Mr. Nick Zivanovic
Computer Science & Business
Griffith High School
Classes for 2018-2019 School Year (Fall Semester)
AP Computer Science A (High School) Semester 1
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/apcsa18
Introduction to Computer Science (High School) Semester 1
Class web site: mrz.today/ics18
Personal Finance (9th grade, see important note below)
Prepares students to manage their personal finances throughout their working life. Topics covered will include how personal choices affect income; income, benefits, and taxes; purchasing power; financial planning; banking; personal risk management and insurance; making smart buying decisions; using and preserving credit; credit problems, bankruptcy, and consumer protection; and savings and investments. Major projects include balancing a bank account (mid-term project) and searching for and financing a car.
Class web site: mrz.today/perfin18A
Middle School Intro Computer Science (8th grade)
Students explore concepts in computer science through project-based learning and collaboration using Code.org, Agent Sheets and AgentCubes software to build games and other programs and learn the fundamentals of robotics.
Class web site: mrz.today/mscs18
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
- Follow classroom rules for behavior, classwork, and assignment grades
- Challenge yourself to do your best!
Complete classroom rules & procedures, grade policy, seating charts, and daily assignments can be found on the class web sites for each class, listed above. 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
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 Personal Finance (9th Grade) parents
Personal Finance is a required class for all freshmen in the Griffith Public Schools. In my experience teaching this class, I have found many 9th grade students are often not mature enough to take the class seriously even though I stress it’s about their money and using it responsibly. Unlike many other classes they will take, they will use the skills developed here for the rest of their lives. I often get comments from parents that they wished they had been taught the topics of banking, taxes, using credit, and saving while they were in school and are glad their students are being exposed to it. Please discuss this with your child and make sure they make a good effort in this class.
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 are eligible to be used on quizzes and tests.
To ensure their success in this very important class, please make sure your student has a notebook/folder dedicated to this class and that they bring it with them every day.
STUDENTS WILL BE BRINGING HOME A PRINTED COPY OF THIS FOR YOU TO VIEW AND SIGN. THEY WILL RECEIVE A CLASS GRADE FOR THIS. PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY RETURN IT.