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.

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. ...