My Capstone Project Is a Peer Mediation Program that allows for students like myself to get engaged with their peers. By helping them and other students solve their problems together. Doing this the students are using all of the SLA core values and are also builds strong binds that will evolve into powerful friendships.
We chose them because they have decades of experience with music and how the business works. The way that this fits both of our interests is that we are both musicians that wish to grow in the industry and eventually make a living from doing what we love. So, for us to put on our own show and be able to self-manage (being the producer, event coordinator, and performers) is an opportunity to show that we are ready to start our careers in music as we go on to college. We both have experience in performing but neither of us has ever really held our own show.
Sources: “Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 Feb. 2017. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. The reason why we have this article is because this is where we are having the event for our capstone. I have been going to the Clef Club of Jazz for 5 years. I know the artistic director and my mother works as a secretary on saturday. I go to the Clef Club every saturday for band. I have taught students that go there as well. “Young Musicians Flourish in Philadelphia.” NPR. NPR, 19 Dec. 2007. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. The reason why we picked this article because both of us being artists in Philadelphia we both can be inspired by this young girl. People in Philadelphia do not really value youth artest that wish to become musical really unless it is classical which is really bias to me. Muse, Queen. “Silencing the Music at Philly Schools.” NBC 10 Philadelphia. NBC 10 Philadelphia, 02 Apr. 2017. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. The reason why we chose this article is because it can relate to us because we are in the Philadelphia school system and we are in our last year of high school. As of this moment we do not have music in or school for the past four years I have tried to put a music program in my school. We feel like music is an outlet that everyone should be exposed to and this event that we are having for our capstone is for this. To make people aware that really don’t have music in our schools. “The Benefits of Music Education.” PBS. Public Broadcasting Service, 25 May 2012. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. The way that this article relates to what we are doing is because we have music in our lives and we are very smart. It’s like we have untouched mental abilities that people don’t play instruments really know about. The effect that music has on the brain is really good. So to have this event we will be talking about how the effects of music can help people mentally become more intellectual. For us, our job is to make sure that everyone is aware of the positive effects that music has for people. “How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain.” How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain | CommonHealth. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. The way that is article relates to my capstone project is that there is a study that shows how music can help the development in young people because there are this in the brain that musicians develop rather than those who do not play an instrument. The overall goal for us is to stress how important music is in everyone’s life. “Schools are starving for arts education.” Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. The way that this article relates to my capstone project is that it helps explain that schools are not really providing the right tools that students need to express themselves in the arts. Stressing the arts would help the school district of Philadelphia make a good and smart decision to put the arts back into most schools.
For my Capstone, I decided to have a music showcase alongside my partner, Mark. The goal was to showcase our talents that we’ve been crafting together for our entire high school career, and long before. We also wanted to give other youth an opportunity to showcase and share their ideas with us in what musicians call a shed. This proved to be a somewhat grueling process. This process included finding a venue, obtaining equipment, tons of practice and rehearsal, and a lot of other detailing and polishing to make the event as successful as possible. The product, turned out to be an extremely enjoyable encounter. Overall, this experience taught me that there is a lot of work that goes into event planning, and every little detail could greatly affect the turnout. For this reason I’m quite happy to have chosen this for my senior Capstone.
For my capstone I planned on creating a compost for the school garden. What ended up happening was me helping Ms. Aziz with creating a compost for next year’s students. My capstone process started in October. Back then I talked to Ms. Aziz about the idea of starting a school compost. The original plan involved having two different compost bins, one on the inside in ms. Aziz’s room and one near the school garden. During the school year while I was doing research on composting, Ms. Aziz told me to reach out with some of her Botany students. I reached out to some students and there were able to make the compost bin. Midway through the year I talked to Ms. Aziz about what exactly we would do with the bin, and she said that we could collect data from the school by placing plain white bins that we would be able to compostable materials in. I was able to get the bins over spring break. The next step was advertisement. I created a PSA (public service announcement) that Ms. Aziz would be able to print out or send to the students to promote our compost. Yet around April-May we hit a speed bump. Our plan was to plant around that time to correlate with our compost, but the weather had been particularly bad for planting. As we would have cold mornings which would kill some plants overnight. The weather been settling, so Ms. Aziz and I decided on another way to finish the capstone. That I could use the research I found to create more PSA’s and info graphics to promote the compost, that way it can be set up for next year’s students to use. Over the year I was able to find out the effects of having a school compost. I’m pleased to say that they’re generally positive. On one note composts are good for the environment because they take organic materials that people throw out such as banana peels, apples or apples cores, wet leaves, loose leaf paper, and other fruits and vegetables. What you can do with those organic materials is put them into a pile so they decompose together. The compost would make a natural fertilizer which would help the plants we grow in the school garden. The other reason for the creating the compost was so help get the community involved. While it is true the garden is at SLA@Beeber. The school still respects the environment and neighborhood around it. People from around the neighborhood would be allowed to contribute the compost by giving bags of organic materials to the school for us to put into our compost. Bibliography "Benefits Of Using Compost In Your Garden | Planet Natural". Planet Natural. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. https://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/soil-science/compost-soil/ This website talks about how composting has beneficial effects on gardens. Unsurprisingly the website listed off a list of reasons for why composting is great for gardens. One of the reasons being that it helps the soil structure of the garden. Good soil structure allows for better passages which allows air and water to pass well. Another reason is that compost adds nutrients to the garden. Composts can provide iron, copper, zinc, and manganese. Which are important to the health of plants. The reason I chose this website is because I wanted to see how compost would affect the school’s garden. As this website suggests there will be plenty of positive effects. "Bennett Compost". Bennett Compost. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. https://www.bennettcompost.com/ This article is just a website Ms. Aziz showed to me in the beginning of the project. The website shows one way for one to get supplies for composting. You could sign up for a monthly service from a company. This company in particular ( Bennet Compost) offered a compost bin with scraps and food waste for only fifteen dollars a month. Personally I decided against using Bennett Compost service. As I could just get the scraps and waste from my house and the school. The website did provide me insight on what I could use however for my compost project. "Composting: Teachers Love It—And It's Saving Schools Money". TakePart. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/10/09/composting-schools This article talks about schools using the practice of composting. In the article schools in the states of New York, California, Oregon, and Washington state all practiced composting from elementary to college level. The result was that some of the schools saved around six thousand dollars on trash fees from composting. Teachers also found out that bringing composting into the curriculum can be fun and engaging for the whole class. The reason I chose this article is because I wanted to see how other schools reacted to composting. While they had more economic benefits. The article also stated how they did gain environmental because they had nutrientes for some of their gardens. "Getting Started | Red Worm Composting". Redwormcomposting.com. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. https://www.redwormcomposting.com/getting-started/ This website talks about how to get composting started with Red Rigler Worms. Those are the worms Ms. Aziz requested we use for the capstone. The website stated that first you need a container. The size of the container depends on how many worms you are planning to have, Generally you can get a bin from a hardware store. Just make sure that you have a lid for it. Next you need bedding. The bedding could be shredded newspaper or cardboard. After that you need worm food. Fruit and vegetable waste is generally fine. After that you put your composting worms in. The article is important because it gives a detailed process of how to compost with worms and how to take care of them. "Learning | Pennsylvania Horticultural Society". Phsonline.org. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. https://phsonline.org/learning/ Now this website is unique. The website is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Online. What it provides is a multitude of information regarding gardening. It provides links to workshops on how to improve as a gardener as well. Now what I used it for was the tips it provided. Besides links the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Online provides knowledge for almost any topic about gardening. One those topics happens to be composting. As I read about different composting techniques, as well as what people did at a composting workshop. The website provided a different view on things. It allowed me to see how I wanted my project to come through. "Life Lab » The Ultimate School Composting Resource Page". Lifelab.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. http://www.lifelab.org/composting/ What this website is, is an example of another school doing a compost. Well more like a composition of other schools doing composts for either their gardens or other activities. The website put together a guide showing how these schools successfully pulled off their compost systems. Besides the guide there is also a video on how to compost with worms. The reason I chose this website is because I wanted to see how other schools pulled of compost projects it’s important to see how others might have done things. As I don’t want to repeat similar mistakes. Silven, Kirsten. "The Importance Of Composting: Help Eliminate Organic Waste, Fertilize Soil | Going Green | The Earth Times". Earthtimes.org. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. http://www.earthtimes.org/going-green/importance-composting-help-eliminate-organic-waste-fertilize-soil/82/ This article talks about why composting is important. The article begins by giving a brief explanation of what composting is. It’s when organic material such as eggshells, vegetables, fruit, etc… decompose and turn into something that could be used for a beneficial way. Now composting can be put into the soil to help plants grow. As it provides nutrients that helps them grow better. Not just that one of the main reasons for composting involves getting rid of waste. Instead of just putting waste into landfills you could instead compost that waste. Composting cuts down on toxic gases being released into the atmosphere. I chose this website because I wanted my senior project to be important, Findin out that my project will help save the environment makes this worthwhile for me. "Solid Waste Management Sourcebook/1.4.3 Environmental Impacts Ofcomposting". Unep. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. http://www.unep.or.jp/ietc/ESTdir/Pub/MSW/SP/SP4/SP4_3.asp This is an article that talks about some negative effects to composting. Now generally composting is great for the environment. Yet the problems arises from mishaps that can happen during the process of composting. One such problem is the release of dangerous gases into the atmosphere. As composting deals with the use of bacteria. If piles of compost are not aired properly they bacteria can produce methane gas. Decomposition of the materials being used can also create carbon dioxide. So if I’m not careful I could accidentally release some greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. I chose this article because I needed to know if there was any negative repercussions of me doing this for my capstone project. "The Composting Process". Illinois.edu. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. https://extension.illinois.edu/compost/process.cfm This website answered some questions I had about composting. One of them being how long does the process exactly take. The website it can take up to two weeks for the process to be done. The website also talked about what the composting process is. It involves organic materials decomposing to become nutrients used for soil. In order to get a good compost you do not want dry materials. If the materials are too dry they will decompose slowly. I chose this website because it's important to know about the topic before you do something with it. In my case I’m creating a compost for the school to use. Yard, Caring. "How To Compost". Better Homes and Gardens. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/compost/how-to-compost/ What this article talked about was the essentials on how to create a homemade compost. It gives step by step instructions on to create your own compost. The article also gives a list of materials one should use for a compost. Such as fruit scraps, dry leaves, vegetable scraps, grass clippings, and more. The article then did a segway halfway through. The transition then cut to how to create your own compost bin. You could create bins from wood, or create your own from a container. At the end of the article there is even a link for how to do a DIY compost bin with a trashcan. Now I obviously chose this article because it provides the basic information I needed to start my capstone.
For my senior capstone, I decided to make a short film about malaria. I choose this topic because many people out there do not know about this disease, and the few people that know about it don’t know how dangerous it can be. I also wanted to show the world how we treat each other these days as a human. The purpose of my project is to teach young people about loving and caring for one another. I included this in my video because there are people out there who have lost their loved ones from malaria diseases and other people doesn’t seem to care about it because they are not in that situation. Creating this video was a little bit difficult for me because I had to focus on doing my school assignments and benchmarks and I sometimes forget that I have a capstone to work on. Also, getting people to be in the video was difficult. I had a little bit of a hard time editing the video but everything turns out to be really good. I’m glad that I choose this topic because I have learned so much about malaria while doing my research, and I hope that people learn something from the video after watching it.
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Jordan Williams Ms. Lawson 5/30/17 For my Senior Capstone I wanted to do something that was important to me and a significant part of my high school career which was sports. I played a sport every year of my high school career and I had some hardships with it but overall it has helped me through highschool and staying focused on graduating and going to college. My partner Gianna also felt the same connection with sports so we collaborated on our capstone to hold a sports banquet for the 2016-2017 school year. We wanted to come together and celebrate all the sports, athletes, and coaches from this great athletic year for SLA@Beeber. Starting in about November Gianna and I had a plan for a banquet but as the year went on and we often had a lot of other work to do our plan got away from us. We wanted to start fundraising but was never able to make time for it. We then realized by March our plan was a little unrealistic so we started to downsize it but still focusing on the final product of a ceremony to honor our peer student athletes. We then also started budgeting our own money because we weren’t able to fundraise and was able to make arrangements that fit the budget but would still be worth it in the end. We now have a full plan and are still executing it. Our ceremony will be held in the auditorium on June 7th, 2017 at 1:30. Annotated Bibliography National, Hazeltine. "Making Your High School Sports Banquet Memorable." Hazeltine National Golf Club. N.p., 8 July 2013 . Web. 04 Apr. 2017. This article was written by Hazeltine National, a professional event decorator. This article was mostly about how to decorate your party area. An event such as this requires a lot of thought and coordination. National went through step by step on what to do and how to do it. Some steps she included was making it memorable with props, color coordination with school colors, honoring students accomplishments, table and seating arrangements, etc. This is super helpful to us because it gives us a basis on how to start our set up. It allows us to picture the decor we are most looking for and where to start that from. Brennan , Cheri . "Creating and Designing a Sports Banquet Theme." Ezinearticles.com . N.p., 30 Aug. 2009 . Web. 4 Apr. 2017 . This article was written by Cheri Brennan and it goes into great detail on what we need to create for part of the decor at our banquet. Sports banquets are suppose to be formal, since it is an honorable event. Being said that, formality is what we are going to aim for. She explains that lighting, backgrounds (for pictures), a podium, eating materials (napkins, plates, silverware), etc, are all important factors in creating a “formal” look. Knowing how to create a formal look is going to help us a lot in the long run because that is what we really want to come out of this. We want to create something so perfect that it will be memorable. Coming in with a very coordinated event will be something no one will forget. Writer, Leaf Group. "Sports Banquet Invitation Wording Ideas." Entertainment Guide | Local.com. Local.com, 26 June 2011. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. Invitations are one of the most important things to include when creating any kind of event. Its most important when creating a formal event like a sports banquet. Since our event is honoring and congratulating athletes, that needs to be really broad on our invitations. They have to be particular and noticeable. The article explains what needs to be on the invitations since our event is specific. It tells us to include; location, attire, who is being honored and what the official agenda is. This really benefits us because creating the invitation is the number one thing to start with, after finding all of the general information about our event. The invitation attracts our invitees. Berkowitz , Kenny . "Better Banquets." Better Banquets. N.p., 29 Jan. 2015 . Web. 04 Apr. 2017. This article is about other schools and what they do to keep their banquets interesting. Sometimes, events such as this one can be really drawn out and people usually leave when it isn’t even over yet. For us, that is not our goal at all. We want to make it as involved and fun as possible. This article gave us different ideas to keep it interesting. It explains that involving as many students as possible is the best idea because everyone is being honored (which parents want, and more people will come). It also gave us the idea of selecting a few people, mostly seniors, to give a speech about their time at SLA and how their sport is important to them. We also want to include as many lower classmen as possible. "Team Awards Dinner Ideas To Celebrate The End Of the Season." To Celebrate The End Of the Season. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. This article doesn’t have a main author, but it talks a lot about the food part of any sports banquet, or any party at all. In the article, it is suggested that before we start doing any catering planning, to have a all around survey on what people like. By having people take a survey, a more diverse list can be created, offering many. They give us ideas on what kind of food set up we can use, and we find it most helpful using a buffet set up. A buffet will allow our guests to have a little bit of a choice. Although this article mainly focuses on food options, it benefits us because now we have an easier way of figuring out an easy food plan. Blankenburg, Eric. "Ideas for an Athletic Banquet." EHow. Leaf Group, 24 Jan. 2010. Web. 04 Apr. 2017. This article goes over a couple of important things; decorations, foods, awards, activities, gifts, etc. We find this article most helpful when the author focuses in on awards. As a pair, we haven’t quite figured out what kind of articles we are offering yet. But, this article explains that the most important one to hand out to each sport team is “MVP.” This can open up a variety of awards that we could use such as “most improved” “most team spirit” “all around athletic” and many more. The article tells us that it is important to recognize and all and not leave anybody out, especially if they are there. As we have said before, we want this to be as memorable as possible considering these are the first ever athletes at SLA and this is the first capstone.
“ Blast From The Past “ was a fashion show that I and two others conducted together as our capstone project. Our fashion show took place in the auditorium of SLA @ Beeber. The name of the show is called “ Blast From The Past “ because all of our different scenes from the show was decades. Our show featured the 70’s, 90’s, Present , and Afrocentric scenes.
Each scene was designated to either me or one of my partners. At first when we decided to have a fashion show as our capstone, we were going to bring in designers around Philly and present their clothes. However, after time passed we realized that we wouldn’t be doing any work. We changed our initial idea and plan for our capstone. We still were doing a Fashion show, but this time we were the designers. Each scene was given to either me or my partners, and individually we styled the clothes that the models wore to replicate the decades. Having the idea in tact was just the first task of many in order for our Capstone Project to be a success. The process of our Capstone was not an easy one, but it was a fun one. Through this Fashion Show students from 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade were able to connect and bond. Students became more comfortable with each other and was allowed to feel like themselves no matter how silly they each felt about the clothes.
This project has taught me a lot when it comes to my future life. I learned that if you want to put on a production, you must have an equipped team. This was one of the biggest things I learned working on my Capstone this year. Being able to learn this now is extremely influential to my future aspirations. Also, I learned a lot about the different fashion trends and fabrics that went with each decade. With this I was able to see what changed through the years, and/or what trend stayed. The Blast From The Past show had a great outcome, many enjoyed and loved the outfits that models had on. Because the show was so good, our capstone ended successfully. It was a blast being able to work with partners/partner that have the same goals that I have. Due to this we were able to collaborate and put on a great production.
Leo remembered when he first met Ronald in the Better Life Orphanage that wasn’t too far from the house he and his mother used to live in. Ronald’s parents had left him in front of the orphanage as a kid, his parents left a note in the small cardboard box with blankets he was in saying that they couldn’t afford to take care of him, and that he’d have a better life this way. The people who worked at the orphanage read it to him once he could fully understand what had happened. Ronald ripped the note up and trashed it, crying and throwing a tantrum. Leo sat a table over from him watching him lose control, then woman he always saw talking to him came over, after she calmed him down she went to talk to other kids. Leo got up and asked him what was wrong, Ronald explained his situation to him and the boys connected on not having parents in their lives. A family came in to the orphanage, Leo recognized them and went over to Ronald, “Look Ronald, that’s the family that wants to adopt me.” Ronald’s eyes lit up, then he turned his back to Leo. “What’s wrong Ronald?” asked Leo, “You’re going to leave me here alone, just like my parents did.” Ronald said. “No, I’m not leaving you alone, you have plenty of people here to talk to.” said Leo. “It’s fine just go man”, Ronald said as he flagged Leo off. The family came back monthly to check on Leo but suddenly they stopped coming, he later found out that the man’s wife had died and he was no longer interested in adopting a child. “Mr. Theodore’s wife has passed away Leo, I think you’re going to be here with us for a bit longer than expected. Leo remembered the words hitting his heart, the man and his wife were so kind to him, they made him feel loved again. He was waiting for months to get out of the orphanage, it was filled with troubled children, bedbugs, some of the kids he shared a room with were constantly itching with head lice and the strange men that worked there often made him feel uncomfortable.
Bullying is becoming an extremely big problem that many individuals endure. Bullies torment others because they want to feel powerful, they have been bullied themselves, or have a mental illness that makes them do things they dont think is wrong. Bullying can emotionally and physically destroy a victim, whether it is by cyber bullying, verbal abuse, or physical abuse. Physical bullying is becoming a very serious and detrimental problem. I chose to do this topic because bullying is killing 40,000 people yearly and i want to start to raise awareness. So for this project i did a google slide presentation on The Definition of Bullying, The Different Types of Bullying,The effects of bullying and how We Can Stop Bullying. I learned a lot more about bullying then i even thought i would. There some things i didn't even know that happened and i didn't mind the research because i got to get a quick touch up on what we can do to stop bullying. its a huge problem that has a simple solution.