With the leadership of Ms. Kristi Spengler, a fifth grade teacher at the school, several students produced the first edition of a student newspaper in February entitled “If You Only Knew”.
The idea of starting the paper was Ms. Spengler’s, and came from a discussion at the PUSD Leadership Committee. The group consists of certified staff, classified staff and administration who come together to help develop the future of PUSD. At one of the meetings, a discussion ensued about how important it is to get out information about all that is happening in PUSD schools, specifically information that the community may not be aware of. That discussion led to her beginning an after-school club with students interested in learning about journalism.
The club consists of three fifth grade students who meet two days a week after school. As a group, teacher and students brainstorm ideas for articles and then the students get to work. They are responsible for researching, surveying, interviewing, gathering information and writing the articles. If their article requires a picture, they are the photographer. This process allows them to experience the field of journalism hands-on.
The first issue was sent home with Taylor Hicks students at the end of February. The second issue is set to be distributed the first week of April. In each issue there is a feature on a staff member and a student athlete. There have been articles about the clubs offered at Prescott High School and the sports offered at Mile High Middle School, Granite Mountain Middle School and the YMCA. They have also included facts about the City of Prescott and 'fun facts' about the staff here at Taylor Hicks.
By mixing fun and facts, the club has been able to share information that readers may not have known before. Ms. Spengler is extremely proud of what her student writers have been able to produce so far, and looks forward to continuing the student newspaper for years to come.