How to Use This Site

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Welcome to the newly redesigned South Huron District High School Weblog.  While this style of website is not "new" by any stretch of the imagination, this post is meant to serve as a guide for those who are new to the blogging style of websites as to how to read and understand the layout and organizational structure of the blog.

Blog Layout

This blog is laid out in a traditional last-in-first out style. This means that the newest item is available for reading at the top of the screen, and each subsequent post below that is in reverse chronological order of when it was posted.

Over the course of time, the post that was once at the top of the page will fall further and further down to the bottom of the screen, and eventually fall off the front page completely. The front page will only display the last 10 posts made.

It's important for you to know that once a post falls off the page, IT'S NOT GONE.  There are a multitude of ways for you to find an older post, should you need to:

The first is to associate that post with a CATEGORY.  If you're looking for a post about report cards, for instance, perhaps you'd try clicking 'administration' as a category.  This will bring up all posts that were originally associated with administration by the author.  There are a variety of categories available and often, a post will cover more than one.  Every effort will be made to associate each post with appropriate categories so that they can be found easily down the road.

Another way to seek out an older post is to use the 'search' function at the top right of this page.  Simply type in a key word that you think would be embedded in the text somewhere and the search function should find what you're looking for.  It's important to remember that this search box searches THIS BLOG ONLY and therefore you shouldn't get any results from outside the school website.

Terminology

At the bottom of each post, you'll see a series of words that you might not be familiar with.

The PERMALINK (short for PERMANENT LINK) is a link to the specific web-location of that specific post. The URL of the permalink is what you want to obtain if you want to forward the post to a friend or reference it in your own blog.

"Comments" refer to reader comments about a specific post.  Comments are encouraged to facilitate discussion and online collaboration around the events going on in the school.  If you read something that you like, dislike or wish to comment on, simply click the word 'comments' at the bottom of the post and the blogging software will allow you to make a comment about that particular post.  Please be aware that due to security and to ensure the appropriateness of comments, they are moderated.  This means that before your submitted comment is made public, it must first be 'approved' by an administrator.  This shouldn't take very long and as long as your comment is not hateful, or in some way inappropriate for a school website, it will be posted in an unedited way.

Subscribing

The most attractive feature of blogging is the ability to 'subscribe' to a particular blog.  Subscribing takes place through RSS (Really Simple Syndication).  On the right pane, you'll see a link that says 'subscribe in a reader' and upon clicking this, you'll get a screen that gives you a few options.

There are many RSS aggregators available, and their purpose is simply to offer a place for all of your RSS subscriptions to come together.  When a new post is made on one of your 'subscribed websites' the aggregator will display this as new material.  You will only be notified in your aggregator if a new post is made.  This eliminates the need for a user to be 'surfing' to multiple websites to see if new information is posted.

The SHDHS website is fully compatible with most RSS readers, and if this is a platform you're interested in using, you'll find this site to be fully capable of working with your existing infrastructure.

Contributing

You are encouraged to submit new content or ideas to this site.  There is a convenient link posted at the right of the blog to submit information.  This site can also accept documents, photos, video or audio content for publishing.  For information about this or to make arrangements, please include your desire to do something along those lines in your communication through the above link.

The blog format of this website is very conducive to posting up-to-date news and reports on what's going on around our school.  It can only be the complete, up-to-date resource we'd all like it to be with the cooperation and work of staff and students of the school.  If you are a part of an event that's taken place, please write up some text and submit some photos for inclusion on the site.  Use this site as a means to promote your upcoming events.

We have a very active school and community.  This site should be a reflection of that.  Thank you in advance for your active contributions.

Calendar

Please find on the right pane a Calendar application that has all of the school events from now until the end of the year posted.  If your event is not listed, please submit a notification and it will be added promptly.  This calendar is meant to be a resource for students, staff and parents to become familiar with all the important upcoming dates.