Introduction to Senior Project
THE SENIOR PROJECT MANUAL
FOR THE CLASS OF 2013
SHAKER HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
The following are the Faculty Advisor pairings for 2012/2013
Abdul-Hakim to Graham assigned to Mr. Schmidt, Room 277
Grass to Pelfrey assigned to Mrs. DeMauro, Room 7
Perkins to Yule assigned to TBD
This manual may be found in its entirety at
Pages 23 - 29 comprise what is referred to as the Sponsor Information Packet. Be sure to give a copy to your Sponsor. It contains all of the forms that your Sponsor needs to complete, a copy of the Sponsor Agreement, and an Introduction Letter from your advisors.
This guidebook is written to assist the students, sponsors, and faculty advisors from the application process through the completion of the Senior Project. Each form needed to apply for Senior Project is included, as well as an explanation of how to complete each form and its due date. To find this manual in its entirety, go to:
Please note: When the more informal “you” is found in the text, the instructions are generally intended for the student.
The Senior Project Team wishes to acknowledge the contribution of class of 2002 members Lauren Gibbons and Kelly Murphy. Their hard work, organization, and vision changed presentation day from a closed, small group format to a community showcase. The program will be forever grateful for their lasting work. The team also wishes to thank:
Class of 2003 members Katherine Ekeberg and Sarah Ludgin
Class of 2004 members Serena Hendricks, Dominique Sherrill, and Denise Mack
Class of 2005 members Robyn Arsham, Noelle Howe, and Becky Siegel
Class of 2006 members Meghan Davis, Luisana Rojas-Rodriguez, and Megan Sauerland
Class of 2007 members Sarah Brandon, Katherine O’Bryon, and Lisa Simon
Class of 2008 members Katherine Foster, Lena Newman, and Viveca Tress
Class of 2009 members Diana Hall, Daniel Linehan, and Edward Ortiz
Class of 2010 members Marisa Vavruska, Garfield White, Gabe White, and Shayla Whiley
Class of 2011 members Brittanie Calhoun, Kathryn Goodman, and Danielle Hassel
Class of 2012 members Jerri Lugo and Taylor Upshaw
In addition to the assistance of these former students, the following faculty members have been an invaluable resource to the current project advisors. We wish to thank Tom Patrick, Joel Rathbone, Walt Slovikovski, Amanda Rabatin, Andrea Bradd, Kathleen Fleming and Julia Johnson. In 2009, several members of the PTO were instrumental in coordinating the “Tier II” program. We wish to thank Jenny Kidd and Cynthia Green for their efforts in establishing this new aspect of Senior Project.
Without the aforementioned people, we would not be at this stage of Senior Project today.
Thank you all very much.
Introduction to Senior Project
Senior Project was developed in the 1980’s as an opportunity for a small part of the senior class to develop their creative skills and/or their understanding of specific careers before graduating from Shaker Heights High School. The internship period takes place during the last four weeks of classes in the second semester of the senior year. Since its inception, the Senior Project experience has grown tremendously. More than half of the students in each senior class in the 1990’s took part in Senior Project. The Senior Project is designed to encourage Shaker students to examine the world outside of the High School, so that students are better prepared for life after commencement.
To begin a Senior Project, a student will be assigned a Senior Project Advisor. The Advisor will help the student throughout the preparation for Senior Project. In June, the Senior Project advisor will coordinate the evaluation of the student's presentation as the culmination of senior project. All student forms must receive the faculty advisor’s approval. The Advisors for this year are Mrs. DeMauro, TBD, and Mr. Schmidt. Your forms must be submitted to your advisor in person on the date they are due.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are involved in an approved group project, each group member must still submit his or her own forms to his or her own advisor.
Currently, all students who, beginning the second semester:
· Have passed their OGT tests,
· Are enrolled in a minimum of 5 classes for the duration of the semester
· Have no unexcused absences as of checkout day
· Have no more than 7 excused absences in a single class
· Are earning a Pass in any Pass/fail class
· Have no suspensions
· Have no outstanding fees, fines or school equipment
· Are not receiving a D or an F in any class required for graduation
are eligible to apply for the Senior Project. These experiences could include shadowing a professional, creating a performance or piece of work, doing research in a specific field, or assisting a social service agency. Students who have difficulty narrowing their project’s scope or who are having difficulty creating a project may submit a list of fields of interest instead of a Senior Project application. The student’s advisor will help the student find a placement from a list of community organizations, businesses, and hospitals that have volunteered to take students and provide Senior Project experiences for them.
Senior Project Advisors (DeMauro, TBD, and Schmidt)
This manual was introduced in October so that each eligible student could plan ahead and work at his or her own pace to meet the deadlines for Senior Project.
The Senior Project advisor is a key player in the Senior Project Program. Through the guidance, insight and constructive criticism of the advisor, the student can build a strong Senior Project.
The student should set up appointments to meet with the Senior Project advisor well in advance of deadlines. The student should not rely on last minute sessions. Just as students are busy with a number of commitments during the Senior Year, so are Senior Project advisors busy with classroom work, other students, and after school meetings.
Tips for a Successful Senior Project
· Pass all Ohio Graduation Tests
· Be present in all of your second semester courses all of the time!
· Keep all of your grades at a “C” and higher
For School Projects
· Get the building principal’s approval for any work you will do in that building
For Photo Projects
· Student should arrange for developing off site
For Mural Projects
· Obtain approval from the Mural Committee by following the procedure listed on p. 17.
· Complete all school purchase order forms before May with approval from your sponsor.
Out of town Projects
· Daily contact by phone, in person, or by e-mail with your sponsor and faculty advisor is required. This contact must include your planned schedule for that day.
· These include rebuilding, making, creating, designing, researching and investigating.
· In your application, clearly explain the role of the sponsor. Plan to meet with your sponsor at least two times a week during the project.
· These include spending time learning (by observation and study) about a selected profession (nursing, law, teaching, etc.)
· In your application, include
A project outline approved by your sponsor and faculty advisor. The outline discusses goals and outcomes of the project, and is the basis for the journal and final presentation.
Tips for a Successful Senior Project
High Risk Projects
· These projects have a high likelihood of NOT being approved.
· creative writing
· project without on-site sponsor
· project completed out of town
· project with an employer of high school students
· small business projects
· project attempted at the site of student’s employment
· projects attempted at student’s or friend’s house
· sports instructional video
· projects at the following locations or involving the following vocations:
· Athletic/fitness centers
· House repair
· Garden/lawn work
· Exceed 7 excused absences in any course
· Have any unexcused absences in any class, i.e. no cuts
· Let any grade drop below a “C”
· Get a sponsor who is a relative of any kind
· Receive any PAY for project. You might be approved to work at your place of employment, but you will NOT be “on the clock” during Project hours. Any project that would take occur at your place of employment must increase the scope of your current job and/or involve job shadowing another employee, such as a manager or supervisor, who has responsibilities that are above and beyond the student’s job description. In this way the student can grow and benefit by learning about other aspects of the business that they are involved in.
IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN A VOCATIONAL PROGRAM THROUGH CLEVELAND HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN SENIOR PROJECT, PLEASE SEE PAGEs 16 AND 17 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT COMPLETING A SENIOR PROJECT INVOLVING YOUR VOCATIONAL PROGRAM.
A Note Regarding the Advisor-Student Partnership
The Senior Project goal over many years has been to help students produce quality projects. Constructive criticism and helpful suggestions from the committee will enable students to pursue creative Senior Projects that will provide meaningful growth experiences.