Welcome to Digital Media at Mance Park Middle School! I am so excited about this new learning opportunity for our students as they explore the emerging academies of Career Technology Education (CTE) as we prepare them for their futures. In Digital Media they will learn many ways to publish, promote, and showcase their work using a digital platform.
Students will be in Digital Media for the entire year and during this time they will have exposure to Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Color Theory, Layout & Design, commercial photography, video production, animation, broadcasting, and many more real world applications. This class is great for students interested in game design, architecture, fashion design, graphic artists, yearbook, newspaper, journalism, broadcasting and much more! With all of the great options for learning in this class, your child will be on their pathway to success as they move forward in the career choices they make.
All students will need a binder for the class. This is to keep our work organized. They will need a set of tab dividers (one set of five will work). I have asked students to keep a ruler with them at all times and for the ruler to not be flexible because it will cause them to not have straight lines when designing. Additionally students will need the following items with them when they come to our class: pens (blue/black), pencils (regular or mechanical), white eraser, and either map pencils, crayons or markers (not Sharpie). The students have been told that the crayons, markers, and map pencils are their choice of which to use. If they are very crafty, they are welcome to have all three types. This is not a class set, but for student personal use in class. If you would like to donate any of the supplies for me to share with students who are unable to purchase, that would be great. Kleenex and hand sanitizer are also a great classroom donation.
There will be very little homework in Digital Media unless we are studying for a test or students want to continue working on a project we are doing in class. Any homework, classwork or projects should be turned in by the due date. All late work will lose 10 points per day for being late. See student handbook online for more details. If a student does not have an assignment after 2 days, a phone call will be made to you. Building responsibility by turning in assignments and doing quality work is an important skill to have. Students are expected to follow the MPMS Student Code of Conduct, Dress Code, and HISD Policies at all times. The equipment we are using needs to be treated correctly and not damaged. Students will use their Chromebooks for the majority of coursework and our lab computers for learning the Adobe software.
Please do not send your child with digital equipment for my class unless I have notified you that we are working on something that they can use it with. Also, please encourage your child to not bring toys or items that will distract the learning process. No food or drinks allowed in the classroom/lab due to the equipment we are using. Lunches are not a problem, just no open food or drinks.
Please help me to stop the idea of "one and done" mentality that often middle school students feel is acceptable. What I mean by this is that with everything we learn how to do in life, it takes practice to do it well. For example, taking one photo does not make you a great photographer. We will need to practice all the skills being taught repeatedly for students to really hone them and be able to apply them.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve as a teacher for your child. My conference period is second period from 936-435-6400 ext. 4131. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. and my classroom phone number is
MPMS Digital Media 1 & 2 Teacher
MPMS Yearbook Adviser
Yearbooks can be purchased at www.balfour.com or at the school in room 131 from for $40.