Dear DATA Dragons and Families,

My name is Gena Lawson and I sponsor the yearbook here at DATA. I am writing to you to share some important yearbook information and deadlines. I (and my student staff) will do our best to create a first-rate yearbook that will serve as a lasting reminder of your 2020-2021 school year. However, it is your yearbook and we need your help to make it happen.

Our staff will be sure to respond to all questions and concerns in a timely manner during the work week. In addition to communication, we also need the active participation of our students in order to make this yearbook one you can all enjoy. Here is a link to upload photos for us to potentially add to the book this year: https://uploads.picaboo.com/9138530  You are also welcome to please send in any candid photos of virtual learning, participating in sports or other activities, or anything you think could contribute to our yearbook this year. The Yearbook Staff cannot guarantee all additional images will be featured in the book, but it does give us a lot of options to look through.

We will be sure to respond to all questions and concerns in a timely manner during the week. In addition to communication, we also need the active participation of the Class of 2021 in order to make this yearbook one you can all enjoy. First and foremost, we need you to meet all deadlines for the submission of yearbook information and materials as requested.

YEARBOOK DEADLINES FOR ALL STUDENTS:

  • Student Photo (grades 8-11) – Student portraits for grades 8-11 are being taken at home this year. They may also be taken by a professional photographer or a photo you have taken earlier this year. Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021.
  • Senior Photo – Scheduling senior portraits needs to be a priority as this will be the first section this year in the yearbook.  We are fine with photos taken at home, and self-edited photos. We will contact you if the photo sent in does not meet requirements for dimension or is inappropriate for school. If at all possible, please schedule or take portraits by the end of the Fall semester. Not meeting this deadline will result in the Yearbook Club using a school photo ID picture on file in the portrait section or a placeholder if no school photo is on file.  Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021. 
  • Senior Baby photo – this is a tradition here at DATA. We present a picture of the graduating senior as a small child/infant/baby and then as the graduating senior for comparison. This is optional, but a lot of fun for students to see and have as a memory. Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Senior Quote: this is also a senior tradition here at DATA. We ask seniors to provide a quote that represents their philosophy on life, school, or the future. Something they think represents them well. We have been asked if it has to be famous, and it doesn’t, but it does have to be attributed (I need to know who said the quote originally). Make sure you are giving the accurate quote so double-check it is the same in multiple places. Some people change up quotes. The character limit is: 250 characters. Periods, commas, exclamation points, spaces, etc. all count as characters. This is also optional. Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Parent Ads – This year we are also offering parent ads for family members / close friends to place a congratulations message (and photo – optional) in the yearbook. There are varying pricing options. If interested, please go to this link to upload: https://ads.picaboo.com/9138530

There are many photographers who can handle your needs for digital images with today’s technology. If you need a list of professionals to take your photo, please email Ms. Lawson and she can send you some local companies names. Be aware they may have a long waiting list.

For your senior  and student portraits, please make sure they meet the following needs:

  • Color photo
  • Wallet-sized
  • No soft-focus
  • Due to Covid-19 procedures and precautions, please do not bring a hard copy of this photo to the school. Scan it and send to gena.lawson@datacharter.org
  • Student must be the only person in the portrait.
  • Please send the file as a JPEG image

When you send your Student/Senior Portrait in, please make sure you also send us the student’s name and how you would like it to appear in the yearbook. Make sure your spelling, special characters and anything else is how it should look. Seniors can include a nickname in quotes with the full name (first and last), just first and last name or first, middle and last name (full complete name).

The Yearbook Club and I look forward to building this book this year in such a strange time of learning.

Sincerely,

Ms. Gena Lawson

Media Arts Teacher / Yearbook Advisor