Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Chief Information Officer

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Dear 3rd grade parents,

 

Tomorrow, at 9 am, we will be hosting small group Zoom meetings with your son to make sure that his Zoom application successfully connects. Later today, you and your son will receive an email from your son's Zoom small group facilitator. It will contain a link to tomorrow morning's meeting. Please have your son use his PDS laptop, access his PDS Gmail, and click the meeting link to launch the app. If you have trouble connecting, please email the small group facilitator that he had issues, and we will be in touch.  

 

Please use the below videos to learn how your son will activate his PDS Zoom account and then connect with his Zoom meetings. 

 

Video 1:  Signing up for Zoom. (Please make sure that your son is using the Chrome web browser and that he is signed in to his PDS Google account.)

 

Video 2:  Accessing Wednesday's zoom meeting through an email invitation. 

You may have seen some stories in the news about some issues with online meeting software. At PDS, we take the online safety and security of our family seriously, and we want to keep you updated on how we are using these tools. We believe it is important for us to provide opportunities for your sons to see and connect with their teachers and classmates; therefore, we have implemented two tools for this purpose!

Dear JK Parents,

In order to continue using educational YouTube videos to support teaching and learning, YouTube is now unblocked on your son’s JK PDS iPad. I wanted you to be aware of this so that you do not allow your son free time to look through YouTube videos not assigned by his teachers. Please contact me at pdstech@pdsmemphis.org if you experience any issues.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Melissa Smith
Chief Information Officer

Dear SK–2nd Grade Parents,

The PDS Technology Department has removed the Captive Portal from your son’s PDS iPad. You will no longer have to log in to that site. By the end of Wednesday, these devices will now be filtered through Relay.

In order to continue using educational YouTube videos to support teaching and learning, all of YouTube is unblocked. We wanted you to be aware of this so that you do not allow your son free time to look through YouTube videos not assigned by his teachers. Please contact me at pdstech@pdsmemphis.org if you experience any issues.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Melissa Smith
Chief Information Officer

Dear Parents,

As we move to online learning during this unusual time, PDS is supplying your son with the laptop he has used throughout the school year. Home use of the device is to support educational purposes, with lessons that have been specifically designed for your son by his teacher and the grade level team.

Several important points are listed below:

| Tuesday, 17 March 2020 |

SK-2nd Grade iPad Information

Dear Parents,

As we move to online learning during this unusual time, PDS is supplying your son with the iPad he has used throughout the school year. Home use of the device is to support educational purposes, with lessons that have been specifically designed for your son by his teacher and the grade level team.

Several important points are listed below:

Welcome back! We are excited to start the school year and are anxiously awaiting to see the boys again in the classrooms and hallways. Tomorrow is an exciting day for all of us!

We wanted to let you know that your son will be receiving his PDS laptop on Thursday, August 15th. Please help him to remember to bring his laptop bag (with the sleeve) to school Thursday morning. The computer has the same content filter as last year. The technology department will review the Responsible Use Policy on Friday with your son. Please look for the envelope containing these documents Friday afternoon. 

If you have any questions, please email me at msmith@pdsmemphis.org.  

Thank you. 

Melissa Smith
Chief Information Officer

Welcome back! We are excited to start the school year and are anxiously awaiting to see the boys again in the classrooms and hallways. Tomorrow is an exciting day for all of us!

We wanted to let you know that your son will be receiving his PDS laptop on Thursday, August 15th. Please help him to remember to bring his laptop bag (with the sleeve) to school Thursday morning. The computer has the same content filter as last year. The technology department will review the Responsible Use Policy on Friday with your son.  Please look for the envelope containing these documents Friday afternoon. 

If you have any questions, please email me at msmith@pdsmemphis.org.  

Thank you. 

Melissa Smith
Chief Information Officer

Congratulations to Wils Moore for winning this year’s Motsey Hudson Speech contest with his speech titled, “Golf: Tough in Its Own Way.”

Wils will be presenting his speech at the 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony.

Runner up, Amrik Chakravarty, will present his speech titled, “Autism in Today’s World,” during Class Day.

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