Horace Mann Elementary News Crew
Morning announcements have come a long way. When you were in school, maybe your teacher told you the morning announcements, or maybe you heard them over the P.A. system. Nowadays, at Horace Mann Elementary, we are fortunate enough to be able to watch them on our Promethean Boards in our classrooms each morning, courtesy of our News Crew.
News Crew isn't just cameras, a script and some anchors; it is much more than that. To give you an idea, let me walk you through a typical show. Once the 8:45 bell rings, the crew members, who are fourth or fifth grade students, come to the library and pick up a checklist with their job duties. The Floor Manager runs the show and makes sure everyone is doing their jobs. Meanwhile, at the production desk, slides are being edited and put in order, camera shots and transitions are reviewed and audio output is checked. Camera operators set up the equipment and the meteorologist reviews a script to read. Back at the news desk, the anchors rehearse their own scripts. Classrooms take turns coming to the library to lead the whole school in the Pledge of Allegiance and our Peacebuilder's Pledge. When everyone is settled in and the 2 minute bell is rung, we know that the show is about to begin.
When the 9 am bell rings, we start by wishing Horace Mann a "Good Morning" In addition to the regular current events and lunch menu, we have a weather segment, "Way To Go Wednesday" awards, welcomes to guest staff, "Thursday Poetry Corner," and other special appearances. When the broadcast is wrapped up, all the equipment is put away neatly and the library returns to book mode.
The nine news crew members work as a team to put on a good show. They all rely on each other and each job is important. Right now we have five different crews! That's a lot of involved students! Our library staff advisers help us stay on track with training, troubleshooting and especially pronunciation of names.
News Crew is one of the many characteristics that make Horace Mann unique. Like they say in showbiz (and at our school): "THE NEWS IS IN AND WE'RE OUT!"
Ella Germaine 5th grade Horace Mann
Ella is a fifth grade student at Horace Mann.