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The Cauldron yearbook celebrated its 102nd edition in 2021. The Cauldron is produced in our Publication Design class and provides students with an introduction to a wide variety of journalism, photography and business skills. Students get hands-on experience in journalism, photography, graphic and visual design, interviewing and networking skills as well as problem-solving and team deadlines. Publication Design is a UC/CSU approved elective and is held during G period. Students will have the opportunity to develop a yearbook theme based on their reflection of the school year. Students interact with other students of all grade levels and all backgrounds and interests as well as with faculty, staff, and coaches. The goal is for students to create a cohesive and family-friendly publication celebrating another great year at Saint Mary’s High School while learning to find their voice as writers. Students are welcome to learn more about joining the yearbook staff by emailing instructor Mrs. Jo Ann Kirby at [email protected] or stopping by Room 72 during G period.
Publication Design Instructor Bio
Jo Ann Kirby is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of media experience. She has worked in newspapers, television, marketing and as a freelance writer. As news editor of The Record, she oversaw a staff of 15 and led a redesign of the newspaper. As an advisor for The Cauldron, she has led the staff to win several awards from the National Scholastic Press Association. She also serves as advisor to the University of the Pacific’s student-run newspaper, The Pacifican. Jo Ann continues to write articles for several local publications including the journal of the San Joaquin Medical Society and The Lincoln Center Chronicle. She loves the challenge of helping students develop their writing and storytelling capabilities. Jo Ann and her husband have three children, two who graduated from SMHS and one who is in the Class of 2023.
The yearbook staff is looking for high-resolution, candid photos of various school proceedings such as athletic, social, and academic events. Please send the photos to [email protected]. Please remember that any submitted photos may be printed at the discretion of the editors.
Taking out a parent ad in the yearbook is a wonderful way to congratulate your senior on their graduation. The ad deadline is January 10. To place an ad, go online to and type in our school code of 6619 and confirm it is the Saint Mary's High School order center. Watch the video tutorial then simply follow the instructions to choose an ad size, upload your photos, write your message and pay for your ad. 
Please email Mrs. Jo Ann Kirby at with any questions or schedule an appointment if you need help scanning your photos.
Each year, our creative and hard working staff makes an award-winning yearbook that chronicles the lives of students and their time spent at Saint Mary's High School. We sell advertising space to underwrite the cost of production. Advertising in our book reaches about 900 families of students, staffers and friends of Saint Mary's. Our ads are in color and we can design your ad or you can send us one of your own design. Please contact Mrs. Jo Ann Kirby at for information on ad sizes and rates.
Deadlines are set at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions, please email Jo Ann Kirby at [email protected] or call (209) 957-3340, Ext. 132.
Jo Ann Kirby
Yearbook Advisor
Saint Mary's High School
5648 N. El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA 95207