The Pine School is a 21st century school and keeps pace (and leads!) with advancements in technology, effect changes in the curriculum and the manner in which the curriculum is delivered - while also effectively managing information and communication both internally and externally.
To live and work successfully in our global society, Pine School students will require different knowledge, skills, and attitudes than previous generations.
We believe that technology available today for educational use offers unique opportunities to enhance instruction and learning - empowering students to be more proactive in the acquisition of knowledge.
The Pine School uses technology to enhance its 21st century curriculum and student learning through our laptop program, smart classroom initiatives, wireless environments and use of state-of-the-art tools to enrich the learning process. We use FACTS Family as our Student Information System and Online Portal. G Suite for Education as our communications, office suite and LMS (Learning Management System), and SeeSaw as our student digital portfolio system. All of our systems are platform independent and are primarily accessed through a web browser or tablet device.
FACTS Family is our school management system that provides a web interface for parent and student information. Resource documents, report cards, grades, lesson plans and homework are all found on FACTS Family. First time users of FACTS Family should set up their accounts by going to our dedicated FACTS Family page on the website and downloading the Manual.
The Pine School has established a partnership with Google, which provides centralized cloud-based access to email, documents, shared calendars, collaboration tools and much more.
SeeSaw Digital Portfolio is the school's student digital portfolio solution, where students document what they are learning at school. All students at The Pine School have a SeeSaw digital portfolio. Students in Grades K-4 have their portfolio managed by their Homeroom teachers. K-4 students log in to the system using a class code that is provided by their teacher. Students in grades 5-12 manage their own portfolios under the guidance of their Advisor. Students in Grades 5-12 have individual SeeSaw login accounts tied to their school Google Apps account.
As part of The Pine School’s 21st century educational program, students in grades 6-12 are required to have devices that support our curriculum. The Pine School allows students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Recommended devices, details and information can be found in the Technology Device Options and Registration document.
Our 5th Grade participates in an iPad one-to-one program. This continues The Pine School’s working relationship with Apple Education that has been built by Director of Technology Paul Needham, utilizing the latest in apps, e-books, & augmented reality to help students learn in new and exciting ways.
“This is a game-changer for us,” shared 5th Grade teacher Lisa Vrana. “The range of classroom benefits are going to have such a positive impact on everything from lessons to better managing time.”
The Pine School is committed to empowering our constituency with information about the Internet and the possible dangers to children online. To ensure a safe and positive experience for children we have added a web page with information that will hopefully empower students, teachers, parents, to make the Internet a safer place.