Our goal here is to compile the most frequently links to information and tools that teachers, staff, and students need to navigate the ever-shifting terrain of the school-scape. Is something missing? Let us know by submitting a suggestion on our home page.
Acceptable Use Policy The Amity Regional school district requires that students agree to the Acceptable Use Policy for technology use. A NEW student registering for the first time has to have parents submit the agreement for the Acceptable Use Policy through the InfoSnap process, available here. This information is then uploaded to PowerSchool by the Technology department (email Stacy Peck, Administrative Assisstent, Technology Department, at: Stacy.Peck@reg5.k12.ct.us. After the registration period ends, CURRENT student who have not completed their InfoSnap online must submit a signed paper version of the AUP agreement to the Tech office.
School closing notifications are sent to the news outlets, WTNH, WFSB, CTWeather, and NBC CT News 30. You can sign up for automatic alerts on these news outlets. Automatic alerts can also be set through PowerSchool by setting your preferences there. Follow these instructions for updating contact information. Similar information can be found here, and there is a tutorial here.
Amity Useful Documents Have you every wasted time trying to find that email with the updated bell schedule, or the instructions for how to use Naaaviance, Power-thang, or JoAnn Gentile's popular Pay Dates 2014-15? Well you can rest easy. Each time we receive one of those fascinating email with attachments, we will be adding it to our Amity Useful Documents link.
Canvas is a classroom management application available to all teachers. Follow these instructions to migrate your classes from Moodle or Schoology. There is also a lot of training information available at the Canvas site. The guides on the left side are particularly helpful.
The Amity Transition Program is handling orders (twice a month) for coffee pods for the Keurig machine in the faculty room. Please add a one-dollar donation per order to support Transition Program activities, and make checks out to “Amity High School”. See products and pricing.
Common Core and SBAC Information
Lisa Lassen’s useful information related to Common Core and SBAC Testing, available from INSIDE the school at: \\woodbridge02\Common Core Copy the link above, go to the START button in Windows, click on "Computer" in the window that opens, and replace the word "Computer" in the address box with the link.
Conferences with parents
Teacher conferences are now done through PowerSchool. You can refer to these instructions on how to access them.
Common Sense Education is a private organization dedicated to offering resources to help students understand safe and ethical use of technology. Their Digital Citizenship instructional units are available for free online.
Discovery Education has digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences. Teachers: If your regular username does not work, try firstname.lastname. 10-12th graders should use regular credentials with "amity" at the end. 9th graders should be their regular credentials. Soon (late Fall '16) everyone will be updated to regular school sign-in.
This service allows teachers to upload and share videos for instruction within our school. This access is a trial for the 2015-16 school year. Access the Amity High School Library Collection directly in DEVOS 4.
Web page for Amity's yearbook. Faculty should order books here_.
Field Trip Calendar
The live field trip calendar is located here. Teachers email field trips and in-school activities to the Attendance office, in one of these two formats. Format 1, Template: Sign into your PowerTeacher home page. Click on Student Directory. Copy and paste student information into this template. Format 2, SQL Report: Sign into your PowerTeacher home page, click sqlReports 4, click on the arrow next to Misc Student Reports and choose Student Info - Name, grade and id number. Click submit. Download the result to Excel.
Haiku Learning (a classroom LMS)
See "Powerschool Learning".
Google for Amity Schools
Amity's Google for Education services @amityschools.org. Click here for instructions about teacher and student log-on.
Link Alerts are online requests for assistance asking for peer intervention for freshmen whom you believe might need special help or encouragement. All requests will be seen only by the Link Crew Coordinators (Jennifer Bonaldo, Wendy Carrafiello, Scott DeMeo, and Tasia Kimball) who will then assign a Link Crew leader to help offer support to the freshman you have identified. (You will never be identified as the person who submitted the Link Alert.)
Lunch Table Reservation (see Reservation, Lunch Table)
Naviance is our student recommendations and college application platform. Student and parents log in here. Teachers log in here. Our Amity account is: arshs Contact Guidance to reset account if you can’t log in.
NoodleTools is Amity’s new subscription citation and note-taking platform, as of September, 2016. Like Easybib, it allows you to create citations, take notes, and link those notes to the specific citation the information comes from in an article, book, or web source. Once you sign up for your own, full-service premium account, you will be able to access your citations and notes from anywhere!
PowerSchool Learning (formerly Haiku Learning) is a web-based LMS (Learning Management System) that can many of the same things as Schoology, EdModo, and Moodle, AND it is integrated with PowerTeacher, so your classes automatically appear. You can export your classes from Schoology, EdModo, or Moodle, or from your test Haiku account. There are 3 ways to log into PowerSchool Learning 1: Go to https://amity.haikulearning.com/, click "Sign in with Google", use your @Amityschools.org account. 2: Use the link on the Amity website (under both For Staff and Parents-Students) 3: Log into your @Amityschools.org account, click on the nine dots in the upper right, "More apps", and click on the Haiku link next to Google classroom.
PowerTeacher Training Official Site: Teachers received an email invitation, and established their own passwords for the training site. Lisa Lassen recommends the following “Distance Learning” tutorials: PowerTeacher; PowerTeacher Gradebook: Getting Started. Also recommended are videos called “Mastery in Minutes”, about 5 minutes long each, like: PowerTeacher Gradebook: Copying Assignments; PowerTeacher Gradebook: Running a Report; What’s New: Seating Chart.
Reserve a lab for days with regularly scheduled classes (staff only). During exam periods, please contact the librarians to be put on the Mid-term Exam Computer Lab list, or the Final Exam Computer Exam list.
.Report maintenance (staff only) or repair issues around the school (click the “Maint Request” tab, or technology problems (click the “IT Request tab”). If first-time users are asked for an organization number, use 475594626
STAR testing, as of Fall 2015, is the assessment that is being used for ongoing progress monitoring of English and Math skills in the high school (it replaces the Gates test). Users log on here, and teachers can find current schedules and proctoring information in the Standardized Testing folder of our Useful Documents.
Students can sign on with their Powerschool log-on usernames. As of December, 2016, student passwords for Study Island will change. Teachers can see student usernames and passwords on the “Teacher Page” in Study Island. Teachers should use their PowerSchool user-names (contact Technology or the Library for the temporary password), and update their password to their school password.
These are the kind of documents, including school procedures and policies, forms, schedules, etc., that are sent out by email during the year, which we have compiled into one site for your convenience. Some are mostly used by teachers, but some are used by students and parents.
Log on using the school-supplied username and password. Put items in cart, note down pricing, then empty cart. Do not order online. Follow MUNIS procedures to order.
Web Pages for Teachers There are several good online tools for creating a free teacher web page. Our current school web-page vendor, SharpSchool, allows teachers to create their own page. Contact our technology coach to get started. You can follow these instructions to create SharpSchool Teacher Pages. Short training instructions from our PD class Longer chapter instructions from SharpSchool
Writing Center For writing help from other students, visit the Writing Center located in Room 103. The Writing Center has a staff of tutors who are willing to help you at any stage of the writing process for any written task you have (in any subject!).