The start of middle school is often filled with plenty of ambivalent feelings – happiness at starting at a new school yet sadness at leaving behind your happy childhood. Middle school is, after all, the transition stage from your elementary years to your high school years so ambivalence is to be expected. But when it comes to your middle school yearbook, such ambivalence should be absent.
Why? Middle school is one of the best experiences during your life as a student for several reasons including the fact that you can make new friends, learn more things with new teachers, and be in a new challenging environment. Indeed, there is something good to be said about being a new kid in a new school and that is something that your middle school yearbook can capture in photos and words.
What can be placed inside yearbooks for middle school? Well, you can place just about any photo, article and description that suits the theme for your yearbook in the same way as you did for your elementary yearbook and you will for your high school yearbook.
But you must also practice good judgment since the yearbook must reflect the personality and tell the story of the entire student body. Keep in mind that everybody should have their moment in the sun – or more appropriately, their place in one or two pages of the middle school yearbook – so listen to the opinions of your fellow students, too.
Indeed, yearbooks from the elementary to the college years represent the hard work that every student, teacher and staff poured into the final piece. These hardbound books are the culmination of hours of meetings, taking photos and writing articles, and designing everything from the covers to the contents. It is then right to give credit where credit is due – to the people behind the publication of the middle school yearbook and the people in it.
Yearbooks for middle school students are also great practice for young people. During your elementary years, your teachers and parents may have taken the initiative in designing these annual publications. But when you are in middle school, you can start taking the leader’s role while your teachers and parents provide the support for your endeavors.
Think of your middle school yearbook as a representation of your journey from childhood to young adulthood. You are taking on more responsibilities including active participation in the publication of your middle school’s annuals.
You will learn so many things that you can apply when you are in charge of making your high school yearbook in the coming years. Your useful learning will include:
• Knowing how to deal with a wide variety of people;
• Learning how to compromise and negotiate with students, teachers, parents and suppliers;
• Designing a yearbook according to design principles while also letting your imagination go wild.
Ultimately, your efforts toward making your middle school yearbook a reality will be amply rewarded not only in terms of the actual yearbook but, more importantly, in the things you have learned during your transition from childhood to young adulthood.