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Thanks, Steve, and a good holiday to everyone!

On Dec 21, 2006, at 3:38 PM, Steve Webster wrote:

> Tommy (and everyone),
>
> No, it's not web-based.  The new gradebook is supposedly web 
> accessible,
> though I haven't used it yet.
>
> Yes, it has a scheduling module.  I haven't been involved with that end
> of things, but I can find out how the users feel about it, if desired.
>
> Attendance can be submitted electronically by pulling up a
> user-customizable seating chart with pictures of students.  Teachers
> click on the pictures to mark a student tardy or absent.  Pretty slick!
> (To be honest, we're not using that yet, however.)
>
> Steve
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: School Information Technology Discussion
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tommy Walz
> Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:48 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Student Information Systems?
>
> Steve,
> A couple of questions:
> Is it web-based?
> Scheduling?
> Attendance submitted electronically from the classroom?
>
> On Dec 21, 2006, at 8:53 AM, Steve Webster wrote:
>
>> South Burlington uses Schoolmaster in each of the 3 elementary
>> schools, middle school, and high school.  Right now each is a
>> stand-alone system, but we can relatively easily share data, report
>> formats, etc. between them.  We plan to move to the "Schoolmaster for
>> Districts" package this summer, which will give us one database for
>> the entire district and will simplify management.
>>
>> We do standards-based report cards at the elementary schools and a mix
>
>> of standards and letter grades at the middle school and high school.
>>
>> Teachers use the Schoolmaster gradebook for letter grades at the
>> middle and high school.  The gradebook integrates with the main
>> Schoolmaster database for updating class lists and posting grades.
>> The gradebook also has a feature that enables teachers to post their
>> gradebook info to the web so students and parents can check on the
>> students' assignments and grades.
>>
>> Administrators have a Palm version that gives them portable access to
>> student info.
>>
>> Schoolmaster is not perfect, but it's met our needs quite well.  And
>> the price is right!
>>
>> Steve
>>
>>>>> [log in to unmask] 12/20/06 04:13PM >>>
>> I've searched through archives on this list first, but didn't get much
>
>> info....
>>
>> What are schools using for their student information systems?
>>
>> Here in Barre we are using Pearson Education Systems "Chancery SMS"
>> (web-based for K-8) and Chancery MacSchool (9-12).  While the current
>> solution is working, and is integrated (via a replicator), there are
>> changes afoot....
>>
>> Pearson has repositioned SMS as a product for middle to large school
>> districts (their documentation states "30,000 students" as a starting
>> point).  Barre has roughly 3k students.  We've also been told that
>> MacSchool is going to go away at some point (date unknown).
>>
>> For K-8, SMS is used for electronic standards-based report cards,
>> gradebook (middle school), electronic attendance, behavior incidents,
>> transportation and transfer of student info between our 2 K-8 schools
>> and the SHS/BVT
>>
>> campus.  For SHS/BVT, MacSchool is used for report cards, eclass
>> gradebook, behavior, and attendance.
>>
>> So, we're wondering who is using what for a SIS.....and does it fit
>> your needs?  comments?
>>
>>
>> Rob Stalling
>> Technology Support
>> Barre Supervisory Union
>> Barre, VT  05641
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