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Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

Business Ed Virtual Instructional Hours:
Mondays from 10:30am-12:00pm
Encore Virtual Office Hours:
Fridays from 1:30pm-3:00pm

During the office hours, I will be available for individual and group assistance with assignments. Please email me at mileskk@pwcs.edu to schedule assistance.

Mrs. Miles

Business Education Teacher

Rippon Middle School

703-491-2171

Virtual Instruction Hours: Mondays from 10:30-12:00
Virtual Office Hours: Fridays from 1:30-3:00
"The distance between your dreams and reality is called action."

Business Education Optional Lessons
Week of 6/1/2020

It's review time! Don't forget what you learned during quarter 3.

If you have questions about grades, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email.


STEM Solutions (6th grade), Career Investigations (7th grade), and STEM Applications (8th grade):
Revisit and Wrap Up! This week take some time to revisit a previous lesson or two. Here are a few suggestions:

6th grade: Create an animation. Remember the snowman and stickman animations. Try creating a summer themed animation.

7th grade: You learned a lot about various careers. Try creating a digital vision board in Power Point.

8th grade: You were building a new middle school. Continue to practice making flyers and brochures using Power Point.


Business Education Optional Lessons
Week of 5/26/2020

It's review time! Don't forget what you learned during quarter 3. If you have questions about grades, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email.

STEM Solutions (6th grade), Career Investigations (7th grade), and STEM Applications (8th grade):
This week's lesson is brought to you by Nearpod. It gives you the opportunity to think about our school and its culture. If you don't know what culture is, this activity will teach you. It is not too early to start thinking about how YOU may shape Rippon's culture. You may access Nearpod by using your Office365 school account. Click on the Nearpod link below to learn about school culture and how you may contribute to it.

Building School Culture


Business Education Optional Lessons
Week of 5/18/2020

It's review time! Don't forget what you learned during quarter 3. If you have questions about grades, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email.

STEM Solutions (6th grade), Career Investigations (7th grade), and STEM Applications (8th grade):
This week's lesson is brought to you by Nearpod. It gives you the opportunity to think about Test-Prep and your Success. You will begin to explore how to take steps towards preparing for tests to achieve passing scores. You may access Nearpod by using your Office365 school account. Click on the Nearpod link below to find out how to build successful test taking skills.

Test-Prep Success


Week of 5/11/2020

STEM Solutions (6th grade):
Applied Educational Systems module Living Online-Social Communication is open. Access the Being Social Online and Navigating Smartphones lessons. Take a look at how your time is spent and complete the reinforce learning activity titled Track Your Screen Time.

Career Investigations (7th grade):
A new lesson has been added in Virtual Job Shadow (VJS) called My Plan. This lesson will give you the opportunity to continue to explore your plan to become career ready. You will take the career cluster survey to see which career path may be right for you.  

STEM Applications (8th grade):
Applied Educational Systems lesson Getting Started with Microsoft Office is open. You may access the Unit 1: Introduction and Unit 2: Common Office Features lessons and quizzes.

Week of 5/4/2020

STEM Solutions (6th grade), Career Investigations (7th grade), and STEM Applications (8th grade):

What a great time to think about setting goals! This week's lesson is brought to you by Nearpod. It gives you the opportunity to think about short-term and long-term goals. You will begin to explore how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals. You may access Nearpod by using your Office365 school account. Click on the Nearpod link below to begin your Goal Setting journey!

Goal Setting

Week of 4/27/2020

STEM Solutions (6th grade):

A new module has been opened in AES called Web Research. Unit 1: Seek It is open. In this unit, students will learn about: the history of and differences between the Internet and the World Wide Web and practice browser customization using a simulation.

Career Investigations (7th grade):
A new flex lesson has been opened in Virtual Job Systems. The lesson is called Working Through Covid-19. In this lesson, you'll reflect on the current state of the world, learn some skills to help you cope in a productive way, and think about how work and careers will change in the aftermath.

STEM Applications (8th grade):

A lesson is open in AES under the Power Point 1: Essentials. Complete the Reinforcement Activity-
Who's Who - Making a Trading Card.


Week of 4/20/2020

STEM Solutions (6th grade):
A new module has been opened in Applied Educational Systems (AES) called Keyboarding. While going through the module you will revisit proper keyboarding posture, the location of characters, and how to type without sight.

Career Investigations (7th grade):
A new lesson has been added in Virtual Job Shadow (VJS) called Collaboration. During this assignment, you'll complete activities that will help you think about the importance of collaboration for college, career, and life success. 

STEM Applications (8th grade):
The module in Applied Educational Systems (AES) called WORD 1: Essentials is open. This week you should work on
Unit 2: Editing and Review Tools. In this unit, students will learn about: editing tools such as cut, copy and paste; review tools, including readability statistics and a thesaurus; and find and replace tools.

Week of 4/13/2020

STEM Solutions (6th grade):
A new module has been opened in Applied Educational Systems (AES) called
How To Ace This Class. While going through the module you will learn how the brain works, good study habits, and personal learning responsibilities.

Career Investigations (7th grade):
A new lesson has been added in Virtual Job Shadow (VJS) called University of YouTube: Critically Evaluating Your Source. This lesson will give you the opportunity to evaluate sources and explore the skills that you may obtain by looking at YouTube videos. 


STEM Applications (8th grade):
The module in Applied Educational Systems (AES) called Power Point Fundamentals is still open. This week you should work on the Reinforce Activity-Who's Who-Show and Tell. This activity will give you the opportunity to practice using new Power Point skills by putting a slide deck together.

Week of 3/30/2020

STEM Solutions (6th grade):
A new module has been opened in Applied Educational Systems (AES) called Digital Citizenship. Before starting the lessons, be sure to open the electronic worksheet. You may fill in the worksheet as you work in the interactive modules.

Career Investigations (7th grade):
A new lesson has been added in Virtual Job Shadow (VJS) called Your Path After High School. It is designed to help you think about post-secondary education and career training options.

STEM Applications (8th grade):
A new module has been opened in Applied Educational Systems (AES) called Power Point Fundamentals. Before starting the lessons, be sure to open the electronic worksheet. You may fill in the worksheet as you work in the interactive modules.

**If you experience any issues with the lessons, please email me at mileskk@pwcs.edu. I sent an email to all of my students and their parents/guardians on 3/23 and 3/24 regarding grades for the 3rd quarter. Please let me know if you have any questions.** ~Mrs. Miles~



Dear Students,

I miss being at school and in the classroom with you! I did not expect our school year to come to such an abrupt end. You all were doing so well with our projects and I'm sad that we didn't get the chance to go through the remaining activities together. Although we can't work on the activities together in the classroom, you can still continue to try them out at home. Please see the files and documents section for links to the webpages that you still have access to. You may continue to use websites like Virtual Job Shadow and Applied Educational Systems. I will open more modules in AES to allow you to learn more about and practice using various applications. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you!

Stay safe and healthy!

Mrs. Miles



STEM Solutions (6th grade-Formerly Computer Solutions) 

Students are introduced to the world of business using the computer as a problem-solving tool. Emphasis is placed on using basic touch keyboarding skills to complete a variety of projects incorporating word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Basic Internet safety and computer maintenance issues are important components of this course.
Career Investigations (7th grade) 
This course allows students to explore career options and begin investigating career opportunities. Students assess their roles in society, identify their roles as workers, analyze their personal assets, complete a basic exploration of career clusters, select career pathways or occupations for further study, and create an Academic and Career Plan based on the their academic and career interests. This course also helps students identify and demonstrate the workplace skills that employers desire in their future employees.
STEM Applications (8th grade-Formerly Computer Applications)
 This foundation course introduces the use of relevant and emerging technologies, tools, and applications to prepare students for current workplace practices and everyday life. Students will demonstrate information processing using a variety of hardware and software and Internet-based tools to produce and integrate data in various formats. This course is designed for students wishing to progress through more advanced business and information technology coursework.