Public invited to celebrate launch of student-created district app
Public invited to celebrate launch of student-created district app
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Pattonville school community is invited to an app launch celebration to commemorate the completion of a district app designed, developed and created by students in a computer science class at Pattonville High School. The celebration will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 1 in the Community Auditorium at Pattonville High School.

Students in Jeremiah Simmons' Computer Science Capstone class at Pattonville High School have been working since last summer to develop the app for the Pattonville School District. Under Simmons' direction, the students worked with district officials as clients to develop an app that works on iOS and Android smartphones. The students used survey data collected by the Pattonville community relations department, along with their own primary research, to develop an app with features that would appeal to parents, staff, students and interested community members. The app features:

• News that can be customized for the user
• District and school calendars that can be customized for the user
• The ability for a user to add dates from the app to their device calendars or "pin" a favorite event on their app calendar
• Push notifications
• School menus
• School flyers
• PowerSchool access
• Moodle (online learning tool) access
• Staff directory
• School and district websites

After June 1, the app will be available for download from the App Store for iPhones or Google Play store for Android phones. Students in the class who helped create the app are: Mustapha Barrie, Kevin Bowers, Keturah Gadson, Ethan Holtgrieve, Mitchell Skaggs, Nathan Skelton, Micah Thompkins and Josh Zahner.

Computer science courses have grown noticeably at Pattonville High School due to student interest - from one class in 2013-2014 to seven sections this year. The high school offers two courses in Project Lead the Way's (PLTW) nationally recognized computer science program, Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A. This year, the school added Computer Science Capstone class to its offerings, and students can also take an AP (advanced placement) computer science course.