Phone: 941-575-5450


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Mathematics Education and M.A. Curriculum & Instruction

Mrs. Karen Smith

I am starting my 33rd year at Charlotte High School. 

I teach Digital Information Technology and Communications Technology

The best way to reach me is through Remind

By phone at 941-575-5450:  During the school day, you can leave a message.  Best time to reach me is from 7:00 to 7:20 in the morning, otherwise, leave a message and I will respond as soon as possible.

All lessons are posted in Canvas




Classroom Expectation

Course Requirements:  This course is totally on-line and paper free.  All research is done on line and you should use at least 3 unrelated sources for every project.   The topic will be provided as part of the assignment based on the Certification you are seeking.  All work is turned in by flash drive and you must present your final project each time.  All forms will be provided to you through Google Classroom.  You must also use the tutorials for Industry Certification in Microsoft or Adobe according to your individual learning plan.  You are required to have complete Practice Tests and trainings online.  Once, you are scoring high enough on the G-metrix Practice Tests we will use Certiport to take the actual Industry Certification test.


Grading:  We use the Grading Rubric which is provided for you and the county Grading Scale of:

90-100  A

80-89    B

70- 79   C

60-69    D

59-0      F

There will be a certain number of assignments required for each quarter, based on the Certification you are working toward.  The assignments will have a due date, in which grades will be entered.  If you have not completed and presented that assignment, by the due date, 0%s will be added to your grade.  There is no work counted as late, but if the required assignments are not in by the end of the quarter, your grade will reflect what has not been completed.  All assignments may be turned in early.

Since, this is a Career Class, you are expected to behave in a professional manner and follow all county and school policies and procedures according to the Student Code of Conduct.  We do issue detentions when needed and you will have a week, to serve the detention.  We also call the parents to let them know a detention has been issued.

Supplies:  You must provide a USB drive to be kept in class.  You may have another drive for transferring work to and home, if you wish.  The USB drive stored in the classroom will be given back at the end of the school year, with your portfolio on it.