School Yearbook Ideas from Experienced Advisers

Experienced yearbook advisers share their ideas to help you in your yearbook project.

Adviser Ideas Archive

Covering More Students in the Yearbook

1. Picture of the Week

I started “picture of the week”.  Each week I encourage the students to take creative “non-traditional” photos so they may be chosen for picture of the week.  The photos are then displayed in the cafeteria for one week then moved to our wall of fame.

- Tami Howser, Wilson Middle School


2. Most Wanted

I print out the portraits and when a student has been placed on a page, they are crossed off and cannot be used in the book again (with a few exceptions). This way, I have different kids in every picture and rarely have to worry about duplicate photos being used.

We also have a most wanted list that I have the teachers generate. They are those kids who never get noticed by the camera.

- Kristin Hayward, Meadow Park Middle School


3. Mini-collages

Instead of having white space on portrait pages, I use any extra space for "mini collages" of photos specific to that classroom.

- Joanne Kaminski, Northeast School


4. Open House Photographers

Recruit “photographers” at open house – ask them to take pics at school parties and/or any other time they’re at the school – many parents/grandparents carry cameras and it’s just as simple as asking them to take pics of various students as opposed to just their own – you’ll be surprised at the variety of pics you’ll get.

Ask the teachers or teacher’s aides to submit pics – many take pics for weekly newsletters, their classroom webpage, etc. They’re there every day and can often catch those non-party related activities that mean so much to the students.

For middle school or junior high where a Yearbook class doesn’t exist – see about utilizing student council or even starting a photography/yearbook club – students can get practice taking photos and the better ones can be published in the yearbook – a great way to get shy kids or those not involved in other academic, social or athletic clubs involved!

- Deena Smith, Steadley Elementary School

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