Mrs. Yelenick's Classroom

Welcome to the wonderful world of 
Digital Photography

Phone: 303-982-8974

     In Graphic Design, students will be using Google Apps throughout each trimester to collect, display, and explain their work.  They will be able to create documents, presentations and other projects both at school and at home using Google, and can "share" them with other students as well. We will be making logos, designing fonts, remaking advertisements, creating new species, and more! 
    In Engineering, students will explore the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Students will be challenged to work through everything from computer simulations, to aerodynamics with CO2 Cars, to building stability and pressure thresholds with Bridge building. Students will work both individually and in teams to execute each station, and at the end of each station, will create a write-up that follows their process through the EDP. This will be both a challenging and fun-filled course. (ISTE Standards HERE)
   In Digital Photography, we are artists.  We look for unique situations around our everyday lives and capture them using an artist's eye.  Students will compile and display their portfolios on their student websites, where they will explain the purpose of the photo (or series of photos), what techniques they used, and what effects, if any, they applied. We will be focusing more on technical photography and how to take a good picture, though students will also be importing their photos and using PhotoShop for some photo manipulations. 


Information & Expectations

Summit Ridge Middle School     Mrs. Yelenick    Voice Mail (303) 982-8974  email

 Welcome to Summit Ridge.  We are going to have a wonderful time learning and exploring various components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics).  In order to be successful in these classes, there are four areas that need your attention and focus on at all times.  These areas are participation + homework + studying  =  assessments. Every day you need to be prepared to participate in the class activities.  This will help you learn and understand the subject matter.  Homework needs to be high quality, complete and turned in on time.  You need to be willing to come in and get extra help when you do not understand a concept and you must study for tests.  Focusing on these four areas will help you learn and be successful.

Grading Scale Rubric

A - I can complete the task without help, Independent learner, Can identify mistakes, Can apply knowledge to real world situations 100% - 90%
B - I can complete the task without help, Independent learner, Can identify mistakes, Attempts to apply knowledge to real world situations 89% - 80%
C - I can complete the task with help, Can identify mistakes with help 79% - 70%
D - I can complete the task while someone explains it to me, Cannot identify mistakes 69% - 60%
F - I can complete the task while someone explains it to me, Cannot identify mistakes, Cannot figure out how to start  below 59%


            There will be assessments/projects after every unit. To do well on assessments, students must study and participate in smaller/ ongoing in-class activities. Quizzes will be given throughout each trimester to show learning of standards. 

Late Work Policy

            I will accept late work till the end of the unit. The philosophy behind this is homework is practice and I want the work to be done and life happens. Some units are only two weeks.  Don’t get too far behind on turning in work or you will have 2 – 3 hours of homework over the weekend. 
You may correct homework for 100%.
I cannot accept late work within the last week of the trimester due to other grading needs.

Cell Phone Policy

NO CELL PHONES IN CLASS, we have access to computers, so any research, emails, etc. will be done from the computer lab. 
** Exception: On project test days, you may use your phones for photo and video evidence for analysis and reference. 

(Must have by the 2nd Monday of the Trimester)

1. Spiral notebook (Eng 1 & 2 ONLY)             
2. Pencils (NO PENS IN CLASS!)
3. Homework planner              
4. Colored pencils (optional)         
5. Newspaper (Eng 1 & 2 ONLY)     


 Extra Credit

Extra credit assignments are not given. To earn extra credit, students can do high quality work that deserves to be recognized.

 Classroom Expectations 

1. Be prepared for class before the bell rings.  This means all materials (note book, pencil, and pens) are in the classroom at the beginning of class.
2. Use class time effectively.  Stay on task and make an honest effort on every activity.
3. We deserve a SOARing environment. Safe, Own-it (be responsible), Attitude, Respect
4.  Do not affect the learning of others.
5.  Students who continually require my attention for disciplinary reasons will have a conference and consequences will be determined then.


 These are the units we will be covering this trimester. For a more specific breakdown of each unit/lesson, you can go to the corresponding class in the above side navigation menu.  

Photo: Website, Collage, Press Pass, Elements & Principles, Color Theory, Value, Abstraction, Forced Perspective, Double Exposure

Engineering 1: EDP, Measurement, Technical Drawing, Safety, Flight, Structures, Electronics & Circuitry 

Engineering 2:EDP review, Mechanics, Safety, Automotive, 3-D Modelling, 3-D Printing, Bio Engineering, Student Choice Project

Graphics: Website, Collage, Infographics, Spots, Text, Hybrids, Advertisements, Logo

Learning Targets & Big Ideas

These are the learning targets for my classes. We will be focusing on these targets throughout the units. Students will be tested on these targets through quizzes, projects and end of the unit assessments.

Digital Photography:
I can understand the advantages of digital camera.
I can apply elements, principles, and other photography rules to my pictures.
I can choose appropriate tools to create my work.
I can organize digital pictures on a public platform.
I can create dynamic images with the use of cropping, composition and focal points in my photographs.
I can create foreground, middle ground and background within my photographs. 
I can demonstrate in-depth inferences, analysis and application in my photography. 

Engineering 1 & 2:
I can use elements of experimental design (engineering design process).
I can generate ideas for a scientific investigation (engineering design process).
I can write a project proposal.
I can find and use scientific resources to provide background knowledge I can use multiple strategies search for and acquire scientific research articles.
I can present showing connections between science, myself, and my community.
I can engage in discussions about science and technology with my peers.
I can choose appropriate tools to solve specific engineering problems.
I can identify necessary known and unknown information for a solution.
I can identify the process to be followed to arrive at a solution.
I can work effectively in small groups through well-developed problem solving skills and be able to organize the group to optimize performance and results.

Graphic Design:
I can recognize how a visual image can be an effective means of communication.
I can understand how graphic design may be used as an international visual language.
I can demonstrate the ability to create and develop original concepts, build prototypes, integrate feedback and carry projects through to the production process.
I can apply principles of visual communication as they relate to reaching audiences, the role of design in society, and the ability to work cooperatively.
I can apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, typography as they relate in the various media that exist in design.
I can apply principles of visual communication as they relate to reaching audiences, the role of design in society, and the ability to work cooperatively.
I can use a computer to create and manipulate images and text for use in various print and digital mediums.

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