• As of August 1, 2022

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students: 

    I am very excited about being a partner in education with you at Biloxi High School. Cybersecurity is very important in this day and age, and it is great to be able to be a part of this program at BHS. I expect this year to be a challenging, rewarding, educational, and positive experience that could lead students to an interest in a technology field career.

    Classroom Expectations 

    • Classroom expectations are outlined in the School-Wide Discipline Plan
    • The Computer Code of Conduct will be available on the website and in Google Classroom

    Discipline (per School-Wide Discipline Plan)

    • 1st Offense: Warning / Student Conference 
    • 2nd Offense: After-school Detention/Parent Contact
    • 3rd Offense: After-school Detention/Parent Contact
    • 4th Offense: Office Referral*

    *Please note that some offenses such as skipping, vulgar language, and physical threats are immediate referrals, and unethical hacking (specific to the Cybersecurity course) must be referred directly to the office*

    Classroom Information 

    1. Come prepared for class with the school-issued Chromebook and charger.
    1. Yearly Overview
    • Term 1 (Unit 1: Personal Security)
      • 1.1 Introduction to Cybersecurity
      • 1.2 Security and the Internet
      • 1.3 Protect Your Data 
    • Term 2 (Unit 2: System Security)
      • 2.1 Information Architecture
      • 2.2 Server Vulnerabilities
      • 2.3 Server Exploits
      • 2.4 The E-Commerce Site
    • Term 3 (Unit 3: Network Security)
      • 3.1 Files and Processes
      • 3.2 Attacks on the Net
      • 3.3 Analyzing the Net
      • 3.4 Securing the Net
    • Term 4 (Unit 4: Applied Cybersecurity)
      • 4.1 Cryptography
      • 4.2 Digital Forensics
      • 4.3 Criminal Justice and Computer Science
    1. Grading
    • Grades will be updated in the online grading system, SAM Spectra (the district’s online grading platform). Students will be required to monitor their grades. Parents also have access to the online grade system to monitor grades. Please feel comfortable emailing me at eric.sanchez@biloxischools.net  Visit the biloxischools.net website and find the “grades” link.
    • Activity grades will be earned by completing activities per the assignments in Google Classroom, which prompts the students to the PLTW.org website. The PLTW website course is broken down into activities, projects, and problems.
    • Test grades will be earned by completing the projects from the PLTW.org website per the grading schedule in Google Classroom. Additional test grades will be earned by completing quizziz website multiple-choice tests. The goal is to try to have at least 5 test grades per term.
    • The term exams will be “problems” found on the PLTW.org website or a teacher-created exam.  The problems or exams are designed to have students utilize all the skills learned during the term.
    • Grades that show up as a “1” in the online grade book mean the student must do the work.  A “1” significantly lowers the student average until the assignment is completed. The “1” is a reminder that the student must get caught up with assignments.
    • There are cases where a blank or missing grade will not affect the student’s overall grade. However, students are encouraged to make up the lesson as the information will be used on projects.  I will never replace a blank grade with a “1” or a  “0”, which lowers the overall average.  A “0” in this class can only be earned by cheating.  Refusing to complete work will result in a “1” in the grade book. 
    • Communication: Real-time online grade book provides a midterm progress report and a term progress report.  Phone and email communication are always available. The best method is to email for the fastest response and a follow-up phone call or in-person conference if needed.
    1. Make-up Work
    • Students will find all the required work in Google Classroom. Students may work on any activities outside of class as long as they can access the internet. The Cybersecurity test will be in the form of Projects on the PLTW site. Students should plan to do the projects when returning to school; however, the website is always available outside of school. The “quizziz” website test can be taken upon returning to school or outside of school.
    1. General Classroom Expectations:  
    • The class will focus on electronic delivery, minimizing the need for paper. Specifically, the district has contracted with the PLTW.org website to provide a virtual security lab for students to learn without fear of impacting an actual machine.   
    • A digital notebook will be found on the student’s Google Drive through Google Classroom. The students answer questions and provide screenshots of their work to earn grades.
    • Cell phones or other electronic devices can be a distraction if not used properly. We will use the student Chromebook and the classroom systems daily. Cell phones will be the last resort and only used upon teacher approval.