• Multimedia Communication                         Teacher: Anne Montgomery

    Office: 602.764.5000 ext. 45703               Email: amontgomery@phoenixunion.org             Credits: .5 per semester

     Plan for Success

     COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Multimedia Communications Print 1-2 Journalism class is an elective course for students who are interested in all aspects of producing the Southwinds student newspaper. Student reporters will identify the basic elements that define news, practice in-depth researching skills, identify first-person sources, and perform interviews to gather facts and comments. They will write stories that utilize fairness, accuracy, and balance in their news copy, and describe the legal guidelines which govern journalists, including ethics, libel, copyright law, and privacy issues.

    Student stories – including national and local news, sports, entertainment, editorials, and topics of particular interest to South Mountain High School students and staff – will be published on the Southwinds website and in the bi-annual Southwinds Magazine. Student reporters will also be responsible for locating and/or producing artwork to accompany their stories.

    Even if students never establish a career in publications, the knowledge and skills acquired in the Southwinds class will be invaluable in many other classes, as well as in the workplace. Students will learn to be organized, set and stick to schedules, work as part of a team, be comfortable in interviewing situations, become competent at researching, have confidence in their writing skills, and take responsibility for their own actions.

    The Southwinds curriculum is aligned with the Arizona State Standards and the Career and Technical Education and Workplace Skills Standards.

     COURSE CONTENT: analyze news, press conference skills, news gathering, source identification and verification, interviewing skills, covering live events, national and local news story research and writing, staff story production, utilization of Wordpress website and InDesign software, Skills USA

     GRADING AND ASSESSMENT: Class activities that will be graded include in-class and out of class individual and group projects, and home assignments. Portfolios will be used for self, peer, client, and teacher evaluations. Students will also receive participation points for being in class on time, and actively participating in activities.

    Most grading will done using a rubric developed and agreed upon by the teacher and students. Assignments will be evaluated on the rubric. Overall grading is done on a point system.


    90 - 100%                      = Superior                     A

    80 - 89%                        = Good                          B

    70 - 79%                        = Average                      C

    60 - 69%                        = Below Average           D

    59% and under                = Failing                       F


    Weighting: Assignments 80%

                        Assessments of Standards   20%   


    Title I Program:  Academic tutoring and test preparation is available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services. Support through Title I funding is available in the areas of math, reading, and English. If interested, please contact the Administration office.

     MAKE-UP POLICY/TUTORING: All work is expected to be turned in on time. If you are absent, you have one day per absence to make up work, or you may consult with Ms. Montgomery upon returning to school if additional time is needed. Students are welcome to make up work or come for tutoring during Advisory or by appointment. It is the student’s responsibility to get and complete make-up work.

     MATERIALS REQUIRED:  Binder, Pens, Paper, Flash drive (at least 4G)

     ATTENDANCE: “Absent” is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more than one-half of the period. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR).  “Tardy” is defined as not being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)

     Students need to be in class, on time, daily to learn the curriculum and to complete assignments and projects that often require group cooperation. If a student is absent from class, excused or unexcused, the student must, upon returning to class, be responsible for checking with the instructor for missed assignments. It will be the student’s responsibility to make up work on his/her own time and turn it in. Because many activities are group projects, they may not be able to be made up. Students with twelve or more absences may lose course credit.

     TARDIES: Students need to be in their seats and ready to work when the bell rings; tardies are unacceptable and disruptive for all students. The school policy for tardies will be enforced.

     IDs: Student IDs are to be worn above the waist with the photo showing at all times on campus and at school events.  Without a permanent ID, students will not be allowed to participate in activities on campus. 

     COMPUTER LABS: Teacher permission is required to use any of the computers located in any of the communications classrooms. The Internet is available for student research and editing and other educational learning activities. Students are not to use the Internet for participating in chat rooms, visiting obscene and inappropriate sites, playing games, or taking care of personal business (email).     Because of copyright laws, no CD burning for personal use is allowed. The use of cell phones, smart phones, or other mobile communication/electronic devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class        

    MEDIA RELEASE FORMS: We are often visited by other schools, working professionals, and the professional media. Because we work in groups and teams, your photos and voice will regularly be recorded, broadcast, and even published (including on the Internet). Please complete the Media and Internet Release Forms, which require both the student and parent/ guardian signatures, and return to your teacher immediately.


    Tutoring is available with Ms. Montgomery during Advisory and by appointment. Note that academic tutoring and test preparation are available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services. Support through Title I funding is available in the areas of math, reading, and English. If interested, please contact the Administration Office.

     REMEMBER THE Rs: RESPECT - Fellow students and the entire SMHS staff. READINESS - to participate and learn, to try new things, to be on time every day for all of your classes. Take the time to dream and imagine, and meet new people. RESPONSIBILITY – make good choices, follow the rules and wear your ID.