• Waynesville Middle School

    Course Syllabus


    Teacher: Jena Hale (jhale@waynesville.k12.mo.us)

    Course Title: Computer Applications

    Grade: 7/8


    Course Objectives:

    • Students will practice, track, & improve progress in keyboarding skills.
    • Students will learn rules of online safety and netiquette, cyber bullying, plagiarism, copyright and fair use.
    • Students will learn to manage and protect their digital reputation.
    • Students will create original projects using Google Apps for Schools and web-based tools.
    • Students will employ search terms to narrow down appropriate sites in research as well as evaluate those sites as a resource.
    • Students will be able to properly cite sources in research and to create a bibliography.
    • Students will have opportunities to make relevant, real-life connections to daily lessons


    Classwork, Tests, Projects: Daily keyboarding lessons and practice will be routine. Students will progress at their own pace. Each technology unit will include assignments (formative assessments) which provide opportunities to check for understanding. When necessary, re-teaching will take place. At the end of each unit, students will be given a summative evaluation for a grade.


    Classroom expectations:

    Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner.

    Students must be in the classroom before the tardy bell rings and must be prepared with Chromebook.  Students must raise their hands to speak and be respectful of the teacher and their peers at all times. If the student doesn’t abide by the basic rules above for all minor offenses, the teacher will: (1) talk to the student privately,  (2) have the student complete a Think Sheet (3) contact the parent, (4) submit an office referral. All major offenses will be referred to a principal. Students must turn in all completed assignments legibly and correctly on or before the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for assignments when absent. Students have two days to make up those assignments. Students should check their grades in Canvas regularly to ensure that all work is submitted. If the student needs academic assistance, he must inform the teacher (and his/her parent) that he/she will be staying after school for help. The student must also arrange transportation home at 4:00pm or ride the WIN bus at 5:15pm if he/she stays for academic assistance. If staying after for any reason, the student must sign up for the activity they are staying for (teacher-led AA, WIN activities, etc.) no later than Wednesday of the previous week. This will allow us to plan accordingly for proper supervision, assistance, and transportation home while keeping social distancing at the forefront. A link to sign up can be found on the WMDS Homepage.


    Grading Policy:

    All classes with the exception of high school credit courses (Foreign Language and Algebra) will be weighted 50% for Summative Assessments (including summative projects) and 50% for Formative Assessments and practice work.  High school credit courses will be weighted 70% for Summative Assessments (including summative projects) and 30% for Formative Assessments and practice work.  Late assignments will receive deductions per the teacher’s guidelines.  Practice work and homework are important to the success of students in the class and are meant to prepare students for assessments, not measure a student’s understanding of the standard.    100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, and 59 and below=F.  Check Canvas regularly for updated grades.



    Students must be in attendance every day. A student may only have 5 unexcused absences a semester. Upon returning from an absence, students must submit a written excuse to the attendance secretary. On the 4th tardy students receive a warning. The 5th tardy is detention. Detention is held on Wednesday after school.  If a student is absent they will have the same amount of days to complete the homework or practice upon their return. 





    Additional Supplies:

    Headphones or Earbuds

    Online Resources:


    Google Suite