2011-2012 News Student Life — 04 June 2012

A majority of seniors fail the first round of scoring

Guadalupe Hernandez

After senior projects were returned to students, many were left shocked and confused. The majority of senior projects did not pass the first round of scoring.

Some students were enraged; they say they feel as if the school did not provide them with enough guidance to successfully complete their senior projects.

“Guidance should have been provided early on in the year,” said Aliayah Grimes, a senior who joined the school this year. “When I first came here, I was not told what exactly needed to be done, I was just given a packet that was supposed to guide me and then told I had to complete a six page research paper.”

Grimes was not the only one who felt this way. Many seniors discussed the lack of guidance and class time to work on senior projects.

“My teacher told us senior projects were easy and therefore they would not waste any time on them,” explained a student who wished to remain anonymous to avoid implicating her teacher. “Yet when papers were returned, and less than a handful from our class passed, the teacher seemed disappointed. Maybe if (the teacher had) been more helpful, and given us some class time, more of us would’ve passed.”

According to Senior Project coordinator Amy Dellefield, only about 10% of the students passed the first time; approximately 20% received a passing grade but at least one zero, which meant they did not pass. Students who were not part of that passing 10% were given back their essays for revisions.

“Essays are to be read twice. Not only by me but by other teachers as well,” said Dellefield. “After the second read, we average their score and determine whether they passed or not.”

Anyone who turned in a paper was eligible to be scheduled to present their project on May 16. Only about 20 of those scheduled did not pass or failed to show up for their presentations. Make-up presentations for those students, plus anyone who had turned in a paper in the meantime, were on May 30.

According to Dellefield, as of early June, roughly 90% of the Class of 2012 has passed both portions of the Senior Project. Meanwhile, about 15 students, who are also credit deficient, have chosen not to turn anything in at this time and will most likely be back as “super seniors” next fall.

“Teachers all across the campus in every department are working to help the remaining students complete missing work and pass,” said Dellefield. “We want as many students as possible to be able to walk the stage on June 13.”

Sadly, students who have not finished up their senior projects by Monday, June 4, will not have their names in the graduation program. Students who have not passed both parts by Thursday, June 7, will have to do so in summer school.

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