DAR High (2019-2020)


If you have any questions about specific class assignments, class projects, or how I grade, please contact me:

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GRADES: Some students mistakenly believe that since Journalism is an elective credit, they will not be graded. There will be skills lessons taught in the classroom, and written assignments and projects demonstrating the application of these skills will be assigned and graded.  Students will also be expected to contribute articles to the school newspaper (published in the Advertiser Gleam) and complete yearbook pages as part of their grade. 

The journalism skills being taught in this class are an integral part of the production of the school yearbook. Students should realize that the production of a quality yearbook does require a high level of commitment and additional work outside of school hours, especially during the second semester. 

HOMEWORK : You will have weekly assignments that will involve work done outside of the classroom and outside of school hours, such attending school functions and then writing about the events, interviewing people in the local community, taking pictures at school events, etc. 

LATE WORK: Because of the nature of journalism deadlines, work must be turned in on or before the deadline in order to receive credit. 

EXTRA CREDIT: Needing extra credit should never be an issue if you do your classwork and participate in class. However, I will occasionally post extra credit opportunities on the bulletin board in the classroom. These activities are optional. 


All students should be responsible, respectful, and resourceful.

  1. Come to class on time and prepared.
  2. Actively participate in class activities.
  3. Turn in assignments when they are due.
  4. You are intelligent and capable.  Do your own work!
  5. Treat everyone with respect, the same way that you want to be treated.


  • a 3-ring binder to keep class notes and graded assignments together and organized
  • blue or black pens, pencils



It is the job of every student to do his or her best to learn something every day. It is my job to teach every day. I can't allow students to disrupt the class. Disruptions will be dealt with according to the Marshall County Schools student handbook. If disruptive behavior is a problem, I may use assigned seating, break detention, after-school detention, or phone conferences with parents to help get behavior back on track so a positive learning atmosphere can be enjoyed by everyone in the class.

Successful learners come to class prepared. Always bring your notebook and a pen or pencil to class. If you make it a habit to come to class unprepared, I will assign you some “remediation time” with me during break, during lunch, or after school. 

Successful learners come to class on time. You are tardy if you are not in the room when the bell rings. After 4 tardies, you will be given an office referral. Before you get to 4 tardies, I may give you some “remediation time” with me during break, during lunch, or after school.

You need to be in the classroom in order to benefit from instruction. Please try to use the restroom, make phone calls, go to your locker, etc. between classes. I will not let you leave the room during direct instruction time. If you leave the classroom, you must take the hall pass with you and sign out on the whiteboard once I have given you permission to leave the classroom.

You may not use your cell phone, laptop, I-pad, I-pod, tablet, Nook, Kindle, or any other electronic device during class time unless I have given you specific permission to use the device on a class assignment.  I do have the right, as per the Marshall County student handbook, to take up your device and turn it in to the office if you use it in class without permission or in a way that is disruptive to the work that we are doing in class. 

If I suspect that you have been sharing answers inappropriately on either class assignments or tests, I will not grade your work and you will have to stay after school to make the assignment up.


You should keep a notebook for this class that contains all of your class notes, hand-outs and worksheets, and all graded assignments and tests.  I will not grade notebooks, but you will be able to use your notebook on some tests and the cumulative semester exam.  Also, if I should happen to make an error when transferring grades to the computer, you need to be able to show me your paper so that I can correct it.

Please be sure to put your name, date, and class period on all work turned in. If you don't turn your work in to be graded, I will not go through your notebook looking for it.  The job isn't done until the paperwork is completed and turned in!  You may also turn in work using Google docs.  My email is

If you are absent, when you return to school it is your responsibility to get any assignments that need to be made up. Check the assignment board to see what we did on the day you were absent and then check the make-up work holders for any extra worksheets and handouts for that day. If you are absent on the day that a test is given, you will have to schedule a time to stay after school to make up the test. There is a limit to the amount of time that you have to make up work missed when you are absent.  If you have an unexcused absence, you may not make up any graded work or tests that you missed.  I will not give extra credit work or make up work during the last week of the nine weeks so that you can pull your grade up because you have zeroes for work not done. Please do not beg or plead because I won't be listening!

I have set up a "Remind" message center for each of my classes.  You can sign up to get text message reminders (or an email reminder) about important due dates, test information, project information, etc.  I will not be able to see your phone number.

Information about how to sign up for Remind:

      text message to: 81010; in message line put: @JYClark6