Attention Saxon Freshmen! – This is a MUST READ!
We have made a change in the configuration of your iPads that impacts the way you get on the internet when you are off the school network.
As we continually work hard to improve the learning environment and our 1:1 program, one of the challenges that we ran into was in how the iPad on-device filter handles some websites. Initially, we found some education websites getting unintentionally blocked. As of today, we are making a change and removing the on-device filter while extending the school-based filter to the iPad when it is not on the school network. This means that any website or educational material you can get to while at school you will be able to get to it from home (or on any Wi-Fi network or hotspot).
As of today, when you leave school, each time you access a Wi-Fi network (home, mobile hotspot, or other Wi-Fi that you seek to get to the internet from for web browsing, email, etc.), you will need to login to the iBoss network to complete that connection. This is similar to when you go to McDonalds or Panera or Starbucks and before you can access the internet, you need to login to their network / agree to their terms to be part of their network. Also, like those networks, if you don’t login, you will not be allowed to access the Wi-Fi network. No login, no internet. This change does not impact the iPad when you are on the school network.
You will need to login to iBoss each time you access a new Wi-Fi network (home, Wi-Fi network, or internet hotspot). iBoss will hold your login for 8 hours. Once you start a new internet session after that 8 hours, you will need to login again to gain access to the internet. The login to iBoss exactly the same as you login to a desktop computer here at SHS. To login to iBoss, you will just need to launch the browser (Safari or Chrome) or a new browser tab and login. Then the internet will be available. Attached to this post is a more detail copy of the instructions for how to login to the iBoss network.
I strongly encourage you to download the instructions and put them in Notability for easy access (in case you forgot how to login) so you will always have them on your iPad. You are also going to receive this information in your email.
If you run into any issues, see the iTech Team in the media center.
Prom packets will be distributed to all juniors and seniors in gym classes today. If you do not have a gym class, you can pick up a prom packet in the attendance office. Voting for Prom Court also began today! You can find the link to vote on the SHS homepage. Voting will take place until 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 24. We hope you will join us for “A Night in Neverland.” https://goo.gl/JdkP9q
Seal of Biliteracy
Township High School District 211 students have the opportunity to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating high levels of proficiency in English and an additional language. Interested students should pick up an application in the Student Services Department to find out school-specific testing details. Applications are due February 24, 2017 to the Student Services Department. Illinois public universities will accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student’s high school transcript indicates that he or she received the State Seal of Biliteracy. Current languages available are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Students interested in taking the APPPL or STAMP exam will take it the week of March 13 -17, 2017 during the first four periods of the day. The exam consists of four modules and lasts two – four hours. There is a $20 fee associated with the administration of this exam. Payment and registration will need to be submitted by the end of the school day February 24, 2017. For more information on how to earn the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy please go to https://adc.d211.org/illinois-state-seal-of-biliteracy/
Please contact the Student Services Department at 847-755-4630 with questions.