Blue Print

Casi Thedford

Heads and tales

I teach my students all the workings of running news publications. This website allows us to showcase all the different journalistic styles of writing that take place in room 826, from writing headlines to telling the tale.

I am a member of  the "Alpha Staff," teachers and faculty who have been at Wylie East High School since the first year we opened. This group, which started around 50, is now down to 12. Though it's already been 13 years since this second high school in Wylie opened, it feels like it was just yesterday. 

I teach yearbook, newspaper, journalism and photojournalism. I also coach six different academic UIL events, sponsor Quill and Scroll and am the campus tech for all campus communications.

We like to be a little Extra! Extra!

I have been the journalism teacher, yearbook and newspaper adviser since the school opened. We started publishing a newsprint issue, The Raider Reader, once every six weeks. Then came along our online site, Blue Print, in 2010. Once Blue Print was up and running full steam, we dropped our print issues to just once a semester. My third newspaper editor in chief, Brooke Vincent, wanted to publish a magazine: The Raid. It debuted in 2015, featuring Tanner Smith as The Cat in the Hat in our first musical, Seussical.

We're always write!

Just as in the 'real news' world, we saw a decline in sales of our news print issue. The Raider Reader's last issue was in 2018. We currently produce online content daily and publish our magazine once a year.

I hope you will find this site as a source of news, entertainment and reference. I know I often advise others to use Blue Print when needing to find out about something that has happened or will happen at Raider Nation. In fact, I used it on four different occasions just to write this biography!

Let bylines be bylines

I haven't written my bio in years. Just for fun, here's my very first one written by my first webmaster, Tiffany Ing.

Casi Thedford, Adviser

Oct 07, 2020
Next two varsity football games scrapped! (Story)
Sep 29, 2020
Remote students choose to stay home, not go to school (Media)
Sep 28, 2020
Back in blue (Story)
Sep 14, 2020
Time for celebrations (Story/Media)
Aug 05, 2020
Warning: We may snap at anytime! (Media)
May 04, 2020
Media staffs win achievement awards (Story)
Apr 28, 2020
Principal Mike Williams announces retirement (Story/Media)
Mar 17, 2020
Yearbook receives top rating (Story)
Feb 26, 2020
Teachers lose their hair   (Media)
Jan 05, 2020
Celebrate life of CT teacher Mrs. Holcomb (Story)
Oct 22, 2019
Homecoming events abound (Media)
Sep 30, 2019
In addition to… (Media)
Sep 18, 2019
Golden age (Media)
Aug 14, 2019
Staffulty gon’ and done the two step (Story/Media)
May 26, 2019
Baseball season ends with loss to Midlothian (Story)
May 25, 2019
Class of 2019 culminates year at commencement ceremony (Story/Media)
May 15, 2019
Graduation: doors open at 9 a.m. for commencement May 25 (Media)
Apr 24, 2019
Baseball, softball programs honor teachers (Media)
Apr 05, 2019
Dancing through the decades (Media)
Mar 25, 2019
What ifs (Media)
Jan 24, 2019
Shining the way: (Media)
Oct 29, 2018
NHS inducts 95 members at ninth annual ceremony (Story/Media)
Oct 28, 2018
‘Shining the Way’ nominees honored at luncheon (Story/Media)
Sep 27, 2018
Fancy footwork (Media)
Aug 28, 2018
2018-2019 News Photos (Media)
Aug 22, 2018
School pictures, yearbook orders coming soon (Story/Media)
May 23, 2018
22 things high school taught me (Media)
Mar 25, 2018
Yearbook Captured. (Media)
Nov 14, 2017
Robotics teams up with Girl Scouts for STEM (Story)
Oct 07, 2016
Honk of fear (Media)
Sep 22, 2016
The day I saw the President (Media)
Dec 17, 2015
Ugliness fills halls (Story)
May 11, 2015
Seniors, juniors may leave campus early June 3-5 (Story)
May 06, 2015
Sapphires level up at spring show (Story)
Apr 20, 2015
Newspaper, yearbook staffs win big at ILPC (Story)
Apr 01, 2015
Blue Print site wins third best website (Media)
Mar 02, 2015
Yearbook earns Jostens national yearbook design recognition (Media)
Feb 27, 2015
Turning the tables (Media)
Feb 12, 2015
Bray wins teacher of the year (Story)
Jan 14, 2015
East UIL places at Princeton meet (Story)
Dec 19, 2014
East gives back (Story)
Nov 14, 2014
Friday fantastic fanatics (Media)
Nov 19, 2013
NHS inducts new members (Story/Media)
Oct 01, 2013
Yearbook staff abuses privilege for story coverage (Story)
May 27, 2011
Yearbooks are here (Story)
Mar 03, 2011
Join journalism! (Story)
Dec 22, 2010
About (Media)
The mission of the Wylie East High School news site is to inform, educate and entertain readers. Established Jan. 13, 2011. Principal: Mrs. Tiffany Doolan; Adviser: Mrs. Casi Thedford
Casi Thedford