The Preston High School Senior Project is a cumulative activity where students devise, execute, document, and formally present a multi-disciplinary learning experience. Successful completion of the project is required for graduation.
Project Supervisors: Jeff Sessions, Lorie Swainston, Clydelle Jones
Advisory Committee Members: Becky Hatch, Stormy Heinz, Andrea Spencer
Important upcoming due dates:
- Wednesday, September 30th 2020 = The ABSOLUTE last day to have topic and activity proposals submitted for approval. Student who fail to make this deadline will be assigned a senior project. Note: The assigned project is on post high school skills. It is a good project but student choices are limited.
- October 2020 = Sometime before the end of October all students must complete a progress check with a project supervisor and show that they have completed a minimum of 5 documented hours of work on the project.
2020-2021 The Senior Project Process:
Step 1 = The student AND a parent/guardian are required to attend an orientation meeting and obtain a project binder/portfolio and instructions. Two orientations are offered; the first in January of the student's junior year, and the other in August of the student's senior year. If a student misses both orientation options, they will receive only partial credit for personal instructions and will pay $5 for a binder. - 50 points possible
Step 2 = Students are required to submit a printed and signed (by both the student and a legal guardian) copy of the 2020-21 Parent Verification Form to the PHS media center. - 50 points Possible
2020-21 Senior Project Parent Verification Form
Step 3 = Using the PHS senior project proposal model (below left) students are to devise a multi-discipline (4 different content areas) learning experience on a topic of their choice. The topic must be one that the student has little or no experience/knowledge or one he/she can take current knowledge/experience to a much higher level. Students must electronically submit the 2020-21 Senior Project Proposal Form (below right) for committee approval. Students will know when the proposal has been accepted or rejected when a score is posted on PowerSchool. If the proposal is not accepted, the student must revise it and resubmit the form until it is accepted. Students MAY NOT begin work on any of their project activities until the proposal has been approved and signed by a project committee member. - 100 points possible
Please take you time to complete the proposal form correctly! Read the prompt carefully and complete the form with detail! Students who must resubmit because of lack of completeness and effort will NOT receive full credit!
The link for proposal submission has been removed until August 2020
PHS Senior Project Proposal Model 2020-21 Senior Project Proposal Form
Step 4 = Once the proposal has been accepted the work may begin. Students are to organize their portfolio binder (see the instruction sheet in the binder or the link below) and document each time they work on the project. Students MUST record all time on the portfolio work journals AND provide physical documentation (proof) that the work was done inside the binder: photographs of the student doing work, printed/highlighted/summarized research, Journals, charts, spreadsheets, summaries, etc.
Step 5 = Students must attend the October progress check meeting with the student's assigned project committee supervisor and show a minimum of 5 completed, recorded on the portfolio work journal, and documented hours. All verification must be in the portfolio; not on a computer or phone. - 50 Points Possible
Step 6 = Students must attend the January progress check meeting with the student's assigned project committee supervisor and show a minimum of 10 completed, recorded, and documented hours. All verification must be in the portfolio; not on a computer or phone. - 50 Points Possible
Step 7 = Students must attend the March progress check meeting with the student's assigned project committee supervisor and show a minimum of 15 completed, recorded, and documented hours. All verification must be in the portfolio; not on a computer or phone. - 50 Points Possible
Step 8 = Students are to place copies of the following in their portfolio as they are completed: a graded senior academic research paper, a self reflection document, a "Do's and Dont's " document from the presentation training assembly, and presentation practice document.
Step 9 = Students are to finish all project activities and required assignment of the portfolio and turn it in to the library by the assigned due date. This is usuall in early April. Late projects will be penalized 20% per day. (400 points)
Step 10 = Students give a 20 minute formal presentation on their growth and learning through the project to a board of judges on Senior Project Presentation Day (toward the end of April).
Below are links to PDF files that make up the senior project binder: