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Juan Rivera

Ms. Menasion

Overview of the Capstone:

The whole point behind the capstone was to be able to create a garden that was going to be able to help grow and would be carried on by students of SLA if they wanted to try and extend the greenhouse into other possibilities that they might have come up with. We thought that being able to grow plants in a neighborhood we would be able to grow the plants and sell them for a greater cause, such as being able to raise money for teams in SLA like frisbee, baseball or even clubs if we could by selling the products to corner stores or grocery places that were willing to buy some vegetables or fruits and sell them to the public.

Overview of the Water System for the Garden:

The point for the water system to be able to have a substantial  amount of water to be able to grow the plants and have them grow healthy and stable. I came up with the plan of having a water system run under the soil and have the hose be pinched with tiny holes that would be able to have the water run through the hose and out the little holes being able to go straight to the roots to help it grow.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t run a water system under the soil because the greenhouse was not big enough to run one and also the way the soil and garden was made the garden was in the ground causing it a problem to be able to put a hose under it so the way we had to compromise was that we took a big bucket full of water and took cups to be able to pour the water onto the soil to be able to give the plants some type of moisture for them to begin growing.

Physical Proof Of Capstone
(This link is the pictures because it was giving me trouble to upload picture onto the SLATE)

"Insulating Your Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This video explains how to construct double walled insulation which is 2 thin pieces of plastic that will cover the greenhouse. The plastic will be about an inch apart an air pump will constantly pump air into the space between the plastic pieces causing it to stay about 3 times warmer in the greenhouse during the colder seasons.

"Irrigation & Watering." Greenhouse Megastore. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site sells a bunch of different products that we can use to water our plants automatically so that it will be considered self sustaining so that it wont require constant attention but will still give us great growth results.

"Rainwater Capture on a Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 31 May 2011. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This video is explaining the use of a rain capture for a greenhouse which collects rainwater and uses it to water the plants. This is very helpful for us since we want it to be self sustaining we wont have to worry about making sure the pumps always have water during the seasons that have a lot of rain.

"Greenhouse Growing: Tips for Basic Greenhouse Cultivation." Mother Earth News. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site provides tips for for growing in an indoor environment like a greenhouse. It is helpful because we need to know how to treat the plants since we are new to gardening it also explains what plants grow the best during certain seasons.

"Tending a Greenhouse." How to Grow in a Greenhouse: Organic Gardening. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site breaks down the process into steps that explains how we should construct the greenhouse and how temperature regulation is very important to the health of the plants since we want to make the greenhouse be functioning all year round the temperature inside will be one of our biggest challenges.

"How to Maintain a Greenhouse." WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site explains the steps that are nessecary to keep the plants alive on their own and since we wont be able to tend to them everyday we need a good way to be sure they stay healthy.It also exlains how we will have to choose smart plants that can grow in the same cimate since the greenhouse will all be the same temperature.

"The GreenHouse Catalog." Helpful Greenhouse Information. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

In this website is helpful because it tells you all the important things that need to be put into a greenhouse in order for it to work and grow all the plants properly. It speaks on the heating, watering, ventilation and everything that has to be set in order for it to work and grow. The amount you give it and how long it is given to the plants.

. Greenhouse Information. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. < Information.htm>.

This website lets you know of the different types of greenhouses and which ones work the best compared to the others. Also speaks about the benefits and the reasons that they are used the way they are used. It also speaks on the different types of kits and materials that are used in order to make it all run and work.

"Greenhouse Growing." Greenhouse Gardening Advice. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

This blog has a post on anything and everything you might need to know when making the greenhouse.

This website provides many energy saving tips in order to maximize the greenhouse’s efficiency.
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Michael Roth Capstone

NAME: Michael Roth

MENTOR: Mr. VK, as he has experience with both physics and Tesla Coils.

For my capstone, I decided to attempt to construct a Tesla Coil in an attempt to learn more about electricity and magnetism, as well as to test my abilities as a builder and an engineer. In the process, I ran into a few issues. These mostly revolved around waiting for certain items to be delivered, or solving issues that arose when I did not have the required tools for what I wanted to do. I was, however, able to overcome these difficulties, and am glad to have had them as it worked to test my problem-solving skills.

The above photo shows the parts to my Tesla Coil, though deconstructed. I had to take it apart in order to help a classmate with a device that I had yet he did not, and needed. Because I didn't take a picture of it when it was constructed, I have posted this picture. When it is reconstructed, it should work as intended.


DevCoder, “How to build a Tesla Coil.” Instructables. Autodesk, n.d. Web.

This is a guide for construction a Tesla coil. This is the first website which I used to examine the steps required for building a Tesla coil. It goes through one method of construction of the coil clearly, and is a good starting point for seeing what must be done. This site did not explain to me how a Tesla coil worked, or what modifications to make in order to modify the build, but it did explain its methods well.

Halpern, Alvin, and Erich Erlbach. SCHAUM'S OUTLINE OF THEORY AND PROBLEMS of BEGINNING PHYSICS II Waves, Electromagnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 1998. Print.

This is the second of two books outlining and explaining many physics topics. This book has a very in depth section on transformers and induction, as well as capacitance and many other important things. It offered a clear, yet complex, description and explanation for many of the things which are necessary for my project’s completion and understanding.

Hewitt, Paul G. Conceptual Physics. 9th ed. San Francisco: Pearson Education, Inc., 2002. Print.

This is a intermediate physics textbook which explains many physics topics. This book provided a decent amount of information regarding induction and capacitance, and was helpful in my beginning to understand the concepts required for the completion of my project.

Lehrman, Robert L. Barron's E-Z Physics. Barron's Education Series, Inc., 2009. Print.

This is a beginner’s guide to many physics topics. This book was the first book from which I learned about electricity and magnetism, and also provided the least detailed description of the topics which I covered, but was very helpful with introducing me to the concepts required for the completion of my project.

Olson, Lynn. “The Art of Speaker Design.” Nutshell High Fidelity, n.p., 2002. Web.

This page discussed the design of multiple kinds of speakers, which was helpful in teaching me how speakers work. It also briefly described plasma speakers, which related directly to my capstone.

“Plasma arc speakers – the most amazing speakers on earth.” Noise Addicts. n.p., n.d. Web.

This was one of the first places where I saw a plasma speaker and, while it didn’t actually teach me anything, it was helpful to the process of designing my entire project.

“Plasma Speaker Kit.” Eastern Voltage Research, LLC. n.d. Web.

This page provided me with a video of a plasma speaker working, and also has manuals for the creation of plasma speakers from kits purchasable on their website. While they don’t directly apply to my work, they can provide some sort of guidance for what must be done.

Plasmana, “The Plasma Speaker.” Instructables. Autodesk, n.d. Web.

This is a guide for the construction of a plasma speaker. It was very helpful to see one method of making it, though my method will involve the modification of a Tesla coil, rather than the method used in the guide.

Wilson, Kevin, “Tesla Coil Theory of Operation.” Tesla Coil Design, Construction and Operation Guide. n.p., n.d. Web.

This page of the website gives, among other things, a somewhat cursory overview of how a Tesla coil works. In conjunction with resources regarding the theory behind induction, capacitance, and other things in the field of electricity and magnetism, the page provides an acceptable overview of the theory behind a Tesla coil.

Xellers, “How To Build A Spark Gap Tesla Coil (SGTC) Step 3: Build the Primary Capacitor.” Instructables. Autodesk, n.d. Web.

This page of the guide discusses equations for matching capacitors to primary circuit. This particular step of the guide gave me the equation I needed in order to match a capacitor to my build, and was therefore extremely helpful with the construction of the coil.

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My Capstone

Robert McCormac
Ms. Hull

For my Capstone, I decided to watch a movie every Wednesday and review the film I saw on a blog, I chose this as my Capstone, to show my writing and analysis skills SLA has taught me over the past four years. I'm hoping that everyone enjoys my capstone and people that love film as much as I do give me more film to review.

Capstone Bibliography

  1. "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews." Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. This is my favorite source for getting information about movies, and fellow reviewers opinions. For my Capstone since it is about movie reviews it helps me to voice my opinion more fluently when I can see who else agrees with me. Rotten tomatoes is basically one big encyclopedia of movie reviews.
  2. IMDb., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. IMDB is like a in depth Rotten Tomatoes, not only does it have reviews from average people not professional movie reviewers, it has the most useful information from who was the cinematographer to actors. Another big part of IMDB is it’s trivia section. It let’s readers and reviewers understand and decipher the picture the way the director wanted you to see it, and what changed before you saw the final picture.
  3. "" N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.  I enjoy using because it provides a real world view on movies which I enjoy reading and then I can relate them to the real world.
  4. "Breaking News & Top Stories - World News, US & Local | NBC News." N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. For my capstone, I’m doing a few larger portions analyzing movies and what there deeper meanings can be, I feel like it’s interesting what you can compare movies and real life too. For example I was using an article off NBC about Syria and found it had the most eerie resemble to the new hunger games movie.
  5. "VICE Today." VICE RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014 Vice is the most un main stream news sight that I know of, and that’s why I love it. They have the most awesome stories that I can relate to movies that I have seen it just works out so perfectly for connecting these movies into current topics that most people might not know about and it makes it for a really fun interesting read.
  6. "" All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. Christians have the bible, movie lovers have Roger It’s the website that I value the most, every reviewer on there is smart, and they know what they wanna see and what works and what doesn’t. I make sure after I review a movie to see what they say to match my film knowledge with theres so far all of mine have been on par with theres.
  7. "Most Movie Trivia of All Time." Movie Mistakes. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. This is a great website for digging deeper into the exoskeleton of films such as facts about things that happen of the set and back stage, with the cast and crew and this helps me know more about the movie before i review it, It’s also interesting to write about that in my reviews.
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Octavius Collins' Capstone

Octavius Collins

Success at SLA 101

Erin Garvey ℅ 2014

Success at SLA 101 is about my peers and I individual definition of success during our high school careers. Success is an individual feeling. Everyone has personal goals, and being successful depends on whether or not you reached those goals here at SLA. Making my opinions, and the 5 core values of SLA I will demonstrate what I’ve received during my 4 year high school experience. I will also ask, and take incite from other students in the community and determine if they too feel just as successful as defined, and if not, what advice will they have for incoming freshman and other underclassmen.

My First Project
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Green House


In the beginning of the year me and my teammates came up with the idea that we would find a way to grow fruits and vegetables to donate to out community as our capstone. As time passed and we grew our idea we decided that we should build a green house to grow the plants in since it would be a good team project and also a good growing environment for the plants. when we had to assign tasks to each member of the group to handle on their own I knew that I wanted to have a part in the construction of the green house since I like to work with my hands. So after doing some research on both a construction and growing plan we came up with a list of plants we would grow and the exact design we wanted to do that would work the best in the area we had. We first started the construction of the greenhouse by clearing the lot we had and than making the wood base that we would later connect 10 foot pieces of pvc to. Once we had created the full frame we just had to cover the entire thing with a thick plastic wrap. When we finished building all that was left to do was plant our seeds in the fresh soiil and hook up our watering system.

Proof of competition

I could not get the pictures to upload so this is the link to the bogle doc with my pictures.

Annotated Bibliography

Bellows, Barbara. N.p.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

Provides real numbers in terms of light transmission based on the type of glazing (walls of the greenhouse). It also gives some information on the temperature certain plants live in, so we can plants seeds based on the temperature that can be accomplished in the greenhouse. Along with that, it also covers the other areas of greenhouse building such as in insulation, solar orientation, and etc.

Poly-Tex: Greenhouse & Display Systems. N.p.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

This website is useful for its many greenhouse designs. It offers inspiration to go off of into creating our own design. Poly-Tex also sells greenhouse kits, so it includes a materials list with every greenhouse. That shows us the necessities for every successful greenhouse as well as some cool things we can incorporate into our design such as wiggle wire, which is a solution in holding 2 or more pieces of plastic sheeting together.

Ross, David S.. N.p.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

Information on planning and designing the greenhouse. It gives advice on location, foundation/floors, ventilation, heating, cooling, watering systems, and much more. We will need this source to plan our designs effectively and create a well-functioning greenhouse.

"Greenhouse Types and Structures." Yavapai College. N.p.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

Focused towards the structure of greenhouses. They explain what should be taken into consideration when designing through an engineer’s standpoint. It includes weighing light transmission and heat insulation to be costly effective all around.

"Talking rubbish – Turning trash into treasure." Making Sense of Things. WordPress, 14 11 2011. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

An article about sustainable living in a Palestine. They reused recyclable materials in order to create a self-sustainable greenhouse, and how they reused other types of waste which basically emphasizes the title “turning trash into treasure”.

"Greenhouse Elements." Just Greenhouses: a hay needle store. N.p.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

Information about maintaining the soil in order to maximize plant growth. In the source includes solutions if the pH of the soil is more basic or more acidic, so it can be neutral again. Tells why plants in greenhouses require less water than plants grown outside. It also emphasizes the importance of circulation and control for humidity.

The Greenhouse Catalog: Your Year-Round Gardening Source. N.p.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

An online store where materials for greenhouses are sold. This gives a greater insight on what materials are out there and what we can and should use.

Solar Heater. YouTube, 2008. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

One way to reduce costs and save $300 for a heater, we can reuse metal cans, spray paint them black and then put them in an enclosed box with a glass on top. Black absorbs all all the colors and generates heat. That heat can then be transferred into the greenhouse and contribute to raising the temperature in order to make the greenhouse sustainable during colder temperatures.

Whitman, Ann , The National Gardening Association, and Suzanne DeJohn. Organic Gardening For Dummies. 2nd Ed. For Dummies, 2009. print.

Organic gardening book for beginners. Provides basic gardening skills, explains the dynamic of soil and how to keep it healthy, teaches how to compost, how to manage pests, and etc. Basically, this book provides everything we would need to know in order to have a successful garden.

"Greenhouse For Less Than $100?!?" Fabulessly Frugal A Coupon Blog Sharing Amazon Deals Printable Coupons DIY How to Extreme Coupon and Make Ahead Meals. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

One of the biggest challenges with building the greenhouse is the cost of materials so we need to find a more cost efficient way to build it. This source is very helpful in choosing cheaper ways to construct a greenhouse that will perform the same as one that someone would pay close to a thousand dollars for around one hundred dollars.

"Greenhouses." How To Build a Greenhouse | Tips for Creating Your Own Greenhouse. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This source provides multiple designs that focus on personal preference of the plants we want to grow in the greenhouse since every greenhouse is not built for the same reason it will help us in deciding on our final design.

"Heating Your Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 05 Jan. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This video is explaining something that will be very important in our design. Heating the greenhouse so that plants will be able to grow in the colder weather. This is important so that we expand our growing ability to the whole year instead of a few months a year.

"Insulating Your Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This video focuses on the insulation of greenhouses and since we are working on a tight budget we have to cheap ways that will work in making the greenhouse successful. This means we will have to use a good material that traps heat inside the greenhouse since it will be in the sun all day.

"Insulating Your Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This video explains how to construct double walled insulation which is 2 thin pieces of plastic that will cover the greenhouse. The plastic will be about an inch apart an air pump will constantly pump air into the space between the plastic pieces causing it to stay about 3 times warmer in the greenhouse during the colder seasons.

"Irrigation & Watering." Greenhouse Megastore. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site sells a bunch of different products that we can use to water our plants automatically so that it will be considered self sustaining so that it wont require constant attention but will still give us great growth results.

"Rainwater Capture on a Greenhouse." YouTube. YouTube, 31 May 2011. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This video is explaining the use of a rain capture for a greenhouse which collects rainwater and uses it to water the plants. This is very helpful for us since we want it to be self sustaining we wont have to worry about making sure the pumps always have water during the seasons that have a lot of rain.

"Greenhouse Growing: Tips for Basic Greenhouse Cultivation." Mother Earth News. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site provides tips for for growing in an indoor environment like a greenhouse. It is helpful because we need to know how to treat the plants since we are new to gardening it also explains what plants grow the best during certain seasons.

"Tending a Greenhouse." How to Grow in a Greenhouse: Organic Gardening. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site breaks down the process into steps that explains how we should construct the greenhouse and how temperature regulation is very important to the health of the plants since we want to make the greenhouse be functioning all year round the temperature inside will be one of our biggest challenges.

"How to Maintain a Greenhouse." WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This site explains the steps that are nessecary to keep the plants alive on their own and since we wont be able to tend to them everyday we need a good way to be sure they stay healthy.It also exlains how we will have to choose smart plants that can grow in the same cimate since the greenhouse will all be the same temperature.

"The GreenHouse Catalog." Helpful Greenhouse Information. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

In this website is helpful because it tells you all the important things that need to be put into a greenhouse in order for it to work and grow all the plants properly. It speaks on the heating, watering, ventilation and everything that has to be set in order for it to work and grow. The amount you give it and how long it is given to the plants.

. Greenhouse Information. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. < Information.htm>.

This website lets you know of the different types of greenhouses and which ones work the best compared to the others. Also speaks about the benefits and the reasons that they are used the way they are used. It also speaks on the different types of kits and materials that are used in order to make it all run and work.

"Greenhouse Growing." Greenhouse Gardening Advice. © Copyright 2013 Corrugated Plas-Tech, Inc.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

This blog has a post on anything and everything you might need to know when making the greenhouse.

This website provides many energy saving tips in order to maximize the greenhouse’s efficiency.

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#3 Blog

Matthew Lotkowski


My agent of change project was to research School District of Philadelphia budget cuts and to do field work like rallies to spread awareness throughout our schools to create positive changes and more funding. In my researching over the past year in my previous first and second blogs, in which I talked about city-wide school funding cuts and how this affect me and my school, as well.

In spreading awareness for my cause I went to several rallies, one outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s Philadelphia office organized by Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild or POWER for short. According to their website, POWER aims “to bring people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and neighborhood -- lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided” The two other rallies I completed were outside of my school made to get the attention of passersby on the streets. But besides my individual actions, Philadelphia School District budget hearings were also taking place.

I believe my rallies outside of my school have made less of an impact than POWER’s “Death of a School District” mock funeral for funding and awareness because it was larger and in a better location. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was a driving force behind most of the school rallies I attended. Having both teacher and student representation rallying together for a common cause made rallies more powerful showing that students care about their teachers and their schools.

In the past months I feel accomplished because even though my changes might have been small in this big issue I absolutely helped add my voice to this very important topic for Philadelphia students and our schools. I learned that I can persevere and I worked hard to get my message out and to share my voice in support of making a stronger School District for me and all Philadelphia students. Through this process I felt connected to my fellow students, my teachers and my community. I found that other people may not be open to the cause when you first talk to them, but as I stated before, if you persevere you can get them to understand your point better.

In working on the You and the World project over the past few months, I’ve learned about myself and other individuals and groups who take up  the cause for what they believe. Aforementioned in my blog is POWER, a group of Philadelphia activists who are working to better all of Philadelphia for its residents. The Philadelphia School District is a huge deal for me because I have been a public school student since pre-school and this project has helped me give back to an organization that has been so helpful to me. My involvement in support of the District has also allowed me to show my support of my teachers who have enabled me to be a better person.

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Roger Bracy's Capstone

Project: Learn and teach my community about Financial Literacy​ 
(Teaching or leadership experience project)

Reason: By doing this project I hope to enlighten my community and environment to learn about their spending, investments, and also about business and economics. This project will enable me to present my learning of Financial Literacy to educate my peers to help them reach their financial success

Through PhreshPhilly and their partnership with Prof. Kieth W. Weigelt and his Building Bridges To Wealth program, a program at the Wharton School of Business of University of Pennsylvania. I have been given an opportunity to boost my community's knowledge of their financial status, and help improve upon their use of financial institutions in their daily lives.


My Annotated Bibliography  

My Capstone Journals

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Markietra Keese Capstone.

My capstone was creating a Soup Kitchen at a local Philadelphia church. I wanted to start a soup Kitchen because Philadelphia has a large number of people that are starving and/or homeless. It took a lot of dedication and hard work. I had help from my family members that attend the church also. I eventually was able to start my soup kitchen at Harambe Baptist Church in Germantown every Tuesday. The link to the presentation is:


Brooks, Dan. "Soup Kitchen." RIFA. Regional Inter-Faith Association, n.d. Web. 28 Jan 2014. <>.

This is a description of a soup kitchen about the things that this particular organization does to keep their soup kitchen going. They show their hours of operations and they post supplies that they need for people to donate. I thought that it was a good idea to post needed materials so that it doesn’t always come out of the church’s budget.

Gaskin, Geoff . "Lexington Daily Menu." The Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen, n.d. Web. 28 Jan 2014. <>.

I want to use this website for different menu ideas that I could have to keep the food at a  variety. I don’t really no how to plan a menu so this would be a good guide on the things that I could do.

GPCAH, . "SNAP STATISTICS." Coalition Against Hunger. Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, n.d. Web. 28 Jan 2014. <>.

The percentage of people that receive food stamps in not only the Philadelphia county, but the surrounding counties as well. 31 percent of people in Philadelphia receive food stamps, which is a lot. There is over 1 million people in Philly and over 4 thousand receive stamps.

Kamer, Pearl. "HOW TO START A SOUP KITCHEN."Island Harvest. Island Harvest, n.d. Web. 28 Jan 2014. < TO START A SOUP KITCHEN.pdf>.

This is a basic run down of how to start a soup kitchen. It will definitely help me out and be a great resource if I get stuck on something or as a good checklist to make sure I have everything.

Palmer, Kimberly. "10 Smart Ways to Improve Your Budget ." US News Personal Finance. US News, n.d. Web. 28 Jan 2014. <>.

This website helps me plan my budget. I would have a certain amount of money given to me to start my Soup Kitchen , and I would have to plan my spending very carefully so that I won’t run out without having all the materials that I need.

"Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA) Poverty Rate Data - Information about poor and low income residents." Advameg Inc., n.d. Web. 28 Jan 2014. <>.

This is the percentage of the poverty levels based off of race.

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La Leyenda del Pincel Gigante

Erase una vez, antes de la historia, un pintor gigante y solitario. Vivía solo entre las estrellas, y no tenía amigos. Su trabajo era de pintar estrellas y planetas, y por eso él

tenía pinturas en todos los colores de la luz. En lugar de nombres como azul, rojo o amarillo, estas pinturas tenían nombres como hierro, silicio, oxígeno y calcio. Sus pinceles eran enormes. El pincel más grande era más largo que la distancia de la Tierra al Sol. Incluso el más pequeño era masivo, más de cincuenta pies de largo. Con estas herramientas, el pintor gigante creaba belleza, pero esto no era suficiente para distraerle de su soledad.

Un cierto momento, el pintor gigante estaba pintando un planeta muy lindo, con mares azules y montañas moradas, desiertos amarillos y campos verdes. Había pintura en todas partes. El pintor tenía pintura marrón en sus manos, porque él estaba pintando la tierra, y la tierra de ese planeta era marrón. Mientras él estaba trabajando, el pintor estaba pensando en su propia vida. Él nunca había tenido un amante, y nunca había tenido amigos. Él nunca había tenido una familia, o un animal doméstico. Sólo tenía sus pinturas. Él empezó a llorar, y cuando se limpió las lágrimas de los ojos, la pintura marrón se mezcló con sus lágrimas, y se cayó a la tierra.

De repente, el pintor tuvo una idea fantástica. Primero, él usó su uña para moldear las lágrimas en su propia forma. Las primeras revertieron a charcos. Entonces, se le ocurió mezclarlas con tierra y arcilla. Siguió haciendolo con cada lágrima marrón que se cayó a la tierra. Finalmente, él agarró su pincel más pequeño, y él empezó a pintar una cara en cada lágrima. Inmediatamente, las figuras cobraron vida. El pintor les llamó humanos, y empezó a jugar con ellos. Por el primer vez en su vida, el pintor no estaba solitario. Sus creaciónes le amaban, y él les amaba. Él les pintó pueblos y casas, y animales para sus deleite. Les pintó vacas y pájaros, caballos y perros. Él sólo quería que no se fueran.

Cuando él jugaba con sus nuevos amigos, el pintor no estaba pintando las estrellas, y los planetas. No fue haciendo su trabajo. Pasó un largo tiempo, y sus jefes se enojaron. Eventualmente, cuando él estaba pintando una calle ancha, uno de sus jefes vino, y le dió una bofetada! El pintor dejó caer su pincel, el pincel más pequeño, al lado de la calle ancha.

Despues de eso, el pintor gigante regresó a su trabajo, pero se olvidó su pincel más pequeño. Una ciudad, que hoy se llama Filadelfia, creció alrededor del pincel. Hoy en día, los humanos mantienen ese pincel en el mismo lugar, al lado de la avenida ancha, que llaman Broad Street, para recordar su amigo, el pintor gigante.

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La leyenda del murcielago

La Leyenda Del Murciélago Por Alejandro Bautista Garcia:

Part I

Habia una vez un murciélago llamado Alex, el vivía en los árboles en SLA con un grupo aves maravillosas, a Alex le gustaba volar y admirar todos los lugares el visitaba. Alex es un murciélago que no tenía muchas plumas pero el tenia un poquito pero para él no era suficiente. Un dia Alex decidió pasear por su ciudad habitada por todas estas aves majestuosas. Entonces Alex decidió tratar de hacer amigos de el.

Parte II

Alex empezó a volar hacia las aves que cada vez que estaban era como una explosión de

colores, cuando Alex llegó a las aves majestuosas él le preguntó si podía ser amigos con las aves de repente las aves se empezaron a reír incontrolablemente. Alex preguntó a las aves que es tan chistoso y las aves les respondieron quieren ser amigos animal tan espantoso y feo como tu, sin

plumas y sin pico solo piel. Alex estaba terriblemente devastado y se fue para su casa llorando.

Parte III

Una noche muy oscura y lluviosa, Alex estaba pensando en un plan muy escalofriante para conseguir plumas más maravillosas que los aves que el vio. Su plan era ir a las casas des  las aves y tomar todas las plumas de las aves que Alex pensó que eran maravillosas y ponersela y actuar como que les se les crecieron a el. Alex pensó que este plan era perfecto y magnífico, el estaba tan feliz que empezó a bailar y reírse cada segundo que pasaba. Rápidamente esa noche  Alex fue a todas las casa que tenían aves majestuosas. el se puso las plumas y voló a su casa rápidamente. El día siguiente Alex salió a volar para que todo el mundo viera su plumaje. Después cuando Alex estaba volando las aves de que el cojio su plumaje volaron detrás de él y volo y volo hacia arriba.

Alex se dio cuenta que estaba muy caliente y se dio cuenta que el estaba en llamas! Todo las aves se rieron de él. Alex muy triste y avergonzado voló a una cueva muy lejana y vivio ahi para siempre.           

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La Leyenda De La Serpiente

Habia una vez en un pueblo muy lejano que se llamaba “El Lugar del Primer Mundo.Había un solo Dios que decidía como el mundo sería apropiado. Un día Dios dijo “Hay que haber lindos pájaros para que le den color al cielo.  Y pajaros úbo. El día siguiente Dios dijo “ Hay que haber lindos conejos para corran y salten entre el pasto más verde del pueblo. Y conejos úbo. Así como fue pasando el tiempo, Dios hizo todas las especies que ahora existen en el pueblo “El Lugar del Primer Mundo.”

Un dia muy relampagoso Dios creó un organismo para que le diera compañía al los mamíferos. El creó a la serpiente. Como ese dia era muy triste y deprimente para Dios, el se canso de darle cualidades a la serpiente. No termino de hacer la serpiente como hizo con los otros animales del pueblo. Al otro dia el se sintio mal de salud, y recayó en la cama.

Esa misma tarde la serpiente cobró vida. Ella era larga de color café,con unos ojos del color de los árboles. Con una boca tan pequeña como el meñique del humano. No tenía pies, brazos, solo unos lindos dientes que reflejaban cada cosa que comía. Se deslizaba con una facilidad y era la más ágil de todos los animales en el Pueblo. Ella era muy feliz porque Dios le dio vida. Nada podría arruinarle la vida que ella llevaba. Todo iba como color de rosa.

Al siguiente día el elefante y la jirafa se juntaron para comer juntas. Cuando iban de regreso para sus casas se encontraron con la serpiente. Y por poco el enorme elefante pisaba a la pobre indefensa serpiente. Pero todo fue al revés. Cuando el elefante dio un paso infálso se distrajo y cayó tan duro en el suelo que se torció el cuello y murio instantáneamente. La jirafa lloró la muerte de su mejor amigo y prometió vengar su muerte. La jirafa le declaró la guerra a la pobre indefensa serpiente. Por tanto que la serpiente le pidió perdón, a la jirafa nadie le quitaba de la cabeza que la serpiente habia matado a su mejor amigo al proposito. La jirafa le advirtió a la serpiente que iba a llamar al caballo y a al mamut para que la mataran la proxima vez que la vieran. La serpiente asustada se deslizó tan rápido en el viento que escapó de la jirafa.

El día siguiente la serpiente visitó a Dios, pero el todavia estaba en cama. Ella le contó lo sucedido y le pidió ayuda. Ella no quería morir, y mucho menos por un malentendido. Como dios estaba enfermo,no podía ir para hablar con la jirafa y decidió algo rapido y facil. Le dijo a la serpiente que le iba dar veneno para que guardara en su lindo cuerpo y lo inyectara en cada cosa que le hiciera daño. El veneno que escupiera sería mortal y podría a matar hasta al animal más grande del pueblo. Pero había solo una condición, que nunca la usara para perjudicar a los otros animales. La pequeña indefensa serpiente aceptó y se tomó el jugo de limón que rápidamente se convirtio en veneno que incluso se reproducía en cuanto lo usaba. Esa misma noche busco a la jirafa y por última vez le dijo que fue una accidente lo que habia sucedido con el elefante. Ella no le creo y comenzó a atacar. La ágil serpiente se movió tan rápido y inyecto sus lindos dientes en la piel de la jirafa. El veneno hizo efecto en segundos y la jirafa calló y nunca se levantó.Después de esa noche el caballo y el mamut le avisaron a todos los animales del pueblo que la serpiente habia poseido veneno. Finalmente la serpiente nunca se sintió desprotegida e impotente. Todo mundo se mantenía alejada de la serpiente, porque podía atacar en los momentos más inesperados. Nadie nunca volvió a amenazar a la pequeña serpiente y todos la respetaban.

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"El pelo mojado"

Erase una vez, en el año dos mil catorce, vivía un hombre mas interesante. Se llamaba Jeremy Spry. El trabajaba en un escuela mágico se llamaba SLA. Todas las personas en SLA tenía miedo de Jeremy Spry porque el fuera demasiado tacaño por niños. Una dia, Jeremy Spry dicen “¡Te odio!” a un estudiante mas inocente, frágil, y tenía mucho hambre se llamaba Max. Despues, Max se mataba de un corazon roto.

Cada persona tenía un idea de porque Jeremy Spry fuera muy tacaño. Una persona observía que el pelo de Jeremy Spry parecen mojado todo el tiempo. Una dia, una mujer mas vieja aparecido en los pasillos oscuros en SLA. Esta mujer parecen que tenía 140 años. Estudiantes dicen que oiste la mujer hablaba cosas de Jeremy Spry.

Ella sigio al lado de Jeremy spry. Toco su pelo mojado y decia a todos los chicos que estaban en la escuela que Jeremy Spry era un hombre especial. Que iba una razon que solo se meten en fantasia que explica por que su pelo siempre era mojado.

Era que Jeremy Spry fue mágico. Que el he vivido durante cientos años y su pelo se quedo mojado para siempre por que se callo un dia en la fuente de la joventud. El siempre esta de mal humor por que la fuente del joventud deje a el vivir para siempre. Y eso era por que su pelo siempre esta mojado.

Y uno de los chicos le preguntó a la señora ¿Pues como era antes de que calló en la fuente? ella mira así abajo y para arriba hasta que vio la cara del chico que pregunta a ella. Y le dijo, que Jeremy Spry era alto y tenía musculos grandismas. Era un gran heroé donde viviamos nosotros. Tenía pelo largisimo y era muy amable. Cuando ella vio a el para primera vez se enamoré de el. Con su cara, y todo.

Un dia cuando el fuí de batalla para la gente de nuestro pueblo me pregunto para casar con el. Yo le dije que si que claro que si. Teniamos quisaz 16 años. Y el salió para batalla, con el resto de los hombres del pueblo. Pero cuando regreso algo era diferente. Por lo primero fue fenomeno. El siempre era bailando y tenía tanta energia siempre.

Pero despues de muchos años el nunca cambio. Ella podria ver los años debajo de sus ojos. Y ya cumplío 23 y el 24 pero el vio lo mismo. Ni un cambio mas chiquitio en la cara. Y ella ya no tenía esa energia y el siempre tenía la alma de un niño. Pero ella no era niña mas. El se salió. Y dejo a ella sola. Para siempre. Se quedó enojado por si mismo porque nunca podria tener su amor cierto.
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Rosalie Broad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              En El año de 1836 huvo es un hombre llamado el nombre, Robert Clemens. El era un hombre muy misterioso, y extraño. Ninguna en Filadelfia supo mucho sobre Clemens. El vivió en Robert Clemens y era el hombre a cargo de darle un nombre a todas las calles. Fue elegido porque él era un hombre con el vocabulario más grande en todos el Filadelfia. Entonces cuando el mayor de Filadelfia, John Swift, preguntó Clemens si le daría un nombre para todos las calles el dijo “Si……...debajo una condición”. La condición era que nadie podría decirle que pudiera hacer, lo haría por todo del proyecto. Swift dice “¡Muy bien ! Tu tienes poder todo en el proyecto. Muchas gracias Señor Clemens.”

Entonces, Clemens empezó su trabajo. El comenzó en la calle “Benjamin Franklin Parkway”, nombrado de su personaje favorito, Benjamin Franklin. Decidió que sería el Parkway el centro de Filadelfia. Swift a construir el pasillo de ciudad en el Parkway. Inmediatamente Swift comenzó a construir el edificio. Todos las cosas iban como estaba planeado. Desde allí Clemens fui a la derecha del Parkway, a Filadelfia Centro y Filadelfia Norte. El nombro todas las calles de Filadelfia Norte. Erie, Allegheny, Lehigh, Germantown Ave, West Oak Lane... etcétera. Entonces el nombro las calles de Filadelfia Oeste. Atwood, Haverford, Lansdowne, Cherry, Wynnewood…. etcétera. Clemens le dio las calles de Filadelfia Centro, o Sur nombres.

Un dia Clemens estaba teniendo “bloqueo del escritor” él no podría pensar de los nombres para las calles. El estaba atrapado. Hacía todo pero, no funcionó nada. Decidió dar un paseo para despejar su mente. Durante su andaré encontró una mujer. Llevaba un vestido, unas botas, y una falda negro. Ella estaba mirando a Clemens entonces, él caminó a ella. “¿Hola Señora, cómo estás?”. Ella ve a Clemens y le dice “nada”. Entonces, Clemens habló otra vez. “¿Señora, estás bien?”.Después de cinco minutos el habló otra vez, “ Señor, no me conoces pero, sé mucho sobre ti. Eres Robert Clemens. El maestro de nombres de calles. ¿Es cierto, eh?” Clemens vio a la mujer con asombro.Él caminó detrás…. “¿Cómo me conoces?” él tartamudeó. La mujer echó la cabeza  atrás y se rió “Hombre tonto, lo sé todo” ella dijo. La cara de ella entonces era muy serioso, “Te puedo ayudar pero, tienes que prometerme algo”. Clemens estaba escéptico, “¿Cómo puedes ayudarme? Eres una anciana”. “¡ Cuidado con su joven boca! Una vez estuve en tu posición, Yo era la mujer más inteligente en la ciudad. ¡Yo tengo un vocabulario mucho más grande que la tuya!” Clemens estuvo muy desesperado, “¿Entonces…….qué debo hacer a cambio de su ayuda?”. “Nada mucho Señor, sólo mi nombre a una calle. Yo soy vieja, necesito dejar algún tipo de marca en este ciudad. ¿Entonces…. qué dices?” Ella extendió su mano. Clemens  a su mano y valacio para un minuto. Tomó su mano.

El volvió para irse y después se dio cuenta de algo. Él giró, “ ¡Espera!”. Pero, ya se había ido. Dio vuelta, “Ella estuvo muy rápido”. Entonces, Clemens camino de regreso a su apartamento. El estuvo muy emocionado “ Ella no me dijo su nombre, entonces yo no necesito nombrar una calle de ella. Cuando abrió la puerta, vio que alguien había estado en su escritorio. ¡Su mapa de Filadelfia estaba completo! No lo podía creer. ¿Cómo llegó a su oficina esa mujer? Debajo del mapa había una nota. La nota dijo “Roberto,

No te olvides de mí.


Rosaline Broad.”

“Rosaline Broad….. hmmmm. Es un nombre muy bonita” Clemens observó la mapa otra vez. El vio que todas las calles tenían un nombre sin la calle despues de calle treinta. En el primero pensó que era un error pero, después  se dio cuenta de que Rosalie lo hice de propósito. Este era Broad Street.

Cuando Clemens entregó la mapa con todos los nombre de las calles, John Swift era muy impresionado. Swift levantó la vista del mapa y preguntó, “ ¿Qué ha pasado con la calle 14?”. Clemens suspiraba, “Es una historia muy largo. Es una dedicación a una amiga” Clemens dijo, con una sonrisa.
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Jaccar Garcia Capstone

Jaccar Garcia

Topic: Latin and Hip-Hop Dance

Faustina Garcia

Abstract Paragraph:

For Capstone I decided to continue the Latin dance but to also include new material. I taught a latin and hip-hop dance class in order to appeal to more individuals, giving me the opportunity to work with more students. I want to be capable of showing the students involved about a different world that they encounter often. Giving them a learning experience without them knowing, along with the learning the dances. I’ll be diving into the latin culture of dance, learning myself about the roots of my culture. Being able to express this knowledge through dance is something that I have had a huge interest in for years but haven’t had the ability to take at hand.

In the process of my capstone I acquired a concussion. This became an obstacle for me and did not allow me to finish my capstone the way I hoped for it turn out. I had envisioned an “end of the year” culture party where I would have the students perform the dances they learned and allow the guest to join in on the dancing. Though this was not accomplished, I’m still proud of how much I got done up to that point. I was reaching my goal with the students which not only was to teach them about a different culture but to share a joyful environment with adolescents who wanted to be involved.


Annotated Bibliography:

Bush '03, Jilaan M., "The Effect of Extracurricular Activities on School Dropout" (2003). Honors Projects. Paper 16.

This is a study made by Jilaan M. Bush on the effect of extracurricular activities on school dropout. With this study it was concluded that extracurricular activities such as academic clubs, athletics, interest groups, and fine arts had a positive effect on school dropouts. This indicates that the more students become involved in activities of their interest they become less likely to dropout of school and have more chances of success. This resource relates back to the inquiry aspect of my capstone which is “How does a dance club help the youth of Philadelphia?”.

Eccles, Jacquelynne S. "Extracurricular Activities and Adolescent Development." Journal of Social Issues. Vol. 59. Ann Arbor: N. D., 2001. 865-89. Print.

This article address’ the positive influence of extracurricular activities within adolescents and include many statistics on the topic. The article and data concluded that the adolescents who joined and extracurricular activity had better educational outcomes oppose to those who didn’t join a extracurricular activity had higher rates of drinking. This article along with the study by Jilaan together help my capstone with the inquiry and support my reasoning for it.

Gibbons, Elizabeth. Teaching Dance: The Spectrum of Styles. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007. Print.

Through out this book the author Elizabeth Gibbons gives the reader many advice on

teaching dance. She helps the reader who is teaching dance to adults, the reader who is a beginner at teaching, a college teacher, etc. She covers every detail necessary to teach a dance class. Breaking it down the reader should be focused on, what the questions the reader should be thinking of, to helping the reader understand how to approach making lessons plans and what the requirements need to be met in order to have be a successful teacher and have a successful dance class.

Hernandez, Deborah Pacini. Bachata: A Social History of Dominican Popular Music. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1995. Print.

This book gives the history behind the music of Dominican Republic. This including the genre that I have included in my capstone; bachata. This  is like the book Language of Spanish Dance but instead of giving an overall view of all spanish dances this book goes into depth about the specific genre that I am focused on.

Mack, Lorrie. Dance. London: DK, 2012. Print.

This book focuses on the history of dance, giving the reader insights to the various styles of dance and their origination. This book helps to serve as inspiration, allowing the reader to understand dance better. For myself this is a good resource for my knowledge throughout my lessons. Being able to know where it is certain dance styles originated from and what inspired them could help me see dance from a new perspective and teach my class the knowledge i’ve gained.

Minton, Sandra Cerny, and Karen Genoff. Modern Dance, Body and Mind: A Basic Approach for Beginners. Englewood, CO: Morton, 1984. Print.

This resource is an opportunity to learn from Sandra Minton, within this book she tackles modern dance and gives the reader a basic approach to learning modern dance. She goes into detail about the techniques of the dance and the dance movement. This book will give me another perspective along with her other book, Since she does well with going into detail about the dance techniques I can have a better understanding of what is necessary to know in able to allow others understand it.

Matteo, and Carola Goya. The Language of Spanish Dance. Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1990. Print.

This book goes into great depth about the spanish dances; Matteo describes the dance moves, their origins, their meaning, the movement sequences, and much more. The depth in this book helps me for my the presentation part of my capstone. Since I decided to latin dance this books help me explain in my presentation why it is that each dance move was the way it was or basic reasoning for some of the choices within the choreography. The book also explains the songs accompanied with the songs and what’s going on with the rhythm.

Minton, Sandra Cerny. Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1997. Print.

This book is a approach to teaching the readers about the process of choreographing. Sandra Minton the author displays the process down to every last detail, of stage production, improvisation, the creation of dances from simple movements, and the process of creating productions from the choreographed dances. This book covers choreographing for all dance styles, including cheerleading.

Williams, Ann-Marie, and Jeff Kulak. Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Moves. Toronto, Ont.: Owlkids, 2011. Print.

Ann-Marie takes the initiative to show her readers different aspects of dance in her book Learn to Speak Dance. Including myriad types on choreography, staging, designs and everything related to dance. This book can help me with the small things that the other book might not address which is the way dance looks, the little tips are what make the biggest differences. This should help when I record our final dances and make the presentations.


Brown, Chris. "Love More." Rec. 2013. Chris Brown. FRESHM3N III, n.d. CD.

Grace, Leslie. "Be My Baby." Rec. 2013. Leslie Grace. N.d. CD.

Santos, Romeo. Propuesta Indecente. Romeo Santos. Sony Music Latin, 2013. CD.

These are the songs that I have included in my capstone. The first song is Love More by Chris brown. This song is apart of my hip-hop class and was chosen because of the uplifting beat it had. Once I heard it I began to come up with several dances to the song, it’s the type of song that I knew my class would enjoy and get hype when they hear it. The second song is Be My Baby by Leslie Grace which had the same effect on me as Love More. The Third song is Propuesta Indecente by Romeo Santos and I knew I wanted to choreograph this song because it tells a story, and that’s something I was capable to portray within the dance.

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La Leyenda de Pluto

Un día, Pluto estaba flotando a través de espacio. Los planetas están en un "órbita permanente" (Cuando una planeta es en un "órbita permanente" no puede mover afuera de órbita).

Pluto era la último planeta buscando un lugar para sus órbita permanente y los otra planetas no le gustan a Pluto porque el es pequeño y el es en la lugar de ellos.

Los planetas es de un sistema solar y el es el rango mas bajo. El quere a vivir al lado del el sol pero los planetas no queren a Pluto para un vecino.

Sin embargo, una de las planetas le gustan a Pluto. Jupiter. Ella es una planeta grande, bonita, y verde. Todo a las planetas gustan a ella.

Ella no quera las otra planetas pero ella querían a Pluto. Pluto es muy simpática con ella. Pluto y Jupiter hablaron todo el día y todo el noche. Y por eso, se enamoraron.

Nada se sabia, que era un secreto. Pluto se quedó con Jupiter porque cuando la "órbita permanente" se trata, el querré a casar con ella para siempre. Uno lunes, Pluto y Jupiter estaban hablando y Mars se espiado.

"Te amo" dijo Jupiter.

"Te amo también mi reina" dijo Pluto.

Mars no le gustaba el hecho que Pluto y Jupiter están enamorado. Se dijo a los otras planetas.

Earth se pedió a Mars "¿Por qué no vas a dejar que ellos se enamoran?, Ellos no están molestando a mi."

"Calláte y deja me hablar!" dijo Mars. Mars no le gustaba cuando alguien se hablas cuando el esta hablando. "Vamos a engañarlo a Pluto. Vamos a decirle que si el querré a comprar Jupiter un regalo, el se necesita a andar afuera de el sistema solar y pasar Neptune."

Todo a los planetas se apoyaron a Mars excepto la planeta Earth.

Una semana mas tarde, Mars se hablo con Pluto.

"Hola amigo!" Mars le dijo.

Pluto ser muy confundido. "Amigo?"

"Si, escucha me por favor. Los planetas y yo sabemos que tu y Jupiter están enamorado."

Pluto siento miedo. Pero, no sabia que podía hacer. Mars le dio miedo pero Pluto decidió confiar a el.

"Yo sabe un lugar donde tu puedes comprar un regalo para Jupiter. Necesita a pasar Neptune, afuera de el sistema solar " dijo Mars.

Pluto escuchaba y paso Neptune pero no se encontró nada. Y quería dar la vuelta pero su cuerpo no se movió. El esta en el  "órbita permanente". No puede mover. Pluto no es al lado de el sol. Pluto era frío. Muy muy muy frío. El no le gustaba los lugares fríos. Dias pasaron, semanas pasaron y Pluto era frío frío frío. Después, Pluto se murió.

Jupiter pedio a Mars:

"Donde esta Pluto?"

Mars le dijo que Pluto salió a explorar en espacio y no se devuelto.

Jupiter era muy triste. Y lloraba y lloraba. Y se suicidarse. Y por eso no es verde, ahora es rojo-morron. Y porque Pluto se murió, los humanos se dijeron "Pluto no es un planeta."
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Jovan Lewis Capstone

My capstone is a comic book, well more like a book of comics. I tried to keep on one single plot the whole time however my mind kept going to different ideas so I created a book of short comics with a how to draw section at the end. I plan on further developing the comics and characters after I graduate. I would like to thank Mr. Miles, Ms. Garvey-Gorgio, Ms. Hull, and Alex Woodburn for their help and support. 



Mr. Miles: Mentor
Alex Woodburn: Kind of Mentor
Erin Garvey-Gorgio: Support
Ms. Hull: Support
People: Character Ideas
Marvel and DC Comics media: Inspiration

This project started in the summer between my junior and senior year of high school, around August of 2013. Most of the work in the summer was figuring out the main plot of the comic and what characters of mine will be used. When school started, I gathered more information about the capstone and that it has to relate to the 5 core values of SLA. So all of them were pretty much covered except for collaboration. I decided that for the collaboration aspect I would give the students a chance to create a character (hero/villain/other) who could appear in the comic. I’ve also been working with Alex Woodburn who's been like an unofficial mentor giving me tips on how to make my characters seem anatomically correct. From September to February I’ve been planning and adjusting my comic to fit with the characters submitted. In February, I started working on the final comic. I decided it will be black and white since I don’t have the means to color it effectively. Now I am working on the end of the comic theres actually a post on Facebook about of the Student Created Characters for all of the original characters there is a section at the back of the comic to give them credit and admiration.
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Nuri Bracey Capstone.


​My capstone is about epidemic of homelessness in Philadelphia. There were 12,053 homeless people in Philadelphia in 2013 alone, a statistic that was widely overlooked by the general public. I figured that one of the best gifts or memory I could leave behind was knowledge of someone else's life, so that's what I set out to inform people on. My filming partner Martez Card and I took to the streets of downtown Philadelphia to interview different homeless people about their daily experiences/routines. We turned these interviews into a short film that captures our experience. This capstone has broadened my perspective of "hard times". I no longer feel capable of being upset over little things after witnessing less fortunate people still possessing the ability to smile. 

Website link :


"Project HOME - Facts on Homelessness." Project HOME - Facts on Homelessness. Project HOME, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <>.

This site helped me by defining the idea of a homeless person. I for one didn’t know that someone living with family, and depend on them fully, can be considered homeless. I also weren’t away of some of the many causes of homelessness like lack of health care, drugs, etc. This site gives many statistics produced by the most recent U.S Census. The stats were enlightening and new to me, and I think will go great in my end of the year presentation.


"Homelessness." Directory of Aging Resources. Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. < Committee to End Homelessness (PCEH)>.

This site helped me by raising my awareness of the methods being currently used to counteract homelessness. The Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness, starting in 2005, has been working since to fight one of the worst problems in the city. This site also helped me by giving me the contact information for people who are experts in my capstone’s field. This gives me the opportunity to become more equipped in this particular field of expertise.


"Advanced Search." I Do Donation, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>.

This site is unlike the rest, but still gives very beneficial information. It’s unlike the rest because this site gives actual advice on what you can do to help out anyone who is considered homeless. It gives a list of 35 critical things that could be easily accessed and given to homeless people. Many people think that only money can be given to them, and though that is very important, there’s more that can be done. That’s why this site is so important.

4."Long Periods of Uncertainty." What Is It like to Be Homeless? Shelter, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.

This site gives you a more broadened perspective of homelessness. INstead of the obvious lack of food, water, and money, it lists other detriments that come with it. Lack of education for homeless children, the fear of being robbed and harassed, and many other things. Many people think that “street people” have a narrow list of problems, which isn’t the case. Also, people think that homeless children aren’t common, when in fact they are a large percentage of the population.


Zavaros, Matthew D. "Feelings Homeless People Go Through." WebAddict Designs Blog. WebAddict, 16 July 2011. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.

This site is beneficial because it gives a personal point of view from someone who was in a rough homeless position. The other sites display statistics and biased materials when giving perspective of the situation. The writer of the article is someone who spent most of his young adult life on the streets. He talks about his adventures, which gives the reader better insight. This source can prove reliable when we run our experiment.


Prois, Jessica. "Philadelphia Homeless Feeding Ban Officially Blocked By Judge." . N.p., 14 Aug 2012. Web. 30 Jan 2014.

This source speaks on the ban that the city of Philadelphia tried to have emplaced. The judge blocked this ban even though the Mayor had some reasons that could possibly make a good case for this to have happened. The mayor talks about how the homeless need other things than just food and this is why he tried to put the food ban into action.


"Project HOME - Ending Homelessness in Philadelphia." Project HOME - Ending Homelessness in Philadelphia. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This source gives you an overall view of the project home and the different things that it helps the homeless with. It shows you the way that they help the homeless children get their education it shows the time of job opportunities that they offer to people to help out the homeless and it also shows the different kinds of housing and medical care.


"The State of Homelessness in America 2013." National Alliance to End Homelessness:. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.

This source talks about the economic issues that are found with homelessness and also the change in the amount of homeless people who are out here on the streets due to something happening in their life. It shows the change from 2011-2012 and begins to talk about 2013. It also says that homelessness is caused due to the fact in which people have the inability to pay for housing due to the income made by everyone in the house. The income made per household is also dropping.  


"Watch Full-Length Documentaries Online for Free. Updated Daily." DocumentaryTubecom Watch Documentaries Online for Free RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This source gives tips on things that you should do to create a good documentary and things you can do to catch and keep peoples attention. This gives tips on how to make a documentary as if you are a professional filmmaker and with these tips it will be easy to make a very good documentary that everyone will love to see.  


"5 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make." Raindance Film Festival. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

This source talks about the things that people do when making/filming a documentary. This will help me as I go along with the recording process and when I am in the editing stage to make sure to avoid doing these 5 things that tend to make documentaries bad.
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La leyenda Lehmann

En el principio, sólo había el Franklin. No había un mundo y no fue otras lugares. Sólo había el Franklin.

Habia una vez un hombre llamado Lehman quien vivió en el Museo Franklin, un lugar de tristeza y miedo. Aunque el lugar fue muy grande, no había otras personas. Tiempo era solo un momento, no el futuro ni el pasado. Lehmann sabía que podía hacer algo. Aunque no sabía que hacer la processa de pensamiento creó tiempo de el Franklin.

Esta fue el primer acción de Lehmann, pregunta.

Lehmann quería saber más pero no sabía nada. Buscó en el museo para soluciones a las preguntas del mundo y el universo. Vio de la verdad de estos, pero quería más. Buscó el museo para soluciones a preguntas de la vida. Vio de la verdad de vida, pero quería más. Lehmann buscó en el museo para otras personas. Y el Franklin dio ellos a él.

Esta fue la segundo acción de Lehmann, investigación.

Los sueños de Lehmann se manifestaron en dos seres, Jeremy y Sheriff. Creó para él necesidades. Lehmann sabía pero no fue un problema para él. Usó los personas para hacer nuevas ideas y otro planes.

Esta fue la tercer acción de Lehmann, colaboración.

Lehmann y el grupo necesitaba más de sus experiencias. Necesitaba un acción para impresionaba los poderes de el Franklin. La sabiduría de Lehmann dice el que fue un propósito para las personas. Sabía aunque Jeremy no hacía mucho más de hablaba esto fue la fuerza Jeremy. Con la autoridad de Lehmann y la mágico de Jeremy, hicieron un presentación que dio ellos sus libertad. Un mundo se creó de los palabras y reglas de el Franklin para Lehmann.

Esta fue la cuarto acción de Lehmann, presentación.

Despues la presentación, tendrían sus libertad de el Franklin en acción pero no en espíritu. Un tiempo más el grupo congregó. Lehmann y Sherif dijeron cuentas de necesitaban reflexión. Realizaban que necesitan un grupo de personas sacraficiar cada año. El grupo hicieron un reflexión, pero Sherif no pudo aguantar la reflexión y su cerebro fue roto. Lehmann llamó para tristeza y pena. Sherif sería un parte de Lehmann y porque Sherif la mártir, Lehmann pudo se escapó el Franklin finalmente. Lehmann prometí mantener Sherif cerca de él siempre y mantener Sherif seguro.

Esta fue la quinto y final acción de Lehmann, reflexión.

Ahora todos los personas en la escuela necesitan ir a el Franklin porque la memoria de Lehmann. A veces personas no supieron porque Sherif estuvo aquí pero Lehmann supo. Y un promesa es una promesa. El Franklin es la fundación para la creencias de SLA, y Lehmann necesita para olvidar sus experiencias.

Tyler Creighton Kay Advisory

​For this project my goal was to create a blog where students of any age could go to and find the latest fashion trends and styles of their choice for a cheaper cost. While creating this blog I had to keep in mind that many different students have different interest in fashion. Making creating this very difficult, because I had to keep in mind that not everyone likes the same things.There were lots of challenges while creating this blog. Some challenges that i have faced were being able to cover every base when it comes to fashion. Fashion is a very broad topic, so when you decide to create something relating to fashion, you have to be very specific. Which why I broke it down by seasons, celebrity looks, the hottest trends , and everyday fashion. I had to research where these items are online and possible in stores to find these looks and be able to compare the look the student may be looking for and where the student could find it and mimic this look. This was a very long process and very time consuming. But it made me very knowledgeable with things I have not known before. For example, where fashion has originated from, and how certain styles evolved. How can people wear certain clothing to still complete a look without having exact clothing. Overall I feel as though this was a fun and challenging project. I enjoyed being able to hopefully help other people as well as learning new things and helping myself. I also believe that if I would have started this blog maybe years ago, it could have been more well put together. If I could go back and do something differently,I would not do as many styles and trends. I say this because it was very difficult to find these styles for cheaper cost. 

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Taylor Thomas Capstone

Taylor Thomas

HERE is a link to download my Final Capstone!

Mentors: Douglas Herman and Olivia Smith. Mr. Herman started the program that I made the documentary about and teaches every Digital Video class at Science Leadership Academy. Olivia Smith was one of Mr. Hermans students and is a Hermanator Advisee Alum. She has helped by teaching me shooting and editing skills. Also she has been a big help in helping me find myself as a person through this Capstone process.

Summary: My Capstone is a documentary Proposal for the Roughcut and Digital Video programs. It showcases what has been done and what will be done whether or not we have modern/high quality materials.

Abstract: My Capstone process has been a very steady but challenging road. My documentary shows the amazing things that students can learn in the classes that are provided, and ways that Rough Cut Productions has benefitted not only the students, but other organizations as well. I filmed throughout the year and made sure to capture myself in the final product along with the people who created the program, and current program leaders. I really worked hard to fit as many great aspects of film and video into the documentary as I could, but it was difficult due to the fact that there are an abundance of good things to say about the program and I was working around a time limit for my final product. Even though it was hard to include everything, I learned new ways to edit video while creating my piece. A few things were split screen video, how to match sound and video when the tracks separate, and also how to make things look as professional as possible even when the highest quality of video is not available.


1. Rosenthal, Alan. Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1990. Print.

This book was very insightful. I thought that it was very helpful because it gave me a great idea for the way that I should edit the documentary. I was very pleased with what I found in the book. the book told me that I should not go to film with a set idea in my mind, otherwise the project will not turn out to be successful. In order for this documentary to show Roughcut and Digital Videos true colors, it needs to be painfully truthful in a sense.

2. Room 237. Dir. Rodney Ascher. Perf. Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Julie Kearns, and John Fell Ryan. Sundance, 2012. DVD.

This film was one of the first documentary’s I have actually sat through and been engaged in. This was a film about all of the crazy incidences that happened in the movie the Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick. What I took from this was that even though the footage for the voiceovers was not from any of Kubrick's films, the footage was relevant to what the people were saying about his work ethic. I thought it was pretty cool because I was just thinking of  doing actual footage that I took but it occurred to me that I can you archival footage from previous students of previous years.

3. Spector, Col. "5 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make." Raindance Film Festival. Raindance Film Partnership, 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

This website helped SO MUCH. It basically showed you what not to do in a documentary that I think a lot of people pass up. There are many ways that a documentary can go and if you do everything that this website says not to, you, my friend, are in for naptime. This website showed me what not to do to be able to keep all of my viewers awake and engaged. For example; I had to be able to film without a set outcome in mind because if I would have done that, I would have been looking in the wrong places for people to interview. It basically says to just take a camera and see what people think about the topic.

4. Man on Wire. Dir. James Marsh. Prod. Simon Chinn. By Igor Martinovic, Michael Nyman, J. Ralph, and Jinx Godfrey. Magnolia Pictures, 2008. DVD.

This movie really pushed me to take risks with how I would like to shoot my documentary. I saw this documentary in 2012 in advisory, but did not think anything of it. When I started thinking about really sitting down and trying to figure out what I need to do to film a documentary, I thought of Man on Wire. I used a few shots that were in this movie. There is a shot where the camera is on the ground and is tilted up to see an image which is what the director did in this film with the twin towers. I also thought that this movie did a really good job of keeping the story going.

5. Exit through the gift shop

6. Spellbound. Dir. Jeffrey Blitz. Prod. Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch. Perf. Neil Kadakia, Emily Stagg, Ashley White, April DeGideo, Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Nupur Lala, and Ted Brigham. ThinkFilm Inc., 2002.

This film was pretty interesting. It helped me move my story line along in very interesting ways also. Even though the film is 11 years old, I thought that the editing was very well done. I used driving shots of driving to the spellers houses in my video to show that our school is inner city and kind of exaggerate a few things in the film. I also used another transition that they showed which is showing part of a town with a name and then showing the full image of the town and making the name disappear for  my opening credits. I really wanted my film to be as interesting as this because it really kept me involved on a topic that seemed boring to me when I picked it up.

7. Shaner, Pete, and Gerald E. Jones. Digital Filmmaking for Teens. Boston, MA: Thomson Course Technology Professional Trade Reference, 2005. Print.

This was helpful just for the filming side of things. The title really threw me off and I was really unsure of if I even wanted to read it. It blew me away though by the simple fact of having a chapter on how to make it look like you have been doing this for years. There are tricks and certain ways to film that I used in my documentary. It was really easy to pull off also.

8. Herman, Douglas F. "Roughcut Productions." Roughcut Productions. Roughcut Productions, 2009. Web. 2013.

This is the Roughcut website. This was interesting to me for my project because it describes the first few years of the program and the people that started it. It also has plenty of archival footage that is easily accessible for my usage. This was the start of my  inspiration for this project. I was really intrigued by the way the website was set up and how everything was made.

9. Herman, Douglas F. "Partners (Global)." Environmental Portraiture Partners Global Comments. Douglas Herman, 2011. Web. 2013.

This is Mr. Hemans website where he keeps all of his photos from other places in the world. This really helped me believe it or not because there is a portion from when he was in India. Roughcut is currently teaching a course online to students in India which I will touch on in my project. I went to his website to look at the differences in their environment and ours to try to help myself get a few things straightened out in my head because I wanted to see what it might be like to take this class in a different country.

10. Herman, Douglas. "RoughCutProductions Plus." Vimeo. Douglas Herman, 2009. Web. 2014.

This is another place where I can get archival footage for my documentary. I mostly pulled from one specific video which is the 2012/2013 film festival. This is where all of the videos from those two years were made and collected. That was the year that I really started digital video and had films in the full two hour long piece to showcase everything we did that year. I thought it would help because it is the most recent thing other than the few things we have from this year.

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Jamekea S. Lee Capstone


For my capstone I mentored young girls at my old middle school every Wednesday for eight weeks. Each week we discussed different topics such as, Social Media, Family and Friends, Violence, School, Society Views, and Self- Respect. As we had our discussion there was also assignments that the girl had to work on, which were all based on the topic of discussion. The goal of this capstone was to understand how young girls think, how the react, and what influence their actions. Each of the young girls had a journal which they wrote in just about every week about how they was feeling and I responded back to them each week. Through the course of the program I learned so much about these girls. I went in expecting them to be distanced and unwilling to work but they were open and allowed me to get personal. I learned that some young girls only need for someone to take the time out of their day and just listen, listen to their feelings and thoughts, knowing that they wouldn’t be judge. They made me realize that no matter what age you are, you’re still vulnerable and want people to be there for you, no matter how strong you are. This was a learning experience for not only the girls but for me.

Blog and Pictures

Here are a few pictures of my blog and some of the girls I mentored 


Link to my blog, where all of my work lives: HipstaShakur

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COARD, STEPHANIE IRBY, ALFIEE M. BRELAND, and PATRICIA RASKIN . Perceptions of and Preferences for Skin Color, Black Racial Identity, and Self-Esteem Among African Americans. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2001. Web. < and Preferences for Skin Color.pdf>.

I chose to use this online book as a source because I think it’ll be a interesting read and it would help with my capstone. The book is about Black Racial Identity and the perceptions of it, I think it would be interesting to “learn” in a way about how blacks are looked at in society. If I learn more about how blacks are looked at in society, then I can teach the girls and tell them why it’s important to have a good character so society can have more respect for themselves. I’ll incorporate my findings into my work.

"Community Violence: The Effects on Children." The Child Study Center. NYU Langone Medical Center. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

This source is reliable because it breaks down how the community a child lives in can play a part in their behavior. If a child grows up in a bad neighborhood, then they will have bad tendencies because they don’t necessarily have the right role models to follow. I can like at this source as a what-not-to-do, and try to be a good role model for the girls I’m teaching. This source isn’t the go to source for everything though, I wouldn’t use this as what-to-do source but I’ll definitely use this as a fallback source.

DuRant, Robert, Chris Cadenhead, Robert Pendergrast, Greg Slavens, and Charles Linder. Factors Associated with the Use of Violence among Urban Black Adolescents. 84. 1994. <>.

I chose to use this source because it was a study to examine social and psychological factors associated with black adolescence. This sources relates to my capstone because I’m studying why black adolescent girls have little respect for themselves. This source states how community played a role in their decisions, I also think that community plays a role in the way black girls choose to represent themselves to the world. This source is very reliable and helpful for my capstone. I’ll use this source as the basis of my curriculum and to help plan out my activities for my capstone.

Galbreath, Lydia. Philosophy of the African American Identity Crisis: A Double Consciousness Exploration (2011): n.pag. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I chose to use this as a source because it’s about black racial identity which will help with my capstone. This source looks thoroughly into the Double Consciousness Theory and the role it plays in the African American lives. I found this source very reliable because it’s study and an overview of the African American culture and their lives. It’s a good source about the black society and how it’s viewed by people from other ethnicities, which will help me explain my reasoning for my capstone to the kids. It will help a lot with my curriculum and what I’m trying to do with my capstone.

Khattri, Nidhi, Kevin W. Riley, and Michael B. Kane.Students At Risk in Poor, Rural Areas: A Review ofthe Research. Pelavin Research Institute. 13, No.2. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 79-100. Web. <,n2,p79-100,Khattri.pdf>.

This source is very reliable because it’s a online excerpt from a book published by people affiliated with Pelvain Research Institution. The book is about students who may be at risk in poor, rural areas which relates to my capstone because I’m working at a middle school in North Philly which is in a rural neighborhood. I can use the information I get from this source and feed it to my audience. I can teach about the risk they are at and how to prevent falling into traps of living in such a community. This source will help me spread information about how much community influences an individual behaviors.

"Middle School Survival." Understanding and Raising Girls. PBSParents. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

I chose to use this source as a reference because it about middle school girls behavior. This source breaks down why some middle school girls act out in school and why their behavior may be bad. This source is a great start for me understanding the minds of middle school girl, while it may not be the best thing when trying to fully understand middle school girls, it is a good starting point. I can reflect on this site when I feel as though I’m having a hard time with the girls, this source will give me understanding of what’s going on.

"Parenting, the Social Environment and its Effects on Child Development." Virtual Medical Centre. Virtual Medical Centre, n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

I think this source is reliable because it breaks down everything about parenting and social environmental effects on child development. My capstone was originally about how parents and the environment plays a major role in a child’s life but I changed it around a bit because I thought it was too broad and would cause a lot of problems. However, I will touch on the topic in a more settle and discreet way, so this source is good for me to pull information from. This source is also reliable for me to reflect on and even show the girls so they can look at it too.

Popkin, Susan J., Tama Leventhal, and Gretchen Weismann. Girls in the 'Hood: How Safety Affects the Life Chances of Low-Income Girls. Urban Affairs Review, Web. <, Leventhal, Weismann_2010_Girls in the Hood.pdf>.

I chose to use this source because it relates a lot to my capstone. For my capstone I’m talking to 6th grade girls about self respect. Rather me taking up eight weeks to talk just about self respect, I want to give them facts about more things. Such as how society views them and what messages they’re sending out to society. I want to show the girls the long term effect of the choices they are making at such a young age. By referencing this site, I’ll be able to show them the work of people who actually study these sorts of things and that will helpfully help them understand more.

Stack, Carol. All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community. New York: Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 1997. 22-57. Web. <

This source is very reliable for my capstone because within the book it has chapters about black communities and how they play a major role in black adolescents lives. I thought the chapters within the book were helpful in helping me understand more about the black community. Even though I’m from a black community, it’s good to have another insight about it from other people.  This source will be very reliable for getting information that I’ll need to complete my capstone and to help others understand my capstone. I’ll not only give people of different ethnicity a view of the black community but it will give African Americans a view of the black community.

"Youth in Action: Teens Forming Teens." What Kids Can Do. What Can Kids Do, Inc. Web. 29 Jan 2014. <>.

When I reviewed this site I was looking to find articles about young black adolescence and their behavior. However, I was surprised when I seen a featured story about teens helping teens because it relates a lot to my capstone. This article helped me understand how to approach my audience in a more fun and interesting way rather than just laying facts out to them. It inspired me to make activities where they’ll teach me about their experiences and the reasons for the decisions they make. Although this source isn’t reliable for my whole capstone it is a good starting point for the activities I’m going to make.

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