Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.
The school has fully adopted Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides software online to replace the Microsoft Office Suite on our student computers. Students in grades three through eight will continue to use school-issued usernames and passwords to reach their online data drives and to access their projects during school, at home, at Grandma's house, and even on vacation.
We purchased 120 Chromebooks last year and dispersed them on five mobile carts. These units, combined with our freshly configured WiFi access points, provide full-class access to internet activities, productivity software, and wholly differentiated guided practice in math and language arts to every student in every grade. The addition of these units advances the number of student computers available in our building to a whopping 271! Within a short time, the school is adding a sixth mobile cart loaded with Chromebooks. We expect to take delivery and deploy these units early in the fall of 2016.
Our partnership with Northwestern Evaluation Association is allowing an upgrade to the way we perform our Measures of Academic Progress exams. The new system operates almost entirely online. The change allows nearly instantaneous reporting of results and verifiable evidence of learning for every student - we need wait only til the following morning to see complete results from testing sessions. The new system also allows greater numbers of students to test simultaneously. Testing more students in less time means finishing sooner and returning students to their educational tasks more quickly.
Ask your students if they enjoy and appreciate our changes with Technology. It's going to be another great year.