Tech Support Requests
The Kentfield School District is committed to educating our students with 21st century skills. Teachers and technology staff work together to produce project-based lessons that focus on a student's critical thinking skills and individual expression.
- Staff: Complete a ticket by logging into the Web Help Desk or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The NEW KSD Help Desk is a searchable repository of information on a variety of topics that include resources for using devices, connectivity, accessing online programs, available supports, requesting technical assistance, and much, much more.
- Questions about technology implemented at our schools, please email email@example.com.
- Questions about website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Questions about the Aeries Student Information System, please email email@example.com.
Technology Usage Policies and Agreements
The District has issued guidelines to staff that seek to maintain the privacy of our community members. As part of the annual registration process, parents can allow or disallow publication of information concerning their family.
In 2007 and 2010, the Technology Use Group revised and the Board of Trustees approved the District's comprehensive Technology Use Plan. Until 2013, the Technology Use Plan provided the road map for the integration of technology in our curriculum. During the 2013-2014 school year, it was decided that technology planning items would be folded into the overall District Strategic Plan. The planning and implementation of technology components are now reviewed annually as part of the overall strategic planning process.
Classroom Use of Technology and Student Privacy
In 2017, the District polled teachers and compiled a list of all the apps and websites we use in the classroom that require students to log in. These apps and websites comply with the Federal COPPA law, established to protect the privacy of internet users under the age of 13. See our Online Apps and Websites for more information and download the list of approved websites apps used in the District.
Distance Learning Internet Safety
The Kentfield School District employs two layers of filtering for all student internet access, both on campus and when using school-owned devices at home. The first filtering layer is provided by a service called Cisco Umbrella, which is provided to all districts by the Marin County Office of Education. This filter is automatically applied to all school-owned iPads or Chromebooks, and blocks websites based on filtering rules we have established. The second filtering layer is specific to Google. Our DNS server is configured to force all Google searches to use Google's "SafeSearch" setting, which filters out explicit content. This applies to all web searches as well as all image searches originating from our network, and also cannot be disabled. YouTube access for students is also configured to use "Restricted Mode", which similarly filters out mature or inappropriate content. Our filtering rules through Cisco Umbrella are often more stringent than Google's SafeSearch, and at times this can result in the name of a blocked website appearing in Google's search results. If a student were to click on the search result, however, they would be blocked from visiting the website itself.
Some quick facts about the technology program in the District:
- Every classroom in the District has been provided with a flat panel display, iPad and Front Row audio system.
- Technical support is provided by a District-wide Technology Coordinator and Technology Aides at each school site, who also assist teachers with lesson planning and with classroom projects.
- Not counting staff computers, there are over 1,300 computers and mobile devices used for classroom instruction at the District's two schools, in a mix of Apple iMacs, MacBooks, iPads, and Chromebooks.
- Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, Kentfield School District provided students access to 3D printers, a laser cutter, and electronics tools in enrichment and core classes.
- Information literacy skills are introduced to students at each grade level with instruction coordinated between library and classroom teachers.
- The District subscribes to several online research databases for the use of our teachers and students. These are described in more detail at the Kent Library and Bacich Library websites.
Data Management | Compliance
Student Information System (SIS)
Kentfield migrated from PowerSchool to the Aeries Student Information System over the summer of 2018.
The Aeries Parent/Student Portal allows you to check your student's schedule, grades, and attendance online; view and update your student and family's information and emergency contacts; update your district communication preferences; view and respond to district / school / teacher communications; and sign up for weekly email updates on your Kent student's progress at school. If you are the parent/guardian of a Kentfield student and you have any difficulty signing in to or using Aeries, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentfield School District complies with all mandated state and federal data collections, including the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO-5), and the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC).
Testing & Accountability
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. It is comprised of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and includes a computer adaptive test and a performance task based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Fifth and eighth grade students also take the California Standards Test (CAST) in science. The results of these assessments are used to guide instruction, monitor student progress and inform the academic program in the district.
The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is administered annually to all students in grades five and seven, with data reported on test results, as well as whether or not the student was fully tested, partially tested, or not tested at all.
The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the currently mandated state test for determining English language proficiency (ELP), administered to all K-12 students whose primary language is one other than English. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments: The Initial ELPAC, and the Summative ELPAC. For the 2020–2021 school year, the Alternate ELPAC will be the mandated state test for all students who are English learners (ELs) and whose individualized education program (IEP) team designates the use of an alternate assessment.
Teachers frequently administer a variety of assessments to monitor student progress towards common core standards. These assessments can include tests, quizzes, projects, discussions, portfolios, presentations and assignments. The results of these assessments inform instruction throughout the year and help teachers meet the individual needs of each student.