Yearbook Application--Due by Tuesday, 3/20!
Thank you for applying for a position on next year's yearbook staff. As a staff member, you will be tasked with creating the 2018 Skyliner, R-S Central's yearbook. Each staff member will be assigned a variety of responsibilities, including selling ads; taking photographs; designing layouts; writing captions, stories, and headlines; editing captions, stories, and photographs; selling books; distributing books; and creating the annual yearbook video. Though we will devote the entire class period to working on the yearbook, you may be required to commit additional time before/after school, on weekends/holidays, and at home. If you are involved in other extracurricular or personal commitments, YOU MAY WANT TO RECONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT A POSITION ON THE YEARBOOK STAFF IS RIGHT FOR YOU AT THIS TIME.

By submitting this application, your parents/guardians and you understand that you are making a commitment to the yearbook staff, and will be responsible for learning academic skills, as well as applying them to the production of the yearbook. You understand that this is a unique learning opportunity and that assignments will be related to yearbook production and marketing. Evaluation of your performance will be made not only on the mastery of skills, but also on their hands-on application. You also know that time outside of class must be devoted to accomplish the assigned tasks, and that the adviser must be able to request that extra time in order to meet deadlines. By signing this application, you all agree to that extra time commitment.

Staff Information
To students and parents/guardians of students accepted as staff members:

Participation in yearbook affords students more freedom than most other classes. Members are required to take on a great deal of responsibility and must exhibit a high degree of maturity, good judgment, self-pacing, self-motivation, conscientiousness, and independent thinking.

As members of a group that produces a concrete product that will be sold to and read by both students and adults, those chosen for the staff can expect to be held to accepted journalistic standards and ethical practices. Their actions must always be in the best interest of the yearbook program, present and future.

As individuals, Skyliner staff members are recognized by many as representatives of the Skyliner staff and R-S Central High School, whether actually on an assignment or not. Students should remember that they are also representatives of the adviser, as well, and will be expected to conduct themselves accordingly.

As evidence that you have read and fully understand the responsibilities of staff membership, both you and your parents/guardians should read the statements below.

As a potential member of the Skyliner yearbook staff, I am in complete understanding of and agreement with the following:

1. I will not take advantage of the freedom that is given to staff members to leave class to complete assignments for the staff, or to leave campus to run yearbook errands. I will not use my duties as an excuse for wasting time, socializing, or disturbing other classes.

2. I will meet all deadlines for assignments, rewrites, edits, and other projects. If I find that it may be difficult for me to meet a deadline, I will inform my editor at the earliest possible opportunity. I further understand that missing deadlines or turning in deficient work WILL RESULT IN LOWERED GRADES. I understand that my grades may not always be A’s.

3. I understand that I am expected to devote sufficient time to completing assignments and other production requirements, just as I am expected to complete class work and homework for my other classes. This means that I will be willing to devote as many as three to five extra hours weekly, although this may not be required on a regular basis.

4. I understand that there may be an after-school/after-hours time commitment as deadline time approaches, and agree to devote the effort necessary to complete assignments/deadlines.

5. As a representative of the yearbook staff, I agree to abide by standards of good behavior, politeness, and respect to students, faculty, and staff, as well as a devotion to completing my assigned duties that goes “above and beyond” my average work and effort.

6. I understand that selling business ads is an integral part of the production of the Skyliner. In order to qualify as a member of the staff, I agree to sell at least 3 business ads.

7. I understand that much of what will be printed in the yearbook must not be revealed until the books are distributed, and agree to keep such matters confidential.

8. I agree to arrive to class every day on time and ready to work. I understand that this class should be regarded as any other academic class at RS, and that all school rules will be followed, including prohibition of cell phones, unless used specifically for yearbook..

9. I understand that the Skyliner should feature students from all social groups and backgrounds, not just people like me. I will do my best to feature a wide variety of my fellow Hilltoppers on all of my assigned pages, and will not seek to feature my friends above others.

10. I understand that inclusion on the first semester staff does not necessarily guarantee inclusion on the second semester staff, and that the adviser reserves the right to make staff decisions in the best interest of the yearbook program as a whole.

11. Staff-related errands, as well as the selling of ads, are frequently necessary. The submission of this forms is an indication to me that you and your parents/guardians understand these errands are for YEARBOOK PURPOSES, first and foremost. If you decide to eat off campus while running one of these errands, I expect you to do so in 30 minutes or less, which is the time in which you 'd eat if you were on campus. I expect you to obey all rules of the road, and return with at least 15 minutes left in class. I won't write excuse notes for students who return from errands late for 4th period. By submitting this form, you also acknowledge that neither I, nor R-S Central, nor Rutherford County Schools is liable for any off-campus accidents that may occur during any off-campus errands. Please also note that I will never force a student to leave campus, if he/she does not wish to do so.

As a student applying for a position on the 2017-2018 R-S Central Skyliner staff, I agree to all the terms listed above. Further, I understand that failure to abide by the terms of this contract may lead to my dismissal from the staff and/or my receiving a failing six weeks and/or final grade. By submitting the form, I acknowledge that I do so with the full knowledge and consent of my parents/guardians.

As a parent/guardian of the student applying for a position on the 2017-2018 R-S Central Skyliner staff, I understand the nature of work on the yearbook staff, and offer full consent for my child to submit this application. Further, I agree to help my child meet success in this class in any way I can.

Applicant Information
LAST Name:
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FIRST Name:
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Your Grade NEXT year:
Your RUTHERFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS email address:
Your answer
Please indicate your MOST RECENT English teacher:
If you chose option #8 for the previous question, provide the name of your R-S Middle English teacher in the space below.
Your answer
If you chose option #9 or #10 for the previous question, provide the name of your previous school in the space below.
Your answer
Your FINAL grade in your MOST RECENT English class:
What is your comfort level when working with computers? How much experience do you have in this area? Please elaborate.
Your answer
Use the space below to discuss the computer programs you are most familiar with.
Students who know editing programs like PhotoShop are very much needed!
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Frequently, you may need to complete online yaerbook work at home. What kind of Internet access do you have outside of school?
Use the space below to explain your willingness/ability to work on yearbook assignments outside of traditional school hours.
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Check all that apply regarding your status as a licensed driver.
Use the space below to explain your extracullicular/personal/volunteer activities.
Your answer
Check all that apply regarding digital cameras.
Use the space below to EXPLAIN your idea of the work required of yearbook staff members.
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Use the space below to DISCUSS three personal characteristics, traits, or habits that would make you a good staff member.
Your answer
Use the space below to DISCUSS whether you work best alone or as part of a pair/group.
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Use the space below to discuss whether you consider yourself a leader. If so, relate details that show your leadership qualities.
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Check the boxes beside the tasks you enjoy and/or are good at.
Captions
Captions are an essential part of the yearbook, so it's important you know how to write them correctly. Traditionally, captions consist of three sentences: 1. Present Tense--This sentence tells exactly what's going on in the photo. DO NOT begin with a name or title (Mr., Principal, senior, etc.). 2. Past Tense--This sentence makes a general statement about what's going on in the photo. 3. Quote--Include a QUALITY quote either from a person in the photo or someone connected to the action captured in the photo.
A good quote might look something like this: Dribbling up the field, senior Tammy Barnes looks for an opportunity to shoot or pass the ball to a teammate. Quick thinking was a key to the team's winning season, enabling them to go all the way to the playoffs this year. "I've worked toward this moment since I started playing soccer in kindergarten. All of our hard work has paid off!" Tammy exclaimed.
Photo #1: Judging only from what you see below, write a good caption to tell the reader what's happening in this photo.
Use your imagination to decide what's going on and who is involved. Assign fictional names to the people pictured. Remember, don't begin sentences with names or titles.
Your answer
Photo #1
Photo #2: Judging from what you see below, write a good caption to tell the reader what's happening in this photo.
Use your imagination to decide what's going on and who is involved. Assign fictional names to the people pictured. Remember, don't begin sentences with names or titles.
Your answer
Photo #2
Photo #3: Judging from what you see below, write a good caption to tell the reader what's happening in this photo.
Use your imagination to decide what's going on and who is involved. Assign fictional names to the people pictured. Remember, don't begin sentences with names or titles.
Your answer
Photo #3
Photo #4: Judging from what you see below, write a good caption to tell the reader what's happening in this photo.
Use your imagination to decide what's going on and who is involved. Assign fictional names to the people pictured. Remember, don't begin sentences with names or titles.
Your answer
Photo #4
Photo #5: Judging from what you see below, write a good caption to tell the reader what's happening in this photo.
Use your imagination to decide what's going on and who is involved. Assign fictional names to the people pictured. Remember, don't begin sentences with names or titles.
Your answer
Photo #5
Teacher References
Note: I will be contacting this person to ask for a formal reference.
REFERENCE #1 (Due MONDAY, MARCH 1st): Use the space below to list the RUTHERFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS email address of your FIRST reference. Note: This person MUST be an ENGLISH teacher at R-S CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, R-S MIDDLE SCHOOL, or your PREVIOUS SCHOOL.
Your answer
REFERENCE #2 (Due MONDAY, MARCH 1st): Use the space below to list the RUTHERFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS email address of your SECOND reference. Note: This person MUST be a teacher at R-S CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, R-S MIDDLE SCHOOL, or your PREVIOUS SCHOOL.
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Applicant Statement
Use the space below to explain why you would make a good addition to the 2016-2017 yearbook staff.
This is your chance to brag on yourself. Don't hold back! Note: I'm looking for 3-5 well-written PARAGRAPHS. Keep in mind that good writing is essential for a good yearbook student. A poorly-written statement with lots of mistakes will not work in your favor when it comes time for me to choose a staff.
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