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Hello Maynard Public Schools, here are the technology announcements for May 2019. The end of the year is rapidly approaching. The technology department has begun planning our end of year and summer projects. 

MCAS Testing 

We are wrapping up MCAS testing for the district, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone involved. This was the smoothest testing we’ve had in my time at Maynard. Administrators started planning early, teachers knew the testing system, student were prepared for test day, and the technology staff was quick to respond to any issues. 

Everything ran incredibly well. That wouldn’t have been possible without a whole district effort. 

New Website Content 

We will be putting together a technology section for the website over the summer. There are many things going on with the technology in district and I would like provide as much information as possible. 

We are looking for community input on what should be included on the website. If there is any information you would like included on the website, please let us know. You can email us at helpdesk@maynard.k12.ma.us

End of Year 1:1 Updates 

For students in the 1:1 program we will be handling the summer slightly different than in years past. Students in Grades 8, 9, 10, and 11 as of the 2018-2019 school year, have the option to keep their devices over the summers. 

Students will be responsible for the devices over the summer and expected to return to school after the summer with their device. If the student does not want to keep their device over the summer, simply turn it in to the technology department or main office of your school. 

In the past we required all students to turn in their devices before the summer. Although almost 40% of students still kept their devices because of summer school activities. This caused a big disruption at the end and beginning of school with collections and distribution. We hope to eliminate as much of this as possible and allow students to have their devices on day one of school. 

More information will be sent out from individual schools about the collections times and procedures. If you have any questions please contact the Technology Department or your schools main office. 

Digital Learning Committee

The Digital Learning Committee meets once a month to discuss technology issues and plan future projects. Anyone from the Maynard community is welcome. The meeting dates are posted on the website calendar (the second Wednesday of every month). 

If you’d like to be involved in the discussions, but are unable to attend the meetings, please email helpdesk@maynard.k12.ma.us. We use an online communication system to discuss topics and share ideas with everyone in the committee. Members can stay involved even when not present.

If you have questions for comments about any of the announcements, please contact the Helpdesk.

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