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4.20

Congrats!

The following students are certified through Work Keys and completely done with Keytrain 🙂

Paul | Rebecca | Chris | Dominic | Kyle | David | Jesus

  • Facebook has new camera tools to support Augmented Reality
  • Make-Up Opportunities
    • Saturday, April 22nd from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035(Foundation Room) 
    • Monday, April 24th from
      3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.
  • Only 1 more week to submit entries for Quack Awards

4.19

  • Many of you are testing today for KeyTrain, (refer to schedule below.)
  • Scholarship Opportunies
    • If you have a a documented disability, then you should consider applying for this award–let me know if you have questions or need assistance. The deadline has been extended to May 15.

4.18

Quack Awards

It’s time to start submitting entries for Quack Awards! Listed below are the categories for submissions. You need to have your entries submitted no later than Friday, April 28. Remember, for a Quack award, there must be at least 3 entires in the category. Depending on the number items received, some of the categories may be split.

  • Motion Graphics & Visual FX: Program Promo
  • Applied Principles of Animation: 3D Pull Toy
  • Digital Animation: Children’s Story (E-Book)|
  • Visual Illustration Tools: Logo & Poster Design
  • Outstanding Special Effects Entry (Special Effects | Dynamics)
  • Outstanding Modeling Entry (Hard Surface | Organic)
  • Outstanding Animation Entry (2D | 3D | Mocap)
  • Best 3D Printed Model
  • Best Portfolio & Demo Reel
  • Best Creative Resume

View current submissions I was able to find–

Have you seen Google’s new drawing app with an AutoDraw feature?


This week we will have several visitors on campus while we are going through accreditation. Some may visit our classroom and want to see your awesome work!

  • optional – Design a professional logo that can be used in conjunction with your creative resume heading; you are branding yourself–you might consider a typography-based logo. If you use something, it should be original! Also, be prepared to answer WHY you chose that design to represent you. Must be submitted by Wednesday at the end of class. This creative resume will be considered for a 2017 Quack Award.
  • To Do – You and possibly a friend think of 5 adjectives that describe your abilities or traits that will enable you to be a successful candidate for jobs in the industry. From these, we will develop a Summary of Qualifications statement.
  • When you are done with your resume, please print and give to me for review.
  • Today I’m distributing your progress reports. Please review for accuracy, let me know if you have questions, sign, and return.

Scholarship Opportunity of the future | Academic Classrooms of the near future

myers_easterHope you all have a happy Easter this weekend!

Weekly Status Reports due before break

  • A few of you have started turning off your computers a little early, lining up at the door. To earn all 4 points, you need to have a great work ethic and work bell to bell. At least remain seated and don’t line up at the door!
  • If you aren’t certified in Work Keys yet, you need to be doing at least 30 minutes of Keytrain each day to earn your Participation point. You will be testing next Wednesday.
  • If you are thinking of attending UCO next year, please see me about a potential scholarship opportunity. You can also note it on your Weekly Status report this week.
  • Your resumes are looking awesomekeep up the great work!
  • You will have an optional special challenge next week, Monday & Tuesday.
  • I’m out this afternoon, but expecting an awesome report from our sub!

Congrats to our certified classmates!

  • 3D Modeler – Wesley R. | Ian S. | Emily P. | Ian K. | Kaylynn M. | Abbey B. | Paul J. | Gavin C.
  • 3D Animator – Brad R. | Jessica S. | Kathryn S.
  • Motion Graphics Artist – Jessica S. | Kathryn S.

A few others will be testing next Thursday – see schedule below.


4.13

Don’t forget if you will be out tomorrow, please submit your weekly status report today.


4.12

Shout-Outs

  • Massive thanks to Ian S., Wesley R., and Christian L., for their muscles and help yesterday unloading and sorting Blue & Gold. That was definitely Above & Beyond!
  • Thanks to all who helped this year MANY had students shadowrecruited students at your high school and/or worked with middle school students recently. Today they will have an appreciation event for you in the Purple Room--details will be announced.

Today I will be meeting with you guys in small groups–discussing competencies and end of the year strategies as well as personal goals.

  • Everyone not returning needs a traditional and a creative resume.
  • Emphasize your skills and competencies!  Through research and input from our advisory board members, we have identified the competencies for each career major. All your classes in Basecamp emphasize these competencies and are designed so you leave the program prepared.  Following is an example of job descriptions for each career major.3DAnimatorSpecialFXMotionGraphicsSM

3DModeling

  • To Do – You and possibly a friend think of 5 adjectives that describe your abilities or traits that will enable you to be a successful candidate for jobs in the industry. From these, we will develop a Summary of Qualifications statement.
  • When you are done with your resume, please print and give to me for review.

Tomorrow many of you are scheduled for 3D Modeler, Animator, and/or Motion Graphics certification tests. Be prepared!

April 14 and April 28, were tentatively scheduled for Snow Days, meaning we would be out of school on those days if they were not used for weather. However, both were used, so unless your home school is closed, you should be in class on those days.


4.11

Check out this article about Pixel Density and Retinal Resolution, this will become more relevant in the future with virtual reality.

This morning I will need some help sorting Blue & Gold orders. Above & Beyond!

Wednesday, I will be meeting with you in small groups – we need to be certain your are achieving the competencies needed before you leave this year.

  • If you are not returning next year, you need to complete a traditional and a creative resume by the end of next week.
  • Progress reports will be completed next week.
  • If your school is out on Friday, be sure to submit your Weekly Status report on Thursday.
  • Please check your work area to be sure it is clean and tidy.

4.10

  • Shout-Out to Rebecca S. for helping me with Final Cut Pro!
  • Blue and Gold orders will be delivered tomorrow.
  • Some of these sites may be blocked; however, you might like to take advantage of the Steam VR Anniversary sale

Up Next 

April

17 – 20 | Accreditation; will have visitors on campus; in our classroom on the 18th. Certification testing should be completed and we may also have a Portfolio Blitz/Quack Awards Prep this week.

19 | Work Keys Testing 8:45 and 12:45 – Abbey, Reading; Kyle, Reading; Chris, Locating Info; Hezekiah, Locating Info; Paul, Math; Nathan, Math; Sean, Reading; Rebecca, Math; Heather, Math; Dominic, Math; Kyle, Math; Lyon, Reading; Ian K., Reading; David, Reading; Dion, Locating Information and Reading; Jesus, Math

20ODCTE Certification Testing @ 8:15 and 12:45

3D Modeler 20605

AM

Caleb Barkocy

Kyle Howell

Marcus Pickard

PM

Logan Badry 

Kyle Ellenburg

3D Animator 20606

AM

Lyon Huynh

Jesus Torres-Rodriguez

PM

Glavine Akers

20 | Visitors in classroom during evening

23 – 25 | SkillsUSA Contest

25 | BPA/DECA Pep Rally – Come help send off our TSA, DECA, and BPA students to Nationals. We will meet in the entry area of the IT building at 9:15 and 1:45. Refreshments will be served.

May

16 – Student Completion Ceremony; Arrive by 5:30 pm • Crossings Community Church – Sanctuary • 14600 North Portland Avenue

Glavine, Logan, Brooke, Abbey, Gavin, Kyle, Chris, Paul, Bret, Lily, Sean, Brad, Kathryn, Caleb, Dominic, Kylen, Lyon, Connor, Ian K., Ian S., Christian, Kaylynn, Marcus, Emily, Mitchell, Wesley, David, Jessica, Jesus, Dion, Haley, Olivia

4.7

Happy Friday!

Weekly Status Reports due before break.

Getting things done–proud of you guys!

  • appreciate all you have done lately to update your resumes, prepare for certifications, and next steps! Keep up the fantastic work.
  • IF you completed a WorkKeys test this week, you received a 3-hour bonus towards progress–6 hours if you completed two.
  • Kudos to the following for WorkKeys tests this week: Ian | Kyle | Jesus | Lyon | Heather | David | Dominic | Nathan | Hezekiah | Rebecca | Sean | Paul | Chris
  • Congrats to Connor and Gillian – they are completely through Keytrain and certified!
  • Round 2 for testing has been scheduled for April 19–see the schedule below in the up next section. Remember–until you have completed all tests, you need to be completing a minimum of 30 minutes in Keytrain each day.
  • Make- up session on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035 (Foundation Room)
  • Make-up session on Monday, April 10 from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.

4.6

  • Many of you are taking Work Keys certification tests today–see schedule below.
  • If you don’t yet have a traditional and a creative resume and you are completing this year, please get with me if you have questions on how to complete. Otherwise, start the process 🙂
  • Start preparing today for Illustrator/Photoshop certification exams – study in small snatches.
  • I will be coming around today to assess progress.

4.5

Kudos to Abbey and Rebecca–both have passed their Locating Information tests through Work Keys! We are on the path, getting there 😉

Tomorrow many of you will be doing the same–you are all doing an awesome job preparing and it will pay off.

IF you are wanting to certify in Illustrator or Photoshop, I will be meeting with you after break today.


4.4

If you are preparing for your 3D Modeler or 3D Animator certifications, you may find it helpful to take some of the tests in PluralSight/Digital Tutors to assess your knowledge. It’s good to see as many different tests as possible.

Only 6 more weeks left of school–keep sharpening your skills to become Ninja Artists!


4.3

It’s spring and there will be many high school activities! Be sure to complete an Activity form to be certain you are excused. This includes testing and ALL Senior activities.  Please try to submit at least three(3) days BEFORE the activity to be approved.

Shout-Out to Abbey – she was our Top Salesperson for Blue & Gold!

This week we will be focusing on Keytrain certifications and will also start some Photoshop/Illustrator preparations. Many of you are are also taking the ODCTE Career Major certifications next week. Keytrain–be sure to prepare at least 30 minutes each day; ODCTE testers – take at least 1 test a day and I will also be meeting with you to review. This is a requirement for your participation point this week.


Scholarship Opportunity

Requirements:

Write an essay on “The future of technology in education”

Essay length is 500-1000 words

Submit your essay via online form

Submission deadline – June 1, 2017

The winners will be announced on June 15, 2017, on CGTrader blog and notified directly via email provided upon the registration

Eligibility:

Minimum 2.5 GPA

High school senior, undergraduate or graduate student (includes adults)

Full-time enrolled in academic institution Jan 1, 2017 – May 31,2017

3.31

Happy Friday!

  • Weekly Status reports due, first of class. Be sure to include information about any Blue & Gold orders you submitted to receive credit. (See below.)
  • Ninja Skills Creative Blitz Challenge (optional, after Weekly Status Report is submitted)
    • How about a day with NO KeyTrain or Blackboard tests? What about using some of your skills for a challenge today? You are welcome to continue working through curriculum today; however, If you accept this challenge, your mission is listed below:
    • You’ve been working hard this year to develop Ninja Skills! You should now have many tools in your arsenal, including graphic design, modeling, and animation. Your challenge for the day evolves around the Ninja Star, ninja star – there are several versions and varieties!
    • Modelers – Model a Ninja Star
    • Animators – Animate a Ninja Star that uses special effects to spell out your first name as it is flying through the air.
    • To receive 3 hours of credit, must be completed and uploaded to the 3D Class Project’s page before the end of class today.

Inspiration


3.30

Blue & Gold Orders – due tomorrow

Inspiration | ZBrush Tutorials

Completion Ceremony – May 16; any volunteers for the following? If so, let me know today.

  • Singing the National Anthem
  • Usher/ Programs

NTHS Induction tonight

It’s spring and many of you are out for various activities–if you are going to be absent on a Friday, please get your weekly status report submitted early. Thanks!

Coming Soon – Ninja Skills Blitz Challenge Day!


3.29

Check out this example of Virtual Reality – our advisory board was talking about Tilt Brush, referencing in the next 5 years, a modeler may not even need a computer!  Who knows where technology will lead us? This has formerly been available for the HTC Vive, but now a version exists for the Oculus Rift. We are getting this soon in our classroom!

Reminders

  • Blue and Gold orders are due Thursday! Will we finally win the Ultimate Class award?
  • KeyTrain – at least 30 minutes of preparation each day. If you don’t get it done during class, you have homework. You are scheduled to test next Thursday. (See below for details.)
  • 3D Modeler/3D Animator/Motion Graphics Artists certs – take at least 1, preferably 2 tests each day in Blackboard to prepare. Suggested you take one at the beginning of class and a different one at the end. ALSO take time to study from the testing guide outlines. You are scheduled to test April 13, a little over a week.
  • NTHS Induction Ceremony is tomorrow night.

3.28

Certifications – you’ve got this!

It’s nearing the end of the school year, and the emphasis is switching to certifications. Mark your calendars and check the Up Next section often–I’ve been scheduling testing dates for Work Keys, 3D Modeler, and 3D Animator certification tests. There will be additions later this week. Soon I will start working on Photoshop/Illustrator schedules. Study 30 minutes each day!

TAKE NOTE – If you lack Work Keys tests, in order to earn your Participation point for Professional Enhancement, you need to complete at least 30 minutes every day until you are certified!

If you have never taken a Work Keys test and this will be your first, you must register today. Use this handout to help you and let me know if you have questions.

Job Flash – some of you should be applying for the Community Relations part-time position here at FT


3.27

Scholarship Opportunity

Requirements:
  • Write an essay on “The future of technology in education”
  • Essay length is 500-1000 words
  • Submit your essay via online form
  • Submission deadline – June 1, 2017
  • The winners will be announced on June 15, 2017, on CGTrader blog and notified directly via email provided upon the registration
Eligibility:
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • High school senior, undergraduate or graduate student (includes adults)
  • Full-time enrolled in academic institution Jan 1, 2017 – May 31,2017

Make-Up Session

  • Monday, March 27th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B. 

Blue & Gold orders DUE Thursday, March 30

  • In addition to incentives below, if our class wins the Ultimate Class award for most sales per person, we will celebrate with waffles!
  • If you sell at least 1 item, earn Above & Beyond this week
  • If you well at least 3 items, earn Above & Beyond AND 50 epIK Points
  • If you are the Top Salesperson for our class, earn a bonus of 200 epIK Points
  • If our school sells at least 500 packages of sausage AND you are the Top Salesperson for our school, you will win a $100 gift card from one of the following options: Visa, Eskimo Joe’s, Atwoods, or OK FFA Gear.
  • Blue & Gold Order Form

3.24

Weekly status reports due today–before break

  • On your report, if you tell me which session you like most at Pixlfest, why, what you learned from it – you can earn Above and Beyond.
  • If you have sold any Blue & Gold this week, you can earn Above & Beyond.
  • Flexible Schedule – what does that mean to you?  If you were offered a flexible schedule for attending school, what would it look like? How would it benefit you? Let me know on your Weekly Status Report.

Make-Up Sessions

  • Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035(Foundation Room)
  • Monday, March 27th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B. 

 Work Keys/Keytrain Reminder

  • WorkKeys is changing over to their new tests starting June 1st. You need to certify by the end of the school year or you will need to start over next year.
 Pixlfest Evaluation Survey – only takes 3 minutes; please complete today.

3.22

Pixlfest is tomorrow

  • Wear your shirt
  • We will meet in the classroom initially; then proceed to registration, eventually ending up in front of Tuttle Theater
  • We will do a walk-through today, around 10:25 and 3:10

How are those Blue & Gold sales coming?

  • In addition to incentives below, if our class wins the Ultimate Class award for most sales per person, we will celebrate with waffles!

3.21

Blue & Gold Fundraiser

  • If you sell at least 1 item, earn Above & Beyond this week
  • If you well at least 3 items, earn Above & Beyond AND 50 epIK Points
  • If you are the Top Salesperson for our class, earn a bonus of 200 epIK Points
  • If our school sells at least 500 packages of sausage AND you are the Top Salesperson for our school, you will win a $100 gift card from one of the following options: Visa, Eskimo Joe’s, Atwoods, or OK FFA Gear.
  • Blue & Gold Order Form

Job Flash

Pixlfest Activity Forms are due today.


3.20

  • Today is the first day of the fourth quarter–work hard and make this your best yet | NINJA Skills!
  • Pixlfest is Thursday 
    • IF you return a signed student activity form no later than tomorrow, you can be excused to attend all day.
    • If a signed permission form is not returned by tomorrow, you will be attending during your normal session.
    • We will review plans for Pixlfest tomorrow.

3.10

  • Hope you all have an awesome spring break next week!
  • Don’t forget to spring forward this Sunday, March 12.

3.9

Congrats!

I was really proud of our BPA Competitors this week. They have been working hard and achieved some great results!

Computer Modeling

  • Ian K. – 3rd
  • Abbey B. – 5th
  • Paul J. – 6th

Computer Animation

  • Glavine, Logan, Gavin, and Lily – 3rd
  • Marcus, Emily, Wesley, and Jessica – 5th

Web Design Team

  • Gillian, Hezekiah, Chauncy, and Sara – 6th

Marketing, Management, and HR Fundamentals

  • Lily M. – 4th

Tomorrow – Our social event is a Game Day – see details in Tuesday’s announcements below.

Final Quarterly Grades must be submitted today – if you have made progress or have done something that should impact your grade, let me know before break so it will be included in this quarter’s calculations.


3.8

Keep working and maintain your awesome reputation as the BEST class on campus!

Portfolios – I need to send links to your portfolios out for review by Friday. Is yours presentable?  If not, please make it a priority to get it ready to go.

Job Flash


3.7

I’m out today and tomorrow with BPA state competitors. Keep working hard though, and I will be back to finalize grades on Thursday.

Friday – Game Day | Bring board games, card games, and any other school appropriate games.  Games can be played in the Digital Den and student break room.  There will be a few video games going on in the Computer Science Academy!  Also get in the spirit of the day and wear some type of “game” shirt:)!!!


3.6

BPA Participants

  • Leaving tomorrow at 5:30 am in the IT Parking lot. Be dressed professionally and here by 5:20 am.
  • Dell and Express Employment Professionals will be interviewing and hiring in their booths during the exhibit time on Tuesday from 8am-3pm

Your body language can shape your future success.

Make-Up Opportunities (Take something to work on)

  •  Monday, March 6th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.

3.3

Weekly Status Reports – due before break: LAST one for this quarter.

BPA Participants – meeting today at 8:15 & 2:45 in the Digital Den.

Make-Up Opportunities (Take something to work on)

  • Saturday, March 4th from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035 (Foundation Room) 
  •  Monday, March 6th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.

I’ll be out this afternoon – work hard and help Ms. Williams write a great report about our NINJA students!


3.2

Above & Beyond | 50 epIK Points

Today – Post a picture of something you have done this year, (certification, logo design, still pic of your digital animation, creative blitz project, pic of you with your 3D printed item, etc.,) on Instagram, and tag the photo @francistuttleIT and include #3D in the comment. If you follow @francistuttleIT we will follow back! Take a screen shot of your post to include on your Weekly Status Report tomorrow.
  • All students are eligible to win a 4 pack of Jake FM Birthday Bash featuring Easton Corbin. Drawing will be Monday.
  • This also gives you a chance to earn Above & Beyond this week–the LAST weekly status report of this quarter.
  • AND you can earn 50 epIK points.

It is time to take a survey about how you perceive our learning environment. Everyone at Francis Tuttle takes this survey.

  • The WE LEARN survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Adult Password: S7IFAFT. High School Password: S7IFHSFT
  • Your answers will be anonymous.  Do not put your name on the survey.
  • Please answer all questions honestly.
  • When a question asks you about “teachers,” think about all your teachers at Francis Tuttle, not just one. Don’t include your home school.
  • When a question asks you about “classes,” think about all your classes at Francis Tuttle, not just one. Don’t includes your home school.
  • Your input is important to us as we continually strive to make this school better for you.
  • On behalf of all the teachers and administrators in your school…thank you!

3.1

Time is flying by, and we barely have just over a quarter left!  Make every moment count and invest in improving your skills so you will have no regrets after you are gone AND you will also have NINJA skills when you leave.

Congrats – Chris G. is now a certified guru in Adobe Photoshop!  Who’s next?  Could be you!

The United Urban Indian Council has some grant money they would like to provide to our students.  If you live in Oklahoma County and do not already qualify for funding from their tribe, you should check this flyer for qualifications and contact information.

Job Flash


2.28

Let your Ninja skills shine

Today we may have visitors, please make them feel welcome and be prepared to showcase your work. Think of it as a mock interview/practice session 🙂

  • AM – two groups of Educator Tours coming through – I need a couple of volunteers to facilitate.
  • PM – 7th Grade Students may visit – Sean and Kyle will facilitate.

2.27

  • This is the last week to submit work for this quarter–so carefully review your gradesheet for accuracy and work hard to improve/maintain your progress and/or professional skills. I’ll be finalizing grades next week for the quarter. If you don’t have a technical skills grade this quarter, I will be coming around for that assessment.
  • Second-Year Students – work at least 30 minutes on your portfolio today
  • BPA competitors – prepare your folder with handouts; you will be presenting downstairs tomorrow.
  • Oscar WINNERS – Animation: Zootopia | Animated Short: Piper | Visual Effects: The Jungle Book – MAYBE someday you will work on an Oscar Winner–NINJA Skills 🙂

2.24

  • Weekly Status Reports due today before break
  • BPA Teams – presenting to me at 8:45 am and 12:45 pm (Immediately after WSRs submitted)
  • Second-Year Students – work at least 30 minutes on your portfolio today

2.23

BPA – Presenting to me after break

Above & Beyond Opportunities

  • Blood Drive
    WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    WHERE: Room RK1011A, Tuttle Theater, Campus Center

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME!
1. You get FREE juice and cookies.
2. You get a FREE T-Shirt.
3. You get FREE health screenings.
4. You can earn points on the Members for Life program. The points can be cashed in for some fun items….watches, Wal-Mart shopping cards, jackets, lawn chairs, etc.

To be a donor…..

**** Eat a good meal before and after donating
**** Drink plenty of fluids before and after donating
**** Get a good night sleep before donating
**** Be at least 17 years old
**** Bring a driver’s license or other proof of ID with your photo and birth date.
**** Weigh at least 125 pounds if 16 or 17; 110 pounds if 18 or older.

  • Bring School Supplies (See items needed near sign-up sheet) to support NTHS drive.

2.22

I’m out this morning, but you have one of my FAVORITE substitute teachers, Ms. Williams.  Treat her exceptionally well and help her see that you are an awesome class 🙂

College and Career Fair

College and career representatives will be here TODAY in the Northwest Hall from 8:00-11:00 and 12:30-3:30.  Our class is scheduled to attend as follows:
  • 10:10 a.m. / 2:40 p.m. –  all IT programs, any HOPE students who are not in a Career Training Program

Curriculum – get LOTS done so you can earn Ninja Skills AND a good grade. Work to be submitted for this quarter is due March 3.


2.21

BPA Practice Schedule

Arrive 5 minutes early. B 1130A (Small meeting room downstairs, across from the Digital Den)

8:10 AM Ian Koelsch – Computer Modeling
8:30 AM Computer Animation Team #1 (Jessica, Emily, Wesley, Marcus)
12:40 PM Abbey Bradberry – Computer Modeling
1:00 PM Paul Johnson III – Computer Modeling
1:20 PM Computer Animation Team #2 (Glavine, Gavine, Logan, Lily)
2:00 PM Web Design Team #2 (Hezekiah, Gillian, Chauncy, Sara)

Congrats

  • Lily M. and Gavin C. both made the Top 20 – Marketing, Management, Human Resources test

Jobs

  • Job Flash
  • Potential opportunity for video game designer–see me if interested.

2.17

Happy Friday!!!

Weekly Status Reports due before break!

We will have a team meeting after break today to discuss the following:

  • College Resources | College Expo Day
  • BPA
  • NTHS School Supplies Drive
  • Pixlfest | Certifications | Portfolios
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday–enjoy a long weekend

2.16

Kindness Challenge – Last 15 minutes of class;  Free Rice challenge–will be timed and winner receives epIK Points bonus.

BPA Participants – will be working with you today before break; after break you will work on curriculum.

If you are out of school tomorrow, please get your Weekly Status Report completed today.


2.15

Kindness Challenge –  Before the end of class today, using your Professional Enhancement project in Basecamp, start a new Discussion with the Topic Grateful, and list at least 3 things for which you are grateful. Must be legitimate and sincere.

BPA Participants – you will have one hour of class today to develop your presentation. Tomorrow, I will meet with your group to hear what you will be presenting. You can use Powerpoint or Keynote and I will have a laptop to use for your presentation. I know it will be rough, but need to start somewhere!  Next Tuesday, you will be presenting downstairs to FT Employees that can coach you and help you improve your presentation skills. The more you prepare now, the more they will be able to help you improve with smaller details that will matter.

Note – I’ve added to our Up Next calendar below–there is a Career Expo next week, and you can visit with college recruiters.  I’m told OSU-OKC has scholarship money available for FT students, and they will be at this fair. You can also invite your parents. I hope you all take advantage of this opportunity!


2.14

myers_valentines_dayHappy Valentine’s Day!

You guys are really special and appreciatedSee me today before break for your Valentine–but wait until break to eat it!

Kindness Challenge – Set up an account and spend the first few minutes of class today (no more than 5,) on Free Rice, a United Nations Food Program that will donate rice to hungry people for every question you get right on their learning web site. You can learn vocabulary, French, Chemistry and even answer SAT prep questions. This is made possible through corporate sponsors you’ll see on the bottom of the pages. Free Rice has fed millions of people since its 2007 launch. (Get a screen shot at the end of your time to validate your correct answers and save to submit with your Weekly Status Report on Friday.)

Shout-Outs

  • Ian Koelsch has created a marvelous-looking seal character in Maya! I believe his name is Marlin.
  • Kathryn – it was awesome to do BPA as a team.
  • Wesley Riley – for helping me in the modeling process with Marlin!
  • Lily – you are an amazing artist. I hope you’ll spread your talent on others.
  • Brad – you are always very optimistic in a good way!
  • Shout-Out to Gillian for sitting next to me and giving feedback on my BPA project. And for all her words of encouragement when I was having a tough time.
  • Shout-Out to Gavin for helping me set up lighting in Maya and helping me render.
  • Christopher – you’re very good at animation!
  • Nathaniel – you are really good at games!
  • Shout-Out to Chauncy for watching the many stages of my video and giving me feedback on how I could improve it.
  • Nathaniel – You’re a very joyful person and always have something funny to say.
  • Bret – you work hard and give helpful feedback in the Classmates’ Corner.
  • Logan – you’re a pretty chill dude yet still a hard worker.
  • Abbey – Thank you for always checking up on my work to see if it looks good.
  • Logan – you always help me in Maya.
  • Gillian – you’re a sweet person and full of ideas as well as a very hard worker.
  • Shout-Out to Kat for helping me rig my model so that I could render out poses of him.
  • Caleb – you always are helpful and work hard.
  • Gillian – you are a talented person.
  • Shout-Out to Sean for being nit-picky and informing me when something looked odd or disproportionate on my BPA project.
  • Kyle – you are a good friend and always encouraging.
  • Hezekiah – you have a very amazing art style.
  • Glavine – I appreciate all your hard work during our BPA project.
  • Shout-Out to Abbey for inspiring the chameleon idea for our BPA project.
  • Shout-Out to Chris for inspiring me to try out different angles on my Creative Blitz.
  • Gavin – you’re a hard worker, but at the same time you know how to have fun.
  • Rebecca – thank you for all your helpful suggestions in the Classmates’ Corner.
  • Chris is a hard worker and very helpful.
  • Paul, you’re very good at your work and you never broke down when things went wrong.
  • Gavin – thank you for helping me also.
  • Paul – you’re very determined.
  • Brooke – you’re a hard worker and very talented.
  • Glavine – you were very helpful with others on BPA.
  • Thanks, Kyle for somehow managing to help me figure out things in Maya.
  • Glavine – you’re really helpful dude. You helped the people in BPA–you’re an awesome person.
  • Chauncy – thanks for always being such a happy chap!
  • Kat – you are amazing at what you do and you are a pro in ToonBoom and Maya. If it wasn’t for you, our project would look bad.
  • You are very reassuring, Sean!
  • Lily, you’re a very good artist!
  • Chauncy, you always try to put a smile on people’s faces!

2.13

National Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Kindness Challenge – Before the end of class today using the Monster Shout-Outs box on the orange table, write a note and thank/compliment one of your classmates for something they have done that helped you, or something you admire. Must be class-related, sincere, and professional. In your Shout-Out, you must include outlining Who and What, as well as sign your name. Notes and Pens are on the orange table with the box.

  • Earn epIK Points | Each day this week you will have a Kindness Challenge, and if you choose to participate, you can earn 20 epIK Points. IF you participate all 5 days this week, you can also earn Above & Beyond.
  • I’ll be completing progress reports for this quarter with each of you, meeting privately in my office. Please be prepared to answer: 
    • What is your goal after you complete this program? 
    • What needs to be done to reach that goal?
  • Congrats–all BPA competitors submitted their entries within the deadline! Thanks to all for your assistance and patience through this period. You guys rock!!!!
  • NTHS – Dues need to be paid by February 24
  • Ms. Cheek will be  coming by to confirm Enrollment for next year sometime this week. Most of you are completing. If you want to shadow another program, be sure to let her know when you visit with her. If you have questions regarding if you are eligible to return next year, please ask me.

2.10

Happy Friday!!!

Weekly Status Reports due before break today. Don’t forget, and please be accurate, because Progress Reports will be generated from these report.


2.9

Check out this new technology to help modelers! It has many different applications, which is true for modeling skills as well.


2.8

  • Halfway through the week–hang in there, work hard, and make Ninja Skills a reality!!!
  • Next week is Random Acts of Kindness week!  Hopefully we will all be participating, and you will have an opportunity to earn epIK Points. Details coming soon.
  • Have you done Keytrain yet this week? Some of you have been slacking–it will impact your Professional Skills grade, so get it done.
  • Soon I will be working with you guys for Portfolios AND Certifications.

2.7

Select our Pixlfest T-Shirt–vote today

  • It is time to vote for the design and color of our Pixlfest t-shirt.
  • Students MUST vote by today, Feb 7 at 4:00.
  • Results will be announced on Wednesday! Be sure to hit vote on each question.
  • IF you like SOFT shirts, select one of the heather colors!

You can vote here: http://pixlcrew.com/vote-now-for-the-2017-pixlfest-t-shirt/

  • Job Flash
  • Ms. Cheek will be  coming by to confirm Enrollment for next year sometime this week. Most of you are completing. If you want to shadow another program, be sure to let her know when you visit with her. If you have questions regarding if you are eligible to return next year, please ask me.
  • Progress Reports will be completed next week using your grade as of this next Friday.

2.6

The Power of Dreams–BEST Superbowl Commercial; you guys could do this with NINJA skills! What do you think? By the way, at $5,000,000 for  a 30-second spot for the Superbowl, it needs to be awesome!

Make-Up Opportunity

  • Monday, February 6th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.

Scholarship Opportunities- HS Seniors

See me if you feel you qualify, have questions, and/or are interested.

  • Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group Scholarship due to Financial Aid end of February
  • Marcella Guthries Scholarship March 15 deadline

2.3

Weekly Status Reports due before break

Make-Up Opportunities

  • Saturday, February 4th from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035(Foundation Room) 
  • Monday, February 6th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.

2.2

Hoping the Groundhog does NOT see his shadow today!

Have you done Keytrain yet?

Pixlfest

Every year YOU guys host one of the best conferences in the state, Pixlfest. Because you work at this conference, we are providing shirts for you to wear, so you will be easily identified by our guests.

  • Before break – please register for the Animation & Visual Effects track using this link.

2.1

Congrats

to the following students for their nomination to the National Technical Honor Society.

To be eligible for NTHS, you have to meet the following requirements:

  1. Students being nominated for NTHS should have been enrolled for the previous semester, or two consecutive nine weeks, and maintained a grade of 90% or above.
  2. Students should meet the attendance criteria of having no more than five absences for the previous semester, or two consecutive nine weeks and not currently be on attendance probation.
  3. Students meet the citizenship criteria if the instructor judges that his or her participation in class is of an exemplary standard. This criteria may take in account (but is not limited to) attributes such as attitude, relationships with others, and participation in student organizations.

They will join others nominated last year now listed on our Kudo’s page.

  • Gillian Andersen
  • Brooke Ballard
  • Heather Barnard
  • Gavin Criser 
  • Christopher Gresham
  • Hezekiah Hamlin
  • Bret Kauppila 
  • Christian Landolt  
  • Nathaniel Melton
  • Sean Peterson
  • Bradlie Ann Redding
  • David Seem
  • Rebecca Statton

Scholarship Opportunities- HS Seniors

See me if you feel you qualify, have questions, and/or are interested.

  • Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group Scholarship due to Financial Aid end of February
  • Marcella Guthries Scholarship March 15 deadline

1.31

We will have guests in our classroom this morning. Please make them feel welcome!

Job Flash

3D Animation & Visual FX Jobs–Please review these so you will know the requirements; this should be helpful even if you are going to college and not looking immediately. Don’t judge a job by its title! If you do need a job in May, please start applying now. Let me know if you need help applying or have questions.


1.30

Ross Donovan works for Game Grumps- one of the most popular channels on Youtube, and most of these guys are animators. They share animations people make based on sound clips from their shows! 
  •   For a limited time, you can tweet your animation at @rubberninja with the tag #animonthly, and he will retweet it on a certain day of the month! He has 378,000 followers on Twitter, so that’s a lot of exposure for animations you share J

Moana – behind the scenes Thanks to Ian K. for sharing!


  • Don’t forget to order your ValentineGram by next Wednesday, February 3!
  • AM Students – needing a few volunteers to help with students that will be shadowing tomorrow.

20170119_090706Share the LOVE, Support BPA

Order a ValentineGram!!!

  • Sales from January 17 – February 3 for a mere $3! 
  • Class with the highest sales per person WINS the Ultimate Class Award AND a free day in class if it’s ours.
  • Earn Above & Beyond for purchasing AND 25 epIK Points for each ValentineGram purchased–just upload a copy of your receipt with Weekly Status Report to receive credit.
  • The Valentine Grams will be delivered on Valentines Day. Buyers can send to their friends or their crush. 
  • Proceeds help 2nd Place Competitors attend Nationals--LAST fundraiser before state conference.
  • Purchase your gram(s) at the front desk–Samples available; orders taken during the first 30 minutes of class. 
  • You can select from the following Sodas/Messages:
Crush – I’ve Got a Crush on You
7Up – Everything Looks Up When You’re Around
Dr. Pepper – You Put Pep in My Step
Rootbeer – Thanks for Always Rooting for Me
Mountain Dew – I Love Everything You Dew
Fanta – I am Your Biggest Fan

1.27

Weekly Status Reports due today before break.

Students completing the program this year – You normally receive a gift at graduation. Which would you rather receive? I need to know by the end of class today.

  • Certificate Frame (8.5 x 11 for their completion certificate)
  • Certificate/Diploma cover (similar to the high school diploma cover.  Will be 8.5 x 11 for completion certificate)

BPA Participants going to state conference – Your paperwork is due January 31. You have 15 more curriculum hours remaining to complete this project. Everything is looking good–be sure you meet your deadline and progress is not impacted because you went over.

Shout-Out

  • I just wanna give a shout-out to Wesley for doing such a great job on modeling Wheaten!  It looks fantastic!

1.26

  • BPA Students – I will be distributing paperwork for you to complete today.
  • Don’t forget to order your ValentineGram by next Wednesday, February 3!
  • Don’t forget to wear your IT shirt, if you purchased one, on Friday.

1.25

KEYTRAIN – is it done for this week? That’s one of your Professional Development points, so be sure you get it done if you are not exempt.

AM Students – I will have a brief meeting in my office this morning with some guests. Ms. Pullin will be in the classroom assisting. Please be courteous and help her have an awesome experience–I trust her experience will further validate we are the BEST class on campus!


1.24

Job Flash

AM Students – needing a few volunteers to help with students that will be shadowing later this week.


1.23

20170119_090706Share the LOVE, Support BPA

Order a ValentineGram!!!

  • Sales from January 17 – February 3 for a mere $3! 
  • Class with the highest sales per person WINS the Ultimate Class Award AND a free day in class if it’s ours.
  • Earn Above & Beyond for purchasing AND 25 epIK Points for each ValentineGram purchased–just upload a copy of your receipt with Weekly Status Report to receive credit.
  • The Valentine Grams will be delivered on Valentines Day. Buyers can send to their friends or their crush. 
  • Proceeds help 2nd Place Competitors attend Nationals--LAST fundraiser before state conference.
  • Purchase your gram(s) at the front desk–Samples available; orders taken during the first 30 minutes of class. 
  • You can select from the following Sodas/Messages:
Crush – I’ve Got a Crush on You
7Up – Everything Looks Up When You’re Around
Dr. Pepper – You Put Pep in My Step
Rootbeer – Thanks for Always Rooting for Me
Mountain Dew – I Love Everything You Dew
Fanta – I am Your Biggest Fan

Shout-Outs

  • Shout out to Chris for showing me how to use the camera in toonboom.
  • Shout out to Nathan for helping me in Final Cut Pro.

All-School Make-Up Session

  • Monday, January 23rd from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.
  • No computers–take something to work on.

Otha Grimes Scholarship | Adults

  • Application
  • Eligibility/Application Criteria
  • DUE January 27, Noon, in Financial Aid office
  • Eligibility/Application Criteria
    • This scholarship is available to adult students enrolled in a program at a Career and Technology Center. Submitted applications must be typed. Applicants should not submit a copy of a previously submitted application.
      Applications must be submitted through a technology center financial aid administrator.
    • Applicants should list only current semester amounts on the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
    • Any scholarships received from the Oklahoma Career Tech Foundation must be used for the current semester expenses that directly relate to a student attending a technology center class. Examples of allowable expenses
      include: tuition, books, uniforms/scrubs, gasoline, conference registration fees, school supplies and childcare. Examples of expenses not allowed include: Clothes, food, rent or utilities. If a student is awarded a scholarship, the check will be sent to the school and the school will be responsible for allocating the scholarship money to the student on an as-needed basis.

1.20

Weekly Status Reports due today before break!

Really proud of all the teamwork and excellent projects I am seeing. Have a great Friday and an AWESOME weekend 🙂


1.19

Autism Awareness | On March 9th, wear blue, and be prepared to put together a puzzle, check Autism facts, put together a puzzle, make a donation, participate in a parade for awareness, make a donation, and possibly a presentation. Additional details will be provided soon.

All-School Make-Up Session

  • Saturday, January 21st from 8:30 – 11:30 the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035 (Foundation Room) 
  • Monday, January 23rd from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B.
  • No computers–take something to work on.

Have you purchased your ValentineGram yet?

  • Earn Above & Beyond for purchasing some this week and more next week
  • Earn 25 epIK Points for each ValentineGram purchased
  • Take a pic of receipt and upload with your Weekly Status Report to receive credit.
  • IF our class wins the Ultimate Class award for most sales per person, we will have a free day in class–TBA

1.18

Executive Council Meeting today–details below.

Some colleges are now requiring LinkedIn Info

Share the LOVE, Support BPA

Order a ValentineGram!!!

  • Sales from January 17 – February 3 for a mere $3! 
  • Class with the highest sales per person WINS the Ultimate Class Award
  • The Valentine Grams will be delivered on Valentines Day. Buyers can send to their friends or their crush. 
  • Proceeds help 2nd Place Competitors attend Nationals--LAST fundraiser before state conference.
  • Purchase your gram(s) at the front desk–Samples available. 
  • You can select from the following Sodas/Messages:
Crush – I’ve Got a Crush on You
7Up – Everything Looks Up When You’re Around
Dr. Pepper – You Put Pep in My Step
Rootbeer – Thanks for Always Rooting for Me
Mountain Dew – I Love Everything You Dew
Fanta – I am Your Biggest Fan

1.17

Hope you all are rested, well, and ready to make each moment count towards acquiring NINJA Skills!

Job Flash–Reminders

  • Second-Year Students–your Creative Design/Digital Marketing course guides you through the process of establishing an account through FT to apply for jobs–it’s NEVER too soon.
    • FT is hiring a part-time person for community relation
    • News Photographer
    • CAD Technician — 3D Modelers should apply!

Executive Council meeting for the 3rd quarter on January 18th at 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. in the Digital Den. Topics will focus on Autism Awareness.

Otha Grimes Scholarship | Adults

  • Application
  • Eligibility/Application Criteria
  • DUE January 27, Noon, in Financial Aid office
  • Eligibility/Application Criteria
    • This scholarship is available to adult students enrolled in a program at a Career and Technology Center. Submitted applications must be typed. Applicants should not submit a copy of a previously submitted application.
      Applications must be submitted through a technology center financial aid administrator.
    • Applicants should list only current semester amounts on the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
    • Any scholarships received from the Oklahoma Career Tech Foundation must be used for the current semester expenses that directly relate to a student attending a technology center class. Examples of allowable expenses
      include: tuition, books, uniforms/scrubs, gasoline, conference registration fees, school supplies and childcare. Examples of expenses not allowed include: Clothes, food, rent or utilities. If a student is awarded a scholarship, the check will be sent to the school and the school will be responsible for allocating the scholarship money to the student on an as-needed basis.

Enjoy a four-day weekend and we will see you Tuesday, January 17, 2017!

  • Friday, January 13, 2017 School Closed
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 School Closed

1.12

Just in case weather is bad tomorrow, please go ahead and submit your Weekly Status reports today before break.

Reminder – NO SCHOOL on Monday


1.11

  • If you aren’t exempt, have you done Keytrain yet this week?
  • Women in the Program: Scholarship Opportunity that is due by Friday! Info below:
    • The Oklahoma WOA Scholarship Program awards one $500 scholarship per semester or $1000 per year to one full-time or two part-time students ($250 per scholarship). The scholarship is administered by the Francis Tuttle Technology Center Foundation Inc.The candidate criteria for receiving a WOA scholarship reflects the goals of the organization as well as the desire to benefit those in need in our own community. The selection criteria is as follows:The scholarship recipient must be:
      • Female
      • Seeking career or technical training through day or evening classes
      • Participating in STEM classes (This class is considered STEM – we are the T – Technology)
      • Enrolled and meeting Francis Tuttle Technology Center performance and attendance requirements
      • Demonstrate need (i.e., continuing education would not be possible without assistance)
      • Eligible for award if pursuing a certificate at Francis Tuttle Technology Center
      • Utilizing award for tuition, books, and/or fees
      • Willing to attend a WOA General Membership Meeting

      Apply Here and Reference Women of AT&T – WOA Scholarship. Let me know if you need assistance or have questions.

  • Submit a Shout-Out to me today before the end of class via email, Basecamp, or write it down on paper and place in the Monster Shout-Outs box-praising/thanking one of your classmates for a job well done, assistance, etc., and earn 10 epIK Points and Above & Beyond this week. Must be specific and signed by you.

1.10

Job Flash

  • Second-Year Students–your Creative Design/Digital Marketing course guides you through the process of establishing an account through FT to apply for jobs–it’s NEVER too soon.
    • FT is hiring a part-time person for community relation
    • News Photographer
    • CAD Technician — 3D Modelers should apply!

Executive Council meeting for the 3rd quarter on January 18th at 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. in the Digital Den. Topics will focus on Autism Awareness.

Otha Grimes Scholarship | Adults

  • Application
  • Eligibility/Application Criteria
  • DUE January 27, Noon, in Financial Aid office
  • Eligibility/Application Criteria
    • This scholarship is available to adult students enrolled in a program at a Career and Technology Center. Submitted applications must be typed. Applicants should not submit a copy of a previously submitted application.
      Applications must be submitted through a technology center financial aid administrator.
    • Applicants should list only current semester amounts on the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
    • Any scholarships received from the Oklahoma Career Tech Foundation must be used for the current semester expenses that directly relate to a student attending a technology center class. Examples of allowable expenses
      include: tuition, books, uniforms/scrubs, gasoline, conference registration fees, school supplies and childcare. Examples of expenses not allowed include: Clothes, food, rent or utilities. If a student is awarded a scholarship, the check will be sent to the school and the school will be responsible for allocating the scholarship money to the student on an as-needed basis.

1.9

 epIK Points Update

  • If you have at least 300 points, you can change one of your backgrounds to one of your Creative Blitz submissions.
  • If you have at least 450 points, you can change both of your backgrounds to one or more of your Creative Blitz submissions.
  • If you have at least 600 points, you can change, one of your backgrounds from a Creative Blitz submission to a pre-approved graphic that you have designed for your portfolio.

BPA contestants – work hard this month, because this is a deadline we cannot miss.

  • What will make your entry different from all the others?
  • What techniques/story are you including that will make your entry memorable and give the judge a “Wow” moment?
  • Goal – ALL modeling should be done by the end of this week, so you will have time to rig, animate, and fine-tune.
  • Be ready to give a preview of your entry to others for a critique by January 20

First weekly status report of the year is due Friday–do your part to earn all your points!

1.5
Happy 2017

Embrace your dreams and work hard to make them happen. Each failure, when followed by renewed effort, will bring you so much closer to where you want to be–never stop trying. Life is a journey, not a destination–live it happy!

Reminder – If your home school is closed for weather, you are also excused from Francis Tuttle. If our school is closed, there will be announcements on this site, on FB, via the Schoolways app, and it will be announced on the local television news stations. Be safe!

Adult Students | Front Desk Internship –  Currently we have an AM opening available, hours are from 7:30  – 11:30 AM, Monday thru Friday. Starting on the 17th of January the PM position will be open, hours are from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday. This is a great opportunity for students to enhance customer service and time management abilities. If anyone is interested please visit the front desk for more information and an application.

12.16

epIK Points Update

  • For every 100 points you have earned for the semester, put your name in the hat for a drawing – please do this before break.
  • Prizes include: Drinking Mugs | Ninja Bag | Pen Set | Miscellaneous Food Items | Small 3D Printed Item (must be printed by January 15) | Miscellaneous FUN items
  • We will be drawing after break – after a team building activity

Don’t forget about our Field Trip on Monday

  • Details were included in announcements below

View animated holiday cards

IT Building Activities/Updates

Our IT building has the holiday spirit!  The judges shared these comments:

After being pummeled with snowballs, serenaded with Christmas carols, bribed with Cider, and enchanted with a poem we had MUCH to consider.

You can now all see why this was such a hard decision! We had SO MANY fantastic rooms in our building! Thank you all for your participation, it made our areas really fun and festive for the students and us alike.

We are definitely the BEST DEPARTMENT ON CAMPUS!!!  Merry Christmas!

Pajama party next Tuesday – movie in Digital Den


12.15

I lack receiving two holiday cards and finalizing two grades! Should be printing grades right after break.

You guys are an awesome group, you are appreciated! Keep up the fantastic work–only 3 more class days after today. (If you school is not already out for break.)

Blood Drive

WHEN:  Friday, December 16, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Room RK1 – D1750, Northwest Hall

 WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME!
1.  You get FREE juice and cookies.
2.  You get a FREE T-Shirt.
3.  You get FREE health screenings.
4.  You can earn points on the Members for Life program.  The points can be cashed in for some fun items….watches, Wal-Mart shopping cards, jackets, lawn chairs, etc.
To be a donor…..
**** Eat a good meal before and after donating
**** Drink plenty of fluids before and after donating
**** Get a good night sleep before donating
**** Be at least 16 years old (16 years of age must have parent permission by having a Donor Form signed.
**** Bring a driver’s license or other proof of ID with your photo and birth date.
**** Weigh at least 125 pounds if 16 or 17; 110 pounds if 18 or older.

12.14

Reminders

  • All work for this quarter is due today, at the end of class. Hopefully I can print grades tomorrow.
  • Any work completed after grades have been finalized will count towards next quarter, so keep working hard!
  • Monday is our field trip!  Everyone should meet here at the school at 8:00 am, and we will travel by bus to the Regional Food Bank.  You need to wear close-toed shoes. Ms. Smith and I will be purchasing pizza for lunch and after Moana, we will return to the school in time to ride the bus home. IF you need special instructions regarding bus transportation, let me know today.
  • On Friday we will be drawing for prizes! Your name will go in the bucket based on the number of epIK Points you have earned. If you will be out on Friday, let me know and you can put your name in the bucket today.

12.13

IF you still have a card, ornament, etc., that you intended to submit, be sure to get it done–as of today, there will be a deduction in the numbers of hours awarded for each day the project is late. NOTE your progress reports included hours you would have received if your special project had been submitted on time.

Job Flash


12.12

  • Today as you are receiving your grade report keep in mind your progress will likely be a little behind–but it will be a starting point for “what ifs” as you set goals for how you want to finish this year. You will have through Wednesday, December 14 to submit work for this quarter.
  • I will be coming around to assess Technical Skills for those of you who may not have a score in this area for this quarter.
  • Animation challenges should be submitted today | View animated cards submitted so far.
  • If you will be missing class for semester tests at your sending school, you need to get an activity form completed and submitted.
  • Our last Make Up Sessions for this semester will be held today from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B. You will need to take work to do or a book to read during these sessions. If you need to use a computer you will need to bring your own laptop.

 NOTE: The deadline for make- up time is Friday, December 16th.  All make- up time and any other documentation must be turned in to the Attendance Office by 4:30 on this date. No make- up time can be made up after Dec. 16th.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Executive Women International (EWI)  | Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST)  The applications (r-click, save as)_ are due to Ms. Harris no later than February 28.   Last year two of our students were winners, one received $1,500 and the other $1,000.  This is a great opportunity for our students.
  • Women of A T & T scholarship application (r-click, save as) 

epIKPoints Update – Check for accuracy, please. Remember, on Friday, December 16, for every 100 points you have earned this semester you can place your name in the bucket for a drawing for prizes.  NOTE if you have points highlighted in yellow, these are pending and will be finalized once you complete your animation. How do you earn epIK Points?

  • 1 point for each Charity Mile during these last few weeks
  • 25 points for a 3D Printed ornament once submitted
  • 25 points for an animated holiday card once submitted
  • 50 points for a decorated tree ornament once submitted
  • 50 points for passing a certification
  • 10 points for wearing your IT t-shirt each Friday
  • 10 points if you bring an item for our beverage station (hot chocolate, tea, creamer, etc.)

12.9

  • Submit your Weekly Status report before break today–it’s the LAST one you will be submitting for 2016. 
  • On Monday, I should have your estimated grade report completed–it will be a starting point for “what ifs” as you set goals for how you want to finish this year. You will have through Wednesday, December 14 to submit work for this quarter.
  • Starting next Monday, I will be coming around to assess Technical Skills for those of you who may not have a score in this area for this quarter.
  • As you complete your animated holidays cards and any other projects, be sure to autograph your work!
  • Our last Make Up Sessions for this semester will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035(Foundation Room) and on Monday, December 12th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B. You will need to take work to do or a book to read during these sessions. If you need to use a computer you will need to bring your own laptop.

 NOTE: The deadline for make- up time is Friday, December 16th.  All make- up time and any other documentation must be turned in to the Attendance Office by 4:30 on this date. No make- up time can be made up after Dec. 16th.


12.8

End of the Quarter is near!

Only 5 days remaining to submit work for this quarter

  • I’ll be coming by to validate your technical skills, if you don’t already have a grade for this quarter, next week.
  • Also, all work for this quarter should be submitted no later than next Wednesday, December 14, so I can finalize grades.
  • Don’t just sit around and tell me you want a good grade–earn it!  Review the grade reports you were given this week to see what you should be doing. If you have questions, let me know.
  • Remember, you must make 70% progress and overall in order to return next semester.
  • All work submitted after December 14 will count towards your grade next quarter.

Ornaments and Cards are looking awesome!  Have you published to Behance yet?–If not, be sure you do and please share your link!

  • Check out Caleb’s ornament – he keyed out the green screen and used SketchFab for an awesome material and result. I hope to have links to ALL 3D Ornaments and Cards completed by next week.

PM Class – Ms. Williams will be subbing for me this afternoon–be sure in her report to me she is able to say you were once again the best class on campus–work hard!


12.7

Animation challenges are due Moday!  Some have already been completed, if yours is not yet completed, this is one of your last days to complete them.

Ornaments are due Friday.

Keytrain – don’t forget to complete an hour this week if you are not exempt.

Resources

Job Flash – Register with the FT Jobs board


12.6

epIKPoints Update – Remember, on Friday, December 16, for every 100 points you have earned this semester you can place your name in the bucket for a drawing for prizes.  How do you earn epIK Points?

  • 1 point for each Charity Mile during these last few weeks
  • 25 points for a 3D Printed ornament once submitted
  • 25 points for an animated holiday card once submitted
  • 50 points for a decorated tree ornament once submitted
  • 50 points for passing a certification
  • 10 points for wearing your IT t-shirt each Friday
  • 10 points if you bring an item for our beverage station (hot chocolate, tea, creamer, etc.)

OOPS – many of you have gotten off the Keytrain track–be sure to start that again, completing one hour each week so you can earn all of your Professional Enhancement skills grade. Once you get all the tests completed, you will be exempt.


12.5

  • Only 2 days remain to work on your animated cards–Wednesday and next Monday. Today is a curriculum day!
  • We will have make up session on Monday, December 5th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B. 
     
    If attending, you will need to bring work to do or a book to read during these sessions. If you need to use a computer they will need to bring your own laptop. 
     
    NOTE: The deadline for make- up time is Friday, December 16th. All make- up time must be turned in to the Attendance Office by 4:30 on this date. No make- up time can be made up after the 16th for Semester 1.

Shout-Outs

  • Kudos to Kat, Abbey, Heather, Emily and Austinfirst people to publish and share their 3D Animated holiday card! Who’s next?
  • Shout out to Gavin for showing me how to change my icon!

epIK Points Revised AND December Contest

  • At the end of December, I will have a special prize for each class, am and pm. For every 100 epIK points earned, you can put your name in the hat to win it.  Prize winners will be drawn on December 16.
  • You can earn 1 epIK point for each Charity Mile walked this week AND next.
  • 3D Ornament – 25 epIK Points, Due December 9
  • Decorated Ornament on your own time – 50 epIK Points, Due December 9
  • Animated Card – 25 epIK Points, Due December 12
  • You can submit ALL, if desired.

Creative Blitz Challenge Activities (Optional)

  • Design a holiday ornament for our tree! I will give you an ornament to decorate and/or you can also model and 3D print an ornament.
    • 9 Curriculum Hours if modeling an ornament to be 3D Printed. 25 epIK Points
    • 1 Curriculum Hour if decorating one I give you (On Your Own Time, so this could technically be a BONUS hour you can earn.)
    • Yes, you can do both.  (Yes, you will get to take both home with you.)
    • If you pick up an ornament to be decorated, be sure to return it, if not used.
    • Due December 9 50 epIK Points
  • Animate a greeting card to a holiday song!
    • This can be a Team or an Individual project–you choose.
    • Earn up to 12 Curriculum hours for each person. (But you each must actively contribute from work you complete on your own at your computer station.)
    • Work Days have been designated below, starting tomorrow.
    • You can select the members on your team, if doing a team challenge.
    • If you are participating, let me know by tomorrow.
    • Must be school/Mrs. Myers appropriate, and preferably to a holiday song. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are other options, such as a Happy New Year’s card.
    • Due December 12 25 epIK Points
    • View animated cards from previous years.

12.1

Weekly Status Reports are due today before break.

  • I’m updating progress – be sure you give an accurate indication of where you are, along with updating your Behance to include links to your work completed. Also if you are working on a holiday card or ornament, you will not receive any hours towards progress until the work has been submitted, which could impact your grade this week, if you are still working on a Creative Blitz project.
  • We have combined with the 2D Animation class and adopted an angel for the holidays. All of our angels are Francis Tuttle Students/Families. We have a 10-year old boy that needs clothes. I have already purchased some jeans and shirts for him, but if you would like to donate any change towards this gift, there is a can located on the orange table. You can also donate any other item a 10-year old boy would like, if you prefer. Donations are optional, since the holidays usually always provide financial challenges for everyone. This is our 2nd Quarter Community Service Project for BPA.
  • We will have make up sessions on Saturday, December 3rd from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035 (Foundation Room) and on Monday, December 5th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B. 
     
    If attending, you will need to bring work to do or a book to read during these sessions. If you need to use a computer they will need to bring your own laptop. 
     
    NOTE: The deadline for make- up time is Friday, December 16th. All make- up time must be turned in to the Attendance Office by 4:30 on this date. No make- up time can be made up after the 16th for Semester 1.

11.30

Congrats to Brooke, she is now a certified guru in Photoshop!  Who’s next?

Digital Animation – Students completing Final Cut Pro training, just posted in Classmates’ Corner an alternate assignment for Final Cut that should help you get through a little more quickly.

I’ve been asked to be sure we cover Earthquake Awareness

If You Are Inside When the Shaking Starts… 
  • Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.
  • If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
  • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. When it is, use stairs rather than the elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
  • Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire.
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If getting safely to the floor to take cover won’t be possible…
  • Identify an inside corner of the room away from windows and objects that could fall on you.  The Earthquake Country Alliance advises getting as low as possible to the floor. People who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices should lock their wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.
If You Are Outside When the Shaking Starts… 
  • Find a clear spot (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights) and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops.
  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
What to Do After an Earthquake 
  • After an earthquake, the disaster may continue. Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides or even a tsunami. Tsunamis are often generated by earthquakes.
  • Each time you feel an aftershock, drop, cover and hold on. Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
·         Check yourself for injuries and get First Aid, if necessary, before helping injured or trapped persons.   Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
·         Clean up spilled medications, bleach, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately.
·         Open closet and cabinet doors carefully as contents may have shifted.
·         Help people who require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and stay out of damaged areas.
Remember…
·         Most earthquake injuries occur due to falling objects.  Depending upon the magnitude of the quake, inside this may include:
o   Ceiling tiles
o   Light fixtures
o   Pictures, bulletin boards, etc.
o   Unsecured bookshelves and other tall furniture
·         If outdoors, avoid:
o   Power lines and poles
o   Area near buildings (bricks and other facades may fall off)
o   Trees
o   Bridges and overpasses
·         Earthquakes are often followed by aftershocks, so be prepared to Drop, Cover and Hold On.
·         Following an earthquake, be alert for hazards such as downed power line, gas leaks, etc.
More information is available at:
 
 
Be Prepared, Be Alert, Be Safe!

11.29

Cookie orders delivered tomorrow

Short Week–don’t forget about Keytrain

Shout-Outs

  • Congrats to Abbeyfirst person to validate her ornament for 3D Printing! Who’s next?
  • Shout out to Marcus P. he helped me with some animation stuff!
  • Shoutout to Chauncy for winning a shirt and being a good sport about it.
  • Shout out to Kat for helping students with something they were having trouble with.

epIK Points Revised AND December Contest

  • At the end of December, I will have a special prize for each class, am and pm. For every 100 epIK points earned, you can put your name in the hat to win it.  Prize winners will be drawn on December 16.
  • You can earn 1 epIK point for each Charity Mile walked this week AND next.
  • 3D Ornament – 25 epIK Points, Due December 9
  • Decorated Ornament on your own time – 50 epIK Points, Due December 9
  • Animated Card – 25 epIK Points, Due December 12
  • TODAY is class time for your Animated Card
  • You can submit ALL, if desired.

11.28

Lots of activities coming up, so check the dates in the Up Next section below.

  • For instance, you guys have NO SCHOOL on Friday.
  • It’s a 4-day week, so work hard. Weekly Status Reports will be due on Thursday.
  • Cookie Orders come in on Wednesday.
  • Field Trip forms due Tomorrow.

Creative Blitz Challenge Activities (Optional)

  • Design a holiday ornament for our tree! I will give you an ornament to decorate and/or you can also model and 3D print an ornament.
    • 9 Curriculum Hours if modeling an ornament to be 3D Printed. 25 epIK Points
    • 1 Curriculum Hour if decorating one I give you (On Your Own Time, so this could technically be a BONUS hour you can earn.)
    • Yes, you can do both.  (Yes, you will get to take both home with you.)
    • If you pick up an ornament to be decorated, be sure to return it, if not used.
    • Due December 9 50 epIK Points
  • Animate a greeting card to a holiday song!
    • This can be a Team or an Individual project–you choose.
    • Earn up to 12 Curriculum hours for each person. (But you each must actively contribute from work you complete on your own at your computer station.)
    • Work Days have been designated below, starting tomorrow.
    • You can select the members on your team, if doing a team challenge.
    • If you are participating, let me know by tomorrow.
    • Must be school/Mrs. Myers appropriate, and preferably to a holiday song. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are other options, such as a Happy New Year’s card.
    • Due December 12 25 epIK Points
    • View animated cards from previous years.

11.22

Have a very safe, happy holiday!

What are you thankful for this season?

  • I’m thankful for such awesome students 🙂

Reminder

We have a food closet to provide food for FT students and their families, if needed.  Sometimes the holidays create a challenge purchasing food and also cause some extra stress and anxiety. Thanks to our food drive, we have great supplies right now. Please visit with Ms. Cheek, our counselor, if you have any needs.

11.21

myers_thanksgivingAbove & Beyond + epIK Points Opportunity over Thanksgiving Holiday

  • Help us reach 10,000 miles and 100 members raising money for charity by hitting the trail!

  • Spend some time on Thanksgiving Break and earn money for the charity of your choice.

  • Already a team member – remember to start the app before heading out.

  • Join the francistuttleit team in Charity Miles →  https://miles.app.link/a9rrwobFqy and move all week long. On Friday (11/25) take your friends, family, and pets to the track to burn off the holiday meal and earn money for a cause. #francistuttleit#CharityMiles

  • Earn an epIK Point for each mile walked–a screenshot of Weekly Progress and/or proof required to validate.

What’s Next?

  • Field Trip forms due Tomorrow.
  • Progress Reports today and tomorrow.
  • Creative Blitz 2nd Quarter Challenges to be announced next week!
  • No SCHOOL Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday–Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Make-Up Opportunity today after school.

11.18

Weekly Status Reports – due before break

  • You should be halfway through your contract, or have completed approximately 60 curriculum hours by the end of class today.
  • We will be completing Progress Reports next week, so I need an accurate report and be sure to also update Behance with work completed.
  • IF you are from Cashion or Deer Creek, I will try to complete your progress report after break.

Congrats to Chauncy--he won the IT T-Shirt! Additional rewards will be announced later.

Events happening today

  • Cyber Senior Mentor/Graduation
  • BPA Executive Council Meeting 9:45 & 2:15 (Emily and Kat)
  • Cookie Orders delivered

11.17

Field Trip – December 19

As our are aware, Professional Skills and Technical Skills are important for success. Most employers value community service and see this as an integral component of Professional Skills. To reinforce your training this semester, we have planned the following:

  • Volunteer at the Regional Food Bank sorting & packing food. In a single volunteer shift, an individual works the equivalent of 200 meals.  (Professional Skills)
  • Pizza for lunch (Holiday gift from your instructors!)
  • Moana at the Harkins Theater (Technical Skills–you have all been studying the 12 principles of animation as well as animation and/or modeling techniques.)
  • NOTE – plans are tentative and require final approvals that are currently in process.

What do you need to do/provide?

  • All costs are covered, unless you order concessions at Harkins Theater. No outside food/drink.
  • We will be distributing paperwork that needs to be signed and returned no later than December 9.
  • A happy spirit of helpfulness and cooperation.
  • Although the field trip is an all-day activity, if you are a bus student, you should still be able to ride the bus to school and take it home. See me if you have questions about this.
  • The Regional Food Bank has requested that you wear close-toed shoes, and no loose, revealing, or offensive clothing.

epIK Points–REWARD TIME

  • I will be purchasing a T-Shirt for one of you lucky guys!
  • Review the point sheet published Tuesday; for each level you have achieved, you can put your name in a drawing today for a FREE IT T-Shirt.
    • 100 points earned = Level 1; 200 = Level 2; etc.
  • Winner will be announced on our class page tomorrow.
  • More opportunities for rewards will be announced later.

IT T-Shirts

  • Sale Extended!! Order your Shirt by FRIDAY!!
  • All shirts ordered by Friday at 3:30 pm will be entered into a drawing for $20 CASH!!
  • If you purchase an IT shirt, you can earn 20 epIK points.
  • We will wear the shirts EVERY FRIDAY!
  • We will do giveaways each week. Some weeks it will be a candy bar, others it could be THUNDER TICKETS!

Student Surveys

What’s Next?

Creative Blitz 2nd Quarter Challenges to be announced next week!


11.16

Reminders

  • Check off work completed in Basecamp
  • Upload Try It Out exercises to Behance
  • Today is the deadline to purchase an IT T-Shirt

Inspiration


11.15

Tomorrow is the deadline for ordering your spiffy IT shirt!

Tonight – West Metro College/Career Night event will start at 6:30 pm on the Reno campus. There will be several colleges represented along with breakout sessions for students and parents.  All Francis Tuttle sending schools and students are invited to attend.

epIK Points update

Coming Soon – Creative Blitz 2nd Qtr Challenge


11.14

I’ll be distributing grade reports today. Please review them carefully and establish goals for this week so that you are in good standing by Friday, if you are not already.

  • To maintain your current Progress rate, you will need to complete at least 15 hours of curriculum this week.
  • If you are below 70% on progress when I do Progress reports this weekend, you will be placed on probation.
  • If you are on probation, you will have an opportunity to improve so that you can return next semester. Make great choices and let me know if you have questions.

Seniors – Scholarship Opportunity – DUE January 31

Cookie Orders will be delivered on Friday, November 18

epIK Points

  • On Wednesday, November 16, orders are due for the IT T-Shirt. This counts as participating in a Fundraiser if you are competing in BPA. There will be days throughout the school year that you can earn epIK points for wearing your t-shirt! Short-sleeve $7.00. Long Sleeve $10.00. You can see the design by where you sign in. IF you purchase a shirt, you can also earn 20 epIK points this week.
  • Need a volunteer to serve as our BPA Class Representative  for the AM class. Let me know if interested–50 epIK Points.

Shirt%20Design%202016-2Just what you’ve all been waiting for–THE T-SHIRT REVEAL that represents all the programs in our building!! This year’s shirt comes in a TEAM Purple, or an Athletic Heather Gray. You can order in Short or Long sleeve, either color! It features our IT Team’s programs, in the shape of our FT Mascot! 

So, get your school spirit in gear, and order your shirt by Nov 16th (at the front desk of the IT Building), the short sleeve is $7 and the long sleeve is $10Reminder this is one of our fundraisers, and we all want to show our FT SPIRIT!

We will have an IT T SHIRT Day on Friday December 9th, where everyone wearing their shirt will be entered into a drawing for some prizes!! (Like you need another reason to wear this stylish t-shirt!)

11.11

Weekly Status Reports are due today before break, and I’ll be coming around to update your progress. Be sure to update your Basecamp and Behance to validate work completed.

epIK Points

  • If you helped with a student shadow session, you were an ambassador and earned epIK points–be sure to claim them!
  • Next week, by November 16, orders are due for the IT T-Shirt. This counts as participating in a Fundraiser if you are competing in BPA. There will be days throughout the school year that you can earn epIK points for wearing your t-shirt! Short-sleeve $7.00. Long Sleeve $10.00. You can see the design by where you sign in.

11.10

  • AM Class – We need 8 volunteers and 1 ambassador for the Student Panel today when our visitors from Edmond North arrive. I’ll be checking with you to see who can help. This will count for 20 epIK Points as well as Above & Beyond. Thanks for your help!
  • Did you get an hour of Keytrain completed this week if you aren’t exempt?

Having trouble understanding Toon Boom videos?

  • Since Toon Boom has video tutors from different countries, they can be difficult to understand. Nathan has been using the Closed Caption feature in the bottom right with success. Thanks for sharing!

Shirt%20Design%202016-2Just what you’ve all been waiting for–THE T-SHIRT REVEAL that represents all the programs in our building!! This year’s shirt comes in a TEAM Purple, or an Athletic Heather Gray. You can order in Short or Long sleeve, either color! It features our IT Team’s programs, in the shape of our FT Mascot! 

So, get your school spirit in gear, and order your shirt by Nov 16th (at the front desk of the IT Building), the short sleeve is $7 and the long sleeve is $10Reminder this is one of our fundraisers, and we all want to show our FT SPIRIT!

We will have an IT T SHIRT Day on Friday December 9th, where everyone wearing their shirt will be entered into a drawing for some prizes!! (Like you need another reason to wear this stylish t-shirt!)


11.9

Animations – which is best?

These students were given only 6 hours to model, texture, animate, and produce a video about a stress ball that looked like a pig that demonstrated the principles of animation. Is there a story? A beginningmiddle and an ending? Does it evoke emotion? Is there a lovable character? Are the principles of animation demonstrated? What would you do in 6 hours?

These students had the same challenges, but the topic was “a better mousetrap”.

Many of you are designing animations, models, and/or character profiles for your portfolio. Put your imagination to it and do something awesome you will be proud of showcasing!

Neat Character Animation Design inspiration


11.8

Pens – Important Info

Please do not twist the pens or try to open them up. Treat them with care. Thanks!

Resources and Info


11.7

How will you use your skills in the future??

This week Ms Cheek will be re-enrolling for the second semester. She will be discussing eligibility and whether this is program you want to enroll in for the second semester.

I will need volunteers on Thursday for students shadowing from Edmond North. This will count as Above & Beyond and also will be worth 20 epIK Points.

Sponsoring FT Angels – during the holiday time, our class usually combines with the 2D class to sponsor Christmas for an FT family; when we have more details concerning needs and ages of family members, I will let you know, in case you want to donate. IF your family is having a rough time and needs assistance, you can complete this application and return it to our counselor no later than November 14. Let me know if you have questions.

11.4

Reminders

  • Weekly Status Reports due today before break.
  • Be sure to turn off your tablets, place your pens in their holders, and leave your work area clean. These work habits are reflected in your Professional Enhancement grade.
  • Next week we will be re-enrolling for the second semesterIn order to be eligible to return, you must have at least 70% progress, be in good standing, and not exceed our attendance policy. If this program is not what you thought it would be and you may have other preferences, or if you prefer using class time to chat, surf, watch videos, etc., let me know and I will help you select another option.
  • Don’t forget to Fall Back Saturday night–enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

11.3

  • Don’t forget 1 hour of Keytrain today if you are not exempt and haven’t done so already this week.
  • BPA Time after break today.

11.2

Thanks to all who helped yesterday with the visitors–you were awesome!

View updated epIK Points sheet

PM Students – I will be out briefly and Ms. Daugherty will be supervising the BEST students from the BEST class on campus–make sure she agrees 🙂

Sponsoring FT Angels – during the holiday time, our class usually combines with the 2D class to sponsor Christmas for an FT family; when we have more details concerning needs and ages of family members, I will let you know, in case you want to donate. IF your family is having a rough time and needs assistance, you can complete this application and return it to our counselor no later than November 14. Let me know if you have questions.

Jobs


10.31

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Happy Halloween!!!

  • We will have a team meeting on Monday after break, around 10:15 am and 3:00 pm, in the Digital Den.
  • We have a few games we will play with your assigned team–the overall winning team members will each receive 30 epIK Points.

AM Students – tomorrow we will have prospective students shadowing. Those will assist will earn 20 epIK Points. Thanks for your help!

Food Drive? It’s still happening and you can still contribute to help our FT students. Remember, if your family needs to access our food pantry this year, let me or a counselor know.


Above & Beyond Opportunity this Week

  • Submit a Shout-Out–include in your Weekly Status report; must include what they did, be sincere and recognize a worthy contribution towards helping you be better.

epIK Point Opportunities

  • Program Ambassador
    • 20 points if you help either with Cyber Seniors OR Recruitment this week.
    • 10 points for each can donated towards canned food drive.
    • Team 10 earned the 50-point bonus for cookie sales. Congrats to Gavin C., he was our Top Salesperson!
  • NOTE – this quarter, it’s possible to lose epIK Points if you aren’t earning all of your Professional Development points each week on your weekly status report.

Fun Opportunity, on your own time | T-Shirt Design contest

Shout-Out

  • Shout-out to Hezekiah for being so willing to work as a team.

10.28

Happy Friday – Weekly status reports are due–get them done before break!

  • Reminder – let me know if you are considering a BPA competition on your weekly status report.
  • You can still earn epIK Points for canned food items and/or cookie sales–10 points per item, so include that on your report as well.
  • You can earn Above & Beyond this week if you sold at least two items from American Cookie company. Please also include that on your report.

Looking forward to Monday–hope you are all planning to dress. Check out these nifty ideas!

AM Students – need 15 volunteers for Tuesday, November 1; we will have prospective students shadowing. This will count as Above & Beyond next week for serving as an ambassador AND you can earn 20 epIK Points.


10.27

myers_halloween

Ultimate Class Award – dress for Halloween on Monday!

  • Costumes need to be school appropriate with nothing covering your face, no masks, and no clowns this year. 🙂
  • The class with the most participation will win the Ultimate Class award! 
  • We will also have a team meeting on Monday after break in the Digital Den.

Congrats to Brooke – she just passed the last certification exam for Keytrain and is now exempt. If you are still working through your Keytrain, remember to get at least 1 hour of Keytrain completed by the end of today if you want your Participation point on the Professional Skills grade.

Cookies?   Hope you are selling LOTS – these help our students attend national conference in Florida for BPA this year and counts as Above & Beyond as well as epIK Points. Orders and money are due tomorrow.

Masks? You can take those home on Friday. IF you didn’t do a mask, return the one you were given by Friday.

Food Drive? It’s still happening and you can still contribute to help our FT students. Remember, if your family needs to access our food pantry this year, let me or a counselor know.


10.26

Work Hard!

A representative from OSU-OKC will be meeting in the Digital Den today at 10:15 am and 12:30 pm to discuss scholarship and enrollment opportunities for potential students.


10.24/25

This week we will resume with Weekly Status Reports on Friday and also you will need to complete 1 hour of Keytrain if you are not exempt.

We are into our 2nd quarter, and these grades will be averaged with your 1st quarter to determine your semester grade, which is what is recorded on your transcript.  Word hard and let me know if you have questions!

Great American Cookie Orders & Money due by Friday

Above & Beyond Opportunity this Week

  • Sell at least 2 Great American Cookie items for BPA by Friday
  • You can also earn epIK Points for your sales, see below for details.

epIK Point Opportunities

  • Masks
    • 10 points if turned in by October 25
    • IF you do not submit a decorated mask, please return your mask, or 30 epIK Points will be deducted.
  • Cookie Sales – Earn 10 points for each item sold
    • 50-point bonus for each member on team with highest sales
    • All orders and money due on Friday
  • NOTE – this quarter, it’s possible to lose epIK Points if you aren’t earning all of your Professional Development points each week on your weekly status report.

Francis Tuttle will be giving the ASVAVB test on, December 1. There are a limited number of spots. If you are interested in taking the exam, let me know so I can reserve a spot for you!

Reminders

  • 3D Modelers – There is a special script that will convert Mental Ray textures to Arnold textures so your Arnold renders will not be black! Instructions are at this site, or you can view a video at this location.
  • Wanted! Stellar 3D Modelers & Virtual Multimedia Promo Competitors that want to compete for a spot to represent our class at the BPA Competition. Must be hard-working, high school students, in good standing regarding progress and attendance, AND relentless in the pursuit of excellence. View the guidelines: Computer Modeling | Virtual Multimedia Promo Team | Virtual Multimedia Promo Individual.   Adults, you will have an opportunity for competition next semester.
    • Prototypes, storyboards and/or plans should be submitted by Friday with your weekly status report, if you are interested in competing.
  • Great Job on the Canned Food Drive!  You can continue to bring cans throughout this month; we are getting quite the collection in our break area, and it’s great to see so of our FT students able to receive assistance, if needed.
    • Winners of the Canned Food Drive Ultimate Class Award | Programming & Software Development

10.19

  • AM Class – please remember I am hosting our advisory board meeting for the first part of this morning. Work hard, learn new skills, help each other, if needed, and be kind to our sub, Ms. Dentin.
  • 3D Modelers – There is a special script that will convert Mental Ray textures to Arnold textures so your Arnold renders will not be black! Instructions are at this site, or you can view a video at this location.
  • Tomorrow starts fall break and there is NO SCHOOL on Thursday or Friday–make it an awesome time away, do something creative, and sell some cookies 🙂
  • We will calculate epIK Points together after break today — remind me about prizes for the winning teams!
  • Wanted! Stellar 3D Modelers & Virtual Multimedia Promo Competitors that want to compete for a spot to represent our class at the BPA Competition. Must be hard-working, high school students, in good standing regarding progress and attendance, AND relentless in the pursuit of excellence. View the guidelines: Computer Modeling | Virtual Multimedia Promo Team | Virtual Multimedia Promo Individual.  I will visit with you all after break about this. Adults, you will have an opportunity for competition next semester.
  • Great Job on the Canned Food Drive!  You can continue to bring cans throughout this month; we are getting quite the collection in our break area, and it’s great to see so of our FT students able to receive assistance, if needed.

10.18

Updated epIK Points sheet – will your team be in first place by tomorrow?  (Computing average points per student)

Jobs – Check Out lots of opportunities!

Hoping you are all planning to sell lots of cookies over fall break AND if you are not returning next year, fill out your FAFSA!

Technology/Prepare for your Future


10.17

Grades for this quarter are calculated and printed. Review them and let me know if you think I missed anything. All work completed this week will count towards next quarter, so start it off great and work hard.

  • Top Performers for the quarter (Exceeded 100% progress) | Mitchell R.,  Jeff B., Brooke B., Gillian A., Chris G., and Hezekiah H.
  • SEVERAL others were very close–great job by the BEST class on campus!

epIK Teamwork Point Opportunities

  • Canned Food Items for our Food Drive–10 points each can
    • 50-point bonus for each member on team that brings most canned items
    • A donation of two items or more also counts as Above & Beyond
  • Masks
    • 20 points if turned in by October 17
    • 10 points if turned in by October 25
    • IF you do not submit a decorated mask, please return your mask, or 30 epIK Points will be deducted.
  • Cookie Sales – Earn 10 points for each item sold
    • 50-point bonus for each member on team with highest sales
  • Prizes distributed to the top AM and PM team members for this quarter, As of October 18

FoodDriveFood Drive Items Needed

This food drive helps Francis Tuttle students, and if YOU are in need of assistance, please let me or one of our counselors know.Anything non-perishable would be appreciated.  Other items might include powdered drinks/hot chocolate, single-serving items (many times we have students who simply need a snack), crackers, cereals (oatmeal is great), tuna, jelly, trail mix, dried fruit, and nuts.  Below is a list of times most needed:
  • Canned fruits (with pop tops)
  • Canned vegetables (with pop tops)
  • Canned or shelf stable packages of meats (chicken, tuna, salmon)
  • Canned soups (with pop tops)
  • Beef Stew
  • Chili
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tomato pasta sauce
  • Boxed helper meals
  • Peanut butter
  • Dry beans (pinto, navy)
  • Dry cereals
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cream of wheat
  • Shelf-stable milk

10.14

Kudos, Congrats, Best Wishes, and the winners are????

  • Hezekiah H. certified through Adobe in Illustrator and is recognized on our Kudos/Achievements page!
  • Brooke B., has completed her second certification through Key Train and is 1 test away from being exempt.
  • Today is Olivia B.’s last day, she is completing the program as a Special FX Technician; she is our first student to earn an industry-endorsed portfolio!
  • Updated epIK Points sheet — which team(s) will win prizes for the first quarter? (You have through Tuesday to continue adding points–maskcanned foods, And a Charity Miles bonus–1 point for each mile walked from now through Tuesday.)
  • Who will be our outstanding performer(s) for the first quarter?

10.13

  • Keep working hard! On Friday I’ll be by to update your progress and finalize grades for this quarter.
  • Certify and consider submitting some of your work this year to the Adobe ACA Championship Challenge!

10.12

Team epIK Points have been updated

  • Check below for plenty of opportunities to earn epIK Points
    • Mask (See below for points to be earned–depends on date submitted)
    • Canned Food Items for our Food Drive–10 points each can50-point bonus for each member on team that brings most canned items
    • Cookie Sales – Earn 10 points for each item sold–NEW OPPORTUNITY; 50-point bonus for each member on team with highest sales
  • View updated epIK Points Sheet
  • Prizes distributed to the top AM and PM team members for this quarter, As of October 18

10.11

Today’s there will be a kick-off for the 1st quarter fundraiser, All-American Cookies

  • 9:15 AM and 12:35 PM | Lobby of IT Building
  • IF you are participating in BPA, you need to be participating in our fundraisers, because they send our students to nationals.
  • BPA National Conference is in Orlando, Florida this year! IF you are interested in competition, please let me know this week.
  • View competition opportunities available.

Prepare for your Technical Skills evaluation!

  • IF you haven’t taken any of the required tests in Blackboard for your course, you need to do so before Friday.

Job Opportunity

  • Looking for two people to work part time as Sales Associates / Technicians at the new Digital Doc store opening on N May Ave in Oklahoma City.
  • The position entails handling retail responsibilities and also repair cell phones and other digital devices according to the training we provide.
  • We are offering part time work.  While we need dependability according to the schedule, we will schedule in advance to avoid conflicts with classes and activities.
  • The positions start at $9.00/hr.  The wage increases as training is completed and certifications are received, and sales volume is achieved.
  • The perfect candidate would be someone who enjoys people and also has enough of a technical bent that they will enjoy advancing through our training and doing the detailed, technical work of repairing devices.
  • View this Job Description for more information

Germ Alert!

  • Lots of you guys are sniffling, having stomach problems, and other forms of illness. PLEASE wipe down your keyboards, mice, and desks.

10.10

  • Still collecting canned food items and 2 items = Above & Beyond + epIK Points (10 each)
  • Halloween masks are due Friday 10.14 (30 epIK Points) OR October 17 (20 epIK Points) OR October 25 (10 epIK Points)
  • All work for this quarter must be submitted no later than next Friday, October 14
  • I’m coming around starting today, checking off technical scores for this quarter.

epIK Points/Above & Beyond Opportunities

Food Drive Items – DUE October 17 (to receive credit this quarter)

  • Above & Beyond if you bring two items this week (by 10.14)
  • 10 epIK Points for each item you bring this week
  • Team with the highest number of canned items donated by October 17 receives a 50-point bonus per person

Halloween Mask – DUE October 14 (30 epIK Points) OR October 17 (20 epIK Points) OR October 25 (10 epIK Points)

  • 30 epIK Points for decorating your mask (school appropriate,) and bringing to school no later than October 14. Must be completed on your own time, not during class.
  • IF you do not submit a decorated mask, please return your mask, or 30 epIK Points will be deducted.

FoodDriveFood Drive Items Needed

This food drive helps Francis Tuttle students, and if YOU are in need of assistance, please let me or one of our counselors know.Anything non-perishable would be appreciated.  Other items might include powdered drinks/hot chocolate, single-serving items (many times we have students who simply need a snack), crackers, cereals (oatmeal is great), tuna, jelly, trail mix, dried fruit, and nuts.  Below is a list of times most needed:
  • Canned fruits (with pop tops)
  • Canned vegetables (with pop tops)
  • Canned or shelf stable packages of meats (chicken, tuna, salmon)
  • Canned soups (with pop tops)
  • Beef Stew
  • Chili
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tomato pasta sauce
  • Boxed helper meals
  • Peanut butter
  • Dry beans (pinto, navy)
  • Dry cereals
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cream of wheat
  • Shelf-stable milk

10.7

  • I’m expecting a stellar report from Ms. Williams about the MOST AWESOME, HARD-WORKING students on campus today!
  • Get your Weekly Status Reports done before break. If you brought 2 items for our Food Box, you earned Above & Beyond–be sure to let me know on your Weekly Status Report.
  • Halloween Masks due next Friday.t
  • All work for this quarter must be submitted no later than next Friday, October 14.

Upcoming Make-Up Opportunities

  • *Saturday, October 8th from 8:30 – 11:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Administration Building, Room B1035(Foundation Room). Parking- A South
  •  **Monday, October 10th from 3:30 – 6:30 at the Rockwell Campus in the Project Hope Building, Pod A & B 
     

10.6

  • Today I’ll be coming around, checking your progress AND preparing for final quarterly grades.
  • Did you get Keytrain done this week if you aren’t exempt?
  • Fun Take 10 Challenge sponsored by Adobe (To do on your own time, no curriculum hours.)
  • Don’t forget to bring 2 items for our Food Box by tomorrow so you can earn Above & Beyond this week!

Shout-Outs

  • Shout out Kyle H., Marcus P., Jesus T., and Wesley R., for helping me with my pumpkin, man. Thank you all!
  • SHOUT OUT to Logan B. for being a good friend <3 and giving me rides home the past couple of weeks.

10.5

Kudos and Congrats to Gillian – She certified through Certiport in Illustrator! Who’s next?

NOTE – In approximately 10 days, we need to finalize grades for the quarter!  I’ll be coming around for technical scores soon, if you aren’t completing a creative blitz now.

Photoshop – Please OMIT Lesson 15; we will be using Maya for 3D Printing.

epIK Points/Above & Beyond Opportunities

Food Drive – DUE October 17

  • Above & Beyond if you bring two items this week (by 10.7)
  • 10 epIK Points for each item you bring this week

Halloween Mask – DUE October 14

  • 30 epIK Points for decorating your mask (school appropriate,) and bringing to school no later than October 14. Must be completed on your own time, not during class.
  • IF you do not submit a decorated mask, please return your mask, or 30 epIK Points will be deducted.

10.4

Ultimate Class Award–gotta be us!

This week kicks off our annual Food Drive to fill the Francis Tuttle Pantry!  (This food helps Francis Tuttle students, and if YOU are in need of assistance, please let me or one of our counselors know.) The class that has the highest number of items per student  through October 17 will win the Ultimate Class Award.  Anything non-perishable would be appreciated.  Other items might include powdered drinks/hot chocolate, single-serving items (many times we have students who simply need a snack), crackers, cereals (oatmeal is great), tuna, jelly, trail mix, dried fruit, and nuts.  Below is a list of times most needed:
  • Canned fruits (with pop tops)
  • Canned vegetables (with pop tops)
  • Canned or shelf stable packages of meats (chicken, tuna, salmon)
  • Canned soups (with pop tops)
  • Beef Stew
  • Chili
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tomato pasta sauce
  • Boxed helper meals
  • Peanut butter
  • Dry beans (pinto, navy)
  • Dry cereals
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cream of wheat
  • Shelf-stable milk

Jobs

  • Best Buy is hiring several positions
  • Part-Time Opportunity MWF, 9 hours a week; $10/hr using Photoshop–see me today if intersted
  • College Central Jobs

10.3

Above & Beyond Opportunity

  • FoodDriveBring at least 2 items for our Food Drive this week.

Portfolio Builder

  • If you are interested in a 2D Animation project for a client, let me know. It involves a comic strip animation interacting with the company’s mascot. I don’t have all the details yet, but can get them if you are interested–let me know.

9.30

Weekly Status Reports due today before break

Portfolio Builder

  • If you are interested in a 2D Animation project for a client, let me know. It involves a comic strip animation interacting with the company’s mascot. I don’t have all the details yet, but can get them if you are interested–let me know.

Thanks

  • I appreciate your support, patience, and willingness to serve as ambassadors this week as we had visitors in our classroom to approve a state and federal accreditation so we may be able to offer students on financial aid the opportunity to complete training based on competencies rather than seat hours. Everything went great, and we are in the final stages of approvals–exciting news for future students!

Extend Your Skills/Prepare for the Future


9.29

Student FT.edu Email Accounts

Often in order to receive an academic discount on software or hardware purchases, you are required to submit proof you are a student, usually via a school email account. These have been requested for you, and you can access access your email via the link on blackboard called Francis Tuttle Student Email (on the My Francis Tuttle tab). I have your usernames/passwords, if needed. Let me know if you need additional information.

Congrats to Gillian – she passed her certification test today for KeyTrain and now only lacks one area!

Reminders

  • If you are not exempt, complete at least 1 hour of Keytrain by end of class on Thursday to receive your Participation point this week.
  • Weekly Status Report due tomorrow before break; if you will be gone, submit today.

Creative Blitz (Optional–3 curriculum hours; must be submitted by end of class on Friday for credit.)

  • Accept the challenge to model a pumpkin, using Maya | Pay attention to sizes of small pieces, integrity of geometry
    • Text (Different options on this screen and can also google for other tutorials; so you can initial/autograph your pumpkin)
    • Measuring Tools
    • Pay attention to base and balance of pumpkin
  • Accept a Photoshop How to Cheat textbook challenge
    • Take a pic of your head using PhotoBooth
    • Place on the Frankenstein body from Chapter 9
    • Refer to How to Cheat, Page 204 for details
    • Other pre-approved challenge.

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9.28

One more job opportunity – 

  • Working with a former student, now a small business owner
  • Must be a Photoshop guru, able to take and edit pics and make products stand out; will use Photoshop Actions (I can help you review these)
  • Will be working with 300 – 500 images each week
  • Part-Time, 3 hours per day, 3 days per week; $10 per hour
  • Ability to use own equipment a plus (camera OR iPhone and computer)
  • Must have transportation
  • Work not completely on computer–must also be willing to package orders, produce eBay labels, ship product
  • Willing to expand and utilize social media tools to market products a plus
  • See me today if interested in applying.

9.27

Jobs

9.26

Kudos and Congrats

  • David and Gillian have taken one of their Keytrain tests and are on their way to getting certified.
  • GlavineLoganLily, and Brad have taken their Work Keys certification test and earned their exemption. Who’s next?
  • DionWesleyChristianBret, and Heather joined together to win the am team challenge.
  • ChauncyLilyLogan and Paul utilized their teamwork skills to win the pm team challenge.
  • More info on team challenges will be shared in the future.
  • Dom was the FIRST person this quarter to validate his technical skills and I’m excited to see more of you guys do the same soon.

Shout-Outs

  • Jesus R. has helped me a lot with Maya problems and rigging.
  • Marcus P. helps me with problems and is a good neighbor.
  • Shout-Out to GavinKatRebecca, and Gillian for helping with our Cyber Senior program.
  • I believe Emily P. should get a shout-out because she has been very nice and has tried harder to be my friend than anyone else in this class has.
  • My shout-out goes to Jesus R. because he always helps me with some of the things I don’t get or have problems with. He is a little bit ahead so he understands it a little bit and explains to me while this is being done. He is always helpful!
  • I would like to give Dion W. a shout-out for being a good neighbor. He is very positive and funny. Like a good neighbor, Dion is there.
  • I would like to give a few shout-outs for those who peer reviewed my pin:  Bret K., Lyon H., Jason L. and Emily P.
  • Shout-out to Gillian A. for informing me of an interesting sport that I had never heard before.
  • Shout-out to Taylor J. for providing entertaining conversation before and after class and never failing to flatter.
  • Shout-out to Brooke B. for joining us on the fun!
  • Shout-out to Chauncey P. while Rebecca S. and I were taking the Adobe Illustrator practice test we got stuck on a few questions and we asked Chauncey for help. And he was always willing to see what he could to help work through it.
  • Shout out to Brad R. for teaching me something new every day.
  • Shout-out to Hezekiah H. for helping me, my Illustrator wouldn’t close out and I didn’t know why, but turns out the exit pop up was hidden in on the Wacom tablet, kind of a silly mistake, but if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been able to finish that lesson in that day.
  • Shout-out goes to Lily M. for getting me a milkshake.
  • Shout-out to Gavin C. for showing me how to adjust the tablet and showing me that there are different stylus tips in the pen stand. I thought that was cool.

9.23

FRIDAY–Weekly Status reports due before break.

  • Above & Beyond – Submit a shout-out! Refer to announcements on 9/21 for details.
  • Team Activity last 30 minutes of class; until then work hard!
  • Make-Up opportunities this Saturday morning and Monday night. Refer to details on our class calendar in Basecamp.
  • Cyber Seniors today – PM (Details on class calendar in Basecamp)

Kudos & Congrats

Brad just certified through Work Keys and is exempt from Keytrain each week.


9.22

  • If you are not exempt and haven’t yet completed 1 hour of Keytrain this week, get it done so you will earn your Participation point this week.
  • Good timing for some of you–what makes a Logo Design Successful?
  • Scholarship Article
  • Info on hardware for designers–#5 is not a Cintiq, but it’s decent
  • Sell your art through Adobe
  • 3D Printing explained
  • Suggestions for an animation Demo Reel
  • The evolution of 12 classic logos
  • Do’s and Don’ts of an animation showreel according to Pixar

9.21

Above & Beyond Opportunity for this week

  • Shout-Outs | Give a classmate a sincere shout-out–maybe someone helped you find a solution to a problem, maybe someone gave you a peer review, maybe someone just helped you have a better day with their smile or conversation–to give someone a Shout-Out, just include it on your Weekly Status Report this Friday; list WHO gets the shout-out and WHY.

Kudos and Congrats

  • Lily M. just passed her Work Keys certification and is now exempt from the weekly hour of Keytrain.

9.20

  • College Prep/Checklist workshop – Digital Den @ 8:15 am and 1:00 pm
  • Yippee–some of you are testing on Work Keys certifications today!!!
  • Team Activity during last portion of class today.
  • Progress Reports – am nearly done; keep working hard!

9.19

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Yo Ho Ho – Today is a fun day, though, ye best discover LEARNING is your REAL treasure!

Rules of the Day–Savvy?

  • Ahoy–Ye should address me as Cap’n Myers
  • Ye should talk like a pirate!
  • Ye all start our voyage with 10 epIK points individually!
  • Failure to properly address the Cap’n or talk like a pirate–walk the plank and lose a point fer each transgression. Aye, ye can end up w/NEGATIVE points, cast as shark bait fer the team!
  • AYE mates, ye have been assigned to TEAMS, AND the winning team for today’s activity will receive 20 additional epIK Points each for the week. 
23-Sep

Pirate Fort

Individual
TOTALS
Team
TOTALS
Team 1
Caleb Barkocy 0
Ian Koelsch 0
Dom Ford 0
Mitchell Robinson 0
Team 2
Jeff Buckley 0
Oivia Brushwood 0
Kyle Howell 0
David Seem 0
Team 3
Connor Katz 0
Ian Skinner 0
Lyon Huynh 0
Jesus Rodriguez 0
Team 4
Dion Walker 0
Heather Barnard 0
Wesley Riley 0
Christian Landolt 0
Bret Kauppila 0
Team 5
Marcus Pickard 0
Jessica Shaw 0
Emily Pinion 0
Kaylynn Muller 0
0
Team 6
Glavine Akers 0
Taylor Justice 0
Brooke Ballard 0
Austin Kelser 0
Team 7
Sean Peterson 0
Nathan Melton 0
Chris Gresham 0
Hezekiah Hamlin 0
Team 8
Chauncy Porter 0
Lily Meador 0
Logan Badry 0
Paul Johnson 0
Team 9
Kat Stewart 0
Haley Folenius 0
Rebecca Statton 0
Gillian Andersen 0
Team 10
Brad Redding 0
Gavin Criser 0
Abbey Bradberry 0
Kyle Ellenburg 0
  • I’ll be meeting with you guys this week to review your progress reports. While I am meeting with others, it’s very important that you continue working on your curriculum, and stay on track towards NINJA skills!
  • Do you have any comments for me? How can I improve as your instructor? What would improve your learning experience? Be sure and let me know during our discussion if you have any suggestions!
  • Tomorrow at 8:15 am and 1:00 pm in the Digital Den, Ms. Rice will be sharing a checklist and tips for those of you who indicated you were thinking about college next year. If you think this is a possibility, I would encourage you to attend to learn more.

Today is “Talk Like a Pirate Day!” Be ye prepared fer an activity, mates!


Reminders/Updates

  • Seamlessly Repeating Pattern Illustrator Tutorial
  • BPA Pin Design ContestBPA Pin Design Contest – 6 curriculum hours |  If you are interested, you can enter the BPA pin design contest. You will need to provide a digital image of your design in two sizes, 4 x 4 and 1 x 1, on one sheet of paper and staple a cover sheet with your student’s name, email address, secondary/post-secondary status, and instructor’s name to your submission.  Please turn in submissions by end of day, Friday, Sept. 30. I have examples from previous years if you are interested in seeing them.

9.16

Happy Friday!

  • Weekly Status Reports are due today. Reminder – this is an evaluation of your professional skills and a few of you have needed reminders to get back on track, act more professionally, keep your area clean and you also need to have completed at least 1 hour of Keytrain this week if you are not exempt, in order to earn all 4 points. Be sure to get your reports submitted before break today!
  • Did you earn any bonus points this week by walking/running at least 1 mile for Charity Miles? Claim it in your Weekly Status Report and include a screen shot!
  • AM Class/New Students – Today I will be demonstrating taking a GMetrix Practice Illustrator test.
  • PM Class – if you signed up to help with Cyber Seniors, you will have a meeting in the Digital Den at 1:30 pm
  • Happy Constitution Day! There are Voter Registration applications in the Commons area for students 18+ needing to register. There are also educational booklets on the orange table near the entry if you would like a copy.
  • Students completing Illustrator – have you reviewed your Skills Validation checklist yet? Let me know when you are ready to check some of those skills off!

Monday is “Talk Like a Pirate Day!” Be ye prepared fer an activity, mates!


9.15

  • Seamlessly Repeating Pattern Illustrator Tutorial
  • Some of you are starting to get distracted, watching videos not related to class, surfing, texting – remember no videos during class, and if they are for music, they should be minimized. This is impacting your progress and Professional Skills grade.
  • Several of you indicated you were interested in attending college next year, but getting on that track was difficult–navigating forms, getting admitted, financial aid, scholarships, etc. Next Tuesday Ms. Rice will be hosting a workshop to help you with these challenges.
  • Today’s Thursday, and if you are not exempt and have not yet completed your Work Keys training, get 1 hour completed today by the end of class.
  • FT Ambassador – Our recruitment team is visiting Edmond Memorial on September 22, and and Edmond North on September 29. If you are interested in helping to represent Francis Tuttle IT on that day at your school, let me know. You will need to have your own transportation. Lunch will be provided. You just gotta show up and be ready to talk to other students about our programs! You must have an activity form filled out before the events in order to be excused from class.
  • BPA Pin Design ContestBPA Pin Design Contest – 6 curriculum hours |  If you are interested, you can enter the BPA pin design contest. You will need to provide a digital image of your design in two sizes, 4 x 4 and 1 x 1, on one sheet of paper and staple a cover sheet with your student’s name, email address, secondary/post-secondary status, and instructor’s name to your submission.  Please turn in submissions by end of day, Friday, Sept. 30. I have examples from previous years if you are interested in seeing them.

9.14

  • Ms. Smith posted information in the Classmates’ Corner about a free Luminous Silicone Jewelry Workshop with Lopeeta Tawde on Saturday, September 24th from 9am – 2pm sponsored by UCO. Deadline for registration is September 19; contact  ocae@uco.edu if interested in attending.
  • Jobs
  • Pretty cool! Check this out and think about how you can adopt some of these techniques for your portfolio.
  • I have adjusted the hours awarded for both the 3D Modeling and 3D Animation courses. You will need to review the post in the 3D Class project Modeler’s Discussion or Animation Discussion and adjust your Basecamp accordingly. If you feel adjustments still need to be made, you may visit with me and consideration will be given. However, if you require reminders to get back on track and/or do not use your time wisely during class, this additional consideration will not be an option for you.
  • Above & Beyond/epIK Points – You can earn a bonus point this week if you install an app on your phone, Charity Miles, and walk or run at least 1 mile for the charity of your choice. It’s a neat app–sponsors donate money while you exercise! To receive credit, you must join the FrancisTuttleIT team and submit a screen shot of your results within your Weekly Status Report on Friday. I know all of you may not have smart phones and/or data to use and may not be able to take advantage of this initiative–other opportunities for bonus points will be offered in the future. Let me know if you have questions.
  • If you are in the Visual Illustration Tools course, you should soon be completing Illustrator; we can start the Skills Validation exercise this week or next. (Refer to the last page of the Competencies document in your Basecamp project.) Review the checklist, study and prepare, and let me know when you are ready. I can do this with you as a group, (each person doing their own work on their computer,) or individually; you can also use IShowU, which I will demonstrate during our meeting today. I will meet with you briefly at the first of class to review the process, demonstrate IShowU, Discuss the Illustrator Practice test, and the Design Principles and Copyright Quizzes.

9.13

  • If you were out, be sure to read through all the announcements below!
  • If you haven’t yet calibrated your tablet, do so. Let me know if you have questions.

9.12

ArtistWork

  • By the end of this week, we will have completed approximately 1/2 of this first quarter!  I will be completing Progress Reports next week based on where you are by Friday, so please work hard and keep me informed of your progress. I should be distributing a new grade report for you to review tomorrow.
  •  As you know, the side doors to our building lock when you exit. Please do not prop the doors open with a trash can, it causes accessibility problems. We have an all-day student in a wheel chair and if we have an emergency this is the way the student has to exit the building. Thanks!
  • I have a new driver for the tablets I will be copying to your desktops this morning. Let me know when you are ready to install it, and hopefully these drivers will support Maya 2017.

Reminders/Updates

  • KEEP reading basecamp To Do’s and checking off completed work. I’m  still not seeing lots of the video/theory/NDDB training getting done by some of you guys, and that’s important stuff!
  • Many of you are completing Week 3 of your course. During Weeks 3 and 5, there is a discussion posted in your Basecamp course for you to provide course experience feedback. Don’t forget to answer those questions!
  • Don’t forget Keytrain – starting this week, if you are not exempt, you need to complete at least 1 hour of training no later than the end of class on Thursday.
  • Illustrator Correction – On Chapter 15, page 435 in Illustrator, the directions tell you to Choose File> Save For Web.  You are not able to see it.  You have to Choose File > Export > Save For Web. (Also posted to Classmates’ Corner by Ms. Smith.)
  • PluralSight/DigitalTutors links – Our vendor is undergoing several changes this month. In order to access training in the future, you will need to login using the following link:https://www.digitaltutors.com/11/login.php?source=ps_sso_productionIf you login using the above link fist, your links from within Basecamp should still work.
  • New students – this game can help you master the pen tool!

9.9

Happy Friday!

  • Weekly Status Reports are due before break. Don’t forget, if the Lynda.com OR Plural Sight summary report posted earlier on 9.6 shows you watched at least 3 hours of video training during the month of August, you have earned epIK Points – so claim a point for Above & Beyond
  • ALSO, if you have a good suggestion for a FREE team building class activity, you can include that at the end of your Weekly Status Report.
  • We will be visiting after break about your personality assessment. If you didn’t get to take it yesterday, do it right after your Weekly Status Report has been submitted.
  • GREAT JOB to everyone for your work completed during this short week, as well as for getting KeyTrain started! NINJA skills require dedication! #bestclassoncampus!

Reminders/Updates

  • KEEP reading basecamp To Do’s and checking off completed work. I’m  still not seeing lots of the video/theory/NDDB training getting done by some of you guys, and that’s important stuff!
  • Yesterday Olivia and Kat attended our first Executive Council Meeting. This group represents all the students in our building as well as the child care program, and they plan activities, fundraisers, and community service events for the year. They will be posting updates in our 3D Class project soon, so you can be involved and informed.
  • Many of you are completing Week 3 of your course. During Weeks 3 and 5, there is a discussion posted in your Basecamp course for you to provide course experience feedback. Don’t forget to answer those questions!
  • Progress Reports will be going out in a little over a week or so; do your best to make great progress and let me know when you have questions.

9.8

Keytrain

  • Today we have a guest, Ms. Rice, from the EEC, at 8:45 am and 12:45 pm. She will be helping you get started on Keytrain this year. This was referenced in your Orientation project in Basecamp, so you will be able to check it off your list after you have taken your pre-tests today. I realize few people like academics as their favorite thing–but they ARE important and count for 1 of your Professional Enhancements points. Each week, you are responsible for completing 1 hour of training through Keytrain. You will determine the day/time, but be sure it gets done by the end of class each Thursday so you can earn your point! Be courteous to Ms. Rice!
  • Your account information for login purposes is located in your hanging file folder in the drawer of the filing cabinet where the sign-in sheet is located.
  • The following people have already certified and are exempt and are listed on our Kudo’s page of honor: Caleb B | Jeff B | Bret K | Marcus P | Emily P | Mitchell R | Jessica S | Ian S | Gavin C | Kat S | Kaylynn M.
  • Several of you started last year and only lack one or two tests to be exempt.
  • Once you have prepared and certified in Work Keys, you will be exempt.
  • Login for Keytrain at this site,  http://www.keytrain.com/careerready101.asp – this is also included in your Professional Enhancement course project as well as the Resources page on our class site.

Superintendent’s Leadership Academy

  • If you are interested in participating on our Superintendent’s Leadership Academy watch the video from last year’s SLA class and fill out the online application hereApplications are due September 23, 2016 and need to be returned to the Marketing Office in the Administration Building on the Rockwell Campus.

Updated Calendar and Up Next Section

  • I’ve added several events to our Basecamp Animation calendar as well as to the Up Next section below. Some of you from our afternoon class volunteered to help senior citizens learn about computers. The dates for Cyber Seniors are also included in these sections.

Personality Assessment Challenge

  • Soon we will be forming teams for various challenges. Communication is the most challenging part of working with people! After break today, use the link above to take your Personality Assessment Challenge. Post your results in 3D Class Projects area within Basecamp and also in your Weekly Status Report tomorrow. In the Weekly Status Report, let me know – What did you learn? My results are already posted.

9.7

  • Key train starts this week, on Thursday–I will be discussing this in more depth at this time. Additional information is available in your Orientation project, and once you are certified you will be exempt. Until then, one of your Professional Enhancement points is earned by completing at least 1 hour of training each week through KeyTrain. Each of you has a login that has been created. Your account information is located in your hanging file folder, where you are welcome to keep it.
  • Germ Alert!!! Allergy season is upon us–there are hand sanitizers near the entrance; in your cube behind your computer you also have a disposable cloth sanitizer you can use on your desk area, keyboard, and mouse. There are special cleaners for your display–see me if those are needed. Kleenex boxes are placed throughout the room. Be tidy and keep your area clean! That’s also worth a Professional Development point.
  • Jobs – all school (Even if you aren’t actively pursuing a job now, you should become familiar with the requirements and identify jobs that are most appealing to you, so you can attain those competencies.)

9.6 

greatnessOnly a 4-day week, make it awesome!

IT Practice Lab starts today, and this can help if you need to earn make-up time. Check out the guidelines and be sure you work with me to take something to work on while there.

There is also an all-school make-up lab on Saturday morning, 8:30 – 11:30 am and next Monday afternoon, 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Details for those opportunities are posted on our calendar.

Kudos to those who are working hard through their Lynda and Plural Sight training tutorials.  If the attached summary from Plural Sight,  OR if the attached summary from Lynda.com shows you have viewed at least 3 hours of training during August, when you do your weekly status report on Friday, request a point for Above and Beyond. (Important–don’t compare yourself to others! Everyone has an individualized training plan and may not be doing Lynda.com or Plural Sight training. No matter, you’ll get an opportunity later!)

I hope to be getting with each of you on grades today, and if needed, tomorrow.

9.2  | Happy Friday

  • Weekly Status Reports due before break–be detailed and review the tips shared below in yesterday’s announcements. Let me know if you have questions. These reports are a great tool for developing Communication Skills, which is our Professional Skills Topic for this month.
  • IF you aren’t referencing your course instructions in Basecamp each day, start to make that a habit–and check off work completed as well.
  • Told you we have awesome students! Congrats to Olivia, am class; and Kat, pm class! Olivia is serving as our BPA Reporter, and Kat is serving as our BPA Vice-President.
  • New students working through Visual Illustration Tools course – In Week 2 of your Basecamp instructions, you will need to check out the Non-Designer’s Design Book. I have a few copies around the classroom, let me know when you need one.
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday, so better work extra hard to get those Ninja Skills today 🙂

9.1

Tomorrow you will complete your Weekly Status Report. Some tips to help:

  • Be sure you have screen shots and/or links this time. (You can start preparing those now.) Let me know if you have questions.
  • Submit EARLY if you will not be here on Friday.
  • Be sure to give yourself a score 1 – 4. If you don’t get all points, tell me why.
  • If you were tardy or have an unexcused absencequitting early, lining up at the door, etc., you can earn a 3 as your max.
  • If you are doing a Lynda/Plural Sight course, be sure to publish your certificates to Behance.
  • Be sure to answer all questions.
  • Progress? You’ve been in class all week this week, with minimal interruptions. You SHOULD be close to completing Week 2 of your course. (Animators may be a little slower.) Push hard, if you are not quite there yet.

Get your forms submitted please so you can earn the 12 hours from Orientation towards your progress.

IT Class Reps – you should have a meeting today to vote for officers. They will make an announcement when it’s time to report.

Our BPA/Skills page has been updated to reflect the new contest topics for 2016-17. Our class normally competes in the Modeling and Animation events. We will discuss opportunities available related to BPA/Skills towards the end of the quarter, but you can check them out now on your own time.  If you think you might like to represent our school at either of these contests, let me know when you submit your Weekly Status Report.


8.31

Student IDs

Today the following people need to meet at the beginning of class for IDs. If you attended last year in a different program, you will also receive a new badge updated to reflect our 3D Program.

AM @ 8:20 
Heather Barnard 
Amondo Carr 
 
PM @12:40
Gillian Andersen 
Christopher Gresham 
Hezekiah Hamlin 
Austin Kelser 
Nathaniel Melton 
Sean Peterson 
Chauncy Porter 
Rebecca Statton

NTHS Officer Applications

  • Francis Tuttle will have a school wide National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) officer team.  In order to be eligible to run for office, you must be current members of NTHS and be in good standing (behavior, grades, attendance).  You are also eligible to run for office if you were nominated under a different program than our current enrolled program (for example – a web student who is now in software development.)
  • The officer team will be comprised of 2 students from each of the instructional areas for a total of 10 students:  Health, IT, T&I, Portland, Reno.  Additionally – students can be either AM or PM as well as high school or adult. I’m sure we have some qualified candidates!  Complete this Officer Application, if interested; it needs to be submitted by Friday, September 9.

8.30

  • New students, make sure you are reading the notes in Basecamp and watching the theory videos. Our Lynda.com report doesn’t show much activity for some of you guys! That’s part of your progress grade. On Chapter 6, be sure to use the mouse not the pen; on Chapter 8, be sure you read the notes about DaFont and download an appropriate substitute.
  • Tomorrow some of you will be taking pics for FT IDs; if you already have one you will not be doing so again.
  • If you are taking the ACT this year,
    • Check out the ACT Prep that we offer through our EEC program. It’s online and it offers personalized tutorials, practice questions, and even 3 timed mock ACTs. It is completely customizable to them based on the pretests they take. It is similar to how KeyTrain works in respect to WorkKeys. If you are interested in this, let me know so we can get you set up and going! Once set up, you should be able to access this from any computer with an internet connection. If you were to purchase an online ACT prep like this, it would cost approximately $40. Since we offer this free, you should take advantage!
  • Jobs – We will have a weekly posting that is designed for all students on campus, not just creative students; but sometimes these are also good for extra money while in school, if interested.
    • Graphic design job
  • FREE 3D Printed items | Contest Battle sponsored by Shapeways
  • Interested in attending Savannah College of Art & Design? We do have students who graduate our programs and attend. It is $$$, but never hurts to learn more. At the very least, you can compare your training opportunities here and discover you have a head start. A good portfolio can help with a scholarship, and you can also apply for Financial Aid.
    • Attend a SCAD information session near you and discover more than 100 innovative programs of study, meet one-on-one with an admission representative and start your journey at the university for creative careers.
    • Oklahoma City, OK | Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. | Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City | 1200 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73103
    • Learn about SCAD’s innovative academic programs, art and design career options, and admission requirements. Students also can participate in a Q-and-A session with admission representatives or meet representatives one-on-one for portfolio review.
    • Register to attend.

8.29

believe

Never give up on yourself  or your dreams! Work hard this week and make every minute count.

I have one last form I need you to sign placed near the sign-in sheet. Your signature acknowledges you are aware of our grievance policy, which was covered in the Francis Tuttle handbook. Please let me know if you have questions. Their should be a link in your Orientation course if you need to review it again.

AM Class – I will be out tomorrow and Mr. Channel will be your substitute. He is familiar with the concept that we are the BEST class on campus, and I am looking forward to an awesome sub report.

  • A few of you were out last Friday. If you didn’t already do your weekly status report, please get that submitted first thing, so it won’t be late.
  • Don’t forget to shut down your computers, turn off your tablets, push in your chairs, and leave your work area clean each day. Thanks!

8.26

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

We have made it through our first week and all of the orientations!  Good job on the fire drill, also.

  • Picnic 8:30 – 10:30 and 1:00 – 3:00; there will be FREE hot dogs, cookies, chips and lots of activities. Some students will be selling snow cones and popcorn for $1
  • FIRST Weekly Status Report DUE before picnic starts.
  • Also, we have a fun activity this morning after your report, before the picnic, see below.

    FIVE TAKE FIVE
    FTTCIT Photo Tag
    Pre-Picnic Activity for IT building students on Friday 8/26
     
    1.     IT building student form groups of 5 or more, with no more than two students from the same class.   
    2.     Each team will take 5 group photos (us-ies) in various areas of our building (see below).
    3.     Be the first team to create a single Facebook post with your 5 photos, and tag “Francis Tuttle Information Technology” (@fttcit) to win!
    4.     Like Francis Tuttle Information Technology (fttcit) on Facebook and watch for the winner to be announced!  
    5.     Remember to follow FT SNAPCHAT (@FTTechOKC) also!

     

    Take your photos at:
    1. The Digital Den A1040; 
    2. The EEC (Educational Enhancement Center) and Lunch-time Make-up room B1130; 
    3. Ms. Lindsey’s office B1105; 
    4. Any blue shelter area sign; 
    5. Anybody with a Francis Tuttle nametag. 

Congrats–this week you have all achieved a nugget towards our GOLD Standard for NINJA Skills!


8.25

  • Today’s our team meeting and the Scavenger Hunt. We will be meeting in the Digital Den, and will go down as a group, as soon as the Scavenger hunt is completed.
  • At 10 am and 2:30 pm we are excited to have the 2D Class join us in the Digital Den for team building and developing strategies for NINJA Skills!

Do you know the names of 15 students yet?  Next Challenge – Try to make it the whole class!


8.24

You guys are off to a great start–seeing lots of Basecamp To Dos getting marked off, assignments completed, just keep working, learning new skills–heading for NINJA status!

  • AM Students – This morning before break, help me see if you are able to update Adobe apps using the following techniques: Using Finder,  launch “\Utilities\Adobe Creative Cloud\AppsPanel\Updater\Adobe Application Updater and do all updates. Let me know if I need to authenticate and/or if you get errors. Thanks!
  • Reminder –  we will still cover Keytrain/Work Keys, Brainbench, File Management/IShowU/Copyright after Labor Day, so keep those on your orientation list.
  • Picnic Activities: Basketball, Volleyball, Bean Bag Toss, Board Games, Cards, Ping Pong–IF you want to play on our Basketball or Volleyball team, let me know by the end of class today. You should wear your FT shirt you will get during the scavenger hunt.
  • Do you know the names of at least 15 people in our class yet? If not, start working on it! 
  • Otha Grimes Scholarship–Adult Students; application must be keyed and hand-delivered or emailed to finaid@francistuttle.edu, our financial aid office. DUE by noon on September 12

8.23

  • 1st Day of School--Class Photos today!  Hope you all brought your SMILES 🙂
  • IF you are interested in serving as a class representative on our Executive Council, let me know today. The Executive Council consists of students in our building as well as the childcare program; they meet quarterly, (during school,) to plan social, community service, and fundraiser activities for  Business Professionals of America, DECA, FCCLA, and TSA. For more information about our student organization, visit our CTSO page.
  • Questions, continued – No, I have not seen the series Teen Wolf; Yes this class will help you with a career in Game Design.

8.22

Give someone a High Five if you read announcements today!

Finally today, we should have a full class with everyone completing orientation and starting a new course. Also, new high school students will hear an announcement today to be dismissed for our IT orientation with Ms. Lindsey.

If you have questions, please ask. In response to some of your questions I have received:

  • I LOVE my job and have been a teacher for a long time. I enjoy changes in technology and the challenges it offers to stay up to date and I believe it’s important to learn something new everyday. Everyone is an expert at something; everyone is a beginner at something. Sometimes experts can learn from beginners.
  • I have been teaching 3D for approximately 6 years!  I feel like you will definitely use the skills you learn in this program in many different areas. Visual designs and animations are an excellent communication tool that should compliment any occupation.

In Basecamp, you may notice a new project, Professional Enhancement. I will talk about this in detail during our class meeting on Thursday.

TODAY – Orientation for NEW HS Students in D1750 | 8:30 & 1:00

TOMORROW – we are taking class photos, so bring a smile to class with you!


8.19

Happy Friday!!!

Below is a checklist of things you should see in Basecamp and items that need to get done quickly. Check it out by the end of class today make sure everything is getting there.

Emergency Verification Form – must be SIGNED, even if there are no changes.  Check the Opt In Box on the middle of page one if you wish to receive calls from FTTC including our notification calls for school closings and emergency drills.

Welcome Edmond Students!

You have permission to leave at 10:47 each morning so you can make it to school on time. You will need to pay attention, though, because I won’t be making an announcement.


8.18

If you started yesterday, please check the following:

  • In Basecamp, can you see the following: Classmates’ Corner 16-17 | 16-17 Orientation | Animation Class Calendar | 3D Class Projects

  • If you have created your Behance Account AND sent me your All About Me/Ninja Knowledge page, check our site to see if your portfolio shows up, and the link is working. Is it also posted to the Classmates’ Corner?

  • Have you taken/passed the Policies & Procedures | Safety | Attendance Lap 16-17 tests in Blackboard?

  • Have you submitted all 3 forms to me with appropriate signatures?

  • Have you set up your accounts with Lynda.com and Plural Sight?

  • Have you started the Basecamp/Behance courses on Lynda.com?

  • Do you have any questions? Be sure to let me know!

If your first day is today, welcome!  Be sure to review this list at the end of the day to see if you are getting everything done.


8.17

Today we start our journey towards NINJA Skills! For the first few days, please be patient as we knock out the requirements for orientation. ALSO, be a great team mate and get to know your classmates 🙂 I am excited to see all you will achieve this year.

  • Knowledge is power – Master Your  Challenge

Reminders/FYI

The parking in front of the child care center is to allow for parents to safely drop off and pick up their children.  Those spots are reserved for early-care and Pre-K kids.  We have expanded our Pre-K programs and we need every parking space that is available.