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Shelley Petkovsek » Digital Media

Digital Media

Dear Digital Media Parents/Guardians,
 
I sincerely hope that you and your child have had a restful and enjoyable spring break. With the 9+ weeks remaining in the school year, I want to give your child my best and I want their best in return. This week you will receive progress reports. Some students are not turning in assignments or they turn them in late with many errors. At this point in the school year, all students know expectations and should be able to meet deadlines. Any late work or incomplete assignments will need to be taken care of by Friday, March 23
 
We are moving into the phase of the year where students often see summer time coming and school work becomes a struggle. Over the next few weeks, we will experience the first round of state testing and the end of the fifth six weeks grading period. Time will begin to rush by quickly. Please help out by reminding your child to submit work on time, attend school, learn all they can, and to be part of the learning process and not a distraction to others. Together we can make these remaining weeks fun while learning, for your child; as well as all of the other students in the classes.
 
Catching up with dates:
3/19 - Return from spring break. New principal, Mr. Josh Campbell, will start at MPMS, and all grades are pulled for progress reports.
3/20 - There will be a community meeting at 6:30pm in the SLC White Room at MPMS with Superintendent, Dr. Sheppard to gain information on what the Huntsville community feels the district needs to address. All parents and community members are invited to attend.
3/22 - The MPMS Hornet Track teams will compete at their meet at Huntsville High School. The meet starts at 4pm and will end late that evening. All students, parents, and community members are invited to attend.
3/23 - MPMS Spring Social will start right after school and last until 6:30pm. 
3/29 - Student Holiday & Teacher Work Day
3/30 - Bad Weather Day/Good Friday - No school.
4/3 - 7th Grade Writing STAAR/8th Grade Math STAAR
4/4 - 8th Grade Reading STAAR
4/6 - End of the 5th Six Weeks
4/16 -There will be a community meeting at 6:30pm in the SLC White Room at MPMS with Superintendent, Dr. Sheppard to gain information on what the Huntsville community feels the district needs to address. All parents and community members are invited to attend.
4/20 - Student Holiday & Teacher Work Day
5/1 - HISD Spring Art Show at West Hill Mall from 4:30-6:00 pm.
5/4 - Bad weather make-up day - Please plan to attend school that day.
 
There are still yearbooks available. You can order online at www.balfour.com or at the school. The cost is $40 and the books will arrive in May. Only 175 books were ordered. If paying by check, please make sure to make the check to MPMS Yearbook, include your phone number & TX DL#, and your child's name on the memo line. Capture the memories of our year!
 
Our character education trait for March is resilience Resilience is when a person can recover quickly from difficulties.
 
I look forward to working with your child and I am always here to help them out in any way I can. This week will be challenging, but working together we can use our resilience and push on. You can access their work in Google Classroom at any time.
 
Have a great week!
 
Shelley Petkovsek
MPMS Digital Media Teacher
Yearbook Adviser
conference period: M-F from 8:50-9:25

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 8:50-9:25 and my classroom phone number is 936-435-6400 ext. 4131. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,


Shelley Petkovsek

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.