• Mr. Z  

     Mr. Nick Zivanovic

    "Mr. Z"

    Computer Science & Business
    Griffith High School
    Phone 219-924-4281 x4263


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    Classes for 2017-2018 School Year (Fall Semester)


    AP Computer Science A (High School)

    This rigorous college-level two-semester course in programming using Java takes students through all aspects of the programming language, control structures, recursion, object-oriented programming, and more, and prepares them to take the AP CS A exam for college credit.

    Class web site: mrz.today/apcsa17

    Introduction to Computer Science (High School)

    Revised for 2017, this new two-semester introductory computer science class leads students to engage in computer science through real-world examples of game programming, introductory robotics, web design, and problem solving through JavaScript, HTML, and other technologies.

    Class web site: mrz.today/ics171

    Middle School Intro to Computer Science (8th grade)

    Students explore concepts in computer science through project-based learning and collaboration using Agent Sheets software to build games.

    Class web site: mrz.today/mscs17

    College & Career Prep (8th Grade - HS credit, see note below)

    Prepares students to think about career paths and plan effectively to meet their goals. Students will study the 16 Career Clusters and explore careers in each. Throughout the semester they will do detailed research on a chosen career and present it to the class as a final project. Also stressed in this class is learning to be responsible and respectful in preparation for future college or workplace.

    Class web site: mrz.today/ccprep17


    Student Expectations in my classes 

    • Be on time, prepared to work every day
    • Be prepared and bring all materials to class every day
    • Use all technology responsibly
    • Treat others with respect
    • Follow all Griffith HS/MS rules for dress code and conduct.
    • Challenge yourself to do your best!

    Complete classroom rules & procedures, seating charts, and daily assignments can be found on the class web sites for each class, listed above. (Note: Class web sites for 2017 will be live on Monday, August 14.) Students are required to check these sites for information about the class and to see what work was missed during absences. Parents are encouraged to look at the class sites to see what your student is doing and if they have homework assignments. Please feel free to contact me about any concerns you may have with your student’s academic progress or class behavior.


    What is needed for my classes? 

    All students should be prepared with the following items:

    • Black ink pens
    • #2 pencils
    • College-ruled notebook paper
    • Calculator

     Additionally, we will be using Google docs and other apps in class and for homework. All students should have a working Google (Gmail) account that they know how to log in to.

     Donations of the following items will be gladly accepted:

    • Kleenex (non-lotion) - we go through a lot of this!
    • Hand sanitizer (unscented)
    • Sanitizing wipes



    Important note for College and Career Prep (8th Grade) parents

    Although College and Career Prep is a required class for 8th graders, parents should be aware that this is a high school level class with high school credit that will appear on the student’s high school transcript. There are no do-overs for this class so it is very important that they take this class seriously.

    Throughout the semester, students will do many assignments that they will need to complete their final project. It is a must that all students have a class folder to keep their graded work in because they will need it all at the end. In addition, all graded work and any notes the students take is eligible to be used on quizzes and tests. To ensure their success in this important class, please make sure your student has a notebook/folder dedicated to this class and that they bring it with them every day.