Student Computer Accounts

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Each student is issued a network account to use with school computers. Typically your username is made up of your first initial, the first five letters of your last name, and the last four numbers of your student ID (ex. bwilso3392). If you cannot remember your password, see any media staff member to have your account reset with a temporary password. You will then be prompted by the system to choose a new one.

This username and password is also used to authenticate to the HCPSS-Wireless network. See this News article for more information.


Checking Out, Returning, and Renewing Books

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If you would like to check out a book you've found on our shelves, just ask any media staff member. They will ask for your last name and look you up in the system before checking out your materials. Keep in mind the following:

  • Books are checked out for a period of two weeks.
  • Reference materials are due back the following day.
  • If you need to renew a book, just ask! We will extend your checkout period.
  • Students are allowed to have five books checked out at a time, but if you need more, just ask!
  • Materials not returned count as a student obligation and must be cleared before the end of each school year.
  • Books on carts are typically for teacher use with multiple class. Please check with your teacher before checking out a book that is on a cart.
  • Books may be placed in the Book Return, which is right next to the pencil sharpener by the Humanities entrance.

Need Copies?

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The media center is happy to make photocopies for students. As a general rule, it's always better to print one copy on the printer and ask for photocopies rather than printing the same document multiple times on the printer. Not only does this save printer toner, which is more expensive than copier toner, but it prevents others having to wait for their print job behind someone else's massive "copy" job.

When requesting photocopies, please keep in mind the following:

  • We work with small copy jobs: one to ten at most. Class sets should be photocopied in the front office by your teacher.
  • Photocopying research articles, class notes, and blank forms is fine. Copying someone's homework is not fine.
  • We cannot photocopy copyrighted material, such as sheet music.

Submitting an Announcement for Hawk Talk

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So you've been delegated the task of writing a blurb for the morning announcements by your club officers or sponsor - no problem! Here are some guidelines you must follow to have our anchors read your announcement on the air.

Make sure your announcement... 

  • ...is legibly written or typed and is of a reasonable length.
  •  ...is submitted at least two hours ahead of time (by 8:00 a.m.) to the submission box on the checkout desk in the media center.
  • ...is written in readable language (i.e. no posters).
  • ...includes a date range (2 week maximum).
  • ...is, MOST IMPORTANTLY, signed by a sponsor or administrator.

Alternatively, if you email your announcement to your sponsor and they forward it to me, that is the same as signing it.

Have a video announcement? Bring it on a flash drive or disc to Mr. Ahr in the media center at least a day in advance. Videos should be around 1 minute in length, 2 minutes maximum in special circumstances. 

Have a slide you want on the TVs in the hallway? Read Submitting a Slide for the Looping Slideshow .