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Microsoft Office Now Available to All NYC Students
The families of all NYC students can now claim free Office 365 accounts by visiting https://studentoffice.net with the child's date of birth and the parent phone number registered with the DOE. Typically it's the one you used on the Blue emergency home contact card and if that doesn't work, look up the email in your child's bio via PupilPath. You'll be able to install this on up to 5 family computers (Windows or Mac) and up to 5 mobile devices (iOS, Android, Windows) however the iPad from Twain will be one of those 5 mobile installs. Mark Twain has no immediate plans to embrace Microsoft Office vs. the Google Apps for Education accounts students already have access to but there's absolutely no reason not to get this excellent software package for free. Ditto Apple's equivalent products like Pages, Keynote, etc. Once we see what sort of questions arise, we'll make some technical documentation available to help. And it's still unclear how our staff will get Microsoft Office but they will get it. And yes, where possible all the school's computers will be updated too. Make sure you keep track of your chosen email/password for the Office 365 account or you'll struggle to get technical support from Microsoft down the road.
Gr. 6 Computer Math Talent to Participate in Capitol Hill Challenge
It's a Stock Market Game honor that we're one of only up to two schools in a given Congressional District (we're district 8... Congressman Hakeem Jeffries) selected to participate in the 2016 Capitol Hill Challenge. We partially owe our quick selection to having two NYC winners in Congressional-Dist-8 the past three years not to mention some 25 years of near continuous participation in SMG. Ten teams are being formed by our Grade 6 Computer Math Talent classes. They will go into battle against thousands of the most competitive teams including many from high schools across the country (think 438 in the House, 100 in the Senate. Times 2. 10 Teams). The ten winning teams nationwide will visit Washington in June to meet with politicians, business, government and education leaders. They will participate in discussions about capital markets and global economy trends between tours of national landmarks and monuments in our nation's capital. All the students in these three classes will start their regularly scheduled SMG competition in February but approximately 40-50 will play this second far more competitive variation. If any of your friends are playing, root them on and don't hesitate to put them in touch with your relatives in the financial industry. They can use all the help they can get cause winners of this competition typically more than double their monies in a little over 3 months.