5th Graders! Get a head start on your iPAD!

5th Graders! Get a head start on your iPAD!
Posted on 08/16/2018
This is the image for the news article titled 5th Graders!  Get a head start on your iPAD!What follows is a letter that all 5th graders will be receiving in their home mail box regarding how we will be distributing iPads this school year.    In that mailing are two forms which are NOT posted on this webpage.    Please read the letter carefully, read over the two forms, fill out one of them, bring it to school the first day and contact Lee Cutler or Emma Tourtelot at the Intermediate School with any questions.

August 15, 2018
Dear Entering 5th Grade Student,
     I know that summer goes really fast but it seems like a long time since I’ve seen you in our Intermediate School!    I do hope that you are fully enjoying summer and apologize for interrupting your summer fun, but I do have some important information to share regarding iPads.
    Enclosed in this mailing are two forms.    The first is a letter to your families about our actual iPad plan.   It is very important that you read this with your parents before arriving in school.   The second is the Rondout Valley Central School District Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), which every student in the district must sign before using any school district computer, including iPads.   We ask that you read this AUP form with your family and have a parent and you sign the second page and return that page to your homeroom teacher, the first day of school, September 5. 
    During the first week and a half of school, Ms. Tourtelot and I will be visiting your classes to teach you about “Digital Citizenship,” which is a fancy term to describe what is the appropriate and smart use of an iPAD.    Once you complete this Digital Citizenship workshop with Ms. Tourelot and me, you will be asked to bring home a “Digital Citizenship Contract,” and read it over with your parents.   Once you and your parent signs off on this contract and return it to your homeroom teacher, you will receive your iPAD.   
     No student will be given an iPAD without having signed both the AUP and Digital Citizenship Contract and without participating in the workshop.
 Finally, I wanted to let you know that we will be looking for select students who wish to become Technology Experts for their homerooms.   These students will be responsible to stay after school once a month with Ms. Tourtelot to learn all the troubleshooting technology skills that will be so useful in our school.    Any student who wishes to apply for a Technology Expert position will be able to do so the first week of school.    Once you have applied, we will be selecting one student per classroom who will become that expert in that class that staff and students can turn to if problems arise.  
     I know that the end of summer is bittersweet for many students and families.  If it helps make the transition from summer to school easier, please know that the staff of the Rondout Valley Intermediate School is very much looking forward to seeing you soon, hearing about your summer of 2018 and starting an exciting year together.
    Wishing each of you the best end of summer!


Mr. Lee Cutler