2What is a Capstone Project? A Capstone Project is a service or career based project completed in a student’s Senior year.This project is driven by an essential question and culminates in a product.The Capstone project is a Hamilton County Graduation Requirement.A student must complete and pass the Capstone project along with his/her academic courses in order to graduate.
3What are the components of East Hamilton’s Capstone Project? Parent Consent formResume and Personal EssayProposal of the project and its approvalLetter of Intent20 Hours of service toward the projectA Mentor to work with and gain information fromPortfolioPresentation before a panelProduct5 paragraph reflective essay
4Parent ConsentA letter will be given to the parents informing them of the project and its main components.A letter of consent will also be given to the parents.This letter is to be filled out and signedThe Fall due date for the consent form for rising seniors will be August 23rd 2011
5Resume and Personal Essay This document will be compiled through advisory and will follow a specific format.Personal StatementYour personal statement is a short essay ( words) that best describes you. This essay will be based upon one of 5 topics listed on the personal essay document .
6Project ProposalEach Senior must complete a proposal form and submit it to your advisorEach proposal will be reviewed by the panel of senior advisors
7Letter Of Intent This is a formal letter The letter of intent is typed Follow the format given in the Capstone packetOnce your proposal is complete, type your letter of intent. This can be turned in once your proposal has been approved.
820 Hours of Service/Job Shadow For service or career based projects a minimum of 20 hours are required.For all rising seniors, these hours are to be completed over the summer.Those not completing hours over the summer will only be allowed to present in April.All other students will be able to present in November.
9Contact Information for December GraduatesKara A. SeebachSchool CounselorEast Hamilton School2015 Ooltewah-Ringgold RoadOoltewah, TN 37363(423) ext. 297
1020 Hours of Service/Job Shadow Students are responsible for CORRECTLY filling out the time sheet.The time sheet must be signed by a mentor or person overseeing the hours completed.Keep a journal of your experiences for your final reflection paper.
1120 Hours of Service or Job Shadow You may NOT work for a parent or relative to complete your hours.You may NOT be paid for your time.
12Mentors Students are responsible for finding a mentor to work with. The mentor must have experience in the area chosen for your project.Your mentor may not be a parent or relative.Students are responsible for having mentor forms filled out and turned in to the advisor.
13Portfolio Portfolios will be graded by your advisor using a rubric. Your portfolio will containA Cover PageFive TabsCover PageProject TitleNameDateAdvisor
14Portfolio Tab 1 Tab 2 Tab 3 Tab 4 Tab 5 Consent form Personal Essay ResumeTab 2Project proposalLetter of intentAny RevisionsTab 3Mentor and volunteer informationTime SheetJournal of experiencesTab 4Presentation outlineWritten presentation (script)Pictorial evidence of projectTab 5Reflection Paper (5 paragraph essay)
15ResearchYour research on your topic can include interviews with a mentor, schooling, monetary costs etc..Copies of internet research must be placed in the portfolio along with the notes you have taken on the source.Your research MUST pertain to your projectYou must create an MLA formatted works cited page of your research materials and place this information in your presentation.ExampleProject: Interior Design (sketches and ideas to remodel a room)Research: Interior Design/Educational RequirementsProduct Example: Design sketches for a room ,material boards and a 3-D model of the end product.
16Presentation 10-12 minutes in length Must include a multimedia type (video, power point, etc) presentation (no posters)The power point presentation must have visual appeal but be easily read.You may not read directly from the power point! Be sure to PRACTICE!
17PresentationYou will present before a panel of teachers, administrators, peers and invited guests.Your presentation will be scored by a rubric.You should wear appropriate dress clothes and look professional.
18Reflection PaperThis paper must be a reflection of your Capstone Project experienceThe paper must be typedThe paper must contain correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.The paper must contain an introduction, 3 body paragraphs and a conclusion.
19How do I Pass This Project? You must pass all 3 portions of the Capstone ProjectPresentationPortfolioProductYou must score a minimum of 70% of the total points for each Rubric.
20Forms for the Capstone Project All forms will be posted on the East Hamilton School website.The Power point presentation will also be available on the web site.