We are at the halfway point of the 2015-2016 2nd Quarter or we could say (if we really like fractions/proportions) -that we are three-quarters of the way through the 1st Semester (the first half of 2015-2016 school year). However we want to divide it, we are getting very close (4 weeks) to Winter Break and the 2nd Semester that follows.
Eighth graders at both schools will be making their graduation Portfolio Exhibition in the first week of May (see Portfolio Process pdf) – four months into the 2nd Semester. That may seem like a long ways off but it flies by. So we are encouraging our prospective 9th graders to begin now (if they haven’t yet started) collecting pieces of work, writing reflections on their strengths and stretches using these pieces of work as evidence, working on their service project and writing their philosophy of environmental sustainability & social justice, and creating a powerful digital portfolio that will ‘house’ all of this and that they will use to make their portfolio presentation in early May.
Here are the digital portfolio templates we used to create individual portfolio sites for each student: PFFS-U Portfolio Template and PFFS-D Portfolio Template. Please ask your young person to show you their site and explain to you what you see there and if they have not yet started the process please sit down with them soon to create a plan.