The St. Monica Catholic School Report Cards

As mentioned in one of our previous posts on the new Report Cards initiative, today we are sharing one of the custom-built private templates. If you like the way it looks, feel free to chat in anytime and we can enable it in your account and help set it up just the way you like.

One of our fabulous schools, St. Monica Catholic School in Converse, TX, has a cool quarterly grading system with conduct grades shown alongside the regular academic marks, as well as a section for end-of-semester exams. Check out the report card below – it’s an example of how a Quarter 3 report card might look.

St. Monica Report Cars

This report card was built from several customizations to our public Quarterly Classic report card template. Here’s a great, big thank-you to St. Monica Catholic School for the fantastic design,  and to Rick, our awesome chat agent, for building it!

The report card is designed to show subject abbreviations, semester grades, and all subject comments for the year-to-date. It’s a tidy and concise presentation for a lot of information. The template also supports reporting lots more info, including…Read More »

The Carden Arbor View School Report Cards

One of our new schools, the Carden Arbor View School in Upland, California requested a custom private template that was very detailed and succinct. It is setup for trimesters, shows attendance, has subjects separated into columns, and commented listed below. In addition, there’s space for special academic designation, such as Headmaster’s List or Honor Roll, special custom grading scales, and it all fits on one page.

Here’s a sample of how this fabulous report card template looks  –

Carden Arbor View School Report Card Template

What an awesome report card ! Kudos to CAVS for their fantastic design and dedication to all the details of the report card, and to Rick, our chat support agent who built the report card for QuickSchools.

The CAVS template comes equipped all sorts of different useful fields that can be switched on, edited and customized. These include….Read More »

The Brunswick Academy Report Cards

As mentioned in one of our previous posts on the new Report Cards initiative, today we are sharing one of the custom-built private templates. If you like the way it looks, feel free to let chat in anytime and we can enable it in your account and help set it up just the way you like.

This Report Card template is used by Brunswick Academy, one of our amazing schools, which is located in Lawrenceville, VA, USA. The template was built by Regie, one of our awesome chat support agents.

Brunswick has a really cool semester setup, with six cycles, each cycle is a six-week marking period. In the high school, the first three cycles and a final exam correspond to Semester 1, while the second three cycles and their final exam correspond to Semester 2. Semesters are averaged into a final grade, and credit earned is shown on the Report Card. Also, attendance is combined so that “Absent” and “Tardy” include excused and unexcused absences and tardies together. As a result, it’s a very detailed and informative report card.

Here’s a look at a sample of the report card, configured for the High School-

Thanks Brunswick, for the design for a fantastic report card, and great work, Regie, for building it for QuickSchools!

For schools with six marking periods, exams, and semesters, this might be a good report card template for you. In addition to the term setup and the combined attendance, this report card supports several other sections including…Read More »

Weekly Link Round-up #1: Magnets, Horses, and Star Wars!

Hi, everyone! My name is Charmaine Ng, and I’m the Community Advocate for QuickSchools. I’ve been hopping around educational forums and blogs, trying to keep up with all the cool stuff you guys are doing. It’s easy to be overloaded by information, so we thought we would start a weekly link round-up of fascinating articles and resources to save everyone some time. I hope these round-ups will be useful to you, and please let us know if you use any of the ideas in your classroom or if you have links to share – we’re all ears! Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Are littleBits the 21st Century Lego Blocks? (by Erin Klein)

littleBits are the next hot thing to get your students thinking deeper about the design process that goes into creating everyday objects. Each color-coded “bit” snaps together with tiny magnets and has a different function, from dimmer and pulse to LED and vibration, creating a tiny circuit board. Although the bits aren’t cheap (the starter kit retails at $89), the idea certainly gives you food for thought. What if your student turned out to be a budding engineer?


American Born Chinese Cover
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (by Allison Tran)

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. So to encourage diversity in our literature and curriculum, I thought I would share this great booklist from Allison, a teen services librarian who wrote this guest blog for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The titles are both realistic and dramatic and work to offset Asian stereotypes. I actually finished reading American Born Chinese (shown here) earlier this week, and it is perfect for both middle and high school discussions. The graphic novel grapples with the topic of being discriminated against in school due to your ethnicity, but it also includes common rituals of growing up, like asking a girl out for the first time and fighting among best friends.


Derby Day Horse Label
Horse Labeling Activity by Babbling Abby

Derby Days! Horses! (by Dabbling Amy)

Isn’t this labeling activity just adorable? The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 5, so this post is a little too late to capture the timeliness of the event. But you can use Amy’s unit anytime, really, because who doesn’t like horses? The activity is designed for first graders and pushes students to flex their research and artistic skills.


Not sure if something is protected by copyright? Consult this handy slider tool created by Michael Brewer and the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (via Darin Johnston and Kathy Kaldenberg).


Lastly, Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you – and while you’re at it, battle it out with some sheep jedi. Have a great weekend 🙂

Team building activities for middle to high school students

There was this one chapter in Tuesdays with Morrie that struck a chord with me. It was mainly this test that was described to measure trust. A simple test where one person stands up on a higher ground, for example on a table, facing away from the crowd and letting oneself fall backwards trusting the friends behind to catch the person before they fall. Letting students experience firsthand the importance of being a team player in such activities makes them personally appreciate the value of trust.

Now we’re not encouraging that you try the same activity, because honestly, it can be a little dangerous, but we did look around for some team building activities or games that you can put into action with your group of middle school students. You can try these whether you’re on a camping trip or even during your next Physical Ed. lesson:

1. The Toxic River – This is a group activity. Get everyone to group up at one side of a space – a hall or a field would be fine. Measure a strip of 5 feet next to your line of students and name it “the toxic river”.

The objective is to get the whole group to cross the river as fast as they can – you can set a time period based on the number of students in the group. The catch is that they are not allowed to cross the river without wearing a pair of magic boots. Each person can only wear the pair of boots once and the boots can’t be tossed over the river once a person has crossed over. If they do step on the toxic river without the magic boots, the whole team must start all over again. Hint : Carrying people over is the key. To avoid the same person having to carry the group, you can set a rule that no single person may cross the river more than 2 times.

2. Human Letters – Divide your students into groups of 4 to 5 people. This is a game of speed. The teacher calls out a letter in the alphabet and each group has to quickly form the required letter. They can do this lying on the ground or even while standing. The group that forms the letter fastest wins the game. This game requires students to quickly communicate which part of the letter they’ll be & therefore promotes clear communication as well as clear leaders in the group.

3. Minefield – This is quite an entertaining game and it’s best played in a big field. Form 2 or more teams and get each team to select a single person who will be blindfolded.  Each team then gets an obstacle course through which they need to navigate their blindfolded team-mate through. The objective for each team is to get their team mate to the finish line without stepping on any of the mines. If the blind folded team mate does bump into or step on one, the team has to start all over again. To make this game safe, it’s best to use soft toys and hoops as ‘mines’.

Have fun!