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SALTSBURG: Ninth-graders start new graduation projects

by CARA BADAC, Gazette student news reporter on January 17, 2014 10:40 AM

SALTSBURG — The Saltsburg Junior-Senior High School has started a new graduation project. This new project is being utilized by the ninth-grade students.

Students in grades six through eight now will be held to the new standards as they begin their freshman year. The freshmen class is the first class to ever complete this graduation project.

The requirements for this graduation project include 20 hours of community service and a presentation to the school board, Superintendent Dr. Tammy Whitfield and Principal Allan Berkhimer. Freshmen-year requirements consist of the community service components, approved proposal, log of hours, reflection, presentation, interest inventory completion and a research paper.

Development of the research paper (career track) includes researched career clusters and career options available for students. This will be completed in the ninth-grade English class to practice research skills.

Parenthetical documentation, work sited pages and online researching skills, in conjunction with the career exploration, are the major areas of focus and will be incorporated into the final research paper. These assignments will be included as 10 percent of the third nine-week grading period in English class.

Community service is required to demonstrate personal growth, experiments and public speaking skills. On the school website there is a community service list for students and parents and a list of the grade requirements and a manual on the school website listing all the requirements. If any of the students have any questions, they can ask Lauren Falcsik. She will teach every ninth-grade English class and a class called Freshmen Seminar. Students can also visit a website called Career Cruising.

Students will take surveys to help them figure out what their interests include in an effort to consider what they want to be when they get older.

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