Monday, November 12, 2018

Everything is going well

We are already a quarter of the way done with the school year. Students started their second quarter of classes last week Tuesday, the 6th. Time goes faster and faster every day.

Everything has been going great in terms of the network and computer system here at Paynesville Schools. With the hard work performed over the summer, staff and students were able to come back and start using the network and computer systems without many hiccups as they returned to classes. This was a big goal of mine - to make sure everything was updated, maintained and ready to go for the school year by the end of the summer. It is great to see hard work pay off.

I am consistently looking for things to improve for our network here. This is usually not an issue as technology changes day by day. There is always room for improvement in the network to make sure that it can handle what is thrown at it. One thing that always changes no matter what is network security. That is something that constantly needs to be monitored and taken care of to make sure that the network can perform at 100%. As we head into the winter months, I will continue making our network as secure as it can be.

Wireless (Wi-Fi) systems also change constantly as well to make themselves faster and more reliable. We replaced our entire wireless system February of 2017 district-wide. This provided more reliable Wi-Fi coverage. There is now a new generation of Wi-Fi available. Plans will be made to make sure that we keep our Wi-Fi up to date along with the rest of our network to ensure we are providing the best experience possible to staff and students.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Makerspaces Continue to Grow!

As the school year rolls on, the Makerspaces at both buildings continue to grow with new equipment coming in daily. This month we added four new 3-D printers, Knex kits, LEGO kits, numerous handheld tools, and some cardboard creation kits. Over the next month, we will create a handbook to better assist teachers in brainstorming ideas along with training on equipment. The picture is of the secondary Makerspace. You can see the repurposed computer lab tables with a fresh coat of paint, the table play area for Sphero and VEX challenges, and the whiteboard collaboration tables in the middle of the area. Stay tuned for more information and to see the spaces in use soon! 



Paynesville Cares

Paynesville Cares
A local project supported by a grant from PrairieCare Youth and Family Fund

Paynesville Area Schools was awarded a grant to promote resiliency and mental wellness in youth.  The local project is called Paynesville Cares, and it includes many types of education and resource development for our community.  In August, Paynesville Cares trained twenty-six adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid.  This was the first of several trainings to be offered in our area.  Youth Mental Health First Aid will be available through Community Education again in the Spring.

The next community activity sponsored by Paynesville Cares will be Monday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Media Center. We will be gathering ideas from the community and sharing information and resources.  Everyone is invited to this informal event to share ideas, ask questions, meet the project team, and share suggestions.  Refreshments will be served. 

If you have questions or need accommodations for this gathering, please contact Jennifer Wirz at jwirz@isd741.org or 320.243.3725, ext. 1173.

Monday, October 1, 2018

BNC-TV Bulldog Football Livestream Debut


The BNC-TV Bulldog Football Live Stream Team held their season broadcast debut on Friday, September 21.The team conducted their first live football broadcast of the Bulldog VS Holdingford Game.  The response was fantastic with over 300 views during the event.  BNC-TV started live streaming Bulldog Athletic Events last spring, broadcasting all the home baseball games as well as a home softball game.  Eric Johnson does the play by play, Lee Schleper provides the color commentary and Duncam McNab is the video technician.

The football games will be available at the end of the season for video playback on our YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/paynesvillestudios 

The team plans to broadcast the next home game which is Homecoming on Friday, October 5th.  The pregame show will begin around 6:50 PM.

Go Bulldogs!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Makerspace Moving In!

In the next few months, we will be adding two new Makerspaces in our district. Both buildings will have dedicated space in their media centers. A Makerspace is an area where students can collaborate on projects, design things, and develop problem-solving skills using a variety of tools and materials. The Makerspace will include 3-D printers, sewing machines, cutting and milling devices, common household tools, and numerous other gadgets to give students instruments to explore. Throughout the day classes and individual students will have the opportunity to spend time in the Makerspace. The goal is to create a space where EVERY student is welcome and EVERY student has opportunities to develop projects and learn. The Makerspaces at each building will include different equipment which will be grade appropriate. During conferences in the future, we hope to invite parents to stop by and see what is happening. I look forward to sharing more information with the community throughout the school year. Stay tuned! 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Playground Update

If you have driven by the playground lately you have noticed that not much has changed.  Construction on the playground has been slow, but the planning and fundraising has been moving along nicely. 

When we started to throw around the idea of doing some upgrades to the playground, we thought, who better to consult than our most loyal customers, the students!  Last spring our teachers conducted a survey to find out what the students would most like to see on the playground.  Once we were able to gather that information we started our work by discussing plans and getting quotes from a number of playground companies.  In the end, we chose MN/WI Playground.  We are now in the process of securing dates to begin the upgrades.  Our hope is to finish as much as possible by the end of October.

Along with planning and construction, we have also been busy trying to secure the funding needed to make it all happen.  Through generous donations, fundraising events and grant applications we are well on our way!  We will continue to raise money through our Cherrydale fundraising event this fall, along with planning another color run for the spring or early summer.

We have been blessed with a great committee who has worked tirelessly to help make this project possible.  We hope that when you drive by the playground later this fall you will start to see measurable progress!

David Oehrlein

Friday, August 31, 2018

District phone system update


As you may or may not know, the technology department installed a new phone system this summer district-wide. We are still in the porting process to move our external 243 numbers to the new system. In the meantime,  you can still reach the district and elementary offices at their normal numbers. However, the secondary school office currently is unable to be reached at their respective number.

The old phone system needed to be removed out of the secondary office as part of the remodel that occurred this summer. We have a temporary number that can be used which will allow you to reach the secondary office. This temporary number will be a long distance call. The temporary number you can reach the secondary school office at is 320-247-6804. This number will only be used until our external 243 phone numbers are ported to the new phone system. We will notify you again when we are moved over to the new system and when the regular secondary school phone number can be used.

If you cannot make a long distance call, please call the district office and they will get your contact information to the secondary school office to call you back.

If you have any questions, please let us know at technology@isd741.org. Thank you.
Jonah Johnson, District Technology Director

Everything is going well

We are already a quarter of the way done with the school year. Students started their second quarter of classes last week Tuesday, the 6th. ...