of the following:
1. Three ring binder or folder with three ring (prong) compatibility. 2. Cover Letter introducing the student and including information on student’s application. 3. Current Resume. 4. Job, College, Trade School, Business School, Continuing Education Application, or Ag/Hort Proficiency Applications. 5. Career-related Research Paper (minimum 4 body pages + 1 bibliography page = 5 pages total minimum). 6. Power Point or other acceptable form of visual presentation (minimum 10 slides). This must be presented in a 10-15 minute minimum oral presentation. 7. Oral Presentation to Mentoring Teacher (10-15 minutes).
TOPIC: Students must research and present information on an area related to an appropriate interest or career choice.
(1) THREE-RING BINDER should be 1" or less in size.
(2) COVER LETTER instructions 1. Create your own Cover Letter in Microsoft Word. Your letter should emulate the samples found at the instructional link below. Address your letter to the potential school or employer of your choice. SAVE your Cover Letter then print it and add it to your binder.
(3) RESUME instructions A good resume can be developed by using a template in Microsoft Word. Once in Microsoft Word, open a NEW document. Choose from the templates "Resumes," then "Basic Resumes," then "Chronological Resume."
(5) CAREER RELATED RESEARCH PAPER instructions 1. Pull up the following outline document: Career Research Paper Outline 2. Begin researching and composing your informational research paper, following the outline. 3. Your paper should be at least 6 pages long and include a cover sheet and bibliography page. 4. Your bibliography must be properly formatted. An easy way to do this is to use www.easybib.com. 5. To find statisical information about your job, a helpful website is the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statisics: http://www.bls.gov/ 6. Your research paper font should be double spaced, TIMES NEW ROMAN 12 point font, ONLY! ADDITIONAL VERY HELPFUL SITE: http://www.careeronestop.org/
(6) POWER POINT PRESENTATION instructions 1. Using your completed research paper as an outline, create a Power Point Presentation which you will use when you present your final project. 2. You should have at least 10 slides: your first slide being your cover (title, name, date, career, and graphics), and your last side being your bibliography. 3. Each slide should correspond with one of the subheadings of your research paper. 4. Any graphics you use, please give credit to the website by copying and pasting the URL beneath the graphic. 5. You may use movies and music, as long as they are appropriate and related to your presentation. 6. Print your Power Point and put it in your binder.
(7) ORAL PRESENTATION instructions The presentation of the Graduation Project must be done before the mentoring teacher and at least two other persons who witness the presentation. Students will be graded at the time of presentation using the Graduation Project Asssessment Rubric. Upon achieving a rating of either Excellent or Satisfactory, the student will be signed off using the Graduation Project Completion Form.