Announcing the New Support Site!

For many years, this blog has functioned as our living and breathing support documentation site- with each new feature we roll out, we’ve always done a blog post with a quick tutorial on how to configure things and get started. However, because of our constant development and improvements, at times valuable information gets buried in the stacks. Not ideal.

To help solve this, we built a new solution  – a comprehensive, consolidated site designed to do one thing only: make it easy to find and access information about everything QuickSchools & Apps.

So, without further ado,  we’re unveiling the new Support Site….

support.quickschools.com

Go check it out! In addition, you can find a link to it located in your account:

Support Site

Now, here are some tips on using this new platform …

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Advanced Student Filtering

We’ve introduced a number of improvements for filtering (searching) for students in the Students module. Currently, we have the following search options:

and now, we also have…

  • Search for Students by Custom Report – If you use the Report Creator app, you can build a Custom Report and filter for students on this report.

Here’s a screenshot of the expanded student filtering options in the Students module (screen):

student_filtering.png

Also, some modules (screens) have different access to the different types of advanced filtering. Here’s a breakdown of filtering options by module:

Active and Unenrolled Students Search Locked/Saved Search Search by Custom Report
Students Students Students
Transcripts Transcripts Transcripts
Report Cards Report Cards
Teachers
Discipline

Of course, please feel free to try out some of these out. And if you have any questions at all, just let us know – we’d love to help out.

New Report: Fee Tracking Transactions by Category & Primary Payer

We’ve recently released a new report for Fee Tracking. It’s available to all users with access to fee tracking reports and is great for when your school uses both Category-based Fee Tracking and Family Billing.

If you’d like to find this report, you can do so by going to the Reports module and searching “Fee”. The new report will appear with your other fee tracking reports, and will look like the highlighted report below:

fees_tracking_by_category_and_primary_payer.png

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New Feature – Gradebook Autofill

This nifty new feature should help make grading go a bit quicker: now, you can now autofill empty grades. Whether the entire gradebook column is empty, or just a few students are missing grades, or you need to override all students’ grades, with a new value,Gradebook autofill smartly updates students’ grades with a value that you chose. Let’s take a quick look:

Gradebook autofill is available in the first row of any Gradebook column
Gradebook autofill is available in the first row of any Gradebook column

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New Feature – Custom Grading Categories

We’re excited to announce a nifty new feature – Custom Grading Categories in Gradebook! With this feature, teachers can make their own categories in their own subjects, in addition to the ones already setup in school. Let’s take a look at how it works.

First, administrators will need to enable this feature by going to Turn Features On/Off –> Gradebook / Report Cards “Configure” menu, and select “Teachers can create their own grading categories”. Now, teachers can begin to create their own categories from the Gradebook.

Gradebook
Grading categories are used in the Gradebook, so teachers are able to setup their own custom categories within the Gradebook.

Within a Gradebook, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Change Grading Scale”. This brings up the Gradebook configuration page.

Change Grading Scale
Use the “Edit your own categories” link to setup your courses’ grading categories.

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Lesson Plans by Month & Copy Lessons from Archive (Private Beta)

We’ve been building out from our Lesson Plans by Subject and Lesson Plan Dates updates and have some cool new views to share. These work with the Lesson Plans by Subject feature and allow teachers to view a long-term calendar of lessons as well as copy them forward from the school archive of past terms’ lessons. Here’s a quick look at the setup.

The Lesson Plans by Month view works a lot like the the Lesson Plans by Subject view, and even the Gradebook. Simply select a subject that you’re teaching and the lesson plans you have setup for the current term view will appear on their lesson date. Also, you can mouse over a day, click the “Add Daily Lesson” button to add a new lesson for that day.

by Month

You can drag and drop the lesson around to a different day, and right click to edit the lesson:

Edit Lesson

In addition, one of the coolest features of the by Month view is that “Copy Lessons” button at the top. It directs you to a wizard that helps you migrate past terms’ lessons forward so as to view and update lessons for a new term. From the wizard, you can select which term and subject you’d like copy forward from the archive.Read More »

How to Run Reports on Report Cards

Report Cards handle all sorts of averages and compilations of student date that aren’t reflected anywhere else (except for maybe Transcripts). As such, if you want to see information like semester or final averages, report card comments, GPA, or grades for subject specific criteria in a handy summary report, you’ll want to run one of our reports that give you information from your report cards. Here are some quick tips on best practices for keeping your report cards in shipshape for reporting and some tips on how to setup your report cards so you can run reports on them quickly and easily.

default-rc-reports
Here is the listing of the Report Card reports that come default with all QuickSchools accounts

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St. Casimir’s School Report Card Template

As discussed in our previous posts about our Report Cards initiative, today we’re sharing one of our private templates. If you like the way it looks, feel free to chat in any time to let us know. We can enable it and help set it up just the way you like!


At St. Casimir’s School Wells, Minnesota, teachers like to give lots of feedback to students through detailed grading criteria. The school uses a quarterly grading system, so their report card is a condensed two-column, four-term report card with plenty of space for lots of grading information. Let’s take a look at a sample!

 

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