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Yearbook & Digital Photography I Room 302

2018-19 Picture Days & Yearbook 

 are available to pre-order at our cost of $65 through Oct 5th, through the order center,, 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 Oct 5th, but can still be purchased through using either order #16196 or searching by school,  as well as by check in the CVHS bookstore through March 1st. 

ll 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.

Fall break through winter break, Oct 6 through Jan. 6 (when the yearbook order is placed) the cost is $70Yearbooks ordered Jan. 7 – 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 of both 2017 and 2018, 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, 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 8/16 & 8/17, 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.

are required to have photos taken for their ID card on picture day.  These photos will not appear in the yearbook - only senior portraits taken at the Lou Coopey Studio will be in the yearbook.  Note: it is the ID photo which is sent with transcripts, so "creative" photos with e.g. 12 pigtails or goofy glasses may not be the ideal image for college admission & scholarship applications.

Absentee Pictures & Retakes 
- Sept 25th 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- The deadline for senior portraits for inclusion in the yearbook is Sept 15th. Yearbook has a series of publication deadlines, and portraits taken after Sept 15th will not be able to be include in the yearbook.  Please 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.

Senior Ads - The deadline for tributes in the yearbook which honor seniors is November 30th. Ads may be created/purchased online at, 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

Sadly, ads cannot be included in the yearbook after Thursday, November 30 as the yearbook has a series of publication deadlines.  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 18th at 7:40 am in the main gym.  Order forms will be delivered through English classes, and will be available at the attendance window. Students attending EVIT for morning classes may request an excused absence by completing an absence form available from EVIT without penalty for school activities.

Club Photos - November 6th in the mini gym.  A schedule with each club's photo time slot will be distributed to club sponsors

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Digital Communications (Yearbook) 

Year I - Year I students gain basic skills in digital photography and photo editing, utilize graphic design software, become proficient in interviewing and copy writing, and are introduced to graphic design and marketing. Students learn time-management, problem-solving and professionalism. Students work together toward a common production and publication goal. Students depend on each other, assist each other, and participate in weekly team-building activities, peer recognition, and monthly work parties.

Year II  - Year II (2nd, 3rd & 4th year) students earn a weighted grade. 
Students build upon Year I skills, become more proficient in photo and copy editing, and share their areas of expertise  as emerging leaders. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership positions, teach lessons, and train Year I students.  Year II students also have the opportunity to be an integral part of publication design, planning, production management, and marketing. 

Both classes together are essentially a small business, with students working closely together toward a common goal, and forming working relationships which transcend beyond a typical classroom environment. 

Digital Photo I 

Digital Photo I is an introductory course for the beginning photography student.  Students learn how to operate a manual DSLR camera, are introduced to elements of photo composition and aesthetics, as well as basic Photoshop
principles and techniques.  Students learn more advanced computer skills, technical information, history, and aesthetic components dealing with photography.  Through a combined application of these principles and techniques, students will produce photographs as a form of artistic expression.

A Bit About Ms. B 

I taught English for 10 years, and am extremely happy to now be focused solely on Digital Photography and Digital Communications. Prior to teaching, for 10 years I operated a small business which included teaching digital memory book classes and training consultants. Additionally, I had a 10-year career in public administration.

I raised two teenage boys, and love teenagers -- it's why I do what I do. My goal is to assist students in being successful not only in my classes, but in life.

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