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Presentations of Learning



Dear Osprey Students and Families,

With just a week and a half of classes left in the term, we want to be sure everyone has the information they need about POLs and end of semester schedules. Presentations of Learning (POLs) are formal presentations given by students to a panel comprised of peers, community members, teachers and/or parents. The format for POLs varies from grade to grade, but generally speaking, students use digital portfolios, samples of work and other evidence to demonstrate learning and growth and articulate goals. POLs can be powerful and transformational experiences for Animas students and we encourage everyone to take full advantage of the opportunities they create. Much like final exams at other schools, POLs are not optional; all students are required to successfully complete a POL in order to continue on with second semester at AHS.  

POLs require professional dress, which means that students must wear a button-­down shirt and tie, shirt with finished neck, sweater or blouse; a nice pair of slacks (no jeans), skirt or dress; dark socks to match trousers and dress shoes (no sneakers, no excessively high heels).  If a student arrives for POL without professional dress, it will mean automatically rescheduling the POL for a different time. Please communicate with an adult at school if procuring professional dress clothing is cost­-prohibitive; we have extra clothes and will find a way to help!

It’s worth noting that it is not unusual for students to need to do POLs more than once before they successfully meet expectations, and that being asked to redo a POL certainly does not mean a student is a failure.  Students should head into POLs with a growth mindset and recognize that when we hold them to high standards of excellence it’s because we know they are capable of meeting them. We ask that families do not plan early departures for winter break, as students may need to redo POLs on Friday 12/21.

POLs will be scheduled in grade-level core classes and students are responsible for communicating home about when their POL will take place. While students are not required to be on campus when they are not presenting or paneling, they are certainly welcome; that said, there will not be classes or activities planned for them these days.

 

9th Grade

Students will prepare individual Presentation of Learnings and present before a panel of peers and teachers. Parents are welcome, though not required,  to attend. Please talk at home about what would be best for your family; it’s important that students feel as comfortable, confident and supported as possible. For some students, this means presenting without the additional pressure of parents in the room, for others, a parent in the audience can help inspire excellence.

Students are required to be at AHS the entire day of their POL so they can both present their POL and panel for several of their peers; individual schedules will vary.  Students waiting to present will be expected to prepare in the “green room” AKA Roxy’s classroom with our beloved sub Simon. They are not required to be on campus for the days that they are not presenting/paneling. Those who do not meet expectations for POLs the first time they present will be asked to refine and present again on Thursday or Friday.  Those who successfully complete POLs the first time will not be required to attend after they have finished presenting and paneling.

  • POL Prep begins Tuesday 12/11 in core classes
  • Career Exploration Field Trip is Wednesday 12/12
  • Last day of regular classes is Friday 12/14
  • POLs are Monday 12/17 and Tuesday 12/18 (students in Stephen’s Humanities classes) and Wednesday 12/19 (students in Jessica’s Humanities class)
  • Make-up POLs are Thursday 12/20 and Friday 12/21

 

10th Grade

POLs for sophomores take the form of a brief presentation followed by an in depth interview with a panel of teachers and students.  All students will present on 12/18, 12/19 or 12/20, and will panel for their peers on another of those days. Individual schedules will vary and students need only be at school on those days at the time of their individual POL, and the times they are scheduled to panel.  Parents are welcome, though not required, to attend. Please talk at home about what would be best for your family; it’s important that students feel as comfortable, confident and supported as possible. For some students, this means presenting without the additional pressure of parents in the room, for others, a parent in the audience can help inspire excellence.

Those who do not meet expectations for POLs the first time will be asked to refine and present again on Friday. Those who successfully complete POLs the first time will not be required to attend days after they have finished presenting unless they are scheduled to panel.

  • POL Prep in Humanities class Wednesday 12/12 through Friday 12/14  and all day Monday 12/17
  • Last day of regular classes is Friday 12/14
  • POLs are Tuesday 12/18, Wednesday 12/19 and Thursday 12/20
  • Make-up POLs are Friday 12/21

 

11th Grade

Juniors’ POLs take the form of individual job interviews that prepare them for LINK Internships. They will interview with a group of teachers, without peers or parents in the room. All students will present on either 12/19 or 12/20; individual schedules will vary and students need only be at school at the time of their individual POL. Those who do not meet expectations for POLs the first time will be asked to refine and present again on 12/20 or 12/21. Those who successfully complete POLs the first time will not be required to attend days after they have finished presenting.

  • Last day of regular classes is Friday 12/14
  • POL Prep is Monday, 12/17 and Tuesday 12/18
  • POLs are Wednesday 12/19 and Thursday 12/20
  • Make-up POLs are Thursday 12/20 and Friday 12/21

 

12th Grade

Seniors will use POLs as a way to pitch their Senior Project ideas, and families of seniors are strongly encouraged to attend, as it will provide an opportunity for parents to help with the critique. Seniors are also encouraged to invite community members beyond their parents to sit on their panel for extra credit. All seniors will panel twice for peers in addition to presenting their own POL; paneling and presenting will happen on three separate days for seniors. They will not need to attend school on days when they are neither presenting or paneling. Seniors are expected to continue to attend elective classes through Friday 12/14, when they end for the semester.

  • POL Prep will begin on Monday 12/3 in Humanities and will continue through Wednesday 12/12 in core classes
  • Last day of regular core classes is Wednesday 12/12
  • Last day of electives is Friday 12/14
  • POLs are Thursday 12/13 through Thursday 12/20
  • Make-up POLs are scheduled as needed

 

Please take time to check in at home about the end of the semester, when stress levels can run high. Reflective work like this can be challenging, but it can also be enlightening and deeply rewarding, as students recognize the progress they are making en route to the futures they want for themselves.

As always, we’re here to address any questions or concerns you might have.

Best,

Libby