Welcome to Ms. Frankel's Web Design!

Dear Students/Parents,
I would like to welcome you to the 2010-2011 school year here at Fels. I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive year.

Basic Information
Instructor:  Ms. Frankel    Room: A137
                 Course Website www.msfrankel.com
                 E-Mail: msfrankel@comcast.net

Supplies: Web Design

What Can I Expect From Mrs. Frankel?

Course Objectives

General Design

  • Work professionally within a design team.
  • Evaluate designs (your work and others’) for audience, meaning, and effectiveness.
  • Use the principles of design in a decisive fashion.
  • Build a design gradually using thumbnail sketches and mockups.
  • Create attractive layouts that communicate messages effectively.
  • Use color to communicate ideas to others.
  • Use typography effectively in a design.

Web Design

  • Evaluate Web sites (your work and others’) for usability and accessibility.
  • Use Dreamweaver to create Web pages and Web sites.
  • Code Web pages by hand using XHTML and CSS according to Web standards.
  • Structure a complete Web site that is flexible and expandable.

I believe that every one of you is capable of receiving an A in my class, even if you’ve never worked on a computer before.

How Will My Grade Be Calculated?
Grading is done on a semester basis: we start fresh each semester. Students’ grades will be based on:

I will use the standard final grade breakdown:

How Will Design Projects Be Graded?
Whenever possible, I will provide rubrics for each design project that tell you what I expect for Exemplary, Proficient, Partially Proficient, and Incomplete work. I consider three main things in evaluating student’s design work:

Often, projects will be broken down into components, each component having its own due date, and no component accepted until the previous components have been turned in. Doing things in the right order means a better result. Also, when I see your work several times during a project, I can give you meaningful feedback that will probably make your work easier. Components turned in late or in the wrong order may receive little to no feedback.

How Will My Behavior in Class Affect My Grade?
Professional Conduct means good behavior! Your Professional Conduct ranges from 1 to 3. I’m assuming everyone is a “good kid.” If your behavior in class is a problem, it will reduce your Professional Conduct grade.

How Do I Make Up Missing or Incomplete Work?
You are expected to keep up with lessons and projects in class. Keep track of course assignments and due dates at msfrankel.com. Late or incomplete work missed due to an excused absence can be turned in during the same semester for a reduced score. You may make up missed work during advisory, lunch or after school. You may work on missed work during class once you have completed the current assignment.

What Are My Responsibilities?
Since everyone learns about design here, everyone is considered a designer. Get used to thinking of yourself that way! My job is to teach you professionalism in addition to design skills. Professionalism means being respectful to yourself and others around you, and behaving in an acceptable, predictable way.

Design Room Rules
Refer to the Student Handbook for school-wide rules. We have design room rules too:

What Do those 4 Rules Really Mean Day-to-Day?
Here are some examples to show you what I mean. These are examples. Use your common sense when interpreting these rules.


If you have forgotten one of the school or design room rules, I will give you a verbal reminder. Willful, severe or repetitive poor behavior will result in one or more of the following consequences:

  • student conference
  • parent contact
  • seat change
  • reduction of “professional conduct” grade
  • loss of privileges and/or materials
  • extra assignment


  • clean-up duty
  • in-class detention
  • administrative detention
  • office referral
  • class suspension


Good Behavior
Keeping our classroom welcoming, safe and interesting depends on everyone. Here’s what I offer if you have a great attitude and behavior:

Academic Honesty

Cheating means that a student is not completing an assignment quiz or project honestly and completely. It is cheating if you do the work for someone else, or if you give your files to him/her in some way after you have completed them.

It is not cheating if you help someone, but he/she must do all the actual work themselves. For example, completing tasks with the keyboard or mouse on someone else’s computer is cheating, not helping. Talking that student through it so that he/she does every step him/herself is helping. In other words, hands off!

Because they are usually both involved in the attempt to cheat, typically both the student doing the actual work and the student who did not do the work will be punished for cheating (see below).

Lying is not professional. It damages relationships. I give all my students my trust when the school year begins. If I catch you lying, I will be very disappointed. I will no longer trust you until you earn it back. I may also respond with a consequence.

The consequences for cheating, lying or plagiarism will include one or more of the following:

Computer Policy

Computers in this lab are for work for this class only.

“Free Time” on the Computer

If you fail to respect the computer policy, you will lose your access to a computer for that day. This means that if you are found using the computer for anything other than our assignments (and you have not been given “free time” as above), you will be asked to log off for the remainder of the period.

Other Policies and Procedures

You are late if you are not seated in your assigned seat when the late bell rings. I take attendance the moment it rings. I follow the designated late policy of the school. Lateness typically results in deduction of conduct points. I will only excuse lateness if you arrive with a Fels official hall pass from another teacher if it has the date, time and signature in ink. I will usually follow up with an email to verify the excuse. You must sign in when you arrive late. Forging a hall pass is lying and will result in appropriate consequences.

I have assigned seating. Please do not move to another seat without my permission.

Class Dismissal
I dismiss you from class, not the bell. You are to stay in your seat until the bell rings and don’t line up at the door. All materials must be returned before you may exit the classroom.

All Are Welcome
Every student regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation can expect a safe environment in my classroom. Any prejudicial or derogatory conversations or language will be halted immediately.

What about My Freedom of Speech?
You do have the protection of the Constitution regarding free speech in most places in the United States. However, according to law, school is a special place. The Supreme Court has said that speech is not allowed that “materially and substantially” disrupts class. Any inflammatory speech against a group or individual will be considered disruptive to the learning environment.

Personal Electronics

Hall Passes
You will not be permitted to leave the class the first or last ten minutes. Passes will be issued on a limited basis. Abuse of this privilege will result in denial of passes.

Your Health
If you are sick, please minimize your contact with other people in the classroom.