• Yearbook- Course Information and Policies

    Basha High School



    Instructor: Ms. Elizabeth Fritsche

    Phone: 480-224-2253

    Room: F214

    E-mail address: fritsche.elizabeth@cusd80.com            or esheble74@gmail.com


    Welcome! I’m glad you have decided to join us as a yearbook student. Being on the yearbook staff will require self-motivation as well as strong time management and organization skills.


    Although I firmly believe that a student is responsible for his or her own learning, I also take my role as course instructor and learning facilitator seriously. We will spend most of first quarter learning the basics of copy writing, editing, interviewing, and designing.  There will be a strong emphasis on being on time for deadlines throughout the year.


    Good luck, and may we have a fun journey together!






    This course in yearbook journalism has two primary objectives: (1) to teach students the skills required to create the book and (2) to produce a book which reflects journalistic standards. In order to accomplish these objectives, the yearbook journalism students will devote their time to the following:


    ·         Learning their rights and responsibilities as student journalists

    ·         Gaining proficiency in desktop publishing with eDesign

    ·         Incorporating advanced design principles such as grid designs and use of layered coverage into the yearbook

    ·         Learning and using journalistic writing techniques

    ·         Learning and implementing basic photography principles

    ·         Developing student leadership and decision-making skills

    ·         Finding ways to include every student and staff member in the yearbook

    ·         And most importantly, producing a yearbook the staff, the school, and the community can enjoy


    Expectations: Four Basic Attitudes Critical to the Success of the Yearbook Staff

    Timeliness: Students will be expected to meet all deadlines. When we miss a deadline, we lose money! Work MUST be completed on time. Students will also be expected to be on time for class, meetings, photo shoots and interviews. Late work will be subject to the following penalty: 10% deduction for each calendar day late, up to 50% deduction. Students must complete all assignments, regardless of how late the assignment is. Turning in incomplete work is not an option. The late work policy will be enforced without exception.


    Risk-taking: Yearbook staff members must be willing to take a risk and to try something new. Risk-taking may involve interviewing someone a student does not know or learning new software.


    Responsibility: When a student agrees to take on the responsibility of working on a student publication, the student must also assume responsibility for his/her actions. Whenever a student is out in the school or larger community fulfilling yearbook responsibilities, that student must act as a representative of the entire school.

    Attention to Detail: Yearbook is a perfectionist’s business. Students must pay attention to detail because details cost money!



    This student-created yearbook requires student leadership. The following positions will be filled by students exhibiting excellent character and work ethic:


    Editor-in-Chief                     (Yearbook Club President)

    Managing Editor                  (Yearbook Club Vice-President)

    Copy Editor

    Photo Editor

    Sports Editor

    Business Manager               (Yearbook Club Secretary)

    Publicity Manager              (Yearbook Club Treasurer)


    Open leadership positions will be filled during the first quarter of the year. Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor positions (and possibly other positions) are filled prior to the start of the school year.



    Some assignments – particularly photo shoots – will be completed outside of class time. Students should plan transportation needs and homework schedules accordingly. Students will need to attend after school events and activities. I understand that students may have jobs and other responsibilities; however, everyone is busy and all students will be expected to attend events. If students do not meet the minimum requirement for after-school event attendance (usually one per quarter), their quarter grade may be dropped by 5%. As a deadline approaches, staff members may be required to stay after school to finish pages or complete them at home as homework. The final deadline for the yearbook will fall over spring break. If students have not completed their assigned pages by the time spring break starts, they will be expected to finish their work over spring break. Parents will be contacted to ensure the work is completed before the final deadline.



    Students may use their own cameras or they may use staff equipment. All staff equipment must be signed out and returned within 24 hours. Students who do not follow the sign out and return policy will not be permitted to use school equipment. The cameras we have are expensive, and the students are expected to treat them as if they had purchased them themselves. Students will not be allowed to borrow cameras for personal use.



    All district and school policies for computer use are in effect. In addition, yearbook students have access to our yearbook from any computer with internet access. Students who misuse or abuse their access to the yearbook (example: sharing the book with non-staff members) will lose their computer privileges. Disciplinary action will follow.



    Once the yearbook is finished, students will be expected to participate in all classroom activities and to complete all assignments as requested by the teacher. While the assignments may not be directly related to the yearbook, they will be journalistic in nature and focused on improving students’ journalism skills. All students are required to work the yearbook distribution, which will be the last week of school. Students will need to be able to work until the end of C lunch.



    We will solicit photos and promote book sales through social media accounts. Some students will be asked to manage those accounts (primarily the publicity manager), and others will be asked to share the information through their personal accounts. When managing yearbook social media accounts or promoting the yearbook on personal accounts, students must remain school appropriate. Participation in social media use is not a requirement.


    ·       Blue or black ink pen and pencils

    ·       Binder or folder for handouts and papers

    ·       Gmail email account

    ·       Composition book (this will be used daily)


           acting disrespectfully to classmates or the teacher;

    ·       making comments that are off-topic and demonstrate that a student is not paying attention;

    ·       criticizing, laughing at, or putting down other students;

    ·       making comments or acting in way that promotes ignorance or stupidity rather than intelligence and competence;

    ·       use of profanity; and

    ·       failing to pay attention and follow directions.


    Lastly, no food or drink (other than water) will be allowed in the classroom. Most of the time, we will be working on school computers, and we must be careful to avoid damaging them in any way.


    There are three steps that I will take if a student is disrupting the learning of others in our classroom.

    • FIRST OFFENSE: Speak with you directly (warning) or assign detention –depending on the situation.
    • SECOND OFFENSE: Call your parents/guardians to discuss the situation
    • FURTHER OFFENSE: Refer you to your administrator for further consequences.




    Quarter and semester grades will be calculated using a cumulative point total.




    Each student is responsible for knowing the information outlined in this course syllabus. Please keep a copy of this document and refer to it regularly. Students will be notified by the instructor of any changes in course requirements or policies.



























    Syllabus Acknowledgement Form


    Student Responsibilities:

    You are expected to contribute positively to the learning environment of the classroom by:

    • taking responsibility for your own success in class;

    • meeting all deadlines, or completing spreads even in the event a deadline is missed;

    • reading, reviewing, and referring to the course syllabus for all pertinent information;

    • actively asking questions and seeking out help from the editors and instructor;

    • completing all yearbook pages by the assigned deadlines; and

    • actively participating  in the course.  

    Parent/Student Agreement

    The signature below signifies that the student understands the policies and regulations specified above. It is understood that the instructor may adapt or change this syllabus and the assignments contained within it according to circumstances that may arise during the course of the class. Parent signature signifies that the parent has read and understands course policies.


    (Be sure to ask the instructor any questions concerning the syllabus before signing below.)




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    Student’s Name, Printed                          Student Signature                                           Date  




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    Parent’s Name, Printed                            Parent Signature                                                Date





    Parent email address