Issue 04 | April 27, 2012 | Portfolio Review Checklist

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We received a number of requests for newsletter topics from the readers.  Assignment grading will be ready next week, including access to a grading tool that you will find most helpful.

This week, many requests came in asking for instructions on preparing for the portfolio review.

We are happy to offer this timely information.

 Featured Student: Chandler Tomlinson

Home schooling students have time to develop specialties. Depending on the talent and time invested, some students can really go far.  Take Chandler Tomlinson, a NARHS senior who won the 2012 Kentucky High School Speech League State Championship in Humorous Interpretation. Because of his hard work throughout the year in speech, he will go on to three national meets:  the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in San Francisco, the Catholic Forensic League Grand Nationals in Baltimore and the National Forensic League tournament in Indianapolis.

 When asked how home schooling has helped him in speech, Chandler stated that if it weren't for home schooling he would've never been able to participate in forensics because the schools in his area did not support speech programs.  Homeschooling also allowed him to pursue his love of writing and editing which are two invaluable tools in the creation of speeches.

 Now, you might be wondering what the speech event "Humorous Interpretation" involves. Chandler explained that he selected a portion 9-10 minutes in length from a play script and created characters around the parts in the play. For the script he picked this year, he has a variety of scenes and around 8 parts. All of his performances are done in front of a judge with no props or costumes, merely his movement and voice. As you can guess, the results of such a performance usually are quite amusing.

 Portfolio Review Checklist

 Read pages 110-130 in the handbook  (it is available online at this link)

  1. For text book courses, collect all the graded work that was used to average the grade.  This could include all tests,  all assignments, or both. Assemble the courses together according to subject and slip them into pockets of an accordion file. 
  2. For self-designed courses, collect all evidence of the learning that occurred (see "Documentation" pages 109 -116.) Each self-designed course needs a course description.  You may use our form on page 123.
  3. All self-designed courses need the invested hours of study logged in a log book. See pages 117-118 for a sample.  (Some people use the log book to keep track of the text course assignments also, but remember, we do not need hours logged on text courses.)
  4.  Create a home school transcript listing all courses that you are reporting along with the amount of credit and the grade, given in a percentage.  See pages 127-128 for samples.
  5. Send a summary sheet with the transcript. See pages 125-126 for samples of this document. The summary sheet gives the advisor specific information about how the learning was conducted and the grade determined.
  6. The portfolio package should be addressed to your advisor using UPS as the carrier preferably, because the package will be easily trackable. Purchase two mailing labels, one to put on the package traveling to the advisor, and one for the advisor to mail the package back to you.
  7.  It might be a good idea to email the advisor that the portfolio is coming. That way you can double check on  the address.  You might have noticed that we have several. 

 The school year is finished August 31, but you can mail the portfolio earlier if all the work is completed before then.  Make sure your advisor has your portfolio BEFORE October 31, or there will be late fees. 

 Some of you may want to have an in-person portfolio review.  The Yakima location has an office where advisors and families can meet.  Contact your advisor if you live close and would like to arrange for a meeting.  

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