Cardinal Connections is the advisory class that was developed to assist students in the development of a high school and beyond plan over the course of four years. Each student is assigned an advisory teacher and meets weekly to complete tasks related to the development of the students’ portfolio. In 2012 the district approved a one-quarter (.25) yearly credit for advisory upon successful completion of Cardinal Connections. Yearly grades for Cardinal Connections will be P (pass) and F (fail).
Your portfolio will be your record of the next four years, and will be used in your Student Led Conferences and Senior Presentations. Student Led Conferences are held every year. Senior Presentations occur during the spring of your senior year and are made to a panel of community members.
By the time you graduate, your portfolio will include the following: samples of your work (your best work and work that shows how you have improved); grades, test results, four-year plan, transcripts and credit check; your self-assessments about how you’re doing and how you can improve academically; career goals and post-secondary plans; a typed High School and Beyond Plan; a financial plan for your future; a record of your jobs, internships, or volunteer service; and honors or awards you’ve received.
Completion of a high school and beyond plan is required for graduation in the State of Washington. The high school and beyond plan requirement for the Franklin Pierce School District is the completion and presentation of the portfolio.