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yearbook magazine vol 12 fall 2016


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“I’ve been published twice, once in sixth grade and again my freshman year.” -Tatum Williams, 11

“I’m a contortionist.” -Olivia Robinson, 11

On Founder’s Day on August 26, students play games to Secondary headline – The Teller celebrate the school’s anniversary. 1. Throwing a ball to dunk Provides information specific to junior theMathew Massoth swings back the people in the tank, in hopes of getting a teacher drenched with water. 2. Smiles year & identifies the spread’s focus their faces, sophomore (subject and verb across are needed.) ThisShawheen is Naderi, sophomore Erik Kostyuk, and freshman Kolby Jennings watch as Naderi smaller than the primary head. tosses the ball. “The crowd celebrated with laughter and

oNomatopoeIa “I am a lover of the cookie monster.” -Ethan Morgan, 11

Elizabeth Fisher Isabel Flores Alex Flores-Nichols Hayden Flowers Isaiah Fossett Shandee Foster

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FUN FACT: The lockers, desks FUN FACT: Every fall THE RIGHT NOTE and cafeteria tables are JUNIOR all maroon sports team qualified for the PHOENIX STUDENTS As the crowd watches, senior Robin Blakeney 11 instead of their school colors. postseason this year. TAKE CARE OF SHELLS FOR Madison Bledsoe 9 Monica Rodriguez and freshman Samantha Allen raise theirHannah horns Bonner 11 WEEK AS PROJECT high. The band ran the traditional WESTWOOD CEDAR RIDGE KATIE SABRINA ALEXANDRIA show for the crowd including the song “The Horse.” BLANCHARD MONTEMAYOR NORRIS CROSS MY HEART “I just think it’s “Once you start “I took my shell As night begins to fall, junior talking to the with me to Milia Piepenburg performsJosiah Bonner 10 the best project Weston Bonnet 11 her color guard routine. As Nicholas a shell and getting classes, and BonnevilleI’ve 9 ever done, junior officer, Piepenburg spent cause I got really to know your when I went out many hours practicing so her into the shell. I shell, you kind of with friends I told performance would go smoothly.

varsity breaks losing streak by winning two games,

bought my shell a understand what my friends to be ENROLLMENT: 2,646 polite around it MASCOT: Raiders because IFUN wanted FACT: They were named it to learnthegood “greenest” school in RRISD. manners.”

DRUM ROLL PLEASE ENROLLMENT: 2,732 bench I just take it’s all about. It’s Drumsticks raised and ready to MASCOT: Warriors it everywhere. not Seven reallyseniors aboutgot play, the drum line looks forward Will Booher 11 FUN FACT: Brayden Booker 10 The shell is like at the crowd, leading the beat. a ACT teaching your background perfect scores this year. BeeBee After the band tailgate there was Boone 11 living thing.” shell how to a dinner for everyone involved, speak English, PFLUGERVILLE celebrating their hard work and its more about dedication to the Escadrille. getting to know ON THE LINE yourself.” After a successful performance by Dharma Boreman 9 the entire Escadrille, the drum Madie Boreman 11 majors stand proudly in a line Jake Bosley 11 in front of the crowd. The five of them led the music all night.

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in volved: “I was in band because I liked to make music and be with my friends.” Jonathan Lanter, 11

takes pictures on her cellphone. Photos by Selena De La Torre, Janelle Cruz, and Isaac Noschka

When the event occurred, students in Mr. By Chanel Carr Sherman’s class were ecstatic, confused. Photo by though B. Bui “I was surprised because I didn’t know that Student ENROLLMENT: 2,465 ENROLLMENT: 2,185 022083 21023.0813 Frank Botello 9 Government just went to random classes and did stuff MASCOT: Tigers MASCOT: Panthers Nona Bott 11 FUN FACT: Flags from difFUN FACT: In the late 1950s like this. At first, I thought we would have to answer Chance Boucher 9 frent countries hang inside and early 1960s, the football the school, to remind them of team went on a 55-game win some kind of question and then be rewarded with the becoming an IB World school. streak that spanned five seasons. donuts, but instead we just got them,” sophomore MCNEIL ROUND ROCK Alexander Bourland 10 Emily Baker said. Jamie Bowdy 11 Michael Boyd 9 For freshman Jonathan Karabinus, the moment was very surprising. “I was hyped because I was so hungry and was ENROLLMENT: 2,974 ENROLLMENT: 2,523 Shelby Bradley 10 MASCOT: Dragons MASCOT: Mavericks shocked because no one was expecting to get donutsSean Brady 10 FUN FACT: This is the FACT: The front Stefanie Braendli 11 team.” FUN against Northwest’s 31. school’s 101st year, and they of the school is in Travis while in a math class,” Karabinus said. With County a newwhile head and a new on attitude “We thought we had them,” Presler said. “The crowd was have 12 buildings 74 acres. the coach, back is in new players Williamson County. Student Government chosehear to do this idea the Indians hoped to be a completely different team in 2015. so loud we could barely ourselves. ” to “We almost pulled out a victory,” Presler said about the Thememorable ball went back to the Cougars and with 31 seconds advertise the year. Northwest game. “Next year were not going to have to say left they were in field goal range. Northwest’s successful “I think the whole giving food randomly to ‘almost.’” story by sydney enloe kick made North’s consecutive loss record reach 21. On the classes showed appreciation for the school and it made everyone more excited about the twentieth anniversary,” sophomore Luke Holiday said. Story by Ambreen Siddiqui ba

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onuts. A delicious word. For Mr. Sherman’s Integrated 1 math class, the day went Photofrom by B. Bui learning about congruence to celebrating the school’s twentieth anniversary. The class got free glazed donuts because of Student Government’s plan. “We collaborated as a class to figure out some new innovations. Since this is a whole new event (because of the anniversary) it was really open-ended. Someone came up with the idea to do ‘Grizzly’s Favorite Things’ [like] what Oprah does. From this we decided to surprise a random class with a fun treat on the twentieth of the month,” anniversary commissioner and junior Quincey MacMillan said. Anniversary commissioner and junior Jack Lugo picked up the phone to Krispy Kreme. “I made a phone call to the manager in Roseville and told him that we were celebrating our twentieth anniversary at Granite Bay and he was happy to donate the glazed donuts,” Lugo said.

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Josh Newcomb, 12 Ford Escort/Infiniti G35

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS

Claire Francis Bryan Freeman Marcus Fricks G Amy Gallas Saul Gallegos Tamayo

two more years to improve.” photo by kelsie sneegas

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Netflix.”

Matthew Bisch 11 Branson Bishop 10 Jordaine Bishop 11

Courtnee Black 9 Ryan Black 10 Wesley Black 11

enjoyment when a teacher would end up going underwater. Primary headline I– The Teaser think the school should host more events like this because Intrigues the reader itvisually brings peopleand/or together,” Naderi said. 3. Honors and CP verbally (larger thanChemistry any type on Lawrence becomes victim to the teacher Damien dunk tank. 4. To remember the day, freshmen Nicole Frisch the spread.)

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Junior Parker Wiley drove a 2007 GMC 1500 starting in February of 2015. It was his first truck and was known around school for it’s tan-textured color. Wiley purchased the truck from a friend who had used the truck on his ranch modifying it to what the truck looked like his junior year (pictured above). “A family-friend of ours kept the truck in a garage most of the time,” Wiley said. “He brought it back to work on it which is how the paint job got done on it.” While some of the customizations came with the truck from the previous owner, such as the paint job and wheels, Wiley did a few things to the truck himself. He added a Rhino Liner to his pickup bed, upgraded the engine and added a winch to the front of his truck. “I’ve had a passion for trucks my whole life,” Wiley said. “I like how it stands out.”

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hot pink racing stripes, she was in to freak out over.” complete shock and devastation that she had just gotten into a severe car wreck. She hit the side of junior Ryder “No one understands how Sutton’s car on Russell Curry Road fast it actually happens and FM 157. before you experience it “I was sad and traumatized that yourself.” everything happened so fast, but thankful everyone was safe,” Dake Meagan Dake, 11 said. Dake was without a car for three weeks to a month and had to be Sutton’s car was totaled, and he was dropped off at school until she got her unable to get another one to drive car repaired (picture to left). to school. The accident was declared “No one understands how fast Sutton’s fault because to his failure to it actually happens before you yield. Sutton was fortunate enough experience it yourself,” Dake said. to be on the opposite side and not Sutton’s evening after band practice hurt as bad. Sutton remained at the BALL IN hand, senior Jake Langley focuses on ARM turn. EXTENDED opposing from SM took an unexpected After takingto block hospitalan overnight to beplayer monitored an unprotected left turn on green, internal bleeding causedthe from35-yard his getting as far as he can down the field during the Northwest, sophomore Willfor Schneider runs along Sutton blacked out and found himself bruised ribs. Olathe East game on Sept. 26. “When I am running 13. had“Ithe passing in the turnedline overon onNov. the side of Schneider the road. losthighest my car, but it could yards have been The next thing he remembered worse,” Sutton said. down the field, I keep my eyes set on the in zone,” Sunflower League.was “It’s really cool to do it as a sophomore,” yelling at witnesses that he was fine. By Meagan Mesch Langley said. “That is always my goal no matter where“My firstSchneider said. “It’s reaction after being hit even cooler because I know that I have

⊲ Eliminate unnecessary words.

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Juniors involved in car accident, damaging both cars

⊲ Use fresh, active verbs.

⊲ Maintain style consistency.

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editor’s note......................................................... 02 HEADLINE models................................................03 school SPOTLIGHT..............................................04 talk to your staff................................................ 06 talk to your PHOTOGRAPHERS......................08 talk to your coworkers...................................10 talk to the PARENTS.............................................. 12 the big QUESTION................................................ 14 nspa picture finalists............................................ 16 GREAT SHOT photo contest ............................ 18 giving students a VOICE.................................... 20 TEACHER to teacher...........................................24 16

editor Julia Copeland copy Judi Coolidge cover & page design Oscar Mascorro contributing writers: Lisa Baker, Samantha Berry, Ben Baptist, Jen Bladen, Kim Cox, Bernadette Cranmer, Amanda Funesti, Sandy Godfrey, Kyria Gore, Annie Green, Anne Hayman, Kelly Juntunen, Leland Mallett, Chrystal McCoy, Isaac Medina, Gayle Nicholls-Ali, Lauren O’Connor, Kristi Rathbun, Stephanie Russo, Susan Spaulding, Matt Tullos ads Katie Greenwood circulation Linda Smith elements 1 fall 2016


editor’s

Note

Julia Copeland, editor Elements is published two times a school year for yearbook advisers and staff members by Balfour, 1550 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75235, (800) 677-2800. Additional subscriptions $10. Bulk mail paid in Dallas, Texas. Fall Issue 2016. Copyright 2016 by Balfour. Printed in the United States. Reproduction permitted for educational purposes only. Unsolicited manuscripts welcome; magazine assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited material.

elements 2 Fall 2016

Advising the yearbook can be a lonely job. At deadline time, advisers toil away at their desks, dropping sandwich crumbs into the keyboard as they work through lunch and pulling out of an otherwise empty parking lot at twilight or later. It sometimes seems no one knows what the yearbook adviser does, no one appreciates the staff’s hard work, no one pays attention to the book sales drive or senior ad deadlines. But does it have to be that way? After all, we are in the communication business. Shouldn’t we able to communicate better about what we do? This issue of Elements is all about communication • with and among your yearbook staff members (p. 6-7) • with the photographers who document the year (p.8-9) • with members of your faculty and administration (p. 10-11) & • with parents and community members (p. 12-13).

school spotlight – Adviser Kelly Juntunen and her staff at Allen High School in Allen, Texas, face a daunting task at one of the state’s largest campuses. But whether it’s publicizing portrait deadlines for more than 1,600 seniors or book sales for a student body of 4,800, this 7th-year adviser has a method to limit the madness. (p.4-5) the big question – Nine advisers answer the question, “What’s the most useful communication tool you use and how do you use it?” (p. 14-15). picture of the year finalists – We’re spreading the word about 15 student photographers honored in the NSPA picture of the year competition. Winners will be announced at the NEA/NSPA Fall Journalism Convention in Indianapolis, IN (p.16-17).

great shot photo contest – Beginning Nov. 1, student photographers will have a chance to show that a picture is worth 1,000 words and possibly $500. This fall’s contest focuses on sports and school spirit (p.18-19). fresh voices – We show how you give students a voice through special features in the yearbook, from modules in the class section to full spreads in student life (p.20-23) teacher connections – Finally, we offer ideas for connecting with other yearbook advisers to share teaching ideas and survival tips. (p.24) As you read through the advice and examples, we hope you’ll realize that though advising the yearbook can be lonely, it doesn’t have to be.


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HEADS,

YOU WIN

Clever word play & numbers enhance content ⊲ BenKeep headlines factual; no editorializing. Townsend

rubble

SUNSHINE

⊲ Use single quote marks in headlines. ⊲ Write headlines in present tense.

old to STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SEE YOU AT THE POLE WITH PRAYER AND SONG Courtesy Photo we are on the field.” photo by bridget wray

new

⊲ Avoid school name, initials, mascot.

Wipe out

“I’ve been published twice, once in sixth grade and again my freshman year.” -Tatum Williams, 11

“I’m a contortionist.” -Olivia Robinson, 11

On Founder’s Day on August 26, students play games to Secondary headline – The Teller celebrate the school’s anniversary. 1. Throwing a ball to dunk Provides information specific to junior theMathew Massoth swings back the people in the tank, in hopes of getting a teacher drenched with water. 2. Smiles year & identifies the spread’s focus their faces, sophomore (subject and verb across are needed.) ThisShawheen is Naderi, sophomore Erik Kostyuk, and freshman Kolby Jennings watch as Naderi smaller than the primary head. tosses the ball. “The crowd celebrated with laughter and

oNomatopoeIa “I am a lover of the cookie monster.” -Ethan Morgan, 11

Elizabeth Fisher Isabel Flores Alex Flores-Nichols Hayden Flowers Isaiah Fossett Shandee Foster

Netflix.”

6A we’re...

Matthew Bisch 11 Branson Bishop 10 Jordaine Bishop 11

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Karlie Milburn, 12 Chevy Silverado/Camero RS

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Ethan Blake 10 Henry Blake 9 Devon Blakeney 9

FUN FACT: Every fall THE RIGHT NOTE and cafeteria tables are JUNIOR all maroon sports team qualified for the PHOENIX STUDENTS As the crowd watches, senior Robin Blakeney 11 instead of their school colors. postseason this year. TAKE CARE OF SHELLS FOR Madison Bledsoe 9 Monica Rodriguez and freshman Samantha Allen raise theirHannah horns Bonner 11 WEEK AS PROJECT high. The band ran the traditional WESTWOOD CEDAR RIDGE KATIE SABRINA ALEXANDRIA show for the crowd including the song “The Horse.” BLANCHARD MONTEMAYOR NORRIS CROSS MY HEART “I just think it’s “Once you start “I took my shell As night begins to fall, junior talking to the with me to Milia Piepenburg performsJosiah Bonner 10 the best project Weston Bonnet 11 her color guard routine. As Nicholas a shell and getting classes, and BonnevilleI’ve 9 ever done, junior officer, Piepenburg spent cause I got really to know your when I went out many hours practicing so her into the shell. I shell, you kind of with friends I told performance would go smoothly.

varsity breaks losing streak by winning two games,

Don’t need to pay

Photo by K. Orellana

Riley Sullivan ’16, Chisay Arai ’16

bought my shell a understand what my friends to be ENROLLMENT: 2,646 polite around it MASCOT: Raiders because IFUN wanted FACT: They were named it to learnthegood “greenest” school in RRISD. manners.”

DRUM ROLL PLEASE ENROLLMENT: 2,732 bench I just take it’s all about. It’s Drumsticks raised and ready to MASCOT: Warriors it everywhere. not Seven reallyseniors aboutgot play, the drum line looks forward Will Booher 11 FUN FACT: Brayden Booker 10 The shell is like at the crowd, leading the beat. teaching your a ACT background perfect scores this year. BeeBee After the band tailgate there was Boone 11 living thing.” shell how to a dinner for everyone involved, speak English, PFLUGERVILLE celebrating their hard work and its more about dedication to the Escadrille. getting to know ON THE LINE yourself.” After a successful performance by Dharma Boreman 9 the entire Escadrille, the drum Madie Boreman 11 majors stand proudly in a line Jake Bosley 11 in front of the crowd. The five of them led the music all night.

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Mr. John Sherman’s second period Integrated 1 math class celebrates the anniversary

“My favorite thing about Pink Fest is our school coming together and helping raise money for a great cause.” Haley Allen, 12

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When the event occurred, students in Mr. By Chanel Carr Sherman’s class were ecstatic, confused. Photo by though B. Bui “I was surprised because I didn’t know that Student ENROLLMENT: 2,465 ENROLLMENT: 2,185 022083 21023.0813 Frank Botello 9 Government just went to random classes and did stuff MASCOT: Tigers MASCOT: Panthers Nona Bott 11 FUN FACT: Flags from difFUN FACT: In the late 1950s like this. At first, I thought we would have to answer Chance Boucher 9 frent countries hang inside and early 1960s, the football the school, to remind them of team went on a 55-game win some kind of question and then be rewarded with the becoming an IB World school. streak that spanned five seasons. donuts, but instead we just got them,” sophomore MCNEIL ROUND ROCK Alexander Bourland 10 Emily Baker said. Jamie Bowdy 11 Michael Boyd 9 For freshman Jonathan Karabinus, the moment was very surprising. “I was hyped because I was so hungry and was ENROLLMENT: 2,974 ENROLLMENT: 2,523 Shelby Bradley 10 MASCOT: Dragons MASCOT: Mavericks shocked because no one was expecting to get donutsSean Brady 10 FUN FACT: This is the FUN FACT: The front Stefanie Braendli 11 team.” of against Northwest’s 31. school’s 101st year, and they the school is in Travis while in a math class,” Karabinus said. With County a newwhile head and a new on attitude “We thought we had them,” Presler said. “The crowd was have 12 buildings 74 acres. the coach, back is in new players Williamson County. Student Government chosehear to do this idea the Indians hoped to be a completely different team in 2015. so loud we could barely ourselves. ” to “We almost pulled out a victory,” Presler said about the Thememorable ball went back to the Cougars and with 31 seconds advertise the year. Northwest game. “Next year were not going to have to say left they were ingiving field goal Northwest’s successful “I think the whole foodrange. randomly to ‘almost.’” story by sydney enloe kick made North’s consecutive loss record reach 21. On the classes showed appreciation for the school and it made everyone more excited about the twentieth anniversary,” sophomore Luke Holiday said. Story by Ambreen Siddiqui ckg rou

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onuts. A delicious word. For Mr. Sherman’s Integrated 1 math class, the day went Photofrom by B. Bui learning about congruence to celebrating the school’s twentieth anniversary. The class got free glazed donuts because of Student Government’s plan. “We collaborated as a class to figure out some new innovations. Since this is a whole new event (because of the anniversary) it was really open-ended. Someone came up with the idea to do ‘Grizzly’s Favorite Things’ [like] what Oprah does. From this we decided to surprise a random class with a fun treat on the twentieth of the month,” anniversary commissioner and junior Quincey MacMillan said. Anniversary commissioner and junior Jack Lugo picked up the phone to Krispy Kreme. “I made a phone call to the manager in Roseville and told him that we were celebrating our twentieth anniversary at Granite Bay and he was happy to donate the glazed donuts,” Lugo said.

Photos by B. Weaver

is better SHELL SPIEL than

in volved: “I was in band because I liked to make music and be with my friends.” Jonathan Lanter, 11 Claire Francis FUN FACT: The lockers, desks

takes pictures on her cellphone. Photos by Selena De La Torre, Janelle Cruz, and Isaac Noschka

Goodbye 4A and LISD opponents, hello Pflugerville and Round Rock schools

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS

Claire Francis Bryan Freeman Marcus Fricks G Amy Gallas Saul Gallegos Tamayo

o/n

Josh Newcomb, 12 Ford Escort/Infiniti G35

Courtnee Black 9 Ryan Black 10 Wesley Black 11

enjoyment when a teacher would end up going underwater. Primary headline I– The Teaser think the school should host more events like this because Intrigues the reader itvisually brings peopleand/or together,” Naderi said. 3. Honors and CP verbally (larger thanChemistry any type on Lawrence becomes victim to the teacher Damien dunk tank. 4. To remember the day, freshmen Nicole Frisch the spread.)

two more years to improve.” photo by kelsie sneegas

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Junior Parker Wiley drove a 2007 GMC 1500 starting in February of 2015. It was his first truck and was known around school for it’s tan-textured color. Wiley purchased the truck from a friend who had used the truck on his ranch modifying it to what the truck looked like his junior year (pictured above). “A family-friend of ours kept the truck in a garage most of the time,” Wiley said. “He brought it back to work on it which is how the paint job got done on it.” While some of the customizations came with the truck from the previous owner, such as the paint job and wheels, Wiley did a few things to the truck himself. He added a Rhino Liner to his pickup bed, upgraded the engine and added a winch to the front of his truck. “I’ve had a passion for trucks my whole life,” Wiley said. “I like how it stands out.”

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⊲ Use a comma instead of “and.”

Aisha DeBurr

1 Work in small groups. 2 Look at the dominant photo. Create a list of words or phrases that come to mind. 3 Reread the copy. What’s the message being conveyed? 4 Circle the words and phrases on the brainstorming list that best support the message. 5 Work with the literary devices/ numbers to see what word play works. Say whatever comes to mind. Don’t hold back. 6 Write a secondary headline relating details that are specific to the year. 7 Edit the headline using the guidelines on the square.

Pink Fest returns to October

trouble in the

hot pink racing stripes, she was in to freak out over.” complete shock and devastation that she had just gotten into a severe car wreck. She hit the side of junior Ryder “No one understands how Sutton’s car on Russell Curry Road fast it actually happens and FM 157. before you experience it “I was sad and traumatized that yourself.” everything happened so fast, but thankful everyone was safe,” Dake Meagan Dake, 11 said. Dake was without a car for three weeks to a month and had to be Sutton’s car was totaled, and he was dropped off at school until she got her unable to get another one to drive car repaired (picture to left). to school. The accident was declared “No one understands how fast Sutton’s fault because to his failure to it actually happens before you yield. Sutton was fortunate enough experience it yourself,” Dake said. to be on the opposite side and not Sutton’s evening after band practice hurt as bad. Sutton remained at the BALL IN hand, senior Jake Langley focuses on ARM turn. EXTENDED opposing from SM took an unexpected After takingto block hospitalan overnight to beplayer monitored an unprotected left turn on green, for internal bleeding causedthe from35-yard his getting as far as he can down the field during the Northwest, sophomore Willbruised Schneider runs along Sutton blacked out and found himself ribs. Olathe East game on Sept. 26. “When I am running 13.of Schneider had “Ithe passing in the turnedline overon onNov. the side the road. losthighest my car, but it could yards have been The next thing he remembered worse,” Sutton said. down the field, I keep my eyes set on the in zone,” Sunflower League.was “It’s really cool to do it as a sophomore,” yelling at witnesses that he was fine. By Meagan Mesch Langley said. “That is always my goal no matter where“My firstSchneider said. “It’s reaction after being hit even cooler because I know that I have

⊲ Eliminate unnecessary words.

Mariah Marvicsin

allusIoN

Juniors involved in car accident, damaging both cars

⊲ Use fresh, active verbs.

⊲ Maintain style consistency.

pretty in pink

No

by Judi Coolidge

Headlines matter. They create an expectation, a mindset and a direction, Most important, if the headline doesn’t draw readers to the copy, readers will skip it. Headlines need to entice readers and capture their attention (primary headline— the teaser). They also need to engage the reader with more information (secondary headline—the teller). Like a first impression, your page editors have one chance to grab readers. Try this five-minute, step-by-step procedure to kick start the process.

Rhyme & Onomatopoeia

Get a Reign Check

Homecoming ceremony washes out 16

Alliteration Homecoming fans experience

Wet, Wild Washout Homonym Thunder, lightning cause Homecoming

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RealReignWreck

Lightning storm destroys Homecoming

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on

Point Allen's communications: Clear, Timely, Focused

Spotlight school

Allen High School

Kelly Juntunen,CJE Allen, Texas

“I didn’t know the deadline was today.” Teachers hear this excuse every day. When asked if it is a problem, they nod in solidarity.

Because they hear the excuse more often, yearbook advisers nod more vigorously. In fact, they resemble human bobble heads. “What deadline?” is repeated by yearbook buyers who ignore repeated reminders, coaches who promise team rosters and scores and parents who turn in senior ad content weeks late. The answer to heading off problems and keeping your yearbook on track begins and ends with communication. In the beginning of the school year, when the staff is doing team building and other feel-good activities, sit them down and talk about relationships. (At first, they won’t know where you are going with this.) Explain that in romantic relationships, you are told never to assume the other person knows what you’re thinking; you have to tell them what’s on your mind. In all the relationships formed in the world of yearbook, this also holds true. (They will be relieved you didn’t discuss the staff’s love interests.) The yearbook staff communicates with each other, the school community, students’ parents and local businesses. They must be clear and focused. (A rambling, disjointed discourse never works.) For some kids, this is the first time they

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Allen photographers hang out in the front row of a pep rally to make sure to capture every part of the fun.

have had to interact with adults in a business-like manner, so it’s important to teach them solid skills. Everyone needs to be on the same page in order to eliminate headaches and delays. Clear channels of communication keep yearbook production moving forward.

Staff communication

Your editors lead, direct and model communication with the yearbook staff. This is a great opportunity for them to learn management skills and for you to delegate responsibility. Determine the primary method of staff communication in class. The Allen yearbook staff is divided into two class periods. Since not everyone is in the same class, a visual presentation of who is doing what is helpful. Our dry erase board is filled with photography assignments, story ideas and contact information. At a glance, students are able to share information and provide direction. Outside of class, the staff uses the messaging app “Group Me.” Because one message reaches the entire group, this is an invaluable tool for last-minute assignments. They all get the same information, so the group text allows everyone to know exactly what’s going on and who’s responsible. No excuses.

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A rolling white board lets staffers get out of the room to brainstorm coverage ideas.

Staffers commit themselves to the yearbook with a "wedding" ceremony.

The Eagle Staff  Allen High School Allen, Texas

Student body communication

To reach your student body, you have to meet them where they’re at. Quick tip – students don’t check their emails. Currently, kids are heavily involved with social media. So, create yearbook accounts to send messages through the most popular networking channels. Our staff Twitter account, run by the editors, lets students know yearbook prices and ad deadlines. We also solicit content on it.

At Allen the staff is taught to know their audiences and to understand the best ways of communicating with them. To avoid miscommunications, misunderstandings and mistakes, define the methods, procedures and channels for interactions. It will simplify your life.

This is a great opportunity to teach students how to properly message people and write good Twitter posts. Because this is a public representation of your program, make sure all staffers are Tweeting responsibly.

The more faculty and administrators who know what’s going on in your program, the more supporters you will have outside of your room. In essence, they are your cheerleaders.

Parents/community communication

Much of what students hear at school never actually makes it home. (Wouldn’t it be nice if we could safety pin important notes to high schoolers’ T-shirts?) If at all possible, send important notifications and forms to the parents via snail mail. This nearly guarantees it will end up in their hands. Quick tip – parents DO check their email, so sending notifications and deadlines electronically isn’t a bad idea for adults.

Faculty/administration communication

Before any big yearbook event, such as picture day or yearbook distribution, send the faculty and administrators a simple note or email with an explanation of what’s going on and pertinent details about the activity. This will keep everyone informed. They can also answer students’ simple questions that might bog you down. In our mass yearbook emails to the faculty, we attach fliers so teachers can print them out and hang them on their doors.

Parents are also more likely to check your website for links and deadlines, so keep the content fresh and updated. Posting PDFs of important forms, like order forms, will create a self-serve area for parents to get what they need on their own. elements 5 fall 2016


If you can't

hear me, you aren't listening.

GroupMe, Celly, Remind

These are great apps for staying in contact with students. I learned a few years ago that students without iPhones can be ostracized because of “the green messages.” I know, it’s silly, but it happens. Group chats can quickly evolve into drama if someone feels left out. Stick to the apps that students can use whether they are iPhone or Android users.

"Our ways of communicating help remind us of what needs to be done during the week." -Chloe Crawford

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My mother’s favorite saying was, “You’ve used my name too much—pick a new one.” I never understood that until I became a teacher and I heard “Miss Berry” or just “Berry” at least 8,000 times—usually in one class period—and answered the same question more than once.

Team meetings

There is one tenet of teaching I learned early: kids have a unique ability to sense someone’s age by the sound of his or her voice, and they will automatically tune out that person if born prior to 1996. So, editors lead team meetings. In less than three minutes, they deliver necessary announcements and reinforce procedures. Anything over three is overkill and wastes time. (Besides, teenagers’ attention span is only slightly longer than the notoriously ill-focused goldfish.) For that reason, be consistent in overseeing this time limit. To reinforce their positions of authority, my editors sit on stools behind our large white tables to slightly elevate them above staff members. It makes them feel official and in charge of team meetings. Painted by previous editors in chief, the stools are designated as “EIC-only stools.”

It was then I vowed to become a better communicator with my students. When it comes to managing a staff, communication is a key component, regardless of staff size. To save our sanity, advisers must find an effective communication process that works for both our staffs & us.

Mailboxes

Because wall space in my classroom is dominated by shelving, I can’t create cute mailboxes to share information. To keep the editors informed and on task, we use hanging files to distribute information. Each editor has a file, and I am able to give them information in their folders. When it comes to communication, trial and error is the best way to find what works for you. But I promise that a commitment to good, consistent communication is what will help your staff thrive. The old standby of standing on the desk and screaming continues to be a favorite method of communication for me. If something is successful for you, there is no need to change it. In other words, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” *Wink*

Weekly Google Doc communication

Every Sunday, my staff receives a Google Doc with anything and everything I need them to know for the upcoming week or month. I post birthday shoutouts, reminders of trips, notes for quizzes, etc. All week, students are able to refer back to these assignments and notifications, and share them with their parents as needed. I prefer using the Google Doc to an email because I can request student interaction and they can respond with comments! I’ve found emails invite lengthy discourses and are easily ignored (a.k.a. the “I-nevercheck-my-emails” excuse). Full disclosure—I stole this idea from Leland Mallett because he’s the best.

Deanna Jane Sumner

Susanna Jakubik

“To communicate with students, I use the lunchtime slide show. It’s a great way to post picture schedules, too.”

“We love Group Me. The entire staff uses it to share information, ask questions and generally trash talk.”

New Bern High School, New Bern, NC

Ridge Point High School, Missouri City, TX:


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Communication apps

"Without communication, the whole program would pretty much collapse. Buy communicating clearly we ensure everyone on staff is happy with our progress."

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Post-its

Twitter

-Libby Sullivan

After Google, Post-its are my greatest love. (Well, except for breakfast tacos.) Ok, I love a lot of things. But I digress. Postits have become an effective communication tool in my classroom. Because a student picks a computer station at the beginning of the year, I am able to place a Post-it on his or her computer to relay a message. The staff does the same for me. We have found that the most looked at places in our room are the computer screens, so placing Post-its on them make messages hard to ignore, especially when they block the student’s view of the screen. By Samantha Berry Cypress Creek High School Houston, Texas

Use this for group chats among the staff. The adviser can set up an account and invite members to join. Go to groupme.com to sign up for a free account. Look out for snarkiness. Also look for plans and messages that exclude some staff members. Clarify communication guidelines with staff.

Use this for communicating with the student body. They may not listen to the morning announcements, but they check their Twitter feeds all day long. Send out reminders to buy the book, get their yearbook picture taken or turn in their senior ad. Look out for off-message Tweets from the staff and critical Tweets from others. Choose one trusted student to Tweet on the staff’s behalf, or reserve that power for yourself. Develop a staff policy for dealing with negative Tweets responsibly.

Facebook

Use this for publicizing yearbook-related events and to promote book and ad sales. This familiar platform is one of the best ways to communicate with parents. Look out for lack of student interest. Facebook has lost popularity as students have turned to newer, faster apps.

remind (formerly remind101)

Use this for sending quick, simple messages to students and parents on smartphone or computer without sharing personal contact information. Go to Remind.com to create an account. Look out for limits on communication. The default is one-way messaging. To give users a chance to respond, be sure to set up the chat feature.

Google Classroom, Edmodo & Schoology

Use these for organizing classes and communicating with students and parents. If your district registers for one of these “learning management systems,” you can use it with all of your classes. Look out for students who forget or misplace their login information. Recommend that they store information in their phones to avoid class interruptions.

Snapchat

Use this for communicating with pictures and videos that disappear after 10 seconds, unless stored using the Memories feature. The Stories function allows users to create chronological photo segments accessible for 24 hours. Go to http://www.imore.com/howsign-snapchat for instructions on how to sign up and get started. Look out for disappearing information. Snapchat is best suited for quick promos to pique interest.

Lindsie Alley

Leander High School, Leander, TX

“I use text messaging. To me it is the quickest and most efficient form of communication when interacting with my yearbook staff.”

Elizabeth Moreno Cuevas

Canyon Springs High School, Moreno Valley, CA

“We create yearbook accounts in Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so we can send student/parent notifications.” elements 7 fall 2016


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Legacy Student Media

Workflow By Leland Mallett, CJE Legacy High School Mansfield, Texas

Adviser Leland Mallett puts his Mansfield Legacy staff through the paces with an organized photo workflow based on verbal and digital communication

PHOTO MEETING • Convene a meeting at the beginning of the week with photographers to discuss coverage. • Based on the master calendar, announcements and general knowledge, add events, activities and competitions to Google calendar.

CAMERA SET UP • Cameras should be set to shoot large file size (format). • Use Adobe RGB in color space. • Reformat card after each shoot.

PHOTO REQUESTS • Collect photo requests from page editors. • Write requests on board. • Assign photo requests to staff photographers. *If you don’t have a photo editor, assign someone to the position or elevate a qualified staff member. Mansfield Legacy’s photo editor Megan Bell & Staff Photographer Ryland Mallett compare camera settings on the sidelines on game night.

SETTINGS/LOCATIONS • Shoot an assignment with adviser or experienced photographer. • Determine settings: DAYLIGHT: ISO 400-800, Av 5.6-8 SUNSET/TWILIGHT: ISO 800, Av 2.8 NIGHT/GYM: ISO 1600-H, M 2.8 250 *Remember you want to keep the shutter speed at 250 or higher.

• Study the game to know what to look for and where to stand. UPLOADING PHOTOS • In Bridge: delete bad photos. • Rename photos using “event_date_ yourname.” • Enter meta data info (at least your name). • Star photos. (See chart.) • Move all photos to server in correct folder (file name can have football, but if it’s cheerleaders - place the photo in cheer). • Never copy a photo. Only one original of the photo should be on the server.

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photo is used on a yearbook page (has a copy)

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• Camera should be set to shoot large file size (format) • Use AdobeRGB in color space • Reformat card after each shoot

Uploading Photos

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PHOTO EDITOR

ASSIGNMENTS • Assign photographers to events. • Schedule assignments in Google Calendar. • Send email notifications to remind photographers of their assignments.

photo by Rachel Dearinger

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• In Bridge: Delete bad photos • Rename photos using “event_date_yourname” • Enter meta data info (at least your name) • Star photos (see chart to the left) • Move all photos to server in correct folder (file name can have football, but if it’s cheerleaders - place the photo in cheer) • Never copy a photo. Only one original of the photo should be on the server.

Using/Saving Photos

yearbook/newspaper staff

Yearbook

• In Bridge: right click and make a copy of the photo • Rename the photo you want to use (add _PAGE# at the end of original file name) • Change photo with the new name to «««« • Photo Editor will edit photos and move to ««««« • Never move a photo to/from any location

Newspaper

• Always use SAVE FOR WEB AND DEVICES (don’t save over the original) • Use Photoshop’s “save for web” option for every photo • Photos must be under 1MB • Use .jpg • Save photo in “photos” folder in The Rider Online folder • Use original name but add “_web” at the end of each photo Newspaper Photo Sizes • Normal stories (w/sidebar) 600px by 400 px, 72 ppi • Top story or full width stories (any category) 900 px by 600 px, 72 ppi • Immersive long-form stories (big features) 1500 px by 900 px, 72 ppi • Galleries/Photo of the day 600px by 400 px, 72 ppi

PHOTO EDITOR

USING/SAVING PHOTOS • In Bridge: right click and make a copy of the photo. • Rename the photo you want to use. (Add _PAGE# at the end of original file name.) • Change photo with the new name to ★ ★ ★ ★. • Photo Editor will edit photos and move to Best Folder. • Never move a photo to/from any location. Photo Rating ★ A photo. ★★ Good photo but seen before ★★★ Great photo, one of our best ★★★★ Photo being used on a yearbook page ★★★★★ Photo has been edited by photo editor & is on the yearbook page

Jason Jolley

Chapin Middle School, Chapin, SC

"I use emails and my loud mouth to communicate with my staff."


Ultimate test of communication

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Ordering, shooting, downloading, selective placing bal4.tv/6d0ea93c

Scan QR Code to view Horizon High School's photography protocol.

photo by Melissa Hejl

photo by Melissa Hejl

With yearbook editors, staff & photographers spread over three class periods, Horizon High School's publications staff established procedures for ordering, downloading, storing and selecting pictures by having a plan. Page editors and photographers work together to ensure the photos on the spreads support the stories and the photographers' best work is showcased.

Horizon High School Lisa Baker publication adviser Ryan Dimal tv/video teacher Nolan Bradford student videographer

Referencing the shared Google calendar, Horizon High School photo editor Madison Loreman shows yearbook editor Haley MacDonell how the photographers sign up for the week's events. Since the yearbook and photojournalism staffs do not meet during the same class period, the staff used Google calendars, email and a shared server extensively to communicate. Using Google calendars allowed them to see which photographers signed up for which event.

Gena McClatchy

Magnolia High School, Magnolia, TX

"I like to communicate via text messaging. It’s quick and effective. My students can see them and respond from anywhere."

Photojournalists Sultan Al-Sudairi and Ben Akers edit and rename photos to match the requested protocol. Photo file names must include the name of the event, date and photographer initials before being uploaded to a server that the photo staff shares with both the yearbook and magazine staffs. The publications team uses the photographersĘź codes and event keys hanging between computers to ensure proper naming.

Use a yearbook staff Twitter account for quick reminders to the student body: "Remember, tomorrow is picture day! Buy your yearbook this week!" elements 9 fall 2016


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Club Advisers

Tip to facilitate communication: “Busy club advisers usually have 3,276 unread emails that they try to tackle during the two minutes between bites at lunch on Tuesdays. So if you need beat info on clubs, assign a group of students the task of finding advisers and asking for information face to face. “We have an activity advisers meeting once a month. It keeps us on budget deadlines, answers fundraiser questions, etc. I asked all of them to appoint a liaison from their clubs to work with the journalism program. When they send rosters to the administrators, I have them include me as well. Also, at the monthly meetings, we create a calendar of regular club meetings, activities and events.” –Anne Hayman “We assign a yearbook student to staff members who advise clubs or outside activities so we don’t miss photo opportunities. To hold them accountable, students have the adult staff member on their beat sign off on a weekly log that is worth points toward their grade. As adviser, I send out an email at the beginning of the year explaining why the publication students need their signatures so they know what to expect.” –Annie Green

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Teachers

Tip to facilitate communication: “The key to communication with adults on campus is to keep everyone happy. Make friends with everyone and do little things to remind them that if they do you a favor, you will return the favor big time.” –Stephanie Russo “We have a specific email account set up with our district so we can send emails directly to anyone “in network.” Students can use their own email account to send emails, but we encourage them to use the staff’s account so the email automatically has some professionalism. Going back to planning ahead, not only do the staff members know to email at least a week in advance, but we allow the interviewee to set the meeting so they don’t feel as though we are just taking up their time.” –Ben Baptist “Food becomes a communication tool by bringing groups together. Bennie’s Breakfast Burritos are always a hit with our faculty and staff and make a great way to say “thank you.” It also allows us to put faces with names for both our yearbook staff and our school faculty and staff.” –Kristi Rathbun

Create hashtags specific to your yearbook and related events.

Advisers offer tips for effective coworker communication

Custodians

Tip to facilitate communication: “Having a deadline dinner or giving out snacks to your yearbook staffers? Save a plate for your custodian!” –Stephanie Russo “If we ever needed anything from our maintenance team, it was merely a question of asking them politely. Because we were in the room all the time, our maintenance team saw that we were working late nights and weekends (like they were) and felt a real bond with the yearbook staff. When the yearbooks were delivered, they did all the heavy lifting, thank goodness. But they also wanted to see the finished product. After they arrived, the maintenance team looked through the book with my editors and they were as excited as the kids to see how it all turned out. “ –Jen Bladen “In order to avoid wasting 30 minutes eating in the cafeteria, we eat in our classroom & our staffers bring their own lunches. We eat fast, then get to work. Our custodians do a great job cleaning up after us and taking out our trash. Being cordial and interested in their lives pays off. Our room smells fresh and clean every day and not like nachos or spaghetti.” –Joy Davis

Post links EVERYWHERE for book and ad sales: Facebook, the school web page and online newsletter, Twitter, the soccer field sideline….


“Our yearbook staff uses a public relations approach to communication that is multi-tiered and multi-faceted/overlapping.”

“The editors & I teach the rest of the staff to be highly professional in any communication so everyone knows we are serious about our work.”

–Kristi Rathbun

–Ben Baptist

Coaches

Tip to facilitate communication: “Share cool action shots with coaches.” –Stephanie Russo “During their seasons, coaches don’t have much time to talk. It works much better for both the coaches and us if we contact them well before our deadlines. It’s important to let them tell the story of the season. If we ask them the right questions, we get the background information about the season which will direct us to the players who fill in the gaps and offer their perspectives. If a student emails a coach or player prior to the interview, typically they will write something like “I am working on the boys soccer spread and have already spoken with several of your players. This year’s story is focusing on your deep playoff run and the new faces on the team that fueled it. Is there a day within the next week that I would be able to speak with you?” Including the angle in the email will help ease anxiety, especially for players who aren’t used to being interviewed. It also gives the coaches and players insight into the focus of the story so they can think about their responses beforehand, even though they don’t know the specific questions.” – Ben Baptist

Administrators

Tip to facilitate communication: Have your school photographer (or better yet, your staffers) take head shots of administrators that they can use for PR.” –Stephanie Russo “My editor in chief for the website has a standing meeting with our principal to see what’s up and coming and to keep her in the loop on any stories that we’re working on that might be controversial. By doing this, the principal is not blindsided and is part of the discussion.” –Anne Hayman “It’s a bit easier to get an interview with administrators because they aren’t in a classroom all day like most teachers/ coaches are. My editors take charge of setting the appointments and the expectations for interviews and with administrators. A lot of it comes down to going to talk to them in person.” – Ben Baptist

Avoid texting individual students. Always email the whole group or at least include a third party.

Contributing Advisers:

IT

Tip to facilitate communication: “Give up your first born child (sort of). Remember that happy people make better listeners (and better helpers).” - Stephanie Russo “When I first started working with our IT department, I opened with brownies and was immediately and immensely popular. Then the entire office started doing Crossfit and eating healthy foods! So I had to get more creative. I mostly wrote thank-you notes and offered cold bottles of water when they were working on our machines. The key is that 90 percent of your communication with IT should be gracious and grateful. Because 10 percent of the time you’re going to be panicked and screaming! It’s important that they know you’re really a professional, sane person... most of the time.” –Jen Bladen

Stephanie Russo

Ben Baptist

Jen Bladen, MJE

Kristi Rathbun, CJE

Anne Hayman

Annie Green

Suncoast High School Riviera Beach, Florida formerly of Harvard-Westlake HS Studio City, California Arlington High School Arlington, Washington

Pickerington Local School District Pickerington, Ohio

Joy Davis

Oak Grove High School Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Rock Canyon High School Highlands Ranch, Colorado Glacier Peak High School Snohomish, Washington

Use your district email address to contact students and copy a parent on emails. elements 11 fall 2016


make them Stop Communicate with your buyerS How do you do that? Start by knowing who are they are and what they want. is a WHO ARE THEY? st yearbook ! The be yearbook t There is a primary sold-ou audience—students & their parents. There is a secondary audience— teachers, staff, community. There are also buyers and non-buyers. WHAT DO THEY WANT? Find out. Talk to them. Break the student body into identifiable segments: extracurricular activities ● Teams ● Academic focus ● Vocational interests & training Ask students what they liked about last year’s book, what they didn’t like and what they would like to see in this year’s book. Listen. Take notes. Don’t be defensive. (The non-buyers) WHY DON’T THEY WANT A BOOK? Assign staff members non-buyers to contact and create a plan to address the FIVE reasons they give for not buying the book: ● No need ● No money ● No desire ● No hurry ● No trust Communication is key.

Why promote the yearbook?

It’s the ultimate goal and highest compliment - a yearbook ‘sell out.’ A Yearbook Sales Manager and simple marketing plan can make all the difference. Balfour is here to help with the promotion and sale of your yearbook, leaving you time to focus on designing a great book.

To get your yearbook ‘sell-out’ started, refer to your Yearbook Sales Manager (YSM) Guide. Junior High and High Schools receive the YSM Guide in the yearbook production kit at back-to-school time. Elementary schools may order a copy from our Supply Desk at supplydesk@balfour.com.

Sign up to get even more:

• A monthly e-newsletter with support/tips/reminders from Balfour’s marketing team

• Participation in National Buy Your Yearbook Day on October 21. You’ll receive the contest emails on Oct. 21 and be able to enter to win prizes. • Opportunities for cash incentives

For easy, online signup go to tinyurl.com/ysm2016.

For more information on how Balfour can help your yearbook sales, contact your Balfour representative.

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• Make sure all students receive a copy of this year’s book. You and your staff work hard on it – everyone deserves a copy! • Raise more funds for staff development, computers or equipment. • Make your yearbook special by adding a special cover or other upgrade. • …and the list goes on and on!

Multiple platforms help spread the word

From Us to You –

Parents and Community We use social media to communicate with everyone: students, parents and community members. By using everything from announcements via multiple platforms to tags on Instagram/ Twitter/Snapchat/Facebook, we celebrate awards, show students at work and document events and stories throughout the year.

Kristi Rathbun, CJE

Rock Canyon High School Highlands Ranch, Colorado

SENIOR PARENTS – Senior ads

Even with a system in place, communicating with senior parents is difficult. We try hard to communicate clearly with parents about senior portrait and recognition ad deadlines. We put up fliers, place announcements in the printed and video bulletins and post reminders on the school website. We even have a special email address that’s just for our ad program. All of this starts in May, well before the “early bird” deadline in October and the final deadline in November. After the final November deadline, we still accept ads if we have space, but once the space is gone, it’s gone. I’ve actually had parents emailing, calling, and visiting me in my English classroom to try to buy ads in April (when our book is distributed the second week in May). They even drop off their order forms Karen Vaughn

Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, Texas

“I use • Text • Social media • Emails • call-outs”

with checks and photos in the front office after I’ve told them there’s no space left or that the book’s done. They must think we create the yearbook on a copy machine. Even after I explain about the printing process, they plead with me that their child will be so disappointed, or they get angry and claim that the deadline was never so early before and that “no one told them.” I only choose the kids with the toughest skin to be in charge of the ads and the emailing process to get pdf’s of the ads approved. Parents can be mean to the kids about changes they want to see in the ads. When we try to explain that a change wasn’t made because of spelling or punctuation conventions, they argue. When they approve the ad – and we have email confirmation of that approval -- and then the ad comes out with a mistake of some kind, they always blame us even though they approved the proof. When the book comes out and their child’s ad isn’t in it because they never submitted photos even after we emailed and called several times AND REFUNDED THEIR MONEY they act as though it’s the first time they’ve ever been told that we didn’t get the photos. We average about 200 ads a year, so it’s really character building. Fortunately, a lot of the time we can just laugh about it. Bernadette Cranmer

Granite Bay High School Granite Bay, California

Promote your accomplishments on social media.


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Customized banners lend professional touch

Moorhead Junior High's Yearbook Staff shows off their personalized Balfour banners promoting yearbook sales.

School-designed Balfour bannerS make impreSSiononbuyerS We ordered the Balfour Banners to use at our yearbook table for on-campus events. They debuted at our open house event where we sell our old yearbooks and take preorders for our current year. Having professional signage has taken our public image to a whole new level. These days paying such a high price for a student centered and student created book is

a stretch for some kids & their parents. The level of professionalism by which we present ourselves can speak volumes to a wary buyer. Having quality visuals at our booth has really helped lend much needed credibility to our brand.

Matt Tullos

Moorhead Junior High School Conroe, Texas

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We are a little old school and each publication student is assigned a staff member to communicate with on a weekly basis. The staff member may be a chemistry teacher who happens to also coach robotics. In this case, the publication student becomes the robotics/lab photo scheduler expert on staff. Every Monday, the staff does a quick go-round of upcoming events or special photo opportunities in classes and schedules out who will take the photographs. Included in the publication member assignments are the admin team, counselors, secretaries, athletic director, lunch ladies, school resource officer, teachers and educational assistants. We try to assign the pub staff to those staff members who also advise clubs or outside activities to be sure not to miss photo opportunities. To hold each other accountable, students have their adult staff member sign off on a weekly log that is worth points toward their weekly total. As adviser, I send out a yearly email explaining why the publication students need their signatures and what they can expect from the publication staff. In the email, I also mention that any time they see a photo opportunity, to please let us know and we’ll be there to support their lessons and cover them online or in the yearbook. Annie Green Glacier Peak High School Snohomish, Washington

Carrie Becker

Lamar Middle School, Flower Mound, Texas

I write each yearbook student a personal note every couple of weeks, focusing on their strengths. A student recently told me he saved his notes and often refers to them.

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Isaac Medina Irvin High School El Paso, Texas

I use A LOT of social media! You have to engage the kids (at least mine) on whatever platform they use. At Irvin, Snapchat is huge! So I have to learn how to leverage it to make the biggest impact. However, I or anyone has to be sure to change as trends do, even if it’s overnight!

Gayle Nicholls-Ali Lauren O’Connor Norcross High School Norcross, Georgia

We use Remind 101, group texts and a phone tree (beginning with editors) and a social media coordinator to keep everyone on the staff informed. By using every possible outlet, we reach parents as well as students. (The funnier the posts, the better.) We also have a parent-only Remind 101. Regular emails and texts keep the faculty and administration in the loop. Stay up with what’s popular – lip dubs, Harlem Shake, etc. elements 14 Fall 2016

La Cañada High School La Cañada, California

The most effective way to communicate with the yearbook staff is Remind. We also use iMessage just for editors. Google Classroom is great for style guides and assignments and Google Drive works for sharing documents and photos and collaboration. The staff sends emails to administrators to schedule meetings and to publicize sales and events on morning announcements. Parents have a La Cañada High School Facebook page to use and I post to it. We tried using businesses’ email accounts to sell ads, but it hasn’t been successful. Next, I’m going to experiment with BaseCamp.


Kim Cox

Ben Lippen School

Columbia, South Carolina

With staff, I use Schoology. The kids have iPads. I set up class assignments/ announcements and especially discussion boards to get staff feedback ahead of class time. This allows everyone to have a voice, not just the vocal ones.

Amanda Funesti

Hodges Bend Middle School Houston, Texas

I communicate with my staff and parents through Remind. It is a great way to get reminders to them at the last minute. When communicating with the student body about yearbook, we have to get creative. Our favorite ideas are yard signs in parent pickup areas and stocking stuffer fliers handed out before Christmas break. Also, my staff will record a message that is sent out to parents.

Kyria Gore

Detroit School of Arts Detroit, Michigan

The most useful and effective tools of communication for me with yearbook staff, student body and school administration are via email and text (Remind). I use email, Twitter and Facebook for community members. Sometimes, however, I use “old fashioned” written communication in the form of fliers, typed notes, etc.

Susan Spaulding Summit Christian Academy Yorktown, Virginia

We are a small school and students cannot use phones during the day except at designated times, but I can easily track down whoever I need. Each staff member has a mailbox they check as soon as they enter class – I put everything there! I also email the yearbook staff, yearbook parents, all parents (especially senior parents), and administrators. (Face-to-face meetings with administrators, however, are most effective.) Announcements are an effective way to communicate with the student body. At our school, they listen.

Sandy Godfrey

Greenville Middle Academy Greenville, South Carolina

Remind is a quick and easy way to reach the masses. You can set it up for specific classes and groups but anyone can join, including parents. It’s a great way to REMIND students and parents of deadlines, opportunities, money, even REMINDers like “bring your textbook to class.” It can be used for anything and everything.

Chrystal McCoy Blackhawk Middle School Warrenton, Missouri

This is my first year as a yearbook adviser. In the past, I’ve always found my website and/or blog to be very useful in communicating with students. Since I am moving into a new position with a new district, I will be totally redoing my website. I love to use social media, so I plan to set up a Facebook page/group and an Instagram for yearbook and will use Google Classroom with my staff. elements 15 fall 2016


Junior High/Middle School

Picture of theYear FinaliStS

the picture of the year Shown here are the 2016 competition honors finalists from Balfour student photographers schools. in six categories: News, Features, Sports Feature Picture Action, Sports Reaction, Environmental Portrait and Jr. High/MS. The entry deadline is June 30, 2017. Entries must have been published during the 2016-2017 year in an Tauh NSPA member Publication. Pavan The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle Harvard-Westlake School Studio City, California

Sports Reaction

Cynthia Rangel Panther Tale Duncanville High School Duncanville, Texas

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Sports Reaction

Cynthia Rangel Panther Tale Duncanville High School Duncanville, Texas

Bella Worrell The Scroll The American School in London London, England Feature Picture

Emily Glynn The Nighthawk Rocky Heights Middle School Highlands Ranch, Colorado News Picture

Alexis Rosebrock Panther Prints Duncanville High School Duncanville, Texas


Junior High/Middle School

Katie Cranston The Nighthawk Rocky Heights Middle School Highlands Ranch, Colorado News Picture

Alana Raper The Knight McCallum High School Austin, Texas Sports Reaction

Darian Julun Mnemosyne Stratford High School Houston, Texas

Junior High/Middle School

Eryn Collins The Nighthawk Rocky Heights Middle School Highlands Ranch, Colorado Sports Action

Emily Seaton Pawprint Millard West High School Omaha, Nebraska Feature Picture

Darian Julun Mnemosyne Stratford High School Houston, Texas

Feature Picture

Taylor Charlson Pawprint Millard West High School Omaha, Nebraska Junior High/Middle School

Cloe Tchelikidi The Scroll The American School in London London, England News Picture

Arianna Ricci Lancer Express Carlsbad High School Carlsbad, California

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Two categories. More chances to win! $1,800 in total prizes.

Great photography, crucial to a fantastic yearbook No matter where you are in the production process, photo skills need to be introduced, reinforced and mastered. For interesting photo opportunities, school events provide the actions and reactions of students and staff. If you are looking for ways to showcase, reinforce and reward photo skills, enter Balfour’s Great Shot Photo Contest. It is easy to participate. As an incentive to enter, have students submit their best shots for a grade. Besides getting them thinking about photography and taking great photos for your publication, they can win up to $500. (Photos taken by advisers can be entered, too.)

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FIRST PLACE: "Final Four" by Matthew S. Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Melbourne, Florida elements 18 Fall 2016

SECOND PLACE: "Cross Country District Champs" by Julie G. Sabine Pass School Sabine Pass, Texas

THIRD PLACE: "School Spirit" by William D. Cambridge High School Milton, Georgia


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Great Shot Photo Contest New: Two categories. More chances to win! november 1-18 #balfourgreatshot Now you can share your best sports or school spirit photos and win money in the process! The top prize in each category is $500. This is a great way to recognize staff work and promote your yearbook.

Here’s how the contest works: Photo by Melanie V. Huffman Middle School - Huffman, Texas

• Visit facebook.com/balfouryearbooks to enter. • Share your best photo(s) depicting Sports or School Spirit. • You can enter more than one photo, but a photo can only win once, so choose the category that best describes each entry.

IT’S AS EASY AS THAT!

Check the gallery daily for contest entries and like your favorites.

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her undivided attention from all else at the party. Despite her husband telling her it is unnecessary, that crystal is the only thing that matters to Cassie. "[Cassie] was a similar role to some of the other ones I've played in my acting career this far," sophomore Ariel O'Gwin said. "She was a very sassy, comedic, and diva-ish young woman. To be honest, I'm a bit of a typecast. It's what I'm best at, and what I love to do most. That's a pretty good combination." She gracefully travels across the stage; her mouth contorting from a sarcastic smile to an annoyed sneer, her eyes flashing from fury to misery. The emotions radiating off ofpersonalities her are strong and in abrupt. Get more facts, figures, opinions and your "At first, I didn't think I would book. Cover more students. Tell more stories. Provide get a part because I was new to more information. Creative yearbook staffs do all of this by advanced, but I ended up getting a adding secondary coverage modules to their spreads. main role," O'Gwin said. party. Despite being challenged with this new character type, he felt highly rewarded with the experience. "I guess my favorite thing about theatre is having the freedom to create with people who are as willing to do their part, and are as accepting as yourself," Hays said.

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summer selfies 1. Janice McLaughlin 2. Daniella Tarango & Ana Silverio 3. Emily Schaible, Bethany Hill, Brittney Martin, Taylor Douthitt & Brooke Templeton 4. Rika Kocek & Charlotte Wilson 5. Garrett Bruce & Kyle Sanderson 6. Josiah Bonner 7. Joanna Galaviz, Serenity Gonzalez, Hallie Schwab & Arielle Toney 8. Brock Youngblood 9. Madison Turquette 10. Rachel Firkins, Katie Wiesolek, Angelica Culver & Marissa Sanchez

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Other than the booth, just the fact that I get to be with people that want to be there, doing the same thing everyone else wants to do, is amazing! -Garrett Martin, 10

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“There’s too many to choose from! I’d have to say Samantha Olsen, I’ve never seen her look bad, like ever.” -MayaMcFadden

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I WAS NOT NERVOUS TO START THE SCHOOL YEAR BECAUSE I KNEW I WOULD MAKE FRIENDS.â&#x20AC;? ELEANOR MILLARD (6)

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THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by BARBARA KINGSOLVER

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In her jersey, senior Crisalyn Gonzales dances to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together.â&#x20AC;? The jazz dance included the Rhythm Dance Company and Royals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really cool getting to dance with the JV,â&#x20AC;? Gonzales said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved how we all danced together.â&#x20AC;? photo by Kelsey Tyner

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by HARPER LEE

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a story about growing up in the "oÂ&#x2020;|_7Â&#x2020;ubm]|_;ŕŚ&#x17E;l;o=bm|;mv;ġ0uÂ&#x2020;|-Ń´ racism and the stereotypes that stay with us,â&#x20AC;? freshman English I student Ben Bryant said.

FINALE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all of the teams coming together to do what we love most. Music makes us come together.â&#x20AC;? -Marissa Vargas, 12

THE ALCHEMIST by PAULO COELHO

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was such an honor to be able to dance among some of the greatest dance teams in Texas.â&#x20AC;? -Brittany Lawrence, 11

GRAPES OF WRATH by JOHN STEINBECK

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shows the unity between all five of the high school dance teams and despite our differences and competition we still appreciate each other.â&#x20AC;? -Amy Rowles, 11

THINGS FALL APART by CHINUA ACHEBE

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked Grapes of Wrath because it alternated between describing a vr;1bC1=-lbŃ´Â&#x2039;|o-0uo-7;uÂ&#x2C6;b;Â&#x2030;|_-| ;m1olr-vv;7|_;;mŕŚ&#x17E;u;Â&#x2030;ouŃ´7ġĿfÂ&#x2020;mbou English III student Wil Brookhart said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things Fall Apart is about an Ibo village in Africa and one of the village members, Okonkwo,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Pre AP English II student Isabelle Gillespie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exiled from his village, and the book follows his life before being exiled and when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowed back into the village.â&#x20AC;?

TOGETHER AS ONE

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The book was about a shepherd who follows his personal legend and discovers the soul of the world,â&#x20AC;? freshman Pre-AP English I student Rachel Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part was when he met his |uÂ&#x2020;;Ń´oÂ&#x2C6;; -ŕŚ&#x17E;l-_ĺĿ

THE STRANGER by ALBERT CAMUS

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THE GREAT GATSBY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

ĞѴbh;7|_;Â&#x2030;-Â&#x2039;|_;ruov;Â&#x2030;-vÂ&#x2030;ubÂ&#x201A;;m in Gatsby,â&#x20AC;? junior AP English III student -Â&#x201A;_;Â&#x2030;);bm0;u] said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As [Mr.] Wydeven v-Â&#x2039;vġb|Â&#x2030;-v-ŕŚ&#x17E;]_|Äź1_b1h;m1oorĺĽĿ

Senior Caleigh Kelley strikes the final pose in the dance â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Togetherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; represents a unity of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors, saying that all grade levels are as one,â&#x20AC;? Kelly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been practicing since before school started and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all been working hard.â&#x20AC;?

OF MICE AND MEN by JOHN STEINBECK

photo by Kelsey Tyner

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked Of Mice and Men because of how Steinbeck portrayed the friendship of the characters as a blessing but also a burden.â&#x20AC;? English II student Terin Dailey said.

THE INFERNO by DANTE ALIGHIERI

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically Dante is exploring Hell,â&#x20AC;? sophomore English II student Andrew Master said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traveling through all the nine levels of sinners. Dante is guided by Virgil, a poet.â&#x20AC;?

PURPLE HIBISCUS by CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

â&#x20AC;&#x153;For this book, we did a mask project,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Pre AP English II student Molly Leach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The masks were vÂ&#x2020;rrov;7|o0;-vÂ&#x2039;l0oŃ´b1u;ru;v;m|-ŕŚ&#x17E;om o=oÂ&#x2020;uv;Ń´Â&#x2C6;;vÄş)_;mÂ&#x2030;;Â&#x2030;;u;Cmbv_;7ġÂ&#x2030;; presented them to the class and explained what they meant.â&#x20AC;?

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