Monthly archives for March, 2015

Stay-at-home solution

by Bernadine Judson, yearbook adviser
Etiwanda High School, California

Juggling the demands of teaching, advising and parenting is daunting. What to do? Wave your magic wand. Voila! StudioWorks, Balfour’s online software solution.

I am a new teacher in an old teacher’s body.

In 1984 I got my first job teaching English, newspaper and yearbook. (That may sound crazy, but that is what I signed up for since my college major was communications.) I was a yearbook adviser for 13 years, and I left my post for awhile to stay home and be with my children. When I left, my yearbook staff was designing the yearbook using Adobe Pagemaker on our brand-new Mac Classics. (If you have no idea what I am talking about, picture a toaster with a low resolution TV screen on the side.) Read More »

Yearbooks, by the students & for the students

by Amanda Cardoza, yearbook adviser
Douglas MacArthur High School, San Antonio, Texas

In 1999 I was the co-editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook. My adviser, Charles Murray, set the best example for me as a student and now as an adviser, and I try to emulate his advising style every day.

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Making Yearbook FUN

By Amy Reece, yearbook adviser
Spring Hill High School, Columbia, Tennessee

Keep your staff energized, motivated and productive with these strategies.

With the stress of deadlines and meeting sales goals, my students need to have “joy” in their day. And that is where I think the yearbook class comes into play.
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Whole-sale appreciation

by Katie Coronado, yearbook adviser
Cypress Falls High School, Houston, Texas

The yearbook staff produces a valuable resource: a history book, a memory book and a reference book. The price is right. Who wouldn’t want one? Unfortunately, many don’t realize a yearbook’s lasting value until it is too late to get one.
Sold Out

Last year we sold out. It was just a handful more books than we had sold the year before but less than 15% of our total population. It was my first year as an adviser.

We knew we could do better.
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Deadlines ‘schmeadlines’

by Stefanie Hamilton, yearbook adviser
Independence High School, Thompson’s Station, Tennessee

Don’t be a serial deadline delinquent. Adopt some practices that have worked for a fellow advisers.

• We make sure our theme, cover, fonts, and ladder are absolutely perfect before we leave for summer break. Over the summer we hold “fun sessions” at the school where we all bring food and plan the book. Yearbook is a club for us, not a class, so I have to make sure the girls stay motivated. Food works wonders! (Yes, sadly I do not have any boys on staff; we are working on it though!)

• I have approximately 15 girls on staff each year that are amazing workers and they are each responsible for at least 20 pages. It’s a lot, and I am constantly reassuring, helping, encouraging, and praising their efforts. I have a candy drawer and they are only allowed to eat (as much as they want) when they come in and accomplish something that day. We meet during their study halls, so some days they must do their school work instead of yearbook. The candy is a great motivator though.

• We assign the pages up according to a timeline. Since each girl has 20 pages, she needs a plan that’s not going to overwhelm her any one week. We have five deadlines to hit, so that’s 4 pages per deadline. Each staffer has a calendar in the classroom, and we track all the pages she needs to complete on her calendar. We typically start with the portrait, academic and student life pages. They all happen quickly so we can get pictures and interviews starting the first week of school. Since we already have our ladder and templates set up (from over the summer), we can immediately start submitting pages.

Excerpt from Elements magazine “How’d You Do That?: Meet Deadlines.”