MCSD Technology Department
Monessen City School District
The Monessen City School District’s Technology Mission is to provide all students and staff with reasonable access to technologies that address the scope of instructional needs to improve student learning and staff effectiveness. The District will utilize technology to enhance classroom instruction, integrate educational technology to support curriculum, increase efficiency in communication and data management, and provide support through training and technical assistance. Through effective use of district resources, students will succeed in future educational and career endeavors.
Technology shall be implemented to enhance, improve, engage and stimulate the learning environment for all students to advance their educational experience and skills in order to prepare them to live and work in a global community. Therefore, the challenge of educators is to equip students with knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to live effectively, productively, and enjoyably in our continuously changing world. Inherent is the intent to help each student reach his/her full potential as a human being.
Students in the Pre-K Counts Program have I-Pads that are utilized for early learning apps. Students enjoy learning how to use the technology along with the many interesting applications that help with their day to day activities. Having an early start in technology will help as they move through the later grades.
Kindergarten and First Grade
Kindergarten and First Grade have a computer lab exclusive to grades K-1 that is equipped with a desktop computer for each student in a class. Each class has scheduled times to use the lab so that usage is distributed for all K-1 classes.
Students in grades 2-6 have one on one Chromebooks. Each student is assigned a Chromebook for classroom usage. Students have various educational websites and programs that are utilized daily as part of a rounded education experience. Chromebooks for these grades are kept in mobile carts that have the ability to charge each individual Chromebook and ability to lock for more secure storage.
Grades 7-8 Math and Language Arts Classes
Students in grades 7-8 Math and Language Arts Classes also have Chromebooks in their respected classes. Each Chromebook is assigned to multiple students in that specific class that they are able to use and do daily class assignments and visit educational websites to aid in learning. These Chromebooks are shared between students as they move classes throughout the school day.
High School/Middle School
The district’s high school and middle school have a total of six labs with various technology to be utilized by classes.
Special Education Services & Life Skills Classes
All students placed in special education services are also assigned a one on one Chromebook to do daily activities accustomed to their learning experience in their assigned special education classrooms. Students that are placed in the Life Skills classroom setting have the use of personal I-Pads.
The District is connected through a Wide Area Network and the buildings are wired using CAT 6 cabling. The infrastructure consists of fiber optic future proofing throughout the district. Monessen has implemented virtual servers through the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit which provides a wide range of services throughout our district.
We currently are running 8 N-Computing/N-Servers servicing over 500 students. N-Servers allow efficient software usage throughout the district. Providing thin client and desktop virtualization reduces e-waste and energy usage.
Two years ago we migrated all operating systems to Windows 10 and also run Office 2016.
The Technology Department provides the following services for the District:
-Network Implementation and Repair
Mrs. Debra Kozar
Educational Technology Coordinator
Ms. Marianna Mormack
Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7
102 Equity Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601