Report cards are delayed for the second quarter in a row

Sophomore Emliy Rizzo reviews her report card from the first quarter of 2012. (Photo: Breedlove)

Sophomore Emliy Rizzo reviews her report card from the first quarter of 2012. (Photo: Breedlove)

Lecanto High School is moving into the third quarter and students have yet to receive report cards from the second quarter. There has been much speculation over why they are being delayed – whether it is the new Skyward system holding them back like last time, or whether it is the End of Course [EOC] exam results.

Algebra teacher Jennifer Loiero shed some light onto the situation.

“They’ve been delayed because the county is trying to calculate and bring together all of the EOC testing results taken back in December,” Loiero said.

Some students feel that the delay is beneficial.

“I love it,” sophomore Matthew Barber said. “It is saving me from being grounded.”

Others feel that the delay is a hinderance and would like to receive their report cards to see things that they cannot on Skyward.

“I think it’s a bummer. I really want to brag on my grades that I tried so very hard on,” sophomore Kalynn Emery said.

“I think they need to speed up the process,” freshman Haley Giaris said. “Skyward is useful for me to stay updated in my classes, but I depend on my report cards for my grades and grade point average.”

Teachers know that students would prefer an official copy of their grades and find the whole situation irritating.

“It is very frustrating,” Loiero said. “Even though students and parents have access to Skyward, they still want the official paper with the grades.”

There was a phone call sent to the households of LHS students to inform parents of the delay.

“This call saved my butt, because last time the report cards weren’t given out, I was grounded because my parents thought I was hiding my grades,” Emery said.

The technology group is working hard to incorporate the EOC results in the report cards.

“They hope to be finished [inserting the scores]  this week and [we will have] at least one trial run to look for errors,” assistant Principal Shawyn Newman said.

Newman is planning on handing out report cards to the students Jan. 31, 2013.

“I’m hoping this allows time for errors to be corrected,” Newman said. “Please note that this delay is a good thing and will accurately reflect what a student earned on the EOC.”

Problems with Skyward postpone report card delivery

 

Data Secretary Judi Browning checks a printed report card, making sure the student’s information is correct. (Photo: Provost)

The Citrus County School District decided to start the school year with the introduction of a new computer program called Skyward. Due to technical difficulties with this new program, Lecanto High School’s first quarter report cards were uploaded, printed, and distributed late.

Skyward was intended to merge all programs involving attendance and grade books, but because of such a big change, there have been a few problems. The issues that have occurred have been handled in a timely manner by faculty and staff hard at work trying to resolve the issues with Skyward.

Dean of Students Butch Miller is not sure students care about receiving their report cards and believes that they might just be overjoyed to avoid the moment of turning their grades over to their parents.

“They’re all probably thrilled to not be grounded,” Miller joked.

However, report cards being distributed so late frustrated a majority of the students, including junior Chris Dibella.

“I’m actually very upset report cards are taking so long, because my dad thinks I have been lying to hide my grades from him,” Dibella said.

LHS worked with the team at the Technical Resource Center to resolve the issues they were having. Staff members were impressed and happy to work with the technical team.

“It is always a pleasure working with such an outstanding technical support team,” said Data Secretary Judi Browning.

Most teachers and district staff have seen it as a nuisance to re-learn and master the new program, but some, such as economics teacher David Nelson, feel that it will be a good program for the students, parents, and staff at LHS.

“It’s a challenging program, but I feel it will all work out and become a success,” Nelson said.

After several printing runs, all of the errors on student report cards were corrected and the final printouts were given to students in homeroom October 30.

LHS launches the new “Family Access” program for parents through Skyward

“What did you do today?” is a question often asked by parents when students come home. With the new “Family Access,” launched through the new grading system Skyward, parents/guardians will no longer feel the need to ask this question. Everything they need to know about what went on during the school day will be at their fingertips.

“Among other things, this new service will allow you to view your student’s attendance, grades, schedule, progress, and assignments,” said assistant principal Shawyn Newman.

Many students and teachers have different views on “Family Access” and the accessibility of their grades at school.

Jessica Allnutt fills out the form needed to view her daughters school progress in the Skyward program. (Photo: Breedlove)

“I don’t like that my parents can view my grades,” said sophomore Bradley Bull. “It makes me feel very uncomfortable.”

“I think this is a great program because parents will no longer be dependent on the progress reports teachers send home,” said geometry teacher Joanne Jacobson.

Students were given forms at school to be sent home to parents/guardians about Skyward that starts the process of having home access.

“You must fill out the form for parents to access this new program,” said algebra teacher Jennifer Loiero.

“Once the form is completed, returned and processed, you will receive an email with a link to reset the password. At that time, you will be able to enter Family Access,” said Newman.

There are a few requirements to accessing this new program.

“Parents/guardians must be at a computer that has internet access and is running the newest version of Internet Explorer or Netscape,” said Newman.

To become involved, make sure to contact the front desk for the forms to fill out.

“We are very excited about how ‘Family Access’ will help all of us stay more informed about out students, and we look forward to helping your student learn,” said Newman.

LHS moves Skyward with attendance and grade reporting

 

World history teacher Wendy Roberts explores the new computer program. (Photo: Brown)

With the start of a new year, the Citrus County School District decided to go out with the old and in with the new with Skyward, a new computer program, in hopes to improve the school system and better involve parents with their students’ education.

Skyward is intended to merge all of the old programs used, such as the ones involving attendance and gradebooks, into one universal software that will improve daily school life.

Although the program is intended to change the school system, most teachers and district staff  have seen it as a nuisance to relearn and master the technique in order to operate it. Faculty and staff such as attendance secretary Diedra Newton believes with time, despite the problems, the program will be a success.

“I think once you get through all the kinks, it will be good,” Newton said. “It’s just working out the bugs. I think once we get used to it, it will be just as good as [previous software], if not better.”

Over the course of last week, teachers were able to begin entering grades into the new Skyward system.

As of right now, most teachers and staff are currently dreading the use of Skyward due to the class time lost because of its annoying trait of not working like it should. It has not only messed up attendance  records, but also many students’ schedules, creating giant amounts of disarray and confusion.

Many students have ended up without completely filled schedules and required core classes to graduate. Teachers have to deal with this program when doing attendance, putting in grades, communicating with parents, and other numerous abilities the program provides that have so far not always worked accordingly.

Senior Destanie Widener thinks that the original programs are better due to the disturbances Skyward has caused inside the classroom.

“I don’t like it, because it makes it harder for teachers,” Widener said. “It takes time out of our class.”

Once Skyward is completely up and running, parents will be able to keep track of their child’s grades and attendance, among other pieces of student information.

“One of Skyward’s benefits is that parents, guardians, and students will be able to view attendance, grades, schedules, assignments, discipline, and emergency information,” assistant principal Shawyn Newman said. “Undoubtedly, parents, guardians, and students are anxious to have this information right at their fingertips.”

“The positive side is once it’s up, it will merge with everything, and the parents can check up on [their students],” assistant principal Tony Whitehead said.

Overall, Skyward was chosen by the district in order to bring organization to the schools. English teacher Rebekah Lloyd just hopes organization is all it brings.

“It’s like Skynet from the Terminator movie,” Lloyd joked. “Hopefully when they get the kinks out, it won’t destroy our school.”

 

This article was written by LHSPantherProwl.com staff members Myranda Brown, Brittany Eno, and Maxwell Haffner.