7th Grade

 SYLLABUS 2023-2024
7th Grade Introduction to Office Productivity
Southwest Middle School

Instructor Name: Angela Sanders
Email: [email protected]
Room: #209 CTE Business Computer Lab

Description: This course is composed of instructional modules designed to provide hands-on instruction in basic keyboarding skills, computer concepts and software applications. The software applications include word processing, desktop publishing, presentation software, spreadsheets, and databases. Communication skills and basic mathematical concepts are reinforced in this course.  This course is a semester-long course and students will take an end of course exam (EOC) at the end of the semester.

Class Expectations:

  • Students should be on time.
  • Students should be prepared.
  • Students should be courteous.
  • Students should follow directions.


  • 1st offense: Warning
  • 2nd offense: Parent contact
  • 3rd offense: Parent contact and teacher assigned consequences
  • 4th and continued offenses: Re-direct

Materials Needed: Students will use a Google Chromebox provided by Gaston County Schools.  Students are expected to use the equipment as directed by the teacher as well as take care of the equipment.

Attendance/Make up work policy:

  • Following any absence(s), it is required that a written document or e-mail be presented from the parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence.
  • All absences will be coded unexcused in the computer until a written note or e-mail is received from the parent or guardian.
  • Written documentation must be presented within three school days after the student returns to school; otherwise, the absence(s) will be recorded as unexcused.
  • In the case of excused absences, the student will be permitted to make up his or her work.
  • The teacher will determine when work is to be made up.
  • The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.
  • For K-8 students, only 12 absences, including excused and unexcused absences, are permitted each school year.
  • For additional information, please see
  • GCS Student Code of Conduct.

Grading Policy:

Student grades are based on the following:

  • 40% Tests (major projects, papers and performances)
  • 30% Independent  Work - (quizzes, classwork, common assessments, etc.)
  • 20% Guided Work - (group activities, teacher led activities, etc)
  • 10% Homework

The letter grade scale is:

  • A = 90 -100
  • B = 80 - 89
  • C = 70 - 79
  • D = 60 - 69
  • F = <60


 SYLLABUS 2023-2024
7th grade Computer Science Discoveries 2
Southwest Middle School

Dear Parents

I wanted to let you know that your child is in one of our Career and Technical Education courses.  Listed below are the areas the student will master.  Your 7th grade student will remain in the course for the entire semester.  Students will use the problem solving process to identify problems and find solutions,

Students will create and share the content on their own web pages. After deciding what content you want to share with the world, you’ll learn how to structure and style your pages using HTML and CSS. You’ll also practice valuable programming skills such as debugging and commenting. By the end of the unit, you’ll have a personal website that you can publish to the Internet.

Students Will:

  • create and share the content on their own web pages
  • structure and style your pages using HTML and CSS.
  • develop valuable programming skills such as debugging and commenting.
  • create a personal website that can be published

Grading Policy

Students are graded using the Gaston County Schools weighted grading scale and will be graded on:

  1. Tests, major projects, papers, and performances 40%
  2. Quizzes, class work, common assessments 30%
  3. Guided Work and group activities 20%
  4. Homework 10%

Each student will be encouraged to achieve a minimum of 80% on each test or in-class assignments.  If a student has difficulty passing a certain skill, additional help and remedial assignments will be given until said student passes with a minimum of 80% accuracy.  All remedial and makeup work will take place outside of class time. Each student is responsible for getting make-up work and scheduling make-up test.

Grading Scale

I use a point system and the Gaston County grading scale to determine student grades.  The grading scale is as follows:

100-90             A
89-80             B
79-70             C
69-60             D
59- 0              F

Students may bring their own headsets.

If you would like to donate items for the classroom the following things are needed:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Band Aides
  • Earbuds (for student instructional videos)


Students will be expected to hand in assignments when they are due.  Assignments that are late will be deducted 10% for every day they are late.  Classes are designed for students to complete all work in class.

We will be using Canvas, which is a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and schools.  It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions and receive class information.

Google Classroom  is accessible online and through any mobile device with Internet capabilities – including free apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. Students can access their account from any mobile device or computer, and set up notifications within Google Classroom to receive alerts/reminders via text or email.
Google Classroom will be used  strictly for educational purposes using the following guidelines:

  • Students will be required to use appropriate grammar instead of texting language
  • Google classroom will be set up so students will not be able to send private student-to-student messaging- the site will be used to discuss school-related content only
  • All school rules and consequences related to student interactions apply to online collaboration.

I look forward to a great year as we incorporate the use of technology into our classroom.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached:

Instructor Name: Angela Sanders
Email: [email protected]
Room: #209 CTE Business Computer Lab

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