iPad Family Engagement Event Details and Alternate Dates

We are officially one week away from our scheduled iPad Family Engagement Events at Northfield Middle School and Northfield High School. Please see below for the regularly scheduled dates as well as additionally scheduled times for those who are unable to attend next week.

Northfield Middle School:

  • Monday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 20th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Wednesday, August 27th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 7:45 am – 8:45 am

Northfield High School:

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Last names A-L)
  • Thursday, August 21st, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Last names M-Z)
    • Make-up Date: Thursday, August 28th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Make-up Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 9:00 am – 11:00 am*

*This is during scheduled Link Crew activities. Students participating in those activities should plan to attend at a different time.

If you are unable to make it to any of the above dates, please be in touch regarding alternate arrangements. Contact Kim Briske (507.664.3399).

I would also like to make some clarifications about the events. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the events:

Q: Do we need to be there for the entire 4 hours?

A: No, these events are a drop-in format. You can come when it is most convenient for you during the scheduled times. The whole process should take less than an hour.

Q: Do parents need to attend a meeting this year if they already went to one last year?

A: All middle school families should attend a meeting. The meetings have different content than last year. They will cover responsible use of iPads, information about Apple IDs, and information about the parent view of Schoology. There will be three meetings per hour that should last about 15 minutes.

There will not be meetings at the high school events.

Q: Why will middle school students have Apple IDs this year?

A: There are a few reasons for this. In short, they are security, the ability to backup iPads to iCloud, and improved processes for distributing school apps to students. An Apple ID serves multiple purposes. By having an Apple ID, students will be able to use the “Find My iPad” function in order to locate lost devices. Furthermore, they will be able to back up data more efficiently and experience a smoother transition between multiple Apple devices if they are using Apple products for personal use.

One big change from Apple this year is that they are allowing educational organizations to distribute apps to students via their Apple ID for a period of time, then pull them back for other students to use. This allow us as a district to be good stewards of district funds used to purchase apps. It also allows for the purchase of specialized apps pertaining to specific courses with the ability to transfer the apps to other students as needed.

While middle school students will have a personal Apple ID, at this time they will not have access to the App Store to download personal apps on school iPads.

Once again, please be in touch if you have further questions, comments, or clarifications. Contact Kim Briske (507.664.3399).