Being a student at this school, I always was curious about what the mascot stood for. I didn’t want to ask anyone cause I felt as if it would’ve been embarrassing if I asked an obvious question. So over the past 4 years while doing school work and sitting in classes the question has always been in the back of my mind. Why is the Rocket the Sla Beeber mascot? The Rocket is a symbol that represents all of the students that have graduated and launched their careers from this school. Whether it’s to university, trade school or right to a job, Sla Beeber community is both the rocket and the rocket is the community. So through many trial and error I wanted to give my own take on what the rocket represents to me using the sills I have learned from SLA Beeber. I brainstormed through many ideas, such as carpentry, mechanics and etc, but I landed on 3d modeling.
Together with Ola and Saif, we created a musical production course that taught kids how to make their own music. Our goal was to produce a visual and audio experience that will appeal to people from various ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. We aimed to motivate the upcoming generation of musicians and artists by imparting our experience and expertise. Not only do we now understand the importance of cooperation but also the importance of curriculums. The experience has been great because of the freedom of breaking out of traditional school schedules and letting kids have some fun in an environment they’d dread.
For my project, I wanted to help kids with autism better communicate and show their emotions. I did this by working at my mom’s job, Helping Hand Family, by working with the children individually. I would observe their behavior and get to learn all the different ways for things. I would also help teach them how to ask for something even if it’s not through speech. Even pointing to what they wanted was acceptable, as long as they communicated without outbursts or angry gestures.
My capstone project was to establish a weekly pop-up community food distribution to alleviate the food shortage in my neighborhood. My research included scholarly publications, internet reports, and crucial interviews with members of the neighborhood community and charitable groups, especially BunnyHop Philadelphia. The systemic aspect of food shortage, the practicalities of food distribution, and community-specific requirements were all addressed by this multimodal study strategy. I used this information to create a sustainable, scalable business that successfully provided locals with access to reasonably priced, wholesome food alternatives. Weekly pop-ups were held, and they were continually improved based on community input and ongoing reflection on the project’s success. This initiative placed a strong emphasis on teamwork and leadership, and it had a significant influence on my neighborhood by emphasizing the value of a healthy diet and building better community ties. I gained essential knowledge about logistics, community involvement, and the need for ongoing improvement in any endeavor. The initiative illustrated the need for teamwork, planning, and placing an emphasis on good eating while providing practical insights into professions in community involvement, nonprofit administration, and the food and culinary sectors.
For our senior capstone, my partners and I derived inspiration from an earlier skit we created in English class the previous year. Since my partners and I genuinely enjoyed the process of writing performances, we didn’t think twice about writing the next school play.Writing a play was no easy task between having writer’s block, lots of revisions, meetings with Ms. Hare for feedback, having deadlines, picking cast, and rehearsals. The part that required the most work was obviously writing our script, but also making sure the characters depicted what we imagined. We came a long way and gained an experience that we’ve never had before. Personally, what I took away from this project is growing as a writer, but the thing that stuck out to me the most was how much work goes in behind the scenes. My specific task for the play was managing the stage crew, and it taught me that you don’t always need to be in the spotlight to do something great. The objective of my capstone was not only to put on a memorable performance, but to also inspire others to take something that they love, and to share it with other people.
For my capstone project, I wanted to do something for the reading community at SLA Beeber. Reading is something that’s solved my boredom, broadened my horizons, and formed connections with others in my community. Knowing the power of reading, I wanted to do a project that would help bring others together who have a shared interest in reading. I paired up with my friend, and fellow book lover, Kaesy Felix. We decided to make a website where people could talk about books with others. Inspired by websites like Reese’s Book Club, Between Two Books, and Belletrist, we’ve created a website where we discuss our favorite books in a variety of genres, our monthly book club picks, and new releases. My favorite section, and the main goal of our website, is the tab where people are able to talk with others about the book of the month. With the use of padlet, we’ve created “walls” where users can add posts. In response to others, people can like and comment, further starting conversations. The general idea of this project was to create a “digital book club” where people don’t need to meet up at the same time, place, etc., and can talk about books and have discussions like we might in person. Honestly, this project has been really fun and interesting for me because I’ve loved being able to talk about the books and being able to use my creative skills to produce a website that looks and functions how we want.
For My capstone, I teamed up with fellow Abeer Al-Hayik students of SLA @ Beeber to create a mini course for the incoming new EM students. Through the mini-course, we aimed to create a space where newcomers are welcomed and supported. Being a newcomer is hard when you are in a magnet high school. This is why we believe it is important to show the newcomer that they have support around them.
The mini-course was held every Wednesday in room 212. We started the mini in early November with around 10 students. The mini-course was mostly tutoring. If students need help with their homework or classwork we do one on one help sections to better understand the work. If they do not have any work we focus on English learning. Since many of the new Em students weren’t fluent in English yet we tried our best to communicate with them using Google Translate.
Using the essential question I researched how to make newcomers feel more comfortable at school and what types of activities benefit them. Through research, I was able to find various ideas that will benefit our mini-course. From our research, we found ways to make our students feel comfortable and how to present activities to them. We also overcame the burden of communicating with them.
Overall, using the research and the activities we created for them has shown a lot of growth within their classwork and contribution to their classes in general.
Just like everyone else in my senior class, our high school years were cut short. I came into SLA at beeber with the world at my feet, excited to see what high school had in store for me. When a senior capstone project was brought to my attention, my immediate thought was a yearbook. How can the core values be incorporated into the SLA Beeber 2023 Senior Yearbook to remain for the generations to follow? The yearbook required a large amount of collaboration from start to finish. We needed to brainstorm ideas, edit, communicate, and research in order for this project to be successful. We started off with finalizing a theme, after that, all our input really came from the senior class as a whole. We would run to each advisory and present our ideas or concerns and receive their feedback. Being able to work on this yearbook in my free time taught me about time management skills and creativity. I worked on the formatting, uploaded the pictures our senior class wanted to incorporate into the yearbook, and helped with the design. This project is beneficial to my community because it allows the senior class to leave with memories and positive notes on their high school experience. I would say my senior capstone project was a success because not only did I complete it in a timely manner, but it’s also something that the senior class can keep with them as they go onto the next chapter in their lives.
For my capstone project, I chose to take on the challenge of creating the school’s play from scratch. I took part in writing the script, designing costumes, and even helping in directing. This experience taught me the invaluable skills of collaboration and creativity. One of my favorite parts of this project was having the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of individuals. Each person brought their own unique skills and perspectives to the table, and together we created a cohesive team that fueled the creative process. In addition to writing the play, I took on the role of designing costumes. From finding inspiration to choosing materials, and sewing, this aspect of the project pushed me to think outside the box. By the end of the project, everyone I worked with could try new things and find new hobbies that they enjoyed. Whether it be acting, dancing, or being a part of a crew they tried a new skill. My senior capstone project experience was an unforgettable journey of collaboration and creativity. The process taught me the power of working with others to bring a vision to life.