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The Governor’s School

     @ Innovation Park

    Student Application Packet

    2012 13

    Applications Due

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Web site:

    http://governor.schools.pwcs.edu

    The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, veteran status, or disability. Compliance Officer information can be found at www.pwcs.edu.

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Program Overview and Application for Admission

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Program Description:

    With its focus on Earth, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park offers selected juniors and seniors from Manassas City, Manassas Park, and Prince William County an advanced and intensive program in STEM

    science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students selected to attend the two-year program will attend

    classes at George Mason University’s Prince William Campus each morning. At that campus, students will follow a sequence of courses designed to

    integrate mathematics and research with specializations in environmental biology, environmental chemistry, or environmental physics. Students will select which strand (biology, chemistry, or physics) they wish to pursue for the two-year study. Along with specifically designed coursework in that strand, students will be provided intensive study in mathematics that supports their scientific and research endeavors. Students will be placed initially in Advanced Mathematics Models or Calculus I based upon a mathematics assessment in April of 2112. Students return to their base high schools each afternoon to complete other requirements for graduation.

    A unique feature of the program is its emphasis on research. All students will come together in Research Applications and Integration I as juniors to design and conduct original research. Students, working across strands, will integrate their knowledge and perspectives to design, conduct, and report their research exactly as scientists at major universities, such as GMU, do. To help students understand the importance of their research and the engineering applications of their learning, each student will complete a mentorship working with area STEM businesses and industries. The RAI course also requires students to communicate their knowledge and skills through a personally selected service learning endeavor.

    As a continuously accelerated model, only rising juniors may enter this program. Applicants must be aware that participation in this program carries with it the expectation that registration for courses at their base high school will be restricted. It is strongly recommended that they take the following courses prior to applying for GS@IP:

    Science Mathematics Electives

    Biology - pre-AP level, Algebra I Three years of one language or pre-IBDP level, or IGCSE level

    Chemistry - pre-AP level, Geometry or pre-IBDP level, or IGCSE level

     Algebra II/Trigonometry

Admissions Process:

    Students applying to GS@IP will go through a series of assessments. No single assessment disqualifies a student from review. Each school division makes its own decisions about eligibility, but all three school divisions use the same criteria and application process.

    Students should complete the application and submit the signed document to the following person in the respective school division by Thursday, March 15, 2012.

City/County Contact Person Contact Information

    Dr. Barbara McGonagill, Director 571.377.6074 Manassas City Public Schools Gifted/Talented and Special Programs bmcgonagill@manassas.k12.va.us

    Mrs. Cindy Watson, Counseling Director, 703.335.8850 Manassas Park Public Schools Manassas Park High School cindy.watson@mpark.net

    Mrs. Gail Fischer Hubbard 703.791.7400 Prince William County Public Schools Supervisor of Gifted and Specialty Programs hubbardg@pwcs.edu

    Students who have been accepted for the program must attend the Governor’s School Boot Camp, August 27-31, 2012, on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University. During that week, students will be introduced to the research methods that will be the cornerstone of the curriculum of GS@IP.

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    Application Information

    The following information is collected and reviewed for each applicant:

    ; Career Highlights Each applicant must indicate activities, participation in organizations, and awards and honors.

    ; Written Essays Each applicant must complete one essay and submit the essay with the application. The second essay

    will be completed at specific times and places to be announced by each school division.

    ; Recommendations Each applicant must request recommendations from current science and mathematics teachers and

    from one other adult.

    ; Portfolio and Portfolio Reflection Each applicant must be complete a portfolio to demonstrate interest and ability in

    science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.

    ; Testing Information PSAT, SAT, or other aptitude measures will be administered as needed by the separate school

    divisions.

    ; Grade Point Average Each applicant’s Grade Point Average will be calculated on an unweighted scale for science,

    technology, engineering, and mathematics courses only.

    ; Official Transcript - An official transcript must be attached to each application.

George Mason University Admission Process

Students selected to attend The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park must be eligible for admission as a special Guest

    Matriculate Student at George Mason University (GMU). The university reviews each student’s official high school transcript.

    ; Students need to have taken or be taking all of the pre-requisite mathematics and science courses.

    ; Students should have a GPA or 3.4 or higher.

    ; Students should rank in the top quarter of the class.

Important Dates in the 2011-12 Application Process

November 2011 January, 2012 Visits to The Governor’s School for interested students and parents

    Saturday, November 19, 2011 and Saturday, January 28, 2012 Information meetings at GS@IP

    Thursday, March 15, 2012 Applications deadline

    Saturday, April 14, or Sunday, April 15, 2012 Required Math Content Examination, Prince William Campus, GMU Monday, April 30, 2012 GMU admissions decisions released to school divisions

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Decision letters sent to students and parents

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Student acceptance deadline

    Saturday, May 19, 2012 Required GS@IP welcome meeting with information on the GMU application process Saturday, May 26, 2012 Online GMU application deadline

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INFORMATION PAGE

Checklist for Completed Application:

    Read and follow all directions to complete the application fully, clearly, and legibly. ;

    Include all information requested on applicant information, including applicant signature at bottom. ; (Page 1)

    Complete the Career Highlights section. (Page 2) ;

    Request recommendations from a science teacher, a mathematics teacher, and another adult. ; (Pages 5, 6, 7)

    Sign and date Program Expectations. (Applicant Page 8-9) ;

    Sign and date Program Expectations. (Parent Page 8-9) ;

    Create a portfolio demonstrating your interest and ability in science, technology, engineering, and/or ; mathematics. Be certain to include your portfolio reflection on a separate sheet of paper.

    Complete your 300-500 word essay on a separate sheet of paper. ;

    Check with your school point of contact to make sure that your recommendations have been ; returned and your transcript has been attached.

    Complete a timed writing assignment as scheduled. ;

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

    thHigh ability and/or talented rising 11-grade students may submit an application packet, if they will have successfully

    completed the following courses and tests by the end of the tenth grade year:*

     Algebra II/Trigonometry

     Geometry

     Biology and Chemistry pre-AP level, or pre-IBDP level, or IGCSE level

     PSAT or SAT

*Interested students who do not meet the above criteria must provide a letter of explanation with application.

Applications are available at this Web site:

    http://governor.schools.pwcs.edu

Applications are also available by clicking on Schools, then High Schools, then Governor’s School @ Innovation Park.

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    2012-13 GS@IP Application

APPLICANT INFORMATION: Provide all requested information.

Personal Information

     Last Name Street Address

     First Name City, ZIP Code

     Middle Name Home Telephone

     Nickname Gender

    Student’s email Date of Birth Student’s cell phone

    Father’s email Name of Father

    or Guardian Father’s cell phone

    Mother’s email Name of Mother or Guardian Mother’s cell phone

    Program Choice: Rank the Science strand offerings according to your preference of program.

     “1” indicates your top choice, “3” your last.

     Biology Chemistry

     Physics

    *Students may not be placed in their first choice. District and School Information:

    School Division High School

    Point of Contact Gail Fischer Hubbard Contact email hubbardg@pwcs.edu

    If the student is a transfer student into the School Division, please indicate the name and address of the school from which the recommendation

    will be requested.

    Teacher or Adult Position Teacher or Adult Name Address if Needed

    Recommendation for Mathematics

    Recommendation for Science

    Recommendation from Other Adult

STUDENT STATEMENT:

    The decision to apply for Governor's School is my own. I want to participate fully in the program. If selected, I will abide by the

    regulations explained in the program descriptions and all other expectations provided by the program director. The responses

    contained in this application are my own work and are truthfully offered.

     SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT DATE

     FOR OFFICIAL USE BY GIFTED EDUCATION COORDINATOR : STUDENT SCORE _______ STUDENT RANK _______

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    STUDENTS NAME _________________________________________ CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: ACTIVITIES AND HONORS

    In the sections that follow, list accomplishments that highlight your positions of leadership or academic and intellectual activities.

    ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

    List the three most significant activities/programs in which you have participated during the past three years that relate to science, technology,

    engineering, and/or mathematics. Include the name of the organization, sponsoring agency, or group. Also, describe the time involved and any

    leadership position you have held. Under “Year” indicate the calendar year of the training or activity. If you need more space, attach a second sheet.

    Please explain any acronyms that you use.

     Example:

    Science Club Vice President 6 hours/week 2010-11 1. 1.

    2. 2.

    3. 3.

HONORS/RECOGNITIONS

    In this section, please list the three most significant honors/recognitions you have received during the last three years in your area of interest.

    Example: Regional 2011 First Place, Regional Science Fair

    1. 1.

    2. 2.

    3. 3.

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    STUDENTS NAME _______________________________________

    STUDENT PORTFOLIO

The student portfolio is a collection of work produced that will demonstrate your commitment and experience in science, technology,

    engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM). All applicants will submit a portfolio which includes these pieces:

1. Research project

    2. Research/Study Experience

    3. Portfolio reflection

The portfolio is rated by STEM teachers, who will determine its strength holistically. Scores include ratings of Average, Above Average,

    Excellent, and Superior.

ITEM 1: RESEARCH PROJECT

    Students must submit a detailed research project that incorporates all aspects of the research design used in the field. For reference,

    students should review the information at the following Web sites: http://www.vacadsci.org/handbook/vjas-3.pdf or

    http://www.societyforscience.org/Document.Doc?id=12. Students should submit both the oral presentation component as well as the complete written component of the research project. If the oral presentation has not been given, a PowerPoint that would be given may

    be submitted. One (1) copy of the written document must be provided in the student’s portfolio.

Option 1:

    Students who have participated in the local, regional, or state Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) or any level of the

    International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competitions may submit their work for those competitions. Such research must

    have been completed after the beginning of grade 9 to be eligible for review. Such products must include both the written

    documentation of design as well as the display represented for judging. All forms submitted to the initial competition must be included

    in this submission for review.

Option 2:

    Students may design a new research design which incorporates all aspects of the scientific design. Students must complete and

    submit the written and oral presentation components of their design. Students may design their experiments and collect and evaluate

    authentic data if time permits. If the data cannot be collected within the timeframe available, students may create data that are probable

    within the existing conditions and present summaries and conclusions around those data. Students choosing option 2 should limit their

    experiments to questions that do not require the use of human subjects, recombinant DNA, tissue, pathogenic agents, or controlled

    substances.

ITEM 2: RESEARCH/STUDY EXPERIENCE

    Please respond in the space provided to the topic below.

List special mathematics or science projects (including item 1), activities, or programs in which you have participated. Include a brief

    statement about how each experience listed was of value to you. You may use a separate sheet of paper if you choose. Please use 12-

    point type; Times New Roman font; 1” margins; and include your name in the upper right-hand corner of the paper.

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    STUDENT PORTFOLIO (CONTINUED)

ITEM 3: PORTFOLIO REFLECTION

Students must include a reflection piece for the portfolio as a whole that indicates why the submitted works are examples of his or her

    best reasoning, communication skills, maturity, and commitment to scientific research and study. The reflection is included in the

    assessment of the portfolio by the committee. Please complete this reflection on a separate sheet of paper. Include the reflection with

    your portfolio. Please use 12-point type; Times New Roman font; 1” margins; and include your name in the upper right-hand corner of the reflection.

    ACADEMIC ESSAY

    All students interested in submitting a Governor’s School application must compose a two-part essay. The first part will be submitted with the student’s application; the second part will be completed in a timed, controlled setting at the Governor’s School on George

    Mason’s campus or at a location established by each school division. Students will be notified of the times and locations where the

    essay may be completed following the submission of the application.

Requirements for the Essay:

    Part 1 (to be submitted with the student application) - 300-500 words (approximately two double-spaced pages)

    - 12-point type, Times New Roman font - 1” margins - Your name in the upper right-hand corner of each page of the essay.

Applicants should review the rubric on this page and consider each of the areas carefully as they begin thinking about the writing

    process for their essays.

    Missing/ Central Idea Weak Moderate Strong Insightful Unclear

    Elaboration Unclear Seldom Some Appropriate Persuasive

    Organization Lacking Random Lapses Logical Convincing

    Unity Absent Many digressions Some digression Unified Purposeful

    Voice Silent Absent Weak Controlled Vibrant/persuasive

     Sentence Structure Weak Some variety Varied

    Usage Incorrect Some incorrect Consistently correct

     Mechanics Incorrect Some incorrect Consistently correct

Essay Prompt, Part 1

    The scientific method and problem-based, inquiry learning form the core of the learning of GS@IP and will be the foundation for

    selection of its materials, laboratories, and research opportunities. Explain what you anticipate your learning experiences will be and

    how you will be challenged by the Governor’s School’s use of the scientific method and problem-based, inquiry learning.

Emphasize the following in your response:

     What skills you bring to this kind of learning experience?

     How will participating in this kind of learning experience meet your educational and career goals?

Essay Prompt, Part 2

    The second part of the essay question will be presented in a controlled setting after the submission of the student’s application. All

    applicants will be notified by email of the date, time, and location for the completion of the second part of the essay.

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    STUDENTS NAME __________________________________

ACADEMIC/MENTORSHIP TEACHER RECOMMENDATION SCIENCE:

    This recommendation must be made by the student’s current science teacher, preferably a teacher who has taught the student in a

    course closely related to the selected program. Please complete both the Rating Scale and the Teacher Narrative (attach to this form).

RATING SCALE:

    1. What course or program of studies has the student taken under your supervision? In what year(s)?

    2. Please estimate the extent to which the student has demonstrated in your class(es) the qualities listed below. Use the scale from 0-2 as indicated. Be sure to respond to all qualities; items omitted are included as a zero when computing a score. Please use only whole number values.

0=Good (Above Average) 1=Excellent (Top 10%) 2=Outstanding (Top 2-3%) SCORE

     1. Motivation and initiative

     2. Self-direction

     3. Intellectual curiosity

     4. Independence of thought

     5. Originality of ideas

     6. Use of higher-level thinking skills

     7. Ability to contribute to a group process

     8. Willingness to accept ideas of others

     9. Emotional stability, maturity, and self-discipline

    10. Openness to new experiences

    11. Cooperative behavior

    12. Respect and tolerance for the views of others

    Subtotal SCIENCE (out of 24)

NARRATIVE

    Please type and double space your recommendation on school, personal, or professional letterhead. Be sure to include your

    telephone number and email address. Please limit your response to one page. Using specific examples from your work with this

    student, please address how the student demonstrates these qualities:

    1. Ability to work cooperatively and meaningfully in groups;

    2. Openness to new and diverse situations;

    3. Goals for academic growth; creativity;

    4. Intellectual and social maturity; and

    5. Ability to pursue complex scientific research.

Instructions for Submitting the Science Teacher Recommendation

    Sign and date the teacher narrative and attach it to the printed and signed copy of your completed rating scale. Both original

    documents should be returned to the high school point of contact.

Teacher’s Name Signature Date

High School Phone Number Email Address

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    STUDENTS NAME __________________________________

ACADEMIC/MENTORSHIP TEACHER RECOMMENDATION MATHEMATICS:

    This recommendation must be made by the student’s current mathematics teacher, preferably a teacher who has taught the student in a course closely related to the selected program. Please complete both the Rating Scale and the Teacher Narrative (attach to this

    form).

RATING SCALE:

    1. What course or program of studies has the student taken under your supervision? In what year(s)?

    2. Please estimate the extent to which the student has demonstrated in your class(es) the qualities listed below. Use the scale from 0-2 as indicated. Be sure to respond to all qualities; items omitted are included as a zero when computing a score. Please use only whole number values.

0=Good (Above Average) 1=Excellent (Top 10%) 2=Outstanding (Top 2-3%) SCORE

     1. Motivation and initiative

     2. Self-direction

     3. Intellectual curiosity

     4. Independence of thought

     5. Originality of ideas

     6. Use of higher-level thinking skills

     7. Ability to contribute to a group process

     8. Willingness to accept ideas of others

     9. Emotional stability, maturity, and self-discipline

    10. Openness to new experiences

    11. Cooperative behavior

    12. Respect and tolerance for the views of others

    Subtotal MATHEMATICS (out of 24)

NARRATIVE

    Please type and double space your recommendation on school, personal, or professional letterhead. Be sure to include your

    telephone number and email address. Please limit your response to one page. Using specific examples from your work with this

    student, please address how the student demonstrates these qualities:

    1. Ability to work cooperatively and meaningfully in groups;

    2. Openness to new and diverse situations;

    3. Goals for academic growth; creativity;

    4. Intellectual and social maturity; and

    5. Ability to pursue complex scientific research.

Instructions for Submitting the Mathematics Teacher Recommendation

    Sign and date the teacher narrative and attach it to the printed and signed copy of your completed rating scale. Both original

    documents should be returned to the high school point of contact.

Teacher’s Name Signature Date

High School Phone Number Email Address

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