Class of 2012 Completes Capstone Projects
On June 6, we held our Graduation Ceremony to honor the achievements and accomplishments of the St. Anne's School of Annapolis Class of 2012. While the graduates had a variety of individual achievements, there was one accomplishment that united them all: completing the Capstone Project, a hallmark of the Eighth Grade year at St. Anne's School.
During Graduation, members of the Class of 2012 shared their "This I Believe" essays that they wrote as part of their Capstone Project, a year-long, interdisciplinary project. The project contains six parts that are interwoven through the year's Religion and Humanities studies:
- Reflection: Through a guided reflection, students explore personal beliefs and how this relates to their actions.
- Community Service Project: Students identify a cause that corresponds to their personal beliefs and work to advance the cause.
- Research Paper: In Humanities, students write a research paper on a topic relating to their community service.
- Creative Expression: Students compose an expression of their beliefs, such as a poem or painting.
- "This I Believe" Essay: Students compose an essay to articulate their personal belief system.
- Presentation: The culmination of their year-long study is a presentation to their peers, teachers and parents.
Not only does the Capstone Project highlight the interdisciplinary approach we take at St. Anne's School, but it also highlights our commitment to service learning. It also underscores our focus on character development: the Capstone Project guides students to consciously examine and make choices about what they believe in.
Through the Capstone Project, our students develop a mature perspective about what it means to be a thoughtful, contributing member of society. They are poised for success as they begin high school, with a strong sense of their personal values.
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