12-15-2010 Portfolio Assessment Required Elements

Due for the next class in your binder with Sheet Protectors, this is your final exam.

Cover Page with a simile


Expecatation Letter

Cover Letter

Reference Request Letters

Responses you have received

Peer Reference Request Letter

Peer Reference letters you wrote

Responses you have received

Personal Essay Portfolio Quality NO ERRORS

Copy of 4 square graphic organizer

Examples of Best work from:

English/Language Arts


Social Studies


11-10-2010 Personal Essay

Personal Essay Please write an essay (250 words minimum) on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below, and attach it to your application
before submission. Please indicate your topic by checking the appropriate box. This personal essay helps us become acquainted with you as a person and
student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.

NOTE: Your Common Application essay should be the same for all colleges. Do not customize it in any way for individual colleges. Colleges that want customized
essay responses will ask for them on a supplement form.

_ _ Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

_ _ Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
_ _ Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.

_ _ Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.

_ _ A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an
experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

_ _ Topic of your choice.
Additional Information If there is any additional information you’d like to provide regarding special circumstances, additional qualifications, etc., please do so in the
space below or on an attached sheet.

Taken from the College Common Application.

Taken from the College Common Application. Due 11-13-2010 by midnight. Submit by email to ckoch@oiacademy.com and sbertoni@oiacademy.com

10-13-2010 The Reference Letter

Who To Ask For References
Who should you ask to provide references? On the average, employers check three references for each candidate, so have at least that many ready to vouch for you. It's important to know your references, to select the right people, and to get their permission to use them. You need responsive people that can confirm that you worked there, your title, your reason for leaving, and other details.

It's also very important to have a good idea idea of what they are going to say about your background and your performance. It's perfectly acceptable to use references other than your employer. Business acquaintances, professors/academic advisors, customers, and vendors can all make good references. If you volunteer consider using leaders or other members of the organization as personal references.

When leaving a position you should ask for a letter of recommendation from your manager. As time passes and people move on, it's easy to lose track of previous employers, so with letters in hand, in advance, you'll have written documentation of your credentials to give to prospective employers. If you haven't done so already, it's never to late to go back and ask for letters from previous employers to include in your personal files.

How To Ask For a Letter of Recommendation
Don't ask "Could you write a letter of reference for me?" Just about anyone can write a letter. The problem can be what they are going to write about. Rather, ask "Do you feel you know my work well enough to write me a good recommendation letter?" or "Do you feel you could give me a good reference?" That way, your reference writer has an easy out if they are not comfortable writing a letter and you can be assured that those who say "yes" will be enthusiastic about your performance and will write a positive letter. Offer to provide an updated copy of your resume and information on your skills and experiences so the reference writer has current information to work with.
In addition to references, you may be asked for contact information concerning your supervisor. However, prospective employers should get your permission before contacting your current supervisor to avoid jeopardizing your current position.[1]

What do I do now?

You are to create a reference letter you will give to three people outside of school. You must submit your reference letter to Mr. Koch for approval before sending it to the requests out. A copy of your letter for consideration must be submitted by e- mail to Mr. Koch by Sunday 10-17-2010. This will also give you time to gather the address you will need for the three different letters.

You are to ask them to mail the reference letter to:

Mr.Conrad Koch
Dean of Students
Oakland International Academy
8228 Conant St.
Detroit, MI 48211

If your instructions you ask them to e-mail me the letter as an attachment you can ask them in the body of your letter as a request to e-mail the letter to
  1. ^ Doyle, Alison. "about.com." letters of Reference. about.com, n.d. Web. 1 Feb 2010.