It’s Party Time!

The school year is starting with new staff members and yearbook veterans. That doesn’t mean you can’t already celebrate the achievements that have happened. Here’s how to start your year off right.


Live as only you can

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

— Neil Gaiman, Author


A team of cheerleaders always in the sidelines

Through coffee-fueled deadlines or athletic victories, celebrating doesn’t have to happen when it’s typical. Finding the right balance of fun is important for staff motivation and revitalization.

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Yearbook Pro-Tips

Team building

You're on a deserted island... What's for breakfast?

In this quick, simple (and often revealing) ice-breaker, ask participants to consider and decide foods that they would choose to live on for a year if stranded on a desert island, with nothing else to eat or drink, other than water. (The facilitator can determine finer points of the rules such as if there’s anything with which to cook, if there are any condiments, etc.)

After considering their selection for a few minutes, each person shares with the group what three foods they would chose and why. For larger groups, you can assign teams of three and have them come up with a selection of three foods that satisfy all members of their team. The point of the exercise is to get participants thinking about something completely different, in a way that allows them to express their own likes and dislikes to the group in a positive way. You'll get to know each other -- get each other ready for future feedback and critique sessions!

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Tell us how you celebrate

How do you celebrate the moments that matter, big and small? How do you mark important milestones and achievements with your staff and your school? From pizza parties to award ceremonies, each school community celebrates in their own fun and unique way, and we want to hear from you.

Share with us how you celebrate your yearbook, your staff and your school. We’d love to share your words of wisdom with other advisers.

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