History of the Cougar Growl
A class project of the Seventh Grade Students
By Angela Jos ('05) & Cameron Woods-Ortiz ('05)
Beginning in 2003, the seventh
grade computer classes undertook, as a class project, the creation of their very
own student newspaper -- The Cougar Growl.
Our first co-editors for this project were Angela Jos ('05) and Cameron
Our task was to create a student newspaper,
that each family with students at St. Maria Goretti School would receive, to
keep up with the happenings at our school. We set our first deadline, and
targeted tp publish it, in time for Parents' Night in
September 2003. We found out, that meeting deadlines was very difficult, and as
time grew closer, we had to revise our deadline to publish our project for Catholic
Schools Week in January 2004, but we kept adding more
stories, and realized that we couldn't meet that deadline either. We kept
working at our project, and again revised our target deadline, so that we could
produce our first edition by Graduation 2004.
We didn't make that one either, but we did try.
Jobs were selected, and each seventh grade
student was assigned to write an article about a different event or aspect of
our school. After each of the articles was typed and reviewed, we needed to
select a format for our publication, as well as a name.
The name of our newsletter, The
Cougar Growl, was chosen because of our school's
mascot, the mighty cougar. We now thought we were ready to "go
to press." We weren't even close.
The articles we had prepared, were copied and
pasted into the pages of the "template"
we had set up, but now we found that we needed graphics and pictures to improve
the appearance of our publication, and we hadn't even thought about the amount
of space we needed or writing headlines.
Overall, the project taught us many things.
We learned about teamwork and cooperation, and how each of us had to work
together and contribute to the success of our project. We also learned that our
computer was much more than just a typewriter with a
TV screen. We also came to recognize that meeting
deadlines was very important, and sometimes publishing our work on time, was
more important than including ALL
of the material we had available. We could always us the less timely material in
another issue, rather than trying to make one big volume. We learned that this
kind of project is an ongoing "Work-In-Progress."
At the end of the year, even though we failed
to achieve our ultimate goal, we did leave behind, a legacy and a foundation for
all future classes, a cool name, and even a template from which the new editors
New Editors and staff make second attempt
By Jenna Wright ('06) & GianCarlo "J.C." Le Gal ('06)