Madison Plains Local Schools has a new, easy-to-navigate, informational presence on the Web.
Joe Penney, the district’s new technology coordinator, organized a major overhaul of the district’s Web site. The new address is www.mplsd.org. (The site also can be reached via the old address: www.madison-plains.k12.oh.us.)
The home page features a slideshow of students going about academic and extracurricular activities, as well as a section for district news.
The options from the home page include:
• Board of Education—This section lists board members’ names and contact information.
• Administration—This section lists the district’s administrative staff, their titles, and how to reach them by e-mail. At this time, the section also includes a tab for the curriculum department.
• Calendar—The options are many for viewing the district calendar. Events are searchable by day, week or month, as well as district-wide or by individual school. Penney has made it possible for principals to enter events directly into the Web site, eliminating a middle step and therefore enabling quicker updates.
• Schools—Each school in the district has its own Web page, complete with address, phone number, principal’s name, school start and end times, historical information, and space for building news.
• Resources—Parents, students and staff can find links to software and Web sites pertinent to their roles in education.
“Starting second quarter (Nov. 5), parents will have access to their students’ grades and attendance records through ProgressBook,” Penney said. The idea is to keep parents informed of their child’s progress and strengthen the parent/teacher partnership.
For students, the Resources section includes links to online interactive learning activities and research helpers, such as InfOhio, Merriam-Webster OnLine, Fact Monster, Webmath, Oh!Kids and American National Biography.
• Quick Links—With one click, site browsers can find Madison Plains’ mission and goals, district report card, employment opportunities, school delay/closing information, and transportation facts.
In addition to the features listed above, Penney said teachers will be trained on how to create their own pages within the district’s Web site.
Also, starting Oct. 22, students and staff will have access to free anti-virus software for use on their home computers. The offer saves money for staff and students, Penney said, and reduces the potential for virus problems on the district’s network.