creating a first class yearbook and yearbook cd, you will learn the following
6. and Video Editing.
Keep in mind that grades are earned by you not chosen
by the instructor. To be successful in this course you need to work on personal
management skills and developing positive attitudes and behaviors. If you attend
every day and do all the assignments, you will most likely pass the course.
If you want to do better than passing, then you will have to work hard
and ask for help when needed.
Every assignment will be worth a number of points.
To determine your present grade for the grading period, add up the total
number of points you have earned and divide that number by the total points
Late work will have points deducted.
Your grade will be reduced ten percent for each day the assignment is
late. After five days, only
fifty-percent credit will be given. Work should be turned in on time!
If you have an excused absence from school, you are permitted to make up
work missed for credit. You have
one day for every day absent to finish assignments.
It is your responsibility to obtain assignments missed.
The instructor will be available for 15 minutes at the end of the school
day to assist you with assignments. Other
times can be arranged.
If you have an unexcused absence, you will receive no credit for work
missed. You are still expected,
however, to complete this work.
missed will be posted on this web site. You need to complete the assignments during a study hall. Limited time
may be available during class for catching up, but you should not plan on it.
course requires the following:
You are expected to complete a certain amount of work each
day in class. Attendance is
critical to learning in this class. Daily
practice and assignments are required work.
Time missed will have to be made up.
Class participation is worth up to 50 points each full week of school (10
points per day). This grade is a reflection of your performance in the area of
process. The process by which you
complete your work is as important as the product.
This is what I look for when I award these points:
Works Independently. Begins work promptly and stays focused without being reminded by the instructor.
Teamwork. When doing group work, cooperates with others, stays focused on the task, and communicates well with the group members.
Organization. Keeps papers and books well organized. Brings paper, pen and notebook to class daily.
Work Habits. Gets started immediately upon arrival. Continues working throughout the period. Does not watch the clock. Uses time wisely.
Initiative. Asks for help when needed.
You will be expected to develop certain skills and to demonstrate these skills
during class. Your performance will
be expected to meet deadlines and will be graded accordingly.
An exam will be
given at the end of the semester, as per school policy.
of other assignments will be made as well.
extra credit assignments are available.
should also be aware that I take very seriously any form of Academic
Dishonesty. Be sure you are familiar with the school policy on this.
is in some respects a different kind of class from those you normally take in
high school. Therefore, you need to
be aware of the following:
Meeting deadlines is important. We
have an obligation to printers and to our readers to turn in material on time.
As a journalist you have a special responsibility to be honest and
accurate in your writing and reporting. Faking
quotations, hidden messages or other violations of accepted journalistic
standards will be dealt with severely.
Be especially careful with computer equipment and camera equipment.
It is expensive. You will be privileged to work with some of the best
equipment the school owns. Ask
questions if you do not know how to do things. Do not change any of the settings
on any computer without permission from the instructor.
When you borrow a camera for an assignment, return it first thing the next day, or
the same day when possible. Remember
that others have assignments that require them to use the camera, too.
Often your work will require that you leave the room during class.
You will be permitted to do so as long as you ask permission first and
take a pass. While out of the
room, you should go only where you asked to go and you should keep in mind that
you are representing the entire staff. Make
sure you leave a positive impression.
You will often be asked to redo work for yearbook pages. Such a request should not be taken as a personal criticism.
We are all working to produce the best publication possible.
You will sometimes be asked to attend after school and weekend events to
take photographs or to work on a story. You
will also be expected to do interviews, which may have to be done after school
My philosophy for high school publications is to allow the staff to make
as many informed choices of their own as possible.
However, the following limits will be adhered to: