The One About Yearbook Day

We simply call it “Yearbook Day.”  The day we give out the yearbooks and really find out what people think.  We get to hear about every misspelled word – unfortunately mostly names.  We find out about every little mistake we made – and the big ones too.

Our day went fairly well, despite the fact that we didn’t have an external monitor adapter for the new iMacs.  But we got by with an old Mac Mini.  But the prom photos were not on the hard drive we brought – only the iMac.  Such is life.  The slide show went fine.  The kids listened to music and signed books.  We heard a lot of positive comments about the first-ever all-color yearbook at our school.

Then the real issues started rolling in – and both were our fault as far as I can tell.  The first was a girl, a senior girl, who we misspelled her name, EVERY, SINGLE time in the yearbook.  Ouch!  I think it was spell check.  Her name is unique.  We need to come up with a system to identify uniquely spelled, “common” names, so that spell check doesn’t butcher them.

I handled the issue as best I could.  She was very distressed and I explained to her that it wasn’t personal against her, we were very sorry, and we know that she is upset.  She calmed down some, but I don’t think I was able to make her less upset.  I apologized again and eventually went off to deal with the next fire.

The next fire came later in the day.  A group of sophomores went to a club sponsor and let her know we accidentally got the wrong photo in the wrong photo box for their club’s group photo.  So, now we have to order crack and peel stickers in order to get the right photo in the right box.  Happiness.

And in the meantime, seniors have been hounding me – “why aren’t the prom photos on the school web site yet?”

But I’m mainly happy that we were able to get through the day with only a few problems.  Let’s hope the rest of the week goes as well and no more problems pop up.

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5 Comments

  1. Another two weeks for us before we hand out books. Hoping our first all-color book doesn’t have major problems. I won’t miss the yearbook drama every year.

    Amazing that I’m ahead of you with the prom pics. Ours were uploaded the same weekend as the dance. Kids came in on Monday to see the slide show running on all school computers when they logged on.

    • We have the slowest internet ever. I’m pretty sure that Steve Jobs was building his first Apple computer when they ran our network cables. Since then we’ve upgraded everything – except the network. So, I had to bring the photos home and upload them from here.

  2. We’ve got 2 weeks til “Yearbook Day.” I hope only 2 people complain…that certainly would be a blessing in my opinionated high school!

    • Of course you need to think of it on a per capita basis. Two out of 200 books sold is a 1 percent complaint rate. So, if you sell more than 200 books, your complaint rate may vary.

      I guess I did learn something in math class. Sssshh. Don’t tell my students.

  3. Our book came out on the 11th, and I have to tell you that it was a wild day.

    This year we canceled our Walsworth yearbook contract, and went with web publishing (www.blurb.com). It was a wild ride, but worth every bit of the hardship we went through. Publishing online changed our entire perspective, and although there were both positives and negatives to the process, the good outweighed the bad (by far).

    HOWEVER – the complaints that roll in hurt, and hurt deep… like the mystery of what happened to the swimming and wrestling photos, and the year-to-year problem of students being pictured in the wrong section (even though it’s not our fault they didn’t get their credits!).

    Overall all, though, delivery day for me, even through the mistakes, is a day to reflect on the overall success we enjoyed as a staff (a super young one at that – with some freshmen in the production group).

    Love your blog!


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