Middle School Supplies

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guide

Web: AAS BYOD Email: byod.support@aas.ru Visit: IT Helpdesk (room 4031) 

AAS Moscow inspires learning “using current, relevant technologies” (AAS Mission & Vision), and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is a key component of Learning at AAS. BYOD provides students with ready opportunities to use technology responsibly and effectively. 

Students in grades 5-12 are required to have a BYOD to enhance instruction and learning every day at school as stated in the student handbooks. 

AAS is responsible for: 

●  Resources - AAS provides students with core learning tools that are web or cloud-based. 

 • Google Suite for Education - Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawing, etc. 

 • Microsoft Office 

 • Naviance & Managebac - HS students only 

●  Support

 • Support for using school-provided learning resources will be offered within classrooms, online, and by divisional Technology Integrationists. 

 • BYOD support is available at the IT Helpdesk Office (4031) during school hours or via email. Individual app/software purchases may not be supported by our IT Helpdesk. 

 • A limited supply of loaner laptops are available for one-day checkout in the Library for emergency, on-campus use during school hours. Students are responsible for AAS laptops while checked out. 

●  Infrastructure

 • AAS provides an open wifi network for all community members. The school monitors use of technology and 
   Internet traffic on our network. 

 • Wireless printing from BYODs is available in numerous locations. 

Students/Families are responsible for*: 

 Device maintenance 

○ AAS strongly recommends installing routine OS and app updates. 


○ Students/families should provide safe transport of BYOD devices (i.e., backpacks with padded pockets, laptop sleeves, and/or cases). 


○ Students must bring fully charged devices to school each morning along with their charging cable. Lockable charging stations will be available for students to charge devices. 

*AAS is not responsible for lost or stolen devices, and the school’s insurance policy does not cover personal property. It is the responsibility of students to keep their devices secure and provide their own insurance protection. Students are provided with lockers and locks to secure their belongings. Devices should not be left unattended at any time. Devices found unattended will be sent to Lost & Found at the Security Desk. 

Minimum BYOD Requirements** 

●  Apple, Windows, or Chromebook laptop, less than 3 years old 

●  128 GB or more storage capacity on an Apple/Windows laptop; 32 GB or more on a Chromebook 

●  8 GB RAM or more recommended (4GB RAM in a Chromebook) 

●  6+ hours battery 

●  Webcam 

●  Headphones/Earphones

**Cost is always an important consideration in choosing a device. Less expensive devices can fulfill a student’s needs. Higher cost devices offer greater capability and perhaps increased longevity and durability. However, even high-end laptops generally have a 3-to-4-year lifespan. 

Digital Citizenship 
AAS develops student digital citizenship throughout our integrated curriculum. Our Elementary School Digital Citizenship Agreement and Middle and High School Digital Citizenship Agreement support students and families in developing positive citizenship in the digital world. As members of the AAS community, students and families agree that digital citizenship applies in and out of school, with school-owned devices, BYODs, and other personal devices. 

Supplies and Textbooks

The school provides all the textbooks that a student will need during the year. To protect books and materials from poor weather and regular wear and tear students should have a book bag or backpack to carry their supplies to and from school.

Here is the list of supplies that Middle School faculty suggests each student has to work with during the year. Please note that most of the supplies below are readily available in Moscow. (Asterisked items may be best purchased in your home country). Students who bring their own laptop to school may prefer to install dictionary software instead of the bilingual dictionaries mentioned below..

Key Supplies

- Pens (blue, black and red)
- Pencils with erasers
- *Colored pencils
- Geometry set (protractor, compass etc.)
- Metric ruler
- *For ESOL students, a bilingual dictionary, electronic translator, or a dictionary app
- Scientific calculator

Optional Supplies

- Pencil case, clearly labeled with the student’s name
- Highlighters
- Liquid paper / white out
- Lined paper (A4) - useful for home
- Graph paper (A4) - useful for home
- *French/English dictionary or a dictionary app if studying French
- *Spanish/English dictionary or a dictionary app if studying Spanish
- Russian/English dictionary or a dictionary app if studying Russian
- Name tags (sew-on or iron-on) for school and PE uniforms

Physical Education

For PE class, students will need supportive gym shoes with non-marking soles. PE uniforms for all divisions consist of a red AAS t-shirt (available for purchase in the PTO store) and black exercise pants or shorts.  The t-shirts may be purchased at the AAS PTO store. If you are new to Moscow it is recommended that you buy the shorts/track pants before arriving in Moscow. If you currently live in Moscow, most sports stores do have a selection of black shorts/track pants. Students will also need ice skates with skate guards and appropriate outdoor clothes.

Instrumental Music

Generally, instrumental music students supply their own instrument. The school does have some instruments available for loan, but these supplies are limited and may not match the instrument your son or daughter wishes to play. Please visit the Music page to learn more about our instrumental music program.

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