A few years ago the AP Statistics Class conducted a survey of the senior class in order to gather their opinions about the senior exit portfolio. Their recommendations for future portfolios included:
• Focus on outside experiences.
• Make the ESLR connections more concrete.
• Make the assignment more personalized.
• Have less focus on packaging, more on content.
• Make the portfolio useful.
• Have the portfolio show the connections between my high school career and my future plans.
• Clarify the process for receiving honors.
Results of student surveys have become very important to the HS staff. Data was also collected from staff as to the process. Meaningful change results from us all working together to accomplish a goal.
We have decided to:
• conduct oral interviews, instead of oral presentations.
• add a resume to the portfolio requirements.
• score portfolios as unsatisfactory, satisfactory, very good, and honors.
• take into consideration environmental concerns and the short supply of paper at SLVHS. Please take advantage of looking at the documents on-line at the school website: www.slvhs.slv.k12.ca.us
All in all, this new process will maintain the:
• content requirements of the previous portfolio process.
• connections to the ESLRs.
• focused reflections on the learning that has taken place at SLVHS.
• connections to your future.
• graduation requirement.
The added resume and oral interview make the portfolio more useful.
• Click here for the Portfolio it is in a PDF format.
• A few copies of the portfolio documents will be available in the counseling office.
You must select a mentor for this process. In order to enable you to have personal advice on your portfolio, each teacher or staff member is allowed to have no more than 5 mentees. Be the first to get them on board for you!
Please direct any questions, concerns, or problems you have to your mentor or to Mr. Hearn. You may also e-mail him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 21st – Discussion in CAP class about the project and role and selection of a mentor. Hand out mini-packet, complete packet available on the SLVHS web site. Overview of the project and it’s components – Sign up on list with name of mentor.
December 15th – Mentees meet with mentors during collaboration time (meeting #1).
January 5th – Mentees meet with mentors during collaboration time (meeting #2).
February 16th – Mentees meet with mentors during collaboration time (meeting #3).
March 12th - SEP due to mentors, mentors keep portfolio until grading.
March 15th - Early out to start grading process (approximately 6 rooms of 6-8 graders)
March 16th - Finish grading SEP during the late start collaboration time.
April 5th - 9th spring break
In the past, students were not clear as to the process for obtaining honors on their portfolio. Many mistakenly thought that by doing the oral part, they automatically would receive honors. This IS NOT SO!
An Honors portfolio is exemplary in the variety of artifacts. It has sincere
and insightful reflection on the work, and is expertly put together. Receiving
Honors, outside of the satisfaction it would give the senior, gives recognition
to students for producing something more meaningful than points or a letter
grade. Students will receive recognition and a medal at the graduation ceremony
for their Honors portfolio, as well as leave high
school with something that well represents their capabilities and talents. In addition, Honors Portfolio will be notated on the student transcript.
To have a CHANCE to receive HONORS on your Senior Exit Portfolio, you MUST:
• Have the exemplary, sincere, insightful, portfolio described above.
• Include title page, table of contents, and closure. (See SEP mini packet for more info)
• Take part in the Oral Interview process.
Oral Interview Process
What is an Oral Interview?
An oral interview allows a student to demonstrate more of his/her personality and sincerity than just the compilation in the portfolio
can do. You should consider doing an oral presentation if you think that it would make your portfolio stronger. The format is similar to a
job interview…dress professionally and be prepared to answer probing questions. Discuss with your mentor the advantages of making this presentation. The oral interview is required to receive Honors. Please note that presenting your portfolio orally does not guarantee
Honors recognition. The oral interviews will take place on the evaluation days during week of April 20th. You must notify the portfolio coordinator of your intention to do the orals no later than the week before. You will be given a maximum of 15 minutes.
What Goes into the Portfolio?
1. Letter of Introduction
3. Three selections for academic focus, one selection for a special interest area and one selection for your career/education plan.
4. One artifact cover letter for each example you select. This cover letter should be typed and attached to the appropriate artifact. Highlight which ESLR contributed to the successful creation of the work, and how the work connects with the academic focus or special interest area. Choose 1 ESLR for each piece in your portfolio. Decide which ESLR best reflects that work. You may demonstrate an ESLR more than once, but be certain to use at least three different ESLRS in your portfolio.
5. All contents must be in a binder, notebook, box or similar container. The container should be portable and able to be transported by one person.
6. The portfolio should be compiled in this order:
a. Title page: original title, your name, your mentor’s name, date
b. Letter of Introduction
d. Artifacts with attached cover letters
e. Mentor check-off sheet
Letter of Introduction
*Also known as a Cover Letter.
*Some jobs require as part of application.
*Will give the teacher reading your portfolio a compact look at your education, work experience, accomplishments, & future goals.
*Useful when applying for scholarships and/or summer jobs.
*Can keep on your computer and update with your achievements.
School to Career Plan
|*EVIDENCE OF YOUR WORK|
*Prepares you for job interviews.
*Used at colleges to “defend” a senior thesis, masters