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Senior Advisory/SSP Program Overview
Essential Question:
• How can I demonstrate my growth and independence?

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand that…
  • successfully completing independent projects requires research, strategic planning, and organization
  • learning and growing is a lifelong process
  • utilizing appropriate resources and support facilitates the progress of a project
  • setting and meeting short term benchmarks is an effective way to ensure meeting long-term goals
  • self-reflection and introspection are essential for self-improvement


Content Standards:
Students will know and be able to…
  • present their Senior Capstone Project using formal and informal speaking and writing techniques
  • utilize research methods and techniques to investigate topic ideas, conduct formal research, and produce a final product
  • use technology as a research and communication tool
  • work independently designing, organizing, developing, and presenting a long-term project
  • think introspectively and self-reflect as part of a long-term planning and research process

2017-2018 Senior Lessons/Activities:

Senior Capstone Overview:

Capstone Project.mov


YouTube Video


 Senior Capstone Documents

Senior Capstone Hour Log

SSP Capstone Project Proposal

Senior Capstone Project Rubric


September 2017 lessons:

Capstone Assembly - Seniors received a packet of information pertaining to the Senior Capstone Project. The Capstone is a graduation requirement. Seniors must dedicated 60 hours toward the project of their own choosing. The project must have technology and research components and will be presented in SSP near the end of the school year. In the assembly, seniors were given a list of commonly asked questions about the project, the list of capstone projects done by last year's senior class, the capstone proposal sheet, and an hour log. Capstone proposals are due on October 5th in SSP.

Goal Setting - At the start of each school year, students in all four grades are asked to write two S.M.A.R.T. goals (one academic in nature and one other goal). They meet one-on-one with their advisor at this point. They will then assess the progress made toward achieving these goals during a mid-year conference and again at a year-end conference with their advisor. 

Door Decorating - As a team building activity that also fosters school spirit, each advisory group plans a design for their room door and decorates the door. This year's theme is "Watertown Pride." Doors will be judged by administration in late September and the winning group will be awarded a breakfast catered by Chef Foulds. 

October 2017 lessons: 

Capstone Project Proposals - Seniors submitted their capstone project proposals and met with their SSP advisors for input. 

College Essay Writing Workshop - Students reviewed examples of strong college essays, brainstormed ideas for their own essays, and began writing. 

November 2017 lessons:

"The New Planet" - In a hypothetical scenario, students had to review a list of 30 potential candidates to leave Earth and repopulate a new planet after the Earth's atmosphere becomes unlivable. Students must work collaboratively to identify the 10 best candidates to send to the new planet.

Paying for College Workshop - Students viewed a series of informational videos on FAFSA and then reviewed a worksheet on options for paying for college.

Fall Pep Rally

Capstone Work Day #1 - Students had a one-on-one check-in with their faculty advisor and were allowed a full SSP session to work on their Capstone project.

December 2017 lessons:

"It's Time To Talk About Cell Phones" - Students read and debated a recent Time magazine article that discussed concerns about the impact of cell phones on teens.

SSP vs SSP Challenge - SSP groups challenged one another to various team-building challenges.

January 2018 lessons:

Capstone Work Days - Students had a two full SSP sessions dedicated to working on their Capstone projects and meeting with advisors. 

Midterm Review - Students received a midterm exam review packet with a midterm schedule and tips for studying. 

"Understanding Your Paycheck" - A lesson provided by Litchfield Bancorp, students reviewed the components of a pay stub and discussed topics related to having a job, such as work papers and taxes.

February 2018 lessons:

Capstone Work Day - Students had an additional work day to continue working on their Capstone projects.

Mike Smith Assembly - Students listened to Mike Smith's inspirational story and viewed videos from Smith's "Find Your Grind

March 2018 lessons:
Capstone Work Days - Students had a two full SSP sessions dedicated to working on their Capstone projects and meeting with advisors. 

April 2018 lessons:  

"Digital Footprint" - Students learned about protecting their privacy online and establishing a positive and professional social media presence. 

"On a Budget" - Students were assigned a budget at random and had to plan their prom expenses within that budget. Students then discussed financial planning and budgeting in general.

Capstone Presentations - Students began presenting Capstone projects to their SSP groups.

May 2018 lessons: 

Capstone Presentations - Students continued presenting their Capstone projects to their SSP groups.

June 2018 lessons:

Year-End Goal Reflection - Students reflect on the progress made toward accomplishing the two goals that they set in SSP at the start of the school year. 

Final Exam Review - Students received a student-created final exam review packet with the final exam schedule and study tips!

Graduation Letters - Students opened a letter that they wrote to themselves as freshmen to reflect back on their time at WHS and also wrote graduation letters to the JTPS 2nd graders!