Yearbook syllabus

Yearbook, Christian Publications AND MORE


Creating publications is a real-world team effort.  The various giftedness of every team player is employed and appreciated by other members, so that the final product is the very best it can be.  God has blessed each of us uniquely as He sees fit.  Some students write wonderfully, while others are naturally blessed with an eye for photographic excellence.  Some are organizers by nature.  Others are servant leaders, while some of the best are excellent followers.  All of these skills and personality traits are essential for building a quality yearbook.  You will find your place on this team.  

Yearbooks tell the story of student life throughout the school year.  It speaks through the language of words and images.  Behind the scenes of the final product there are 5 languages, like 5 lanes of a highway leading to one destination – an awesome yearbook. 

  THE 5-Lane Highway to great yearbookS  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 




Lane 1 -    The Visual Language            Layout        
Lane 2 -    The Written Language          Journalism
Lane 3 -    The Computer Language      Online Publishing, iPhoto Editing
Lane 4 -    The Money Language           Business 
Lane 5 -    The Workflow Traffic             Body of Christ

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Reaching our final destination presents exciting challenges.  These challenges build a memorable yearbook and our Christian character as our team journeys together.  

1. The Christian Perspective and Purpose - Maturing Through Challenges

Your relationship with Christ is your supreme goal.  Every challenge of this class will bring you closer to Him and one other.  His best is yours when you yield and allow His Spirit to shape your thoughts, words and deeds.  God wants to fill you up with Himself.  This is why Jesus said, “Eat my flesh.”  He wants to be inside of you.  Always remember, and remember to remember, Jesus thoroughly understands our challenges.  He didn’t relish drinking the nasty cup of our sins in the garden of Gethsemane.  Let’s remember and honestly repeat His prayer; “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup be taken away form me. (This assignment is painful.)  But I want your will, not mine” (Mat.26:39 LB).  Jesus embraces the challenge, and arose… you will arise as well.  

2. Great Yearbooks – Hardbound Books and Digital Media
Yes, our goals reach beyond producing a great paper and cardboard yearbook.  We’ll also create the graphics publications for advertising our book and fundraising. More exciting than ever, we’ll create slideshows and a personal video-yearbook that captures your experiences of this school year.  You’ll feature your favorite events, classes and friends.  This keepsake preserves this wonderful time of life.  

3. Marketing 
We will master the real-world marketing skills.  Our goal is for every student to own a yearbook at the lowest price possible, while we make a profit and have funds for reinvesting in the future yearbook productions. 

  Our Highway - - - - - - - - - - Where the Rubber Meets the Road - - - - - - - - - - 

1.  The Workgroup - Switching Lanes
The Yearbook Team travels a five-lane highway to achieve the goals.  We will invariably switch lanes—swap jobs.  Check your mirrors before merging—look around and consider others.  You’ll find your niche, while deeply appreciating each other’s unique position on the team (in the body of Christ).  LOVE and prefer one another; stay connected.  The Bible likens us to the Bride of Christ.  She is not disjointed, but all of her parts (every student and teacher) are well connected.  She is not a socially inept klutz—she is graceful with the law of kindness on her lips.  Avoid negativity.  Jesus did not work in the presence of negative people, and we need Him in our class.



2.  The Avenues of Money & Markets – Running a Business

Principles of commerce are inherent in this class.  We are the designers, manufacturers, marketers and money managers.  Where there is no money, there is no publication.  Channeling finances is a big part of our team’s responsibility. Yearbook costs about $21,000.00 each year.  We will produce income, minimize expenses and account for every penny.

3.  The Computer Highway – Producing the Products
First century Italians built a vast network of roads to expand the Empire.  In all actuality, God inspired them to build the network for His purpose—to spread His Good News.  Paul and others walked those highways.  Today’s communication network is the Internet.  We will use it wisely to create and produce our message in words and pictures.  All yearbook images and writing will be done online.  Photo-editing, slideshow and video software likewise aid in producing a variety of quality images and presentations. 

4.  The Journalism Overpass – Writing History From a Godly Vantage Point
Use your imagination to exit the metaphoric OCS highway.  Perch on an overpass and get a fresh perspective of the school traffic below.  A yearbook is a snapshot of time.  It’s a historical record of facts, feelings, events and relationships.  Every student journalist is responsible to truthfully report, analyze and interpret the events and atmosphere of school life with integrity.  The process involves writing, editing, revising, proofing, and doing it all over again.  Maintaining a wholesome perspective with an intriguing spin challenges writers and captivates the readers. 

5.  The Visual Communications Lane  – Packaging the Message
Romans 1:20 says, “From the creation of the word, His invisible qualities, such as His eternal power, and divine nature, have been made visible and have been understood through His handiwork…” (Refer also to Psalm 19, and Job 38.)  The principle of beauty is a scientific equation woven into all of God’s creation.  Beauty includes harmony, balance, repetition, movement, tension and resolve.  When combined and calibrated with divine inspiration beauty is born.  God instituted the visual language.  Our medium is photography, graphic design, type, and page layout.  A beautiful product attracts attention, connects the customer with our story, and sells our product

  SUPPLY ESSENTIALS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.  A thumb-drive (at least 2 gig)        
 An affordable digital camera
 A planner system that works for you 

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Ocs student handbook, the 10 commandments, and Jesus’ exposition on them (Ex. 20, and Mat. 5 in fine print).

Exo 20:1  And God spake all these words, saying, Exo 20:2  I am Jehovah thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exo 20:4  Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Exo 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them, for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me, Exo 20:6  and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. Exo 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Exo 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exo 20:9  Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; Exo 20:10  but the seventh day is a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exo 20:11  for in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jehovah blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exo 20:12  Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee. Exo 20:13  Thou shalt not kill. Exo 20:14  Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exo 20:15  Thou shalt not steal. Exo 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Exo 20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's. Exo 20:18  And all the people perceived the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the voice of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they trembled, and stood afar off. Exo 20:19  And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die. Exo 20:20  And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not. Exo 20:21  And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. Exo 20:22  And Jehovah said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Exo 20:23  Ye shall not make other gods with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you. Exo 20:24  An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in every place where I record my name I will come unto thee and I will bless thee. Exo 20:25  And if thou make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stones; for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Exo 20:26  Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon. Mat 5:1  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: Mat 5:2  and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying, Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Mat 5:6  Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Mat 5:7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Mat 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Mat 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God. Mat 5:10  Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you. Mat 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men. Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Mat 5:16  Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Mat 5:17  Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil. Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished. Mat 5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: Mat 5:22  but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire. Mat 5:23  If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, Mat 5:24  leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Mat 5:25  Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art with him in the way; lest haply the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Mat 5:26  Verily I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the last farthing. Mat 5:27  Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery: Mat 5:28  but I say unto you, that every one that looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Mat 5:29  And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. Mat 5:30  And if thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body go into hell. Mat 5:31  It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: Mat 5:32  but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery. Mat 5:33  Again, ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: Mat 5:34  but I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by the heaven, for it is the throne of God; Mat 5:35  nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair white or black. Mat 5:37  But let your speech be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: and whatsoever is more than these is of the evil one. Mat 5:38  Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: Mat 5:39  but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Mat 5:40  And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. Mat 5:41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. Mat 5:42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: Mat 5:44  but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; Mat 5:45  that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. Mat 5:46  For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Mat 5:47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? 

MRS. PRANTERA’S 3 RULES                   




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1)  I will listen the first time instruction is given.
Isaiah 65:12  says, “I will destine you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spoke, ye did not hear; but ye did that which was evil in mine eyes, and chose that wherein I did not delight.”  Listening or not listening becomes an ingrained habit that affects your destiny. 

2)  I will be where I belong at all times.
This is a matter of punctuality and safety. (Remember the 5 foolish virgins…too late.)

3)  I will demonstrate the highest standards of Christian love, character, and morality.
1 Timothy 4:12 (LB) encourages, “Don’t let anyone think little of you because you are young.  Be their ideal; let them follow the way you teach and live; be a pattern for them in your love, your faith, and your clean thoughts.”  
  Respect yourself        
  Respect others and their property    
  No inappropriate inferences in words or deeds

4)  I will discourage ungodly behavior of others and become part of the solution.  
Matthew 18 tells us to admonish a floundering Christian whom we’ve seen engaging in ungodly conversation or behavior.  If he responds with repentance, Great!  If he doesn’t, then two or more witnesses should address the issue with him. (Keep the matter private.) If he still refuses, confidentially bring the matter to authorities. Leviticus 5:1 plainly states that “If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.” Ouch!  It’s been said that the cruelest thing a person can do is to withhold Christian rebuke.  Love enough to truly help your friends.

 ACCOUNTABILITY – GRADING - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -      

You will receive a combined weekly grade in the following areas:


I like the victory that comes from teamwork as seen in Leviticus 26:8: “And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.”  God wants us to work together, watch out for each other, do whatever it takes to move as one to see the job through.  Prefer one another in godly love.  Be kind.  Be positive as we confront roadblocks. 

2.   Punctuality

Impending deadlines are a way of life in the world of publications.  Your grade will be degraded for each day your work is late.  When this happens you impede everyone on your team.  Remember the five foolish virgins.  They were lock out of God’s best because they were late.  Don’t be that person.  Establish a mode of living that puts you where you belong when you belong there.  Make it a way of life!


Carry your appropriate share of the workload.  We are not all created the same—we are uniquely gifted for the Lord’s pleasure.  This is your individuality.  Every student has different talents and capabilities to accomplish the various tasks germane to publishing.  We will discover your gift and expect you to work to your full potential.  Read Matthew 25:15.  “And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his ability…”  Read the rest of this parable to understand the blessings of using your God-given abilities.  Likewise there are extremely serious consequences for neglecting God’s apportioned giftedness.  Ouch!

  Weekly Grades 

It’s very simple.  Every Friday is Judgement Day.  Each day of the week is worth 20 points.  Use your time wisely, and you will earn 100 points for the week.  When there are only 4 days in the week, the value of each day is 25 points.  

 Salvation is a free gift.  Growing-up in Christ costs everything.