• Course: Graphic Design                         Voice Mail:  623-445-7511

    Teacher: Mr. Hinkle                                  email:  Richard.hinkle@dvusd.org

    Room: 407                                                  Prep Hour:  6          

    Web Page/Canvas Link: https://dvusd.instructure.com/

    Tutoring Hours: M-F 6:45-7:30   After School till 3:00 by Appt


    Course Description

    Students study the fundamentals of graphic design through hands-on experience with relevant technology to prepare them to consider pursuing careers in the creative and dynamic visual communication industry. The combination of visual art and technical concepts sharpens students' skills in critical thinking, logic, communication, organization, and problem solving.

    Course Objectives & Essential Outcomes

    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Technology Operations and Concepts


    Grading Policy

    A =      90-100%

                B  =      80-90%

                C  =      70-79%

                D  =      60-69%

                F  =      below 60%


    • Grades are cumulative for each semester. The grade book categories(which comprise 80% of your overall course grade) are as follows:
      • Assessments, projects, quizzes 60%,
      • Coursework 20%
      • Final Exam 20%
    • The final exam will account for 20% of the overall course grade.
    • No extra credit will be accepted.
    • Grades will not be rounded at the end of the semester



    Powerschool Access

    The Powerschool site allows parents/guardians and students to access the student’s grades, attendance, and other information.  If you need your access information, please stop by the front desk during business hours.  You will need a photo I.D.  The web address is: ps.dvusd.org/public



    Make-Up Work

    Upon return to class after an absence, a student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/test assigned during his/her absence regardless of the number of days absent. For example, if a student is absent on Thursday and Friday, he/she will have Monday and Tuesday of the following week to make up work and must turn in the work that was assigned during the days absent on Wednesday. It is the student’s reponsibility to check with teachers immediately upon return for work missed. Teachers may choose to schedule an appointment with the student to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work.


    Coursework and assessments assigned prior to the absence(s) may still be due on the date assigned or due on the first day that the student returns to class.


    Make-up work for extended absences may be requested through the Counseling Office and picked up there.

    Be sure to enter the procedures for obtaining the missed work (e.g., binder at the back of the room, see the folders on the bulletin board, check my website, etc)

    All work, assignments etc. will be located in Canvas


    Late Work Procedure

    Assignments may be turned in up to 1 week after the assignments due date. From that point the assignment will be locked and cannot be turned in.


    Re-Take/Reassessment Procedure

    Since most assessments will be project based, assessments can be resubmitted for a higher grade for up to 1 week after the date of the assessment.


    Long Term Project Procedure

    Long term projects are due on the date and time assigned, as defined in writing in advance by the teacher. NO EXCEPTIONS. THIS SUPERSEDES THE MAKE-UP POLICY. If the student is absent or the class does not meet that day, the PROJECT IS STILL DUE ON THE DAY ASSIGNED.


    Classroom Behavior Expectations and Consequences

    This class is a reflection of the school community and all behavior should reflect this.

    How to avoid getting called out:

    • Be Respectful
    • Be Prepared
    • Obey All School Rules
    • In accordance with school policy, if CELLPHONES are used incorrectly (Snapchat, texting, calling, Facebook…), they will be confiscated and given to an administrator.
    • Stealing, destroying, or vandalizing (graffiti included) property is unacceptable.
    • No food in the class. Only closed containers of liquids permitted.


    To use the computers, students must have the AUP form signed. Failure to do so could result in the student being unable to complete assignments, or find material relevant to their drawings.

    Hall Pass Policy:

    The hall pass may be used during non-instruction time upon request. If the student abuses this privilege by taking the hall pass without first asking or by using it too often and for non-necessary reasons their hall pass privileges will be revoked.

    Seating Charts:

    Seating charts will be used.

    Students will be expected to remain in their assigned seat, unless otherwise stated. Failure to do so could lead to an unexcused absence.



    Electronic Device Use

    Technology (cell phones, iPods, hand-held devices, etc.) use in the classroom is intended to enhance the learning environment for all students; however, any use of technology that substantially degrades the learning environment, promotes dishonesty or illegal activities, is prohibited. If the instructor determines that the use of technology is a distraction to the learning process, either of the student using the technology or to those around him/her, the student may, at the discretion of the teacher, be asked to discontinue the use of technology in the classroom.


    Personal Electronic Device Use:

    Personal Electronic Devices include cell phones, iPods, other mp3 players and similar technology devices used for entertainment and communication/social media. Students are expected to refrain from the use of electronic devices for personal entertainment and/or communication (i.e email, instagram, facebook, etc.) during instructional time (as determined by the teacher or classroom designee). While students may freely use these devices before and after school, during passing period, and at lunch- the teacher will limit the use of personal devices and for which purposes during class to ensure that all students are focused and ready to learn.


    Use of Electronic Devices to Facilitate Learning:

    Sandra Day O’Connor High School utilizes iPads (and smartphones) as a learning tool in the classroom. The technology tools are added to the classroom for learning, the classroom teacher will inform students as to when they may use their device and for which purposes. Students must adhere to their teacher’s guidelines for use and appropriate times for use. Any student who violates the teacher’s guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action.


    Please note- students may not access their personal devices, whether for entertainment or learning, if the teacher has stated that the classroom activities at that time do not warrant use. For example, during testing or assessments.


    Adherence to the O’Connor Academic Integrity Code

    All students enrolled in Graphic Design will adhere to the framework and guidelines set forth in the O’Connor High School Academic Integrity Code. Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The purpose of this code is to promote a positive learning environment for all involved. As humans, we will make mistakes as we grow. It is understood that we can learn from those mistakes and become better individuals in the future. Any student who violates this code will be referred to the Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook and assignment of appropriate consequences.


    Plagiarism and Cheating

    Cheating: In cheating, a student is taking the work of another, on any assignment, and claiming it as his/her own. At SDOHS cheating includes but is not limited to:

    • Copying and/or offering homework verbally, in written form, or by electronic means from/to another student.
    • Copying and/or offering questions and/or answers on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form, or by electronic means from/to another student.
    • Pressuring other students to copy and/or offer homework, answers and/or questions on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form or by electronic means.
    • Bringing in and using unauthorized information during class time, including information stored in any electronic device.
    • Offering or receiving information under circumstances in which information is not to be shared.
    • Having anyone, including parents or tutors, complete assignments and submitting the work as one’s own.
    • Presenting collaborative work as independent work and independent work as collaborative. (In group work, one person should not and will not bear the burden for the entire group assignment.)
    • Copying answers from answer guides in texts.
    • Fabricating data, information, or sources. Presenting made up material as authentic.


    Plagiarism: The act of plagiarism may include direct copying, but it may also be more complex than verbatim repetition. A student, in preparing a project for a class, will have plagiarized if he/she has taken information from sources without citing the sources that have been used.  Plagiarized material may appear in a student’s paper as word-for-word copying, a summation, or a paraphrase of another’s ideas. A student has plagiarized whether the material from another source has been taken in whole or in part.  In effect, by not naming the source, the student is claiming the work of another as his/hers.  At SDOHS plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

    • Submitting images and/or documents in whole or in part from the Internet without citation of the source(s).
    • Copying another’s work.
    • Using another’s ideas without proper citations.
    • Incorporating portions of another’s writing within the context of your own work.
    • Failing to acknowledge a source of information.
    • Using “unique” phrases without citations.
    • Using graphics, charts, diagrams, or illustrations without citations.
    • Using a translator (either in-person or on-line) without proper citations


    Plagiarism and/or Cheating will result in disciplinary actions and a 0%, with no option to redo/retake. - no exceptions.

    Loss of Credit Due to Absences

    Upon reaching 5 unexcused absences or a combination of 12 unexcused and/or excused absences, a student may lose credit in any given class.


    Any student may be placed on an Attendance Contract upon accumulating multiple excused and unexcused absences. Any student with excessive absences may:

    1. Lose credit in one or more classes.
    2. Lose parking privileges.



    Please contact the teacher for any student concerns. It is crucial that teachers, parents, and students maintain open lines of communication in order to ensure the best support for student success.  Contact information is provided at the top of the first page of this syllabus.