It's All About The Learning

Our Student Learning Department is developing content and information using Schoology. Over the next five years, we are transitioning from traditional textbooks to digital learning. Many courses, such as Civics, Current World Problems, 7th and 8th grade Science are already accessed using Schoology.

Rich digital content is a powerful way of providing today’s students with high quality, relevant and up-to-date instructional materials.

Common Features of digital content include:

  • Multimedia elements such as still images and graphics, video, virtual reality, animations, simulations, audio, music, interactive, and gaming elements;
  • The ability to be updated and enriched continuously and seamlessly;
  • Embedded tools (survey, calculator, spreadsheet, etc.) to facilitate student highlighting, annotating, calculations and more;
  • Additional tools (wikis, video/graphics editors, academic networking tools) to support collaboration and creation;
  • A variety of languages;
  • Adaptive and assistive technology designed to meet special needs.

Need to Know

Digital core curriculum is reviewed and recommended by district teams and approved by the school board.
Vince Pecchia,
Chief Instructions Leadership Officer

Student Computer Timeline

Why are we changing from textbooks to reading and learning on a computer?

  • It is a better use of our community’s tax dollars to build digital courses we own, rather than purchase expensive materials from a limited number of publishers.
  • The selection of traditional materials which fit our community is limited. Digital materials are cost effective and easily updated to meet the needs of our students in Puyallup.
  • 21st Century Skills in technology are critical for graduates moving into the job market, training and college.
  • Please watch this video for our vision of the future Elementary Classroom.

Technology Rollout:

The class of 2023 is the 7th grade class in the fall of 2017.

The class of 2026 will be in 6th grade in the fall of 2019.

The class of 2030, our first to have a computer from 4th grade through 12th grade, will be in kindergarten in 2017-18.

Need to Know

The rollout of computers is designed to support student learning while also being financially responsible to our taxpayers.
Educational Technology and Engagement Center (EdTec)
Mark Vetter, Executive Director of Instructional Technology


Schoology is the Puyallup School District’s Learning Management System. Teachers, students and parents all have access to Schoology. Teachers will post lessons, calendar items and content in Schoology. Students will access content, assessments and even complete quizzes and tests in Schoology.

This system has many features that will allow your student to take charge of their own learning. A few key features, once we are fully implemented, will include:

  • Students will be able to see some scores as soon as they submit assignments so they can learn from their mistakes.
  • Students can collaborate from home via the discussion board.
  • No more lost papers; students have access to ALL course materials 24 hours a day no matter where they are via the internet or the Schoology mobile app on their smart phones.
  • No more confusion about due dates! Students (and parents) can check due dates any time, and connect their email, smartphone, and other digital devices directly to Schoology so they will know immediately if dates change.

Need to Know

Schoology allows students to access learning from almost anywhere, anytime.
Educational Technology and Engagement Center (EdTec)
Mark Knight, Executive Director of Digital Educational Platforms

Internet Safety

Exclusions: Student safety is our first concern. All Puyallup School District computers automatically connect to our internet filters both on and off campus, no matter where they are in the world.

Internet filters are very helpful in blocking dangerous websites, preventing malware downloads and blocking sites that have been identified as inappropriate for student use by the Puyallup School District.

Each student has an email address provided by the district. To enhance student safety, students in grades K-6 may only email other students or teachers within the Puyallup School District on this account. Students in junior high school and high school will only be able to use the provided email address within the district unless parents have given permission for their child to have access outside of the district.

Need to Know

The safety of our children is our first priority.
Educational Technology and Engagement Center (EdTec)

Mark Knight, Executive Director of Digital Educational Platforms

Mark Vetter, Executive Director of Instructional Technology

Puyallup Protection Plan

Like textbooks, team uniforms and other school property, students are responsible for the appropriate care of the laptop. While a laptop is no different than a textbook, it does represent an increased cost to the district and liability to students and parents. The Puyallup Protection Plan is an optional way for students and parents to avoid a fine if an accident happens. This plan is completely voluntary.

The plan works this way:

  • Prior to laptop distribution, parents make a payment of $50.00 to their school. Parents who qualify for reduced lunch pay $25.00, those who qualify for free lunch have the fee waived.
  • In the event a student laptop is accidentally damaged, the normal fine for repair costs (typically between $50.00 and $500) will be waived and the laptop will be repaired at no cost to the family. (The number of repairs per year may be restricted.)
  • This is an annual fee and covers the laptop for the current school year only.


  • The fee does not cover the replacement of lost or stolen laptops. Families may wish to check with their homeowners or renters insurance for information or other insurance options.
  • The laptop charger, protective cover, pen or other peripherals issued with the laptop are NOT covered by the Puyallup Protection Plan. If these items are lost or damaged, a fine will be issued for replacement cost. In the event the lost or stolen part is recovered in working condition, the fine will be refunded.
  • Damages due to negligence or willful destruction are not covered under this program.
  • If a family leaves the District, but does not return the laptop, they will be fined for the full replacement cost, and standard rules for the restriction of records and transcripts would apply. Law enforcement may be involved for the purpose of recovering district property.

Need to Know

The Puyallup Protection Plan is an optional fee parents may choose yearly to protect your student’s device from accidental damage. It does not cover theft or loss of a device.
Educational Technology and Engagement Center (EdTec)

Athletics and Activities

Schools will provide secure storage for participants’ backpacks or computers during events. Each junior high school will have either a locking cabinet or a dedicated office/classroom for visiting athletes to secure their backpacks during events.

At the high school level, busses assigned to transport students to away events will have a locking cargo box where athletes may store their possessions.

Need to Know

Coaches will work with our students to provide them safe storage for their devices.
Rick Wells, Director of Athletics, Health and Fitness

Wi-Fi / Printing at Home / Microsoft Office

Connecting to your Wi-Fi at home:

  • After you log-in to your device, click on the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar.
  • Select your home Wi-Fi network, check the box that says "Connect Automatically" and click Connect.
  • Enter the password to your home Wi-Fi. If you don't know it, look on your Wi-Fi router. The password is often on the bottom or side of the router. If you still have questions, you may need to call your internet provider.

Installing a home printer:

(If you cannot automatically connect.)

  1. Find the manufacturer and model number of your printer.
  2. Go to the manufacturer’s website and find the support page.
  3. Enter the model number of your printer and search for the “driver”.
  4. Once the model is found, download the latest Windows 10 drivers and run the setup. The installer should prompt you when to plug in your printer or find it wirelessly on the network.

Puyallup School District students receive up to 5 licenses of Microsoft Office Suite, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc., FREE to download to their personal computer, tablet or mobile device!

Here's How!

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Log in with your district e-mail and password.
*Your district e-mail account is: firstname.lastname@students.
*Your default district password is (unless you already changed it): First Initial+Last Initial+Birth Month+Birth Day
Ex: XX0208

Step 3: Click Install Office 2016 to complete installation to your home device.

Need to Know

EdTec is here to support our students and teachers.
Educational Technology and Engagement Center (EdTec)
Jeff Hinkle, Technology Services Manager