Senior Project Advisors: Mrs. Gorman and Mr. J. Brown

The Senior Project Program

The Senior Project program enables qualified seniors to spend Term 4 working on a substantive project of their own choice on a partial or full-time basis. Senior projects are designed to help the student explore a personal interest. Such exploration might include a possible career choice, a special talent, or a community service project.

Work on a Senior Project must be completed in school and/or under explicit supervision of an organization, a professional teacher, and/or a professional mentor who is aligned specifically with project.

Students may not work on their project at home, in the garage, basement studio, etc.
Project activities may not include paid work.
Students may not work for or be supervised by an immediate family member.

All Senior Projects will fall under one of three categories, or the project will NOT be approved:

  1. Internship
  2. Teaching Assistant
  3. Professional Teacher and/or Professional Mentor who is an expert in their field.

Examples of past Internships:

  • Boston Celtics organization
  • NECN television station
  • Wellesley Youth Soccer
  • Wounded Warriors
  • Primrose School of Natick (Preschool Teacher)
  • DPW or Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) in Wellesley
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Wellesley Youth Commission
  • Department of Fish and Game
  • Cancer Research~ Boston Children Hospital
  • Newton Wellesley Hospital~ Maternity Reception Center
  • Wellesley Green Schools/Sustainable Wellesley
  • LINX Dance Studio
  • Buddy Dog Shelter

Examples of Teaching Assistants

  • WMS Art classes
  • WHS 9th grade English classes
  • Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher

Examples with a Professional Teacher and/or Professional Mentor  (Adults must be an Expert in their field)

  • Flute Concerto~ WHS Music Department and personal flute instructor
  • Senior Video~ WHS Video Teacher
  • Advisory Curriculum~ Challenge Success Committee
  • Build an Electric Guitar~ Woodworking Teacher
  • Pilot License~ Hanscom Air Force Base
  • Writing Poetry and Short Story Portfolio~ WHS English Teacher
  • Documentary~ WHS Video Teacher and English/History Teacher (depending on subject matter)
  • Pottery Bowls made and sold to donate funds to animal shelter~ Art Teacher and animal shelter
  • Running a Marathon~ Teacher/Coach/Trainer
  • Create Trail Plaques/Clean up Wellesley Trails~ Dpt. Wellesley Trails and Woodworking Teacher
  • Create an App~ Computer Science Teacher
  • Writing STEM curriculum~ Science Teacher
  • Writing and Directing a short play~ Drama Teacher
  • Produce a Vocal Recording~ Music Department
  • 9th Grade Orientation Video~ Guidance Department and Video Teacher
  • Architectural Photo Portfolio~ Photo Teacher and a Historical Society or an Architect Professor

  1. Seniors will write and submit a 1-page project proposal before the deadline to the Senior Project Committee for approval.
    Student will type a one-page detailed description of the projected project. Only two students maximum will be allowed to work on a given project. Partners must submit individual proposals but include both names. Justification of why the project might need two people must be specified in proposal.
    The single-spaced 1-page proposal should include:

    • Day-to-day and week-to-week projected activities.
    • Goal(s) of the final outcome(s) of project.
    • Identified community service component
    • Initials of designated WHS Faculty Advisor verifying proposal has been edited and approved before submission to committee. 
  1. All projects must have a community service component added or built into the project.
    Some projects will naturally fulfill this requirement. For example, interning at Rosie’s Place or Newton-Wellesley Hospital, assisting at a pre-school or a teaching assistant within an elementary school will naturally fulfill this directive. However, as a community service, if a student interned at a financial institute the senior might make arrangements to come into a high school economic class and teach about the benefits of starting a financial portfolio. The written proposal must include how the project, talent, and new knowledge will benefit and be shared with others if community service is not naturally built into the project.
    *Note: collecting money, donating proceeds, organizing a fundraiser, etc., is a generous contribution to a project, but will NOT be accepted as a community service component by itself.
    A proposal submitted for a tournament or organizing a fundraiser will not be considered a “complete proposal,” and will be denied unless 80% of the project is volunteer work at the source of the charitable donation.
  1. Seniors must be under the direct supervision of an Onsite Advisor every day:
    Every project must be under the direct supervision of an onsite adult supervisor, teacher, or professional mentor.
    The Onsite Advisor is responsible to oversee the senior’s project and their whereabouts at all times.
    ~If a senior chooses an internship, there must be an adult supervisor to daily guide and oversee the internship/project.
    ~A senior project under the direction of a professional teacher or professional mentor has this component built into the project. This will be the teacher/adult’s roll although out the project.
    *Parent, guardian, or family members are ineligible to be an Onsite Advisor.
  1. Seniors will interview with the Senior Project Committee
    One to two weeks after proposal has been submitted, the committee will post designated times and place for individual interviews. Students will meet with committee members made up of faculty and administrators to answer any questions regarding the submitted project. Failure to meet with the committee during assigned time will result in the project being denied. Every senior must meet with the committee to ensure the project is in order, and to receive additional information regarding the program expectations.
  1. Seniors will choose and meet with a Faculty Advisor once a week:
    All students must select a WHS teacher as their personal Faculty Advisor. If the senior is doing a project with a WHS teacher, that teacher can take on a dual role of the Faculty Advisor and the Onsite Advisor.
    Before submitting a Senior Project proposal, the senior’s Faculty Advisor must read, possibly help edit, approve, and then initial the project proposal.
    Once the project begins students are accountable to meet with their chosen Faculty Advisor once a week to present the student’s signed Daily Time Sheet and their daily journal entries for a Faculty Advisor signature.
    Failure to meet once a week with the Faculty Advisor will result in the senior immediately pulled from the project, returning to all classes, and making up missed work for teachers to grade.
  1. Seniors will keep an updated verified Daily Time Sheet:
    An official Daily Time Sheet will be provided to students. Every day seniors will keep track and record the time they worked on the project. Every day the recorded time must be verified by the Onsite Advisor’s signature. The Daily Time Sheet will be due at the Senior Project Night.
    Failure to keep a daily record of time without weekly verification with adult/faculty signatures will result in the senior immediately returning to all classes and forfeiting the project.
  1. Seniors will keep a Daily Journal:
    Daily entries must be dated and contain a minimum of 50 words.
    The content is individual and may include detailed activities, reflections on activities, reflections on the progress of the project, relationship of the project to larger life, etc.
    Journals will be due at the Senior Project Night. The Faculty Advisor must verify the journal writing once a week during the one-on-one meeting time.
  1. Seniors must meet the obligation of their Term 4 English course.
    Seniors must meet all English course obligations that will be due throughout Term 4.
    English is a graduation requirement and this includes all of the student’s English teacher’s required assignments during Term 4. It is the responsibility of the student to speak with their English teacher before beginning their Senior Project to know final assignment/project/papers/ speech/ due dates. Failure to meet the deadlines will result in the student returning to all of their classes and forfeiting the project…. unfortunately, there is potential of a senior not being able to graduate if student does not meet the obligations of English requirements.
  1. Seniors must attend and participate in Senior Project Presentation Night:
    This evening looks very similar to a science fair. Students will be given a minimal amount of space in the cafeteria to creatively display an accumulation of their six-week project. This can take the form of large poster boards, video, cd’s, etc. Failure to attend and present will result in a failing grade, “F” for the term.
  2. Seniors must attend Senior Project Presentation Night to pass in the following:
    • Personal Journal: Daily entries and weekly signature by Faculty Advisor
    • One-page typed personal evaluation of the good, the bad, the successes, frustrations, joys, etc., of working on a senior project.
    • Completed official Time Sheet. Final hours must match student’s original proposal. Student will not receive a passing grade if there is insufficient time remaining.
      All time must be made up in order to receive a passing grade.
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