From the Desk of Mrs. Floura
Dear Bulldog Parents and Students
We are gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year. We are going to have an exciting year. As you have heard we will be distributing a chromebook to all our 6th through 12th grade students as part of the 1:1 technology initiative. This has been made possible through the support of our community voting YES to our technology referendum. Teachers and students are looking forward to the opportunities this will open up in the classroom.
We have also received a grant focused on technology. This grant has allowed the purchase of many tools which will enhance classroom curriculum for all grade levels. Some of the items purchased for classrooms to use are a 3D Printer, 3D drawing pens, and several robotic and programming devices such as: Spheros, OzoBot Bit Coding Robots and Bloxels Team Builder Sets to name a few. We are excited to start integrating these into our classes.
In September the Paynesville Area Community Foundation has chosen the gala focus to helping the school expand the opportunities our students have to help them be career and college ready by the time they graduate. Enhancing opportunities within our Career and Technical Education programs, career activities during the school day and our robotics programs are areas of focus. We hope to partner with local companies to provide internships and real-time experiences for students. I am looking forward to the opportunities the Gala fundraiser will provide. We will be able to help students discover where their aptitude and interest lie to help them as they begin their career search. I hope many of you can come join us for a night with friends and community members to SPARK our students interest and prepare them for tomorrow’s career opportunities. The Gala will be on September 23rd, 2017. Tickets will include dinner and a talent program.
School registration will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Once again students will be taking their school pictures, picking up schedules and taking care of any fees in the cafeteria. We will be having an informational meeting for all 6-12 grade students and parents regarding the chromebook initiative. We are strongly encouraging parents to make it a priority to attend one of these meetings. These meetings will start on the hour and half-hour between 3:00PM and 7:00PM. The focus of the meeting will be to present the expectations of chromebook usage and the insurance option. The paperwork handed out at this meeting must be turned in before a student is distributed a chromebook. Our plan is to hand out the chromebooks to all students during the first week of school.
In order to make registration go more smoothly, we are going to be making most of the student forms available online through the JMC Parent Portal site so parents can complete the information ahead of time. All secondary students will need to have the online registration completed before getting their schedules. Parents can complete these forms at home before registration night or they can complete it at registration. We will have chromebooks located in the cafeteria for your use.
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email.
Paynesville Area Secondary Principal