The Capstone Project is a culminating piece of the character education and community service
pillars of BFCCPS. In participating in the Capstone process, students will develop, plan, and initiate
a self-designed service-learning project. Students will follow a number of structured steps to help
them complete their Capstone Projects in a timely and effective manner. They will receive
support from their advisor, but Capstone is primarily school project which takes place out of
the school environment and requires parental help and supports every step of the way.
STEP 1 ~ BRAINSTORMING
There are many issues that our community faces on a local, state, national and world level.
What issues do you feel your Capstone Project will have an impact on?
STEP 2 ~ RESEARCH & TOPIC SELECTION
Which issues are you most passionate about? What are the needs associated with these
issues? Where can you go to learn more about these issues? You will research a few topics
and select one in which your Capstone will focus.
STEP 3 ~ GETTING CONNECTED
Now that you know what issue you are interested in, you and your advising group will
brainstorm past Capstone Projects and discuss why they worked and why they didn’t. From
there, you and your advising group will brainstorm a list of generic and scripted questions you
will need to ask when making connections to service organizations in the area. Finally, you will
submit a contact list to your advisor with all correspondence, including a phone or email log,
showing connections to service organizations.
STEP 4 ~ ACTION PLAN
Develop a plan for your project by working with your parents, organization and advisor. Create
an action plan that illustrates your goals and objectives, materials needed, step-by-step tasks,
and final outcomes. More importantly, you will provide three SMART goals, focusing on each
goal’s measurability, attainability, and timeliness of your Capstone project.
STEP 5 ~ PANEL DOCUMENTS
You will present your action plans to a panel for feedback and Capstone approval. You cannot
begin your action plan until formal approval (green light) has been given.
STEP 6~ CAPSTONE PROGRESS FORMAL CHECK-IN
In the beginning of your 8th grade year, you will make a brief presentation to your advising
group on the progress and implementation of your Capstone Action Plan. Major changes to
your Capstone Project must be approved by your advisor, and a new action plan may be
STEP 7 ~ ORAL PRESENTATION
You will create an oral presentation that will be delivered to the entire school community
highlighting your Capstone Project. You will focus your presentation on your topic selection,
development and implementation of your Capstone Project and how its impact has affected you
and your community.