Technology

Technology Staff

Spring-Ford Area School District is committed to advancing the integration of technology into teaching and learning. This includes developing and supporting the required infrastructure, hardware, software, and professional development. Our goals are to improve student academic achievement through technology literacy and to improve the capacity of all teachers to integrate technology effectively into curriculum and instruction.

Robert Catalano
Director of Technology

Niloofar Abolfath

Titles: IT - Support Tech
Email:

Charles Applegate

Titles: System Administrator
Email:

Sandra Bernat

Titles: Manager of Tech Operations
Email:

Keith Bortz

Titles: IT Support Tech
Email:

Lindsay Brock

Titles: IT Support Technician
Email:

Elise Buckwalter

Titles: IT Support Technician
Email:

Robert Catalano

Titles: Director of Technology
Email:

Brian Cooper

Titles: IT Systems Technician
Email:

Kathleen Cox

Titles: Software Specialist
Email:

Bernadette Crenshaw

Titles: IT Support Technician
Email:

Robert Cywinski

Titles: Network Infrastructure Administrator
Email:

Carol Ganister

Titles: Data & Reporting Specialist
Email:

Virginia Jones

Titles: IT Support Technician
Email:

Randi Law

Titles: Support Ctr Coordinator
Email:

Joseph Mayo

Titles: Information Systems Administrator
Email:

Donna Militano

Titles: IT Support Technician
Email:

Richard Prevete

Titles: Audio Video Tech
Email:

Aaron Scott

Titles: IT Systems Technician
Email:

Maggie Stone

Titles: Admin Assistant
Email:

Susan Yaroch

Titles: IT Support Technician
Email:

Student Email

Student email addresses provided by Spring-Ford Area School District. In accordance with policy 815, Acceptable Use Policy, students should only use this account for educational purposes and should keep the account information private. Students will need to comply with the Acceptable Use Policy when using the email account and will be disciplined accordingly for violations

Each student in the district can download Microsoft Office on up to five personal devices. Automatic updates are included in order to stay current with the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.

Student Email: Email is ONLY open for 7th-12th students, no exceptions.

    1. 7th and 8th Grade students can only email faculty (including Western Center), not anyone else including the outside world or student to student. These students can only receive from faculty as well. Exceptions will be made to external domains, such as code.org, if requested and approved by the Superintendent.
    2. 9th-12th Grade students can email each other (between 9th-12th) and faculty (including Western Center), no outside world access or to students in 7th/8th Grade. Exceptions will be made to external domains, such as code.org, if requested and approved by the Superintendent.
    3. Students email address matches their google apps account and matches the email field in skyward. Passwords are the student’s network password.

Spring-Ford Student email will allow students to:

  • Communicate and receive information in a safe/filtered environment.
  • Apply college/career ready skills relative to communication and productivity.
  • Share files and collaborate with student peers and/or teachers.
  • Access, share, and create digital products available through Office365 programs (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Use web tools that accommodate individualized or curricular needs.

Guidelines for student use of email:
In accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy, use Spring-Ford email for academic purposes onlyDo not share your email username and password with anyone and follow Spring-Ford guidelines for strong passwords.

  • Delete and report unfamiliar or suspicious email that includes attachments or links.
    • Forward suspicious emails to supportcenter@spring-ford.net
    • Do not trust an e-mail just because it looks official or has a company logo.
    • Do not reply to email that asks you for sensitive information.
  • Be respectful of someone else’s time.
    • Follow teacher posted availability for email communication or ask your teacher when he/she might check email.
    • Meet deadlines provided by your teacher.
  • Maintain a positive “digital footprint” through what you share and post online.
    • Re-read what you write before you send.
      • Consider the appropriateness of your tone in personal and academic communication.
      • Remember that others may have different opinions than your own—even if you cannot control what someone else says and does, you can control what you say and do.
      • Use formal, or academically appropriate word choice and grammar when publishing text online.
    • Speak with a person face to face (or seek help from appropriate support personnel) before sending, responding to, or publishing sensitive subject matter.

BYOT

What is BYOT? BYOT stands for Bring Your Own Technology. Students in grades 9-12 are able to bring electronic devices to school to help enhance instruction in the classroom.

Why BYOT? Our students are digital natives and live in a world where information creation and consumption is constantly occurring. We feel that access to the tools and resources of a world-wide network and understanding when and how these tools are appropriately and effectively used are imperative in each student’s education. We envision a learning environment where technology is a part of us, not apart from us.

What kind of devices are allowed? The following internet-capable devices are acceptable:

  • Laptops
  • Netbooks
  • Notebooks
  • iPad
  • iPod touch
  • E-reader
  • Tablets/Slates
  • Cell Phones
  • Smart Phones


My student does not have a device. What do we do?
It is not mandatory for students to bring a device, even if they do own one. When a lesson requires the use of an electronic device, students without a personal device will be provided access to an appropriate district-owned device based on availability or provided with an alternative way of completing the assignment.

Are teachers and staff required to permit personal electronic communication devices in their classrooms? No. Use of personal electronic communication devices in the classroom is at the sole discretion of the classroom teacher, and building access may be restricted by building principals and staff.

How will my student’s device connect to the Internet? Spring-Ford Area School District provides a wireless network (WiFi) which students may connect to while using their devices in the building. Internet access provided by the district is filtered to protect your student and to emphasize its use for educational purposes.

Additionally, students may use an Internet connection from an outside provider. In this case, the family will be responsible for any expense incurred using this type of Internet connection.

Whether your student uses the district’s WiFi network or a connection from an outside provider, the student must abide by the district’s policy for acceptable use of the computers, network, Internet, electronic communications and information systems (Policy 815) and the district’s policy for electronic communication devices (Policy 237).

May my child connect a personal device to district printers, network shares (H: drives) or other district resources? No, access will be limited to filtered Internet access.

Can parents connect their personal devices to the district's wireless network? No, Internet access is provided only for student devices being used for educational purposes.

Will there be "charging stations" so my child's electronic device can be recharged? We anticipate that not every class will be using an electronic device in a lesson every day. Considering today's electronic device battery technology, the device's battery charge should be sufficient for lessons requiring use of the device throughout the day. "Charging stations" will not be provided.

Who will work on my child's device should it happen to stop working?
Each student is responsible for his/her own device: set-up, maintenance, charging, and security. Staff members will not store student devices at any time, nor will any district staff diagnose, repair, or work on a student's personal electronic device. It is not the responsibility of the teacher or other staff member to troubleshoot individual devices during the school day.

Who is responsible for damage, loss, or theft of devices your child brings to school? Families must stress the responsibilities their children have when bringing their own computing devices to school. Any devices students bring to school are their sole responsibility.

Spring-Ford Area School District takes no responsibility to search for lost or stolen devices nor is there any assumption of financial responsibility by Spring-Ford Area schools for damaged, lost or stolen personal computing devices.


Microsoft365

Spring-Ford Area School District is pleased to announce that 7th-12th grade students will have access to Microsoft Office365. Students will have access to the following through Office 365.

Office 365 Install

    • To access the Office 365 portal, www.office.com. Staff will use their email address and network password to log into the portal. (username@spring-ford.net) Install Office 2016 icon will be in the upper right hand corner. There is an option for ‘Other Installs’ which is the Office 2013 program if they so choose. This should be on PERSONAL devices not work.
    • For Students to log on, same URL, www.office.com. Students will use their email address and network password to log into the portal. (username@rams.spring-ford.net) Install Office 2016 icon will be in the upper right hand corner. There is an option for ‘Other Installs’ which is the Office 2013 program if they so choose. This should be on PERSONAL devices not work.
    • Periodically a verification will take place on the machine office is installed on and will require the user to authenticate their email address and network password. This is Microsoft’s way to verify the end user still has a valid rams.spring-ford.net or spring-ford.net account. It’s a way Microsoft can ensure they are not getting ripped off and getting all the money they want.
    • Once a staff member leaves or student leaves they will no longer be entitled to the Office copy any longer. The user would have to purchase their own copy or face the dimension consequences of degraded features in their office products.

Skyward

The Skyward system allows parents and students to access attendance, assignments, grades, and food service information. Usernames and passwords may be obtained by contacting your child's school office.

Attendance Displays in Family Access

Grades K-8 Only: Note regarding Attendance displays in Family Access: only the Attendance Date, the Periods, and the Type are significant. Ignore class labels; they are in no way significant with respect to attendance. In the picture below, interpret that the student was dismissed early during the morning and was absent during the afternoon.

Grades 9-12 Only: Attendance is taken every period. Attendance Date, Periods, Class Labels, and Type are all significant.

Skyward Electronic Report Cards
Access to the report cards is through the same method that you have been using to review your child’s progress online throughout the year. Login to Skyward by using the link below; click on Report Cards and then click the report card title to open the PDF (Adobe Acrobat Reader required). If by chance you have forgotten your passwords to access the system, please contact your child’s school and they will be happy to help you. If you do not have access to the Internet and still need to have a printed copy of the report card provided to you, please contact your child’s school and make this request.
Please note that electronic report cards for Marking Periods 1, 2, and 3 will be removed approximately one week prior to the end of the succeeding marking period. The Marking Period 4 report card for each year will remain permanently.


"Ath" Grade Bucket

Parents of students in grades 7 through 12 please note that some classes will display a grade labeled "Ath" in addition to quarterly averages. Grades labeled "Ath" are the grades reported to the Athletic Office weekly for student activity participants. These grades are a snapshot in time and are used only in the determination of eligibility to participate in activities.

Honor Roll Information
Refer to your child’s student handbook for more information.
Special Note for Alumni Seeking Transcripts:
High school transcripts for Spring-Ford alumni can be obtained by contacting the Ninth Grade Center (where the graduate records are stored) at 610-705-6011, extension 5 for Guidance.
Spring-Ford Area School District Online Grade Guidelines
Online grading provides parent and student access to attendance, assignments and grades as soon as they are entered. Teachers assess students based on curricular objectives that are aligned to Pennsylvania State Standards. Therefore, assignments and assessments will vary from teacher to teacher and course to course. It is not expected that all teachers will post their assignments and grades with the same speed and frequency.
  • Every Spring-Ford teacher (in grades 4-12) will keep an up-to-date electronic grade book.
  • All assignments will use adequate descriptors and dates specially designed to impart that knowledge to student and parent readers.
  • Current assessments will be entered in a timely manner.
  • When questions arise with respect to assignments and assessments, parents are encouraged to communicate with the teacher.

User Guides

Microsoft365

Skyward

Is your Skyward and Skylert information up-to-date? Be sure to verify or update your Student and Parent/Guardian information and email address today!
Important Notes:
  • Any Family/Guardian associated to a student has the ability to setup and make changes to his or her own Skylert contact information.
  • When updating emergency contacts, use the contact's legal name (no nicknames).
  • Your address CANNOT be changed online; you MUST visit your child's school and show appropriate proof of residency.
  • Do NOT use comment boxes to ask for special phone numbers or special e-mail addresses to be used in specific situations; special requests when related to mass contact situations cannot be accommodated. Place all of your phone numbers and e-mail addresses in the Skylert boxes for those purposes.
  • Skyward does NOT maintain daycare information. So, parents are reminded to contact their child's school with daycare information prior to the end of July.
  • If you do not have your Skyward Family Access logon information, please contact the office at your child(ren)'s school.
How to enter or change your registered e-mail address (click here for PDF instructions).
How to review and update student information including emergency contacts (click here for PDF instructions).
How to preview in NEW Family Access (click here for PDF instructions).
How to review and update your Skylert phone numbers and e-mail addresses (click here for PDF instructions).