• Waynesville Middle School

    Course Syllabus


    Teacher: Jena Hale (jhale@waynesville.k12.mo.us)

    Course Title: Tiger Network News (TNN)

    Grade: 7/8


    Course Objectives:

    • Use technology for obtaining, reporting, and disseminating information in the form of a news broadcast.
    • Collaborate with classmates by sharing ideas and insights productively and respectfully, using critical thinking skills to make decisions and solve problems.
    • Appreciate the importance of the First Amendment and understand how it applies to student broadcast journalism.
    • Understand how the press shapes public opinion and the power held therein.
    • Understand that the press has ethical, social, and moral responsibilities regarding what they disseminate for public viewing.
    • Practice ethical editing of recorded material.


    Classwork, Tests, Projects: Being part of our TNN team will give students an opportunity to work on our campus news program that reaches the entire school. Students will learn how to use a camera, learn how to create news stories for television, develop basic editing skills using iMovie software, and become familiar with aspects of broadcast journalism. Assigned projects will deal with the ethics of broadcasting as students learn how to produce a fair and balanced news program with a focus on objective and unbiased reporting. Daily formative assessments will check for understanding and progress and summative assessments will be used to assess completed projects. This is a year-long commitment and is a hands-on, project learning-based course that will require each student to be actively engaged daily.


    Classroom expectations:

    Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner.

    Students must be in the classroom before the tardy bell rings, prepared with the textbook, paper and a pencil.  Students must raise their hands to speak and be respectful of the teacher and their peers at all times. If the student doesn’t abide by the basic rules above for all minor offenses, the teacher will: (1) talk to the student privately,  (2) have the student complete a Think Sheet (3) contact the parent, (4) submit an office referral. All major offenses will be referred to a principal. Students must turn in all completed assignments legibly and correctly on or before the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for assignments when absent. Students have two days to make up those assignments. Students should check their grades in eSchool weekly to ensure that all work is submitted. If the student needs academic assistance, he must inform the teacher (and his/her parent) that he/she will be staying after school for help. The student must also arrange transportation home at 4:00pm or ride the Club Tiger bus at 5:15pm if he/she stays for academic assistance. 


    Grading Policy:

    All classes with the exception of high school credit courses (Foreign Language and Algebra) will be weighted 50% for Summative Assessments (including summative projects) and 50% for Formative Assessments and practice work.  High school credit courses will be weighted 70% for Summative Assessments (including summative projects) and 30% for Formative Assessments and practice work.  Late assignments will receive deductions per the teacher’s guidelines.  Practice work and homework are important to the success of students in the class and are meant to prepare students for assessments, not measure a student’s understanding of the standard.    100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, and 59 and below=F.  Check eSchool every Tuesday for last week’s grades



    Students must be in attendance every day. A student may only have 5 unexcused absences a semester. Upon returning from an absence, students must submit a written excuse to the attendance secretary. On the 4th tardy students receive a warning. The 5th tardy is detention. Detention is held on Wednesday after school.  If a student is absent they will have the same amount of days to complete the homework or practice upon their return. 





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    Headphones or Earbuds


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