Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MS Excel Personal Timesheet Project (200 pts)


JOURNAL ENTRY:  After viewing the following articles and charts, what does the term POVERTY mean?  Find your block on the first link and find out about how many families in your area are living below the Federal Poverty level listed in the second chart listed.  Write 4-5 sentences reflecting on your thoughts about this reality!
Please review this article for your Journal Entry:  Philadelphia Poverty Figures (Click Link)
Federal Averages For Annual Income (Poverty Level) (Click Here For Article)


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Original MS Excel Document

Today you will be working on Microsoft Excel and creating a time-card for yourself.  Please read the corresponding story to the number you are given in class to fill out your time-card for the week ending on April 14th, 2014.  We will complete the Example together in class.

Example Employee:  Rate per hour is $10.55.  Monday was a vacation day for eight hours. On Tuesday you worked for eight regular hours and added two hours of overtime.  On Wednesday and Thursday you worked eight hours, and Friday you worked for seven hours until you felt sick at your stomach.  You logged an hour of sick time.  You went in Saturday to make up for the time lost and added one hour of regular time and three hours of overtime.

Here are your scenarios:

Anyone with a last name that starts with A - H will be Employee #1, I - P will be Employee #2, and Q -Z will be Employee #3.  Please use the following scenarios to fill out your timecards.

Employee #1:  You make $20.25 an hour.  You felt sick on Monday and called out sick for eight hours.  You were feeling so much better the next day that you worked eight hours and then an extra three hours overtime to make up for your absence.  On Wednesday you could not be stopped again and put in an eight hour day and one hour of overtime.  Thursday you only were able to work seven hours, and Friday you worked eight hours and an extra hour of "flex" time at the normal rate to make up for Thursday.

Employee #2:  You make $14.50 an hour.  You arrived for work on Monday ready to go.  You put in eight hours and two hours of overtime.  On Tuesday you took a vacation day for eight hours of pay.  Wednesday and Thursday were regular days of eight hours each, and Friday you arrived late after two hours of sick time.  You finished the day strong and added six hours of regular time and an additional four hours of overtime.  Saturday you added four more overtime hours as well.

Employee #3:  You make $13.25 an hour.  On Monday you worked eight regular hours and four hours of overtime.  You took Tuesday as a personal day and clocked eight hours of vacation time.  On Wednesday you worked eight hours of regular time and added an additional two hours of overtime.  Thursday you were not feeling well and used eight hours of sick time.  Friday and Saturday you worked full eight hour days and logged an additional two hours of overtime.

Overtime for everyone is time and a half so multiply your hourly rate by 1.5 and you will have the overtime rate.  Sick time and Vacation Time are the same rate as your regular rate.

Take a look at your TOTAL PAY in the bottom right hand corner.  In your email  figure out what that number would be if you took out the following deductions:

  • Local Tax:  4.33%
  • State Tax:  3.07%
  • Federal Tax:  15%
  • Social Security:  6.5%
  • Medical Coverage:  1.4%
  • Retirement / 401K:  2%
Once you complete your time-card, SHARE it with me (hscribnercaa@gmail.com).  You must also go to the back of the room and PRINT A COPY of your Timecard, Sign it and Date it, and turn it in for credit.

Good Luck!!

- Mr. S

Monday, April 28, 2014

Excel Practice Day

Practice Creating the following tables in MS Excel today:

The first is a grade log.  Make sure you use the AVERAGE function to show the average scores for your grades at the bottom of the spreadsheet.  You must also type the instructions in the cells below as pictured:

The next table you will create is the Exercise table.  Please fill in all the data exactly as it is pictured:

Format the table just like the picture to the right:

Finally, you must create the table for the products listed here:

Good Luck!

Mr. S

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Seminar Projects - 4th MP

Today you will start your Computer Science Seminar.  You may work on any projects you like that have technology components.  Make an IMOVIE, Create a Song in GARAGEBAND, work on Code.Org, or work on any of the Extra Credit Mini Projects listed on the class website (LINK).

You can also work on Gamestar Mechanic (Create Video Games) or CODEHS.com, or Udacity or Kahn Academy to work on additional classwork. 


YOU MAY NOT JUST WATCH YOUTUBE or LISTEN TO MUSIC.  YOU MAY WORK ON OTHER HOMEWORK IF YOU LIKE.  Whatever you decide to do, you must use some kind of technology as part of it.

Good Luck and I will see you in Seminar Tomorrow!

Mr. S

Monday, April 21, 2014

MS Excel Basic (Google Spreadsheets) Training Days

This is your Introduction to MS Excel.  Please pay close attention during the class presentation (Click Here to Download Presentation at Home).  You will be creating a number of spreadsheets over the next few days.  It is important that you learn to navigate around the spreadsheet as easily as you do in MS Word.  You will find that most of the RIBBON items are similar and that you can find out how to do things without my help by using the HELP Button.

We will be using MS Excel (Google Spreadsheets) to create Employee Timecards, Payroll Worksheets, a Family Monthly Budget, and much more!

Use this link for more information and helpful practice templates:  MS EXCEL PAGE

Finally,  you will be using templates that are built-in to the MS Excel program.  I will add different requirements as we progress.  Good Luck!!

- Mr. S

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Yearbook MacWorks Pages Project (300 points)

Today you will be creating your own 1/3 page for the Crossroads Yearbook.  Your page section will be copied and listed alphabetically in our yearbook.  The yearbooks will be printed in black & white to save money, but an electronic color copy will be emailed to everyone and linked to my website for download.  You can then print and bind your own color copy if you like.

Here is a video tutorial I recorded to help you: (Click Link and Watch It)

Here are some tutorials for you to learn how to use MacWorks Pages:




When you think you have mastered the software a bit, please click the link below to download the template.  You will be using any one of the three outlined spaces to create your page.  Do not resize the background blocks, but you can change the background color and edge trim.  Ultimately, the yearbook staff will be editing, proofreading, and pasting your section into the final draft of the yearbook.


Anyone who does not submit this project will have the picture from their SCHOOL DISTRICT ID used in the yearbook.  Enjoy creating this last project of the year.  Do not forget that any time not spent on this project can be spent finishing your Family Monthly Budget, working on your 8th Grade Project, or working on Extra Credit items to improve your grades.

Good Luck,

- Mr. S 

Please see the example below for what the yearbook pages will look like:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Business Proposal TACKK.COM Webpage! (200 pts.)

Happy Friday!  Make sure to show this post to your Substitute Teacher Today!

If you are able to enter the room and quietly and quickly get to work, you may use headphones to listen to music while you work on the assignment today.  The ultimate decision of whether or not you can is up to the Substitute and I expect you to follow any and all directions that person gives to you!  You are all aware of how to behave in school and especially in my class.  Make sure to get to work on today's assignment as soon as you can to give yourself the most time to complete it!


You will now create (BIG SURPRISE) a Tackk.com Webpage for your Business Proposal!

Please Sign In to your Tackk.com Account and CREATE a new Tackk.

You will need to DOWNLOAD the slides from your Google Presentation as JPEG images.  You could also DOWNLOAD the Entire Presentation into MS Powerpoint on your class computer and then SAVE the file as IMAGES.  This would place a folder on the desktop with a picture of each slide in one, single command.

Follow these steps to create images from your presentations:

Open Google Drive Presentation
Click FILE and look for DOWNLOAD
DOWNLOAD Image for each slide as a JPEG file.  You will have to select each slide individually and complete this sequence.

If you want a faster way, DOWNLOAD the entire presentation and open in MS Powerpoint (ppt)  Then Choose SAVE in MS Powerpoint and SAVE AS IMAGES. This will put a folder on the desktop or in your computer's download file (under the STUDENT files).  You may then use the upload the images together to create a slideshow on your Tackk Web Page.

Once you have the images ready to upload to Tackk.com, you can look at my example Tackk to add additional items.  Here is the link:  https://tackk.com/v9fbpb

Make sure to write 1-2 paragraphs (2-3 Sentences Each) about why you chose this type of company to start, and why someone would choose you over your competitors.  Focus on what is unique or different about the products and services you sell.  Your Tackk.com Web Page must include all the slides of your presentation, a map of your business location in Philadelphia, PA, a link to your Weebly Webpage (either a button or text), and a response form for feedback.  Once you have completed this, please leave a response on my Tackk.com (Super Falafel) webpage with a link to your Tackk.  I will make sure you have all the items required and you will receive your points for this project.  You may also email me the link to your Tackk Web Page for credit.


Once completed, you may quietly work on anything else you owe for class.  Remember, Grades Close On April 18th at 4pm for my class.  With PSSA's and Holidays, we only really have 7 more class days until grades are due!

Enjoy the day!

Mr. S

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Business Proposal Presentations (100 points each)

Today you will be presenting your Business Proposal Presentations to each other.  We will be pairing off.  You will sit with a random partner and "present" your business idea (Google Presentation) to each other.  While you are watching the presentation, you will have the following link open:

Business Proposal Presentation Response Form 2014 (CLICK HERE FOR FORM)

You will present your idea, your partner will fill out the form, then you will reverse rolls.  You will each have 3 minutes to complete the tasks.  At the end of both presentations you will be assigned another partner and repeat the process.  You MUST have at least 3 presentations to receive your points for this exercise!

Good Luck!

- Mr. S

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Integrity (13 Characteristics)

13 Characteristics of People Who Have Integrity

1. They Value Other People's Time: They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They Give Credit Where It Is Due: They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They Are Authentic: They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They Are Always Honest: They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They Never Take Advantage Of Others: They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. The Do Not Argue Over Disagreements: They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They Give Most People The Benefit Of The Doubt: They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They Know When Something Is Bothering Someone: They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They Believe In Others: They accept your word as truth until it is dis-proven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They Apologize First: If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They Are Humble: They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They Do Good When They Can: They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They Are Always Kind To Those Who Need It: Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Journal Entries 2012-2013

1. Introduction (9/10/12 - Weebly Journal)
2. 9/11 Reflection (9/11/12 - Email Instructor)
3. Internet Safety (9/19/12 - Weebly Journal)
4. Violence (9/20/12 - Weebly Journal)
5. Taylor Mali Conviction (9/25/12 Email Instructor)
6. 12x12x12 (10/1/12 - Weebly Journal)
7. Habit #1 Reflection (10-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
8. Habit #2 Reflection (10-24-12 - Weebly Journal)
9. Habit #3 Reflection (11-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
10. Interview a Veteran (11-12-12 - Email Instructor)
11. Digital Photography Reflection (11-19-12 Weebly)
12. Habit #4 Reflection (11-27-12 - Weebly Journal)
13. New Years Resolutions (01-03-12 - Weebly Journal)
14. Habit #5 Reflection (1-9-13 - Weebly Journal)
15. College Inquiry Project Reflection (1-14-13 - Weebly)
16. Habit #6 Reflection (2-6-13 - Weebly)
17. Habit #7 Reflection (2-11-13 - Weebly)
18. Indian Talking Stick (Covey) (2-20-13 Weebly)
19. Historical Figure Reflection (3-4-13 Weebly)
20. Investing vs Gambling Reflection (4-8-13 Weebly)
21. Poverty On My Block (4-15-13 Weebly)
22. Apartment Utility Cost Summary (5-13-13 Weebly)
23. Memorial Day Reflection (5-24-13 Weebly)

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