I.T. Monthly: January Issue

West Point Consolidated School District


Happy New Year! We hope that you have taken time over the Christmas holidays to relax and reflect. It is time to start the second half of the school year. May the New Year bring you peace, prosperity, and happiness.

Please read through this newsletter completely. Contact us with any tips, tricks, or suggestions to help improve our communication!

~I.T. Department

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Dr. Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Full Speech

Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas

Lesson Plans

Dr. King's Dream

Students in grades K-2 learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., listen to an excerpt from his “I Have a Dream” speech, and create picture books about freedom for Americans today.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Identifying with a Hero
Students in grades K-2 learn about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., record information on a KWL chart, and keep a journal of thoughts and ideas.

How Big Are Martin’s Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future
Students in grades 3-5 listen to a reading of Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and then analyze excerpts from King’s speeches for "big" words, words not necessarily as large in length as they are in importance: Freedom, Peace, Love.

Let Freedom Ring: The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students in grades 3-5 view photographs of the March on Washington, read Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and investigate how he used language from "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in his own speech.


Martin Luther King Jr. Interactive Timeline
After listening to a reading of A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler, students in grades 3-6 use sequencing skills to create a timeline of MLK’s life.

King Crossword
This printable crossword for elementary students includes an interactive version and an answer key.

More resources 6-12

"I've been to the Mountaintop" Speech & Transcript

"I've Been to the Mountaintop" Memphis, Tennessee - April 3, 1968


WPCSD and MDE have partnered to offer teachers Imagine Math and Math Facts for grades 3rd through 8th! Imagine Math personalizes learning and engages students in a meaningful exploration of mathematical understanding. It is designed to help students learn essential math skills, explain their thinking, and apply their learning inside and outside the classroom.

Teacher & Student Logins

To get started, teachers and students will login with Clever. The apps are located on the district page.

Teacher Resources

Check out the teacher resources available to help you get started using Imagine Math & Math Facts!

Click the flyer below to learn about the upcoming events!

Imagine Learning State-Wide Webinar Sessions

Signup for a free webinar to learn more about Imagine Math.


MDE & Newsela Newsletter for January

Check out the January's newsletter which includes training opportunities, implementation tips & tricks and more!

Newsela's January Calendar

Explore Newsela's Monthly Calendar

Paper Tutoring

The new year brings new initiatives and accomplishments, so we’ve put together an activity to help your students capitalize on the energy the season brings while working on their writing skills at the same time. Experts say we’re 42% more likely to accomplish our goals if we write them down*. This goal-setting activity will help students break their dreams down into action steps, making it easier for them to accomplish each task on the way to success!
New Year Goal Setting Activity

Click here for the instructions.

Example Rubric w/ Paper Included

Click here to see the scoring rubric for guidelines.

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All interested teachers, please feel free to reach out to:

Amanda Payne

Senior Customer Success Manager


(323) 792-9093


PAPER Tutoring Resources

Click here to see a compiled list of Paper Resources!

Instructional Apps Available for Teachers

WPCSD Digital Resources

Here is a list of each schools' digital applications provided by the district. Click here to download a copy.

MDE Digital Resources

Click here to download a copy.

Free Professional Development Opportunities

Computer Science Spring Teacher Institute for Elementary Teachers

In this series of trainings of the Computer Science Teacher Institute, elementary educators will deconstruct the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards for Computer Science to better understand the skills that need to be taught at each grade level. Participants will also examine cross-curricular connections between computer science and other content areas, explore ways to integrate computer science instruction and practice coding skills.

Elementary teachers, assistant teachers, counselors, and librarians are encouraged to register by Jan. 24.

Trainings will be held on the following dates:

  • Session 1 – Webinar: Exploring the Standards
    Jan. 31, 3:30 – 5 p.m., plus some asynchronous work to be completed before the next session
  • Session 2 – Webinar: Introducing Coding Skills with Code.org
    Feb. 16, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., plus completion of Code.org course work before the next session
  • Session 3 – In-person: Coding with Robots and Making Content Area Connections
    Week of Feb. 27 (exact locations and dates TBD based on location of registrants), 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Session 4 – Webinar: Creating Computer Science Champions
    April 25; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

It is recommended that participants attend ALL sessions. Participants that attend all webinars and the in-person session are eligible to receive 1.1 CEUs.

Please contact Melissa Banks, Director of Digital Learning and Elementary Computer Science, for more information.

FriedTechnology On-Demand Learning Opportunities

Upgrade your technology skills with these free asynchronous courses provided by friEdOnline for all Mississippi educators at NO COST!

Browse through the list of courses and register at https://www.friedonline.com/mscourses. Once enrolled, participants have 10 months to complete the course. Course completers will receive a Certificate of Completion and can apply for CEUs or SEMIs within 6 months of completing the course. For more information, please contact ms.help@fried.tech.


Click HERE to explore helpful resources, practice new skills, and reflect on ways Apple technology can support great learning and teaching.
Mississippi Connect

Mississippi Connects along with MDE professional development partners are pleased to offer a variety of professional learning opportunities and resources to Mississippi educators to support their digital learning needs.

MDE: Professional Development Calendar

Click here to see all of the Professional Development opportunities MDE has to offer.

MSU Extension: Center for Continuing Education

Click here to learn more about MSU Center for Continuing Education offers online and in-person trainings for teachers to earn CEUs.

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Check for Updates on Surface Pro

Your Surface Pro needs to be updated every two weeks; think of it as your phone. If you notice it running slow, or having any other issues, then it's probably time for some updates.

Be sure to check for updates on your computer and online Microsoft updates.

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How to Check for Updates on Your Surface Pro

Complete instructions for checking for updates.

Previous I.T. Staff Newsletters

Missed a Staff Newsletter issue? Want to go back and see a resource posted from a previous month? Click here see previous newsletters.


MDE: Digital Learning Best Practices

Click on the picture below to learn about the nine Digital Learning Deep Dives.

Click the picture below to learn how to utilize digital assessments.

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MDE: Digital Learning Instructional Guide

Click here to learn how to integrate digital learning into classroom instruction.


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Digital Citizenship Playlist for K-12: Youtube

Click here to find Digital Citizenship YouTube Videos for K-12

ITS Cyber Tips Newsletter: December

West Point Consolidated School District: I.T. Department

Contact us with any questions or tips you may have!

Katie Roach

Instructional Technology Coach

West Point Consolidated School District

Meon Carroll

Instructional Technology Coach

West Point Consolidated School District