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We will be in Chicago

April 16, 2019

We will be in Chicago this coming Easter Weekend (April 19 – 21, 2019), exhibiting QuickSchools at the ISNA Education Forum at the Westin O’hare Hotel in Rosemont.

QS flashights

If you’re there, be sure to stop by. And let us know if you’d like to attend any other conferences near your area.

New Release: Sprint E5

April 15, 2019

We’ve changed our engineering schedule a little bit. Our development Sprints will now be 2 weeks long, instead of 3. This should make for a smoother rollout of new features.

Here’s a list of the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

  • Mobile App Framework (Coming Soon)
    • Gradebook Data Retrieval via API
    • Attendance Retrieval Board via API
  • Admissions Improvements (See Below)
    • Applications by Status
    • Override Built-In Fields
  • Bug Fixes
    • Bug related to Subjects Associated with Homerooms
    • Online Forms bug for Group Schools using Submissions Retrieval
    • Transcripts Importer support for apostrophes
    • Bug Migrating to Next Year with Master Scheduler
    • Updated Message for Suspended School Accounts

Admissions Improvements

We are continuing our improvements to the Admissions module, in preparation for the upcoming new school year.

Applications by Status

We’ve moved the Application Status search functionality from the Advanced Search, to the main screen, so that you can easily view and select a Status:

Admissions Applications by Status

Admissions Applications by Status

You can also use the “Lock” feature, so the system remembers the Status that you’ve selected. If you log out and back in again with the Lock feature enabled, the Applications module will load the last Status you were viewing:

Lock to Remember Selected Status

Lock to Remember Selected Status

Override Built-In Fields

When configuring the Embedded Form for the Applications module, you now have the option of renaming the system fields included with the form. This is particularly helpful if you want the fields to appear in another language, like Spanish. So from the configuration form you can edit the fields as follows: Read more…

New Release: Sprint E4

April 1, 2019

We just released a new set of improvements earlier this morning. Here’s a list of the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

  • Odysseyware (Beta) Framework Improvements
    • Improve Student Mapping
    • Improve Teacher Mapping
    • Map Semesters / Grading Periods
    • Map Grading Categories
    • Improve Course Mapping
  • Mobile App Framework (Coming Soon)
    • Student Data Retrieval via API
    • Parent Portal School Board Retrieval Board via API
  • New Transcripts Importer
  • Admissions
    • Custom Fields in Embedded Application
  • Bug Fixes
    • Master Scheduler Period Structure Bug
    • Student Listing loads faster
    • Restrict Online Forms submissions by Status bug
    • Download Online Forms Attachments bug
    • Private Messaging Timestamp bug
    • Private Messaging Delete History bug
    • Lesson Plans Compatibility with Internet Explorer

We’ll be working on improvements to the Admissions module in the coming weeks. If there are improvements you’d like to see over the summer, please let us know. We’re always looking for feedback.

New Release: Sprint E3

March 15, 2019

We released Sprint E3 earlier this week, which primarily contains small improvements and bug fixes. Here’s a list of the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

  • Improvements to Admissions (See Below)
    • Updated Dropdown for Inquiries
    • New Link for Applications
  • Advanced Discipline (Coming Soon)
  • Odysseyware (Beta) Framework Improvements
    • Map, Export and Refresh Student Data
    • Map, Export and Refresh Teacher Data
    • Map Sections to Courses
  • Mobile App Framework (Coming Soon)
  • Miscellaneous Bug Fixes
    • Sort Subjects on Student record by Code
    • Enrollment Date enabled by default
    • Fixed Label for Subjects linked to Resigned Teachers
    • Updated dropdown for Attendance Settings
    • Lesson Plans PDF Printout no longer shows duplicates.
    • Rollback SBG Scroll Bar for Assessments
    • Error Message for Duplicate Student Numbers
    • Discipline “Response” is now in Report Creator
    • Support for Student Number in Attendance Importer
    • Improve Parent portal access for students with siblings
    • Fix hidden “Paid” section in Online Forms

Admissions Improvements

With the current school year coming to a close, schools are beginning to ramp up admissions for the new school year. With that, QuickSchools will be making improvements to the Admissions module ahead the summer term. If you have suggestions for improvement, please do let us know. For this release, we have the following 2 improvements:

Firstly, the dropdowns in the Inquiries module now uses the new dropdown UI, including dropdowns for Custom Fields:

Updated Dropdowns in Admissions Inquiry

Updated Dropdowns in Admissions Inquiry

Secondly, after converting an inquiry to an application, you can now send a link to parents to fill in the application form online. Just use the “Send Invitation” button:

Send Invitation to Admissions Application

Send Invitation to Admissions Application

Fill in the email address to send out the invitation:

Send link to Application to a specific Email

Send link to Application to a specific Email

Once invitation is sent, the status is set to “Enabled”: Read more…

Importing Attendance (Beta)

February 26, 2019

Our new Attendance Importer allows you to import attendance records into your QuickSchools account. Whether migrating from another system or if you just want to centralize your historical attendance records, this tool allows you to upload attendance data for multiple students at once.

The attendance importer lets you import attendance from an excel file:

Still in beta, we’d be glad to make it available for you if you need it. Just send us an email at support@quickschools.com.

For more information, please check out our support article: Importing Attendance.

If you’d like us to import attendance data for you, we’d be happy to assist. Feel free to send us an email so we can review your request.

School Dashboard (Beta)

February 20, 2019

We’re working on a new Dashboard feature, currently in Private Beta. Check out these screenshots:

Dashboard Home (Beta)

Dashboard Home (Beta)

Sample Attendance Dashboard (Beta)

Sample Attendance Dashboard (Beta)

Sample Demographics Dashboard (Beta)

Sample Demographics Dashboard (Beta)

Our intent is to display meaningful summary data for QuickSchools users to quickly understand the status of their operations. Read more…

Custom Domain App

February 19, 2019

If you’d like your QuickSchools URL to show your domain instead, be sure to check out our Custom Domain App on our App Store:

Custom Domain App

Custom Domain App

With the Custom Domain App, you can use a URL that you own as the web address for your QuickSchools account. If you choose this route, we will need an SSL certificate so that users can connect to your web address securely. Here’s how it works:

After installing the Custom Domain app, go to “Settings” > “School Profile” and scroll down to the section labelled “Custom Domain”: Read more…