Senior Advisory Curriculum - Capstone

-Overview of Capstone

-Capstone Timeline of due dates 2017-2018

-Product Descriptor for Capstone Process (Updated June 2017)

-Product Descriptor for Capstone Presentation (Updated June 2017)

Capstone Ideas:

-Compete in the Maine State Science Fair- See Mr. Evans (rm 226) if interested:
Use your understanding of the scientific method to investigate something of your choice that you are interested in. Come up with your own problem, and test your own hypothesis. This is a wonderful way to investigate the world around you in a very meaningful way. If you are interested, Ms. Barbour can work with you to help you develop a plan, but you will also need an out of school mentor in the field you are interested in studying. The competition is usually sometime in March, and you will have the opportunity to win scholarship money.

-Write a History of Our School District: See Ms. Brunette (main office) if interested:
Our Superintendent is interested in getting a student to work on writing a history of our school district before its "Founding Fathers" are all gone. This project would include interviews and working with local historical societies. Really cool project for someone interested in history. 

-Write a History of Awards given to MTA Students: See Mr. Graffam (band room) if interested:
This idea started out because I don't have names of past NHS members from the early years of the school and was looking for someone to go through old yearbooks and try to recreate a list of all members from the beginning of MTA. Then I began thinking about the senior awards that are given out at graduation- Eagle Venture, Student Service, Summit. Every year, those awards come as a surprise to the seniors because almost no one knows that we give them out until graduation time. There are some plaques with past winners names (but only going back as far as 2015) on the wall in the old computer center but very few people are aware that they are there. There are several plaques with various other awards outside the library (including the Eagle Award from 1974-1983), but you need a step ladder to read them and most of them stop in the 1980s somewhere. 
"I'd like to have someone do some research and create a list of the award recipients for both school wide and department awards, and do a history of Mt. Ararat. Recently retired teachers who were here in the beginning like Dick Snow, John & Claudette Brassil, Sheila Bohlin and Linda Libby would be great mentors/resources for this."

-"Seniors to Seniors" is a program started by 2015-2016 students Harley and Summer. It matches elderly animals that need to be adopted with elderly people who could use the companionship. Email Kim Gore ( if you are interested. She would love some juniors to get on board and help this program grow by helping with the adoption process and some grant writing to help elderly people with the costs of owning a pet.

Quarter 1 Activities

-Complete "Goal and Reflection-beginning of the year." Log on to Family Connection and find this assignment in the "tasks that were assigned to me" under the "my planner" tab.

-Capstone Project Proposal (Oct. 4) 
               *Advisor will collect these to share with committee

-Capstone Student Example "Revise and Resubmit" 1

-Capstone Student Example "Revise and Resubmit "2

Capstone Student Example "Accepted "1

-Capstone Student Example "Accepted" 2

-Revised Capstone Proposal (Nov. 3)
-Meet with your advisor. Make necessary changes to proposal and resubmit to advisor.
*Advisors: Update the Capstone coordinators as to who has passed in their proposals at this point.

-Ask teachers for recommendations (Guidance form), completed on NAVIANCE/FAMILY CONNECTION

-Write “thank-you” notes to teachers/staff who wrote letters of recommendation. Gratitude is a good thing.

Quarter 2 Activities

-Students logon to get a FAFSA pin (Starting in October)
          -Recommended: Use Financial Aid website
          -FAFSA application will need to be filled out online in February in order to qualify for any financial aid.

-Capstone Field Advisor Identification and Mentor Agreement form (Nov. 9)
The Mentor Agreement form lets your advisor know for sure who has agreed to help you on this project. 
On the back is a "Documentation of Work" log that should be filled out and signed each time you work with your mentor.       

-Capstone Journal  Background Research (week of Nov. 13)

-Capstone Journal Entry 2 (week of Dec. 4)
-Capstone Journal Entry 3 (week of Jan. 8)

-Capstone Presentation Request form (Jan. 12)
          *Advisors will hand these in to Advisory Coordinator(s)

-College Application on file with Guidance (with updated Resumé)
        (or guidance needs to know you have applied for college)

Quarter 3 Activities

FAFSA application will need to be filled out online in February in order to qualify for any financial aid. (see previous quarter's information for getting a pin)

-Capstone Journal Entry 4 (week of Jan. 22)

-Capstone Journal Entry 5 (Week of Feb. 5)

-Completion of Field Work for Capstone Project (Feb. 5)
-Hand in "Documentation of Work" log signed by mentor (part of agreement form above)

-Design a Capstone Exhibition (Week of Feb. 12)

-Make a clear plan for your presentation including putting together any slideshows, editing      videos, etc.

-Capstone Presentation Rehearsals (Feb.26 - Mar.30)

-Do a practice presentation for your advisory group.
*Make sure to review and follow the guidelines for the Presentation Product Descriptor (found below in Quarter 4) so you know how you will be assessed.

-Rehearsals needs to be done before the end of Mar. 30 (Quarter 3).
*Advisors need to set up a schedule that will allow all students time to practice before the end of Quarter 3.

-Watch Sample Capstone Presentations
Emory's Capstone Presentation on Survival
Ben's Capstone Presentation on Autism

Quarter 4 Activities

-Things to keep in mind for Capstone Presentation (Friday Apr. 6)

-Capstone Presentation Product Descriptor
           *Advisors need to fill our the Capstone Process Product Descriptor before Mar. 30 and submit to Advisory Coordinator(s).

-Send “Thank-you” notes to field advisors. (May)

-Capstone Remediation (May)
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