W-SR Tech Newsletter


Parent Tech Night (MIDDLE SCHOOL)

During the second night of Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, March 7 the Middle School will provide parents an opportunity to learn more about internet safety and iPad usage. Choose to attend 1 of 3 sessions that begin at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30. Each will run about 30 minutes and the multiple sessions will allow you to conveniently attend before or after your child’s conference.

State Trooper Mark Sigworth will talk for about 20 minutes on the potential dangers with

internet use and legal aspects. In addition, W-SR Instructional Coach Sarah Lalk will provide some valuable tips for parents in regards to iPad use. Learn how to monitor your child’s iPad and other tips to keep your kids safe.

Plus, we’ll feed you! Student Council is sponsoring the event by providing pizza and drink for families who attend. Plan to eat during the 30 minute presentation. Please email Matt Seward by March 1 if you plan to attend and let him know how many will be eating: Matt.seward@wsr.k12.ia.us

The Hour of Code

According to the late Steve Jobs, "[e]verybody in this country should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think." These words were spoken truly. Rather than simply using a computer, one should learn how to code to understand how a certain action is created on a device.

This was exactly the initiative started at the W-SR High School. On December 16th, the W-SR Tech Team hosted the HS Coding Event from 1-2PM. The purpose of this event was to expose high school students to coding and the importance of learning how to code. Not only were W-SR students participating in the Hour of Code but so were students throughout the AEA. Students from local schools logged the number of minutes they spent coding; the school that logs the most minutes coding receives a trophy.

As of December 16th, W-SR has logged a total of 15,652 minutes of coding, with an average of 62 minutes per student. At the W-SR High School, Zach Mohling received the award for coding the most minutes: 4,000 minutes.

During the event, students could chose from a list of four different categories of coding sites. The four categories were "Novice Coder," "Social Coder," "Casual Coder," and "Serious Coder." Based on comfort level and prior experience, students could choose from whichever category to code. If students had prior coding experience and wanted to learn more at the professional level, they could choose to leave their advisory class and attend the "Professional Coder" class in Mr. Orvis' Math Lab to learn how to create an Android app.

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