A message to 5th and 9th Grade Families
You may be aware that we are implementing a student technology initiative that will ultimately provide all 6th-12th grade students with a Chromebook. Next year, students in grades 6 and grade 10 will receive their devices as part of our “1:1” phase-in plan.
We have scheduled a 1:1 Chromebook Night on Monday, May 6, at 6:45 p.m. in the Van Antwerp Auditorium for 5th grade parents/guardians, as well as for ninth grade parents/guardians. (Due to the Birchwood concert on May 6, a separate session for Birchwood families will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Birchwood Library Media Center.)
Hard copies of our Chromebook Student Handbook and a student/family loan agreement will be sent home with students during the week of April 29. We ask you and your child to review this information carefully. A loan agreement signed by the student and a parent/guardian is needed for students to receive the device.
The purpose of the May 6 meeting with Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Lauren Gemmill is to answer questions that parents may have after reviewing the handbook.
You are not required to attend the meeting in order for your child to receive a Chromebook. Signed loan agreement can be given to 5th grade classroom teachers and 9th grade homeroom teachers at any point after they are distributed.
As you likely know, Chromebooks are laptop computers that runs the Google suite of programs, which enable word processing, document sharing, web research, presentation/video production and more.
The 1:1 initiative was developed by the district’s Instructional Technology Committee. It represents the continued evolution of the use of technology as a tool for learning, discovery and collaboration in our schools.
The phase-in began this year with current sixth grade students.