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    Graphic 1 Syllabus

                Instructor: Mr. Schenks                                                          Schenks.rodger@cusd80.com

                Room: C-120                                                                                   Textbook: None


    (Welcome to Graphic Design 1)


    Learning Graphic design skills is an exciting, challenging process that involves active participation both in class and at home.  Students, I know that you will want to accomplish a great deal during your Graphic design class.  Since learning basic computer skills in Graphic Design is the goal of our class, you will be participating in a variety of activities that are based on developing skills. Be ready to be an active participant!  


    Prerequisite to enroll in Graphic Design:  None.  Every student can and is encouraged to enroll.  The course lasts the entire school year and awards the student one credit for successful completion.  This course is an introduction to the Graphic design II and III. In Graphic design, the student learns vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on listening and reading comprehension and other interactive methods. 


    Graphic Design Course Objectives:

    Graphic Design and Web Production I is a year-long, project-based course that develops career and communication skills in the design and production of graphic media.  Introduction to Web production, design and functionality will also be a focus of the class.  Upon completion of this course students will have an understanding of Adobe Creative Suite Programs: Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver as well as a variety of other graphic design and web production programs.  Students will be able to successfully utilize these programs to create well thought out design based projects and websites. 


    Highly Recommended Materials:

    Flash Drive

    1 ½” 3-ring binder (may be shared with another subjects) Organization is key!                                        


    Sharpened pencils

    Pens (blue, black, various colors for note-taking, correcting)

    Very Appreciated Donations: boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer, lined paper, index cards (3x5)



    Students should commit 15-30 minutes each night reviewing their Graphic Design vocabulary even when written homework has not been assigned. This will help prepare you for class throughout the week and help you to remember the vocabulary from the prior day's lesson. If you're prepared each day, you'll be more confident, relaxed and ready to participate in class activities. You won’t have the added stress of exams because you’ll already know it! It's more fun when you know what's going on in class!

    If you are having trouble with an assignment, please make arrangements with me to meet. Please email me with any worries, concerns or clarification of assignments.

    I’m easy to talk to. Just PLEASE communicate with me.


    Attendance Policy: Students need to be in class every day to be successful. 

    After 9 absences, an attendance referral is sent to administration and a student MAY be dropped from a class. Please see attendance policy in the student handbook.


    Make-up work

    You will have the number of days equal to your excused absence to make up work. 

    If you run into a problem, please talk to me! I want you to do it so you can learn it!



    Thursday and Friday during Conference period.  


    Tardy Policy: 

    Students will be marked tardy if they are not in their seats by the time the bell rings. Students with 3 or more tardies will be assigned lunch detention in my room.


    Grading:  Grading is done on a point system.  Grades will be assessed by homework, quizzes, tests, and class activities.        

    100-90                                  A

     89-80                                   B

    79-70                                    C

    69-60                                    D

    59-50                                    F


    Semester grade
    1st qtr 40 %
    2nd qtr 40%
    Final exam 20%

    Grade access:  Parents can access their child’s grades and assignments by going to the school website, clicking on “Academics”, and then clicking on “Check Grades Online.”    Parents may contact the office personnel for their child’s password.  Parents or students may contact me anytime regarding grades Schenks.rodger@cusd80.com


    Class Rules and Student Expectations:

    In addition to the student handbook, the following rules and expectations apply to our classroom.

    To have success in Graphic design class, a set of procedures will be established that allows maximum instruction time so that each student can learn with little or no disruption.


    a.    Have all appropriate materials and supplies ready and be seated before the bell rings.

    b.    Be on task for all individual or group activities.

    c.     Arrive to class on time with the necessary materials to participate.

    d.    Absolutely NO PROFANITY is permitted in class! Keep it clean!

    e.    Turn cell phone to OFF upon entering class. Keep electronics in your backpack.

           (Cell phones will be used in class for educational purposes at teachers’ discretion ONLY.  If it is an emergency, the front office will notify me.)

    f.      Mutual respect.  Respect the teacher, students and yourself.

    g.    There is no food or drink (except water) in the classroom.

    h.    Respect all property. (School property, personal property, and other's property)

    i.      Respect all ideas given in class and do not criticize anybody's ideas or thoughts.

    j.      Do not interrupt other students' learning.

    k.     Raise your hand before speaking.

    l.      Use the pencil sharpener at a time when a class discussion is not occurring.

    m.   Use the bathroom on passing period. 

    n.    No grooming, perfume, deodorants, sprays or lotions are to be used in the classroom.



    If a student breaks one of the class or school rules, I'm obligated to take appropriate action. Students are asked to follow simple reasonable requests that will ensure that all students will have a successful learning experience. Your help and support are always greatly appreciated. I don’t single students out from others. Students who behave inappropriately single themselves out from others. Parent notification by phone or email usually occurs when students continue to not follow our rules. Continuous misbehavior or more serious misbehavior like bullying, sexual harassment, or inappropriate phone use will require detention, referral or I.S.S.  



    Participation is extremely important to your grade.  Many of the activities we do in class involve reading, writing and speaking while interacting with each other. The way each student participates helps me determine how well they are learning the Spanish lessons I have taught.  



    All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Hamilton High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.




    1.                   Be alert, listen and follow directions the first time.
    2.                   Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  If you don't make mistakes, you're probably not trying hard enough.
    3.                   Do your best work all the time. Think neat and complete!
    4.                   Participate in class activities.
    5.                   If you don’t understand, never be afraid to ask questions. This shows confidence.
    6.                   Memorize creatively using pictures, rhymes, songs, etc.
    7.                   Make educated guesses using context, what you know, cognates, etc.
    8.                   Review nightly. Practice whenever possible.
    9.                   Stay organized!  Know when assignments are due and where to find them.

    10.                  Come with a positive attitude every day. Let me know when if you’re having a  bad day. I’m here to help you, not tear you down.

                          I only ask that you try your best and inform me when you can’t.


    The best way to contact me is by email. Please let me know if you would like me to contact you my phone.

    Please, please, please let me know of anything I should be aware of regarding health, behavior, events etc regarding your child. I'm looking forward to another great year. Thank you for your patience, support and interest in your child’s education. 




    Rodger Schenks

    Graphic Design




    Mr. Schenks                Graphic Design 1



    Acknowledgement and Awareness of Graphic Design Course Outline, Class Rules and Consequences

    Please return this page ONLY by BLOCK DAY July 26th/27th 2018.

    Please keep the other pages as a reminder of what you are agreeing to.

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    Schenks Graphic Design Rubric


    Although you will not receive this rubric after a project is completed, you should understand that these are the general criteria that will be used. It is always important to be sure that your message is clear and that you are addressing basic design principles. If your work is in color or includes type, then those criteria matter as well. Craftsmanship has to do with how well you handle the software.










    Below Basic

    Far Below




    Clarity of message

    Message is bold, compelling and possibly multi- layered. It goes beyond the obvious.

    Message is clear and compelling. It may

    not be as subtle as it

    could be.

    Message is clear but fails to go beyond

    something simple or obvious.

    Message is

    slightly confusing.

    Message is absent or contradictory.


    Design principle: Contrast

    Use of light and dark elements creates depth and subtlety. White space is used strategically.

    Use of light/dark gives prominence where appropriate. White space, if used, is used well.

    Contrast and white space are both evident in the work.

    Use of contrast and/or white space could be improved.

    Lack of contrast dramatically weakens the work overall.


    Design principle: Repetition

    Repeated use of key elements helps to create unity. Repetition is often subtle.

    Repeated use of elements helps to create unity.

    Repetition is evident though not a strong component of the work.

    Repeated elements may not be evident, or repetition may be overdone.

    Work overall is disjointed because of a lack of common elements.


    Design principle: Alignment

    At least one bold line helps to organize the work, clearly guiding reader through the message.

    Elements are effectively lined up so that the overall look represents order.

    Elements are generally lined up appropriately – centered, left or right.

    An absence of clear alignment creates a cluttered overall look.

    Work lacks clear entry point and sight-lines and as a result has a chaotic look.



    Design principle: Proximity

    Placement of elements is precise so that reader can clearly perceive what

    is important and what is connected.

    Text and graphics are strategically spaced so that related elements are close together. It is clear what is connected.

    Text and graphics are spaced so that related elements are close together.

    Problems with proximity create confusion as to what is and isnt connected.

    Elements are not put together or separated in any organized fashion, creating a chaotic look.




    if applicable

    Color palette enhances the meaning of the work.

    Colors are used appropriately and do not clash with one another or clutter the work.

    Colors are mostly effective although there may be minor clashing.

    Color choices clash at times and/or clutter the work.

    Color choices weaken the work in dramatic ways.





    if applicable

    Fonts and effects help to create a strong verbal-visual connection within the work. All font sizes are appropriate.

    Typography choices are appropriate without an excessive number of fonts or effects.

    Typography is generally effective, although font choice, size and effects may create minor distractions.

    Font choices and/or effects create distractions.

    Typography choices weaken the work in dramatic ways.




    Work has no evident imperfections. Work is clean and neat.

    Work may have slight imperfections, but they are not immediately obvious.

    Work has imperfections that create minor distractions.

    Imperfections in the work are noticeable and distracting.

    Imperfections are highly distracting and take away from the overall effectiveness.