Journalism department shifts focus
Article by Crystal Foster
(Monday, May 2, 2016)
The high school journalism program will experience three exciting changes next year, including a printed newspaper, a photography business, and more of a social media presence.
According to Jamie Manhart, journalism instructor, she recently met with Zach Ahrens, president and publisher of “The Topeka Capital-Journal.” His vision is to print newspapers of local Shawnee County high schools on a rotating basis.
Manhart said Ahren alluded to printing six to seven editions of “The Eagle Times.” All high school students would receive printed copies of the currently online-only newspaper, and then “The Eagle Times” would be inserted into every “Topeka Capital Journal” newspaper as well.
“It has been a long time since we have had a printed school newspaper, and I am excited about that possibility. Not only will it increase the readership of our current online newspaper, but it will increase the exposure of our student journalists. It’s cool to see your byline online, but there is just something about seeing your name in print that makes it more ‘official.’
“Not only will the talent of my writers and photographers be shared with a much wider audience, but the achievements of Silver Lake students will become more publicized as well,” Manhart shared.
Junior Abby Brockmann, newspaper editor, is also looking forward to the change.
“I’m super excited to see the newspaper in print… Seeing everything in print and in the hands of students will be really neat to see. It will give us a real-life experience of having to hit a strict deadline to be published in the TCJ,” Brockmann said.
Ahrens also said he is working on a student advisory board that will assemble students from all over Shawnee County high schools to meet and discuss news that affects teens.
Next year, the journalism program will also start a photography business. The students will not only be taking junior high and senior high school portraits and sports team photos for the yearbook and for purchase, but they will also be marketing their business, advertising prices, setting rates, dealing with customer service, packaging the photos when they come in, and distributing.
“This seems like a big undertaking, especially with how busy my students already are and how many projects we are currently juggling. However, I know it is the right thing to do because it is providing students with so many real-life skills that education is truly all about right now,” Manhart said.
The third change in the journalism department will deal with their social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. Manhart said she wants her students to be more involved in the social media communication of the district.
“My journalism students need to focus on fresh, constant, daily online presence for our website, social media, etc. That is what journalism is all about now, and it has been for awhile. I have met with several industry leaders who echo my sentiments. If I want to prepare my students for the current communications world, they need to be posting and tweeting daily about what they are working on, analyzing the best times of the day to post news, and surveying what attracts their audience most. Our focus needs to shift,” Manhart said.
Workman retiring at end of year
(Thursday, April 21, 2016)
Article and Photos by Ella Baird, eighth-grade journalism student
In addition to the retirement of High School Science Teacher Jerry Bollig, the district is also saying goodbye to another veteran instructor.
After 31 years of teaching, 18 of those at Silver Lake, Dian Workman, grade school P.E. teacher, has decided to retire.
She said her last year of teaching has gone by quickly.
"My last year was kind of sad, but happy at the same time. I love teaching kids, but I feel like it's my time to be done," Workman said.
Workman explained her final day as a P.E. teacher.
"We are going to have the best field day ever, and I am going to take lots of selfies with kids and teachers," Workman said.
Workman has coached for 30 years. She said that she loves to see kids excel in sports.
"I taught hundreds of kids how to rollerskate, and I think that is pretty rewarding," Workman said.
She said her advice that she would give to her replacement is to talk fast and get the kids going because they love to participate.
Johnathan Roberts has been hired as Workman’s replacement. Roberts comes from Stout Elementary School, where he has been since 2012.
Her plans after retirement are refereeing volleyball and traveling.
She said she is going to miss the kids most because they make her laugh, but she said there are positives to retiring.
"Getting up early is what I am going to miss the least. I get to sleep in," Workman said.
Elementary Principal Ronda Pegram said she is going to miss how Workman provided students with a wide range of activites. Pegram said Workman held high expectations for students and pushed them to excel.
In addition to teaching P.E., Workman has also been the eighth-grade volleyball head coach for 17 years. Coaching alongside Workman for the past 12 years has been Cindy Hamilton, seventh-grade volleyball head coach. Hamilton is also leaving Silver Lake at the end of this year. Workman said she and Hamilton both led their teams to league championships this year, which was a great ending.
Shannon Vanderbilt, sixth-grade teacher, has been hired as the new junior high volleyball coach, and Jenna Johnson, fifth-grade teacher, has been hired as the new assistant.
(See Jerry Bollig’s retirement article @ http://www.silverlakeschools.org/213705_3)
Alumni invited to June banquet
(Tuesday, April 5, 2016)
SILVER LAKE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The annual Alumni Banquet for Silver Lake graduates is always held the second Saturday in June. This year, that date will be June 11, 2016. It will start at 6 PM at the high school. All alumni are invited to attend. The classes that will be recognized are:
2016 : 2006 : 1996 : 1991 : 1986 : 1976 : 1966
Tables will be saved for each class. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. Tableware and a beverage will be provided. Dress is casual. We are asking for one member in each honored class to be the spokesperson for introductions
You will want to come to this year’s celebration. It will be a great opportunity to see how the school has grown and changed by taking a tour of the new edition.
The Silver Lake High School Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the SLHS Alumni. The Association has funded a scholarship award program since 1992. This year's’ scholarship award will be announced at the banquet. Donations are welcome and can be mailed to the following address:
309 Gemini St.
Silver Lake, KS 66539
The link for the gofundme account for the Alumni Association is https://www.gofundme.com/
Keep checking back to the website for updates. Anyone who has graduated from Silver Lake who would like to update their information, contact Gowin.
If your class is interested in using one of the classrooms or taking a tour prior to the banquet, please contact Janie Gowin at 785-582-5134
THE CLASS OF 1966
Community asked to make commitment
(Thursday, March 31)