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Professional Development News

Good Morning and Welcome Back!

A quick reminder that if you want to be “in-the-know” about upcoming PD opportunities to apply for, you should subscribe to our PD announcements found on the PD Blog. How do you do this?

Step 1) Click on the Professional Development tab in EduBlogs or Daily Bulletin

Step 2) Click on the Subscribe button in the bottom right-hand corner

Step 3) Enter your school email address

And you will get an email every time the PD page is updated. Yay!

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Important for MAP: All G5-10 Students!!! (and Advisors)

Good Morning,

Students please complete the following steps before your next MAP test:

  1. Please make sure that your Mac’s operating system (OS) is at least OS X El Capitan. You can do this by going to the little Apple in the upper lefthand corner and clicking on “About This Mac” and looking for the information box as pictured below:

OS X El Capitan

2. If it is NOT, you need to upgrade the operating system making sure that it is OS X El Capitan (Version 10.11 see above picture), macOS Sierra (Version 10.12) or macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13):

macOS Sierra

 

macOS HIgh Sierra

3. If you are unsure of how to do this or confused by these instructions, please bring it by the IT Offices and we will upgrade it for you.

Advisors/Homeroom teachers please make sure that this happens to ensure a smoother MAP testing session for you and your colleagues.

Thank you,

The IT Department

Apple Service Notification

Occasionally, Apple will issue a “quiet” free service option for certain devices that exhibit consistent manufacturing faults. Our local vendor, SolutionKeys, likes to make sure that our community knows about these as soon as they are released so that we can take advantage of these services (should we need them). Please have a look at the most recent one here, to do with Keyboards in some MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

Thanks, Ms. Cassie and Mr. Wind!

Reminder: Update your Veracross Information!!!

Parents, please make sure that your household information on Veracross is up to date – especially the mobile phone number! We will be issuing a test of our emergency SMS system next week and need your mobile phone number to be up to date so that you can receive the message. If you are unsure where/how to do this, please contact us in the IT Department as soon as possible. Thank you!

PeopletoPeople and BuyNothing

Good Morning,

This is a reminder to check the PeopletoPeople and BuyNothing sites occasionally. PeopletoPeople is our “classified” section for selling things, mentioning social events, and other sorts of information about life here in Nanjing and China in general. BuyNothing is our page for offering/searching for goods, services and such for free. Check them both out and see what treasure of experiences lie in wait for you! (You will need to log in with your Veracross/O365 username and password).

Email Signatures

Good Morning!

A quick clarification about your email signatures. When you send an email to anyone without @nanjing-school.com on the end of their address, there is automatically attached to it a digital business card signature. It looks like this:
It allows our emails to be whitelisted by those who receive them more frequently than going into the receiver’s Spam box, not to mention gives our emails a more professional veneer. We recommend that whatever signature you choose to put in your emails at least indicate your full name and role at the school, but of course we do leave it up to you. This is something good to keep in mind in discussions with students about their own email etiquette when using the school email. Happy Emailing!

 

 

About Daily Bulletin Posts

This is just a friendly reminder that Daily Bulletin posts are for school-related activities and announcements only. For classified-type advertisements, please use People-to-People and use the appropriate categories. Thank you!

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IT Notice for Departing Students

End of Year Technology Notice 

 As you prepare for your transition to another school, the NIS IT Department would like to remind you about the following important dates for access to various IT services online, as well as to stop by our office for the removal of licensed, NIS software from your laptop.


Laptops 

Whether you have the NIS student image on your computer or not, we need to make sure that there is no NIS licensed software on your computer before you leave. This is part of the check-out procedure, so please make sure to stop by before 1215 on 15 June 2018. During this short process, we will restore your computer to its original “image” meaning that we will wipe all the data from it. So please back up your computer before coming in, or, we can facilitate the backup of your information during this process (though this will add time so best to come in a day before you plan to leave). You just need to provide us with a hard drive.  Keep in mind that if you do not want us to re-image your computer, it is a longer process to ensure all of our NIS-licensed software is removed, so plan accordingly. Your leaving form cannot be signed until this is complete.

eMAIL ACCESS 

Departing students will have access to their NIS email accounts until 31 July 2018 

  • On 1 August 2018 these accounts will be disabled (i.e. if you need to access an old email, you can contact it-help@nanjing-school.com – just make sure to put NIS Family in the subject line) 
  • On 1 October 2018 these accounts will be deleted 
    • Graduated students will have access to their O365 accounts until 14 December 2018 

SERVER ACCESS/DATA 

  • Student access for Leaving/Graduating students will be removed by the 18 June 2018

OFFICE 365  

  • Departing/Graduating Students will have access to only the online versions of our Microsoft Office 365 suite (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) until 1 October 2018 

VERACROSS 

  • Graduating Student roles will change from Current Student to Graduate/Former Student and account privileges will begin to be removed on 26 May 2018
  • Departing Student roles will change from Current Student to Former Student and account privileges will be removed at the end of the day on 15 June 2018

SEESAW ACCESS 

  • Seesaw classes will be archived on 22 June 2018 in order to update the system with the new classes for the first day back.
    • If you’re leaving and/or would like an archive of your child’s work to this point, please follow these directions to download and save their SeeSaw portfolio.  
  • Any archived class can be unarchived for temporary access should it be needed. 

 

IT Notice for Departing Students

End of Year Technology Notice 

 As you prepare for your transition to another school, the NIS IT Department would like to remind you about the following important dates for access to various IT services online, as well as to stop by our office for the removal of licensed, NIS software from your laptop.


Laptops 

Whether you have the NIS student image on your computer or not, we need to make sure that there is no NIS licensed software on your computer before you leave. This is part of the check-out procedure, so please make sure to stop by before 1215 on 15 June 2018. During this short process, we will restore your computer to its original “image” meaning that we will wipe all the data from it. So please back up your computer before coming in, or, we can facilitate the backup of your information during this process (though this will add time so best to come in a day before you plan to leave). You just need to provide us with a hard drive.  Keep in mind that if you do not want us to re-image your computer, it is a longer process to ensure all of our NIS-licensed software is removed, so plan accordingly. Your leaving form cannot be signed until this is complete.

eMAIL ACCESS 

Departing students will have access to their NIS email accounts until 31 July 2018 

  • On 1 August 2018 these accounts will be disabled (i.e. if you need to access an old email, you can contact it-help@nanjing-school.com – just make sure to put NIS Family in the subject line) 
  • On 1 October 2018 these accounts will be deleted 
    • Graduated students will have access to their O365 accounts until 14 December 2018 

SERVER ACCESS/DATA 

  • Student access for Leaving/Graduating students will be removed by the 18 June 2018

OFFICE 365  

  • Departing/Graduating Students will have access to only the online versions of our Microsoft Office 365 suite (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) until 1 October 2018 

VERACROSS 

  • Graduating Student roles will change from Current Student to Graduate/Former Student and account privileges will begin to be removed on 26 May 2018
  • Departing Student roles will change from Current Student to Former Student and account privileges will be removed at the end of the day on 15 June 2018

SEESAW ACCESS 

  • Seesaw classes will be archived on 22 June 2018 in order to update the system with the new classes for the first day back.
    • If you’re leaving and/or would like an archive of your child’s work to this point, please follow these directions to download and save their SeeSaw portfolio.  
  • Any archived class can be unarchived for temporary access should it be needed. 

 

Reminder – Update your Microsoft Office

A reminder to all Students and Staff to regularly click “yes” to running the Microsoft updates over the summer. Not only will you get access to new and improved tools in your Office 365 suite of software, but your software will run better too. For more information, check out how to do it here.

IT Notice for Departing Students

End of Year Technology Notice 

 As you prepare for your transition to another school, the NIS IT Department would like to remind you about the following important dates for access to various IT services online, as well as to stop by our office for the removal of licensed, NIS software from your laptop.


Laptops 

Whether you have the NIS student image on your computer or not, we need to make sure that there is no NIS licensed software on your computer before you leave. This is part of the check-out procedure, so please make sure to stop by before 1215 on 15 June 2018. During this short process, we will restore your computer to its original “image” meaning that we will wipe all the data from it. So please back up your computer before coming in, or, we can facilitate the backup of your information during this process (though this will add time so best to come in a day before you plan to leave). You just need to provide us with a hard drive.  Keep in mind that if you do not want us to re-image your computer, it is a longer process to ensure all of our NIS-licensed software is removed, so plan accordingly. Your leaving form cannot be signed until this is complete.

eMAIL ACCESS 

Departing students will have access to their NIS email accounts until 31 July 2018 

  • On 1 August 2018 these accounts will be disabled (i.e. if you need to access an old email, you can contact it-help@nanjing-school.com – just make sure to put NIS Family in the subject line) 
  • On 1 October 2018 these accounts will be deleted 
    • Graduated students will have access to their O365 accounts until 14 December 2018 

SERVER ACCESS/DATA 

  • Student access for Leaving/Graduating students will be removed by the 18 June 2018

OFFICE 365  

  • Departing/Graduating Students will have access to only the online versions of our Microsoft Office 365 suite (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) until 1 October 2018 

VERACROSS 

  • Graduating Student roles will change from Current Student to Graduate/Former Student and account privileges will begin to be removed on 26 May 2018
  • Departing Student roles will change from Current Student to Former Student and account privileges will be removed at the end of the day on 15 June 2018

 

QR Codes for ID Card

Tired of having to figure out your ID number when you sign in to go out for that Starbucks fix?

Well, next time you stop by reception, make sure to ask Annie or Shanshan for your new and improved QR code sticker! (Note: make sure to stick it on the card itself, inside the plastic shield).

It cuts down the average sign-out time of 24.7 seconds down to a whopping 12.3 seconds! What will you do with all that extra time? My suggestion: go for that Grande instead of the Tall. You’ve earned it!

Pick yours up today!

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