I am honored and excited to introduce myself as your child's video production teacher for 2016-17. This is my fourth year at
Cario and 11th in the classroom. Last year I was named Cario's Teacher of the Year, thanks in large part to my work on developing a school-wide daily news show. Before entering the teaching
profession, I spent 16 years as a reporter at The (Charleston) Post and Courier newspaper where I wrote mostly sports stories and human interest pieces. My published works include a book, Guts & Glory: Memorable Moments in Citadel Athletics, and a number of articles in national publications, including The Washington Post and Athlon Sports.
My wife, Grace, and I have been married 20 years and reside in Mt. Pleasant. We have two awesome
teenage kids, Kyle and Emma, plus a couple of quirky dogs. Besides my family, I'm crazy
about tennis, old cars (especially classic Corvettes) and the South
Carolina Gamecocks. When reading for fun, I like action/crime thrillers
by such authors as Allan Folsom, Clive Cussler and Andrew Klavan.
This course introduces students to video news production. Here, students learn the basics of reporting, shooting and editing with video. Finished stories are broadcast on the Cario TV News show --known as CTV News -- presented each morning to all homerooms via SmartBoards on the school's computer network. Students will use real news stories as models for much of their work, with assignments tailored to their grade level. We use Canon Vixia HFR50 camcorders to record video and Microsoft Movie Maker for editing.
Class preparation requirements
Students should expect to write every day, either on paper or computer. They need to come prepared with a pencil or pen. In addition, students are required to keep a journal/notebook for daily bellwork and note-taking. Journals won't be turned in but will be checked weekly.
Students will be graded on their classwork (50%), video assignments (40%) and vocabulary quizzes (10%). Students are responsible for making up missed work and are subject to earning zeroes for work not turned in. Parents can keep track of their child's work through PowerSchool.
Disruptions won't be tolerated. Students who behave in such a way as to detract from other students' learning are subject to consequences ranging from a warning to removal from the classroom. Parents should expect to be notified if their child exhibits negative behavior.
The best way to contact me is by using the Contact Me page or via direct email: email@example.com
To set up a conference, call the school at 843-856-4595.
Thank you for supporting and encouraging your child in his or her
schoolwork. With your help, we'll have an exciting and productive year.