Technology Mission
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School is committed to helping students Know Truth, Love God and Serve Others. Faculty and staff are dedicated to creating a 21st century learning environment rooted in our Catholic faith and values. Technology at SMA is infused in our daily lives to help promote an environment of discovery that fosters digital responsibility, personalized learning, and helps students become independent, self-directed learners.

Technology Core Values
• Digital Responsibility
• Personalized Learning
• Independent, Self-Directed Learners

Technology Requirements
All students must have an Apple MacBook Air or Pro laptop, at least 8GB of Random Access Memory (RAM) and at least 120GB of storage. The laptop must be capable of running macOS Catalina (10.15.1) and must be a 2017 model or newer.

Macbook Air model identifiers can be found here.

Macbook Pro model identifiers can be found here.

Families are encouraged to shop around to get the best deal possible to purchase their MacBook. One resource for new devices is the Apple for Education online store, found here, which can provide up to $200 off of new MacBooks. Students are responsible for obtaining any and all repairs needed on the laptop. Maintenance agreements and/or extended warranties may make sense for families to protect their laptop investment.

To help protect the student’s device, conserve space in classrooms, and provide a uniformed academic environment, SMA will provide a standard issued laptop case for purchase. No other case will be permitted. To help protect your investment, the Technology Department will provide an asset tag for student laptops and chargers that will be linked to your student. The Technology Department will return all laptops and accessories no later than the first day of school.

Before You Go To The Apple Store – Hardware
If an issue arises related to a student’s MacBook’s hardware, the device must be repaired in an Apple store or with an Apple authorized service provider. However, the device must first be prepared at SMA. Please bring all devices to Mr. Alsbach before bringing them to the Apple store or Apple authorized service providers. No passwords will be given to any external entity under any circumstances.

SMA Laptop Roundup
Students new to SMA will be asked to drop off their MacBooks so that they may be enrolled in the SMA system. This process may take up to two weeks. Please ensure all data is backed up, as the devices will be erased as part of the enrollment process. Laptop Roundup will be from June 1 – 23 and July 13 – 31, 2020 from 9am – 2pm. Laptops will be ready for school in a school-supplied laptop bag. Ensure all files that you’d like to keep are saved externally as the hard drives on these computers will be erased as part of the enrollment process.

Contact Jack Alsbach (jalsbach@smacatholic.org) with technology-related questions.

Technology Documents for 2019-2020 School Year

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