Ritenour School District is Moving Forward with Improved Technology

  • In July 2016, Ritenour launched a new email system, calendar application and new website. Additionally, the Ritenour Tech Revolution, a 1:1 technology initiative, was launched at Ritenour High School. All of these changes will enhance usability at your desktop computer and on personal devices.

    Email and Calendar Changes
    Google’s Gmail replaced IBM Lotus Notes for all Ritenour staff email addresses and intra-district staff communication on July 1, 2016. This change also included our calendar and calendar booking system, as well as several other Lotus applications previously used by staff. Click here to learn how to get started with your new Google staff email account.

    Ritenour's change to Gmail is part of our larger implementation of Google Apps for Education – a free service provided by Google to allow creation, collaboration and sharing by students, teachers and staff.  By switching to Gmail and Google Calendar, Ritenour will save money and resources previously being spent housing and maintaining the aging Lotus Notes system.  

    All of your emails and other information from Lotus Notes have been moved to Gmail.

    As part of the migration, the domain name for all school district email addresses has been changed from “ritenour.k12.mo.us” to “ritenourschools.org.” People sending email to your old email address, lastnamefirstinitial@ritenour.k12.mo.us, will be forwarded to your new account, lastnamefirstinitial@ritenourschools.org.

    For many, the new Google-hosted Gmail email interface is already well known and familiar. For those new to this system, the technology team is confident that all staff will pick it up quickly. 

    Why Google Apps for Education?
    Ritenour’s email and calendar have become an integral part of the district’s communication toolbox. The district is committed to ensuring that staff members have a system that is secure, robust and up-to-date. While the old system may have been viewed as being “comfortable,” it did not provide the flexibility that we seek as we become more proficient with applications.

    By transitioning to Google Apps for Education, a free suite of web-based applications provided by Google, the district can manage email, calendar and other essential operational functions without spending new money on updating software and purchasing new servers. The district can also leverage the innovative applications and support provided by Google, one of the world’s foremost providers of information technology solutions.

    The migration to Google Apps for Education also benefits students, who will be able to use the new platform for educational purposes.

    New Website is Here!
    In addition to the Gmail transition, Ritenour has implemented a new website. 

    The new and improved Ritenour School District website provides an updated look and additional functionality. It is mobile responsive, meaning the new site will be much easier to view and navigate on mobile devices, including phones and tablets. The new website also connects better with Ritenour’s mobile app. 

    To request training on the new website, please contact Jenna Gandolfo in the Ritenour Community Services Department.

    The Ritenour Tech Revolution: RHS 1:1 Technology Initiative
    Ritenour High School is launching a 1:1 Technology initiative, called The Ritenour Tech Revolution, at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. As part of this initiative, every RHS student will receive a Chromebook at the start of the school year that they will use both in school and at home throughout the year.

    This 1:1 initiative is not centered on one device, but rather the transformational teaching and learning opportunities for our students that will help them reach higher levels of success. This kind of 21st century learning focuses on increased student engagement and higher-level skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

    The RHS technology team currently is working with district administrators to put together a strategic rollout plan that includes communications, policies and procedures, and support resources for RHS staff, students and families as well as for RHS staff.  The district technology staff already has been working on the infrastructure and hardware needed to support all the personal devices for the upcoming school year.