I.T. Monthly: March Issue

West Point Consolidated School District


BrightBytes spring technology survey is coming up soon. MDE requires teachers, students, and parents to complete and submit the survey. Please be on the look out for the link!

Spring Break is almost here!! Have a most relaxing and rejuvenating break. You have all EARNED IT! In March's edition, we are celebrating National Reading Month!! We have included some fun book report/author study templates and Newsela's March Madness activities to explore tons of novels and book studies to get your students reading!

We have also included helpful articles, instructions and videos for various district resources such as Zoom, Canvas, and Kami. If you are in need of CEUs, we have that covered too!!

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 National Reading Month!

Book Report Template


Want a fun way to help your students communicate what they love (and don't love) about their independent reading?

Here's a template for a book report and/or author study, plus a couple of additional resources for creative book reports.

📚 Here's to happy readers!


March Madness 2023: Fiction and Poetry

Click the flyer to explore Newsela's March Madness Activities!
Novel Studies Text Sets

Click here to explore novels and book studies by grade level, authors, etc.!

Science of Reading

Click here to explore the Four Keys to Comprehension, According to the Science of Reading.

MDE & Newsela Newsletter for March

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

Newsela's March Calendar

Explore Newsela's Content Calendar which features articles in celebration of Women's History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Springtime and more.

Paper Tutoring

MAAP Math Questions INSIDE PAPER Math Missions!

Paper is 🎊 THRILLED 🎊 to announce students NOW have access to MAAP Math Practice Test questions for 3rd grade - Algebra 1 within their Paper dashboard! The first batch of questions includes several items from each grade level that features math questions directly from the MAAP practice test bank provided by MDE. This is an EXCELLENT idea for ALL 3rd -8th grade + Algebra 1 students to complete. Be on the lookout for new questions to be added throughout test prep season!

Students should head over to the Paper Missions section of the student dashboard to find a category of state-standardized test questions. They can answer each one to get as much practice as they can before state testing begins!

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Math Missions Video

Click here to learn more about Paper's Math Missions!

PAPER Tutoring Resources

Click here to see a compiled list of Paper Resources!

Imagine Learning: Math & Math Facts

Imagine Learning Teacher's Lounge

Check out Imagine Learning Teacher's Lounge for some excellent resources, free downloads, and some pre-recorded PD webinars. Click here to get started!

Canvas Quick Tips


Teachers who have a Fourth nine week Canvas course, your course(s) will sync to your dashboard on March 6th.

Please make preparations to set up your new course(s). Please ensure that it has a homepage, modules are set up and the course is PUBLISHED, so that students will be able to see it on their Canvas dashboard on Monday, March 20th.

Your 3rd quarter course will remain visible to students until March 24th. Teachers will have access to all their courses until March 24th at 11:59 pm.


How to Update Zoom Desktop Client

Just like your Surface Pro, your Zoom app needs to be updated. Remember, updates are crucial to keep devices running properly and protect them from security issues. Check for updates twice per month…PLEASE!
How to Update Zoom Desktop Client

Click here to download the instructions.

How to Re-Install the Zoom Desktop Client

Having trouble launching your Zoom meetings? You may need to Re-Install your Desktop Client. Click here for the instructions.

Zoom Cloud Recording: How to Dowload, Save, and Add to Canvas Studio

Here is a video and written instructions on how to download your Zoom recordings, save them to your One Drive or Google Drive, and store in your Canvas Studio.
Zoom Cloud Recording: How to Download, Save, Add to Canvas Studio
Zoom Recordings: How to Download and Save to Cloud

Click here to download the instructions.

How to Import to Canvas Studio and Add to Modules

Click here to download the instructions.


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March Madness Classroom Activities with Kami

Although March Madness is a basketball competition, there are plenty of ways to incorporate March Madness activities into non-sports related activities in your classroom at any grade level.

Click Here to read about some ways to slam-dunk March Madness into your different curriculum areas when you are creating your lesson plans for March and April.

Kami student-friendly tournament bracket templates

Get your class excited for the ultimate competition with our student-friendly tournament bracket templates!

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors in Cay County

Junior Auxiliary of West Point is now accepting Scholarship Applications!

Scholarships are awarded based upon the applicant's qualifications. As a service organization, we especially encourage those students who have demonstrated active involved in community service through school, church, or other service-oriented groups to apply. Students with career goals in serviced-oriented areas for children will be given special consideration. We will review the applications with sensitivity to need and academic achievement. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Scholarship Chair Laura Williamson at Laura.b.seitz@gmail.com

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Free Professional Development Opportunities

MDE Imagine Math State Training

MDE Imagine Math State Training (Using Data to Inform - M.E.A.L.S -Standards mastery Prep) February 7, 2023 at 9:00 am. If you can attend this session live, you will receive a certificate that can be used towards CEU’s. If you cannot attend live but still register, you will receive the recording.

Click here to register.

Imagine Math Learning Webinars Series for Mississippi

Click here for a full list of sessions.

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 addressing the needs of ALL learners.

Click the picture below to learn how teachers must be consistent with approach to using technology in the classroom.

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

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