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Comments Bank App

July 19, 2014

Have you seen the new Comments Bank app? It let’s schools create a system of comments for adding to Report Cards, which makes it a great tool for schools with a lot of students. If it sounds like it might be useful to you, read on! We’ll be taking a quick look at the app and how to use it.

Admins can install the app from the App Store. Head to the Teacher Apps section to find it.

Comments Bank

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The 2-Term Blue Academic Template

July 18, 2014

As part of our initiative to share the awesome custom report cards at QuickSchools, today we’re sharing a private template. If it looks good to you, feel free to chat in – we’d love to enable it and help you set it up just the way you’d like!


 

The new Two-Semester Blue Academic template is an alternate version of Blue Academic and one of the awesome templates from our library. Like the single-term Blue Academic, the two-term version of the template combines a sleek design and a variety of uses. The template can be used for end-of-term report cards across two semesters, as well for the progress reports throughout the term, since it’s great for comparing grades at two different points in time. Take a look below to see an example of how the template looks:

Blue Academic 2 Semesters

Supporting marks, grades, comments, and overall comments, the template offers simplicity as well as flexibility. In designing it, the QS Design Team focused on both readability and maximizing amount of key information displayed. As such, the concise two-term Blue Academic supports several features in addition to the basic subject details, including… Read more…

Test Scores App

July 15, 2014

The Test Scores/Certificates app has been a fantastic addition to the QuickSchools app store. It’s a powerful app that’s great for high schools, language schools, higher education, and other institutions that need to track standardized test scores for students. Let’s take a look at the app’s awesome system for managing all those score reports.

First, admins can install the app from the app store. During installation, settings can be configured. It is possible to allow some, any, or all teachers to enter scores, and admins can chose if students can view their own scores in their Student Portal.

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Standards-Based Gradebook

July 8, 2014

We’re really excited to announce the QuickSchools system for Standards-Based Grading, which is now available for free in the App Store! After receiving requests from teachers and schools, we decided to build out this brand-new module to make it easier for everyone to keep track of standards and grades within the classroom. Whether your school has adopted Common Core or uses another standards system, the SBG-enabled setup and gradebook makes it simple to track students’ progress in many different learning areas.

Standards-Based Gradebook

The SB Gradebook is designed to give teachers and administrators an at-a-glance view of students’ performance for each standard taught in class. Not only does it automatically average students’ grades for a standard by using a formula that schools can choose and configure, but it also has a colorful display that is great for highlighting notable standards or students’ grades. Here’s a look at a sample Gradebook.

SB Gradebook

There’s a lot going on in this concise gradebook view! Not only can any class be configured to use custom standards, but each and every gradebook has lots of powerful features. Here are some of the highlights….

  • Customizable Choice of Standards
  • Unlimited assessments
  • Customizable Grading Category Weighting
  • Automatic averages grades for each standard
  • Configurable Overall Average formula
  • Automatic Overall Average Calculation
  • Color Coding
  • Analytics of Student & Class Success

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Fee Tracking Improvements for 2014

July 1, 2014

School is OUT! And what that means is, you can expect many new improvements in QuickSchools before the new 2014-2015 school year starts in the fall. Be sure to let us know what features you’d like to see in future releases.

We’d like to announce a couple of awesome new features that have just been released in our Fee Tracking module, as well as some that our on the way:

  • Fee Deadlines and Payment Allocations
  • Printable Invoices and Receipts
  • Coming Soon: QuickBooks App
  • Coming Soon: Alerts

Fee Deadlines and Payment Allocations

Many of you have requested the ability to note down when a payment is due for specific fees. And so we’ve built in a new to do just that. But in order to track whether a fee deadline has been met, we’ve also built-in the ability to allocate payments to fees (this is typical for accounting programs).

To turn on the feature, just go to the “Settings” > “Turn Features On/Off” and click on the “Configure” link next to the “Fee Tracking” module:

Turn on Fee Deadline and Payment Allocation

Turn on Fee Deadline and Payment Allocation

Just make sure to check off “Turn on fee deadlines & payment allocations”, and you’re all set.

IMPORTANT: It’s important to note that once you turn on this feature all payments will need to be allocated to a fee/charge (otherwise the system will warn you of unallocated payments). So for those who have been using the Fee Tracking module for a while, it can be difficult to transition to this new method. Please contact our support team for more info.

Once the method is enabled, your “Fee Tracking” > “Student Billing” List will display all Unpaid Charges:

Student Billing / Unpaid Charges

Student Billing / Unpaid Charges

When you click on a record, every payment will have an “Allocate” link, which will allow you to allocate payments to previous fees/charges. The “Allocate” link will always be displayed, even if the payment has already been allocated, in the event you’d like to re-allocate the payment differently: Read more…

The Blue Academic Template

June 27, 2014

As part of our initiative to share the awesome customreport cards at QuickSchools, today we’re sharing a public template. If it looks good to you, feel free to chat in – we’d love to enable it and help you set it up just the way you’d like!


The brand-new Blue Academic template is the first addition to our new line of restyled report cards. It’s a gorgeous single-term template that works for all sorts of situations and schools. Not only is it great for end-of-term report cards, but it’s also fantastic for mid-term progress reports as well. Take a look at the sample below to see how it might appear when it’s filled out.

Blue Academic

This template is both simple and flexible, as it supports marks, grades, comments, and overall comments. Designed by the QS Design Team, it’s meant to be easily readable, yet able to hold tons of information. Alongside the basic subject details, Academic Blue also supports several other features. These include…

  • Term GPA
  • Subject Credits
  • Grading Scale
  • Teacher, Parent, and Principal Signatures

If this template looks like it might work for your school, you can switch to it anytime! It’s the default template for all new Report Card sessions and can be selected from the “Change Template” menu in setup report cards. Of course, if you’d like any help enabling it or setting it up, please chat in and let us know!

Upload Student Pictures via DropBox

June 12, 2014
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Click here to go to the DropBox homepage

We’ve just released an awesome new feature in the Students module. Now, student pictures can be uploaded through DropBox. It’s a very nifty system –  let’s take a look at how it works!

The Imports page integrates with your DropBox account to access student pictures quickly and easily. DropBox is a cloud-based data storage system that’s known for ease and simplicity of use. We thought it would be a perfect fit! It’s also free to sign up for DropBox, so feel free to head to their page to start an account, if you don’t have one already.

 

After uploading your students’ pictures to your dropbox account, they can be easily imported via the Students module and the Imports page.

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