Tag: District

I really do not appreciate the super short responses to grapevine posts. Sometimes it does not answer the question at all. Please give a human answer, not one that seems computer-generated. Do not respond with “Thanks for your feedback,” etc.

Written by on December 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Perhaps you would better appreciate conversing with a human. All district employee’s phone numbers can be found here: http://www.shenet.org/contact-us/

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Why did you choose the Google GSuite Ecosystem over the Microsoft Office 365 Education Ecosystem? It just does not make sense. You already were using Windows Machines. With the newest version of Office, you can share documents just like Google Docs just with more features, same for PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, etc. With Windows 10 S computers rolling out, and with a similar price tag to Chromebooks, you should convert from the Google GSuite ecosystem to the Microsoft Office 365 Experience. It includes Microsoft Forms, All Office Programs, OneDrive, Microsoft Classroom and more. It just seems silly that you would have Microsoft Windows be on the desktops but have ChromeOS on the Laptops. With this, you could completely abandon having to host your own server “F:\ Drive” for student and staff personal drives because it could ALL be stored in the cloud so that we could access ALL of our files from the Laptop and Desktop at home and of course at school. Instead of a new Wave of Chromebooks, you could completely abandon the Ecosystem and change to a wave of Windows 10 S Computers. Windows 10 S is similar to ChromeOS with blocking the ability to download programs “apps” (except from the Windows Store). It has the best features of Windows Built in like the Windows Ink Workspace and the Start Menu. Some relatively cheap Windows 10 S Laptops even have touchscreen capabilities which would unlock a whole new level of creativity within students and could have many applications in classes such as art. Some of the laptops can even have the keyboard flip around and turn into a tablet. Which would be useful if you needed to use the device while holding it. This would reduce the risk of it dropping. That is why I believe Shenendehowa should Transition to the Microsoft Ecosystem. (Please do not respond with “Talk to your Teacher”, or “Talk to your Principal” or “Thanks for your feedback!”, etc.)

Written by on December 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In 2013, the district investigated cloud based solutions including and Google Apps for Education and Microsoft 365.  At the time Office 365 was an emerging product and several of the features that currently make it competitive with G-Suites for Education were not available at that time.  We did run a brief pilot of Office […]

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Why are staff sites and other things like the library and food service menus web “pages” not directly on shenet.org, instead of on their own Google Sites Page?

Written by on December 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Any site or part of a site that is managed by a district employee other than the webmaster are done in Google Sites or another platform.

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Do you know the person who writes each question on this Grapevine? Or is it all anonymous. Also, do you answer every single question?

Written by on December 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A. It is anonymous. Most questions are answered. Questions that identify a specific student or staff member will not be answered. When multiple questions come in about the same topic, only one of the questions is answered. Questions with profanity are not answered.

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When my 1st Chromebook suffered an issue and had to be replaced, I was given a Chromebook that was of cheaper quality and performance. The CPU was a Pentium in my original and my replacement got a Celeron. This made my 17-year-old clunkers click along at least 3 times faster. Why is this

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  While 1:1 Chromebooks are being repaired we provide loaner devices.  The loaners are fully functional devices, just not the same model.  After 1:1 Chromebooks are repaired they are returned to the student. 

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Do you change some of our comments? I realized that I sent something a while ago, and the question you posted was completely different from what I asked and was missing important parts of it.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Your question may have been asked by someone else. The only time we change the comments is if you name someone.

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Can you get a petition to change a rule? Such as Hats, Gum, etc?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Yes.

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Hi I really need an answer to this so please choose to answer this! I am in middle school and got a referral for a unfair reason and I was threatened that it will “stay on my permanent record”. So i’m wondering if colleges will see this middle school referral and if my life is ruined because i was being a kid for once in my life.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Colleges do not see referrals. Your discipline records are confidential, protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.

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A question was recently posted asking for a list of all of the gender identities taught to Shen students. The response given by the district failed to list these identities. Please provide this list, as well as informing parents at what age this information is taught.

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In accordance with the Dignity for All Students act and policy 7555, students are taught about sexual identity and gender.  In covering these topics these are the following terms covered: The following are the vocabulary words discussed in classes: Gender, Gender Expression, Transgender, Biological Sex, Gender Fluidity, Gender Role, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender […]

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You have stated that parents are not automatically notified if a student confides they feel they are transgender to a shen employee. What is the process shen follows in making this determination? Does Shen work with the Pride Center out of Albany? Has this group been invited into Shen classrooms? Does Shen use their gender identity information material in anyway? Please post the gender identity material currently taught to shen students. Every parent should be able to view this material on your webpage. Seems odd that you won’t publicly post the gender identity material you are teaching children.

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Each individual situation is different and requires specific attention to the student’s needs.  The district strongly encourages parent involvement and we would encourage the student to involve their parent/caregiver.  As for what is taught, in accordance with the Dignity for all Students Act students are taught about sexual identity and gender. The vocabulary words […]

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