[cc-lists] Re: Discussion of CPS and Concord-Carlisle E-Mail Lists

  • From: "Sharon Carroll" <sharoncarroll@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cc-lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:55:41 -0400

Here are my thoughts as Alcott Communications Co-Coordinator and Alcott Owl
Co -Editor:

 

Regarding question 1:

 

I think it is appropriate for PTG lists to communicate "school messages"
when they relate to activities and the daily functioning of the school
community. ConnectEd should probably be used for direct communication from
the principal and administration when the messages are important to every
family or when there is information from the school which may contain
private information that should not be posted on the web.  A PTG list (at
least at Alcott) is a voluntary sign up so it should not be the only source
of communication in regards to important district/school information like
school closings, safety concerns, etc.  This is actually a topic of
conversation we will be having at Alcott to determine how best to
communicate with our school community.

 

Regarding Question 2:

 

I don't  think it is important for all the schools to be on one system as
long as each school has the tools to get things done. 

 

Regarding Question 3

 

When the Alcott PTG was told the district would no longer host their PTG
website last spring, we set up a new site using Wordpress.com. Within that
system subscribers can sign up for email notifications to come to their
inbox when new announcements are posted to the blog. Users can choose
immediate, daily or weekly notifications.  It is not the most flexible
system, but requires little technical expertise to maintain, thus the hope
is that as the editors move on to other schools, it will be easier to find
volunteers to maintain it. 

 

Question for Gene:  We have found that this fall, some of our teachers are
not getting the email notifications coming to their colonial.net email
addresses. We are wondering if possibly the Wordpress emails are getting
blocked by a spam filter. Could you help us determine if that is indeed the
issue and help us to resolve it? Let us know what additional information you
might need to know.

 

 

 

Sharon Carroll

 

 

From: cc-lists-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cc-lists-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Richard Wells
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:13 AM
To: cc-lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [cc-lists] Discussion of CPS and Concord-Carlisle E-Mail Lists

 

Hi all,

 

As many of you know, I'm the parent volunteer who helps keep the mailing
list server running. I have children at CMS and CCHS and we were at Thoreau,
where I set up and ran an earlier incarnation of the web site and helped
with the transition to electronic announcements. This year I'm also managing
the CMS PTG e-mail list membership.

 

The list on which you are receiving this message, cc-lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, is
a new version of an earlier such list on lists.ptg-concord.org. Several of
you were on that list back when we were working through populating the PTG
lists from X2. I've included each school's PTG presidents, communication,
and e-mail list folks;  each school's principal; and Gene Warfel. A copy of
the list membership is appended, below. If you want off this list or think
someone else should be included, please let me know.

 

The reason for this list and this message is to start the conversation about
moving the lists off of lists.ptg-concord.org. This is a server, which also
goes by the name adrian.colonial.net, which the school district has
generously made available to the PTGs for many years. Some predecessors to
me set it up, I got involved, and took over the backend side of things when
they graduated. Over the years it has not always been a smooth or simple
operation and I've spent many hours fixing things. And the server is a cost
to the district, both as a capital asset, as well as a source of networking
problems: it is a spam magnet and, due to how the mailing list software
works, spam can flow through the server---though not to the lists---making
the server look like a source of spam to other systems.

 

On the district side, ConnectEd has been a great solution to the problem of
emergency communication via e-mail. There were times before that when the
schools would want to send an important message through the PTG list and the
system was down, putting stress on me, a parent volunteer, to fix the
system.

 

Since the start of the school year we've again had a round of issues:
colonial.net getting blacklisted as a spammer; the list server getting
blocked by big ISPs (AT&T, Earthlink). And folks concerned about not getting
out their messages or not receiving their messages.

 

Gene, as owner of colonial.net, and I, as volunteer admin, agree it is time
to retire adrian and find a new home (or homes) for the PTG lists.

 

I think these are the broad questions we need to consider:

 

1. Should the PTG be responsible for mailing list systems carrying official
school messages? 

 

The daily announcements for CCHS and CMS contain a lot of school
information. In the old days these would have come home on school
letterhead. Coming from adrian, a school server, it makes some sense. But if
we move to (e.g.) cms-ptg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, should that really be carrying
information from the school to parents? Should we instead divide up the
school and PTG communications and have the school communications flow
through e.g. ConnectEd, and use the PTG list for lower-volume, PTG-only
information? (E.g. social events, fundraisers, etc.) Do we want the PTG
responsible when the system carrying school information is acting up?

 

2. Should all the PTGs use the same mailing list system?

 

The system we have now was originally set up for CMS and CCHS. We then added
the elementary schools. However, there really is no specific need for them
all to be on a single system. As long as each PTG is getting what it needs
done and has volunteers who can run it.

 

3. Which mailing list system(s) should the PTG move to?

 

Choices include big sites like Google Groups and Yahoo Groups or smaller
places like FreeLists (where this "meta-list" is hosted, as a way of
checking out its suitability).  There are pluses and minuses in all cases,
and we can get into the details of these choices as the conversation
progresses.

 

 

Please reply to this message with your thoughts. If I've set up the list
correctly :-) it will go to everyone on the list. (You should see
cc-lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxx in your To: field.)

 

Cheers,

Richard

 

 

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# cc-lists - mailing list of Concord K-8 and CCHS parents and

#            school administrators interested in issues with

#            PTG mailing lists

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# Modification History

#   2010.09.17.15:55  RAW  updated for fall 2010

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# Alcott

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# Ellen Rice - PTG co-prez

efrice@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Johanna Boynton - PTG co-prez

jojoboynton@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# John Peachey - List Admin

jpeachey@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Christine Paulsen - Communication

paulsen@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Sharon Carroll - Communication

sharoncarroll@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Sharon Young - Principal

syoung@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

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# CCHS 

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# Linda Miller - PA President

lindaimiller@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Alan Budris - List Administrator

alan.budris@xxxxxxxxx

cchs_lists@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Louisa Colemen - CCHS Content

lcoleman@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Martha Hammer - CCHS Content

mhammer@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Peter Badalement - Principal

pbadalement@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

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# CMS

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# Jill Colleran - PTG Co-Pres

jillcolleran@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Sandra Stout - PTG Co-Pres

sandra.stout@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Tracey Belden - Daily Announcements

thedavispack@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Joyce Chutchian - Missive

cms.missive@xxxxxxxxx

 

# Richard Wells - List Admin

raw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Lynne Beattie - Principal

lbeattie@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

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# CPS

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# Gene Warfel - Director of Technology

GWarfel@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

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# Thoreau

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# Karen Brown

dmbkjb@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Melanie Bettencourt

thebettencourts@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Weekly Announcements

announcements@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Directory (which might also be list changes)

directory@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Kelly Clough - Principal

kclough@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

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# Willard

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# Aimee Cupp - PTG co-Pres

# Amy Mueller - PTG co-Pres

president@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Christine Evans - Willard Weekly

willardweekly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Jen Waldron, Christine Evans - Communications

willardweekly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Bob Rainis - List Administrator

brainis@xxxxxxxxxxx

 

# Pat Fernandes - Principal

pfernandes@xxxxxxxxxxxx

 


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-- Richard A. Wells
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