0423 Newspaper Production 1 year Grades 10, 11, 12 1 credit
This challenging, but rewarding elective can help students gain entry into college or earn an academic scholarship since colleges are impressed by participation in high school journalism. Students must be capable of working independently and must possess strong English skills. Students are responsible for all aspects of producing a publication and running a small business including brainstorming of ideas, interviewing, writing, editing, revising, proofreading, photography, planning, layout, design, graphic art, advertising sales, advertising design, fundraising, and accounting/bookkeeping. Word processing and other computer/technological skills are essential. Grades are given based on student performance and participation. During the layout process of each issue, students will be REQUIRED to spend some time outside of class. Recommendation of current and past English teachers and the successful completion of an application are required to gain entry in the class. Class size is limited. Applications are available in the principal’s and guidance offices.
0424 Yearbook 1 year Grades 10, 11, 12 1 credit
This class is responsible for the production of the yearbook. There are no fees, but students must sell advertisements in the community as well as work at a variety of extracurricular fundraising activities (such as Winter Ball) throughout the year. Some after school time may be required. In addition, students will learn the valuable skills of desktop publishing, copywriting, digital media manipulation, elements of design, photography, and business organization. A form must be completed to apply for staff. Prospective staff members must have the approval of three teachers on staff at the high school as well as write a criterionreferenced essay to be considered for staff. Computer, photography and typing skills are recommended but not mandatory. Applications are available in the principal’s office.