Photot Courtesy of byms.org
Due to COVID-19, the yearbook elective has had to change their plans for the creation of the 2020-2021 BYMS yearbook. Publishing a yearbook during COVID-19 and the PYLUSD “hybrid schedule” is quite a challenge. This year the yearbook staff had to be creative in reaching out to our students and staff to share their “pandemic experiences,” at home.
Traditionally, the yearbook is filled with photos from clubs and campus activities. With physical distancing on campus, all club meetings, break-time/noon-time activities, and sports tournaments cannot be scheduled until further notice.
The staff came up with a unique solution to get pictures of students called the “BeYou Yearbook Submissions.” The “BeYou Yearbook Submissions” are Google Forms with a different topic each week. Students and staff are asked to submit a photo and answer two questions. So far, the topics have included “Zoom Lunches,” “Pandemic Stories,” “Halloween Dress Up,” “Pandemic Hobbies,” and now “Winter Break.” Yearbook will soon be adding other topics and are also conducting polls about many topics to include on pages. If you would like to check this out, click this link:
Yearbook will be adding “Eighth Grade Dedication” submissions to our yearbook. This gives families the opportunity to create a collage of photos and well wishes for their promoting eighth graders. This is usually featured for high school seniors but will be open for 8th graders this year. If you would like to see the page, click this link:
“Yearbook is a really fun class to teach, and previously Mr. Kish taught yearbook for many years. ‘Our publications’ program has been ‘consolidated’ so that I am continuing to teach journalism with the Matador Messenger as well as yearbook. We are able to share photos and even publish photo stories in both publications. I was a news reporter and editor in middle school and high school, and competed and won at county, state, and national write-off competitions. I have been a yearbook adviser previously, as well,” yearbook teacher Mrs. Perez said in an interview with the Matador Messenger.
“I chose to be in yearbook 2 years in a row because it was easy to enjoy the class and everyone got along and worked together.” 8th-grade student, Nia Gille says.