• Media Design Class

    Since 1999, the Lambert Intermediate School has offered an advanced elective to it's 7th and 8th grade students. Webpage design class has been at the forefront of various types of technology for more than a decade. The class of 34 designs websites, participates in competitions, creates graphic designs and Flash animations, and also creates a variety of media including movies and music. The class competes at the annual Pennsylvania Middle School Regional COMputer Fair and each year, students have earned the right to continue on to the State level of competition by placing first at regionals.  

    This class is more than just competing at computer fairs. It is about a sense of community. The class is very active in school functions including the iRock shows at the end of the year, the End Of Year 8th Grade Video, creating pictures for the JTL webpage, professional recording and video editing of concerts and productions, and the creation of concert programs are just a few of the many things this class does to support our school community. 

    The instructor for the class is Mr. Terry Toth who has taught computers in the district since 1993. He developed this course of study with then principal, Mrs. Baughman. Originally, students created and updated our school's website, but when the district whited webpage providers, students were no longer able to do the same job so they switched to creating more media for our school. Mr. Toth still frequently updates our school's web site with information about what goes on at school. This way the entire community gets to see the great things we do here at JTL, the student work is frequently demonstrated at public functions for our community.

    The class is selected through a rigorous process each April right before scheduling starts at JTL. Mr. Toth looks for interested students to sign up, and then he talks to each academic team about the work ethic and student progress based on PSSA and other data driven information. Once the class of 34 is assembled, he coordinates with the band and chorus instructors to work out a schedule if they sign up for music electives which are offered at the same time. 
    Each year, the class takes a trip to see some type of media type venue in New York City. These trips give students an opportunity to see quality media designs done by professionals and possibly one day find inspiration in becoming a designer of media as a career.