The school plans to implement the eBackpack initiative; for those of you who don't know what this means, the eBackpack initiative is part of MPCS Connects, where eventually over time, every student in the school system will be provided with a tablet to use for the rest of their grade-school career. First in the High School, then the Middle School, and finally, the Elementary Schools. It will start out first at the High School by providing tablets to all 9th graders. Dr. Bergeron wrote in her letter, "In the fall, 130 students will receive devices, and the rollout will continue until all MPHS students are working in a 1:1, blended learning environment."
On the MPCS website, MPHS Connects, Superintendent Dr. Bruce McDade goes into depth about the eBackpack initiative and the plans for the school district. As a pilot test, every student in Pre-AP and ELL (English Language Learners) are planned to receive Windows 8 tablets, the Dell Venue 11 Pro, in September. By the beginning of the Second Semester, all 9th and 10th grade students are expected to have tablets. If funding and results of the pilot release work in favor, all students at MPHS should receive their own tablet in the Second Semester as well.
Another thing mentioned in Principal Dr. Bergeron's letter was the, "shift to a more student-centered culture at MPHS". This is great news for the MPHS Script! Being a student run club, the MPHS Script will be able to promote the student-centered culture that should be implemented in the new school year! There's just one question; what kinds of events will fuel the student culture that we are excited for?
There are a lot of changes coming for the 2014-2015 school year. What are you most excited about?