• Yearbook

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     Course Description 

    • Yearbook is a yearlong course dedicated to creating the ACP Oakland School Yearbook.
    • The first month of class will be photography skills and learning journalism. During this time students will learn communication skills, ethics, yearbook terminology, publishing software, photography basics, business skills, and journalism.
    • After the first month, the students will work independently to create their chosen/assigned spread (a spread is two pages in the yearbook). Each spread can take anywhere from 40-80 hours to create and perfect.

    Course Objectives

    • Students will learn the basics of yearbook layout, design, copy writing, and photography.
    • Students will conduct interviews as needed for their pages and have interviewees sign off on their quotes.
    • Students will meet all required deadlines.
    • Students will be resquired to take pictures at school events and activities. Most of these events will be before or after school.
    • Students will attend events as needed, sometimes outside of the school day,  to learn about their spread assignments.
    • Students will work as a team at all times.


    Yearbook Staff Guidelines

    • Staff members are expected to act in a professional manner at all times, especially when representing the yearbook staff.
    • Staff members are expected to inform, and gain permission, from any teacher before taking pictures in his or her class.
    • Staff members are expected to keep confidentiality and not share information regarding the yearbook with anyone not on the staff.
    • Staff members are expected to have a camera and equipment (USB cable, memory card/flash drive, batteries, notebook) with them at ALL times.       

    Any yearbook student that demonstrates repeated disregard for the guidelines and rules will be placed on a behavior contract. If the behavior contract is broken, students run the risk of being dropped from the class if they demonstrate poor behavior, a poor work ethic, or forget important deadlines. 

    Grading Policy

    Grades will be based on completion and quality of assignments based on class rubric. Assignments include work and pages in the yearbook as well as clerical, marketing, and editing jobs. Students will keep a work log checklists and complete self-evaluations. Student grades are also based on participation, work ethic, leadership skills, and meeting production goals. 

    Work Habits

    Work habits grade will be determined based on student’s effort, responsibility, and attendance.


    Cooperation grade will be determined based on student’s courtesy, conduct, improvement, and class relations.

    Class Participation

    • You must be on task at all times. No one is to be idle and expect others to do work. Learning is a verb – it requires action.
    • Remember to be polite – raise your hand to be called on and don’t interrupt others when they are talking. 
    • Everyone needs to be respected when they are speaking and sharing in the class. Therefore, when someone is speaking there is to be no one else talking in the class.


    There won’t be much daily homework due to the nature of the class. However, since the students design the Yearbook, your child may need to work at home on the computer in order to finish up various projects. It will be helpful, though not required, for your child has access to the Internet at home. Students are responsible for making a note of yearbook deadlines and working diligently to meet them. Students will be required to take photos of games or concerts outside of the school day.



    Be Respectful

    • Stay seated
    • Raise hand to speak
    • Listen when teacher or fellow students are speaking
    • Be kind to each other
    • Use appropriate language
    • Keep hands and feet to your self
    • If you ruin a student’s work because you touched it, you will have points deducted from your grade

    Be Responsible

    • Be in assigned seat before first bell rings
    • Stay in assigned seat until the bell rings to be dismissed
    • Have materials ready
    • Use time wisely
    • Stay on task
    • Make wise choices
    • Clean up after yourself
    • Take care of class materials
    • Remember-materials are borrowed — if you lose or break them, you are responsible for replacing them

    Be Cooperative

    • Follow Instructions the first time given
    • No food, drinks, or gum allowed in the classroom — water bottles filled with water in clear containers are allowed in class
    • No hats indoors
    • No phones/electronic devices or ear buds
    • Do your job
    • Use appropriate noise level
    • Put forth your best effort
    • Please do not use any perfume/sprays or perfumed hand sanitizers/lotions in class or before entering the room

     Required Materials

    • Section in large binder
      Student will need to contain lined and plain white paper, as well as space for keeping handouts and “work in progress.”
    • Composition book or small spiral notebook
      Students will use to record notes, ideas, and interviews
      (*note you can have a notebook with a pocket folder in it)
    • A USB flash drive for saving images and projects.
    • Pen and Pencil
    • Sticky Notes
    • Colored Pencils
    • Camera (Options Below)
      Note regarding ACP Equipment: Cameras can be checked out and used for an event from the library with a signed Equipment Use and Liability Agreement.

          Note regarding Outside Equipment: A student may bring his/her own camera with written permission from his/her parent. Camera must be 10 mega pixel or greater in order to be compatible with publishing software. By signing below, you agree that the school is not liable for damage or theft of the personally owned camera. Students should bring camera, USB cable, SD card (specifically for yearbook), and any important information to class the first week. Personal use of the camera during school is strictly prohibited.

    Please write me an email, or speak to me directly, if you cannot find/purchase any of these materials. It may be possible to borrow some of these materials from the teacher.

      Equipment Rules

    • When using yearbook equipment, you are responsible for it’s care and protection as defined by the Equipment Use and Liability Agreement. If you are using outside equipment the same rules apply.
    • Do NOT allow any non-staff member to hold, “borrow,” or use yearbook equipment.
    • If you allow someone to use ACP/Outside Equipment and it becomes damaged, you will be responsible for the repair or replacement of the equipment.
    • Always keep cameras and other equipment in a protective case when not in use. This should guarantee its safety if dropped.
    • Do not swing cameras or other equipment around.
    • Do not use equipment for non-yearbook purposes.

     Classroom Wish List (optional)

    • Extra Curricular Tax Credit (ECA) donation program will be greatly appreciated. You may directly donate through the school website to Yearbook. 
    • Gift cards to Target, Staples, or Joann Fabrics and Crafts
    • SD cards
    • Unscented Hand Wipes
    • Copy paper
    • Colored Pencils
    • Markers
    • Paper towels
    • Large Ziploc bags