Woodrow Wilson Middle School
ADVISER: This is Mrs. Michele McKee's 22nd year as the yearbook adviser.
STAFF: The Vision yearbook staff consists of approximately 25-30 students. Returning members have the responsibility of proofreading each page that is submitted for publication. They encourage others to meet deadlines, or take over the layout of a page if necessary. The rest of the staff is chosen from applications submitted in early-September. The application includes information about time and talents as well as a sample of the student's writing.
MEETINGS: The yearbook staff meets briefly every Monday afternoon. The students do meet on other days of the week when deadlines loom in November, January, and March. The all-staff meetings are used for training and making major decisions regarding the publication. For example, at the beginning of the year, the staff organizes yearbook picture day, chooses the cover and end-sheet designs, and organizes the student sections of the book. Other major events throughout the school year that involve the entire staff are: yearbook sales in October, possible fundraising in April, and yearbook distribution at the end of the year. Most of the time, students work independently or in small groups. They sign up for at least one two-page spread to cover for the yearbook and arrange time before and after school to meet the page requirements. Staff members have to choose pictures, write stories and captions, and draw the layout on the computer.
PHOTOS: The photos used in the publication come from a wide variety of sources. Lifetouch based out of Davenport provide student and staff portraits, and Photographic Arts of Geneseo and Moline provide all sports team and music department group photos. All other candid photography is done in school and at school events using a 35 mm camera. We do accept donated photographs from students, parents, and faculty and may use them in the publication or other special projects. The resolution on digital photographs is something we must consider. The higher the resolution, the better.
ORDER YOUR OWN YEARBOOK: Yearbooks are sold through online registration in July. After that, all sales take place out of period 1 class during the school year. Books will be sold during two weeks in mid-October. Yearbook staff members will also be on hand during Fall Student-Led Conferences to take your orders. The cost of a yearbook is $20.00. Checks should be made payable to Moline Board of Education. AFTER CONFERENCES, THE COST WILL INCREASE TO $25.00
BOOK SPECIFICATIONS: The 2011 Vision Yearbook was the 50th Anniversary Edition produced at Woodrow Wilson. It was increased from the usual 80-page book to our special 96-page book. Now with the 6th grade in our building, we need all 96 pages to document the activities of each school year.
The layouts are produced online using design templates provided by Herff Jones Yearbooks. The Vision is printed in black and white on 80-pound Bordeaux Special gloss paper. The Times Roman font is used throughout the book in sizes: 30 point for Headlines, 14 point for Sub-Headlines, 10 point for Body Copy, and 8 point for Captions. The book will be 7-3/4 inches by 10-1/2 inches. It will have a square-backed, 7/8 inch thick, sewn binding. The cover design is often chosen from a wide selection of Herff Jones covers, but we will also consider any student-produced artwork for the cover.
DISTRIBUTION: The yearbooks will be printed in the spring by Herff Jones Yearbooks, Kansas City, Missouri. They are distributed during the last week of school. Students who have obligations will not receive their yearbooks until the obligations are taken care of. Extra yearbooks, usually less than 20, may be available for purchase after all ordered yearbooks are distributed. The cost will be $25.00 cash! For more information, email Mrs. McKee (email@example.com).
In the future we hope that the following covers will link to the actual yearbooks. This is a work-in-progress.