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Sigonella Middle/High School Digital Publishing S (PTI308S)

Digital Publishing (PTI308)

Ms. Vickie Lewis - Building 220, Room 232
SY 2014-2015
Vision: Prepare life-long learners, leaders, and global citizens

Name_________________________________________________________ Period_____________ Class_________________________________

Major Concepts/Content: Digital Publishing is a course designed for students with an interest in desktop
publishing. This course will provide training in the software for personal use and employment. Students
completing this course may be eligible to take an Adobe certification exam.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided in a classroom or a lab utilizing
individualized instruction and online resources will be provided in a lab environment. Simulations projects,
appropriate support software, internet activities and alternative resources may be used. Students will primarily
use Adobe InDesign software while learning the following modules: Basic Graphic and Layout Designs;
Graphic and Layout Design; Imaging Process and Creating Publications.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Assessment will be accomplished by checking student work in progress to
ensure that timelines are developed and followed throughout the course. The students must also successfully
complete all projects deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Determine the appropriate situations for using desktop publishing software
Demonstrate the ability to use a software package associated with publication
Use computer graphics, capture computer images, or other multi-media sources (i.e. sound, video, etc.) to
enhance publications
Save graphics input devices such as scanners and other digital devices
Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical aspects of computer usage with using and modifying
Demonstrate ability to work with reference materials, documentation and other related resources
Create desktop publications for personal use or use in a portfolio for employment opportunities or
continued education in a publications career field

Course Notes: Year Long class for Certification
For the complete course description and standards, please visit
Grading Policy:
Students grades are computed on a total points basis. All assignments are added together and the total
points available are divided by the total points earned to receive a percentage value. The worth of any
assignment can be determined by the number of points it is worth in comparison to other assignments.

DoDEA Grading Scale:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
60 69 = D
59 or Below = F

Students EARN grades in this class; they are not given to you.

Assignment Policy:
Students are responsible for completing their assignments on time.
1. All assignments must be labeled with the students full name, class period, and class name. Failure
to do so will result in a reduction in grade.
2. NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED! Exceptions can be made, but to do so students must:
a. Meet with me at least 1 day prior to the due date of the assignment.
b. Reasonable attempts to complete the assignment must have been made.
c. Present a plan in writing to make up the late work.
d. Negotiate with me to change the turn in date of the assignment.
e. Both of us have to sign and agree to the plan.
f. Turn in late work with the signed plan.
g. No long term projects will be given an extension.
3. In addition, students will be given two late passes per quarter. These passes must be attached to
the assignment that they are turning in late. If a student is using a pass, they are still required to
turn in a MISSING HOMEWORK LETTER with the assignment. These passes may not be used on
major assignments/final exams/midterms/projects.
4. If your grade drops below a C, I will send an email note to your parents/sponsor of your grade.
5. Open Lab Tuesdays and Thursdays, the computer lab will be open for make-up time and using
the computers for class work from 2:30 pm 3:30 pm. Students need to inform me of their need
to stay after so I dont make other plans. If students are not here by 2:40 I cannot guarantee that I
will stay.
6. Tutoring I am available by appointment before school and after school to provide help. If you
need help on an assignment/concept please take advantage of my help.
7. All assignments are due at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted.

Ms. Lewiss Class Web Sites
I maintain a classroom web site,, and the password is jaguars.
Through this web site students and parents have the ability to see a calendar of major assignments,
PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets/assignments, class links, Google Docs directions and online login,
and other helpful information. Students will need to familiarize themselves with the web site, as they will
be required to visit the site; review readings, power points, and videos; turn in assignments through my
web site; and participate in class blogs/forums.

Students are responsible for completing absent work within the same number of days they were
absent. Assignments not completed in this time or not negotiated ahead of time for a different
due date will result in a zero.
Students must make arrangements with the teacher to take tests and quizzes missed within 1 day
of returning to school.
Pre-Arranged Absences - The following steps must be completed at least three school days
prior to departure:
o Step 1: Student obtains assignments and signatures from their teachers for the period of
their absence.
o Step 2: Student and sponsor/parent sign the pre-arranged absence form indicating they
are aware of teacher comments and the work that must be completed.
o Step 3: Pre-arranged absence form must be taken to the main office for administrator
approval. The student retains the assignment section of the form page two.
o Step 4: Student should submit completed work as agreed with teachers.
It is the students responsibility to make arrangements for make-up work. It is not
acceptable to ask another student what has been missed while absent without
speaking directly to the teacher. This frequently causes incorrect deadline,
directions for assignments, and a missing connection between student and teacher.

Extra Credit:
Extra assignments to get extra credit will not be given. Students may earn extra credit by doing current
assignments well beyond the standards set.
Assignments must be turned in on time to be eligible for extra credit.

Class Expectations:
1. Be prompt and prepared.
2. Bring all of your materials (binder, pens, current documents, etc.,)
2. Treat yourself and others with respect.
3. Treat equipment with respect.
4. Actively Participate
5. Always do your best!

Failure to meet expectations will result in logical consequences, which may include the following:
Nonverbal warning
Verbal warning
Individual conference with the teacher
Parent Contact
Referral to administrator

Sigonella Middle/High School Web Design (PTI407)
Ms. Vickie Lewis
Building 220, Room 232
SY 2014-2015
Vision: Prepare life-long learners, leaders, and global citizens

Name_________________________________________________________ Period_____________ Class_________________________________

There is a zero tolerance for plagiarism or cheating in any form (copy and paste from the internet,
copying another students work, etc.). Students who are caught plagiarizing or cheating will receive a
zero on the particular assignment for ALL PARTIES INVOLVED, a phone call home with the student, and a
referral to administration.

Class Procedures

A. Most Common Procedures
1. Entering the Classroom
You will enter the classroom in an orderly fashion. All classes will leave their book bags in the
hallways. Students should bring all class materials at the beginning of class including; notebook,
pens, papers, current class assignments. Upon entering, you should complete any tasks you need
to around the room immediately (sharpen pencil, staple papers, get tissue, etc.). Once seated,
check the front board for the day's bell work. All students are expected to be in their assigned
seats and working on the bell work within a minute of entering the classroom.

2. Coming to Attention
I expect the class as a whole to stop talking, moving, working on the computers, etc. when I need
the classs attention. Students should never be doing anything while lectures/demonstrations are
taking place.

3. Multiple Classes One Classroom
During every class period I have more than one class going on. It is expected that all students
remain silent while directions are given to all classes. Students must be patient while directions
are being given.

4. Digital Portfolio
Students will maintain a digital portfolio for this class through Weebly/Google Drive. Students
will have access to computers in class, during seminar, through the library, at home and during
any open lab times.

5. Food, Gum and Drinks
All gum. Food and drinks must be left outside the classroom. This is a zero tolerance policy.
Penalty for having food, gum, drinks are as follows
1. First Offense:
a. Detention: 2:35-3:00 the following day or during lunch (teacher choice)
b. Parent Notification
2. Second Offense:
a. Detention: 2:35-3:30 the following day or during lunch for two days (teacher
b. Parent Notification

3. Third Offense:
a. Detention: 2:35-5:00 the following Wednesday/Thursday
b. Phone Call Home with student
4. Fourth Offense and Beyond:
a. Detention: 2:35-5:00 the following Wednesday
b. Phone Call Home with student

6. Correcting Assignments
Any COMPLETED assignment, project and test that a student earns a 60% or less on may be
corrected for a higher grade. All corrections are due the Friday after it is returned and MUST
include a parent signature on the original and corrected documents, and a two paragraph essay
explaining what the student could have done to improve their grade and an action plan for how
the student will avoid this problem on future assignments. Assignments that can be corrected will
have Please Correct and Return date stamped on them by the teacher. Students may earn up to
50% of the lost points by correcting the assignment.

7. Group Work
You will participate in many group activities and work with many different people in this class.
Though group work traditionally requires all students to receive the same grade I dont follow
this procedure. Groups will receive the same grade if they put in the same effort and quality of
work. The procedures for working in a group are as follows:
a. You are responsible for the results of the group and your own participation.
b. If you have a question, try to find the answer by reading through your project description,
directions, researching, trial and error or asking anther group before asking the teacher for
help. When you have exhausted all of these avenues then ask for help from the teacher.
c. You will be responsible for honestly evaluating how everyone in your group performed,
including yourself.
d. Any group issues must be brought to the teachers attention at least two class periods
before a major project is due, so a resolution can be reached. If there are group issues on
shorter term assignments these items should be brought to the teachers attention quickly.
e. It is possible to be removed from a group if you are not completing your parts.
f. If a student is not helping in an equitable manner while working with a group or partner
the student will not receive the same credit.

8. Bathroom/Water Breaks
Students are provided with breaks throughout the day for using the restroom and getting water,
please use these times wisely. Students receive 2 passes to leave class during each quarter. Once
these passes have been used up students may no longer use the restroom that quarter. Please
wait until the time is appropriate to ask to leave the room, which would be when the teacher has
finished a discussion. Students must sign out and take a pass when leaving the room for any

9. Leaving the Classroom
I dismiss the class. I will tell you when it is time to clean and pack up. Once you have finished
cleaning up, please stay seated until I dismiss you to your next class. Students are responsible for
shutting down all of the computers in the room, pushing in chairs, putting away books, making
sure garbage is in the garbage can daily.

Stay on-task and focus on work
Participate in class discussions
Have an up to date notebook with all notes, assignments, tests, and projects
Treat classmates, teachers and administrators, computers, equipment, and the facility with respect
Read completely and follow ALL directions from the first time given
Try New things
Try to work through problems at least 2 times before asking for help
Request help when needed...communication is essential
If you dont understand something ask for help in a professional manner.


School/Classroom Electronic Device Policy

Cell Phones, iPods, Headphones and other Electronic Devices:
These devices must be turned off and secured out of view unless being used for educational work
under the direction of a teacher. Otherwise, they must remain secured (put away and out of view)
and turned off.
The school is not responsible for lost or stolen devices.
No headphones may be in or on your ears.
All devices must be put away prior to leaving the classroom.
Students must be given permission daily for the use of personal electronics
No personal electronic devices may be plugged into any computers or electrical outlets
When asked to put electronic devices away, students are expected to follow the directions
The school and teacher are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged electronic devices.
Students are responsible for understanding the school and class policies for electronic devices and

Sigonella MHS Student Performance Goals:
Goal 1: Evaluate
All students will assess the reasonableness and
quality of ideas across the curriculum.

Goal 2: Synthesize
All students will combine information or connect
ideas to create new understandings, products, or
solutions across the curriculum.

Name _____________________________ Class Period____ Class____________

Classroom Contract

I agree to:

Act responsibly at all times in the class.
Follow all instructions, be they oral or in writing, given by my teacher.
Perform only those activities assigned and approved by my teacher.
Use the computers and equipment for only the activities directed in this classroom.
If a student needs the equipment in the classroom for anything outside of the class they are in they
must ask for permission before they begin.
Not throw anything in the classroom.
Leave all book bags outside of the classroom either in the hallway or in the lockers.
Push chair in, throw away all garbage, put equipment away properly, and leave in an orderly
Sign out all equipment and get permission prior to using anything.
Never enter the television studio area without permission from the teacher.

The teacher reserves the right to add, delete, or changed any aspect of the above syllabus and procedures.
Any changes will be explained to students and parents.

I, [print students name] have read each of the statements in the
Classroom Contract and understand these rules. I agree to abide by rules listed above and any additional
written or verbal instructions provided by the school or my teacher. I understand that by not following
these expectations, I will lose the privilege of using technology and will be assigned work that can be
done without the use of technology.

[Student Signature] [Date]

I acknowledge that I have discussed the above rules with my child/ward and that he/she has signed this
contract in good faith.
________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________
[Printed Name of Parent/Sponsor] [Best Phone Contact Number]

[Parent/Sponsor Signature] [Date]

[Parent/Sponsor Email]