ZHS Senior Project

(Formerly known as PEARLS)

Seniors earn 1.0 credit when they complete the project which is required for graduation. Requirements and recommendations for the Senior Portfolio Project will be reviewed with each student at their annual guidance conference.

Annual Recommendation for all ZHS Students: Students should document the following items and place them in their portfolio each year so that data is as complete and accurate as possible for the senior year:

  • High School and Beyond Plan
  • Activities Log
  • Test Results
  • Samples of Best Works (Your choice)
  • Certificates & Awards 

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE SENIOR PROJECT NARRATIVE HERE

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE SENIOR PROJECT CHECKLIST HERE

 ZHS Senior Project Class of 2019 Checklist

Activity

Due to Advisor

Graded

Birth Certificate September 25 October 1
High School and Beyond Plan September 25 October 1
Immunization Record September 25 October 1
Job Shadow and Career Report September 25 October 1
Long Term Goals- (5 Year Plan after High School) September 25 October 1
Photo Identification September 25 October 1
Selective Service Registration (Males only) September 25 October 1
Testing Results (Smarter Balanced, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, Others) September 25 October 1
Transcript September 25 October 1
Voter Registration (Form/Card) September 25 October 1
Activities Log October 24 November 1
Application based on HSBP (College, School, Military, Apprenticeship) October 24 November 1
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application or Worksheet October 24 November 1
Letters of Recommendation (3) October 24 November 1
Resume October 24 November 1
Visitation (College, School, Military, or Apprentice) October 24 November 1
Community Service (8 hours minimum) January 18 February 1
Senior Essay January 18 February 1
Portfolio January 18 February 1
Panel Presentation March-TBD March-TBD

It is recommended that all students submit an organized addendum as part of their portfolios. The addendum may include additional items, materials, and/or documents which will enhance the portfolio. Suggestions for the addendum include awards, honors and certificates, documentation which may include photographs of school and/or community service and leadership, samples career and life experiences and skills, work based learning and samples of best works over the years. An addendum would be required to be considered for a “3” rating of the portfolio.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for a further information on completing an Addendum.

Explanation of the Portfolio Requirements

Scroll below for a complete explaination and access to forms and documents to help you complete these requirements.

 

Graded October 1 of Senior Year by Advisor

Birth Certificate: Include a copy of your official birth certificate.

High School & Beyond Plan (HSBP): WAC 180-51-067-High School and Beyond Plan: “Each student shall have a high school and beyond plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation.”   To meet this state graduation requirement students are scheduled for an annual guidance conference at which time they will identify and review their career pathway, specific career interests, post-secondary training options and select a plan of study. The HSBP documentation will be kept in the guidance folder and copied for student use. (Sample HSPB Form)

Immunization Records: Include copy of your immunization records (Available in the ZHS Office by request).

Job Shadow and Career Report: Complete a job shadow in a career area that matches your High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP). Once the job shadow is completed the student will complete a form to document the experience and complete a career report as part of the documentation. There is no length of time requirement for job shadow.   (Form)

Long Term Goals: A one page typed, double spaced, essay that describes your detailed plans five years after ZHS graduation. Information from your latest HSBP should be part of your goals. (1” margins, 12 pt font, 250-500 word estimate). (Get more details and a sample here)

Photo Identification: Include a copy your driver’s license, state identification card, passport or other photo identification.

Selective Service Registration: Males are required by law to register. Form available or go on line at https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration Once completed print the verification page for your portfolio. Females are not required to register and may check the box as “NA” Not Applicable.

Testing Results: Include copies of all of your standardized testing. Common examples may include Smarter Balanced, EOC, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, COMPASS, Accuplacer, etc.  If you did not retain copies of your testing try using this form to report scores. (Form)

Transcript: Include a copy of your most recent ZHS transcript (Available in the ZHS Office or Guidance Center upon request).

Voter Registration: Complete a voter registration form. If you are 18 years old, you are encouraged to make a copy for your portfolio and mail in original, but you are not required to actually register. (Form)

Graded November 1 of Senior Year by Advisor

Activities Log: The activities log is a year by year listing of all of the school and community activities that you have completed or have in progress.Also list all honors and award received each year. (Activities Log Suggestions here) (Form

Application Form: Complete an application to a university, college, technical school, the military, apprenticeship program or job based on your HSBP. If you complete the application on line print the verification page for your portfolio. You may also use letters of acceoptance to document your application process.  There is also a standard College Application Form.

FAFSA: Complete a Free Aid Form for Student Assistance (FAFSA) form and print the verification page. If you choose not to submit the FAFSA online, you may complete the FAFSA Worksheet for your portfolio (available in the Guidance Center).  FAFSA information and forms are located at http://www.fafsa.gov/ 

Letters of recommendations: Gather three letters of recommendation. It is recommended but not required that letters be from a school, employer and community sources.  Give 2 weeks advanced notice. (Letters Data Form)

Resume: Complete a resume, which is a brief personal history, which is often required for employment. The resume may include: career and educational goals, advanced and specialty courses completed, activities, clubs, sports, honors and awards, community and school service, volunteer work, work experience, and references. Resumes are usually one or two pages in length. (Information, Samples and a Template are here)

Visitation: Document a visit to an educational or training institution/opportunity that matches your High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP). This may be a university, college, technical school, military or apprenticeship visit. It should be a formally arranged and guided tour. (Visitation Form)

Graded February 1 of Senior Year by Advisor

Community Service: Document at least 8 hours of community, church, or school service completed while at ZHS. This community service must be verified by an adult supervisor or parent and not have any compensation, grade, or other benefit given for the service.   (Community Service Form)

Senior Focus Essay: The essay will also form the content for your Senior Project Panel Presentation, so when you choose a topic keep that in mind.

 

The Topic: How have you been shaped into the person you are now in the past four years? IN DETAIL, tell the story of an important event or set of your experiences. As you do, be sure to show how you changed, grew as a person, or made an important realization during and after that time. Conclude by explaining in depth how it will influence your future.

 

Download the Essay Instructions. 

Download the Essay Sample.

Download the Essay Evaluation Form.

Portfolio: You must organize your portfolio/binder which represents your ZHS career with all the materials that have been gathered for this senior project. It should be neat, proof read, error free and organized. It should be something you take pride in and could be presented to a future employer, college admission board, or scholarship committee.

 

Download the  Portfolio Instructions. 

Download the Portfolio Evaluation Form.

Due March (TBD) of Senior Year to Advisor

 

Panel Presentation: After your portfolio is completed and approved by your advisor, you need to prepare for your Presentation Panel, the last step in finishing your Senior Project!

 

Download the  Presentation Instructions. 

Download the Presentation PowerPoint Example.

Download the Presentation Evaluation Form.

 

Addendum (Optional):

It is recommended that all students submit an organized addendum as part of their portfolios. The addendum may include additional items, materials, and/or documents which will enhance the portfolio. Suggestions for the addendum include awards, honors and certificates, documentation which may include photographs of school and/or community service and leadership, samples career and life experiences and skills, work based learning and samples of best works over the years. An addendum would be required to be considered for a “3” rating of the portfolio.

Advertising Project: Students who complete a class project on advertising may submit the project for the portfolio.

Annual Class Summary: Students may write a summary of their classes taken during the year. Each Annual Class Summary should be at least one page typed, double spaced, essay that describes your classes, what you learned and why you picked the three works as being a significant representation of your learning.  (Examples Here)

Apple Bowl: Participate as part of the Apple Bowl team and document this with the coach.

Art Project/Art Show: Submit an art project or documentation of participation in an art show.

 Athletic Awards: Students may place a copy of your award for local, district, regional and/or state level participation.

 Award Certificates: Students  may include any awards certificates received while in high school.

 Best Works: Students may include examples of their best works  complete in high school grades 9-12.

 Budget Project: Students who complete a class project on budgeting may submit the project for the portfolio. It is recommended that this be at least a twelve month budget.

 Career/Leadership Contest: Compete in a career or leadership contest beyond the local level. Documents      with a certificate or letter.

 Checkbook Balancing Project: Students who complete a class project on balancing a checkbook may submit the project for the portfolio

 Citizenship Essay: Write an essay on Citizenship as part of a classroom assignment or for a contest.

 Career Research: Review reliable career information (such as Washington Career Bridges) for an occupation of interest. Type up your research into an essay.

 Class/Club Officer Service: Document your service as a class, club or activity officer.

 Classroom Demonstration: Conduct a classroom demonstration for at least 10 minutes. Following the demonstration write a paragraph describing this demonstration.

College Fair: Attend a college fair where more than five college representatives are present. You should meet with at least three different college representatives and get their signatures using a (Form).

Committee Leader: Serve for at least one semester as a committee leader for a school organization. Write a paragraph on the duties and responsibilities of this committee and major accomplishments.

Comparison Shopping Project: Students who complete a class project on comparison shopping may submit the project for the portfolio

Convention Participation: Attend a state or national convention. At the end of the convention write a one page essay about what you did and saw at the convention and how the participation helped you.

Credit Project: Students who complete a class project on consumer  credit may submit the project for the portfolio.

 Drama Production: Document the drama productions that you  participate in.

 First Aid/CPR Certification: Include a copy of your card or certificate.

 Food Handlers Certification: Include copy of your Washington State certificate.

 Health & Fitness Plan: Students who complete a class  project on health and fitness planning may submit the project for the portfolio.

 Honor Roll Certificates: Place a copies of your honor roll certificates for verification.

 Income Tax Project: Students who complete a class project on with a simulated income tax situation may      submit the project for the portfolio.

 Insurance Project: Students who complete a class project on insurance and risk management submit the project for the portfolio.

 Job Interview: Participate in a job interview, either an actual interview or a class simulation. Verification from the interviewer is required. (Form)

Leadership Camp: Document attendance at a leadership camp and/or submit an essay on the experience.

Letters of Acceptance to Colleges/Schools: Include copies of your letters of  acceptance for post-secondary education.

 Letter to the Editor: Have a letter to the editor published and submit a copy from the newspaper or complete a letter as a class project.

 Menu Plan: Students who complete a class project on menu planning for at least a one month period, may submit the project for the portfolio.

 Music Concert Participation: Document the music concerts that you participate in.

 NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center (Clearing House) If a student is seeking to compete in college athletics they may include documentation of this process for their portfolio.

 News Article or Photograph: Submit a newspaper photo or article about you or write an article or submit a photograph that is published in a newspaper.

 Open House: Attendance a ZHS open house with your parents. Give your parents a tour and introduce them to your current teachers. (Form)

 Pep Band: Document your participation with the ZHS pep band.

Personal Statements:  Some colleges require you write personal statement essays.  You may include those in this section. (Information and Tips Here)

 Photographs: Include photographs that you have taken or that tell a story of significant experiences while in high school.

 Public Meeting: Attend a public meeting then write an essay about the meeting including your impressions of the meeting. Try to include the meeting agenda in your report. Examples of local public meetings are City Council and School  Board Meetings. Some people include Church Board Meetings. (Form)

Radio/TV/Video Project: Produce a Radio, TV or Video Project for a school or community activity.

Research Paper: Students who complete a class project research paper may submit the project for the portfolio. The paper must be at least 8 double spaced typed pages.

 Running Start Application: Include a copy of the application form if the student actually enrolls in Running Start through YVCC.

 Savings & Investments: Students who complete a class project on savings and investments may submit the project for the portfolio.

 Scholarship Awards: Include copies of your scholarship award letters for your portfolio.

 Social Security Card: Include a copy of your card. You may delete the numbers after verification or use an opt-out form.

 Special Certification/License: Include a copy of the certification or license for your portfolio.

 Time Management Project: Students who complete a class project on time management may submit the project for the portfolio.

 YV Tech Application: Include a copy of the application form if the student actually enrolls in YV Tech.

Other: If you have any other item of significance that you would like to include in your portfolio but is not listed above, you may add it here at the end of the Addendum Section.