Design is a problem to be solved will be the theme of this year. I've been collaborating with other teachers of this subject over the summer and this collaboration has resulted in a few new ideas about how to assess your work/efforts in this class. This process could be used for just about any class.
The steps shown below will be our approach for all major projects and we'll be going over strategies for each step of the design process the first few weeks of class. The key component is I really want to see you grow your skills as independent problem-solvers/designers.
The ability to reflect on our work is an important skill and one that I may have neglected in the past. One thing returning students will notice is that you will probably be writing a little more in this class than we have previously. We'll be using forums on this site for much of this writing and the bulk of this will be answering basic questions like
Welcome back to school! I've missed seeing you over the summer and I'm excited about the upcoming year. I think we can do a lot of very creative projects and we can all learn some new things along the way.
Like the rest of the Chester County Intermediate Unit I'm trying to go paperless as much as possible. Because of that it's going to be critical for you to view this page every day. The CommArt site will be your source for everything about what we're doing in class every day. Making sure you're aware is your first responsibility in this class! If you miss a class it is up to you to make up any work that is missed and you will need this site in order to do so.
I've attached a few forms below that will help you stay organized over the coming months. A syllabus, course sequence and class links reminder sheet are below. Make sure you download each of these and keep them in your class folder.
August 19, 2011
Parent or Guardian:
Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to our school. I look forward to working with you to help your child reach his or her professional goals. Our Commercial Art program is a wide-ranging overview of photography, digital design and imaging technologies and your involvement is most encouraged.
Our class is open to you – please feel free to stop in and observe what we’re working on at any point through the school year. Other ways for you to see what is happening include visiting our class website, Commercial Art @ CAT Pickering. You can reach this site at this URL: http://graphcomm.weebly.com. The start page is a blog that will explain what we’re doing on a weekly basis. I try to update this every Sunday. There is also a class calendar located on this site that will list project and assignment due dates. Students need to visit this site on a daily basis.
If you want to check grades or attendance the school’s PowerSchool URL is https://powerschool.cciu.org/public You will need your child’s username and password to access this site. I would recommend getting these from your child early in the school year.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s learning, I can be reached a number of ways. My phone number is 610-933-8877 ext. 4111. My email address is email@example.com. If you would prefer to text message me or contact me via Facebook let me know and I’ll provide you with that contact information.
Again thanks for choosing CAT Pickering for your child.
Albert J. Tucker
Graphic Communications & Printing Technology Instructor
Time to Stand
Featuring Sean Stephenson
Alumnae Hall ~ Immaculata University
1145 King Road, Malvern PA 19345
1:00 p.m. at August 23, 2011
On August 23, the Chester County Intermediate Unit is hosting a special presentation by nationally renown speaker Sean Stephenson. The event is free and open to middle and high school students and their parents who reside in Chester County, however preregistration is required.
Expected to die at birth due to brittle bone syndrome, Sean Stephenson faced an army of reasons to give up and countless opportunities to embrace pity. He suffered more than 200 bone fractures by age 18, reaches a height of only three feet, and is permanently confined to a wheelchair. However, this man took a STAND for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world, including Tony Robbins and President Bill Clinton. And, now he is coming to Chester County.
Please register online by August 13 at
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
PHYS. ED. DAY
AM - Thursdays - 1
PM - Thursdays - 7
PM - Mondays - 7