School leaders hold a shovel at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new primary wing Students with a bloodhound in front of a police cruiser Students eating breakfast in cafeteria A student does a science experiment with a college student from Bard Students work on individual laptops Two boys with blue and gold facepaint Jungle Book Kids cast

Some students at MCSIS received Mr. Brenneman's "Principal's Award" and they got to celebrate with a special breakfast!

Wiltsie the Bloodhound, a NYS Police K-9, visited MCSIS with Troopers Fran Torhan and Kristi Wilson to teach students about her job.

Construction of the new primary wing at MCSIS began in October 2017. Read more about the capital improvement project >>

Undergraduates in the Citizen Science program at Bard College visited the Intermediate School to conduct science experiments with students.

These Chromebook laptops provide students with the means to conduct research in the classroom, remotely work together on projects, and easily connect with teachers and peers outside of the classroom.

Students show their Bluehawk Pride during a football facepainting event.

MCSIS Drama Club & CCYT Theatre Inc. present Disney's Jungle Book KIDS on May 10, 2017.

CALENDAR

Chromebook Information for Grades 2-5

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Grades 2-5 – In-Classroom Model

Chromebooks, which are laptop devices made by Google, give students the opportunity to enhance and personalize their learning experiences with the guidance of their teachers.

As part of the district's goal of integrating technology into the curriculum and cultivating 21st century skills, the 1:1 Chromebook initiative provides all students in Grades 2-5 with Chromebook laptops to use during the school day. The term “1:1” means each student has their very own Chromebook for individual use while they are at school. In addition to enhancing educational opportunities for students and teachers alike, the 1:1 Chromebook initiative allows us to use less paper and be more “green” than ever before.

The district has been using Chromebooks in classrooms for the past few years and recently began expanding the 1:1 initiative at M.C. Smith Intermediate School (as part of the 2016-17 school budget that was passed by voters in May 2016). In 2017-18, M.C.S.I.S. expanded the 1:1 initiative schoolwide by introducing touchscreen Chromebooks to the second grade.

So you’re probably asking, What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is like a laptop computer. It allows users to write essays, watch videos, conduct research, build presentations, check upcoming assignments, send work to teachers, collaborate on assignments and more. Specific uses will vary by grade level.

The main difference between Chromebooks and other laptops, however, is that they run Google’s Chrome web browser only. With other computers, you run various applications and programs from a desktop—including web browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Explorer. With a Chromebook, the computer is a web browser, and that is where you run your apps like Google Docs, Google Dictionary and Google Classroom. Unlike traditional laptops, Chromebook applications and files are stored online in the “cloud” (using Google Drive) rather than on the Chromebook itself.

One notable advantage of Chromebooks is the speed at which they operate. When students open their Chromebooks to begin working, it takes about seven seconds for the Chromebook to be ready!

With even greater access to school Chromebooks, students in grades 2-5 will continue to:

  • Collaborate with each other using Google Apps for Education (G Suite) including Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms, Google Classroom, and many more apps;

  • Take virtual field trips using apps like Google Expeditions and Nearpod;

  • Empower themselves by using apps such as Nearpod, Scholastic Math/Reading, Kami, and XtraMath to independently document and control their learning with creative tools;

  • Practice skills they learn in the classroom on a variety of age and grade appropriate websites; and

  • Learn and master 21st century skills that will help prepare them for the future.

 

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