Capstone Graduation Requirement
Capstones at BHS!
My name is Nannette Weinhold and I am very excited to be the Capstones Coordinator for BHS. This is a new grant-funded position designed to support students and staff through this new process. Capstones is an authentic project, product, or performance that allows for the self-directed exploration of a passion or curiosity while working with a community expert and building real-world, transferrable skills so that they are prepared for college, modern careers, and adult life. Check out this Capstones presentation to learn more about the program and its history.
Starting with the class of 2018, all BHS students must complete a Capstones project to graduate. In Crew, juniors will begin their Capstones proposal process before winter break, and their final proposals will be due March 23, 2018. Their proposals will then be reviewed by teachers and staff in mid-April. Seniors this year will have their Crew time to work on their Capstones, and their final product will be due in March. There will be a showcase presentation of Capstones in the late spring. A few examples of the current Capstones projects include drone photography, working with the homeless to provide blessing/self-care bags and haircuts, tiny house construction, documenting the Grand Avenue bridge construction, coaching, business entrepreneurship, authoring books and poetry, filmmaking/videography, art and music projects, interior & exterior design, and building bikes and re-building motorcycles.
An important component of the Capstone process is that students must work with a community expert who can be available to consult and/or assist in their projects. The Roaring Fork Schools invites community members from all backgrounds to be a community expert to students! Student projects will be on a variety of topics and require varying levels of commitment. Some projects will require a one-time consultation with an expert, while other projects will need ongoing guidance over the course of the semester. The student and community expert will discuss how often and through what means they will communicate about the student’s project--this is truly an opportunity tailored to the student’s and community expert’s interests and preferences. Please note that community experts who meet with a student four or more times must submit fingerprints and get a background check per the Roaring Fork Schools' volunteer policy.
Please click the links below for more information about Capstones:
- Letter from the Roaring Fork School District to parents about Capstones, a graduation requirement
- Capstones 2017-2018 handbook (includes a list of many examples of potential projects)
- Capstones page on the Roaring Fork Schools website
These are examples of projects being created in the 2016-2017 pilot program: