Senior Capstone or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Board of Education
By Andy Sands
On the first day of school this year I was very naive and thought that this year would be easy. Just like many other seniors who have come before me, I was very excited to start my last year of public education. This all changed when I was informed of the Capstone. It was unveiled in parts and started with thirty hours of community service, in the grand scheme of things, thirty hours of anything is not very long but this was given to us out of the blue. We were told that the community service must have happened in the summer of 2018 or after, or else it would not count towards the thirty hours which loom above our heads. How naive we all were in thinking that thirty hours of community service was that big of a deal. Slowly over the next few months more was revealed. There would be a capstone folder filled with twenty items. Two of said items will be aptitude tests. We had a two hour delay just so the seniors could take one of the two tests. When my results came back it informed me that I should be a gynecologist, nuff said. From here the information trickle ran dry, we were told that we had to do something during the advisory period but what exactly it was or how to do it was a mystery. The Thursday before Thanksgiving break we were finally given an itemized list of everything that needed to be in our capstone folder. Most of it seems like busy work and all of it seems to have been thought up too late. I feel sorry for anyone who has not started their thirty hours yet. I am doing two hours every Monday at Phillips Elementary and I will not be done with my thirty hours until the first week of March. I went to the November School Board meeting to inform them of what is going on and much to my surprise they had no idea of anything related to graduation standards changing. I have absolutely no problem with community service or taking aptitude tests but I do have a problem that the requirements were changed my senior year and that the seniors were not grandfathered out of this whole ordeal. If you are a Senior I encourage you to come to the December School Board meeting on the 17th of this month it is held at 111 Academy Drive in Marietta. It starts at 6:30 pm. Even if you do not want to speak, being there will show the board that we care.