July 25, 2014 - Parent ListServ Email

posted Jul 31, 2014, 7:41 AM by IT Department   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 11:49 AM ]

Good afternoon,

Last Wednesday, the Cumberland Town Council approved the purchase of Chromebooks for each middle school student for use beginning this fall.  The IT department has finalized the order of the Chromebooks, which will come with a durable carrying case that will need to be used at all times, when the Chromebooks are not in use.  We are excited as a district to be able to provide this opportunity to our middle level students.  

The entire middle school faculty received their Chromebooks in June and were immediately given the opportunity to become acclimated to their devices.  Teachers participated in an intensive two day Google training, in which they were introduced to applications, extensions, and ideas that will be used to integrate this new tool into their instruction.    

Distribution of the devices to students will take place in late summer (dates are provided below).  Faculty and students will have access to Chromebooks 24/7, and are permitted to use the device outside of the school building. Classrooms will transform into 1:1 learning environments which support an equitable access to technology. In 1:1 classrooms, the integration of technology is both intentionally and spontaneously driven by personal inquiry. Technology ceases to be a scheduled event, freeing teachers and students to collaborate and create in real-time.   Additionally, Cumberland’s 1:1 Chromebook program is influenced by Rhode Island’s adoption of the Common Core Standards and the need to better prepare our students for the Digital Age, in which we both live and work.  Providing constant access to technology, both in and outside of the classroom, is critical in meeting these national standards.

Finally, we realize that there have been some questions regarding supply lists.  Now that this initiative is a reality, we are carefully working with our faculty/staffs to make sure that we are using the Chromebooks to their fullest potential.  In addition to the device, your child will also have a district issued email account and cloud space, so that we can limit the amount of paper that is consumed and supplies purchased.  We ask for your patience while we process this information.  More information will follow in a subsequent email/communication.  Thank you and we look forward to partnering with you to provide a 21st century education for your child.


Bethany Coughlin, Kristy Patten - North Cumberland Middle School Administration

Jason Masterson, Chris Scott - Joseph L. McCourt Middle School Administration

1:1 Chromebook Save the Date

Joseph L. McCourt Middle School

Grade 7 Wednesday, August 20, 2014  5:00-8:00 p.m.

Grade 6 Thursday, August 21, 2014  5:00-8:00 p.m. (orientation as well)

Grade 8 Monday, August 25, 2014  5:00-8:00 p.m.

North Cumberland MIddle School

Grade 6 Wednesday August 20, 2014  5:00-8:00 p.m. (orientation as well)

Grade 7 Thursday, August 21, 2014   5:00-8:00 p.m.

Grade 8 Monday, August 25, 2014  5:00-8:00 p.m.