We are excited to inform you that the School District of Bloomer will be providing all 9th grade students with a Chromebook device for the 2016-2017 school year. We are piloting this 1:1 initiative in the district, beginning with current 8th and 9th grade students. The Chromebook’s function will provide each student access to required educational materials. It will allow students to access Skyward, Moodle, Google Apps for Education, educational web-based tools, along with many other useful sites. The Chromebook devices are to be used for educational purposes, not gaming, social networking, or high end computing.
As part of our pilot program, we have identified five goals: 1) Improved Student Learning; 2) Transformative Learning; 3) Meaningful Student Engagement; 4) 21st Century Skills; and 5) Equity of Access. More details are provided in the Bloomer High School Chromebook Handbook, which is included in this mailing. Dave Roseth and I will be meeting with all freshmen this week (September 6-9) to go through the policies and procedures outlined in the handbook. Our plan is to distribute the Chromebooks to all 9th grade students during advisee period on Tuesday, September 13.
In order for your son or daughter to receive his/her Chromebook, the User Agreement and Parent Permission Form must be signed and turned into the Library Media Center. In addition, there is a yearly $20 non-refundable, non-prorated fee for insurance against breakage and maintenance of the Chromebook. The first breakage or malfunction will be covered by the fee. Any further breaks or malfunctions may result in additional costs to the student. If the $20 fee is a challenge for your family, please contact me and we will work out a plan for assistance and/or a payment schedule. We are committed to getting Chromebooks in the hands of every 8th and 9th grade student.
As parents/guardians, you do have the right to “opt-out” or terminate your child’s access to electronic tools and resources. If you do not want your child to use district technology resources, please be aware that your decision to eliminate access to these tools may significantly affect your student’s ability to work collaboratively with his or her peers on class assignments and projects.
If you have any questions about our 1:1 initiative or pilot, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (715)568-2800.
Chad Steinmetz, Principal
Bloomer High School