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Capstone Launches in the Junior Class

Abby Collins, Contributor

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Ms. Cass

The second trimester has begun.  This means that the Capstone course launched for SEM’s junior students.  Capstone requires that students set aside time to focus on their future goals or career ideas and research a topic of their choice and create a project on that topic. According to Ms. Caitlin Cass, art teacher and a Captstone committee member, it’s an opportunity for students to do what they want to do and get credit for it.  It’s an opportunity to follow their curiosities. Capstone is conceived to help students decipher what path they want to take in life as well as prepare them for college.  However what do the students really think?

This is the first year Capstone is a mandatory element of the curriculum is for juniors – which means there are many questions lingering in the minds of the school community. Unanswered questions may be additional stress for some students. Picking what one wants to do with the rest of their life is a very daunting proposition. Not only choosing a career or interest but researching it for an extensive period of time can be quite taxing.  Add this to the current workload of juniors and that’s at least a couple of mental breakdowns.

Priya Bommaraju ’18

Hannah Stern ’18

Present student input seems to support the course offering.  Hannah Stern ’18 said “I think Capstone will actually be useful because it will help us focus on our interests and find out more about ourselves.”

This indeed could be true for those who have thought about their future seriously.  For others though, this could be a challenging and overwhelming trimester.  It remains to be seen if the benefits outweigh the cons and whether the course will receive continued support from the SEM community and the community at large.

Junior Priya Bommaraju is optimistic. “I think our teachers are just trying to do what’s best for us,” she said.

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