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TEACHER-Tory Gilson                    BUSINESS PHONE-308-987-2424

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yearbook Procedures
Course Description:  This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to produce the school yearbook, which offers a complete record of an entire school year.  The year begins by planning the coverage for the school year and designing a unifying theme for the book.  Students will study magazine journalism including layout and design techniques, writing and editing copy, headlines and picture captions.  This course provides the study of and practice in gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, note taking and photography.  Students will learn strategies of planning, marketing (ad sales) and distribution of the yearbook.  Students will learn proofing strategies and work independently with photographers.  At times, deadlines require that staff members work after school, on weekends, and holidays.  Students will learn good work habits and are responsible for all phases of yearbook publication.

Course Competencies:  Upon completion of the course students will be able to: 

1.      apply the basic principles of page design and layout

2.      operate software

3.      write copy for captions and text

4.      shoot, select, and crop photographs for layout

5.      execute a publication strategy

Projects:  Projects will involve selling ads, helping with pictures throughout the year, and the distribution of yearbooks.

References:  The internet, magazines and other yearbooks may be used as references.

Class Expectations:

Attendance – It is very difficult to produce a great yearbook if you are not here to work on your pages.  This is not an independent class; your daily performance affects the lives of everyone else in the room and everyone expecting a great yearbook.  Be here and carry your own weight!

Class Expectations:

Positive Attitude – If everyone keeps a positive attitude and is willing to lend a helping hand then our life will go much smoother for the next nine months.  Yearbook is incredibly stressful at times.  Be aware of your stress and how it affects the way you interact with your peers.

Classroom Management – As a student of Overton High School you are responsible for knowing and following all policies in the handbook.  I should know where you are at any given moment.  Many of your tasks will require you to track information for pictures or stories.  You must have a pass and you must sign out.  I expect mature behavior.  When you are in the halls, other teachers’ classrooms, selling ads, or running sales tables you are a representative of the entire staff and your actions reflect each of us.

Be a Good Steward – Please do not be wasteful with supplies.  Watch your use of paper, disks, etc.  These things quickly add up.  Do not use the copier for personal use.  Be respectful of school property.  Pick up after yourself everyday before you leave!

We Say Jump, You Say How High – Respect the leadership roles of your peers.  If the editor asks you to complete a task, you should do so.  The editor was chosen because of his/her dedication and leadership.  Editors have experience and know what needs to be completed to have a successful yearbook.  Your willingness and cooperation to finish tasks completely and correctly will reflect on your daily grade.

After School Hours – Unfortunately there is no way to complete all the necessary work during our limited class time.  Each staff member must be committed to the completion of all pages even if it required after school work time.

Confidentiality – Part of the allure and excitement surrounding the arrival of the yearbook is surprise.  DO NOT RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE.  Themes, ideas, and cover designs that are discussed in our class stay within closed doors.  Do not tell your best friend, do not tell your favorite teacher, do not tell your parents, and do not tell the wall. Do not bring friends into the yearbook room!  Taking a new yearbook from the room before it is distributed to students is forbidden – This will result in a failing grade.  

Deadline Policy – It is a simple fact of life; the real world revolves around deadlines.  Yearbook is a real world class.  Jostens Publishing Company assigns the yearbook staff deadlines and the advisor and editors establish mini deadlines so the company’s are met.  Not meeting deadlines results in the company assigning late charges or possible delaying the shipment of the book.  FAILURE TO MEET DEADLINES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

Grading:  Students will be assessed on meeting deadlines, selling ads, and the quality of work produced including layout design, writing copy and cropping photos.  Students’ grades will also be greatly assessed by their work ethic.

First Semester/Second Semester:  You will earn a maximum of 10 points per week (this includes daily work, yearbook pages, layouts/deadlines and work ethic.   

Layouts/Deadlines – Completion of all assigned layouts by the deadline date. This includes any editing and proofing corrections. A page is considered finished when it is added to the ship list as complete.  It’s your responsibility until this point. Don’t throw something together just to get it done.  Make sure there are no errors, especially spelling.

Ads/Fundraising – You will be expected to sell a certain amount of ads for the yearbook.  NO ADS, NO YEARBOOK!Participation and effort in any fundraising activity will also be considered.

Work Ethic/Daily - Work neatly; organize your things; clean up after yourself; stay on task; use your time wisely; do what you are asked; maintain a positive attitude; don’t tell anyone about the work we’re doing; making sure teacher knows where you are at all times; helping others correct pages.

TARDIES:   One is expected to be in the classroom on time.  If you are late, you will be allowed one late pass.  After that, you will be assigned a detention.  BE ON TIME, PLEASE!

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT:           Be courteous and respectful to others.  Class discussions are an important part of this class.  Be respectful to others as they state their opinion or answer.  Make sure you bring ALL necessary materials to class each day. 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES:        If a student is not on task and is disrupting others, a three step procedure will be in effect.  Step 1:  The student/s will be asked to stay after class with a warning.  If the same students/ continue disrupting the class, Step 2 will be in effect.  An automatic detention will be given-the student/s will have a choice of staying after school or coming in before school, and a call will be made to the parents or guardians.  Step 3:  Should disruption persist, the student/s will be sent to the principal’s office, and punished and a manner seen fit by the principal and consistent wit