Computer Basics II (8th grade)

Computer Basics II

(8th grade rotation)

Mrs. Scholz, Room 117

Office Hours: T, & Th  3:15-3:45 p.m.

Other hours by appointment


  1. ABSOLUTELY NO food or drink brought into room (duh, it’s a computer room)
  2. NO hats. . .period (this is like an office -  NOT a shop; thence the name “business ed”)
  3. NO musical devices or visible pieces; NO cell phones. . . place in classroom basket until dismissal bell.  If seen, used or heard outside of the basket, an insubordination referral goes to principal, an email/call to parents and I’ll collect & keep it until 3:15 next day at the minimum.
  4. NO profanity or put-downs.  Respect yourself & others by using a “tone of decency”
  5. Keep hands, feet and other objects to yourself.   Keep negative attitudes or mumblings in your head or ask for a conference to work differences out.
  1. TARDY if BOTH feet NOT on carpet when bell rings or delaying getting on task
  1. Internet at school is for educational purposes only – no browsing, no games, no downloading
  2. Stay out of another’s computer file (I see it as trespassing & form of cheating)
  3. NO cheating of ANY form ~ a ZERO on ALL assignments given that week
  4. Enter the room according to the student handbook’s dress code or you’ll be asked to leave & fix it AND marked tardy.



Eighth grade Computer Basics II is a trimester course for a half-credit which is an introduction to advance Word 2013 skills and computer programming. The course is designed to attract and reach a broad and diverse range of students, including those who may have never before considered programming. Students learn how to code by working in a real software development environment to design, program and publish mobile apps and games. Learning to code by creating real products, students discover how to make amazing things and have an impact on their world.

Creative Coding through Games and Apps uses TouchDevelop to introduce fundamental programming concepts through a series of interactive lessons that build upon ideas in previous lessons. In many lessons, students are introduced to concepts through video instruction embedded within the programming environment. After being introduced to a concept, students are guided through writing code that practices the concept. As such lessons progress, guidance is reduced, requiring students write code independently. At the conclusion of many lessons, students are directed to complete unguided projects that reinforce concepts and encourage them to be creative and to explore further.


Tentative Rotation/Grade Schedule for Rotation through Computer Basics II/Skills for Living/Spanish

  • Class 1: August 30- November 23 (Qtr 1 grade --  last 2 weeks 1st grade of class 2)
  • Class 2: November 28- March 3 (Qtr 2 grade --  last 5 weeks 1st grade of class 3)
  • Class 3: March 6-June 9 (half of Qtr 3 grade plus all of Qtr 4 grade)


I see being graded on effort this quarter…willingness to try.  Computer programming clicks more quickly for some than others.  I see everybody trying 100% or better; therefore, grades will be determined by daily participation and the journey of learning through instruction, tutorials, handouts, quizzes, and projects.  As far as I’m concerned everybody starts with an A, and each will maintain that A throughout the quarter unless work is missing, class time not used wisely and not doing own work.  Parent conferences will be arranged if this occurs.


Grading for this course is based on quality of work, effort, improvement, citizenship and overall programming performance. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WORK HARD EVERY DAY, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.  Late work must be negotiated before due date.


Mrs. Scholzs Grading Scale Definitions:


Produces markedly superior work and consistently demonstrates a high understanding of the objectives of the course.


B  Demonstrates a good understanding of objectives of the course.


C  Usually demonstrates satisfactory achievement of the course objectives but has more late, rushed, or rough draft pieces..



Many students believe that they deserve an A just because they do the minimum amount of work required. This is not one of my beliefs. Here are some of my comments on working throughout the entire semester/year:


  1. The grading system states that an A means: Produces markedly superior work and consistently demonstrates a high understanding of the objectives of the course.
  2.  It would be nice if everyone earned an A but that is not realistic. Only the students who consistently show markedly superior work will receive As.
  3. Extra credit? I feel that you must have all of the work completed to earn anything extra. Extra credit is due by the 2nd Friday before the end of the semester & will be the last score entered in the grade book.
  4. Do not put things off until the last minute. For many of these assignments you will have a great deal of time to work. Do not put it off. Use effective time management skills. If you are having trouble with an assignment, you need to contact me well before the due date. Do not wait until the due date to get help.
  5. I believe that students must work hard through the entire semester. There are roughly 18 weeks in the semester. Do not expect to slack off until the final weeks and then worry about what you could do to raise your grade. The grade is for the entire semester, not just the final four weeks.
  6. Those students who put a great deal of effort into doing their best will do well in this course.

Productivity Policy

There are many assignments in this course, and you will have very little time where you are not working on a project. I expect that you are going to spend 50 minutes +/- each day working productively in this class as needed.. If not, your grade will be lowered. There will be no arguing over comments from substitutes during the semester.


You will do fine if you are productively working on your projects. After the work is done (yours and helping another), there should be time for sitting around or doing homework . FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WORK HARD EVERY DAY, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.


Homework is an important part of any course offering.  However, because of the nature of some Business Education courses, it is often difficult to assign homework, especially in classes that depend on computers or other office machines. Therefore, the customary practice in the Business Education Department is to allow ample class time for the students to work on the assignment for the day.  There will be websites used that can be done at home.


If a student misses class time because of illness or some other absence, he/she must make arrangements to come in before or after school.  Gone a day(s) this week? Excused or school related = Work due NEXT Friday.  Unexcused? Work due this week.




Hard work, regular and on-time attendance, a positive attitude, and a willingness to try new things is expected from every student. Students will respect each others right to learn, the equipment around them, and the rules of the classroom. Any unethical or destructive behavior can be grounds for dismissal from the class. The Computer Lab is a no food and drink zone.


The goal is to make this class a fun and safe environment for students to explore the limits of technology. It is our hope that students will leave this class with the confidence necessary to be productive in a technological workplace.


Students are held to the highest ethical standards in this course. We will explore how technology has changed our lives and how it will continue to do so. Many decisions about technological and personal ethics will be pursued.


In or outside of class, students are to use their privileges with maturity and responsibility. Aimless wandering is not permitted.

  1. Bring a pen/pencil and folder to class.
  2. Bring a good, focused work ethic to class.
  3. All books will remain in the classroom. Since the texts are used in other classes, the books will not be checked out.  You will be given ample time to do your assignments in class; no make-up may be done from home. (See Homework Policy)
  4. If you miss class, you will need to make arrangements to come in before or after school if you are behind in your assignments. As we progress through the year, you will know deadlines for each assignment.  DON’T LEAVE MAKE-UP WORK UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.  ASSIGNMENTS WILL ACCUMULATE RAPIDLY!
  5. Students will be expected to do his/her own work. Turning in work of another student as your own, allowing another student to turn in your work as his/her own, or sharing files or passwords will not be tolerated.  In general, both students involved will receive a zero grade for the assignment.  Any future incidents by the same students will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. (See Student Handbook)



You signed a district Network agreement about internet browsing, network access, hardware use and software use.  A student found guilty of breaching that parent/student signed agreement is subject to the following consequences:


1st Offense:  Loss of computer usage in the school district for five (5) school days.


2nd Offense:  Loss of computer usage in the school district for ninety (90) school days which may carry over into the next school year.


3rd Offense:  Loss of computer usage in the school district for one hundred and eighty (180) days which may cart over into the next school year.


Severity Clause:  School administration may enact the severity clause anytime a student commits an act(s) that requires the administration to advance the student on the consequences progression.  The administration will place the student on the offense most appropriate for the violation of rule(s).  The student’s right to access is a privilege.  If the student continues to violate access/use policies, they will be removed from the district network completely and may be suspended or expelled from school.





I have read the above syllabus and understand that I will be graded on my effort completion of MY work, and am responsible for asking for the assignments I missed when I am absent with those assignments due the FOLLOWING Friday to get  full credit.



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