Author Archives: Brian Abeling

About Brian Abeling

Director of Technology, serving West Des Moines Community Schools

Java Grade Book and Google Chrome

infinite-campusALERT: If you are currently using the Java Grade Book under Campus Tools, and using the newly updated Chrome version 42, you may see an error message that says, “the plugin is not supported.”

In Chrome version 42, the most recent update, Google has changed the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) setting to Disabled by default.

Java Grade Book users can also switch to using the Campus Instruction Grade Book at any time without issue.


  1. Launch the Chrome Browser.
  2. Enter the URL:   chrome://flags/#enable-npapi
  3. Click Enable under Enable NPAPI
  4. Click Relaunch Now at the bottom of the browser to close and relaunch the browser.


Q1. When will the Java Grade Book go away?
A1. At the end of this school year (May 2015)

Q2. Where can I find the new Grade Book (called Campus Instruction)?
Here’s the details on where you can find Campus Instruction.

 Q3.  Will these steps (above) also enable Google Chrome to utilize PrintGroove (district printshop)?
A3.  Yes, from the testing so far, we’ve heard that these steps also enable PrintGroove to work through Google Chrome.





No computer network at Valley Southwoods this summer

During the summer of 2015 –  there will be limited access to computers/internet at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, as the building will be re-cabled during the summer.


Q1.  What… why wasn’t this announced sooner?
A1.  My apologies, I should have announced this last week, as it was determined last Wednesday that we needed to move forward with the re-cabling this summer.

Q2.  Is there a problem that this relates to?
A2.  Yes, staff and students have had slow log in periods all year long.  We made several changes throughout the year and now have the problem narrowed down to several factors that must be addressed – including the re-cabling of the building.

Q3. Will the entire building be shut down?
A3.  No.  Access to the building will remain open – but most of the building will be under construction through out the summer. This means the ceiling tiles will be off and contractors will be running cabling throughout the ceilings and into the classroom spaces.

Q4. What about the school office?
A4.  The school office will remain open – and we’ll work with them to get their section re-cabled with as little outage time as possible.

Q5.  What about the athletics/band areas, which are heavily used during the summer?
A5.  We have already re-cabled this side of the building – it was done during spring break, as we knew that there was a chance that we’ve had to work on the rest of the building and we wanted to make sure the athletics/band areas would be fully open.