Computer Class Welcome Letter 2018
Welcome to Computer Class! What a blessing it is to be teaching in the Computer Lab at Faustina Academy again this year, and it is with enthusiasm and delight that I anticipate this school year and look forward to working with your children. Because computers are so prevalent in all aspects of our daily lives, my goal is to empower all students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a digital world by inspiring creativity, encouraging an appreciation for technology and its appropriate role in our lives, promoting a life-long love of responsible learning, and building a foundation of skills in working with the computer and various software applications which will help them throughout their lives.
Grades for Computer Class will be recorded quarterly using a traditional numeric grading scale according to the Faustina Grading Policy. Grades will be based on class participation, assessments (typing progress and projects), daily work/effort, and conduct. Progress can be monitored with updates to the ongoing cumulative-to-date grade every 2 weeks. Because of varied access opportunities at home, students will not be assigned homework in Computer Class, but rather will be expected to work hard and make the very best use of their time in the Computer Lab to develop and improve their skills.
Computer Lab Goals:
For the 2018-2019 school year, Faustina Academy will offer weekly Computer Class instruction each Tuesday for students in grades 2-6 and 8.
- Our first area of focus at each grade level will be to develop strong keyboarding skills using appropriate Home Row techniques and proper finger usage to build speed and accuracy.
- Students will complete grade appropriate projects using word processing, drawing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
- Students will be introduced to various coding and computing concepts through participation in the Hour of Code program and by using code.org and other online coding resources.
- Each grade will have the opportunity to explore various Digital Citizenship topics throughout the year to ensure best practices in safe, appropriate, and responsible technology use.
- Class instruction will also include basic parts of the computer, file saving conventions, and the celebration of our classroom patron saint, St. Isidore of Seville.
We will accomplish these goals by adhering to the rules and expectations as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or would like to share anything about your child(ren) that would help me understand how they learn in order to teach them in the most effective manner – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support as we begin this new school year and explore these enriched learning opportunities for the students at Faustina Academy.
With warmest thanks,
Mary Fran Jarzynka