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Welcome to Ms. Dernar's Webpage!

Dear families,
Due to circumstances, I will not be present for the November 10th parent-teacher conference date. I will be unavailable from November 7th-17th.
If you would like to set up an alternate meeting date, please let me know! I am free to make conference appointments before or after the dates listed above. My planning period is from 1:18-2:00, or we could set up an alternate time in the afternoon that best suits your schedule.
Thank you!
Rebecca Dernar
7th and 8th Grade English
Westmont Hilltop School District
Junior-Senior High School
(814) 255-8726 (phone)
Our English classes focus on extending and supporting students’ skill development in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Instruction targets reading comprehension through short stories, novels, poems, non-fiction articles, and more. Additionally, there is an emphasis on writing skills and the development of more thorough responses to texts.

This course in yearbook journalism has two primary objectives: (1) To teach students the skills required to create the book and (2) to produce a book which reflects journalistic standards. To accomplish these objectives, the yearbook journalism students will devote their time to the following: 

  • Learning their rights and responsibilities as student journalists
  • Gaining proficiency in desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign or Herff Jones eDesign
  • Incorporating advanced design principles such as grid design and use of layered coverage into the yearbook
  • Learning and using journalistic writing techniques
  • Developing student leadership and decision-making skills
  • Finding ways to include every student and staff member in the yearbook
  • Creating and executing marketing plans to sell the yearbook and ads in the volume
  • And most importantly, producing a yearbook the staff, the school and the community can enjoy