New Suffolk school unveils redesigned website

09/11/2013 2:30 PM |

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Website designer Patrick Serrano (right) showing superintendent Michael Comanda (sitting) treasurer Diana Foster and school board president Tony Dill how to use the school’s new website after Tuesday night’s board of education meeting.

The New Suffolk school has unveiled its newly designed website, which will better inform parents and the community about what is going on at the school.

The redesign features new resources for parents, including individual pages for each teacher, complete with a blog about what’s going on in the classroom.

“The old website didn’t tell you an awful lot that you didn’t already know,” school board president Tony Dill said during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. “When people can actually take a peek into the school and hear about what’s going on here they become very much interested.”

Head teacher Holly Plymale said that on their individual pages, teachers will provide links to helpful websites and resource pages for parents to use at home with their kids. Each teacher’s page will also include schedules for things like projects and tests.

“It’s going to help with communication because parents will be able to get the calendars off the site,” Ms. Plymale said. “They can look at the blogs to see what’s going on in the classroom.”

Mr. Dill said that on the new website, the community will be able to access the school calendar to learn about events and fundraisers. And the site is interactive, giving visitors the option to communicate with teachers and administration. Anyone with questions can contact them through the site without having to pick up the phone, he said.

The website was designed by the school’s computer consultant, Patrick Serrano, 24, of New Suffolk who said he is working on adding some other interesting features in the coming months.

The address has stayed the same: The school last redesigned the site during the 2006-2007 school year, Mr. Dill said.

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