Microsoft Office Suite – Required on all student devices
Thanks to PCHS licensing with Microsoft, all students are entitled to install the full version of Microsoft Office 365 on their devices. It is NOT necessary to purchase Microsoft Office on your own.
New students will receive login credentials in June/July prior to the BYOD set-up sessions; they should install Office prior to the workshop.
Before doing anything else, uninstall Office: Many times, new Windows devices come with a trial version of Microsoft Office already installed. It is important that you uninstall it & reboot.
- Read these directions from Microsoft before continuing.
You will be using a Work or School account, not a Microsoft account.
- Login at https://www.office.com with your student PCHS email address and password.
(This was included in the email we sent parents in late May. If you have misplaced it, please email us.)
- Click on Install Office in the upper right.
- Follow the prompts to complete installation.
Switch out of Windows S Mode
If your laptop has Windows S operating system, you will be unable to install any apps unless they are from the Microsoft store. Therefore, it is necessary to switch out of S mode. Get the directions from Microsoft.
Learn how to check which Operating System you have.
Other Required Apps
Below is a list of required software applications to be installed on student devices. For your convenience, we have included links to the download page. Email Mrs. Rosanne Grigoletti with questions.
IMPORTANT! The items indicated with ** should be addressed by ALL students, even those who are not setting up their laptop for the first time. These are important updates and/or new installations necessary for this coming school year.
|App||Description||Download available at:
| ** Windows Updates and Mac OS updates||THIS IS IMPORTANT!|
Be sure that your pc is updated with the latest patches and drivers
|Directions for Windows 10
Directions for updating macOS
|Adobe Reader (or other pdf reader)||PDF reader||Get Reader
Be sure to UNcheck the options for installing McAfee or other software
|Antivirus - Windows||Microsoft provides free anti-virus software called Windows Security; already installed on new devices||More info
|Antivirus - Mac||There are many for Mac; Sophos is free||Sophos download
MacWorld's antivirus picks
|Audacity||Audio recorder and editor||SourceForge
|Chrome||Google's browser; required for certain sites and apps||Google
| ** Clever Browser Plugin|
NEW FOR 19-20
|Needed for Single-Sign-On using Clever;|
Be sure to install for each internet browser
Microsoft Edge Instructions
|Logger Pro||Used in Science Courses; installation password will be provided by science teacher; Get detailed instructions.|
|MalwareBytes||Free malware scanner||Dowload page
| ** Microsoft Teams|
NEW FOR 19-20
|Desktop app for classes whose teacher uses Teams for all class assignments & activity|| Download Page
|TiNspire cacluator software||Required for ALL math students:|
Software license number is included in the package with your TiNspire calculator. Be sure to keep that documentation!
|VLC Player||Multimedia player, format convertor and more||VLC download page
(Only for certain Science and CSA courses )
|Python Download page
When you bring your laptop to school, you will need to do the following tasks. This cannot be done at home! Stop by the Tech Office if you need assistance.
- Connect to CelticNet Wi-Fi network (You need to do this once and your device should remember the network).
- Login to the Barracuda filter (Use your network login name – not your email address – and password. You need to do this every day.)