2-minute dating...Guilty pleasure?Fave movie of all-time?Passionate about?TSwift or Miley Cyrus?On your iPod?Fave TV Show?What did you do this summer?Last concert?What youʼd like to be when you grow up?Fave sport?Fave STL landmark to visit?Best vacation ever?Pet peeve?Perfect day...Who you admire?Most embarrassing moment?Best restaurant?I wish I could spend the day with...I love (P/C) because...Kirkwood is better than Webster because...I wish my parents would...Teachers do not understand...
• Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi
Tradition Never Graduates This is not about individuals. It’s bigger than any one person.Every decision will be made in the best interest of the publication.We will all work toward a common goal.
“When you ﬁnd yourself in a position of strength, aposition of power or authority, you can go one wayor the other. You can be a person built for others,which is all about effort and empathy. Or you can justwalk around like you’re better than everyone else,which is basically arrogance and indifference aboutthe world around you.” - Jeffrey Marx, Seasons of Life
Never SettleWe are great, but wewill continue to look to improve.
THE FISTWith these five points, all of a sudden you’re part of something bigger than yourself. That’swhat being a fist is all about. You throw yourself completely into the group--by communicating,by trusting, by being collectively responsible, by caring, and by having pride. If you continue todo that through the years, you will develop a tradition of excellence. And that is what we willcontinue to build here at Kirkwood--a tradition of excellence. Point One: CommunicationI’m going to tell you the truth if you’re doing something bad, if you’re doing something mediocre,or if you’re doing something great. Point Two: TrustWhen we tell each other the truth and talk to each other face-to-face, trust is going to develop.It’s amazing. How many of you really trust someone? Some of you may not trust anybody.But if you’re part of something that’s bigger than you, something that you identify with,something you throw yourself into, then you will be more apt to be able to trust the people inthat room. And that’s what we’re trying to build. A staff where we trust one another; where wehave confidence in one another. Point Three: Collective ResponsibilityWe succeed and we struggle together. It’s not the any one individual’s publication, it’s ourpublication. A fist embraces plural pronouns. Point Four: CaringWe care for one another. If something happens, we’re there for each other, all the time. Point Five: PrideIf we do all these things over and over, we develop the pride of being in that fist--whether it’s astaff fist, a church fist or a family fist. We’re proud to say, “I belong to the Kirkwood HighSchool journalism program.”
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In-Class Activities Theme late nights Secret Santa/Boo Buddies Bake off/Dip off Birthday song VDay exchange White Elephant “Warm Fuzzies” day Baby photo contest FOODClass/meeting time itself (Me, We and Work) Who Am I’s Funeral
Program Staples• Successor letters• Best of Folders• NEW Bio books• Contests (editor in charge)• Professional critiques• Press releases• Boot camp• AP lessons• Sunday editor lessons• Alumni Day
PR effortsQuill & Scroll (TJs, Middle School partnership,English class presentations)YouTube teasers!PT conferences!Football games!Recruitment efforts BE VISIBLE!!!
Social MediaMust be on FB and Twitter Status updates… …teasers (ledes of pieces, etc.) …when spreads are done …photos of spreads, pages …ask for photos, anecdotes …fun tidbits, photos, etc. ...did I mention photos? BE VISIBLE!!!
Other ideas Field trip to the mall Field trip to Six Flags National conventions Summer Camps Boot campsBBQ’s adviser/editor home or park Fantasy football league
End of the Year Banquet EVERYONE is recognizedAwards: New Staffer, Best All-Around, Adviser Award, CDE Leadership Award Alumni Scholarship POPS - helps put it on (cafe)
Keep Kids Excited I. Freedom II. RespectIII. High expectations
I. FreedomThe program honors their First Amendment rights.Students all want to be independent and in charge of theirown lives. Journalism gives them that opportunity. It’sTHEIR book. And that’s a GREAT thing.
II. RespectStudents, like adults, know when they are respected.J students are treated with respect on a daily basis--asindividuals, as collaborators, as researchers, as writers.Respect entails trust, and in your program students share theresponsibility for learning with the teacher. While the teachercomes up with the curriculum, students implement it andpractice real-world skills.
III. High ExpectationsMy standards are high, and I ﬁnd students, like adults, rise tomeet them. My students always have.At whatever point your program is at, start this.Empower your kids. Get excited and create somethingbeautiful.
The point is to remember to have fun along the way.It’s about the journey, not the destination.
Start now, set the tone no matter where your program currently stands. Motivation is a TEAM effort. Work together and enjoy your year together.
Now go out there and take it!This is YOUR TIME!
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