What is STAP?

Student Technology Assistance Program

STAP began seven years ago with five students and has grown to over 90 students. The program evolved with the 1:1 iPad initiative and extends to all technology throughout the district.
STAP starts in middle school, where students can take an STAP elective covering the basics of six major areas of technology. (Ethics, Customer Service, Hardware, Software, Networking, and Programming) The elective is a semester-long course and sets students up for the STAP program in high school. If 7th grade students wish to continue to learn about technology and are interesting in STAP, they have the oppurtunity to be interns in 8th grade. Interns are enrolled in a year long course where they continue to explore varying areas of technology and are prepped with soft skills to help them interview for STAP. 
The program is organized and led by Department Heads and Officers. Officers postitions include: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Our current departements include: iPad Management, Networking, Printing & Projecting, Personal Relations, Finance, TechFix, Hardware Repair, and the Maker Campus. STAP is composed of office managers and technicians. The techs manage the technology, while the manangers keep track of the techs. We also have students that are both office managers and techs. Students hold increasing responisibilties and are trusted with passwords, all faculty technology, iPads, and etc. 

Meet the STAP Admins

OD: Ava Katkich (10th grade) and Rebekah Sambol (9th grade) work with a website system known as OD. One may use this to import new students’ information or withdraw individuals from Beaver’s system. The same is done with new teachers and administrators. Also, Ava and Rebekah import the upcoming kindergarten class’s information into OD. If a student, teacher, or administrator cannot recall a password, then an STAP student logs into OD, providing the individual with the needed information.

Front Desk: STAP students who work the front desk interact daily with students and staff, resolving any problems with school devices. These STAP members utilize valuable communication skills to answer any necessary questions.

WebsiteShannon Witkouski (12th grade) is in charge of the school district’s website. She works alongside Maddy O’Leary (11th grade) when adding, removing, and changing the website’s information. Shannon additionally helps with redesigning the school district's page, essentially making navigation easier for parents. In STAP, the Beaver website serves as a form of distributing and sharing updates on important information to parents and students.

FinanceChloe Lin (10th grade), who is the treasurer of STAP, is head of the finance department. This section holds an important role in the program, since it is in charge of money. The department must closely check the stream of money, by utilizing a spreadsheet. Chloe assures that both the person collecting the money and paying receive an electronic receipt. Chloe Lin, Ava Katkich, Nicole Trkula, Ana Avdellas, and Elizabeth Logan are the only students allowed to collect money from others. Chloe takes care of phone calls regarding payment issues. In contributing to the STAP program, the finance department donates to events, such as the Christmas Drive and CHK. The Christmas Drive helps purchase presents for children in need, in order to better a child’s Christmas. CHK is an event held before Christmas break, where all students play games to celebrate the holiday season. Overall, the finance department holds an important job that deals with the program's entire fund.

Teacher TrainingEmily Young (11th grade) is the head of teacher training. Abby Noah, Grace Perez, and Ava LeMasters work with her to complete assigned tasks. STAP teacher training is a perfect opportunity for teachers to attend a session once a month, which focuses on strategies that will make their classroom run more efficiently, limiting the number of technology interruptions during class. A different app is selected each month, and any Beaver school administrator may sign up. In order to lessen the amount of walk-ins and questions throughout the school day, teachers can email the teacher training students specific questions or concerns, sometimes meeting with them individually to resolve an issue. 

iPads: Savannah Milligan (9th Grade) and Jillian Dinsmore (9th Grade) are in charge of the STAP iPad department. They wipe the iPads of those who graduated or left the District. If there are new students, iPads are distributed, and the information is placed into the system. Broken iPads are repaired or replaced. They also assist with WiFi, username, and password issues. Savannah and Jillian push out apps to classes and individuals through JAMF, which enables students to access designated apps on their iPad. Additionally, they set up iPads and help log people out of their account.

CommunicationsAva Katkich (10th Grade), who is part of the administrative team and a member of the STAP Board, supervises students within all categories of the communication section, which includes mass notifications, OD, front desk, website, iPads, teacher training, and finance. She is responsible for grading the students who oversee the following departments: finance, website, mass notifications, teacher training, and iPads. Since Ava is in charge of the STAP room, it is imperative that she communicates with all sections in order for each category to run efficiently. She also manages and works with OD, which is the school’s informational website system, as well as at the front desk, helping those with iPad issues. Ava is one of a few who handles monetary transactions and disseminates information to the head of the finance department and Mr. Shay, Director of Technology. Additionally, Ava informs Mrs. Galey, Administrative Assistant of the Athletic Office, as to when teacher training occurs. 

Networking: Lauren Nesbella (10th Grade) and Cailin Downer (10th Grade) are in charge of the STAP networking department. They are responsible for managing the switches in each building to provide a reliable system of communication within the schools. Unlike most other departments, networking students spend some time over the summers in the school learning the fundamental ideas of networking before they are able to apply their knowledge using an application called Terminal. During the school year, members are required to back up switches monthly and configure ports. A crew called the “ceiling monkeys” are assigned the job of manually pulling wire through the ceiling in order for new devices to be connected to WiFi. Networking students may also be tasked with installing cameras and access points throughout the building and helping staff connect computers, phones, or access points to ethernet ports in their room.

New Student: Constantina Krzeczowski (11th Grade) is the leader of the New Student department with Elizabeth Logan and Ana Avdellas under her. The New Student Department is responsible for helping new students orient their iPads and find their way around the school. The department answers any and all questions a new student may have while giving them a tour of the school and showing them their classrooms according to their schedule. The STAP student gives the new student all of their passwords that they need to be a successful student and transition to the new school smoothly. Then after a few weeks the New Student Department has a follow up with the new student to see how they have adapted to their new environment.

Admin: Nicole Trkula (12th Grade), Ana Avdellas (11th Grade), Elizabeth Logan (11th Grade), and Ava Katich (10th Grade) all work within the Administrative department of the STAP program. They oversee all of the departments and department heads that work in the program, run all meetings for Board members, collect all finances (along with Chloe Lin), and organize all events that take place within the program.

PPP: Wyatt Ringer (12th Grade), Casen Pontoli (12th Grade), and Caden Biela (11th Grade) manage all the printers, projectors, and phones in the high school and middle school. Printers require toner changes and maintenance checks. Projectors require installations of bulb replacements, filter cleanings, and wiring. Phones are installed and connected to the network. 

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