290B Parker Farm Road, Buxton, ME 04093
(207) 929-9149 (ph), (866) 459-5150 (fax)
Scott Nason - Director of Technology

Friday, January 20, 2017

Practice Lockdown Drill at BEHS

This notice is to inform you that there is NOT an emergency at Bonny Eagle High School, but we are currently practicing our Lockdown Drill.  The purpose of the drill is to practice our emergency lockdown procedures.  These drills are necessary in order to maintain a safe school environment for your children.   The drill is expected to last twenty minutes.  All students are safe.

Thank you
Bonny Eagle High School

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2-Hour Delay for MSAD6 Schools, January 18, 2017

There is a two hour delay today for all MSAD 6 schools due to weather conditions.

Thank you and have a safe day.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Track Pad Problem after Upgrading to Mac OS Sierra (OSX 10.2)

Jim Crick

There have ben a very small number of reports of trackpads becoming unresponsive or not scrolling after upgrading to the new Mac OS, Sierra. If you are in this group, here is a way to fix it.

First, Test:

Go into System Preferences, and choose Users & Groups
At the bottom left, click the lock and use your username and password to unlock it.

Just above the lock is a small "+"; click that and create a new user - can be standard or admin.

Once you have done that log out and log into the new account. If your trackpad is functioning normally you can try the Fix. If not, you may need a hardware repair - please put in a help ticket in that case.

Second, the Fix. (if you find this too advanced, pease put in a help ticket- it's OK!)

In Finder, click on the Go menu while holding down the option key - this will allow you to select your hidden Library Folder. 

Next, open the Preferences folder, choose and copy the 2 Multitouch preference lists:

For ease, I move these files to the Users/Shared Folder​

Now logout of this account and back into yours.

Use the "Fix" instructions to find Library/Preferences in your account, and once you have, copy the 2 preference lists from the Shared folder into your Preference folder.

When you are asked if you want to replace the current files, click yes.

Now, restart, log in and your track pad will be fixed!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Proper Care and Use of MSAD 6 Laptops

tyler patten

There are many thing you can do to avoid damaging your computer which could potentially save you and your family from getting a hefty repair bill. There are a few common issues we see and a few easy ways to avoid them. Along with taking preventative measures there are also added perks to some of these methods.

Every laptop is provided with a padded black sleeve for carrying your laptop. While it is a requirement of having the device, it is also a great idea to use this case at all times! We often see devices that haven’t been in this case will start to get scratches and dings that we are required to get repaired under contract. These bills start around $100 and only go up from there.
Simply putting the laptop in a case when it’s being moved can keep the device in near brand new condition for quite some time. An added benefit to having a thin sleeve provided is that most backpacks can fit the case right inside making it easier to transport and not forget your laptop as well.

Hard Shells:
One thing we started offering this year as a district is a hard shell case for the laptops. While these are an additional cost they have several benefits that go along with them:
  • Costs only $25 to the student
  • If in the event the laptop is still damaged the district will take $50 off the bill
  • They keep the laptop in like-new condition for very long periods of time
  • They protect the device at all times, even during use
  • In the event of a minor drop in this case the laptop tends to be recovered without even a blemish in most circumstances
  • You can personalize and put stickers on the case as it is YOURS, stickers are not allowed on the laptops themselves

Avoiding Broken Screens:
By using a case you help avoid a lot of potential damages. While these are not foolproof there are other added precautions you can take to avoid such a breakage.
  • Only use laptop on a solid surface such as a desk or table, avoid using the laptop on a bed or couch as these tend to be less stable and more prone to drops
  • Avoid high traffic and high activity areas with the laptop such as sporting events or common places where damage might easily occur by someone other than yourself

Avoiding Liquid Damage:
Liquid damages tend to be one of the more common yet most avoidable damages to laptops. Coincidentally they also tend to be the most expensive to have repaired. Liquid damage costs tend to start around $400 for a very minor spill and can get up to around $1,500 in more extreme cases. Here are some easy ways to avoid liquid damage.
  • Keep your laptop away from any and all food or beverages
  • In the cafeteria please keep your laptop in it’s case to seal it off from any potential hazards
  • Don’t store or charge your laptop on surfaces commonly used for food and drinks

By following some of these basic guidelines you should find your device staying in much better condition than those that are not cared for in this way.

A couple things to keep in mind:

  1. You are responsible for the laptop regardless of who’s fault the damage may be, You should attempt to take any precautions possible to avoid damages.
  2. In the event a damage does occur, notify the tech department ASAP to reduce costs to you and ensure you have a working device to use.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Internet Safety in MSAD6 K-5

MSAD6 Internet Safety Lessons have been updated and now include lessons for kindergarten and first grade. Read below to find out what students will be learning in Kindergarten through 5th grade in our school district.

Going Places Safely

In kindergarten students will discover that the internet can be used to visit faraway places, compare how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world, and learn guidelines for traveling safely on the internet. This lesson is provided to us free of charge from Common Sense Media. There is a nice short video that students will watch and discuss, My Online Neighborhood. After the video and discussion the class will participate in an online field trip and the students will create a drawing of their favorite online place.

Staying Safe Online

In first grade students will discuss how staying safe on a website is similar to staying safe in real life. They will learn to recognize websites that are good for them and that they should ask a trusted adult before visiting sites that might not be just right for them. There are a few different tasks that accompany the first grade lesson. Some students may make a ChatterPix to talk about what they do online and then discuss if the sites are safe or not. Others may complete a traffic light worksheet and play the Website Traffic Light game. Good videos to accompany this lesson are Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumba or CEOP KS1 Lee and Kim Cartoon

BrainPop Jr. Internet Safety

In second grade students learn about how to keep themselves and their computers safe while using the internet. Students watch the BrainPop Jr. Video as a class. After watching BrainPop we have a discussion about internet safety and take the on-line quiz. Once we have finished the quiz students create an internet safety digital book or digital drawing. For this project we have used a variety of apps, and sites. Some of my favorites: Tar Heel Reader, Book Creator, and StoryKit.

Student Examples: StoryKit Book and another StoryKit Example

Creating Internet Safety Skits/Videos

Third graders are not usually very shy in front of the camera so it is a great grade level to take advantage of their eagerness to be a star. In third grade we have students watch a couple videos of previous MSAD6 third graders performing internet safety skits, talk about internet safety, discuss what they could do to teach others about internet safety, break up into small groups to write/practice skits, and then record their skits. I post their work on my website and send the videos to our district's television station. Students are so excited to know that they are going to be famous on BETV.

Student Example:

The Digital Citizenship Pledge

In Fourth grade we discuss appropriate online behavior plus how to participate respectfully and responsibly in an online community. Using an iPad app like ChatterPix or Tellagami students create online pledges to share with their classmates. Student example below.

Think Before You Post

Fifth Grade students also are not usually camera shy and are quite creative with iMovie. Honestly, this is my favorite lesson because the students come up with really good ideas and capture the message to help the technology coaches teach this lesson to the following year's fifth grade students. We focus on three messages. 1. Think before you post personal information. 2. Think before you post pictures of yourself or someone else. 3. Think before you post hateful words. Below you will find an example of all three types of Think Before You Post trailers, created by former and current BE 5th graders.




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MSAD 6 Board Seeks Input on the New Superintendent of Schools

The MSAD 6 Board of Directors’ Superintendent Search Committee would like your help in developing a profile for the next superintendent of schools. They would like to gain input from all stakeholders (Board members, employees, students, parents, community residents, business owners, and municipal officers) to ensure that the next superintendent acts ethically and professionally in personal conduct, relationships with others, decision-making, stewardship of District resources, and all aspects of District leadership.

Please find a link to a survey that the Search Committee is in hopes you will take the time to complete. If you are unable to access the survey electronically but you would still like to share information, there are several ways you can access the survey:

1. Request a copy of the survey by calling our District Central Office at 207-929-2331.

2. Visit your Town Municipal Offices.

3. Visit your Town Library.

Recognizing that this is a busy and stressful time, we appreciate your taking a few minutes to give the Committee your input.  Surveys may be returned to: Superintendent Search Committee, MSAD 6, 94 Main Street, Buxton, ME 04093. Any questions or comments about the survey should be directed to Board Chairperson Lester Harmon at lharmon@bonnyeagle.org.

Thank you.