A portfolio is a collection of samples of your work that reflects your growth as a student and as an individual. This is an important step that connects your high school experiences to your future goals and demonstrates your readiness for college and career. This portfolio further emphasizes on the importance of self-reflection, mastery of LOS Bravos, and learning as a lifelong process. This project is a critical component of your graduation requirement and participation is mandatory.
Critical and Creative Thinking
- Apply and analyze reasoning and evidence to judge and support claims.
- Create well-reasoned arguments and novel approaches in a variety of contexts.
- Prepare and use effective forms of communication to deliver coherent messages.
- Adapt and demonstrate appropriate communication styles with varied audiences.
Collaboration and Leadership
- Work cooperatively with others towards achieving a common goal.
- Demonstrate effective social interaction skills and accountability for one’s decisions and actions.
Life and Career Skills
- Adapt and change based on job requirements and ability to balance diverse views, beliefs in a multicultural environment.
- Apply skills learned in school and demonstrate learning as a lifelong process.
Information and Technology SkillsAccess, evaluate, and implement information efficiently to research, organize and create documents. Utilize fundamental understanding of digital technology and social networks appropriately.
This portfolio consists of five main sections: Academic, College and Career, Community, Reflection, and Presentation. You will be required to complete a series of steps for each section to show that you are ready for college and career. Your final score will be based on the sum of your scores from the three rubrics: Content, Reflection and Presentation. These rubrics are available for you below. You will be given deadlines to meet for each part of the task. If you do not meet these deadlines, your total score will be deducted by one point for every part that is turned in late. As you complete each section of the portfolio, keep in mind the guiding question given to you at the beginning of the sections I, II, and III. You will need to respond to these questions in Section IV: Reflection.
I. Academic Section
Guiding Question: In what ways will you use what you have learned in high school to help you succeed in life?
Demonstrate mastery of LOS Bravos by working on the performance tasks from each core subject areas.
- English: Identity
- Social Science
- Make a list of at least five extracurricular activities in which you have participated in high school and explain how these activities helped shape the person you are today.
- Include a copy of your most current transcripts.
II. College and Career Section
Guiding Question: How has school influenced your decision about what you will be doing in the next stage of your life?
- Write and include a copy of your autobiography/college essay (800 words). (Please refer to this link for sample college essays. John Hopkins University https://apply.jhu.edu/apply/essays-that-worked/ )
- Create and include a copy of your resume. Make sure you research how to create a proper resume.
- Copy of a completed application for employment (a real application).
- Copy of a completed college application (a real application).
- You may use a copy of a community college application you have applied to.
- You may use a copy of college or university application you have applied to.
- Include two letters of recommendation: one from a community member not related to you and one from a staff member from the district.
- College and Career Research Report (See Appendix A)
III. Community Section
Guiding Question: What does it mean to be an involved member of the community and contributing citizen?
- Create a list of at least three community-based activities in which you have participated over the course of your high school career. For each of the these activities write a paragraph describing each of the following points:
- Describe your community experiences.
- Describe the places where you have volunteered.
- Describe the work you did.
- Describe the people you met and worked with.
- You will be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service. You will be responsible for maintaining a log of the hours you have completed with a signature from the person in charge (see log below). You may also have the person in charge write you a letter specifying how many hours you have completed with a description of the nature of your work.
IV. Reflection Section
Reflections are the focal point of your portfolio and are stories about you that demonstrate your growth since your first day in high school. Using the guiding questions from Sections I, II and III and the reflection points below, write a reflection three to five pages long. This paper must be typed, double-spaced, with 12 point font in Times New Roman.
Section I Guiding Question: In what ways will you use what you have learned in high school to help you succeed in life?
Reflection on your high school years should include the guiding question and the following questions (1 page typed and double-spaced):
- What are your strengths as a learner?
- How can you use those strengths to achieve what you want to achieve in life?
- What have you discovered about learning during your high school years?
- Include an anecdote about a particular class in which what you learned seemed to make sense to you.
Section II Guiding Question: How has school influenced your decision about what you will be doing in the next stage of your life?
Reflection on your hopes for a career or job after high school should include the guiding question above and the following prompts (1 page typed and double-spaced):
- Describe whether you are planning on going to a college or university, a vocational program, joining the workforce, joining the armed forces, or any other option.
- What career or interest will you be pursuing after high school?
- Why are you interested in this career?
- What are the educational requirements?
- What alternative plans have you considered?
Section III Guiding Question: What does it mean to be an involved member of the community and contributing citizen?
- How did the community work you contributed towards, help shape you as a person?
- What did this experience reveal about your preparedness for the world beyond high school?
- How would you rate your communication skills after the completion of your hours?
- Comment on your critical thinking and problem solving skills after the completion of your hours.
The oral presentation of this portfolio is the final component of the Senior Portfolio. This will be your opportunity to show your readiness for college and career to an audience of adults and peers. Your presentation must include the following two components:
- You will have to prepare a PowerPoint presentation to present all this information to your audience. Use this PowerPoint as talking points for you portfolio. Every slide should coincide with the order of your portfolio. When you reach the section of your performance tasks, prepare an outline for the judges to give them the gist of your task. (Please refrain from adding too many details about your performance tasks on the slides.)
- Storyboard for the College and Career Research Report section. Divide your storyboard into two sections: one for college and one for career. Clearly outline the career requirements, courses, wages, and any other relevant information for the career section. For the college section list the college name, location, tuition, other expenses (boarding and textbooks), admission requirements, student demographics, campus life, and any other relevant information.
You will be graded on this project through three rubrics, which are attached below.
- The Content Rubric measures whether or not you have included all necessary materials.
- The Reflection Rubric measures the quality and depth of your three reflections that will make up your final reflection.
- The Presentation Rubric will be used by the evaluators to score your presentation.
You must receive passing scores on the content and reflection rubrics before the final presentation. Use the rubrics as a guide to judge your work before turning in your portfolio to Ms. Tremblay.
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