Did you Know…Derby Dragon News is now given to every student at Derby at no charge to them - over 850 copies are printed per issue! It is entirely funded by generous parents and community members who believe in supporting a newspaper written solely by students for students!
Consider donating $10 or more to support this great paper! Each issue costs $500+ to print and your donation will be greatly appreciated.
Please send cash or checks made out to Derby Middle School to Ralph D. Hickmott or Jill Morrison in the front office.
"I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets." -Napoleon
Welcome students to Derby Dragon News, Derby Middle School's premier newspaper! This course seeks to encourage and foster the passion you already have for journalism. As many of you already know, newspapers have had a profound impact on society, from swaying public opinion to tumbling powerful nations. News mavens like Thomas Paine, Margaret Fuller and Samuel Clemens used the written word to change the world around them. By joining news crew team, you have chosen to impact our school just as profoundly.
The class will primarily focus on publishing and distributing issues of paper. For this to happen, a sound understanding of journalism will be taught, along-with the newspaper creation process. Writing and editing news stories will be taught, along-with gathering and citing information. Adobe InDesign will be used to create the newspaper. Three issues are planned each semester, though more or less will be published depending on the competency of the class and our current budget.
Due to many activities occurring after school, students may need to work outside of the classroom setting. Speciﬁc roles will be determined in class. The following roles will be available: -Reporters -Writers -Editors -Designers -Photographers -Promotors -Distributors -Artists -Marketers -Other (as needed).
The following procedures will be in place when we work on the newspaper issue.
- All requests for interviews and pictures will be approved through email from the teacher
- Newspaper lanyards (passes) must be worn at any time doing Newspaper duties
- Students are responsible for conducting themselves appropriately whenever they are doing Newspaper duties
- All images will be self-taken or credited appropriately
In order to have the best possible learning environment, it is necessary for each student to be responsible for his or her own conduct. The following rule will be in place to ensure a cooperative environment to teach and learn: Respect others. Students must be able to learn and the teacher must be able to teach.
The student's grade will be determined by the points earned divided by the total points possible.
The district grading scale will be used.
Please check http://birmingham.powerschool.com to access grades online.
100-93 A 89-87 B+ 79-77 C+ 69-67 D+ 59 or less E
92-90 A- 86-83 B 76-73 C 66-63 D
82-80 B- 72-70 C- 62-60 D-