Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
Early in the fall of the senior year we initiate the process, and encourage each student to participate in a Senior Project that will begin and run through 4th Term. As students brainstorm ideas we urge them to choose a project they would personally enjoy, something that would inspire passion, a project they would like to explore and experience…a project that would have meaning specifically to them.
Every project before approval has several components that students are required to fulfill before it is accepted. The process is detailed in this web link. A committee of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and staff will examine each project proposal, which must include a community service component.
Students will be responsible and accountable to keep an individual Daily Time sheet, which must be signed each day by the On-Site Advisor verifying their hours of work. Once a week students are accountable to meet with a Faculty Advisor to present their signed Daily Time sheet and the daily entries into a personal journal.
Term 4 will no longer look like a typical WHS school day when students begin their Senior Project. It is critical to note for students (and guardians) that every project will be unique and look different from their own proposal.
Students have the opportunity to choose to stay in or leave any number of their classes, except AP courses. Because WHS runs on a 7-day cycle and students are required to be in school 6 hours a day/30 hours a week, every class they stay in is worth one hour a day and 5 hours per week. If a student chooses to stay in 2 classes this is worth 10 hours a week. Students staying in 2 classes then have 20 hours a week to work on Senior Project.
Some projects, depending on the student’s school schedule, might begin at noon and run for 3-6 hours into the late afternoon. Some projects, although this is not encouraged, may be required to spill over into the weekend. Every project is unique and will not be judged against another.
Students and guardians sign a contractual commitment, and students will be held accountable to the contract in order to receive a passing grade for the project (contract is found on this link). Unfortunately, if a student does not abide by any piece of the contract, it is the practice for the senior to meet with the Faulty Advisor, Housemaster, the guidance counselor, Mr. Brown and Mrs. Gorman to pull them off the project and schedule them back into all of their original classes.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Senior Projects, please contact us.
~Adrene Gorman and John Brown
WHS Senior Project Coordinators