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Yes. In order for students to have a smooth educational experience using these computers at home and at school, there are some basic specifications we require. If you are unable to provide a device that meets these specifications, please see "What if I can't buy a device?".
No. In general, smartphones lack external keyboards, sufficient memory, and sufficient screen size for the schoolwork students will be doing. Whether or not your student also brings a smartphone to school is a decision for your family.
You are welcome to purchase this device from any merchant,online or in person. BPS does not recommend one retailer over the other. Feel free to browse the purchasing website created by our hardware vendor with state educational pricing (which may or may not be a better deal than you can find elsewhere).
If your family is unable or unwilling to provide a laptop or Chromebook for you to use during the school day, the school will provide one for you. Parents/guardians will be required to have a brief meeting with school administration, and both parents/guardians and students will sign a contract for use of a school device off campus. If this situation applies to you, please contact the main office at Braintree High School to leave your contact information and request a callback from your student’s housemaster. For incoming freshmen, these devices will be provided starting in August.
The lifespan of a portable device can vary greatly, but most perform well for three to five years. Our technical specifications for the device will not change during a student’s high school career, and it is our goal for all students to be able to use the device for all four years. Even if device specifications do change as technology develops, devices that meet our 2020-2021 minimum specifications will continue to be compatible for students graduating in 2022, 2023, and 2024.
No software is required other than a browser for internet access. We require the Chrome browser, which can be downloaded for free. We also recommend Sophos Home (free antivirus software) for Mac and Windows machines. Microsoft Office is not required.
BPS Technicians are hosting BYOD office hours to assist students with software that allows for devices that meet our technical specifications to connect to our network smoothly and consistently.
A schedule of dates will be posted to the website in late June 2020.
Accessing the school wireless network means these devices are filtered just as a school machine would be. Logging in to a student braintreeschools.org account adds an additional layer of protection. Users are responsible for antivirus software on Windows and Mac machines (Sophos Home is free and recommended).
In case of an isolated emergency, devices will be available in the Media Center for students to check out for use during the school day. Students will be informed of how to do this at the start of the school year. These devices are for use during the day and cannot leave the BHS campus.
Students are expected to bring a fully charged machine to school each day. The minimum specifications require devices to have at least seven hours of battery life. In case of emergency, there are charging outlets available throughout the high school building, including in the media center. There are currently 20 charging lockers, each of which can charge one laptop/Chromebook and up to two phones/USB-charged devices. These are stationed in areas protected by video cameras and where students might lock their machines during gym class, lunch, or an after school activity. These lockers have programmable codes that are unique to each user. In the event of an emergency, school administration is able to access the contents of these lockers.
If a student-owned device breaks, the student is responsible for the repair through an outside organization. During the time the device is being repaired, BHS can provide a device for use both on and off campus. Parents/guardians will be required to have a brief meeting with the student’s housemaster, and both parents/guardians and students will sign a contract for use of a school device off campus.
Students bring a variety of valuables to school on a daily basis. We pride ourselves on having a secure environment with lockers, including the charging lockers described in "What if I need to charge my machine during the school day?", to secure those valuables. We encourage our students to take the responsibility for securing their valuables in the appropriate way.
The BPS team will host a parent night this spring for parents/guardians to preview the types of devices we recommend and discuss the ways students will use them in the classroom. If you have questions in the meantime, you are welcome to contact Rebecca Kidwell, Director of Technology & Accountability.
We are prepared to support students across the high school grades in using laptops/Chromebooks in fall 2020. We do not expect students to bring personal computing devices to the middle schools in 2020-2021. We appreciate your patience as we explore the best ways to integrate computing devices into our middle school program.
Of course you have one! Every student at East Middle School has a guidance counselor. Students are assigned a counselor who will follow them through their middle school career. Your assigned counselor depends on your last name.
What we do in the guidance office is a bigger question. Actually, we do a little bit of a lot of things, such as:
All are great reasons to see your guidance counselor. There are many more instances and reasons to come visit us, and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you.
Wow, good question...what do we talk about? Counselors meet regularly with students via individual appointments, group sessions, and classroom-based activities and workshops. Here are a few things we help with:
Braintree School Food Services is a part of the National School Lunch Program, which regulates school meals to ensure that all children receive the healthy foods they need. As such, students are required to take certain items in order to make a complete meal. Each day at breakfast students are offered grains, fruit, milk and a protein food. Additionally, every day at lunch, students are offered grains, fruits, vegetables, protein foods and milk. Students must choose at least three of these items for a complete breakfast or lunch.
Note: Those students who do not select at least three of the required components will be charged for each item selected rather than for the price of a meal. Individual items are not a part of free and reduced meal prices, so these students would be responsible for payment of these items as well.
The cost of breakfast is $1.25 at all school levels.
At the elementary schools, lunch costs $3.00.
High School and Middle School lunches are $3.25.
No. All of this information is contained within the schools’ point of sale systems. Transactions are completed using student ID numbers, so other students will not be able to identify those receiving free or reduced lunch.
Payments made by check or cash can be sent to your child’s school lunchroom at any time or you can use the self addressed colored envelope included in the August mailing. If submitting a check for prepayment, please write your child’s full name in the memo line so that the money can be deposited into the correct account. Checks can be made out to Braintree School Food Services. Lost cash cannot be tracked back to your child, so if you would like to submit prepayment in cash, please consider sending it in a labeled envelope. Additionally, students may bring in money and make purchases on a day to day basis.
Yes! Online payments are encouraged and can be made by creating an account at www.myschoolbucks.com. In order to create the account you will need your child’s student ID number. Student ID numbers can be found on the address label used for the School Food Service summer mailing, or on the class schedules of middle and high school students. By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so your child has more time to eat and be with friends. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child’s account balance, transaction history and receive low balance e-mail notifications through the www.myschoolbucks.com website.
The below prices are for a full 4 weeks of meals
Elementary ($1.25 for breakfast, $2.75 for lunch):
20 Breakfasts: $25.00 20 Lunches: $55.00 Total for 20 days breakfast and lunch: $80.00
Middle and High School ($1.25 for breakfast, $3.00 for lunch):
20 Breakfasts: $25.00 20 Lunches @ $3.00: $60.00 Total for 20 days breakfast and lunch: $85.00
No. Both positive and negative balances will carry over to the next school year. If your child graduates or transfers to another school district any negative balances must be paid. If you wish to have a positive balance refunded you must send a letter with your name, your child’s name, reason for requesting a refund and an address where the refund can be sent to the Food & Nutrition Services office at the address listed above. Positive account balances can also be transferred to siblings upon request.
Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail James Lee, Assistant Superintendent at James.Lee@braintreeschools.org or 781-848-8488 or Ann Zopatti at Ann.Zopatti@braintreeschools.org.
No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Sarah Coughlin, Braintree High School, 128 Town Street, Braintree, MA 02184, phone: 781-848-4000 x7045.
No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Sarah Coughlin, Braintree High School, 128 Town Street, Braintree, MA 02184, phone: 781-848-4000 x7045, email: Sarah.Coughlin@braintreeschools.org, immediately.
Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in a completed application.
Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Ed Cronin, Braintree Public Schools, 348 Pond Street, Braintree, MA 02184, phone: 781-794-8482, email: Ed.Cronin@braintreeschools.org.
Yes. You, your children, or other household members, do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper and attach it to your application. Contact Sarah Coughlin, Braintree High School, 128 Town Street, Braintree, MA 02184, phone: 781-848-4000 x7045, email: Sarah.Coughlin@braintreeschools.org to receive a second application.
To find out how to apply for MA SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call the MA SNAP Hotline at 1-866-950-3663.
Aspen is a Student Information Management System created by Follett Software. Braintree Public Schools uses Aspen to manage student information including grading, scheduling, and attendance. Parents can log into Aspen to view information about their children.
Use the following link to visit Aspen.
Please click on forgot password, enter your username, email and answer security questions to have a password emailed to you, or, email Aspen support for Braintree High School or email Aspen support for middle schools.
Please email Aspen support for Braintree High School or email Aspen support for middle schools with:
Aspen may be accessed with any internet-connected computer but you must allow “pop-ups.”
Initial usernames and passwords were set via a letter or email at the time of registration. If you did not receive this letter, you can email Aspen support for Braintree High School or email Aspen support for middle schools to request a new username and password. Please be sure to include your child's name as well as your name in your request.
Grade information in Aspen can be found under the Academics tab. Click on a class, then on the Assignments side tab for more details. Information, including individual assignments and averages, will fluctuate as the teacher enters information.
Parents and students can receive email notifications for Attendance and Grade entries in Aspen. The system allows you to subscribe to these notifications. They are not sent until you subscribe to them. Messages are only sent if you subscribe and if an attendance or grade event as described below has been entered that day.
Parents and students can receive email notifications for attendance and grade entries in Aspen. The system allows you to subscribe to these notifications. They are not sent until you subscribe to them. Messages are only sent if you subscribe and if an attendance or grade event as described below has been entered that day.
Please note that parents with multiple children need to activate these notifications for each of their children. The grade notifications only apply to assignment grades on the Academics Tab for students in grades 6-12. Transcript grades posted at the end of each quarter do not trigger these notifications.
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