Computer Technology Concepts
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***Important Notice from Mr. Read***

I remain on medical leave due to surgery and physical rehabilitation. When I departed on December 10, Dr. Sumes was scheduled as my long-term replacement. Her assignment may change and it is possible that another qualified substitute will administer my course. All questions should be directed to Guidance or Dr. Sumes for Quarter 3.

Below is some information that I would normallly publish for my course. Please read everything so that you understand my expectations and methods. I left complete plans for the entire course for Quarter 3 for Dr. Sumes and/or her alternate.

However, please understand that it is the responsibility of the teacher in the classroom to administer and adjust course material. Teachers and, in this case, substitutes have latitude to modify and create material as-needed, as well as refine deadlines and make allowances for incomplete or missed work.

Finally, all of the Classwork, Homework, Quizzes, and Research Papers and instructions that I post (share) on through links on this site are suggested material for my substitute for Quarter 3. They may choose some or all material to use, or develop their own if approved by Administration.

***** Extra Credit Information *****

Separate extra credit assignments are not available. Throughout the quarter, I maintain 2 running-records (Classroom Learning Skills) that benefit the students who maintain and respect classroom expectations and guidelines. Following classroom rules is important, and students who do that earn extra credit throughout thd quarter. The CLS assessment is equivalent to a typical quiz grade.

*******Special Homework Information********

As a back-up to papers I distribute in class, I post the identical information on "", a file sharing website. The website I use for sharing may change depending on availability; just click on the link for what you need and you will be properly directed. Use the links below to access Homework and other information. Once inside, click on the link you need. Then, click File, Download, Open, and the document is ready to print. For Homework, you may also just view it, complete it, and return to me on notebook paper. Any Homework not returned = 0.

Week 1 (January 27, 2015 - start of Quarter 3)

Welcome to all students (and their families) for Quarter 3! I am very happy to serve as the Computer Technology Teacher at Samuel Ogle Middle School, in this my 18th year at Ogle.

After orientation classes (one each for A and B day students), we will be jumping right into Typing Lessons with the Mavis Beacon program. Students will be soon be taking notes from my reading using MS Word. I will read to them for 2 classes while they take notes, then they will take notes from their own reading for 2 classes. As their first paper, students will draft a summary of their Cornell notes, and then proofread the document in order to prepare it for grading. Overall, students will compose 2 papers during the Quarter in my class. Each grade level has specific Social Studies content on which we focus: Grade 8, US Constitution; Grade 7, Geography of SE Asia; Grade 6, US Geography (note: these are Quarter 2 topics).

Grades will be appearing in SchoolMax soon after orientation and as assignments are given. We are just getting started, so it may take a little time to get up to our usual speed and pace with grades, assignments, and reporting. Be patient, please. Typically, I enter 2 grades or more for each student weekly once we are underway.

The Grading weights are: Classwork, 70%; Assessments, 20%; Homework, 10%.

My Homework policy is as follows: Homework returned on time can earn full credit. All late Homework earns 50 points (except for excused absences.) Homework not returned earns a zero. Parents - monitor homework! I type the assignment, copy it, and put it in student's hands every Thursday and Friday. It is due in their next class. I do not re-issue 'lost' homework papers. Students may get the assignment from a friend and submit it on notebook paper, or access it through this page (link at the top.) Late homework due to an approved absence is not penalized.

Be sure to read the 'Welcome Letter' that I will give to all students; it explains the course objectives and many other details that you need to know. Students also have a list of 'Classroom Learning Skills'; they are graded on their performance with these skills twice quarterly (before and after the Progress Report.) I finalize these CLS assessments just before the Progress Report and Report Card window closes, but I keep an ongoing checklist of infractions daily. CLS include basic but important rules, procedures, and skills that are important for a productive and safe learning environment, including my classroom and the hallway. All students will get 100 points on this assessment to start, but it is up to them to maintain those points throughout the quarter. Infractions cost them 5 points each.

If you do not receive the 2 handouts from your child, they are accessible through the link on this page, "Handouts for Parents".

Homework #1 will be distributed as usual this week on Thursday and Friday; it is due next week on Monday or Wednesday (Tues = no school, parent conferences).

Quiz #1 will be next Thursday/Friday, Nov. 13/14. It will cover basic orientation information and material from the handouts on the first day of class. We have 5 quizzes; the first is the easiest, and the last is the final and most difficult (Excel spreadsheets).

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Computer Technology Concepts

Week 6 (Dec. 8-12, 2014)

Effective Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, I will be on medical leave-of-absence for several weeks. I will not return until the start of Quarter 4. I am in generally very good health, but I have a chronic orthopaedic issue that requires surgery and intense physical therapy. There is never a good time to be hospitalized, and I will miss Ogle, my students, and fellow staff dearly.

Dr. Sumes is scheduled to be my long-term substitute beginning Dec. 10. We have met several times for a complete knowledge transfer of materials and methods. Of course, Dr. Sumes will administer all classwork, homework, quizzes, and communications during my absence. Please contact her for questions. Be confident that Dr. Sumes is very capable and experienced.


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