Welcome to a website dedicated to the hardwork of my students at Morinville Community High School in Morinville, Alberta, Canada. Contained within this site information pertaining to my courses and samples of work from students in the MDC (Media, Design and Communication) strand of CTS (Career and Technology Studies) dating back to 1994 (the first year the school was open).
For over twenty years I have been proud to teach MDC at MCHS, which has given a multitude of students knowledge about the work in the graphic design and television production industries. This has produced thousands of student projects over the years, many of which are displayed on this website.
With a fully functioning television broadcast center, grade 10-12 students in my MCTV class have had opportunity to create live television programming since 1995. Grade 9 students have also been taking part in studio productions with the addition of the MCTV 9 course in 2012. Below is our lastest episode that aired on Wednesday, October 19 (Episode 321). News reports include a look at the fourth annual Fred Scharmann memorial hiking trip, MCHS’ urban agriculture class, behind-the-scenes at MCTV News and library month. As well, we were very pleased to have Education Minister David Eggen join us in studio for a live interview. Be looking for hosts Sayler Tarzwell & Skylar Luomala on Wednesday, October 26 & Thursday, October 27 for all your MCHS news, weather and sports.
In my Media class, students are able to work with many industry-standard graphic design applications including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Garageband and Keynote. Students also have access to a vinyl plotter, wide-format printer, laser engraver, dye sublimation printer and a photographic enlarger, which allow them to create everything from signs to T-shirts to banners to stickers to customized mugs and drinking glasses. Grade 9s also have the opportunity to work in media lab, with two courses to choose from (Media 9 I & Media 9 II). Morinville Community High School is among a handful of schools in the province offering this extensive hands-on technology training for students at the secondary level.
Not all learning occurs in the classroom and I organize two trips annually that allow students the chance to experience the Rocky Mountains first hand. In September, I take students on some of the most beautiful trails in Alberta's National Park system as part of the Fred Scharmann Memorial Hiking Trip. In May, we trade hiking boots for biking shorts and cycle from Lake Louise to Jasper (220 kilometers) in three days. The annual Roger Champagne Memorial Bike Trip has become a Morinville institution, with 2017 marking the 26th year the trip has been held.
Finally, students at MCHS also have the opportunity to participate in the Skills Canada Alberta competition. Every May, students from across the province compete in various trade and technology events to see who is truly the best of the best. Since 1999, Morinville Community High School has sent students to this competition and it has been my pleasure to be along side of them every step of the way. From 2005-2015, I served as a Provincial and National Technical Committee member for the TV/Video Production competition. In 2017, the Skills Alberta Provincial Competition will be held in Edmonton and the Skills Canada National Competition will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.