Grading Questions and Answers

The following Q&A refers to all of my classes, except for the section that says “AP Comp Sci ONLY”, which ONLY applies to AP Computer Science Period 05 & Period 06.

Q:  What is my grade?
A:  Teachers must turn in grades by Tuesday, June 20th at 12:00pm.  So you will definitely know your grade by then.  Realistically, I hope to finish and post grades by Friday.  Beyond that, you should already have a good idea where you stand, since most of the important stuff has already been graded.

Q:  Can I turn in late work during this week?
A:  No.  It has been made very clear over the past three weeks that all work for credit was due on Friday, June 9th by 5:00pm.  Setting a clear deadline allows me to grade remaining assignments, and turn in grades in a timely manner (hopefully by Friday).  Also, we used this exact same deadline process first semester, so you should already be familiar with it.

Q:  Can I take home the assignments I have done in class?
A:  Of course you can.  For Mobile App class, I would suggest emailing your AIA files home in a .ZIP file.  For Animation Projects, please bring me a blank CDROM and I will create a ZIP file which contains your entire website, with all animations and your homepage.  It will open in any browser.  For AP Comp Sci, email a .ZIP file with all of your code home.  Flash drives are not allowed in lab computers due to virus concerns.

Q:  I missed a grade by a few points, will you round it up?
A:  No, please see the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.  We also discussed this at the end of First Semester, and the same rules apply now.

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Q:  I missed a grade by a few points in AP Comp Sci, will you round it up?
A:  No.  Please check the course info packet you signed in September regarding this topic.  Beyond that I scaled all 5 quizzes this semester, I scaled the final exam, I provided an extra credit assignment, I scaled the code interviews, and I provided extra credit on the Finch robot lab during the last week of class.  All of this was designed to assist students on the border between two grades.  Sorry, no more assistance will be provided beyond the things mentioned here.  Period.

Q:  When will I get back my Code Interview sheet from AP Comp Sci?
A:  Like a quiz, I do not want the content of the code interview sheet to get out, so you will not get them back.  You may definitely visit your sheet upon request once it has been recorded, but this sheet must not leave the classroom or be reproduced, or you will receive a zero on the code interview grade.  I might pass them back in class for a few minutes and re-collect them, if time permits.

Sincerely,
Mr. Eliot

All Work for All Classes is Due on Friday June 9th by 5:00pm

Welcome to the last week to turn in assignments and projects!  Just a reminder that ALL work for ANY credit is due by Friday, June 9th at 5:00pm.  At that time, all websites will be shut down, and submitting work will be disabled for the remainder of the school year.  If you have any work for which you want credit, get it in by Friday, or it will not be counted.

MOBILE APP:

  • Upload a ZIP file with all mBot robot code.  See sheet 03
  • Make sure all three mBot apps are on your phone

ANIMATION PROJECTS:

  • Upload SWF file for your short film project
  • Upload FLA file for your short film project
  • Please don’t forget a PLAY button
  • Double check that your animation plays well on the website in Google Chrome

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE:

  • Turn in all FOUR signed Finch Robot sheets to Mr. Eliot
  • Upload a .ZIP file containing all finch code, images, sound files, needed for grading
  • Complete your Code Interview if you haven’t already done so
  • NOTE:  due to code interviews, lab availability this week is VERY limited.  Come by Mon, Tue, Wed after 3:30pm, or Friday after school if you need extra time.

Mr. Newell is our Guest Teacher, Friday, May 12th, 2017

On Friday, May 12th, I will be traveling to Vancouver Canada to visit some good friends for the day.  Mr. Newell will be our guest teacher.  Please make Mr. Newell feel at home, and show him the great work you are doing.  All students are expected to be in their assigned seat at all times for the entire period.

MOBILE APP CLASS:
Your Blu Advance phones are in the cabinet under the board at the front of the classroom.  After Mr. Newell takes roll, please go get your phone.  The cords get tangled easily, so please be careful when removing your phone.  When the period ends, please wrap the USB cable around the phone and put it back in the same box.  Don’t worry about where in the box, I will organize them on Monday morning.  A reminder that your Semester Project is due one week from today!

 ANIMATION PROJECT CLASS:
Assignment 15 is due today!  Remember that you are uploading 8-16 total JPG images of your 3D Amazon.com object, and your 3D House.  Also, don’t forget to upload one BLEND file for your 3D Amazon.com object, and one BLEND file for your 3D House.  See the assignment directions for more information.

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE:
Your Finch Robots are in the cabinet under the board at the front of the classroom.  After Mr. Newell takes roll, please go get your Finch robot.  At the end of the period, please put back your Finch robot, inside the cabinet.  I will reorganize the robot numbering on Monday, so don’t worry about putting them back in numerical order.  If you need to be “checked” you will have to wait until Monday.  In the meantime, work on the next behavior as much as you can.  The starter code is this file [java_MotorFinchGUI_student.zip] available in the file downloads area!

See you on Monday,
Mr. Eliot

AP Comp Sci grades are posted

AP Comp Sci. students,

Final grades have been posted, please check Aeries. Thank you for being in my class this semester.  You all worked very hard, and you should be proud of what you have accomplished.  At this point, I occasionally get emails asking if I will “round up” Semester grades.  Please see the class info packet distributed in September, where I discuss this topic.  The short answer is “no”, I will not.

Here are the reasons why:

  • All five quizzes we have taken this semester were scaled
  • An extra credit project was provided this semester
  • The Step Up To Writing assignment was scaled
  • The Semester Final Exam was scaled

In short, I have already made a number of contributions to assist you in moving to the next grade level.  No further “scaling” or “rounding” changes of any kind will be made.

Sincerely,
Mr. Eliot

Lab Availability This Week

If you need extra time before EVERYTHING is due on Friday, January 20th, here is the schedule for the lab:

TUESDAY:         Lab Open At Lunch, Lab NOT open after school
WEDNESDAY:   Lab Open At Lunch, Lab open after school
THURSDAY:      Lab Open At Lunch, Lab NOT open after school
FRIDAY:             Lab Open At Lunch, Lab open after school

All Work Due Friday, January 20th

All work for first semester credit is due by Friday, January 20th at 5:00pm.  After that point, the website will be locked down, uploads will not work for any class including animation.  Make sure you turn in ANYTHING that you would like credit for by this deadline.

Mr. Eliot

Lab Not Open After School, Dec 5-8

hourofcodeDue to Hour Of Code Week and meetings, the computer lab will not be open after school on Monday, Dec 5th, Tuesday Dec 6th, Wednesday Dec 7th, or Thursday Dec 8th.  Come in at lunch if you need extra lab time on those dates.

Mr. Eliot

Guest Teacher, Thursday, October 27th

illiminateAll Students,

On Thursday, October 27th, I will be attending Illuminate Training at the PYLUS District Office all day.  While I’m going, here’s what I would like you to do.  Please remember to say hello to our Guest Teacher, and welcome them to our classroom.

Period 01, Mobile App Development:
Please work on the Finger Paint App Part 02.  Please remember, you will NOT have access to the Blu HD phones during class on that day.  Plan to work on other aspects of your app.  After a discussion with Min Kim, I made a number of modifications to the assignment today that I will discuss on Friday.  Can you spot these changes to the directions?  I have installed ArcWelder on your computers, and it “should” probably work.  See this handout on how to use it: ArcWelder Quick Start PDF.

Period 04, Animation Projects:  
Please Continue working on Lesson 05, Elements Of Art and Principles Of Design.  It is due on Friday, October 28th!  If you are done early, work on something for another class.  I do not expect anybody to be playing games, etc. on the computer while I’m gone.

Period 05 and Period 06, AP Comp Sci:
Continue working on Lesson 08, the CheckMail class and tester.  Please remember to check all 7 possibilities mentioned at the end of the directions. On Friday, we will discuss these options in class when I return.

See you on Friday,
Mr. Eliot