Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department, September 1, 2014

Open House--Perfect time to share about Technology

The district has scheduled Open House for all campuses. This would be a great time to share all of the different home access for students and parents, including TxConnect Parent Portal for gradebook, Renaissance Home Connect, and logins for iStation and Think Through Math.

This would also be a great time to share information with parents and students about the Remind website/app. Remind is the safe way to communicate with students and stay in touch with parents. Check out today.

Open House Schedule

Junior High--Sept. 9--6:30-7:30 pm

Baker-Koonce Intermediate--Sept. 16--6-7 pm

High School--Sept. 22--6:30 pm

Primary--Sept. 30--6 pm Title Parent Meeting and Open House 6:30-7:30 pm

Libby Elementary--Oct. 7--5:30-6 pm Title 1 Parent Meeting and Open House 6-7 pm

Renaissance Place

They're back! Now it is time to find out what the students know. There are several assessments in the district to determine what the students know and what they need to learn.

Renaissance Place, located at the top of the school website, offers Star Early Literacy, Star Reading and Star Math for grades K-8. Our district uploads data from our TxEIS program nightly to update students moving in and out of the district. Each teacher and student will have their own login to track progress throughout the year.

Once the student has taken the first Star test, the child's report will aide the teacher in assigning appropriate goals for that child in Accelerated Reader and/or Accelerated Math.

Click here to access short videos if you need to learn how to administer Star tests, set goals for students in AR, or how to run progress monitoring for students to use with Response to Intervention.

Renaissance also has a parent portal called Renaissance Home Connect. Teachers can print out the letter to send home with students that allows parents to see their child's progress in the programs.

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative is entering it's third year with free student accounts for grades 3-8 in iStation and Think Through Math. These accounts can be accessed in the classroom and at home. Each program has a pretest and then works with each child's individual needs.

International Dot Day--Sept. 15

Named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot, the book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.” Teachers can go to the official website to join nearly 1 million people in 60 countries with interactive activities based on the book. Sign-up today and help your students "make their mark."

Microsoft updates

Patch Tuesday is an unofficial term used to explain when Microsoft releases updates to their software. These updates happen on the second and sometimes the fourth Tuesday of the month. The CISD technology department is currently working to deploy an auto restart or shutdown to the district's computers to help your computer receive these updates in a timely fashion. Until then, it is a good idea to restart your computer once a week or shut it down each Friday afternoon before leaving for the weekend.

Archived Tech Bytes

If you are new to CISD and did not receive the July or August Tech Bytes by email, you can go to, click on Operations on the left side of the page, then click on Technology. Each month's Tech Bytes will be archived on this page for future reference.

CISD Classified Ads

Carthage ISD allows all employees to advertise items for sale on the school website. Just email Annette Johnson at with exact wording and description for the ad. Annette will then copy and paste into the Classified Ad section located under the Faculty tab of the school website. Carthage ISD policy prohibits employees from emailing all staff about items for sale or from sending emails with political content. If you have any questions, email Annette.

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson, Technology Director

Martin Martinez, Technology Specialist

Mark Baisden, Technology Specialist

Richard Sullivan, Network Administrator

Terry Caudle, Systems Administrator

Debby Simpson, Administrative Assistant

Message from the Director

As we begin a new year, I want to bring your attention to student monitoring. In all our pre-year meetings we talk about school safety and being aware of what is around us, but student monitoring while using district technology is also very important for every age. The Child Internet Protection Act requires that K-12 schools and libraries in the United States use internet filters and implement other measures to protect children from harmful online content as a condition for federal funding. We have filters in place that should work to prevent students from accessing inappropriate material, but students should still be watched as they use computers, iPads, etc.

Also keep in mind, that students may have their personal devices on campus. It is still our responsibility as teachers to monitor students and what they do with their laptop, tablet or smartphone. If their personal device is using the district wireless access point, it is filtered. If that child is using their cell provider, we are not responsible for the filtering, but are responsible for monitoring during the school day.

If you are witness to a child that has accessed something inappropriate, please notify your principal first. It is very important that he/she be aware of the situation. Your principal will then notify technology and we can trace where that child has been and provide the necessary documentation. Feel free to email me, if you have questions.

With your help, our students will remain safe on the internet at CISD.

Have a great September!