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Skyward is our new Student Information System replacing PowerSchool SMS and Power Teacher Gradebook beginning the 2015-2016 School Year. Our choice to partner with Skyward was based on Skyward’s ability to meet the implementation and long term needs of our growing district. Skyward’s functionality, mobile device compatibility, and systematic flow of data create a user friendly product for our teachers, staff, parents, and students.

System Access and Navigation

  • Entirely web based system allowing secure access from anywhere/anytime.
  • Streamlined navigation (menu structure) that allows access to any feature with minimal clicks from anywhere in the system.
  • Portal (one access point into the system) customizable per user and allows users to start with any vital information, as well as allowing quick access to their “Favorites.”

Parent/Student Communication

  • Skyward Family Access & Skyward Student Access
  • Parents see all their students automatically
  • Real-time student information online
  • Subscribe to automatic email notifications
  • Parent-Staff communications are not only streamlined, but automatically tracked. Administrators are able to get reports on who made the contact, what the specific message was, and any follow-up.
  • Allows administration to set a policy that shows teacher comments and grades at a specific time (example: 5 days after posting window) – ensuring clear communication with parents and providing grades at a specific time for all kids.

Grading

Secondary Gradebook

  • Seamlessly connected to Skyward’s Student Management System.
  • Automated grade posting for progress reports, nine week, and semester report cards.
  • E-mail progress reports directly to parents and post assignments to Family Access
  • Work directly with students; online testing (correlated with district curriculum standards) will be a great enhancement by allowing teachers to conduct on-line assignments and testing with automatic grading that is integrated with the teacher’s grade book and can update students via e-mail immediately (optional).

Standards Based Gradebook

  • Seamlessly connected to Skyward’s Student Management System.
  • Direct posting of grades for report cards, progress reports, and Family Access
  • The standards gradebook is a fully functional gradebook in and of itself (not just a part of a traditional secondary gradebook) allowing instructors to create tasks, quizzes, tests and even weight them.
  • Standards
    • Can assign a grad year to standard sets. In the event that the math standards change starting with this year’s freshman class, as an example.
    • Ability to define and display a District description. Helping to bridge the gap between common language and State language.

Administrators

  • Basic data mining can be done and reports generated with relative ease.
  • Many areas provide detailed lists that can be filtered based on user needs – filters can be saved and even shared among users.
  • Custom Attendance Letters can be generated based on multiple codes/criteria, letters can be tracked (when the letter was sent and to whom) and can even trigger Behavior referrals if certain thresholds are met.
  • Attendance reporting includes automated notices via e-mail and messaging (optional).
  • Automated e-mail can be generated by any administrator or teacher.
  • Teacher Tracking – Summary information on instructional staff performance for teacher evaluations.
  • Discipline incidents can be reported using a customized form right from the teacher.

Discipline

  • Direct connection between teacher referrals and designated personnel – Quickly notify administrators to take action, if necessary; Eliminates keying of data by office personnel and allows administrators to act on referrals immediately
  • View discipline referrals electronically – Eliminates referral paperwork for teachers
  • Link student involvement with incident numbers
  • Easy-to-view data for discipline officers
  • Discipline notifications – Send notification by letter or online; Using Family Access, parents can view discipline offenses and actions in real-time