MediaWiki:Style guide

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Content producers should refer to District 49's style guide, and editors must. When adopting style guides, organizations commit to ensuring consistency and discipline in writing, while limiting confusion. They offer a way to communicate with a set of standards, which are made available across an organization. District 49 mostly follows the Associated Press Stylebook, along with some localized references.

acronyms
Spell out first reference, use acronym for all subsequent references. Avoid the use of more than two acronyms in one body of text. Peter Hilts, chief education officer, will begin officially July 8. Hilts is the district’s third CEO.
central office
District 49's central office is located in Peyton, Colo. All media releases published by the district, regardless of school locations, use Peyton in their dateline: PEYTON, Colo. (July 1, 2013) --. The proper noun for central office is "Education Service Center."
dates
Capitalize names of months, only abbreviate when use with a specific date. The months to abbreviate are Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. (but only with a date). For example, January 1972 was a cold month, and Jan. 20 was its coldest day. He confirmed it was Friday, July 13, when the meeting occurred.
departments
Lowercase unless given a unique name. For example, The transportation department and other operations office personnel are following up with parents about changes in bus fees. Peak Vista Community Health Centers provides a school-based health center in District 49.
district citations
Spell out on first reference, use District 49 on all subsequent references. Never use D49 or D-49. Never capitalize district when not used with the name. For example, "District 49" and "the district", or Falcon School District 49 welcomes students back to school in August. District 49 has nine elementary schools. Teachers in the district returned to school July 26.
Falcon
Never imply Falcon is a city. According to the El Paso County assessor's office, Falcon is an unincorporated area. Peyton is also an unincorporated area of El Paso County but it contains a post office.
numbers
Spell out numbers nine and less. Use figures for 10 and higher. This standard applies to placements and school grades. For example, Only two board members were able to attend the meeting. Last night, 17 people arrived for the meeting's open forum. He was in fifth grade, while she was 12th.
Peyton
Peyton isn't a city. It's an unincorporated area of El Paso County, according to the county assessor's office. But it contains a post office so buildings are accurately explained as positioned in Peyton, Colo., such as those in the Falcon area of El Paso County.
punctuation
One space after all punctuation (no double space after periods, colons, etc.).
schools
Always spell out, no acronyms or otherwise abridged references as proper nouns. For example, Falcon Elementary School of Technology educates hundreds of children. Last week, the school hosted a guest speaker. It was the speaker’s first visit to Falcon Elementary School of Technology.
secondary class level
For clarity, grade level is preferred over secondary school class level. In other words, write 10th grader, not sophomore. For example, Three 12th graders were selected for national language arts honors.
titles
Lower case unless using a specific title before a name. Never capitalize general occupational description, such as "teacher" or "administrator." For example, Matt Meister, communications director, provided a lengthy presentation on board policies (preferred). Learning Services Executive Director Amber Whetstine discussed the upcoming principal induction. After the activity, teacher Becca Garner greeted attending parents. Avoid placing titles before names.
week days
Capitalize days of the week; never abbreviate.
zones
Capitalize zones as proper nouns only. Capitalize innovation leader titles only when used before a name. Never use acronyms. Do not use "innovation" with zone titles. For example, Monty Lammers, Falcon Zone innovation leader, met with other zone leaders today.