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Lottery results have been determined for the 2014-2015 school year - please see the Class of 2018 Web Page for more information……..

Senior Project
     The Senior Project is an independent project that students begin at the end of their Junior year, and complete in their Senior year at Helix Charter High School. The project has three components.
      The first is the 20-hour independent project. The student chooses an area of interest, and drafts a proposal at the end of Junior year. Once the proposal is approved, the student  then independently completes the project some time between the summer before Senior year and March of Senior year. During the project, the student creates a portfolio, and in April, the student will go before a panel of judges, made up of teachers and community members, who will review the portfolio and interview the student on his/her project. This phase of the project completion is called Senior Defense.
      The second component of the project is the Senior Research Paper, which is completed in the student's English class. The paper must be 6-8 pages long, use a minimum of 8 sources, and is on a topic related to a culminating experience at Helix Charter High School. The student must earn a minimum score of 70 to pass the paper.
     The third component of the project is the Boards Presentation, which will be completed in May. The student will create a speech that is reflective of the students' 4 years of high school and includes: the process of the project and the learning that occurred during the completion of the project, a description of the research paper, a discussion of the growth that the student has experienced the last four years, and the student's future goals. The speech must be between 8-11 minutes long. Students will have an opportunity to practice their speeches in advisory, and then present to a panel of judges consisting of teachers and community members. The student must pass the speech with a 70 or higher.
 
Senior Project Coordinator: Christine Passmore, cpassmo@helixcharter.net, (619) 644-1940, ext. 359
Junior Project Coordinator: Trina Merideth, tmeride@helixcharter.net, (619) 644-1940, ext. 354
Community Liaison (contact for community judging opportunities): Jennifer Osborn, josborn@helixcharter.net

Senior Project Announcements
Senior Project Portfolio Seminars
Get help with your Senior Project Portfolios-
For the next four weeks, Mrs. Rundle will instruct students on one component of the portfolio each day, and then give students 45 minutes to work on their portfolios.
  • The classes are from 3-4 pm, in Room 180, on the following dates:
  • February 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that we have school). Portfolio supplies will also be available for students who cannot afford to purchase theirs.
Additionally, there will be two Saturday workshops on March 1st and 15th, from 10am-12pm. This time is for students to come and ask questions, use a computer, and have work time. Also, over Spring Break, Mrs. Rundle will also hold two workshops on Monday, March 17th, Wednesday, March 19th, Monday, March 24th, and Wednesday, March 26th from 9am-11am. This time is also for students to work and ask questions. The location for these workshops is the Writing Lab (room 240).
Seniors- Portfolios and Senior Defense
Only 2.5 months left until graduation!
A lot is going to happen in those 4 months, including: the completion of your Senior Project and portfolio, Senior Defense, and Senior Boards. Here are some important announcements regarding these:

1- Portfolios are due on Wednesday, April 2. We will be collecting them from 7:30am-9:30am on the East side of the 100 building. Late portfolios will not be accepted.

2- Senior Defense will take place on April 9, 10, and 11. When you submit your portfolio on the 2nd, you will receive your Defense assignment.

3- Senior Boards will take place on May 27 and 28. You will receive information regarding Practice Boards (May 21) and Boards in your Advisory.
  • Please use the "Portfolio Materials" folder to get templates for all of the sections you need in your Portfolio. Directions, guidelines, and templates are in this folder. 
  • If you want more clarification and detail about Senior Defense and Senior Boards, visit those folders as well. There's lots of helpful information in there!
  • As always, email Mrs. Passmore or come see her in her office if you have questions. Email is: cpassmo@helixcharter.net, and Office Hours are M, W, F during 3rd and 4th period.
Juniors- Proposal Approval
Class of 2015,
33 Juniors have already been approved for their Senior Projects!
347 Juniors are in the process of working on their proposals.
200 Juniors have not submitted yet.

Please be working to get your Senior Project Proposal approved! The sooner you get approved, the less stressful this process will be for you.

Mrs. Merideth has returned from Materinity Leave, so you will work with her again to get approved.

To submit, give your proposal to your Advisor teacher on Wednesday. Or, you can bring it directly to Mrs. Merideth in room 70.
If you are revising, please remember to highlight your changes and attach the revised proposal to the original one (and any other revisions done before the current one).

Our goal is to have more than 100 students approved before the end of the school year. Please email Mrs. Passmore or Mrs. Merideth with any questions. 
Mrs. Merideth tmeride@helixcharter.net
Mrs. Passmore cpassmo@helixcharter.net
Interested in judging Senior Defense or Senior Boards?
Part of what makes the Senior Project a unique experience is that members from our community come to Helix to participate in the judging of Senior Defense and Boards. We would love for you to join the judging "team" and be involved for as much or as little time as you can spare on the Defense and Board dates.
This year, Senior Defense will take place in April- the dates are still undetermined.
Senior Boards will take place on May 27 and 28, from 12pm-4pm.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Jennifer Osborn at: josborn@helixcharter.net

We look forward to having you involved!
Christine Passmore
Senior Project Resources
 Guidelines for Specific Types of Projects
See here for guides for specific types of projects. If you use these, you will get approved sooner, as you will answer many of the questions your grader might have for you.
 Juniors
In this folder, you will find the documents that are in your Senior Project Proposal packet that you work on during Advisory.
Please also access the folder labeled "Senior Project Proposal" for documents relating to the actual DRAFTING of your proposal.
 Portfolio Materials
Search here for materials to help you assemble your project portfolio. Looking for sample portfolios? Go to the library and ask to see a few!
 Project Ideas
Still searching for a Senior Project? See Mrs. Passmore about these available options.
 Research Paper
Curious about the paper requirements? Search here for the rubric, a sample paper, and sources to help you with organization and works cited.
 Senior Boards
Have questions about the Boards speech? Search here for requirements, organization tips, samples, and the scoring rubric.
 Senior Defense
Wondering what Defense will be like? Search here.
 Senior Project Proposal
Need help drafting your proposal? Search here for templates and helpful hints. To get step-by-step directions on how to draft your proposal, please use the instructions in the "Junior" folder. The proposal is taught step-by-step in Junior Advisory, so those handouts will be helpful especially if you are new to Helix.
Please be aware that many documents have specific dates on them, so please use the templates specified for Seniors in this folder (not the ones for Juniors- those dates will be incorrect).
 Waivers for Project
Photo and participation waivers
 Parents-Defense.pptx
Here is a copy of the Powerpoint presentation used in the Parent Information Night on Thursday, February 27.
 Senior Project information Summer Reg_2014.doc
These are all the due dates for the Senior Project for the Class of 2014.

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