The McFarland School Board voted in January 2003 to approve the Senior Exit Interview/Portfolio (SEIP) graduation requirement beginning with the Class of 2004. To meet the SEIP requirement, each senior would complete a portfolio and participate in an exit interview.
The SEIP graduation requirement is the culmination of a project that began in 2002 with a team of MHS faculty observing senior exit interviews at a neighboring school district. The experience was so positive that MHS faculty and staff, administration, students, parents, and School Board members collaborated to develop a similar program for McFarland students.
There are multiple benefits to the SEIP initiative. Some of which include:
Students graduate from MHS with a professional portfolio which:
- prepares them for future ventures where portfolios are required,
- gives students the opportunity to compile their credentials, providing information necessary for application for scholarships, college admissions, and employment, and
- allows students to reflect on their achievements and accomplishments as evidenced in their portfolio.
Students participate in a 20-minute exit interview which:
- provides formal interview experience allowing seniors to reflect on their McFarland education experience and achieve closure to their high school experience,
- presents community interviewers an opportunity to gain insight to the accomplishments of high school seniors as well as their hopes and plans for the future, and
- provides the District with feedback regarding school improvement
Forms available online for SEIP Interviewers:
Interviewer's SEIP Evaluation - a chance to evaluate your experience as an interviewer.
School Improvement Feedback Sheet - form to indicate strengths and weaknesses of the student candidate.
Student Feedback Sheet - a form to provide remarks to the student from the evaluation team.