April News

The Spring Release is Here!

Faster, Easier, Better! The newest release of Vision SIS is now available. The Spring Release brings improved performance, more family engagement opportunities, and improved scheduling in time for your 2019-20 school year! We have been collecting feedback about this release from our beta test schools and the results have been very positive. If you would like to be part of future beta-testing of new releases, contact your sales representative and we’ll let you know how to get started.

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Top 10 Questions and Answers

To save you time as you get ready for transcripts, communicating with parents, online course registrations, scheduling, and school year rollover, here are the answers to the Top Support Requests we receive each April.

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Faster!

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Our Spring Release features enhancements to the academic cloud that will result in significant performance improvements.

  • Gradebooks are up to 10x faster
  • Initial data loads are 2-3x faster, making navigation almost instantaneous
  • Modified login to improve system performance
  • Lightning-fast mobile performance

“Major improvement in performance! Vision is much faster and easier to work with.”

-Todd West
Upper Saint Clair School District

Easier!

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Report cards update automatically when teachers modify final grades. Parents and students can see student progress without additional staff action.

  • Families always have access to the latest report card
  • Automatic publishing of report cards saves staff time
  • Improved online assignment resources for parents and students

“You made it easy to keep our report cards up to date. Parents are happy, and it saves me time!”

-Susan Orsino
Upper Saint Clair School District

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Better!

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Expanded scheduling tools for faster, more efficient scheduling. Now available for all grade levels. Get your schedules ready for 2019-2020 school year.

  • Mass-Edit student course selections for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
  • Mass-edit alternate course selections and study halls
  • There is NO LIMIT to the number of courses that can be mass-edited

“Thanks for the update! Vision SIS works seamlessly in the background, making it easy for us to work with our Students.”

-Jim Johnson
Meyersdale Area School District

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And much more!

  • IEP Writer reports resolved for students with a space in their last name
  • Course Registration now available for students changing schools for the new school year
  • Transfer student grade editor no longer copies data from previous student if previous school had been entered
  • Class Attendance no longer overwrites daily attendance if the attendance page had not been refreshed
  • Teacher constraints can now be edited in the new school year
  • Graduation requirements no longer causes a 500 error when used for course registration
  • Look for a new mobile release in the coming weeks!

Top 10 Questions and Answers

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To save you time as you get ready for transcripts, communicating with parents, online course registrations, scheduling, and school year rollover, here are the answers to the Top Support Requests we receive each April.

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April Webinars

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Open Forum

Apr 11, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

The topic(s) covered during these sessions are up to you, our clients. We invite you to join in the discussion and bring your own questions. Please submit your questions to training@visionsis.com.

Standards/Skills 2: Scheduling

Apr 11, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

Learn how to schedule your elementary school in preparation for generating standards/skills based report cards by focusing on how to create courses/subjects, associate teachers with their classes, and assign students to classes. Do the setup for the district in one school and copy to others. Topics covered: Course Catalog & Sections, transfer data between schools, assigning students to classes.

New! Scheduling for Elementary School

Apr 15, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

Learn which scheduling tools in the Vision tool box are the best to use when crafting schedules for elementary schools. Covered in this session: what data to roll, how to input student requests and scheduling students. This webinar also includes how to use the new and improved Mass-Edit Student Course Records introduced in 2019.

New! Scheduling for Middle Schools

Apr 15, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

The fine art of scheduling is applied to the specific needs of middle schools using a ‘team’ approach to student grouping. Along with detailing methods for assigning students to teams, an easy to understand technique for course code naming is presented. This webinar also includes how to use the new and improved Mass-Edit Student Course Records introduced in 2019. Scheduling ‘Specials’ or ‘Unified Arts’ courses, in addition to core academic courses, are also discussed, as well as tips for scheduling non-standard or variable-length term rotations.

Open Forum

Apr 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

The topic(s) covered during these sessions are up to you, our clients. We invite you to join in the discussion and bring your own questions. Please submit your questions to training@visionsis.com.

New! How to Reuse Last Year’s Schedule

Apr 18, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

Learn which scheduling tools in the Vision SIS tool box are the best to use when crafting schedules for using the same master schedule from the previous year. Covered in this session: what data to roll, how to input student requests and scheduling students. This webinar also includes how to use the new and improved Mass-Edit Student Course Records introduced in 2019.

Section Patterns for the ASB

Apr 22, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

New! Take a look at the Section Pattern editor in Vision SIS. Automated Schedule Builder (ASB) will build the Master Schedule based on information you set up. Start by creating sample section definitions that are organized into Section Pattern groups. These Section Pattern groups are then associated with specific courses. Understanding how the ASB works with these Section Patterns to speed up the scheduling process.

GPA & Class Rank

Apr 22, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

New! Take a look at these new Grade operations in the MMS Portal. Learn what you need to compute the end of year GPA and Class Rank. See how it impacts report cards and transcripts.

Open Forum

Apr 25, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

The topic(s) covered during these sessions are up to you, our clients. We invite you to join in the discussion and bring your own questions. Please submit your questions to training@visionsis.com.

Year End Reporting

Apr 25, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

Learn what summary and statistical reports are available to you. Just a few of the available reports include how Attendance relates to No Child Left Behind reporting.

Calculating Grade Averages

Apr 29, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

Grade Averaging allows you to weight various grades into an average based on the numeric grades or grade points. Decide what to do if a grade is missing in the calculation. Set additional rules for exclusion. Set up a minimum grade. Implement the Current Final Averages for Teachers, Parents, and Students.

Running the ASB

Apr 29, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

Automated Schedule Builder (ASB) will build the Master Schedule based on Course, Teacher and Room Constraints you set up. Topics include Semester balancing, schedule sequence, overloads, student order, course priority, student versus teacher schedules. Additionally, attendees will learn which reports can be used to get an accurate picture of the scheduling process and monitor it going forward.

Open Forum

May 2, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

The topic(s) covered during these sessions are up to you, our clients. We invite you to join in the discussion and bring your own questions. Please submit your questions to training@visionsis.com.

Standards/Skills 3: Vision SIS Setup

May 2, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

Learn how to configure Skills/Standards in Vision SIS. This webinar will also cover what needs to be setup to have the skills/standards associated with assignments in the Teacher Grade Book and have the skills/standards grades calculated based on those assignments.

About Vision SIS

The Vision Student Information System supports the administration of great schools. With a focus on user experience, the unified interface puts a personalized student information system into the hands of every user. Computer Resources has improved educational outcomes as a trusted provider of technology infrastructures for K-12 schools since 1978.

Let Vision be a partner in your students’ success.

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