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The Critic

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Pinkerton Academy's yearbook, The Critic, is designed and produced by students who take the English electives, Yearbook Production and Design and Advanced Yearbook. Students who are unable to take these two classes are welcome to join the staff as an extra-curricular activity.

Yearbook is an ultimate educational experience because it provides students with 21st century, real life skills.  The integration of critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and collaboration will prepare students for their personal and professional lives.  Reporting, writing, editing, photography, and design are essential skills taught in the course. Desktop publishing and digital photography skills are also taught and emphasized to produce a variety of layouts, designs, copy, and graphic elements throughout the book.

30 Real Skills for the Real World

Concept brainstorming                     Design                                                                 Desktop publishing

Reporting                                             Budget planning                                                Photo-editing software

Researching                                        Promotion & advertising                                 Online design

Copy editing                                        Marketing                                                           Online research

Photo editing                                      Selling                                                                  Communication

Graphic arts                                        Customer relations                                           Leadership

Public relations                                  Market research                                                Time management

Media law                                            Business software                                             Project management

Problem solving                                 Writing                                                                Photography

Teambuilding                                     Conflict resolution                                            Public speaking




The Critic staff invites all members of the Pinkerton community to download Jostens free app and to capture exciting, memorable moments during school events and activities. The address is The password is Astros2018.  The yearbook staff will use many of the uploaded photos in the 2017 yearbook.  If you have any questions, please contact Timothy Cain at [email protected].


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Dear 2019 Seniors and Parents/Guardians:

Pinkerton Academy has selected Mark Lawrence Photographers as the official school photographers for the class of 2019 yearbook.  Mark Lawrence will be providing photographic coverage of all the important class events that are part of the school yearbook .

An important part of the senior yearbook is the senior section of the yearbook which contains the portrait of each member of the senior class.  This section goes to the yearbook publisher by early November.  To meet this deadline, you should plan on having your senior photographed during the upcoming summer months.  Mark Lawrence has agreed that all images submitted will be of the proper size, resolution, format, and color and must meet the school’s requirements for clothing attire.

To be included in the Senior section of the yearbook, your portrait must be taken by Mark Lawrence Photographers.  A complimentary, 4 pose session, will be provided for those seniors who wish to purchase their photos elsewhereThe complimentary session will take place in September at Pinkerton Academy during underclassmen photo days.

Attached is Mark Lawrence’s senior session price list and scheduling information.

Remember, yearbook photos must come from Mark Lawrence Photographers (they are Pinkerton’s official photographer).  Do not delay.   We do not want anyone left out of the 2019 yearbook 

If you ever have a question or concern about the Critic (yearbook), please contact me.

Best regards,
Mr. Cain
Yearbook Adviser

Senior Portrait Reminder: All senior photos to be published in the 2019 Critic must adhere to the school's dress code. 

Below is the dress code policy as stated in the student handbook:
Dress Code Pinkerton Academy has adopted a dress code policy for all students. All clothing must conform to all other Academy policies and to state and federal health and safety regulations. Certain courses (CTE) may require a specific dress code outlined in the course syllabus. The intent of this dress code is not to interfere with the free exercise of religion, and the Academy shall grant appropriate exceptions to this policy for matters of religious exercise which do not create a risk to public health or safety. This dress code is in effect at all times that school is in session, including mid-year and final exams, and at all school functions. Based upon the guidelines above, judgments related to acceptable clothing shall be made by the administration, and those judgments are not subject to arbitration. Students in violation of the dress code outlined below will be subject to disciplinary action and at the sole discretion of administration, require appropriate clothing to be brought to school or the student sent home to change. A student may be kept out of classes until appropriate attire is worn.

1. Acceptable clothing must be in good condition, free of holes, tears, fraying and not tattered or worn whether or not skin is showing; cut-offs are never acceptable.

2. Acceptable footwear should be safe, comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking around campus.

3. Appropriate tops are to be collared casual or dress shirts, polo shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, or t-shirts with appropriate necklines. Tank tops, tops or dresses with spaghetti straps or any tops that have shoulder straps of less than 2” in width are prohibited.

4. Acceptable shorts or skirts will be no higher than knee length when the person is standing normally. All pants and shorts must be worn at the waist line or above.

5. The following are prohibited: clothing that is too revealing, see through fabric, visible undergarments, pajama bottoms or sleepwear, or comparable attire. All clothing must fully cover the back, butt, breasts and belly of the student.

6. Hats, hoods, and headgear are prohibited except while traveling outside school buildings, in the corridors or during lunches. Bandanas are prohibited at all times.

7. All clothing with inappropriate or suggestive words, phrases or illustrations displaying or promoting alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, illegal substances, prejudice, violence, dismemberment, extreme behavior, and any sexual activity or innuendoes are prohibited. Pinkerton Academy reserves the right at any time to prohibit the display of any article of clothing, headgear, insignia, symbols of “gang” affiliation or any article of clothing which is likely to incite violence or create a risk to the safety of students or faculty.

8.All athletic uniforms (when worn during the school day) must adhere to the Academy’s dress code guidelines. • Certain Academy functions will require a more formal dress code according to the nature of the activity. • All personal grooming, including application of make-up, should be done in bathrooms, locker rooms or the health office. Electrical grooming devices such as hair dryers, hair curlers or straighteners are prohibited. • Students should be considerate of others and limit the amount of applied perfumes or body spray.





Dear Class of 2019 Parents,
The parent ads are a wonderful way to celebrate your children's success and to express sentiments of inspiration for the next stage of their life's journey.
Attached is a parent ad flyer with details about pricing and the web link to Jostens Ad service where you can create a personalized ad for your son/daughter. The ad you design will appear with other parent ads and local business ads in the 2019 Critic.​
Please consider placing an ad to celebrate your child's accomplishments and to help defray the cost of the yearbook.
If you have any questions, please contact Tim Cain, yearbook adviser, at [email protected].




The Critic staff invites all members of the Pinkerton community to download Jostens free app and to capture exciting, memorable moments during school events and activities. The address is The password is Astros2019.  The yearbook staff will use many of the uploaded photos in the 2017 yearbook.  If you have any questions, please contact Timothy Cain at [email protected].

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During English classes, students will have their pictures taken for the yearbook on October 10-12 in the Stockbridge Theatre. All students have been given an order form or one can print the attached order form.

Juniors: Tuesday, October 10

Sophomores: Wednesday, October 11

Freshmen: Thursday, October 12

Attached is the Mark Lawrence Package Price Order form: PAUCphotoform2017



The Critic staff invites all members of the Pinkerton community to download Jostens free app and to capture exciting, memorable moments during school events and activities. The address is The password is Astros2018.  The yearbook staff will use many of the uploaded photos in the 2017 yearbook.  If you have any questions, please contact Timothy Cain at [email protected].

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Pinkerton Academy Earns Jostens National Yearbook Design Recognition

Critic yearbook featured in 2015 Jostens Look Book

Derry – March 21, 2016 – Pinkerton’s yearbook, Critic has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2016 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

The Critic was created by Abigail White, Editor-in-chief, Gabby Tracy, Marielle Brunelle, Kassidy Tardiff, Cassie Rios, Adelaide Cagle, Sarah Beals, Emily Cicio, Elisabeth Bull, Taylor Dervishian, Kelsey Flannery, Lauren Phillips, Adreas Braz, Lindsey Bourgoin, Lily Grimm, Magda Bol, Robert Buonopane, Tyler Ferrell, Maggie Gildea, Victoria Harding, Kiara Kelii, Anna LoPresti, Abigeal McCabe, Jake Olsen, Liam Riley, Margaret Vaillancourt under the direction of Timothy Cain and his assistant Julia Mitchell, Pinkerton yearbook advisers.

“Earning the Jostens Look Book recognition is truly an honor. Having The Critic be recognized two consecutive years reveals the outstanding work that Pinkerton’s students are doing.  It’s a testament to the staff for their commitment to maintaining journalistic standards.”  -- Timothy Cain, Adviser

Pinkerton’s Critic was one of only 494 yearbooks selected from approximately 3,000. The 2016 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 320-page 2016 Look Book.

“Yearbooks are unique, limited edition books created by students to capture the stories and events for all of the school’s students and Jostens is proud to celebrate the yearbook tradition and the 494 yearbooks selected for the 2016 Jostens Look Book, said Gary Lundgren, editor. “Today’s yearbooks are very sophisticated in terms of visual presentation and the relevant and inclusive content that is featured.”

Timothy Cain and his yearbook staff received a copy of the 2016 Jostens Look Book and certificate from Jostens to recognize their outstanding achievement. 

The Jostens Look Book is a must-have resource for yearbook advisers and staffs seeking creative design and coverage ideas, trends and inspiration. The Look Book complements and, Jostens online destinations for yearbook creation ideas.

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