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JISD to offer Computer Science

To: Students and Parents

It is amazing how quickly the year has flown by as we near the completion of the 4• Six weeks. Therefore, the time is quickly coming in which the school will release the course catalog for the 2017-2018 school year. The High School is working on several new courses including more dual credit opportunities and Career and Technology courses. The school district is also looking to add Computer Science as a Language Other than English (LOTE) course.
 
Currently, students at Jacksboro ISO are offered Spanish to obtain the necessary requirement of a Foreign Language or LOTE credit set by the state. Jacksboro ISO is surveying students to inquire about the student interest in pursuing the courses of Computer Science. The Computer Science courses are approved by the state to fulfill the LOTE credit and would substitute for Spanish I and Spanish II. As with any Foreign Language or LOTE course, the state requires that the courses be taken consecutively. This means when a student completes Computer Science I, the student must take Computer Science II the following year to fulfill graduation requirements. The student may not take Spanish I to obtain the second credit. This is the same as if a student began with Spanish I; the student must complete Spanish II. Therefore, this becomes a two year commitment in either case. The school is surveying all Middle School students and 9th grade students that have not taken a Foreign Language to investigate the interest and the longevity of offering the Computer Science course.
 
Students currently begin to obtain their LOTE credit in the 1 O• grade. The prerequisite for Computer Science I is to have completed Algebra I. If a student is wishing to begin with Computer Science I in the 9• grade, the student must take Algebra I as an 8• grader. Although Computer Science is open to anyone, a strong background in problem solving and Math is highly recommended.
 
Jacksboro ISD is asking that parent(s)/guardian(s) review this material with their child to help make an informed decision. In order to better understand the courses, a course description is listed below. A complete list of the Standards and TEKS can be found attached to this
 
Students will be given the survey on Tuesday, February 21th to inquire of the interest level.
 
Computer Science I will foster students' creativity and innovation by presenting opportunities to design, implement, and present meaningful programs through a variety of media. Students will collaborate with one another, their instructor, and various electronic communities to solve the problems presented throughout the course. Through data analysis, students will identify task requirements, plan search strategies, and use computer science concepts to access, analyze, and evaluate information needed to solve problems. By using computer science knowledge and skills that support the work of individuals and groups in solving problems, students will select the technology appropriate for the task, synthesize knowledge, create solutions, and evaluate the results. Students will learn digital citizenship by researching current laws and regulations and by practicing integrity and respect. Students will gain an understanding of the principles of computer science through the study of technology operations, systems, and concepts.
 
Computer Science II will foster students' creativity and innovation by presenting opportunities to design, implement, and present meaningful programs through a variety of media. Students will collaborate with one another, their instructor, and various electronic communities to solve the problems presented throughout the course. Through data analysis, students will identify task requirements, plan search strategies, and use computer science concepts to access, analyze, and evaluate information needed to solve problems. By using computer science knowledge and skills that support the work of individuals and groups in solving problems, students will select the technology appropriate for the task, synthesize knowledge, create solutions, and evaluate the results. Students will learn digital citizenship by researching current laws and regulations and by practicing integrity and respect. Students will gain an understanding of computer science through the study of technology operations, systems, and concepts.