Student computer/network accounts have been reset.

Passwords for all WDMCS student computer/network accounts have been reset.  Note: this does not include Infinite Campus accounts/passwords, they have been left intact.

NOTICE:  Students must log in at school FIRST.  When they log in at school, the system will force them to change their password to something that they prefer rather than a generic password. Once they have changed their password – then students will have access to the S: Drive, VPN access, and a Google account.


Q1.  Why are student passwords reset??
A1. Because a high number of students can not remember their password from the previous year. Over time, we’ve found that it’s much easier to reset all the passwords, this enables students to quickly get back into the system.

Q2.  What is the format of the accounts?
A2.  Same format as last year…    First Initial of First Name (or first initial of nickname, if available), First Initial of Last Name, then student number.

Example:  Will Doe, but goes by Bill Doe, so Bill is listed in his nickname field.  Student number is 12345.

His user id is therefore:    bd12345,  If he doesn’t have Bill listed in the nickname field, then his id would be wd12345.

Q3. What would the students password be?
A3.  Student passwords have been reset to match their unique user id.   Once they log in, the system will require students to change their password.

Q4. If they were a student last year – do they still have the same files in their H drive? 
A4. Students who moved from 6th grade to 7th grade are starting over with new, blank H drives.  However, all other students who had accounts last year, were allowed to carry over their files from last year.

Q5 . How often are accounts made/updated?  In other words – a new student walks in the building, when can they use their account?
A5.  Accounts are process every 6 hours.  This means that in most cases, it will be the next day before all accounts are properly processed.

Q6. Are students computer accounts being run by Infinite Campus this year? or do the buildings manually control the student accounts?
A6.  Students accounts will continue to be run automatically by the information in Infinite Campus.  Several times each day, the system looks to Infinite Campus for new students and/or changes to existing students – and then automatically handles the updates to the student accounts.

Looking ahead in ’14 – ’15

binocularsWhat lies ahead for technology in West Des Moines Schools during the ’13 – ’14 school year?

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the big picture things we’re looking at for this school year.


Current projects/goals for 2014-2015 :

Instructional Technology

  • Deploy classrooms Chromebooks carts to all 7th, 8th, and 9th Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms to complement their recent curriculum adoptions and to increase student access at these grade levels.
  • Move to the state-wide Moodle system to provide the latest version of Moodle for those who are using the product.
  • Complete the refresh of the staff laptop, including bringing in all older laptops that are still deployed.
  • Following the Chromebook launch, discuss potential strategies and steps for the most efficient method of increasing student access at Valley High School.
  • Following up on last year’s special ed technology access audit and make adjustments to locations as needed.
  • Provide district-wide training on Google Apps and other formative assessment tools on Sept 15th professional development day.

Administrative Technology

  • Research additional or replacement on-line registration tools
  • Conduct district-wide print study to ensure we have full understanding of usage, needs, and potential savings areas.
  • Release RFP for refreshing both print shop and district-wide copiers
  • Continue expansion of Time Clock Plus usage for other audiences and purposes.
  • Implementation of new district-wide online payment system (replacing revTrak)

Infrastructure Technology

  • Replacement of all district-wide wireless access points.
  • Replacement of the districts firewall and perimeter network security.

Communications Technology

  • Complete the re-design and launch of all school web sites into WordPress.
  • Research and possibly re-design the districts online calendar options
  • Evaluate and discuss the possibility of moving from Microsoft Exchange to Google for district-wide email services for all staff.