Getting Your iPad or
All middle and high school students in GMSD are issued a 1to1
device. High school students are issued a MacBook, and middle school
students receive an iPad. As a new middle or high school student, there are a
few steps that need to be completed in order to get your device.
1) If you have not already, go to the GMSD
Registration Page and complete the online student registration. This must be
completed before a device is issued.
2) During registration, you are asked to review the Blended Learning
Procedure Manual and the Device Orientation video (both linked to the right).
Please be sure you have reviewed both before going further.
3) There is a maintenance fee
to cover the cost of repairs and maintenance. For middle school students, the
iPad fee is $30. For high school students, the laptop fee is $50. Families with
multiple students in the Blended Learning Program will only be expected to pay
a maximum of $100 per school year. Please send an email to email@example.com if this applies to you.
Please pay the fee on the MySchoolBucks website (not the mobile app) and print
a copy of the receipt to bring with you to pick up your device. To pay the
device fee online: Go to https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain from a desktop or laptop computer. The site
may not work properly from a mobile device.
a. From the School Store
tab, click on Categories > iPad Maintenance
or Categories > Laptop
b. Fill out form completely
and click ADD TO BASKET
c. Click on Shopping Basket
in upper right corner to complete the payment.
If you have any problems paying the fee online, you may also bring
a check, made out to the school.
4) In order to receive your iPad or laptop, you must print and sign
the GMSD Student Deployment Form. This form can be found in Skyward
Family Access – the same website you used for online registration.
a. Log into Skyward
b. Select the student from the dropdown list at the top (if you have
more than one child).
c. Select the Online Forms tab from the left.
d. Select the Device Deployment Form.
e. Select Print from the top left corner of the form.
f. Sign and date. Tech staff will fill in the rest and keep the form.
5) Bring the signed Deployment Form and Receipt (or check) to your
school’s technology office. The tech office is located in the following rooms:
a. Houston High School: M12 (between the Attendance Office and
b. Houston Middle School: Library
c. Riverdale School: Library
6) Be sure you receive a case and charger with your device. If you
ever have any problems with your device, you may bring it to the tech office or
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Never take your
device to the Apple Store or let anyone else attempt to repair your device.
Logging Into Student Accounts
Every middle and high school student will be given a Microsoft
login that gives them access to Email, Office365, Schoology, Discovery Ed, and
other sites as well. The login pages for these sites, as well as others, can be
found on the GMSD Symbaloo Page: http://www.gmsdk12.org/GMSDSymbaloo.aspx. Here are a few of the
more commonly used websites for students:
Schoology and Email/Office365 (or any other
website that uses the Microsoft login)
Password: Gmsd + Lunch ID (If it begins with a zero, you may need to leave off the first digit. Ex: Gmsd12345, Gmsd2345) This number is also called the “Other ID” in Skyward, which can be found on the Student Info tab under Student Information.
Username: Firstname.Lastname (do not include full email address)
Password: On your first time logging in, select “Forgot Password” in your browser (not the mobile app) and enter your username (firstname.lastname). An email will be sent to your school email account to allow you to create your own password.
Schoology Parent Access
- To access the Schoology Parent Access information, login to
Skyward Family Access and select the child from the dropdown menu at the top,
then select Online Forms.
- You will see the Schoology Parent Access form. Click “Fill out
Online Form…” to open the Schoology Parent Access form.
- Once it is open, you may ignore the button “Complete Step 1 Only”
or any other action button. Click View Full Screen to open the form in a larger
- Once open in full screen, follow the steps to set up your
Schoology parent access. There is a Print button in the top left if you would
prefer to print a copy of the form.
- If the Access Code field is blank, contact email@example.com to receive your schoology
For an explanation of the difference between Skyward and Schoology, click HERE.