Monday, December 10, 2018

Leroy: November 2018 Classified Employee of the Month


November 2018 Classified Employee of the Month

Leroy was recognized by the District for his outstanding service.  Here are a few of the comments the department has received regarding Leroy.

Leroy is the fourth department member to receive this award:  Patty Kistner, Jeff Daul, and Romeo Templeton.

Desktop Phone Emergency Feature

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.

Google Calendar SMS Notifications Going Away

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.

For more information see the GoogleBlog.

Welcome Back!

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.

Mr. Leroy Clayton now supports the High School, Career Center, and Central Office.

Ms. Diana Conway now supports the Middle School and Westview.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Au Revoir

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.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Coming Soon: New Gmail Feature "Smart Compose"

Google is implementing features in Gmail with the intention of assisting with email communications.  Gmail Smart Reply is already available that assists with quick, simple replies.  See for more information.

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.

Visit the Help Center to learn more about Smart Compose

Monday, September 17, 2018

August 2018 by the Numbers

As is typical for August, new requests significantly exceeded closed requests.  Here are the statistics gathered from the IT service request system.