As most or all of the district staff knows, accessing an outside line to make a phone call involves dialing 9 + the phone number.
A feature of the district's voice over IP system is the ability to use the dialing 9 to access an outside line as an emergency measure to reach 911 services.
From any of the district phones, if a user dials 9 but does not enter any other digits, the phone system will automatically dial 911 and connect with the ES Police department 911 center.
This a powerful and convenient feature of which to be aware. Also, be aware that when making an outside call, don't dial 9 then pause to look up the number to call or you may end up talking to the ES Police accidentally!
If you do make an accidental call to 911, don't hang up without talking to the Police to inform the 911 dispatcher of the mistake. Otherwise the building office receives a call from the ES Police about a 911 call in the building.
As an education user of Google Suites, the district's Google Calendar implementation has had an option of enabling SMS notifications for calendar events; essentially text notifications to a phone of an upcoming appointment on the calendar. To enable this feature, the user had to add a phone number under Settings on the Google Calendar website and verify the phone number.
Google announced in its GoogleBlog that SMS notifications will be removed January 17, 2019. Replacing text notifications are event notifications in a web browser that has Calendar open, event notifications on a mobile device with the Google Calendar app installed, and an email.
The Technology Department is pleased to welcome Mr. Lee Jarman back to the staff. Lee served the district as a Technology Technician from 2009 - 2012. Since that time Lee worked in the private sector, most notably, as founder and co-owner of SoPro Gaming in Overland Park. Lee is supporting Lewis Elementary, Tiger Path, Early Childhood, and Elkhorn Elementary.
Friday, October 19, 2018 is the last day for Brandon Collins. Brandon joined the tech team on September 18, 2017 as a technician supporting the Middle School and Westview. Through the first several months, Brandon provided support for nearly all the attendance centers until he was assigned the High School and Westview.
Brandon is an avid motorcyclist who is taking advantage of some time off to see the USA on his Harley.
Thank-you, Brandon, for all your work and dedication during your time with the Excelsior Springs School District.
Now Gmail is expanding the artificial intelligence behind Smart Reply to provide further assists with email. Smart Compose "intelligently" autocompletes your emails by filling in common phrases and relevant addresses. As you use Smart Reply it gets smarter by learning your most-used greetings.
Google announced Smart Compose on September 26 but it is still in Beta phase. According to Google Support, the developer has every intention of an implementation by this calendar year. By default, Smart Compose will be on for everyone in the district when it is rolled out to our Google Suite of applications.