Cassville school district develops its own app

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

App designed to keep students, parents, staff and community informed

In an age of the prolific use of mobile applications to help people do everything from keep track of fitness goals to keeping track of one's schedule, the Cassville school district has joined the masses and launched an app of its own.

This month, the district launched a new, free mobile app that is now available on smart phones and tablets. The app offers one central place for students, staff, families and the community to stay on top of events and activities at the school district.

"We continue to search for better ways to communicate with our stakeholders," said Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent. "Smart phones and tablet devices are everywhere, and we want to enable our students, staff, alumni and community members the ability to connect with the district easily at their own convenience."

App users will be able to do things like see the district calendar, student grades, assignments, attendance information, lunch menus, read school news, view school web pages and engage through social media. They will also be able to view breakfast and lunch balances to stay on track.

Shelley Henderson, Instructional Technology coach, and Errick Fuchs, director of technology, worked together on the project. And, a third party Simplified Online Communication Systems, which hosts the district's website, helped to publish the app.

"They started offering a new mobile app that schools could purchase," said Shelley Henderson, Instructional Technology coach for the district. "Dr. Asbill and the principals listened to their presentation and thought it would be a great opportunity for Cassville. Errick Fuchs, director of technology, and I, worked on creating the icons for each area and linked them to the correct page on our website. Once we designed what the app would look like, the SOCS company got it approved for the IOs and Android markets. It was then available for download.

"The company was responsible for getting it on the Google and Apple markets," Fuchs said.

Jessica Haney, one of Henderson's computer practicum students, also helped facilitate by creating a video explaining how to download and introduce some of the app's features, which can be found on the front page of the district's website.

The app can be downloaded by searching Cassville R-IV Schools in the Apple App Store, or on Google Play.

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