Jostens’ Look Book Companion App, the first app of its kind exclusively for yearbook inspiration, has won the 2014 Interactive Media Awards (IMA) Outstanding Achievement Award in the category of Education. Sponsored by the Interactive Media Council, Inc., the IMA recognize the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement.
Developed to enhance the Look Book, a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks, Jostens’ Look Book Companion App is the industry’s exclusive app that provides yearbook advisors and staffs a new level of access to educational and inspirational content. Look Book Companion App provides access to all the creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography from the most outstanding yearbooks printed by Jostens, Inc.
The Look Book Companion is an industry exclusive and we are proud that Jostens continues to lead the way in celebrating the awesome work of our customers.
Everyone is fighting for yearbook staff numbers to stay up. I love it when yearbook advisers take advantage of our wonderful resources that enable them to keep programs strong and relevant in their schools.
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Spring 2014, Mt. Vernon High School’s Peer Mediators (many who are also SGA officers) collaborated with students from Indonesia.
Twenty-eight students enrolled in Mt.Vernon High School’s Peer Mediation class participated in the Peacekeeper lesson (from Jostens exclusive May Hello Box). Students analyzed peacekeepers in history, considered what peace is and the impact an individual can make by fighting for their beliefs and being a catalyst for change.
The Indonesian students visited the US for a month to learn about peer mediation/conflict resolution through a George Mason Program with funding from a State Department grant. The Jostens “Hello” Box sparked the curriculum lead by Jostens Renaissance advocate, Melinda Bloomquist.
Jostens recently held its National Pep Rally in Orlando, Florida. Over 225 schools and 1,100 students and administrators traveled from across the country to attend THE conference that gets leaders fired up about making a difference in school culture and climate. The enthusiasm, stories, recognition and idea sharing is an inspiring experience for all of those in attendance. Many of the ideas gathered at the sessions throughout the weekend are set to be put into action when schools kick off in fall 2014. We can’t wait to see the positive impact. There is a difference when you partner with Jostens.
It’s not an easy task, but several schools in the Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, MD area conquered the challenge by earning a badge of excellence through Jostens National Program of Excellence Award. In order to qualify, schools must meet the following criteria:
1) Submit yearbook cover and endsheet designs on time
2) Complete ALL pages deadlines on time throughout the year
3) Reach a student buy rate of over 70% (or do 3% better than the previous year)
4) Include at least 50% of the school population in the yearbook 3X’s or more
5) Celebrate the yearbook with an official distribution party
Achieving the National Program of Excellence Award is a challenge as only approximately 5% of Jostens schools across the country are able to reach the honor. All winners are posted in Jostens annual LookBook and receive a plaque and banner to promote in their schools. Ultimately, the award helps to increase school pride and positively impacts the team culture and yearbook tradition at the school.
Schools earning the National Program of Excellence Award under Jason’s guidance include: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Congressional School of Virginia, Longfellow Middle School, St. Timothy School (a two time winner).
The Spring JR MAC (Jostens Renaissance Mid Atlantic Conference) hosted at Musselman HS, WV proved to be a successful event with over 300 students, teachers, administration and “staffulty” in attendance. Schools brought Renaissance teams with six to sixty people from over two hours away to attend. Highlights of the conference included team building and brainstorming strategies for schools to strengthen the positive culture and climate in their schools. Guest speakers Levar Fisher (former NFL Cardinals/New Orleans linebacker) and Steve Woolf (former Superintendent) shared personal, entertaining and motivational stories for the students in attendance. The Jostens National Renaissance Pep rally is July 11-13 Orlando, FL. Click here for more info.
On February 20, 2014, Mary Kay Downes, long-time award winning yearbook adviser at Chantilly High School, was recognized by several representatives from the Jostens of NoVa team for earning the school’s fourth Colonel Charles E. Savedge Award. To earn this high honor, publications must receive a Trophy Class rating from the Virginia High School League (VHSL) five times within a seven year span.
Odyssey’s fourth Savedge Award proves the program to be a journalistically sound mainstay for over 25 years in Fairfax County, with Mary Kay leading the way. The award was earned in 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.
Well known in the industry for her leadership, Mark Kay Downes stays connected with former yearbook staff members all over the country who’ve participated in her program. After graduating, many reflect and appreciate all they learned and accomplished through their experience on “Odyssey” staff.
Jostens is the exclusive recognition partner with the VHSL and awards championship rings to publications advisers, coaches and other activity advisers who earn state championship honors.
The Jostens Renaissance MAC PLC took place Thursday, December 5th at King George High School in King George, VA. Twelve schools (spanning from WV, NoVA, Stafford and the VA Northern Neck) and about 75 staff leaders attended. Lisa Spain, Jostens Renaissance Director, facilitated the event along with Tom Nichols (Principal, North Stafford, HS) and Cliff Conway (Principal, King George HS)
The walls were plastered with ideas from all the attendees on how to build positive culture in schools and find unique ways to reward/recognize students and faculty who many times go unrecognized. Let’s get started with those baby step ideas we can implement in our schools and turn them into big steps over time.
Congratulations to all of you who took home wonderful ideas AND prizes such as Mt. Vernon’s two registrations to Jostens National Pep Rally this July in Orlando and TC William’s Pause Before You Post kit. The Walt Whitman Middle School team was also in attendance. West Potomac High School of Fairfax County was also on the guest list.
The follow up conference is slated to be March 21st at Mussleman HS in WV.
Yeah, that’s Terry White. Adobe Evangelist. I’m fortunate to be in the front row learning the latest for you (Thank you Adobe & Jostens). I”m bringing more “Clarity to the Cloud” to local NoVa Schools. The conference was awesome. Learned some updates to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects, Muse, Cloud Collaboration, EdgeFlow, etc. Can’t wait to share the knowledge with school publishing staffs.
The YouTube Video below is from the New York Conference, courtesy of Terry White (Adobe Evangelist, http://www.terrywhite.com)
|Charles E. Smith JDS
||JEA/NSPA 1st in Class
||Columbia Gold Award/NSPA Second Class
||VHSL Trophy Award: Yearbook & Lit Mag, 1st Place Newspaper
|Thomas Jefferson HSST
||VHSL Trophy, Lit Mag. & VHSL/Jostens Savedge Award Winner (NP)
||VHSL/Jostens Savedge Award Winner (YB)
||VHSL/Jostens Savedge Award Winner (YB)
Additional congratulations go out to ALL of the additional schools and publications receiving recognition for superior journalism awards received through VHSL, Columbia and JEA/NSPA (and other) organizations!