Liz Bellgardt

Liz BellgardtYearbook Banner

Yearbook & English III Room 304
liz.bellgardt@gilbertschools.net

2017-18 Picture Days & Yearbook 

Yearbooks
 are available to pre-order at our cost of $65 until Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, through the order center, https://www.yearbookordercenter.com, Infinite Campus, or the CVHS bookstore.  Please note that beginning this year, there is a fee of approximately $2 for all transactions made through Infinite Campusthere is no fee for orders placed  through the yearbook order center.

Yearbooks will not be available to purchase through Infinite Campus after Nov. 23, but can still be purchased through https://www.yearbookordercenter.com using either order #16196 or searching by school,  as well as by check in the CVHS bookstore through March 1st. 

We are excited to announce that this year, all yearbooks ordered by March 1st will include a free app, which will enable students to access the yearbook digitally on their phone.  The app will NOT be available for WSL yearbook purchases made in May.

From Nov. 24 until Jan. 12, when the yearbook order is placed, the cost is $70Yearbooks ordered Jan. 12 – Mar. 1 are $75.  Yearbooks remaining from our order will be available WSL for $80 in May after pre-ordered yearbooks are distributed.  We sold out in May 2017, so pre-ordering is encouraged.

**Note: Yearbook does not encourage paying for pre-orders with cash as each May brings with it tearful students who said they paid for one with cash, but we have no record and they can't find their receipt.  A check, or credit card order through https://www.yearbookordercenter.com, can easily provide proof of purchase.

Picture Day - Photos taken by the Lou Coopey studio for the yearbook (jrs, sophs & frosh), student IDs, and for purchase will be on 8/17 & 8/18, and scheduled through students' English classes. English teachers will notify students which day their class is scheduled, and distribute packets for ordering prints prior to picture day.

Absentee Pictures & Retakes 
- Sept 28th during lunch hours
, in the auditorium foyer. There is a $5 re-take fee; there is no sitting fee for students who were absent on picture day.  If a student ordered a picture package, simply bring the package back and it will be replaced with the retake photo.

*Senior Portraits - Seniors need to have their senior portraits taken by August 30th in order to be included in the yearbook. Yearbook has a series of publication deadlines, and senior portraits taken after Aug 30th will not be able to be included. Seniors need to contact the Lou Coopey studio to schedule an appt: 480-830-5667; 202 North Lindsay Rd #101 Mesa, Az 85213.  There is no sitting fee.  
Clothing for the yearbook senior portrait is formal. Boys must wear a jacket and tie, but if you don’t have one, there are some available for use during the photo session. Girls must wear a dress or shirt with sleeves. You are also encouraged to bring clothes, uniforms, and props for photo shoots to reflect activities, sports, and honor societies they are involved in. Seniors under 18 must have a parent present to sign a photo release.

*Note: Senior portraits are the photos included in the yearbook – ID photos for seniors, taken on campus, are NOT included in the yearbook.   As a side note, some seniors opt to have silly photos (12 pigtails, goofy glasses, etc.)  taken for their ID pictures as “they don’t matter.”  It is the ID photo, however, that appears on Infinite Campus and  is sent with all transcript requests.

Senior Ads - ​NOTE: The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Dec 5th.  Ads in the yearbook which honor seniors are created/purchased online at  https://www.yearbookordercenter.com, using either order #16196 or searching by school.  The site contains instructions and pre-made layouts.  The cost is: 1/8 page - $71.50; 1/4 page $137.50; 1/2 page $220.  A reminder that photos and text must be school appropriate and present our students in a positive light. For assistance in creating ads, there is  a technical support number through Herff Jones:  1-877-362-7750

All senior ads to be printed in the yearbook must be submitted online by Thursday, November 30. Ads will not be accepted after that date as they are sent to the publisher in December.  Please don’t put this off – it is heartbreaking to receive requests for senior ads after the pages have already been printed. Create your ad now, and check it off your list.

Senior Panorama - October 19th in the main gym.  Order forms will be delivered through English classes, and will be available at the attendance window.

Club Photos - November 7th in the mini gym.  A schedule with each club's photo time slot will be distributed to club sponsors.
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Classes:
English III - Students will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts focusing on what has shaped American society --and the American Dream.  Writing will focus on analysis, argument, synthesis, and narrative.  Of all the English curricula, this is my favorite because I love the historical perspective and the works we read.   Juniors is also my favorite age group ... students start to "get" it, begin to look toward their life after high school, and start to transition into young adults.

Digital Communications (Yearbook) 
- NEWSFLASH!!  On Nov 28th the GPS Board approved changing Digital Communications II (years 2, 3 & 4) a weighted grade beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  The standard grade is 4.0 for an A, a 3.0 for a B, etc; a weighted grade means that students will earn a 5.0 for an A, a 4.0 for a B, etc.  This means a boost to their overall GPA. T
his course works toward the completion and selling of a major product: the CVHS yearbook. Students gain hands-on business experience in digital media, graphic art, photography, applied research, interviewing, copy writing, and marketing. Students also have the opportunity to work in leadership positions, which looks terrific on a resume.  I get to develop a different kind of relationship with students, and we become a very close group in the process of putting the book together.


A Bit About Ms. B
- I've been teaching English for 10 years, and have taught all grade levels from junior high to junior college.  Prior to that, for 10 years I had a business which included digital memory books. I have a BA in English, and both an MPA (I had a 10-year career in public administration, which included working for the AZ Legislature), and an M.Ed.  I've raised two teenage boys, and love teenagers -- it's why I do what I do.  I have high expectations for kids, but I'm in it because of the kids.

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