Graphic Design Handbook Mrs. Wong | Room 200H

Contact Info

  • awong@natickps.org
  • www.mrswong.org

After School Hours/Extra Help:

  • Monday & Tuesday, 2:20 - 3:20pm, Room 145/200H
  • Red Day CDS, Room 200H
Jacob C., Poster for a Cause, 2015


Semester Goals:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate introductory level proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  2. Students will be able to apply the Elements and Principles of Design to create successful designs and layouts.
  3. Students will develop design vocabulary and critique their own and others' designs.

Enduring Understandings:

  • Graphic design is an integral part of our daily lives.
  • Subtle and overt messages are conveyed to us through design.
  • Visual culture influences our everyday choices, opinions and ideas.
  • Copyright exists to protect artists and designers.

Essential Questions:

  • What forms does graphic design take in our daily lives?
  • How do artists use design to convey messages?
  • How does our visual culture affect the choices we make?
  • How does copyright function to allow for protection as well as artistic freedom?
Book Cover Redesign, 2017

Programs Used in Classroom:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC

Materials Provided by Students:

  • Designated class folder in Google Drive
  • Flash Drive
James D., Poster for a Cause, 2016

Classroom Expectations


  • Students are expected to arrive on time. You are expected to be in your seat and ready for the start of class when the bell rings. On "studio" days, you are expected to get right to work.
  • Attendance is a part of class participation. If you are frequently absent, your class participation will suffer unless you make an effort to make up lost time.
  • In the case of group work, you are responsible to be present and helpful to your group. If your group members have to make up the bulk of the work, your grade will reflect that.
  • When absent, check Google Classroom and/or our class syllabus for the current assignment.

Classroom Equipment:

  • Login to the iMac with your period number. For example, for Period 6 your login is period6. There is no password.
  • Please use the classroom iMacs responsibly. If you break them, we no longer have them to use. Be sure when you arrive and when you leave there is a keyboard and mouse at your station.
  • If something happens to the equipment as you are using it, please let Mrs. Wong know right away.
  • Do not move any of the lab equipment without instructor permission.
  • Do not open or alter student files; move or use student documents.
  • It is highly recommended that you backup all your work to a flash drive or Google Drive. You are responsible for all of your work so if something happens to your file, you will need to make up the missing work.

To Ensure Success:

  1. No food or drink in the classroom. Drinks are allowed if in a sealed, screw top container. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the room and food and drink spills can damage the equipment. If you have any trash at your station, throw it away before you leave.
  2. No cell phones. Keep them out of sight and out of mind unless you are getting a photo needed for your project from your phone. You should check with Mrs. Wong before doing this.
  3. No video games. You are in the lab to do your classwork. There is always something to do for our class and playing video games is not an acceptable use of your time.
  4. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  5. Be respectful of others. Our classroom is a small community and those around you deserve respect and fair treatment. Be positive, supportive and helpful. Listen to your peers when they speak in class - what they have to say is important! Only ONE person should be talking at a time. Tolerance is key not to mention that disrespect is rude and will not be tolerated. Our classroom will function with a culture of mutual respect.
  6. When the teacher is talking - all eyes up. Pause what you are working on and focus on what is being shared with you. When the teacher is talking, no one else should be. Your attention is required so you do not miss any important information and your peers can hear the teacher as well.
Emily G., Current Event Collage, 2017


If you miss one or more classes, you are responsible for speaking with Mrs. Wong about making up work. If you receive a grade you are unhappy with, you have 10 days to redo the assignment (from the date you received the graded rubric) and turn it in for a new grade. After the ten day “grace period”, the original grade will become final.

Grading Weights:

  • Projects: 70%
  • Homework: 15%
  • Quizzes/Classwork: 15%

Late Work:

  • If assignments are not turned in on the date they are due, 5 points will be deducted for each day after the due date the project is not turned in. If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from turning in your assignment on time, I ask that you please speak to me (in person or by email) so that we can discuss the situation.
  • Work that is not received at all will receive a grade of zero. All assignments should be submitted to Google Classroom on the due date.

Why Is My Grade Low?

  1. Not completing class assignments.
  2. Turning in work late.
  3. Poor work ethic.
  4. Plagiarism

Notes from the Student Handbook:

  1. Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
  2. Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
  3. Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
  4. Cell Phones: Natick Public Schools promotes the use of Technology as an effective environment for learning. However, given the degree to which unregulated use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices may interfere with teaching and learning the following regulations will apply. Cell phones and personal electronic devices other than a student’s assigned laptop must be turned off and not visible during the school day in classrooms, hallways during class time and all bathrooms. Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria, courtyard, library, and hallways during CDS and passing time.
Camilla S., Name Composition, 2017


Student work from Intro to Graphic Design class

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