Application Support

Google Applications

Google Applications refers to an online file storage and productivity suite that anyone with a Google (Gmail) account.  Google accounts are also available to all students for free through the MSBSD.  Please follow the instructions below to access your student Google Applications.

Before beginning, you will need to know your student’s MSBSD ID and password.  If you need your student’s password reset, please review the Password Help section below.
  1. Navigate in a web browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) to drive.google.com
  2. Enter your student account info (first and last initials and ID numbers with @apps.matsuk12.us)
    Example: John Smith 104567 would be js104567@apps.matsuk12.us
  3. At the next Mat-Su District screen, enter the student ID (ex. js104567) and the student password.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) are available at no charge to students at Mat-Su Central.  To download these applications on your computer, please follow the steps below.

Before beginning, you will need to know your student’s MSBSD ID and password.  If you need your student’s password reset, Click Here.
  1. Navigate in a web browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) to https://clever.com/in/msbsd/student/portal
  2. Enter your student account info (first and last initials and ID numbers with @ad.matsuk12.us
    Example: John Smith 104567 would be js104567@ad.matsuk12.us
  3. At the next Mat-Su District screen, enter the student ID (ex. js104567) and the student password.

Password Support

The Mat-Su Borough School District provides students with accounts that allow them access to different district-paid-for services.  Some of those include Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Clever, iStudent, and many more.  The district requires students to update passwords periodically (usually at least once a year).  In order to do this, please use the resources below and always feel free to contact our local support if you have any issues.

Before beginning, you will need to know your student’s MSBSD ID and password.  You can find your student’s ID on the Parent Portal.
  1. Navigate in a web browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) to https://fs.matsuk12.us/adfs/portal/updatepassword
  2. Your student’s current password, if not already changed will be one of the following:
    K-2
    – alaska
    3-12
    – student ID (ex. jn08035)
  3. Create new password – requirements below
    Grades K-2 – Not required to be changed – 5 Characters
    Grades 3-8 – 8 Characters
    Grades 9-12 – 8 Characters – At least one character from 3 of the 4 groups (uppercase, lowercase, number, special character)
  4. Click Submit
If, after trying these steps, you still have issues, please contact Gina Hutchens

Device Purchase Options

Purchase From Us

Every year we try to purchase devices ahead of time to support the needs of families in our program. These are the devices that are in shelf stock this year.

Apple Macbooks, ~$1,100

Mac computers are the industry standard in the creative technologies. These computers perform all necessary functions that students would need.

Pros

  • High-end applications
  • Hold value / functionality
  • Very durable

Cons

  • Not up-gradable

iPads, ~$415

iPads offer more and more levels of functionality and access. These tools are better than Chromebooks for students looking to use technology for creative endeavors.

Pros

  • Creative applications
  • Hold value / functionality
  • Very durable

Cons

  • Less Expandability
  • Rapid Obsolescence

Chromebooks, ~$315

Chromebooks are a solid system for basic computing and internet accessible applications. Their cost makes them very appealing.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Keyboard included
  • Google Apps integration

Cons

  • Internet access required
  • Limited applications

Purchase Yourself

We want to support families’ needs in procuring devices. To this end, MSC supports the purchase of new computers
with your own funds and for you to be reimbursed.

Follow Device Guidelines to ensure your purchase is eligible for allotment reimbursement.

Note: When building your own computer, special permission is required before purchasing any components. Please email miguel.velezmoreno@matsuk12.us for more information.

Device Guidelines

Note: Always check with your advisor first. Complete the form for pre-approval here.

As with all non-consumables, devices must be tagged as property of the MSBSD in order to be reimbursable, and will either need to be returned or bought out (see depreciation schedule below) if you leave Mat-Su Central. The Accounting department will help with this process.

Suggested Device Guidelines

  • any Mac under $1,100 - suggested MacBook Air
  • any iPad under $500 - suggested iPad
  • any PC under $1,000
  • any Chromebook - suggest at least 64gb
  • any Printer under $300

* Any device or components of a device outside the above Suggested Device Guidelines must receive pre-approval by your advisor, MSC technologist and Principal. The request should also include educational rationale for the device purchase.

Device Depreciation Schedule

For parents and/or students interested in purchasing eligible items, the depreciation purchase schedule for equipment, books and computers is based as follows.
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The purchase price is 50% following one year of student use.
-The purchase price is 25% following two years of student use.
-The purchase price is 10% following three years of student use.
-The purchase price is $1 following four years of student use.