The Great Meadows School District is committed to providing the tools needed for our students to be productive members of the 21st Century. Our district includes two elementary schools and one middle school.
Central Elementary: This is the district school for grades Kindergarten through second.
Central Elementary school has wireless connectivity throughout each classroom. In this school every classroom has four computers each with internet connectivity. Fourteen of our nineteen classrooms have interactive boards for teacher instruction and student use. This school also has a computer lab with twenty-five computers, two chromebook carts each containing 25 chromebooks for student use, as well as a mini-lab in the library with two additional computers. Network printing and file storage is provided for each student and teacher. Additional peripheral devices are available including Elmo digital document cameras, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras.
Software in this building includes Type to Learn, ABC World and Top Readers Club available in school only. Lexia software is available to all students using an internet hosted option available both in school and from home.
Liberty Elementary: This is the district school for grades third through fifth.
Liberty Elementary school has wireless connectivity throughout each classroom. In this school most classrooms have four computers each with internet connectivity. Every homeroom is has an interactive board for teacher instruction and student use. This school also has a computer lab with twenty-five computers along with a mini-lab in the library with four additional computers. This building also has three laptop carts containing between twenty two and twenty four laptops each. This building also has two chromebook carts each containing 25 chromebooks for student use. Network printing and file storage is provided for each student and teacher. Additional peripheral devices are available including Elmo digital document cameras, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras.
The Liberty Elementary school also contains a television studio used by the students to broadcast a morning show with announcements and weather throughout the school.
Software in this building includes Type to Learn, ABC World and Top Readers Club available in school only. Lexia, Study Island and IXL math software is available to all students using an internet hosted option available both in school and from home.
Great Meadows Middle School: The district school for grades six through eigth.
In the Middle School, with our one to one initiative, each student is supplied a Chromebook at the beginning of the year. Students are also given a Gmail account with access to Google Drive (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.). Great Meadows Middle School also houses an additional computer lab containing 24 wired desktops. The newly redesigned middle school media center also contains eight computers for small group instruction and research purposes, an instructional area with mobile seating and Epson Interactive Projector. All instructional areas have added interactive projectors or Smartboards to enhance teaching and learning. The school also provides additional peripheral devices including Elmo digital document cameras, projectors, scanners, digital cameras and camcorders. The technology/STEM course provides students with a trimester based cycle in technology education, coding, robotics, digital citizenship, engineering and fun. This room contains 24 desktops, a Makerspace design center and storage area for devices, bots and drones. The Middle School also provides both a school and guest wireless network throughout the building. The Art room at the Middle School has been setup with an image editing lab consisting of four computers with Adobe editing software and Bamboo electronic pen devices.
The Great Meadows Middle School continues to expand its blended learning environment and now has 3 classrooms and a media center with mobile seating and expanded technology and resources. The middle school also contains a television studio used by the students to broadcast a daily, live morning show with announcements and weather.
Software in this building includes IXL math that is available to all students using an internet hosted option available both in school and from home. Edmentum is used for student benchmarking and intervention, Newsela (online publication for ELA). In addition, students in enrolled in a Title 1 Academic Support program have expanded access to features in Edmentum for remediation.
The Central Elementary and Middle School share a One Hundred Mbps cable modem connection to the internet. Liberty Elementary has its own One Hundred Mbps cable modem connection. All three schools are connected for networking purposes and are provided with content filtering. Liberty Elementary School is connected via a VPN to our Central Elementary School. The Central Elementary School and Middle School are connected via fiber optic cable. The network consists of six file servers and approximately 400 clients. We have over 600 chromebooks for a 1 to 1 student to chromebook ratio for grades 1st through 8th. The district also has a web based library server used by all schools for cataloging and to provide searchable online book engine. Our district is also providing online grade books for parents and student access. The online grade books provide parents with a way to monitor their students' grades daily and provide a way for parents and students to check on daily homework assignments.
All teachers in the district have email accounts and a website. Every school is equipped with a voice mail telephone system providing voice mailbox service to every teacher and administrator.
The district maintains communications with parents using our group email listing utilizing Constant Contact. Also the district utilizes the Honeywell Instant Alert system for sending phone, text, and email messages to parents as needed.
Every classroom in every school also contains a 27 inch television. Each television is connected to the centralized school TV studio.
Every school is equipped with an electronic point of sale cafeteria system. These systems provide parents the ability to track their students' spending and electronically add money when needed to their accounts via the internet.
In an effort to provide the best educational use of the available technology, teacher training is offered. Each school has a teacher designated as a technology specialist whose role is to assist the other teachers in technology implementation. A full time technician/network administrator is responsible for repairs, maintenance, and upkeep as well as general troubleshooting.
The district also takes an active part in the county technological planning and implementation. Teachers and administrators serve on various county committees and work to coordinate the use of technology with other local school districts.