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Leah Silvieus Information

Contacting Leah Silvieus:
Phone - 509.559.4026
Number of Years Teaching at CHS: 5 years
Other Activities: FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Advisor, Yearbook Advisor, Class of 2022 Head Advisor
Total Number of Years Teaching: 8 years
Number of Years as Yearbook Advisor: 4 years
Education & Previous/Other Experience: BA in Business & Marketing Education, MA in Education with an Emphasis on Learning With Technology, and previous teaching experience at Prosser High School. Previous adjunct Instructor at Eastern Washington University for five years.
Hobbies/Interests: Family & Friends, Computers, Trivia, Reading, and Board Games

Class Schedule

Semester One
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
AP Computer Science Principles & Introduction to Computer Programming Computer Apps I Digital Design I  Prep Digital Design I Yearbook
Semester Two
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
AP Computer Science Principles & Introduction to Computer Programming Computer Apps II Digital Design II  Prep Digital Design I Yearbook

Computer Apps I & II

FREE Microsoft Office Certification

In these courses, students will have the opportunity to GET CERTIFIED BY MICROSOFT in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access 2016. These certification exams usually cost around $109 per program; students enrolled in Computer Apps classes will have the opportunity to take these tests for FREE. If certified, these skills will help a student throughout high school and college, build up a resume, and get a job. Most employers are actively looking for individuals with these certifications. Students demonstrate that they have the skills needed to get the most out of Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in a specific Office program. For more information on Microsoft Office Certification, click here.

Computer Apps I

Description of Computer Apps I
As an introductory computer course, students will learn the basics of how a computer works, its history, and how to work in the Windows 7 environment. Desktop publishing skills in Microsoft Word will be covered next by learning how to create letters, resumes, templates, and complete mail merges and large document formatting. Students will use all of the program features included in the Ribbon and will learn advanced skills in Microsoft Word. The goal of this unit is to teach students valuable skills for college and work as well as give them the opportunity to become a Microsoft Office Certified Specialist in Microsoft Office Word 2016. Microsoft Excel will also be fully covered; this work will include developing spreadsheets, creating charts, working with multiple functions, and formatting spreadsheets and charts. The goal of this unit is to teach students valuable skills for college and work as well as give them the opportunity to become a Microsoft Office Certified Specialist in Microsoft Office Excel 2016. In addition to MS Office, students will learn how to research and cite sources on the Internet and will learn about some useful resources on the Internet. Throughout the whole course, students will learn time saving tips, keyboard shortcuts, various job skills, work environment skills, and will explore careers. Students are encouraged to continue on to Computer Apps 2 to learn more about Microsoft Office Programs and and introductory Video Development and Editing skills.


If you are looking for more Yearbook information such as deadlines, pricing, etc. Please click here.

Description of Yearbook
Yearbook is unlike any other course you have or will take at Cheney High School. Yearbook is not a class, it is a business and our customers are the students and faculty of Cheney High School. You are now a historian, photographer, journalist, designer, and leader at Cheney High School and you will be putting together a photojournalistic book that will be printed and seen for many, many years to come. What you do in the Yearbook class directly affects every person in Cheney High School, but that’s not all. Your effort and work also affects members of the whole Cheney community, future students of CHS and their families, and your own future 30-, 40-, and 50- year-old selves. It is an honor and a big responsibility to be a part of the CHS Yearbook Staff – Thank you for making the commitment! Students will be given challenging real world projects and assignments typical of the graphic design and publishing industries. The work of students in Yearbook is expected to be high quality and students will be given the opportunity to redo work until it meets the standards specified during instruction. Work is required both in and outside of the classroom and may include reading, researching, writing, photographing, interviewing, designing, brainstorming, projects, and problem solving. You will often work in teams, but will be expected to complete individual assignments in relation to the team’s work. Assessment methods will include daily work, completion of out-of-class assignments, contributions to spreads, completion of spreads and assigned tasks, as well as quizzes/test and projects. Extra after school time will be required to meet deadlines. Students are expected to work on all aspects of the Yearbook, meaning each student will be a photographer, journalist, designer, and leader at some point in Yearbook. Being in Yearbook is a large commitment and should be looked at as if taking on a sport or club. Please keep in mind that all the work completed in Yearbook is viewed and judged by all your peers, family members, teachers, and the community. You MUST be able to take pride in your work.

Digital Design I

Description of Digital Design I
In this course you will learn how to design a web site using HTML 5 and CSS 3 coding along with designing using a WYSIWYG editor. You will you will learn how to design graphics that will be used as assets to complement the design of your site. You will also learn how to post your completed web site to the Internet and how to manage your files to keep your web site up to date with its most current version. This class will also cover design elements that will allow you to create a user-friendly web site. Art concepts of balance and layout along with line, form, shape, value, space, color, and texture will all be covered in relation to digital art and web design. Additionally, you will learn skills in troubleshooting, file management skills, career and business skills, critical thinking, problem solving and will get an introduction to Computer Science concepts. In this class you will make seven different web sites where you will you will also learn how to make and use Adobe PDFs, digital cameras and scanners. In addition, you will learn to use the Internet as a web design resource for JavaScripts, counters and color makers. Software covered in this class will include: Adobe CC Software (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, and Illustrator)