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Chromebook UPDATE and First Days' Instructions

Dear Middle School Students and Families,

We hope this correspondence finds you all well and ready to return to learning. We will cover a few updates you all need to know moving into the new school year.

We are excited to share that our school is now able to provide a new Chromebook to each of our students. The use of the school device should help eliminate some of the technology struggles that arise with different software and other security programming needs. It will be expected that students use the school issued Chromebook during the instructional school hours and then are welcome to use their own devices in the evening if they wish. In addition to the chromebooks we will distribute course materials for students enrolled in three specific classes for the first quarter (Grade 6 & Grade 7 Technology and Grade 8 Earth Science). Please note that students will receive hard copies of their 2020-2021 class schedule at this time as well.

Also within this communication is information about student orientation for all middle school students to ensure they are ready for the remote learning environment, practice using their Chromebooks to access their various Schoology courses, and connect with their teachers. 

 

Distribution of the Chromebooks (September 8th and 9th)

The process for pick up will take approximately 10 minutes and so we ask that you follow CDC safety precautions: wear a mask, bring your own writing utensil to complete paperwork, and please stay in your vehicle. 

 

Dates & Times: Refer to the chart below for your assigned pickup time slot based on the last name of the student. If you can’t make your assigned time slot then please email Sharon Natale, Principal Secretary, at snatale@bscsd.org to reschedule.

 

Tuesday - September 8

Wednesday - September 9

8:00 - 8:30

 

Hyde-Kelly

8:30 - 9:00

Kenna-Kreider

9:00 - 9:30

Krieger-Leight

9:30 - 10:00

Lendt-Lundin

10:00 - 10:30

Acheta-Bagan

Lupi-Maudlin

10:30 - 11:00

Bailey-Bennett

Maurer-Milanese

11:30 - 12:00

Bentley-Brooks

Miller-Mulligan

12:30 - 1:00

Brouillette-Cannone

Mullin-Obliskey

1:00 - 1:30

Capasso-Christie

O’Connor-Pausley

1:30 - 2:00

Chrysler-Cowan

Peavy-Pierre

2:00 - 2:30

Cramer-DeJesus

Pine-Reade

2:30 - 3:00

DeLaurie-Dooling

Reed-Sanborn

3:00 - 3:30

Dowd-Farrar

Sanchez-Skiff

3:30 - 4:00

Farry-Fobare

Skillings-Starr

4:00 - 4:30

Fodera-Gillett

Stasik-Templin

4:30 - 5:00

Gillie-Gullotti

Thomas-Vazquez

5:00 - 5:30

Guynup-Herbst

Vecere-Weidman

5:30 - 6:00

Hewitt-Husvar

Weiss-Zito



Preparation before you arrive: Paperwork requires signatures of both student & parent/guardian. Please print and complete at home or bring your own pen to sign the forms we will have available.

  • Chromebook Use Policy - LINK
  • Acceptable Use Policy - LINK

Only required for 6th grade students and students new to the district. 

  • If the student was issued a school Chromebook during the emergency closing last spring then they will be required to return that device before being issued a new Chromebook.

 

Location of the pickup:  Middle School Garrett Road Side Entrance

  • Please enter through the stadium parking lot on Garrett Road
  • There will be one-lane traffic passing along the side of the middle school, near the tennis courts
  • A tent will be set up in the middle school staff parking lot to allow two lanes for pickup
  • Exit through the middle school staff parking lot back onto Garrett Road

 

Pick up process upon arrival: 

  • Cars will pass through two checkpoints
  • Checkpoint 1: 
    • Students and Families will submit their completed paperwork.
    • If applicable - Students will return previously issued Chromebooks & textbooks
    • Students will receive their schedule, Chromebook login directions, orientation information, and other start of school information (and class materials if enrolled in Grade 6 & Grade 7 Technology for first quarter and Grade 8 Earth Science)
  • Checkpoint 2: 
    • Students will receive a Chromebook and charger

 

Chromebook setup once home:

  • Setup directions are included in the materials in the envelope of information provided with the pickup of the Chromebook
  • Students will need to recall their personal password - the same password as last year:
    • 6th Graders  - this is your student ID #
    • 7th and 8th Graders - this is the personal password you created
  • To reset a student password please email Mrs. Brogan at jbrogan@bscsd.org. She will then call the family phone number indicated in Schooltool to receive verbal confirmation to reset the password.

 

Student Orientation (September 10th and 11th)

  • Secondary administration will post an introductory video for students and families to preview prior to students logging into the orientation classes.  The video will be linked on the school website starting the evening of September 8th
  • Students will virtually attend classes on Thursday or Friday based on their last name. The reason for the split over two days is to allow a smaller gathering within the Google Meet for students to gain comfort with the format and receive quicker assistance if needed.
  • Students will sign into Google Meets with each teacher at the start of their assigned period. The Google Meets platform can be accessed via the Scottie’s Dashboard. Each class will use a unique Nickname format based on the last name of the teacher followed by the period of the class on the student’s schedule. For example, if the student has math period 1 with Mrs. Cook then the student would select the join with the Nickname option and enter cookper1. If you are comfortable, please log into Schoology and onto each class to double check the Google Meet Nicknames; we have some teachers with duplicate last names and so the Google Meet Nickname will include the teachers’ first initial. Thus, in this case for example, if the student had social studies period 2 with Mr. Perrone the Nickname would be cperroneper2. (Please know that teachers are aware and prepared to assist redirection if a student logs into the wrong teacher’s meet).

 

  • The abbreviated period schedule for each orientation day is:

Students with last names A - J will attend Thursday, September 10th 

Students with last names K - Z will attend Friday, September 11th

8:00 – 8:20 Period 1

8:20 – 8:40 Period 2

8:40 – 9:00 Period 3

9:00 – 9:20 Period 4

9:20 – 9:40 Period 5

9:40 – 10:00 Period 6

10:00 – 10:20 Period 7

10:20 – 10:40 Period 8

Grade level administrators and school counselors will host presentations on Friday, September 11th as indicated:

Grade 8 10:45 – 11:15

Grade 7 11:30 – 12:00

Grade 6 12:15 – 12:45

*Details for how to access the meet to be blasted via SchoolMessenger

 

 September 14 - October 2: Remote Instruction for Students

  • Student will attend four classes a day via Google Meet 
  • Periods 1-4 will be conducted on Monday and Wednesday
  • Periods 5-8 will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Friday will consist of an abbreviated schedule for all periods 1-8 and then allow for students to receive additional support and time to complete assignments.
  • Details are outlined on the hard copy of the student schedule distributed during Chromebook pickup and on the sample student schedule on the BSMS website.