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Melissa Smith

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Band Class Canceled Thursday and Friday

Mrs. Hancock will not be at school tomorrow (1/17) and Friday (1/18) due to illness. Therefore, all band classes this week are canceled.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Band Canceled Thursday and Friday

Mrs. Hancock will not be at school tomorrow (1/17) and Friday (1/18) due to illness. Therefore, all band classes this week are canceled.

PDS uses an off-campus filter called Captive Portal, which your son will have to sign into once every five days. While we showed your son how to do this, we wanted you to know the process too.

When your son launches his internet (Chrome, Safari, or Firefox), a blue screen, with "Captive Portal" will appear. Skip over the two boxes for username and password. Your son will need to click the link titled, "Google Auth,” which appears towards the bottom of that screen. Once he clicks on the link, he will be prompted to enter his PDS Gmail. (Your son should have a sticker in his AB with this information. Most accounts follow the scheme: first name + first letter of last name + 3 numbers @pdsmemphis.org. Ex: charlest465@pdsmemphis.org)

The next screen will have him enter his email password. (This is his AR password, plus his PDS graduation year. 6th graders use 2019, 5th graders use 20 and 4th graders use 21. Ex: hatsky2018 or hatsky19. This password is also located on his sticker.) He will have to click "Next" two times to finish the authentication process. Once he is done, his home internet connection will work. While this process will be repeated every five days, it should only take a minute to complete.

Captive Portal

Congratulations to Tyler Dang for winning this year’s Motsey Hudson Speech contest with his speech titled, “The Benefits of Traveling.”

Tyler will be presenting his speech at the 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony.

Jackson Ransom’s speech, “Beyond Skin Deep,” and Andrew Tancredi’s speech titled, “My Passion for Flying,” tied for second place. Both will present their speeches during Class Day.

Follow the Read More link to watch the top 3 speeches.

PDS' off-campus filter was upgraded over the summer. This upgrade has students signing in through their PDS Google account once every five days.  While we will show your son how to do this, we wanted you to know the process too.  When your son launches his Internet (Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) a blue screen will come up.  You should see "Captive Portal" on the screen.  Toward the bottom there are two boxes for username and password.  Ignore those!  At the bottom of the screen, you will see a link titled, "Google Auth."  He needs to click on the link and then will be prompted to enter his PDS Gmail.  (Your son should have a sticker in his AB with this information.  Most accounts follow the scheme:  first name + first letter of last name + 3 numbers @pdsmemphis.org.  Ex:  charlest465@pdsmemphis.org) The next screen will have him enter his email password.  (This is his email, plus his PDS graduation year.  4th graders use 20.  Ex: hatsky20. This password is also located on his sticker.) He will have to click "Next" two times to finish the authentication process.  Once he is done, his Internet will work normally.  This process will be repeated every 5 days but should only take a minute to complete. 

4th Graders will learn about this on Monday when they receive their computers. I will also introduce them to their PDS Google for Education accounts.

Thank you for your help and support.  If you have any question, do not hesitate to email me at msmith@pdsmemphis.org.

Sincerely,

Melissa Smith

PDS' off-campus filter was upgraded over the summer. This upgrade has students signing in through their PDS Google account once every five days.  While we showed your son how to do this, we wanted you to know the process too.  When your son launches his Internet (Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) a blue screen will come up.  You should see "Captive Portal" on the screen.  Toward the bottom there are two boxes for username and password.  Ignore those!  At the bottom of the screen, you will see a link titled, "Google Auth."  He needs to click on the link and then will be prompted to enter his PDS Gmail.  (Your son should have a sticker in his AB with this information.  Most accounts follow the scheme:  first name + first letter of last name + 3 numbers @pdsmemphis.org.  Ex:  charlest465@pdsmemphis.org) The next screen will have him enter his email password.  (This is his email, plus his PDS graduation year. 5th graders use 19. Ex: hatsky19. This password is also located on his sticker.) He will have to click "Next" two times to finish the authentication process.  Once he is done, his Internet will work normally.  This process will be repeated every 5 days but should only take a minute to complete. 

Thank you for your help and support.  If you have any question, do not hesitate to email me at msmith@pdsmemphis.org.

Sincerely,

Melissa Smith

PDS's off-campus filter was upgraded over the summer. This upgrade has students signing in through their PDS Google account once every five days.  While we showed your son how to do this, we wanted you to know the process too.  When your son launches his internet (Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) a blue screen will come up.  You should see "Captive Portal" on the screen.  Toward the bottom there are two boxes for username and password.  Ignore those!  At the bottom of the screen, you will see a link titled, "Google Auth."  He needs to click on the link and then will be prompted to enter his PDS Gmail.  (Your son should have a sticker in his AB with this information.  Most accounts follow the scheme:  first name + first letter of last name + 3 numbers @pdsmemphis.org.  Ex:  charlest465@pdsmemphis.org) The next screen will have him enter his email password.  (This is his email, plus his PDS graduation year.  6th graders use 2018.  Ex: hatsky2018. This password is also located on his sticker.) He will have to click "Next" two times to finish the authentication process.  Once he is done, his internet will work normally.  This process will be repeated every 5 days but should only take a minute to complete. 

Thank you for your help and support.  If you have any question, do not hesitate to email me at msmith@pdsmemphis.org.

Sincerely,

Melissa Smith

Congratulations to Kemp Conrad for winning this year's Motsey Hudson Speech contest with his speech titled, "Great Expectations." Kemp will be presenting his speech at the 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony.

Kyan Ramsay’s speech, "A Technology Altered World" is this year's runner up. Kyan will give his speech during Class Day.

 Follow the Read More link to watch the top 2 speeches.

In coding class, Mrs. Smith challenged the 5th grade boys to use the LOGO language to create one hole of a miniature golf course. Harrison Goetze was the winner of the coding challenge!  He spent many hours and days envisioning, planning, drawing, writing, and debugging his code consisting of 643 lines. Enjoy watching the video of Harrison’s code in action and his explanation of the course.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Apps That Can Lead To Trouble

We live in a connected world that is much different than the way kids grew up in the past. Many parents remember going off for a sleep-away summer camp, making friends, and having to keep in touch via pen and paper. Parents were easily able to keep up with who their children were interacting with. These days, it’s far more difficult to keep up with the latest apps and services that kids are using to communicate. Here’s a short list of apps and services that parents of children, ages 10 to 20, should be aware of.

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