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LEEHIGHSCHOOL

Senior Capstone Course Guide


2016

MissionStatement:
TheLeeHighSchoolSeniorCapstoneisdesignedtoprepareandeducate
studentsfor
pathsinhighereducation,vocationaltraining,andthemilitary.Thecourse
provides
seniorswithseveralculminatingexperienceswhilereadyingthemforgraduation.

Teachers
LeadCapstoneTeacherJodyJensen
jjensen@godfreylee.org6163662772
CapstoneTeacherBrianCahoon
bcahoon@godfreylee.org
CapstoneTeacher
Pgfoote@godfreylee.org

Administration
Mrs.KathrynCurrykcurry@godfreylee.org
Mr.RendelToddrtodd@godfreylee.org
Mrs.JulieWarmelsjwarmels@godfreylee.org

LHSSeniorCapstone~TableofContents

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2.
3.
4.
5.

RequiredCheckpoints.3
Grading......4
LeeHighDiploma.....4
Absences...4
AcademicDishonesty..5

6. CapstoneContract...6
7. MentorInterviews.79
8. SeniorProjectProposalForm....1011
9. ResearchPaperOverview..12
10. LeeHighSeniorProjectResearchPaperChecklist..13
11. ProjectIdeas.1417
12. WeeblyRequirements..18
13. ExampleofanEssayIntroduction..19
14. CareerTests...20

*Thisguideissubjecttochangesand/oracquireupdates.

RequiredCheckpoints
ALWAYSCHECKYOURSTUDENTEMAILFORUPDATES.
Studentsmust
completeandpass
allcheckpointstopassSenior
CapstoneandgraduatefromLHS:
March14SeniorCapstoneclassbeginsforallseniors.
March15SeniorCapstoneclassandcareerpathways.
*
Meetinlibraryforeachhour

(ResearchpresentationwithMr.McGee)
March16:SarahWoodsandTechnology,Weebly,etc.
March18CareerPathwayandEssentialQuestionChosen
*CONTRACTDUE
March21or22OfficerspeakingLawafterHS
March25Projectproposalsdue
March28CapstoneRoughDraftMLApaperDUE
(Releaseforindividualstudentsbeginaspaper/other
requirementsareapproved.)
March31Mentorsacquired(Allformscompleted)
April18FinalDraftofpaperdue
April22
MysteryMasqueradeProm
April29MentorInterviewsDue
May26>5minutemandatorypresentations
May618VolunteerHoursDUE(Cahoon)
May6Allfinespaid(School,Junior/Seniordues,etc.)
(Snyder/Cahoon)
WeekofMay9Arunthroughfor5/19usingTechnologyin
OAC/Gym(CURRY)
May15AllCreditRecovery/NightSchoolrequirements,etc.DUE
(Warmels)
May19SeniorShowcase2016(Panelfrom5:457:00&community,
guests,parentsfrom79)
May20Onlinesurveytobetaken
May22Baccalaureate
May24SeniorAwardsAssembly
May25:ALLrequirementsdue=LASTCHANCE
.
May26SeniorBreakfast/
Graduation2016!
**Therewillbespeakersduringcapstone:TBA.
You are not to be missing/skipping other courses
and/or extracurricular activities for Capstone!

Grading
Thecourseisgradedpass/fail.Studentsmustmeetallrequirementsofthe
coursetopass.

LeeHighDiploma
Students
must
meetallofthefollowingrequirementstoreceivehis/her
diploma:

NOlatesubmissions
onanyofthecheckpoints

ParticipationintheSeniorCapstonePresentation

AnapprovedCapstonepaper

Anexemplaryproject
Academicrequirementsfulfilled
18VolunteerHoursCompletedANDApproved
Allfines/duespaid

Absences
Studentswhoknowinadvancethattheywillmissclass,includingfor
schoolrelatedactivities,
musthandinassignmentspriortothe
absence
,orassignmentsareconsideredlate
Studentswhoareillorotherwiseexcusedshouldchecktheir
capstoneteachersblogand/oryouremailtounderstandany
informationmissed(NOTETHATMAJORDUEDATESARESTILL
INEFFECTWHETHERYOURABSENCEISEXCUSEDORNOT.)
IfyouareabsentmorethantwicebetweenMarch14andMay6,you
mayberequiredtoattendCapstoneFridaySchools.
CapstoneFridaySchoolswillbeheldforthosewhooweworkandfor
thosewhowanttocompletework
datestocomelater!

AcademicDishonesty
TheAcademicDishonestyPolicyisasfollows:

Studentswhocheatonanyassignmentwill:
ST
1
Offense=receiveazeroonthatassignmentwithnoopportunitytorecover
lostpoints,adetentionorFridaySchoolandtheincidentwillbereportedto
yourparentsandtoadministration.Awarningwillbegiven.
nd
2offense=receiveazeroforthetrimestergrade,aFridayschooland
potentiallybannedfromwalkingatgraduationuptonotgraduatingwiththe
Classof2016.

CapstoneContract
ContractfortheLeeHighSeniorCapstone2016

Thiscontractdesignatesthatyouhavehaveaplantocompleteyourcoursework.InSeniorCapstone,thismeansthatyou
willcompleteallworktowardsyourprojectandpresentinanexemplaryfashion.
Thisalsomeansthatyouwillobserveallduedatesandthatyouunderstandthepoliciesandconsequences.
CompletethecontractbelowincooperationwithyourSeniorCapstoneteacher.

I__________________________________plantoworktowardasuccessfulSeniorCapstoneexperience.
InordertomeettherequirementsoftheLHSSeniorCapstone,Iwill:

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

meetALLdeadlineswithNOlateassignments/requirements
participateintheSeniorCapstonepresentationsonMay19,2016.
observeallschoolruleswhileinandoutoftheclassroomduringSeniorCapstone
createaqualitypaperandprojectthatfulfillstherequirementsofSeniorCapstone
ClassStructure
YouarerequiredtoattendALLmandatoryseminars.Ontheotherdaysoftheweek,you

areexpectedtobeworkingonyourrequireddeadlineassignments.Althoughweencourageyoutoleaveschoolto

workindependently,youmustsignoutwithyourCapstoneteachereachday.Optionsforplacestogowouldinclude
publiclibraries,coffeeshops,jobsites,jobshadowplacements,internships,localcolleges,prospectiveemployers,
etc.(Abuseofthisprivilegewillresultinlossofoffcampusopportunitiesand/ordeadlineadjustments.)

***FirstInfraction=MeetingwithCapstoneteacher(s)andconsequence
***SecondInfraction=MeetingwithCapstoneteacher(s),principalandparent
***ThirdInfraction=Cannotwalkwithclasswiththepossibilityoflossofallgraduationprivilegesincluding
anduptoprom,seniorsafenight,seniorbreakfast,etc.
***(ConsequencescanbeadjustedbySeniorCapstoneteachersand/ortheprincipal(s)

Ifyouadheretotheguidelines,meetthedeadlines,andputforthyourbesteffort,youwillknowthatyouhavebeen
successfulinalifelonglearningexperience.

Studentsignature:_______________________________________________________________

CapstoneTeachersignature:_______________________________________________________

Parent/Guardiansignature:_________________________________________________________

MentorInterviews

MentorInterview#1
SeniorCapstoneLHS2016

StudentName___________________________________________________
SeniorCapstoneTopic
_______________________________________________________________

MentorName:__________________________________________________

*EmailAddress___________________________________________________

*PhoneNumber_______________________________

Company/Business_____________________________

CareerField__________________(ie.Business,medical,education,marketing,etc.)

MentorInterview#2
SeniorCapstoneLHS2016

StudentName___________________________________________________
SeniorCapstoneTopic
_______________________________________________________________

MentorName:__________________________________________________

*EmailAddress___________________________________________________

*PhoneNumber_______________________________

Company/Business_____________________________

CareerField__________________(ie.Business,medical,education,marketing,etc.)

SampleQuestionstoPersonalize&AddtoyourResearchPaper&Weebly
Education/Preparation:
Howmuchformaleducationisneededinyourfield?
Whatsortofspecialtrainingoradvanceddegreeisrequired?
Whataretheimportantcharacteristics(personaltraits/qualities)forsomeoneenteringthisfield?
Whatkindsofexperiencedoemployerswant?
Whatkindsofextracurricularactivitiesand/orvolunteerexperienceswouldbebeneficial?
Arethereminors/electives/specialknowledgeandskillsthatwouldbehelpfulinthisfield?
Whatarethemostimportantskillssomeoneshouldhavetofindsuccessinthisoccupation?
Whattypesofparttime,fulltimeorsummerjobsshouldIbedoingrightnowwhichmayprepare
meforthiscareerpath?
Whatpersonalattributes/qualitiesdoyouthinkareimportantforcareersuccess?
Whatspecificskillsorpersonalqualitiesareimportant?

WorkingConditions:
Whatisyourjobtitle?
Wouldyoupleasedescribeyourorganization(itsgoal,size,structure,etc.)
Whattypeoftrainingdidyoureceivewhenyoustartedyourfirstjob?
Whatisthetypicalcareerpathinthisfield?
Whataretheentrylevelpositions?
Howmanyhoursperweekareyouexpectedtowork?
Doyouputinadditionalhours?
Whatotherthingsareexpectedofyououtsideofworkinghours?
Whatisatypicaldayonthejoblikeforyou?
Whatarethemostsatisfyingandthemostfrustratingpartsofyourwork?
Inwhatwayscanthisjobbestressful?
Howmuchvarietydoesthisjobinvolve?
Whatisthepaceofwork?
Whattimesofyeararebusiest/slowest?
Inwhatwaysistravelafactorinthisjob?
Whatarepressuresthatyoucontendwith?
Industry/Advancement:
Howhasthefieldchangedsinceyoufirststartedyourcareer?
Whattrends/challengesforthisfielddoyouseethefuture?
Whatisamajorchallengeyoufacetoday?
Howisthejobmarketforyourfieldinthisareaofthecountry?
Isitdifficulttofindanopening?
Isthereanareathat'sbestforstartingsuchacareer?
HowlongshouldIexpecttostayinanentrylevelposition?
Whataretheopportunitiesforadvancement?
Whatwouldbethenextstepinacareerpathforajoblikethis?

Networking
:
Howdidyoufindyourfirstjobaftergraduation?
Whatavenuesdidyouexploretofindjobopeningsinyourfield?
Whatroledoesnetworkingplay,ifany,tohelpbreakintothisfield?
Howimportantisittoknowsomeoneintheindustry?
Whatprofessionalassociationsororganizationsareusefultobelongtointhisfield?
Whatmagazines,journals,websitesareimportanttoreadinthisfield?
ArethereanyprofessionalsinyournetworkthatyouwouldsuggestItalkto?

AboutYourMentor:
Whatisyourbackground?
Describeyourcareerpath.Howhaveyouprogressedtoyourpresentposition?
Whydidyougetintothisfield?
Didsomeone/somethingsignificantimpactchoosingthiscareer?
Doyoubelongtoanyprofessionalaffiliations?
Doyoureadanyfieldspecificjournalsormagazines?
Whatarethethingsyoufindpersonallyrewardinginyourcareer?
Whatarethethingsyoufindfrustratingordisappointing?
Ifyouwerestartingoutagain,wouldyouplanyourcareerthesameway?
Whatwouldyoudodifferently?
Ifyourjobweresuddenlyeliminatedwhatotherkindsofworkcouldyoudo?

Advice/Other:
Whatwasthemostsurprisingpartofyourtransitionfromhighschool/collegetowork?
Doyouhaveanyadditionalinformationthatmightbehelpful?
Whatadvicedoyouhaveforsomeoneplanningtostartacareerinthisfield?
Whatdoyouseeasthebiggestchallengesnewgraduatesfacewhentheyenteryourindustry?
Whataresomeotherjobsinyourfieldthataresimilartoyourown?

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SeniorProjectProposalForm

LHS
ProjectProposal

SeniorCapstone2016

CareerPathway
AreaofInterest:

______________________________________________

Narrowe
d
Topic:

EssentialQuestion

_______________________________________________________________

Project/ShowcaseDescription:

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

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1. Whatpersonalinterestdoyouhaveinthistopic?Whyhaveyouchosenthistopicfor
yourSeniorProject/Showcase?

2. Whatresearchquestionswillyouseektoanswer?Whatkindsofsourcesmightyou
lookfor?

3. Whoisaperson(specifically,oringeneral)withexperienceorexpertiseinthisfield
youmightinterview?Whatunderstandingdoyouhopetogainfromthisperson?

4. Whatsituations,events,orplacescouldyouobserveorexperiencetogaininsight
intoyourtopic?

5. Whatchallengesmightyouencounterwithyourresearchorproject?What
assistanceortoolswillyouneedtoovercomethem?

6. WhatotherquestionsorconcernsdoyouhaveaboutyourSeniorCapstoneProject
atthistime?

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Research
Paper Overview

AssignmentSummary
*Writea7501250wordpaperthatdemonstratesaninformed,researchbased
perspectivewithafocusonacareerpathway,careerfieldandprojectyouhave
chosenusingyourmentorinterviews.
Purpose
Toshowathorough,researchbasedunderstandingofanissuebasedonan
essentialquestion.Atthesametime,youwillbedemonstratingaculminationof
highschoollanguageartsskills.
WritersRole
Usingthethirdpersonperspective,youwillbewritingasyourself,aninformed
studentresearcherwhoissincerelycuriousaboutaparticularproblemorissuethat
needstobeaddressed.Superiorpaperswillexhibitasensitiveawarenessofthe
mindsetofanidentifiedaudience,skilleduseoflanguage,andadistinctivesense
ofvoice.
Audienceandbenefit
Nomatterwhoyouraudienceisorwhatissueyouchoosetotacklesuperior
writingisoftendistinguishedbyitsaccessibilitytoallintelligentadults.Your
teacherswillbelookingforwritingthatisbothconvincingandclear.
Form
PapershouldfollowtheconventionsofStandardEnglishrunfrom35pages
(7501250words)doublespaced(12pointTimesNewRoman)andshould
employtheMLAformatforalldocumentation.
Assessment
Yourpaperwillbeassessedbasedonyourabilitytopresentandsupportyourown
perspectiveofanessentialquestion,towriteclearlyandconvincinglyforyour
audienceandtomaintainavoicethatisindividual,compellingandengaging.

Deadline
s:March28(Roughdraft)andApril18(Finaldraft)

*Thisisnotapaperonthecareeritself.

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LeeHighSeniorProjectResearchPaperChecklist
CONTENT
________Mythesisstatementiscenteredaroundacareerpathwayessential
questionandisviable.
________Oneverypage,Ihaveconnectedthecontenttothethesisatleastonce.
________Ihavejustifiedthesignificanceofeachcitation.
________Mysupportissolidandcredible.
________Mypaperflows.
FORM
____________Mythesisstatement(centeredaroundanessentialquestion)is
writteninthefirstparagraphand
BOLDED.
____________Myentirepaperiswrittenina3rdpersonpointofview(NoI
statements)
____________Mypaperhasatleastfive(5)intextcitations.(Nomorethan40
wordseach.)
____________Inmypaper,Ihavereferencedatleastfive(5)
different
resources.
____________Thelengthofmypaper7501250wordslong,
DOUBLE
SPACED.
____________Mypaperistypedwithafontsizeof12usingTimesNewRoman.
____________Myessayistyped,doublespacedonstandardsizedpaper
(8.5"x11")with1"marginsonallsides.
____________MyessayincludesaWorksCitedpage.
____________IfollowedtheMLAguidelinesgiven.Pleaseseethefollowingfor
moreinformation:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

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Project Ideas
Thisisnotanexhaustivelist,norisitintendedtobeamenuofchoices.
Rather,itshouldservetoinspireyourimaginationaboutacceptableprojecttypes.
Youareencouragedtothinkforyourselfanddevelopyourownprojectssuitedto
yourinterestsandpurposeswiththeassistanceofyourSeniorCapstoneteacher(s).

ShowcaseIdeas
DesignaFashionLine
LearnSignLanguage
JewelryMaking
StudyofMusicOvertheYears
DanceanditsVariousForms
EventPlanning
SeniorSlideshow/VideoK/12
WishingTreeforthoseinneed
ThroughtheyearsInterviewswitheverygeneration
https://www.facebook.com/lovewhatreallymatters/info/?tab=page_info
Psych/Soc
NutritionAnalysis
SexTraffickinginMichigan
DesignanApp
OneMan/WomanMusical
Restoreanengine
Documentary
StatsandFantasySports
Forensics(Insidethemindofamurderer)
PhotographyPortfolio
ExploringPresidentialCampaigns
AthleticTrainingShadowingSpringSports
PayItForwardProject
ExplorationofPolitics

Andmore.
Events
SampleProduct
BenefitDinner/Auction/Other
CharityEvent

Considerations
Eventwillneedtooccurpriorto
Ma
y
whenSeniorProjectsare
presentedartifactsofplanning
andeventshouldbecollectedas

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YouthSportsClinic
FashionShow

CommercialEnterprises

partofprojectthesecanbe
collectedinabooksothatthe
eventcouldcontinueinfuture
years
Onestudentisallowedforeach
sportsclinic(ex.Onepersonmay
holdafootballclinic,onemayhold
asoftballclinic,etc.)
Setupafashionshowthat
demonstratesyourtalentwith
clothes,makeup,hair,etc.

SamplePro
ject

Considerations

Product(e.g.invention,think
As

Anybusinessventurethatcanbe

SeenOnTV
typeorinfomercial

soldbecauseitmeetsaneedfor

typeproducts)

amarketthatisnotcurrently
beingmet.

Business

Startanewbusiness.Keep
artifactsofthebusinesstoshow
itsdevelopmentandsuccessor
failure.Businesswouldideally
continuebeyondSenior
Capstone.

SamplePro
ject

Film

Documentary

Considerations
Original,
professionalqu
alityfilmthat
addressesa

causeineither
director
indirectways.
Shouldbe

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specificneedfor inspiredbythe
atopictoreach studyof
acertain
professional
audience.
documentaries.
Documentaries
typically
advocatefora
specificpurpose
or
Original,
Shouldbe
professionalqu inspiredbythe
alityfilmthat
studyof
suitsaspecified professional
genre(action, f
ilmswithinthe
romance,etc.). samegenre.
Moviestypically
entertainor
address
specificthemes,
andthese
shouldbe
wellthoughtout
andclear.

OriginalMovieor
Series

Music

SampleProduct

Concert

Considerations
Originalprofessionalquality
musicdeveloped,written,and
rehearsedovertime.Inspired
andinfluencedbystudyof
recording,concert
presentation,andthemusicor
artiststhatserveas
inspiration.
Final

CD/Recording

performancewillbeyour
presentation

Original,professionalquality
musicandsoundrecording
developed,written,rehearsed
overtime,andprofessionally
recorded.Inspiredand
influencedbystudyofsound

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recordingorthemusicor
artiststhatserveas
inspiration.

Literature

SampleProduct

Bookofpoems

Considerations

Writeavarietyofpoetry
anddesignapublished
formtobesharedatyour
presentation.

Writenovelornovellaand
designapublishedformto
besharedatyour
presentation

Novel/Novella

Medical
SampleProduct

Considerations

NutritionResearch

Followavarietyof
individualseatingand
exercisepracticesoverthe
courseofthetrimester.
Then,developan
eating/exerciseplanbased
onbestpractices.

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CAPSTONEWeeblyRequirements

_____IhavecreatedaWeebly.

_____MyWeeblyissharedwithmycapstoneteacher.

_____IhaveuploadedtheCapstoneCourseGuideforreference.

_____Ihaveuploadedacalendarofmyduedatesforthetrimester.

______Ihavewrittenabriefupdateofmyweek(dueeachFriday.)

_____MyMentorInterviewshavebeenuploaded.

_____MyProjectProposalhasbeenuploaded.

_____MyRoughDrafthasbeenuploaded.

_____MyFinaldrafthasbeenuploaded.

_____Ihavewrittenareflectionaftereverythinghasbeencompleted.

OtherRequirements/Categoriestobegiven

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SamplePapers

TeachingFocusIntro

Sincethebeginningsoftime,teachinghasbeenacareerchoicemanyhavetaken.Whileevery
educatorhasdifferentreasonsforwhytheyenteredthisprofession,theyallhadonethingin
commontheneedtoimpactthelivesofchildrenandyoungadults.Therearefivedifferent
typesofteachersasfollows:
practitioners,moderates,idealists,andrationalists,andthese
teachertypesallhavetheirownpersonalities,owngoalsandpersonalmotivationsthatdrive
theirtimeinsideandoutsidetheclassroom.Theseunderlyingbeliefsarethefoundationforthe
successintheirrole,theaffecttheyhaveontheirstudentsandfinally,theirownmotivationasto
whytheyhavechosentheteachingprofession

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CareerTests
http://www.whatcareerisrightforme.com/careeraptitudetest.php

https://sites.google.com/a/lockhart.txed.net/thess/careercruisingcollegeandcareerresearch

http://www.keirsey.com/