AREA HIGH SCHOOL
225 NICHOLS STREET
WELLSBORO, PA 16901
AND REGULATIONS MANUAL
with the class of 2001, all students who intend to graduate from Wellsboro
Area High School must undertake and complete a graduation project that
meets the standards and provisions stated by the Pennsylvania State
Board of Education and the Wellsboro Area School District Board of Directors.
This manual is written with the intent of providing you with very specific
guidelines and procedures that will help you meet that responsibility.
Upon successful completion and presentation of the project in front
of an evaluation team, .25 of a credit will be awarded toward graduation
to the student.
share this document with your parents and review its contents with them.
It is very important that they have a complete and thorough understanding
of the importance of your project and the seriousness with which our
faculty views the requirement.
principal, I encourage you to select a project that is both challenging
and meaningful to you. Our staff will provide you with the direction
and guidance necessary to help you with this endeavor, but we clearly
recognize that the primary focus of this assignment rests with you,
SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
In order to graduate from Wellsboro Area High School, a student shall
complete a project in one or more areas of concentrated study while
under the guidance and direction of a mentor or a mentoring team. The
purpose of the project, which may include research, writing, or some
other appropriate form of demonstration, is to ensure that the student
is able to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information and
communicate significant knowledge and understanding.
of the Wellsboro Area School District is to empower students to strive
for personal improvement and become productive citizens in our local
community and successful members of our global society. We intend to
accomplish this through providing:
development of an educational partnership among home, school, and
- A high
- An atmosphere
of security and acceptance; and
of the rich cultural vitality of the community
WE BELIEVE THAT:
- An educational
partnership consists of home, school, and community, and promotes
a positive learning experience.
stated, obtainable goals and high expectations will yield higher results.
Each individual has the right to a learning environment that promotes
curiosity, creativity, cooperation, critical thinking, and excellence.
- An educational
partnership has a responsibility to nurture and provide for the area's
experiences reinforce honesty, integrity, and strong moral character.
for ourselves and others is essential to the learning process. Each
and every person is important and unique.
- In a
democracy people have power and responsibility.
individuals can make a difference for themselves, their families,
and in their communities.
empowers all people to achieve equality.
children have a right to safe and secure school environment.
child has individual abilities and different learning styles.
school is a partner in the development of the community.
education involves responsible management of all resources.
excellence includes a staff continuously striving for self-improvement.
and guardians are essential parts of the educational team.
- We can
is defined as a formal assignment chosen by a student that combines
essential learning activities and skills. It is designed and intended
to be comprehensive and to be of the highest quality, in both scope
a significant learning experience
choice, allowing students to pursue individual interests
students an opportunity to express ideas and talents
the opportunity for creativity as well as practicality
the self confidence gained by completing a project
for individual learning differences
the idea of ownership
to all students
an opportunity for cooperative learning experiences
accountability and responsibility
STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS
for your graduation project to be a successful learning experience and
to represent your best effort, you must thoroughly understand and adhere
to all standards and regulations. The information provided on this page
of the manual is critically important to you. It is provided to you
to insure that you have all of the requirements at your disposal and
that you refer to them as needed when working on your project. You should
check with your advisor when appropriate to make certain that any questions
or concerns you may have are addressed. Remember -- it is your responsibility
to be aware of and follow all steps and procedures.
involve a project outside of any existing curriculum requirement
be an "extension" of a course or program
contain documented effort
be "original' as defined by the personal nature of the project
as indicated on the application
contain a written plan of action
contain a written goal or outcome which indicates the purpose of the
contain a written self-evaluation
contain the written consent of your parent or guardian and the approval
of your advisor
adhere to all checkpoint and timeline requirements (variations to
these standards and regulations must receive the written approval
of the principal)
take the form of service, research / problem-solving, or presentation
(oral, written, or visual performance)
The presentation of the project to the graduation project committee
should be a maximum of twenty minutes.
may choose to work as a group for the project. Each student will be
responsible for completing their own Appendices and taking part in the
presentation of the project in front of the Evaluation Team. Students
are responsible for letting their advisors know they are participating
in a group project. This will allow the advisors to be scheduled on
the same Evaluation Team and will allow the group to present the project
at the same time.
in a nursing home or hospital
an environmental project (reclaim a stream)
work for a Human Service Agency, Red Cross, or American Cancer Society
to the arts (work at gallery)
of friends (support of special needs students)
a research project that combines the skills you have attained in
your course work
a hypothesis and prove or disprove it
a problem or perceived problem that is real and develop a solution
(e.g., increase school spirit, raise student SAT scores)
and participate in a speech contest
to service organizations
component of Odyssey of the Mind Competition
and participate in a display of art work
or demonstrate live an activity, such as replacing brakes, painting
a car, building a model, performing computer maintenance, cooking
in a contest
and develop a skill, then perform it in front of live audience
a speech, play, or short story
TIMELINE AND CHECKPOINTS
and checkpoints are provided to serve as "benchmarks" for
your project. You must adhere to the calendar shown below so that you
do not fall behind and also so that we have an accurate accounting of
your progress. Although sufficient time is given for your entire project,
we suggest that you get started immediately in developing your initial
proposal. Very often the most difficult task is determining a project
topic or goal.
Read your manual carefully and discuss it with your parents.
Begin to think about your project topic or goal.
Meet with your assigned advisor for consultation.
Complete interest inventory.
Complete Appendix A, the written plan of action.
Meet with your advisor for proposal review and authorization.
Submit your final proposal application to your advisor.
Prepare your written plan and complete Appendix B.
Submit your final project to your advisor for review and authorization
Begin your project
Meet with your advisor for consultation
Submit your final project to your advisor, including
1- April 15 -- Your final project will be assessed by the evaluation
Upon agreement with your advisor, you may accelerate the timeline described
here, but the project must be presented to the evaluation team during
the senior year.)
PARENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF YOUR PROGRESS.
your sophomore year, you will be assigned an advisor. Consideration
will be given to the student/advisor match. Your advisor will be a professional
staff member of the Wellsboro Area School District. No advisor will
have more than seven students. Your advisor will aid and guide you through
your project responsibilities. Keep in mind that your graduation project
is a personal obligation and not the responsibility of your advisor.
You may use an outside coach or consultant; however, you are ultimately
responsible to the school advisor. If you intend to work with people
other than school district staff, you should meet regularly as a team.
submit a written proposal that will serve as your project application.
In general, your application will state what your project is about,
what you hope to learn, and how you intend to undertake your project.
You will discuss your proposal application with your parents for their
advice and subsequently with your advisor for review and authorization.
You will submit a final copy of your proposal application to be kept
with your graduation project file. You may then begin to work on a written
plan, which will describe your project in detail.
plan serves to document and explain all of the components of your project
presentation (the final form will your project take)
written plan must be typed, dated, and signed. Also, it must be of sufficient
length to appropriately describe your project.
(See Appendix A)
One of the most important components of the graduation project requirement
is the self-evaluation. The personal nature of your project places a
great value on your self-evaluation. After all, what you have learned
and the new insights you have gained represent the true significance
of this assignment. As such, we have included a self-evaluation form
for you to complete. The form requires that you write your thoughts
according to the information or questions asked.
be thorough and complete with your responses. Your self-evaluation will
become a part of the over-all assessment of your project. It must be
completed satisfactorily in order to be included with your project.
two components to the assessment of your graduation project:
Self-evaluation of the project
Formal assessment or evaluation of the project
Your perception of your performance is very important, but the formal
evaluation by the evaluation team will ultimately determine whether
it is deemed acceptable as one of your graduation requirements. As such,
your final project will receive careful scrutiny from the three-person
evaluation team (including the advisor) assigned to review your report.
make certain that all five parts to your project are submitted to your
advisor before October lst of your senior year:
fail to address these responsibilities, your project may be rejected.
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A (Application Form)
B (Written Plan)
C (Self-Evaluation Form)
D (Assessment Form)