Frustrated with district technology resources?
Trying to keep all of the technology changes straight has been a challenge this fall. The move from Skyward to PowerSchool has been messy and downright difficult for many families and staff. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to reach out to us for help if you’re still struggling to get connected. Our Online Family Tech Support is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 651-351-8404.
Why did we make all these changes anyway?
The simple reality is our old student information system, Skyward, was out of date. Most concerning, it no longer met the security standards required to protect our student data and our internal systems. We had no choice but to make some major changes to ensure we have a stable, reliable and safe system in place for the future. This meant a complete overhaul of our system and a lot of complicated behind-the-scenes work to make things integrate and work together. It’s been a huge adjustment for families, as well as for our staff.
Want to learn more? Check out the Oct. 19 school board work session for a full report on district technology.
Help! What online resources do I need to access and how do I get to them?
On Your Computer
PowerSchool: PowerSchool is our new Student Information System and it is integrated with Schoology, SeeSaw and our online payment system SmartSchoolsK12. That means, by logging into Powerschool you can access grades and assignments, communicate with teachers, sign up for conferences, and make online payments for clubs and athletics, field trips and other school activities.
On Your Mobile Device (download from your App store):
Hometown Ticketing: Buy tickets to sporting events and concerts
SeeSaw (grades K-5): View assignments, communicate with teachers
Schoology (grades 6-12): View assignments, communicate with teachers
SchoolCafe: Access menus and add money to meal accounts
SchoolPass: Report absences, sign kids out of school, and much more
VersaTrans My Stop: Track your school bus
Find links fast on our website
Click the “Search Quick Links” tab in the top, right hand corner of any page on our website. You’ll find icons for the most used tools at the top of the page, as well as a list of direct links to all of the other tools you’ll need under the “Students & Families” column.
In Other News
Two new school board members were sworn into office on Nov. 18.
Voters approved both levy questions on the ballot - one to renew and increase an expiring operating levy and the second to provide the district’s first-ever technology levy.
Thanks to increased efficiencies and families who have declined service, more students will have access to busing than previously anticipated.
Tuesday, Nov. 2 is the first professional development day of the school year. Learn what our teachers will be doing while kids are out of school!
The move to PowerSchool has been messy and downright difficult for many families and staff. Learn why we've made these changes and how you can get help!
Students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11 will be invited to participate in the Minnesota Student Survey this winter.
Learn how to logon to PowerSchool to sign up for conferences.