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Retiring the Google Drive Desktop App

At the end of September 2017, Google announced that it will end support for the Google Drive desktop app at the end of the year and that the software will shut down for good on March 12, 2018. As a result, some users my get the following message when logging in to their desktop or […]

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Report Card Printing (Grades K-8): Q1 2017

In order to avoid potential problems related to finalizing Quarter 1 Grades we have established the following finalization and printing timelines for Q1, 2017.  By making sure that report card runs are staggered appropriately, we can better insure that there is no crossover of data between the respective schools. The recommended window for teachers (grades K-8) entering Q1 grades […]

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Update to Staff Web Filtering Policy for 2017-18 School Year

Starting for the 2017-18 school year, the same level of filtering which is applied to our students on the Google CHROME browser is also being applied to our district staff and teachers.  The reasoning behind this change is to meet the needs of teachers who have long requested a simple and efficient way to know […]

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PowerSchool Service Restored

As of 7:25 pm (Tuesday, September 26th) Powerschool is restored and fully available. No data were lost as a result of this outage. It was necessary to perform repairs to the database and minimize any possibility of data loss. I apologize for the extreme inconveniences this and the previous outage have caused. Both were due […]

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PowerSchool Outage

Due to a Powerschool database issue it is necessary take Powerschool offline immediately. We will send out an notice once is it available for normal access. We realize that interruptions of these kind impact your instruction and we are working closely with the vendor to rectify this outage as soon as possible. Thank-you for your […]

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Grade K-5 Specialist (Art, Music & PE): Final Grade Entry

Please be aware that starting with Q1 2017-18 term, there will be a minor change to way that FINAL GRADES are entered for Specialists subjects (Art, Music, & PE) in grades K-5. Teachers in these subjects will now see that they have a new column in their gradebook for final grade entry (see below) which lists a standard for that […]

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High School Chrome Apps Policy Update

The expansion of student Chrome Apps over the last couple of years has allowed teachers to differentiate instruction strategies as well providing students with a variety of ways to engage with digital content.  Unfortunately, as we have increased the number of Chrome Apps and the amount of data which we are sharing with student devices, […]

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Google Drive/Classroom update

Google has just posted the following statement regarding the system outages from earlier this morning… “The problem with Google Drive and Google Classrooms should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are […]

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Springboard Issues

The earlier reported issues with PowerSchool appear to impacting the ability of some teachers to connect to their digital textbooks in Springboard.  We believe that these issue should be resolved when rosters once again re-sync at the end of the day (9/7).  If you are still not seeing your online textbooks show up by Friday (9/8), please submit […]

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PowerSchool Update- Thursday, September 7

The recent Powerschool system instability was caused by a database corruption. We identified the particular source of the corruption and have taken measures to prevent its reoccurrence. Due to the corruption we have restored a backup from the night of the 5th (Tues.). Any data entered or changes made on the morning of the 6th […]

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