If a sophomore is going to Vo-Tech his/her junior year, is a proposal
still required to avoid an unsatisfactory?
A1 Yes, a proposal is still required.
Nothing is ever for certain, and the proposal may lend itself to the
two-year Vo-Tech project requirement.
Can a present junior now change his project and do community service
Yes, a junior can change his project to community service. They have
to fulfill all requirements explained in the booklet and they will
receive a “U” on their report card until project is completed
What will have to be done if community service is chosen? Eg. Project
Analysis, written report, etc?
A3 If community service is chosen, 60
hours outside the school day must be completed. Juniors and sophomores
must complete all proponents found in the handbook--project proposal,
written log, time log, analysis, and presentation.
Students want to know how to do community service projects.
A4 Students are responsible for
identifying their own unique interests. They are to contact an agency
or organization and speak with the supervisor of the organization.
Then the student is to prepare and submit a project proposal. Once
project proposal submitted and approved, a student should begin
volunteerism. A letter from the volunteer organization verifying the
experience is required and is to be attached to the time log.
What do “new” students do? Any extensions, etc.?
A5 New students to school will be
assigned an advisor upon registration through guidance. Juniors and
seniors will be given appointments with Project Coordinator to discuss
I submitted my proposal and haven’t heard back. What should I do?
A6 Process for ADVISORS and
Students submit project proposals to advisors.
Advisors submit the original to guidance
office in a TIMELY manner.
Project Coordinator will evaluate project
proposals. Original will be filed in the guidance office, and a copy
with comments will be returned to the advisor and student. This
should be filed in the advisor’s file for student and student should
file his/her copy for submission at the evaluation session. Students
who have not received information concerning their project should
see their advisors. In summary, both advisors and students
should pursue project proposals that have not been returned in a
Activity Periods are an appropriate time for
students to check with advisors, and for advisors to collect/return
Where are project proposal updates? Where are the project proposals
A7 The original is stored in the guidance
office and advisors should also file a copy.
Advisors do not need to sign off on time logs, correct?
A8 Yes, this is correct. No initials on
time logs are required for any student.
How will students be evaluated?
A9 All students (juniors and some
seniors) will be evaluated using the rubric and evaluation form.
Students will be assigned randomly to an evaluation session during
junior year. They will present to a team of at least 3 evaluators and
a small number of their peers. The individual presentation is
generally no longer than 15 minutes and 3 or 4 presentations will take
place in the time allocated for the session.
What can students do to “reform” their project if their original
project is not going to be completed on time—WHAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED?
How are they held accountable for not finishing their project?
A10 If a student is going to change a
project, the student must submit a new proposal. If the final project
is changed SLIGHTLY, student needs to explain this slight alteration
in a project addendum submitted to advisor or Project Coordinator.
This alteration should also be explained in the project analysis. A
student’s FAILURE to complete a project DOES NOT warrant a request for
change. QUESTIONS/concerns about a specific project should be
submitted immediately to your advisor. Advisor will forward these to
Project Coordinator. Any student who has some material for the
evaluation will be asked to remediate the project. Any student who is
unable to present any part of the project will be assigned the
assistance program which takes place evenings in the fall of senior
year and requires a slight fee.
Is there any way for advisors to have a checklist devised so we can
ensure what parts of our students’ projects have been approved and
completed on time? (This would be a great aide to advisors).
A11 Advisors are to keep track of
completed submissions and progress. If you need to check status of the
project go to the guidance office and look in the file drawer for
project proposal or contact the secretary in the office who helps with
graduation project. Project Coordinator and secretary will keep
advised informed of student status once a quarter.
What do I (advisor) do with the folder and information I have for an
advisee if that advisee goes to Vo-Tech or withdraws?
A12 Advisor should send the folder to the
guidance office to be filed and stored or to the Project Coordinator.
CLEARLY, mark the folder with the student’s name.
Do our meetings together during graduation project meeting count
towards time on time log?
A13 Yes, they do (equal to 5 hours). Any
other planning time spent on the project can be counted.