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Monday, June 1, 2020

Another Check In Update

For this week's assignment please provide another check in response. This piece should be the same as check in's of the past. Just a paragraph or two updating me on what it is you are working on, what struggles you may be facing and what I can do to help you out.



Monday, May 18, 2020

This Week

Hey team

 Lot's of meetings taking place this week and I know that Juniors are in the process of getting stuff together for junior cycle. To that end, for this week's assignment please head into gradebook and take a look at outstanding material that needs to be submitted. I'm still missing a lot of check in reflections and final elementary school lessons.

Let me know if you have any questions and keep up the good work


Monday, May 11, 2020

This Week! (May 11-15)

Good morning Silver Chippers!

 I have been keeping up with social media accounts as well as the new website and continue to be impressed by the quality of the material that you're putting together. There are still some students who I have not yet heard from. 

This week's assignment (25 points) is a check in.  The deadline for the check in Friday night at 11:59 pm.  The check in must include a detailed description of what you're working on (1) why you're working on it (2) what difficulties have you had (3) what questions regarding the work do you have (4) and what kind of communication you've had with your editors (5)?

Please begin working on this and keep it under a page if possible.  Let me know if you have any questions and stay safe.


Monday, April 20, 2020

This week!

Good morning staff

  Story assignments have been posted so for writers it's time to get to work. Artists and photo staff can look forward to PAG later this week.  Before we get into the 4th quarter grading stuff I wanted to remind everyone that my primary concern here is your safety and well-being. That being said if you are finding it challenging to complete posted material please communicate your concerns to me so that I can relay them over to the appropriate editors.

oh- and remember that I am in charge of grading. So if you have a concern about a grade please send it over to me, no need to get into it with your editors

4th quarter grading:

So this quarter is pass / incomplete-- what does that mean? Other than you can't fail (I'm not failing anybody anyway), I have no idea. We have not been given any specifics about this yet but are told more details will come our way shortly. For now I am just going to operate as usual with a numerical grade.

This week's assignment: (April 20-24): COVERSHEETS!

*The deadline for coversheets will be Friday April 24- I am asking that all staff members complete this so that I am in the loop regarding what you're currently working on. Writers should handle coversheets as per usual. But for everybody else please just indicate what it is you will be working on in the coming week. Photo and art are assigning social media / pag material this week and business staffers will receive instructions following Thursday's Zoom meeting. Your department heads will send over a Coversheet template later on today or tomorrow.

4th Quarter Final Assignment: Deadline May 15

*For the past five years we have gone to our feeder middle schools in the spring to promote journalism and Silver Chips. This has gone a long way to extend good will and get English classes in these schools to actually look at the paper and get kids excited about our program. We have been asked to continue this model but in elementary schools!  With that in mind I am asking that you work in small groups of 3-4 to develop an engaging and hands on lesson about journalism and the news that we can deliver to elementary school classes in the fall based around the Sesame Street clip below. (remember you need to be logged into for access)

The rubric for the final assignment is below:

Keep up the good work everyone and if you have any questions please let me know!


Friday, April 3, 2020

The New Normal (for now)

Good morning everyone.

First off I want to applaud all of those who have remained active and been helping Prayag with the social media account.  I have been receiving dozens of compliments and words of praise for the material that is being posted and the professional manner in which it is being handled to the point where I was even stopped on a run through the park the other day while wearing my Chips shirt. Keep up the good work and remember there are a lot of scared people out there who are using you guys as a source of information.

Having spoken with Prayag and Uma we have concluded that we are going to move ahead with the next cycle. As of now, because Silver Communications is closed, we are going to have to be forced to print online via our new site (thanks Ryan!).  However, I am not done trying to figure out a way to actually print a paper that we can have admin hand out at our local food distribution sites.


Please understand this is all very fluid- we are getting directions from the county and then having those policies contradicted and canceled 24 hours later.  Right now we are focused on wrapping up Quarter 3.  I will be posting all new assignments on this site every Monday morning (probably VERY early in the am).

Our formal "live-check ins" will be on Mondays:

Period 1: 1:00-1:45
Period 6: 2:40-3:25

During these times I will be available by email (which I always am), or I will be available on GCHAT through the accounts.  Unfortunately given the chaos in my home with three little kids there really is no possibility for me to connect with you guys using zoom or any other kind of video platform.  (though if you want to set up your own meetings using this platform I will do my best to find a way in for advice).


As I mentioned before, we have been given very explicit instructions to keep focused on Q3 and not assign any long term dates.  To that end, I will be instructing Prayag and Uma to hold off on posting the cycle calendar until I have more information from the county.  For now we are going to focus on two assignments for the remainder of the quarter (that is all that instructors are permitted to issue).  Those two assignments will be

story session picks: deadline Friday April 10
La La Land response : deadline Friday April 17 (the material for this assignment is available in the post below this one- remember you need to be logged into the account for access)


I like to think that I have the type of relationship with you all where I can be totally honest. It's a bit of a mess over here right now, and I'm not just talking about the literal condition of my home.  I assume that we are all dealing with unique challenges that are placing strains on our own well-being as well as on those that we love. If you can't get the work done don't stress out about it.  Your primary concern needs to be your health and the health of your families.  

My only ask is that you communicate with the EICs, or your section editors, or me if you will not be able to complete your assignment by the given deadline.

I think that is about everything- please email me if you have questions.  Some of you already have and I promise I'm trying to get to messages as soon as I can it just may take me a little longer than usual. 

I will be posting more information on story session here on Monday morning

Take care of yourselves and each other


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Well here we are

Hey Silver Chippers!

First off I sincerely hope that everyone is healthy and safe and that all of your families are as well.  It was confirmed this morning that school will be closed for at least the next month.  I am hopeful that our elected officials and health care workers will do everything in their power to get us back to school by the end of the year.  However, in the event that school is closed for the remainder of the year I will be posting assignments here on this website for your reference.  Although we have not received official word from Jack Smith or MCPS I am assuming instructors will be given the green light to start assigning new material relatively soon.

I am including the two best articles I found on La La Land- one on the social / cultural problems that exist in the film (con) and the other on the film's brilliance (pro)- you are given permission to use any material you wish in your response as long as those materials are academically appropriate.  You can send drafts to me via email at I will post a revised deadline on this assignment by the end of the week.

Why the backlash?

What an amazing film!!

*Prayag and Uma and I will will be speaking hopefully by the end of the week to determine how to proceed with publication going forward as during times like these I think your work is more important than ever.

Stay strong everyone, support your friends and families and know that I am thinking of each and every one of you.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Film

Below you will find a link to the film for our critique assignment.  If you are not coming on the trip you will be able to access the material here until Sunday March 15.  If you want to review a sequence in more detail for your critique you can use the link here as well (however, most individual sequences are available on youtube)

Here is the assignment associated with the film- this will be a critique on story and cinematography.  As we discussed in our intro try to be specific about elements of cinematography when covering that element (name of the DP, lighting, camera movement and angles, symmetry of shots, use of color etc)

Try to pay special attention to the introduction sequence and how it connects the two meanings of "LA LA Land"  That sequence can be found here...