Spinnaker Yearbook Staff 2009-2010 Syllabus
Mrs. Haley, Instructor
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Yearbook/Journalism class is design to introduce students to a running a publication. The staff will produce a
product geared towards a specific audience. This product will be designed under a strict budget and in doing so,
students will be required to work cooperatively in order to meet deadlines. Each yearbook staff member plays an
important role in the overall outcome of the book. Leadership roles are designed as incentives for seniority and
for those who have shown a willingness and desire to go above and beyond what is required. Students will
ultimately be responsible for the success of the yearbook and the way in which Laney High School is represented.
It should be the goal of each student to produce a high quality yearbook that they can be proud of.
The students selected to be a part of the yearbook staff were chosen based on many criteria. As a member of the
staff students are required to work and act with a certain level of professionalism.
Many pages in the yearbook are filled with activities and events which take place after school hours; therefore,
the staff will be required to be able to attend after school functions.
I believe this class will give the students a great deal of training and a wealth of knowledge about professional
careers. Its course of study is parallel to that of a working professional. The “real life” skills needed for on the job
training can be acquired in this particular class. We are proud that the yearbook is advertised by the community
which provides a partnership with the school and allows our students to become active in communicating with
In all, we hope that each staff member grows from their experiences on the yearbook staff.
Only Editor and Chief and Deadline Editors will receive honors credit for this course.
The main component of a successful yearbook is meeting deadlines. Deadlines are based on dates given by our
publisher, Walsworth Publishing Company, and are imperative to maintaining a spring distribution date.
Therefore, students must adhere to the deadlines given by the adviser in order to do well in the class. Because
late deadlines result in extra monetary charges, they are taken very seriously and students may need to work
after school hours and weekends to ensure certain deadlines are met. Students will be given many in-progress
deadlines in order to ensure that the final deadline is not overwhelming or impossible to reach. Each in-progress
deadline, as well as the final deadlines will be graded based on the success of the work presented. Missed
deadlines are inexcusable and students will be penalized in grading if their deadline is not met.
Methods of Evaluation:
1. Deadline Rubrics
2. Weekly Performance Evaluation (mentioned in Attendance and Participation above)
3. Daily Time Sheets
4. Announced tests
5. In class assignments and worksheets
6. Weekly Homework: main component= Ad Sales
7. Participation in coverage of events and activities
The assignments for yearbook are based on designated deadlines. Depending on what the student is assigned,
the deadlines may vary. All work will be first evaluated by the student, then by the deadline editor, then by the
editor in chief and/or by the teacher. At each point there will be changes that can be made in order earn more
points. Each check point has its own rubric to minimize the level of subjectivity in grading among staff members.
In-Progress Deadlines: (DSL deadline, Copy Deadline, Photography Deadline)
Final Deadline (Final submission of work)
Weekly Assignments (Time Sheets, Ad Logs, Weekly Meeting Agenda, etc.)
Performance/Participation: (Evaluated by Mrs. Haley and Editors)
1st 9 Weeks 2nd 9 Weeks
In-Progress Deadlines 30% In-Progress Deadlines 40%
Final Deadlines 25% Final Deadlines 25%
Weekly Assignments 15% Weekly Assignments 20%
Performance & Participation 15% Performance & Participation 15%
Mid Term 15%
TOTAL 100% TOTAL 100%
1st 9 Weeks Grade 37.5% + 2nd 9 Weeks Grade 37.5% + Final Exam 25%
In-Progress deadlines are given prior to final deadlines to gauge the working progress of each student. There are
3 in-progress deadlines: DSL (design and layout of spread), Copy (written work for each page) and Photography
(pictures and captions for each layout design). Each in-progress deadline is worth an equal percentage of the
overall in-progress deadlines grade.
Final deadline are the completed work of the entire section being submitted for a single deadline. This deadline
gauges how successful the student/staff is in covering a section of the book. Since this is the columniation of all
in-progress work, it has the highest percentage of the overall grade for the 9 weeks. This deadline determines
costs and delivery date and should always be met.
2. Weekly Assignments
Each week students will be expected to turn in: Time Sheets, Weekly Meeting Agenda, and Ad Call Logs.
Weekly Meeting Agenda: Each group will meet on Monday’s with their section editor/deadline editor to go over the
agenda for the week. The agenda will be a way to set goals for each student and a way to pace the workload in
order to ensure the group will meet their deadline. These agendas are turned in on Fridays along with each
student’s time sheet.
Time Sheets: Each week students will meet with their section team and decide a goal for the week. It will be up to
the individual student to meet their weekly goal. In order to ensure goals are met, each student will track their
daily progress through their personal time sheets where they will be expected to indicate what they did each day
to contribute to the deadline. Timesheets are collected on Fridays and are evaluated to see that each member is
Ad Call Logs: *Each Student is responsible for attempting to sell ads for the yearbook. Students will be given an
evenly distributed list of business that purchased ads in last year’s book to contact for possible renewal. Students
will then be expected to reach out to businesses of their choice and senior parents for ad sales. The businesses
and senior parents will be contacted on a first come first serve system. Students will be expected to contact 5
businesses per week and turn in information in the form of a weekly ad call log. Grades are not based on whether the
business/senior purchased an ad; rather, the attempts made to sell were present.
3. Performance & Participation
Performance and Participation is put in place in order to assure student can perform all components of the class
activities for the day and so work load is distributed evenly throughout staff members. Full Credit for daily
performance/ participation is determined by the following:
(1) Does the student participate in the assignment for the day?
(2) Is the student prepared for each day’s work?
(3) Is the student on task and working on what he/she is assigned to do?
(4) Does the student participate in group meetings in order to problem solve with their team?
(5) Did student meet their weekly goals?
This information is evaluated through teacher and editor observations and by comparing the time sheet for each
student to the agenda for that student’s group.
3 ring binder Agenda/Calendar
Spiral notebook or journal USB portable drive for electronic data sharing