CTE Technology Syllabus 2020-2021



    Name: Mr. Joey McGinnis

    Title: CTE Technology Teacher

    Classroom: 200

    Phone: (336) 819-2985 ext. 1656

    E-mail: mcginnj@gcsnc.com

    Time and Method of Contact: I check e-mail regularly & it is the best way to reach me.

    Clink the links below for parent access to the classroom Canvas pages

    6th Grade 1st Encore 6-1

    6th Grade 2nd Encore 6-2

    7th Grade 1st Encore 7-1

    7th Grade 2nd Encore 7-2

    8th Grade 1st Encore 8-1

    8th Grade 2nd Encore 8-2


    Hello! My name is Mr. McGinnis

    I will be your CTE Technology teacher this year. I am super excited to be working with you & your child to make this an amazing year.

    I am from Cincinnati, OH & have been living in North Carolina for 16 years. I earned my Bachelor's in General Science from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA & my Master in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

    My hope is that you will find my class engaging, fun & hands-on. A class that you look forward to attending every day this year!


    CTE Technology Course Description

    6th Grade - Discovering STEM curriculum students will be introduced to basic STEM concepts. Students will take part in an activity from each area with culminating activities that put their STEM skills to the test. Students will enjoy hands-on minds-on approach to learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Each activity is designed to give the teacher the flexibility of delivery.

    7th Grade Designing with STEM introduces students to the fun and powerful tools of designing and problem-solving.  The activities and academic applications engage the learner to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics while they examine each of the integral steps of critical design and problem-solving.

    8th Grade Investigating STEM Skills course uses project-based and hands-on learning activities to prepare students for real-world applications.  Each of the units in the course includes relevant, rigorous and blended instruction through project-based and hands-on learning.  Units include baseline experiences like teamwork, problem-solving and design and modeling as well as more specific areas of study like Medical Technologies, Engineering, Agriculture and related Biotechnologies and Coding/3D Design.

    Course Outline/Assignments:

     Student learning will be evaluated by a combination of all or some of the following forms

     of assessment:

    • Pre-Tests
    • Individual Projects
    • Small-Group Projects
    • Worksheets
    • Quizzes
    • Post Tests
    • Review Questions
    • Announced and Unannounced Quizzes
    • Unit Projects and/or Papers

    Classroom Procedures:

    • Do not abuse or mishandle computer equipment
    • Do adjust/touch computer monitors
    • Do not personalize computers by installing screen savers or changing desktop background/features
    • Clean workstation area daily
    • Use your time to complete assignments in a timely manner.
    • Come prepared to learn: Mentally and with proper materials (notebook, pencil,
    • pen, etc.)
    • My desk: Please respect my personal space. My computer is off-limits to students without permission.

    Specific Classroom Rules:

    • Listen carefully
    • Follow directions
    • Never give up
    • Raise your hand to speak
    • Respect others
    • Use kind words
    • Always do your best
    • Help each other
    • Treat others how you want to be treated



    • Verbal Warning
    • Parent Contact
    • Referral to Administrator


    • All assignments turned in will include the following:
      • Full Name & Class or Period
    • Assignments are due by the end of the class period, anything turned in later will be considered late and subject to a 50% deduction.
    • Assignments done carelessly will be returned to the student without evaluation
    • Deadlines:
      • 1 Day Late = 20% Deduction
      • 2 Days Late = NO CREDIT
    • Extra Credit: Will be done periodically throughout the year through built-in assignments and tasks.
    • To avoid any confusion on due dates and confusion on assignments, all information for the class will be written on the board in my classroom. I make every attempt to have 4-5 days of future lessons/assignments/due dates on the board for each class I teach, this allows students to know what is going on each day, and future lessons/assignments/due dates.


    GCS STEM provides all necessary materials and supplies for curricular classes.

    Parents who wish to supplement these materials and supplies for their student in this class may consider purchasing the following:

    • Folder to keep track of papers
    • Notebook or Binder for Notes
    • Pencils/Pens/Erasers

    If you would like to donate to my classroom we are in need of the following items which can be donated at any point throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your help!

    • Tissues
    • Colored Pencils
    • Markers
    • Glue Sticks
    • Antibacterial Wipes
    • Hand Sanitizer


    • Please ask a fellow classmate to find out what you missed during your absence or feel free to ask me before or after school or during some free time.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to get assignments in advance of a pre-planned absence.
    • Due dates will not be altered for a pre-planned absence.

    Grading Scale:

    90% -100% A

    80% - 89% B

    70% - 79% C

    60% - 69% D

    0% - 59 F



















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