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December Checklist


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  • Beware! With holiday breaks, deadlines are closer than they appear.
  • Keep spirits high and staffers focused. Balance work time with fun time and start a staff tradition.
  • Assign a veteran staffer to lead quality control. And, make sure new eyes are seeing finished spreads before they’re final. Spellcheck early and often.


  • Do you have photo retakes? Upload the new photos and include a not-pictured list in your portraits section if that’s your community’s expectation.
  • Is it rude to make holiday assignments? Not when there are great stories to tell. How do your students celebrate year-end holidays and spend their time off?
  • Make sure eBusiness is updated with all in-school sales. Check books sold against your order. Did you order the right number?
  • Look for opportunities to up your coverage. Can you fit a mod in that space? Ask your staffers, “How many books have you sold on this spread?”


  • Yearbooks are a gift. Provide a certificate or holiday card for parents who want to stuff a stocking.
  • Taking photos inside can be difficult, and outside, it’s getting darker and darker. Whether you’re covering basketball or parades, pre-plan your hardest shots and camera settings.



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