CapCon! 2020 YouTube Playlist

It’s nearly the last day of school for my fifth-grade students and it’s time to share a link to their Capstone presentations. Every year I’m always so proud of students’ final work because I have witnessed the full arc of their process, beginning with when their Capstone project was just an idea.  This year I’m especially proud because these projects were done while students were learning remotely during a pandemic. Not an easy task. But every single student completed a project and… rocked it!  Take a look for yourself…

I proudly present this link to CapCon! 2020 – a Capstone Learning Conference YouTube playlist.

Here are links to each student’s blog. Search for “Capstone” to find each their three Capstone blog posts:

Anya Ahuja
Neil Anderson
Eva Carteau
Ved Dundon
Rachel Goldberg
Jaden Hernandez
Elisha Horowitz
Theo Kertesz
James Koch
Shali Kuntzen
Sydney LaBoy
Maddie Lassiter
Charles Lemerond
Rachel Lucek
Gabe Millard
Alice Nicassio
Jai Raj
Rafa Rosenthal
Ryan Shedroff
Christopher Strovink
Jasleen Virk
Amelia Wachs
Gavin Waldman
Maddy Wong



CapCon 2019!

Videos of each 5E students’ Capstone TedTalks and Ignites were taped by our computer teacher, Chris Casal. I’ve created a CapCon 2019 – Class 5Edwards playlist on my YouTube channel.

Below are links for 5E students’ 2019 Capstone blog posts documenting the entire arc of their projects:

Gia Asen:
Stella Berry:
Nathan DeSanto:
Summer Eichel:
Eli Etra:
Alexa Galante:
Chase Kantor:
Hannah Khang:
Sarah Kobi:
Henry Lamberg:
Connor Meschewski:
Steven Ren:
Lillian Rosenthal:
PJ Rosenthal:
Reece Schneider:
Jett Schwartz: 26/capstone
Alexander Sharp:
Maya Shetty:
Manu Trelles:

CapCon 2018!

Here are links to Capstone TedTalks my students presented as part of CapCon 2018:

                                             Class 5E

                         Links to Capstone Blog Posts

Alexander Akbarian
Karine Blumenfeld
Ben Degani
Avery Dickstein
Noah Gehlmann
Ayyan Hameed
Dani Horn
Kate Kattan
Barbara Kocsis
William Lemerond
Giana Marks
Ally McCausland
Emma Meskin
Matthew Meyerson
William Mishra
Eli Nicassio
Kevin Niu
Sam Saeed
Aidan Strovink
Caitlyn Wu
Hana Drabkin


Where I’m From

Where I’m From Poetry

George Ella Lyon’s poem,  “Where I’m From,” is credited as the inspiration for the many “Where I’m From” poems written by others around the globe.  Here is her poem:

Where I’m From

I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I’m from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down!
I’m from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments–
snapped before I budded —
leaf-fall from the family tree.

Poems Inspired by Ms. Lyon’s Poem and Posted on YouTube 
Some of these videos are straight run-through recordings of the authors reading their poems.  Others are short movies whose images inform our interpretations:

Resources for Creating Your Own “Where I’m From” Poem 

Poetry Center – Folk Songs

A Change is Gonna Come


America by Neil Diamond


Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins


Everyday People  by Sly & The Family Stone


Farmer Refuted Lin Manuel Miranda


For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield


Imagine by John Lennon

Times They Are a Changin by Bob Dylan




Turn! Turn! Turn!  by The Byrds


War by Edwin Starr


What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

Welcome to Class 5E’s Blogs!

Heathcote fifth graders have been blogging since 2014. Students’ blogs began as part of their ePortfolio, which reside in Google sites. Then, in the middle of our present school year, 2015-2016, students began using Edublogs, in anticipation of “going live” and having our blogs accessible to individuals outside of Scarsdale public schools.

Each student’s blog site contains a mix of posts. Some are in response to a direct assignment (e.g., Rube Goldberg; poetry anthology), while others are student-initiated. Students’ latest posts, as of June 2016, center on their fifth grade Capstone projects, which answer their main inquiry question.

Take a look at my students’ blogs and, if you have time, leave comments for a student or two, preferably for “Capstone” or “Rube Goldberg” (all posts will be from 2015-2016).