Monday, January 8, 2018

O'Neill Public Junior-Senior High School again honored as Apple Distinguished School

O’Neill Junior-Senior High School once again has been designated as an Apple Distinguished School for their continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment. The current two year award was presented to the staff and students by Brent Catlett, Apple Development Executive, during an all-school assembly on January 5, 2018. 

O’Neill High School Class of 2018 with recent Apple Distinguished School designation
High School Principal Corey Fisher commended the entire school for their continued dedication to teaching and learning in innovative ways with Apple technology. O’Neill’s 24/7 Learning Initiative, which gives every student access to a MacBook Air laptop, has led the way in educational technology implementation for over a decade. The junior-senior high school has been honored as an Apple Distinguished School since 2010 and the current designation will last two years, through 2019. 

“Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.” (From Apple Distinguished School program materials)

Mr. Fisher spoke of the rigorous application process which included video creation, digital book authoring, and the efforts of staff members to become Apple Teacher certified. High School Faculty who achieved Apple Teacher status were each presented with an award certificate during the ceremony. 

A Development Executive from Apple traveled to O’Neill to present the student body with the award. 
Apple representative presented award to OHS representatives Haley Schmeichel, Student Council President, and Kevin & Katie Morrow, Technology Integrationists