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Labs' FAQ


    What is Paull's PRIDE?

    This is an acronym for 5 behviors that students can adopt and live by for not only success here at the Middle School, but also life-long success. Consider it a motto or creed, but 5 words to live by, surely. For a description, pleaselook at the sidebar and click on Student Expectations for a complete answer about this. 



    What are the classroom Rules for Mrs. Paull's classes?

    There are 2 Labs with one teacher and one set of rules. Please look at the sidebar at left and click on Student Expectations for a comprehensive answer. Of course, please email if any questions! It includes an explanation of Paull's PRIDE, a guideline for success!

    What is the CUE Lab and who uses it?

    The CUE Lab is one of two computer rooms at BMS that allows students to learn about the computer utilities education (each letter stands for CUE) or basic uses and applciations of a computer. Students in grades 5 and 6 are the primary users of 
    this Lab with Mrs. Paull as their instructor. Here they are using Type To Learn 3 for refine their keyboarding skills necessary for touch typing to speed completion af a variety of assignments that they will encounter throughout their academic 
    lives. Also, they are learning about how to effectively and effieicently use the following sofwtare - Word for basic communication such as writing, Excel for data analysis (spreadsheets), Inspiration for graphic organizing (outlining and diagramming), Internet Explorer for online browsing, and Powerpoint for creating dynamic and coherent multi-media presentations (slides for speeches, reports and public viewing).

     How are assignments graded in CUE Lab?

    A grade scale is used on a 5 point scale that corresponds easily to the letter scale used on the report cards. On this five point scale, students must satisfy up to 5 requirements or criteria to earn points. If they satisfy all 5 well, they will earn a 5 which is equal to an A. Likewise, if the students satisfy nearly all 5, then they earn a 5 minus equal to that of an A minus. It is rare that students will earn less than that of a 3 which would be equal to that of a C. Students who choose not to do all of the work will likely earn a grade similar to or less than a C.

    What is the TEL Lab and who uses it?

    The TEL Lab is a largest classroom in the building at BMS. Here are 12 computers outfitted with assorted equipment that have professional applications in technology and engineering learning (letters stand for TEL). Students in grades 7 and 8 use this room exclusively in a program called Paxton Action Learning Labs that we have had in use since the building opened in 2001. BMS has 12 of the PAL Labs modules. They offer a 10 day computer-delivered curriculum that presents a particular job scenario and allows for related learning concepts and activities. Now, as of 2015-2016 school year, students may access the program ONLINE from an internet-capable device! Students will create User accounts with Paxton Patterson's server to access their curriculum. Immediate feedback from Knowledge Checks and formal assessment with Checkpoint Tests are viewable on the student's HOME screen of their account. Available year round and outside of the campus, students can always stay up to date with their activities and progress!
    • TEL Lab offers the following modules for its students (corresponding job scenario in parentheses): 
      Audio Communication (Radio Broadcasting and Music Mixer)
      Digital Music (Sound Effects, Performing Artist, MIDI Sampler)
      Environment & Ecology (Environmentalist, Biological Sciences)
      Flight Technology (Astronaut, Pilot and Aeronautical Sciences)
      Computer Graphics & Animation (Visual Artist, Designer, Animator)
      Health & Fitness (Fitness Trainer and Medical & Biological Sciences)
      Information Technology (Researcher, Systems Analyst and Informational Technology)
      Mechanisms (Engineer, Research & Developer and Physical Sciences)
      Robotics (Engineer and Artifical Intelligence Sciences)
      Structural Engineering (Architect and Construction technology)
      Video Production (Special Effects, Editor, and Videographer) 
      Virtual Architecture (Blueprint scale reading, Interior & Exterior Design, CAD and 3D modeling)

    What is LMS?

    Learning Management System from Paxton Patterson is the account each student will create a user login for when they interface the TEL Lab! It is a means by which students can directly view technology and engineering topics for study and assessment for the TEL Lab.

    How are assignments graded in TEL Lab?

    TEL Lab Students are graded on their comprehension of mastery in concepts introduced in the module through 4 assessments at mid-way and end-points of the module, collaborative efforts during activities that apply what they're learning in the module, understanding of the DESIGN Process (a Science framework standard necessary for success with Technolgy & Engineering as well as Basic Sciences) and quality of completion of activities and long term projects.
    Students earn points for various tasks that they complete up to 100 points by the end of a module rotation. Progress will be reported as students complete tasks in the MMS online gradebook for parents to monitor. Please email the teacher if any questions regarding how and when points were earned. The maximium number of points can be earned for the following tasks: 

    4 points for a qualitative and quantitive description of efforts by student, known as an Activity Log
    4 points for successful completion of Guidebook Activities
    4 points for comprehension of the Electronic Workbook questions
    4 points for a completed and viable solution to a Design Problem
    4 points for accuarte application of the DESIGN process 

    15 points for the day 5 paper version of Progress or Mid-point Test
    5 bonus possible for paper test - if earning perfect score on first correction
    10 points for the day 5 computer version of Progress or Mid-point Test

    15 points for the day 10 paper version of Post or Module Exit Test
    5 bonus possible for paper test - if earning perfect score on first correction
    10 points for the day 5 computer version of Progress or Module Exit Test