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Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Chief Information Officer

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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.

Congratulations to Tyler Dang for winning this year’s Motsey Hudson Speech contest with his speech titled, “The Benefits of Traveling.”

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

Jackson Ransom’s speech, “Beyond Skin Deep,” and Andrew Tancredi’s speech titled, “My Passion for Flying,” tied for second place. Both will present their speeches during Class Day.

Follow the Read More link to watch the top 3 speeches.

Congratulations to Kemp Conrad for winning this year's Motsey Hudson Speech contest with his speech titled, "Great Expectations." Kemp will be presenting his speech at the 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony.

Kyan Ramsay’s speech, "A Technology Altered World" is this year's runner up. Kyan will give his speech during Class Day.

 Follow the Read More link to watch the top 2 speeches.

In coding class, Mrs. Smith challenged the 5th grade boys to use the LOGO language to create one hole of a miniature golf course. Harrison Goetze was the winner of the coding challenge!  He spent many hours and days envisioning, planning, drawing, writing, and debugging his code consisting of 643 lines. Enjoy watching the video of Harrison’s code in action and his explanation of the course.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Apps That Can Lead To Trouble

We live in a connected world that is much different than the way kids grew up in the past. Many parents remember going off for a sleep-away summer camp, making friends, and having to keep in touch via pen and paper. Parents were easily able to keep up with who their children were interacting with. These days, it’s far more difficult to keep up with the latest apps and services that kids are using to communicate. Here’s a short list of apps and services that parents of children, ages 10 to 20, should be aware of.

Presbyterian Day School

Technology Responsible Use Policy

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades

1. I will use the laptop or mobile device only when I have permission from the

teacher. I understand that laptops and mobile devices at school are to be used to

promote learning, not for playing games.

2. I will use all the technology equipment carefully and respectfully, showing

proper care and handling. This includes only printing with the teacher’s permission,

closing and opening lid gently, and overall general use.

3. I will ask for help if I don’t know what to do.

4. I will tell an adult if I read or see something on the computer that is not

5. I will be a responsible Digital Citizen and will help others be responsible

citizens. I will never use the computer to hurt, frighten or bully others.

6. I will only use my own files or my own folders on the student server. I will

only access my computer files, respecting the work and ownership rights of students,

teachers, and others within and outside my school. I understand that any PDS

administrator, staff, or faculty member may review files, bookmarks, history, or other

files located on the server and my laptop or mobile device.

7. I will only share my passwords with my teacher or parent. I will not give out

any of my personal information without permission from a teacher or parent.

8. I will not change the desktop, dock, or other settings on my laptop. I will leave

the laptop and mobile device how it was set up when I first received it: such as,

never adding new programs, never moving applications, and never downloading or

installing software or files (including screen savers and widgets.) I will never clear

the history on my internet browsers.

9. I will respect all copyright laws and will make sure to show where I found

information and will not copy or share it without permission.

10. I will always be a representative of PDS while participating in online

activities. This includes being a respectful citizen, being mindful of what I say and

how I say things to others, and never publishing information that I would be

embarrassed to show my parents and teachers. In particular on student-created web

pages, blogs, or other social networks, I will comply with PDS rules, standards and expectations

and will honor the agreements I have signed.

STUDENT SECTION

I will abide by these 10 promises while I attend Presbyterian Day School. I understand

that if I violate any of these promises my use of the computer may be terminated, I may

not be able to participate in certain technology activities, and I may face other

________________________________ ____________________________ ____________________

Student’s name (please print) Student’s signature Date

PARENT OR GUARDIAN SECTION

As a parent or legal guardian of the student signing, I have read and agree with this

Responsible Use Policy and grant permission for my son to access the Internet. I

understand that Presbyterian Day School’s technology resources are designed for

educational purposes. I also understand that it is impossible for Presbyterian Day School

to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold it responsible for

materials acquired on the network. The school is not liable in any way for irresponsible

acts on the part of the student. Furthermore, I accept full responsibility for supervision if

and when my child’s use is not in a school setting.

_____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________

Parent’s name (please print) Parent’s signature Date

I have discussed Presbyterian Day School’s Responsible Use Policy with my parents. I

understand and agree to its rules.

_____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________

Student’s name (please print) Student’s signature Date

Please sign and return this form to school tomorrow.

Congratulations to Elliot Allen for winning this year's Motsey Hudson Speech contest with his speech titled, "Overcoming Dyslexia."  Elliot will be presenting his speech at the 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony.  Matthew Jones' speech, "How PDS Has Changed My Life" is this year's runner up.  Matthew will give his speech during Class Day.

 Follow the Read More link to watch the top 2 speeches.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Customized Learning Units

4th

  • Day 1 - Complete Practice Problems
  • Day 2 - Complete Practice Problems
  • Day 3 - Complete Practice Problems
  • Day 7 - Practice Test Due
  • Day 8 - Unit Test

5th 

  • Day 1- Watch Day 2 tutorial and take notes. 
  • Day 2 - Watch Day 3 tutorial and take notes.
  • Day 4 - Optional:  Unit Test for those wishing to attempt the Guided Challenge Path
  • Day 7 - Extra Practice Problems Due
  • Day 8 - Unit Test / Night work:  Watch Day 1 tutorial and take notes

6th

  • Day 1- Watch Day 2 tutorial and take notes. 
  • Day 2 - Watch Day 3 tutorial and take notes.
  • Day 4 - Optional:  If attempting Unit Test, Practice Test is due.
  • Day 6 - Extra Practice Problems Due
  • Day 7 - Practice Test Due
  • Day 8 - Unit Test / Night work:  Watch Day 1 tutorial and take notes
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