You Are Cordially Invited to the Senior Seminar Project Gallery and Celebration on January 8!

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Come one, come all to Colchester High School on Tuesday, January 8 from 7:00–8:00 p.m., where CHS seniors will present their Senior Seminar action research projects to the community in a gallery-style, casual format!

Senior Seminar: Civics is a one-semester course, and it is a graduation requirement for all CHS seniors. It is designed to promote responsible citizenship skills, concentrating upon the obligations of citizenship and allowing students to connect with their local, state, national, and global communities. Seniors focus upon aspects of government and civic responsibility for the first quarter, and the second quarter is devoted to a comprehensive service-learning project that must be approved by the Humanities department, Civics teachers, and the administration.

The extensive projects involve:

  • identifying and researching an issue, including conducting an interview with a professional in the community about that issue
  • planning, writing, and revising a college-prep level research paper
  • completing a minimum of ten hours of community service
  • presenting the research and learning to the public by creating a tri-fold display or by publishing the highlights of the project through a technology resource
  • writing a reflection essay on what it means to be an engaged citizen

The projects allow the students to move from the passive role of sitting in the classroom to becoming active learners, engaging in their community, and directing their own learning based on their interests. The projects also directly reflect many of the pathways identified in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, including High Standards, Expectations, and Individual Engagement for All Learners; Learning Outside Our Four Walls; and Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners.


The January 8 event will showcase projects representing the following topics:

Act 250
Alzheimer’s Disease
Animal Abandonment
Animal Cruelty
Autism Awareness and Educational Implications
Benefits of After-School Activities
Blue Green Algae in Vermont
Brain Injuries in Sports
Censorship of Rap and Hip Hop
Charitable Car Dealers
Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Collegiate Athletics and Academic Fairness
Controversy over the F-35s Locating in Burlington
Corporal Punishment in Schools
Cystic Fibrosis Treatment and Awareness
Dance Culture
Differentiated Instruction
Differentiation and Equity Education
Domestic Violence
Educational Video Games
Environmental Impact of Disposable Water Bottles
Equity in Education
Foreign Language Education
Fuel Efficiency in Cars
Funding and Benefits of Public Libraries
Future of Special Education
GLBT Teens and Bullying
Green Roof
Gun Control
History and Impact of Seatbelt Laws
Hunger in Vermont
Impact of Divorce on Children
Importance of CPR Education
Importance of Extracurricular Activities
K9 Officers and Dog Training
KIPP Schools
Media Bias
Music in Education
Obesity and School Lunches
Obesity in America
Organ Donation
Physical Fitness & Obesity Awareness
Police Relations in the Community
Portrayal of Body Image in the Media
Positive Parenting
Prevention of Animal Cruelty
Prevention of Obesity
Right to Bear Arms
School Budgets
Senior Citizens
Snowboard Safety
Standardized Testing
Support for Arts Education
Teen Drug Abuse
Teen Suicide
Title IX and Opportunities for Women
Tracking in Education
Universal Healthcare Plans and Issues
US-Chinese Relations
Vermont Yankee and Nuclear Power
Video Games and Violence
Youth Civic Engagement and Voting


For more information, please e-mail Humanities teachers Erin Brady or Dennis McCannell or call CHS at (802) 264-5700.

Remember that Colchester High School’s calendar of events can be found on the school’s website, and Colchester School District posts a district-wide calendar of events, as well!

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