Senior Advisory Curriculum And Capstone

General Information about The Senior Capstone Project

-Overview of Capstone project

-Timeline of Capstone Due Dates for 2021-2022

For Advisors -Capstone Student Work Documentation Log  Updated for the upcoming school year. This will help you keep track of your students' assignments. Note this plan is subject to change this year due to the need to be flexible due to the changing instructional models due to covid-19. 

-Product Descriptor for Capstone Process

-Product Descriptor for Capstone Presentation 

Letters from Previous Seniors to Future Seniors about Capstone

--New!!! We are excited to share examples of Student Capstone Projects from 2020 --
Click HERE for Update and Resources for Your Capstone Presentation.

Capstone Ideas:
MTA students have done such an amazing job helping our community that more requests for help from the community keep coming in! 

Make Your Class' Senior Video: (See Mr. Hoffman in the main office if you are interested). 

New MTA Building: (Email Mr. Ware at [email protected]) if you are interested in exploring some of our cool new energy features. Here is a list of possible questions to explore.

Ceiling Tile Book:  (See Ms. Barbour if interested)  Interested in preserving MTA's history of artistic ceiling tiles?? After we move to a new school we wont be able to see them anymore unless someone does something! Use photos already taken from a previous Capstone project to make a book or website or wall panel with the art work on display for the community to be able to see. This is a great project for people interested in design and/or photo editing.

Mountain Biking: (email Ernest Phillips at [email protected] if interested)
In the fall of 2018 the Topsham Rec dept. ran a rec trail bike program. Mr. Phillips is interested to see if a student would be interested in getting a similar program up and running again, or running a summer program for kids interested in mountain biking.

Youth Lacrosse: (email Ernest Phillips at [email protected] if interested)
Topsham rec started a lacrosse program several years back for 5th and 6th graders. The rec is interested in starting a program for 3rd and 4th grade and would like some help.

Trail Work- (email Ernest Phillips at [email protected] if interested)
Like physical labor? Want to work outdoors for your capstone? An organization needs help improving outdoor recreation trails at the ponds by the transfer station. 

-Write a History of Our School District: See Ms. Barbour 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. 

-History of MTA Sports- (email [email protected] if interested)
There is a group interested in creating a panel to be displayed in the new school about the history of MTA sports (much like the one that Bowdoin has in their hockey rink, or that you see along the bike path in Brunswick about the history of the area)
This project would require some research of old newspapers and pictures and also involve some design and creativity.

-State Championship Banners- (email [email protected] if interested)
Want to help create a banner for our new sports area (once the old MTA is torn down)?
Would like a student to help create a banner with all of the teams/coaches from MTA that have won state championships to be displayed on the fence at the new field for people to see when they walk in. Work would include researching the history of MTA sports, designing the banner, and doing some fundraising (like through GoFundMe) to pay for its creation. This type of work is good experience for students interested in careers in business.

-"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 ([email protected]) 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.

-Compete in the Maine State Science Fair- See Mr. Evans (rm 228) 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.


Quarter 1 Activities

-Complete "Reflection and Goal Setting" document and meet to discuss with your advisor.
Make a copy of the Reflection and Goal Setting document, rename it with your name and date, and share it with your advisor. You can fill out the form digitally, or you can print it out and do it on paper if you prefer.

Capstone Proposal Due, if needed, on Oct. 6, 2021
    -email Ms. Barbour for examples of Capstone Proposals from students in the past
   -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.

Revised Capstone Proposal Due by October 20, 2021. 

-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.

-Capstone Journal #1   Background Research   (October 27, 2021)

- Capstone Field Advisor Identification and Mentor Agreement form (Oct. 27, 2021)
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.

 FAFSA application will need to be filled out online i in order to qualify for any financial aid for college next year. 

Quarter 2 Activities

-Recommended: 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 Journal Entry 2 (week of Nov. 17, 2021)
-Capstone Journal Entry 3 (week of Dec. 20, 2021)
-Capstone Journal Entry 4 (week of Jan. 12, 2022)

- Digital Presentation Request Form (Jan. 19, 2022)


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

Quarter 3 Activities

-Capstone Journal Entry 5 (week of Jan. 26, 2022)

-Completion of Field Work for Capstone Project and "Documentation of Work" log signed by mentor (part of agreement form above) - (Feb. 2, 2022)

-Design a Capstone Presentation (Jan. 26, 2022)
Make a clear plan for your presentation including putting together any slideshows, editing     videos, etc.

-Capstone Presentation Rehearsals (Feb. 2-March 30))

*Advisors can use the Practice Presentation Sign-Up Sheet to schedule practice presentations.

-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 (from a few years ago)
Emory's Capstone Presentation on Survival
Ben's Capstone Presentation on Autism

Quarter 4 Activities

-Things to keep in mind for Capstone Presentation (Friday April 8, 2022)
Do you have something to display? Email Ms. Barbour if you have something to display in the lobby on Capstone Day! We would love to have as many people as possible see your amazing work.

Email Ms. Barbour pictures of you working on your Capstone to play in a slideshow in the lobby on Capstone Day. (We want you in the pictures if possible)

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

-How to Remediate Capstone Process

-Send “Thank-you” notes to field advisors. (Week of April 25)

-Capstone Remediation (week of May 2-May 9)
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