After the bell rings at 2:40 p.m., McNicholas is still alive with activity. Students go to the cafeteria for a snack, the library to study, the lobby to catch up with friends, and classrooms across the campus for club meetings. In order to keep after school organizations active, club members generally send emails to inform students about when and where meetings will be. The desire to get involved in the community is standard at McNick, but clubs must find ways other than email to get the attention of the student body.
“Up until last year, we did signs,” Service Club Moderator Sam Roflow said. Creating signs and hanging them around school is both a break from the constant stream of emails and a chance for a club to represent itself on paper.
The blackboard by the glass hallway and the bulletin board in the glass hallway could be updated much more often than they are, making them perfect for groups to tell students when meetings will be. When updated, they get attention from students and faculty, but after reminders are up for a week or so, they are ignored. There are only so many times it can be seen by one person before that person stops noticing.
If they’re put on a rotation, clubs can all use the blackboard and bulletin boards. It may take some work, but that shouldn’t be a problem for McNick students. “There are a lot of very talented artists [at McNick] that can make [the chalkboards] look eye-catching,” Library Assistant Jane Ray said.
Club leaders can also send their announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be seen by Ray for daily announcements, Director of Communications Angie Noble for the newsletter, and Librarian and Webmaster Anne Jones for the website, as applicable. Permission isn’t needed like it is for an all school email, and if it’s appropriate and relevant, it will get exposure in the daily announcements and other forms of communication. If used to its fullest potential, the announcements could be used as a clearing ground for information and would be more important to student life.
While some people are still resistant to the switch from Edline to Schoology, Schoology is very straight forward, easier to use, and can help students stay involved. Creating a group on Schoology allows one person to send a message to a small group of people when the entire school doesn’t need to read it. Director of Educational Technology Katie Ritter or a club moderator can create one for any group that wishes to do so.
With the amount of e-mails students receive each day, it is easy to ignore ones that do not stand out. Instead of immediately sending a school wide email, think of some other ways to spread the word.