Pickford Public Schools



    Created on January 3, 2012

    July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015 


    Pickford Public Schools

    333 Pleasant Street

    Pickford, MI 49774



    School Code: 17090






                                                 Contact:        Angela Nettleton   angelan@eup.k12.mi.us 


                                                                         FAX  906-647-3706


    Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD






    "The total school family of Pickford Public Schools believes that all students can learn and achieve to their maximum potential through the best education we can possibly provide. Our purpose is to nurture and motivate students to attain high levels of academic performance, foster positive attitudes and self confidence, and develop responsible, caring, productive members of society. It is the responsibility of the school family to accomplish these goals."





    Pickford Public Schools serves a rural farm community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Approximately 530 students K-12, are housed in one building with wings for middle, elementary, and high school.  Pickford Schools is also the fiscal agent for a community education consortium called Consolidated Community School Services (CCSS).  CCSS operates various alternative and adult education and training programs across the region. The technology infrastructure has been improved in accordance with the existing technology plan including: coordination of technology related items to E.U.P.T.C. standards; hardware, software, service and repair, training, planning and development, and support services; connecting all classrooms to a local network and to the E.U.P.T.C. wide area network for voice, video and data communications; development of projector presentation/video capability/ and streaming for all classrooms by utilizing district LAN and the E.U.P.T.C. WAN.; and maintenance of a phone system to interconnect all district classrooms and offices. In addition to lab settings, wireless connectivity has been provided to all points in the building.


    The infrastructure of the current system includes Internet and network connections, both wired and wireless, in all classrooms, a 1:1 computer to student ratio in grades 7-12, an interactive television system used for distance learning, and telephones in each classroom.





    We, the students, parents, and staff of the Pickford Schools, believe that technology use is not only a tool to help us gather information, but a life skill. Using technology effectively requires skills that help us become better users of information, problem solvers, and thinkers. Technology allows us to be more efficient in our research, worldly in our communications, and creative in how we teach and learn. We recognize the importance of technological literacy in preparing us to be active participants in the social, economic, political, and cultural systems in our world. In order to "develop responsible, caring, productive members of society" we, as students, resolve to use technology in our quest to become lifelong learners. In addition, we, as educators, resolve to integrate technology as "an appropriate part of every curriculum at every level of instruction."




    In accordance with the district, Intermediate School District, and the State of Michigan's core curriculum technology outcomes, we will commit ourselves to empowering our students with the following:

    1. The student will be responsible in using technology in order to better him/herself or the lives of others.
    2. The student should understand and be able to communicate the social implications of technology and its impact on the world's history.
    3. He/she should be able to seek, create, organize, communicate, and critically analyze information using technology.
    4. The student should demonstrate the ability to selectively choose an appropriate tool to solve a problem or address a task.

    In order to achieve these outcomes, the following assumptions are defined :

    1. There exists a hierarchy of priorities concerning technology and its acquisition and implementation. People come first, then the curriculum and objectives, software, and lastly, the hardware.
    2. All students and staff of the Pickford Schools need equitable access to all of the district's technological resources.
    3. The school district realizes that an investment in technological tools is an investment in the future of our students and a means of achieving the goals of the district school improvement plan..
    4. Staff members need time, training, incentives, and evaluative tools in order that they may incorporate the use of technology into the curriculum, and benefit from its integration.
    5. Hardware, software, support, and training are most effectively integrated into the infrastructure of the school through systematic and incremental plan of implementation.

    I. Curriculum

    Curriculum Integration - Section 4

    Goal: Utilize summative and formative assessment data to measure progress and inform instruction.

    Regularly assess student academic progress using high quality online tools to monitor and adjust teaching & student learning.

    Review longitudinal data to identify trends and need for adjustment in the curriculum.

    Goal: Enhance student achievement by integrating technology.

    Review school improvement progress on a regular basis to ensure technology alignment.

    Utilize high quality technology based curriculum delivery tools to enhance and supplement traditional curriculum.

    Provide differentiated instruction and academic intervention by using exceptional websites and programs.

    Give teachers a variety of technological resources to engage and motivate students including but not limited t online video resources, word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing tools, interactive simulators, presentation programs, digital lesson resources.

    Provide direct instruction in the appropriate use of technology related tools and software integrated throughout all curricular areas and across all grade levels.

    Goal: Have teachers incorporate as many of the suggested METS into the classroom.

    Emphasize use of the METS in delivering instruction across the curriculum in all classrooms. Each teacher has been given a checklist to teach such standards at the appropriate grade level.

    Provide students at younger levels opportunities to develop essential keyboarding and word processing skills. Students will use an interactive web based program to learn how to properly use a word processor.

    Curriculum review teams will regularly review the current curriculum for opportunities to integrate technology standards into daily instructional activities.

    Student Achievement - Section 5

    Strategy 1: Students will use supplemental instructional tools to complement classroom instructional strategies.

    Strategy 2: Staff will work with students to develop appropriate digital citizenship skills in order to ensure safety.

    Strategy 3: Students will use presentation programs, word processing software, and online tools to complete assignments and meet curriculum and technology standards.

    Strategy 4: Students will use high quality online tools to analyze individual data and monitor progress towards reaching curricular goals.

    Strategy 5: Students will be provided the opportunity to participate in online learning opportunities.

    Technology Delivery – Section 6

    Local classes are delivered on or enhanced through the use of internet resources including, but not limited t Schoolwires, Edmodo, Khan Academy, Michigan Virtual High School Courses, Discovery, Compass Odyssey, NetTrekker, Accelerated Reader, Star programs, Google Apps, Moodle, etc.

    Local curriculum is enhanced by collaboration with other area districts to provide courses through interactive television, moodle, and other online tools and the use of technology for application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Response to Intervention (RtI) principles and strategies.

    Parental Communications & Community Relations - Section 7

    The Technology Plan will be available to the public at the district website:  http://pickford.eup.k12.mi.us/techplan

    Methods to communicate with parents and promote parental involvement include:

    • Parent teacher conferences twice a year.
    • Report cards sent 4 times a year.
    • Progress reports sent at the midpoint of each marking period.
    • District news is published regularly on our website including daily announcements, school calendar, meal menus, community description, financial report, etc.
    • Teachers will post and update grades at least once a week on the student information system “PowerSchool.”
    • A staff directory with email addresses is provided to facilitate communication between parent and teacher.
    • Teachers will manage a classroom website to deliver important information for students and parents specific to their class.
    • Automated messaging connected to the student management system will be used.
    • Teacher web pages will be maintained to provide class-specific information to students and parents.
    • Student handbooks and policies will be made available to parents on-line and in print form.

    The District Wide School Improvement committee involves some parents and other community members in the planning stages, implementation and ongoing assessment of the technology plan.

    Collaboration - Section 8

    Online and or computer generated or facilitated courses are currently being used for our district’s CCSS high school alternative, GED preparation, or adult education programs. These computer classes are monitored closely by teachers. Students are enrolled in subject specific learning paths that are individualized. The course work is aligned to the current State of Michigan GLCE’s and HSCE’s.II.  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Professional Development Plan -- Section 9

    Technology is a rapidly changing and increasingly influential force on the framework of curriculum and the teaching/learning process. Teachers are the primary learners in our learning community. The cooperative ability of staff to make collaborative, effective use of the vast exponentially growing sea of information will depend on the quality of training and support.

    1. Staff will have regular access to support personnel who can answer questions, provide assistance, and help solve hardware, networking, and software problems.
    2. Regular Professional Staff Development activities related to integrating technology in the curriculum will be planned annually based on staff surveys and strategies necessary to achieve school improvement plan goals.  The district will promote networking between teachers to others with similar grade levels/ interests in staff meetings and professional learning communities.
    3. Professional Development will be designed to align with state and national standards for technology competencies for teachers, administrators, and other educators.


    Supporting Resources Section 10

    1. Electronic mail, internet/web access, and database access will be provided staff and students.
    2. District and building listservs will be maintained.  New listservs will be created and maintained for various groups and activities as needed.
    3. District will provide internet access to all classrooms.
      District web site will be maintained to include district policies, handbooks, directory information, and school calendars.
      Staff will be provided teacher handbooks which detail acceptable use of technology and related district policies.
    4. Staff will have access to REMC services as well as local school library materials.
    5. Staff will receive necessary training to utilize any electronic subscriptions.
    6. Software purchased will supplement existing curriculum goals and objectives.
    7. Software purchases need to be coordinated to eliminate duplicate purchases across K-12 grade levels.

    An inventory will be kept on all hardware/software in each District indicating vendor, purchase date, technical notes, repairs, warranty information, licensing and funding information.



    Infrastructure Needs/Technical Specification, and Design -- SECTION 11


    Current Status:


    1.  Infrastructure:

    • Up-to-date wiring in all areas of all buildings.
    • Category 5 for data and Category 3 wiring for voice throughout all buildings to all classrooms, offices, and other areas where needed.
    • Switches or hubs in all wiring closets to connect network segments
    • Access points in all buildings to give full wireless coverage.
    • Telephone system for voicemail and paging.


    2.  Hardware:

    • Active Directory server for individual file storage, file sharing, software distribution, user authentication. 
    • Computer lab available for K-12.
    • Computer in each classroom
    • BTOP laptops, wireless connection for student learning, mobility  
    • Telephone in all classrooms and offices.
    • Hardware devices for Interactive television between ISD sites.

    3.  Software:

    • Application software includes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher)
    • Content services including, but not limited t Accelerated Reader, and Discovery Ed streaming
    • Learning Management Systems including, but not limited to Moodle and Compass
    • Appropriate internet software for distance learning 
    • School Data Systems (SDS) for financial office.
    • Student information system hosted off-site with other districts.
    • Library software, which includes web based, publicly accessible, card catalog.

    Identifying Need:

    1. Systematic replacement of current hardware and increased ratio of student to device
    2. Systematic replacement and expansion of classroom technology devices such as projector, smart boards, and document cameras
    3. Upgrade wireless and wired network 
    4. Maintain current internet accessibility and Increase bandwidth as educationally relevant
    5. Maintain software maintenance and subscription fees
    6. Upgrade phone, messaging and notification systems
    7. Maintain and improve web-based district communications
    8. Upgrade district management systems to create greater efficiencies


    Technical Support

    By collaborating with the ISD we will ensure that all computers have Internet access, network connections, and updated software.  A computer support person will be available to troubleshoot and fix nonfunctioning workstations and network issues.  Pickford Public Schools has also contracted with the EUPISD to provide file server and Interactive television maintenance. Pickford Public Schools also contracts out for internet access, web hosting and network maintenance.


    Increase Access -- Section 12

    Pickford Public Schools currently provides access to all staff and students.  We will dedicate funds to maintain this level of access. We will increase overall access by increasing our pupil to device ratio.  This will ensure students’ abilities to access information on the Internet and will increase the teachers’ abilities to assign mandatory technologically integrated lessons.  




    Budget and Timetable – Section 13

    PPS Budget




    Technical Support




    Professional Development




    Internet Access




    Web Hosting




    Network Maintenance





    (cellular and POTS)




    Software and Licensing








    Wireless Upgrade












    CCSS Budget




    Technical Support/Network Maintenance




    Professional Development




    Internet Access




    Web Hosting





    Cellular and POTS




    Software and 













    Coordination of Resources – Section 14


    Pickford Public Schools will maintain a technology budget within the general operating budget.  We will continue to utilize funding for technology that we have used in the past including Title I, State At-Risk, Title VI, Grant Funds, General Funds, and donations from the Sault Tribe.  We will continue to leverage Universal Services Fund discounts.  We will consider the viability of both local and regional technology millages as well as take advantage of any state or federal infrastructure funds.


    Evaluation - Section 15

    • Teachers will be evaluated on technology integration in classroom classroom instruction by classroom walkthroughs and an annual observation by school administration.
    • Computerized assessment methods will be utilized on a regular schedule to measure student achievement and the use of regional data warehouse will inform data analysis at regular staff meetings and teacher PLC’s to improve curriculum and instruction
    • Michigan Department of Education Educational Technology Standards and Expectations will be followed at all grade levels
    • Classroom and staff web pages will be reviewed at least quarterly for updating and ease of access by parents and community members
    • The number of students participating in online and distance learning courses along with their performance in these classes will be tracked on a semester basis
    • Agendas and minutes from teacher professional learning communities will show a portion of the meeting that is reserved for discussion of technology integration
    • Parent and student School Improvement survey results will be analyzed to determine if technology is being utilized and implemented effectively

    Pickford Public Schools


    This agreement is entered into between _______________________________  ___________________

       (Printed Student Name)                     (Year of Graduation)


    hereinafter referred to as Student, and Pickford Public Schools, hereinafter referred to as District.

    The purpose of this agreement is to provide Local Area Network, Electronic Bulletin Board, the Internet access, hereinafter referred to as Network, for educational purposes to the Student. As such, this access will (1) assist in the collaboration and exchange of information, (2) facilitate personal growth in the use of technology, and (3) enhance information gathering and communication skills.

    The intent of this contract is to ensure that Students will comply with all Network and Internet acceptable use policies approved by the District. In exchange for the use of the Network resources either at school or home, I understand and agree to the following:

    A.         The use of the Network is a privilege which may be revoked by the District at any time and for any reason. Appropriate reasons for revoking privileges include but are not limited t the altering of system software, the placing of unauthorized information, computer viruses or harmful programs on or through the computer system in either public or private files or messages. The District reserves the right to remove files, limit or deny access, and refer the Student for other disciplinary actions.

    B.      The District reserves all rights to any material stored in files which are generally accessible to others and will remove any material which the District, at its sole discretion, believe may be unlawful, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise objectionable. A Student will not use his/her District-approved computer account/access to obtain, view, download, or otherwise gain access to such materials.

    C.       All information services and features contained on District or Network resources are intended for the private use of its registered users and any use of these resources for commercial-for-profit or other unauthorized purposes (i.e. advertisements, political lobbying), in any form, is expressly forbidden.

    D.    The District and/or Network resources are intended for the exclusive use by their registered users. The Student is responsible for the use of his/her account/password and/ or access privilege. Any problems which arise from the use of a Student’s account are the responsibility of the account holder. Use of an account by someone other than the registered account holder is forbidden and may be grounds for loss of access privileges.

    E.       Any misuse of the account will result in suspension of the account privileges and/or other disciplinary action determined by the District. Misuse shall include, but not be limited t

    1.   intentionally seeking information on, obtaining copies of, or modifying ales,

    other data, or passwords belonging to other users,

    2.     misrepresenting other users on the Network,

    3.    disrupting the operation of the Network through abuse of the hardware or


    4.    malicious use of the Network through hate mail, harassment, profanity, vulgar

           statements or discriminatory remarks

    5.       interfering with others use of the network,

    6.       extensive use for non curriculum-related communication,

    7.       illegal installation of copyrighted software,

    8.       unauthorized downloading, copying, or use of licensed or copyrighted software,

    9.      allowing anyone to use an account other than the account holder. (With the

    exception of your parent or guardian under your direct supervision in which case you are responsible for everything they do.)

    F.                    The use of District and/or Network resources are for the purpose of (in order of


    1.      Support of the academic program

    2.      Telecommunications

    3.      General Information

    4.      Recreational

    5.      The District and/or Network does not warrant that the functions of the system will meet any specific requirements the user may have, or that it will be error free or uninterrupted, nor shall it be liable for any direct or indirect, Incidental, or consequential damages (including lost data, information, or time) sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operation, or inability to use the system.

    G.         The Student will diligently delete old mail messages on a daily basis from the personal mail directory to avoid excessive use of the electronic mail disk space.

    H.         The District and/or Network will periodically make determinations on whether specific uses of the Network are consistent with the acceptable-use practice. The District and/or Network reserves the right to log Internet access and to monitor incoming and outgoing electronic mail messages.

    I.            The Student may transfer files from information services and electronic bulletin board services. For each file received through a file transfer, the Student agrees to check the file with a virus-detection 'program before opening the file for use. Should the Student transfer a file, shareware, or software which infects the Network with a virus and causes damage, the Student will be liable for any and all repair costs to make the Network once again fully operational and may be subject to other disciplinary measures as determined by the District.

    J.         The Student will be liable to pay the costs or fees incurred with any file, shareware, or software transferred, whether intentional or accidental, without such permission of their building principal.

    K.       The District has access to all files including E-mail that is stored on District resources. The District and/or Network reserves the right to log computer use and to monitor file servers space utilization by users, The District reserves the right to remove files or a user account on the Network to prevent further unauthorized activity.

    L.       From time to time, student will create personal and District World Wide Web home pages which may contain names and/or pictures of the Student on the Internet. Additionally, the District will provide student a-mail account. Please initial each of the following activities which you do NOT want the student participating:


    ____Transmit picture live as part of a group

    ____Picture Name

    ____Classwork with first name only

    In consideration for the privileges of using the District and/or Network resources, and in consideration for having access to the information contained on the Network, or by the Network, I hereby release the District, Network and their operators and administration from any and all claims of any nature arising from my use, or Inability to use the District and/or Network resources. To the extent that proprietary rights in a work product would vest in the student upon creation, I agree to assign those rights to the District.

    We agree to abide by such rules and regulations of system usage as may be further added from time-to-time by the District and/or Network. These rules will be available in hard copy form in the principal's office.

    Parents and guardians are always welcomed to visit our facilities and view our computer facilities and students' accomplishments. Feel free to contact the/your child's school to schedule an appointment.


    Pickford Public Schools Network & Internet Access Agreement for Students (Sign and return to high school office).

    ______________________________                     _______________________________

    Student Signature                                      Parent/Guardian Signature  & Date




Last Modified on August 2, 2012