Senior Seminar

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SENIOR SEMINAR 2020-2021:                        *Click here for the CAS Hours Verification Form*        

Trimester 2:  2020-2021 Tri 2 Packet

Trimester 2 Assignments and Due Dates:
>Jan 24 -1)Submit plan for completing 15 CAS hours to Canvas by the end of the day in order to achieve a passing grade at midterm; 2)Communicate your choice of “Pass/No Pass” grade to your seminar teacher by the end of the day (see packet for details).
>Mar 12 -1)Complete CAS Group Project if you are an IB Diploma candidate; 2)Submit written reflection or other evidence about CAS activities for this term (you don’t need to do this if you completed a reflection for a CAS Group Project that was 15 hours or more).

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Trimester 1: 2020-2021 Tri 1 Packet

Hello rising seniors,
I hope you are having a fun, safe summer despite the ongoing pandemic. As the school year nears, we, your IHS teachers, have some good news that may help ease your stress around Seminar.

𝐄𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐲/𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫:  First, we are waiving the essay/technical advisor requirement. We do not do this lightly. Working with a community member who has experience writing research papers has been a rite of passage for IHS students since the beginning of the school more than 30 years ago. We still strongly recommend that you seek out an advisor who can give you leads for sources, proofread your work, and provide emotional support. In many cases, a member of your own household bubble can serve in this role. Others among you may be able to work with someone remotely. Under the current circumstances, however, we do not feel it would be possible for everyone to find an advisor that they could work with safely. So please work with an advisor if you are at all able—it will improve the quality of your work and the experience you get from the Seminar course—but it it is not something you must do.

𝐄𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐄𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐲:  Second, the required length of the finished Extended Essay will be reduced from 3,500-4,000 words down to a 1,500-word minimum for students not attempting the IB diploma. Our hope is that this will maintain our high standard for independent research while recognizing the reality that we could not support you throughout the process to the extent that we normally would. While IB diploma candidates will still write in the longer format, we will do our best to support you. It’s also important to note that IB candidates across the world are facing similar challenges, and students are rarely denied the IB diploma due to the quality of an Extended Essay alone.

𝐂𝐀𝐒:  Third, CAS requirements are somewhat relaxed this year. As in the spring, the opportunities to complete service hours are severely limited due to the virus. Therefore, you are not required to complete any specific number of service hours. Ideally, you would show a reasonable balance of creativity, activity and service, but under no circumstances should you participate in any CAS experience that isn’t 100% safe.

For this year, you will not need to complete supervisor review forms like you did for most of your junior year, nor will you need to keep a log of your hours. Instead, you will create a thoughtful, detailed reflection on your CAS work each term. (This is similar to the CAS reflections you completed last year, but somewhat more detailed.) You should still complete about 15 hours of CAS each term, but the number is not as important as clearly demonstrating what you have done and how you have grown.

The requirement to complete 150 total CAS hours over the course of junior and senior years is waived. This year, CAS is strictly a term-by-term endeavor. The emphasis is on quality over quantity.

IB diploma candidates will still need to complete a meaningful CAS group project over the course of at least a month, but this will look different than it has in the past. You will get more information about CAS when school starts, including examples of distanced experiences that can be completed safely, whether individually or in groups.

More details about how to write your Extended Essay, complete CAS requirements, and succeed in Seminar in general will be available when school starts. In the meantime, we are working on creative solutions to support you in meeting the deadlines. We hope this update helps ease your anxiety about things you may already be working on.

We hope this additional information allows you to rest, relax, and recreate more over the next few weeks and come back refreshed on MondaySeptember 14th for online learning.

All the best,  Your Eugene IHS teachers

Trimester 1 Assignments and Due Dates:
>Sept 23 – First SEMINAR MEETING:
• Complete check-in form discussing your research question, thesis, successes, challenges, concerns, and summer work
• Review and update the Works Cited list in your Blueprint assignment from junior year.
• Resubmit your Blueprint to Canvas.
• Learn how to back up materials from Questia.
• Learn how to contact your school’s teacher-librarian.
• Sign up for an Extended Essay Zoom conference with your seminar teacher.
• Make sure you completed the first EE reflection.
• Come to class knowing how to log into Canvas and your 4J Google account.
>Sept 30 – Submit completed Parent Signature Form to your seminar teacher
>Oct 14 –  By this date, you need to have:
• Completed your one-on-one Zoom conference with your Seminar teacher.
• Submit your plan for completing 15 CAS hours to Canvas to achieve a passing grade at midterm.
• Complete the “Pass/No Pass” Grade Option Form (optional) and submit it to your Seminar teacher by the end of the day if you would like a “Pass/No Pass” grade.
>Oct 26 – Submit working final draft to turnitin.com today.
>Oct 28 – Write your second reflection on the planning and progress of your EE.
>Nov 18 – SEMINAR MEETING: Working final draft returned, with feedback, on Turnitin.com by the beginning of class. During class, you can ask follow-up questions. Your teacher will also provide guidance on completing the final draft of your EE.
>Dec 2 – Submit a written reflection or other evidence about your CAS activities this term.
>Dec 7 – IB Extended Essays (seniors papers) due today.  By noon today:
• Submit a revised copy of your essay to turnitin.com.
• Submit copy of final paper to your technical/essay advisor (if applicable); arrange a date and method to receive feedback.
>Dec 9 – Write the final reflection on the planning and progress of your EE.

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Written by: Eugene International High School