Thursday, June 15, 2006
City schools receive new records system
By SUE WATSON
This fall, parents, teachers and administrators will be able to stay up to date on a student’s test performance readily with the addition of Apple’s new database program, PowerSchool University.
Recently the Holly Springs School District’s staff, at the city’s Information Technology Center, began training to use the computer database system that tracks grades and test scores. The program will be put to use in the fall.
The Holly Springs School District is the first public school district in the state to acquire PowerSchool, according to Jones Mays with the superintendent’s office.
The software program manages each student’s academic records, including grades, the cumulated records and Mississippi Curriculum Test (MCT) test score results, he said. It also helps notify parents when their child is tardy, he said.
“If a student is tardy, the system will call the house and leave a message they are late for class,” Mays said.
Floyd Calderwood, one of only 30 distinguished teachers recognized by Apple in the United States, provided the instructions on the use of the software to administrators, teachers and staff.
Every summer, personnel in the school district will train on the use of PowerSchool. Parents may be invited next year also, Mays said.
The training is provided by Apple with the purchase of the PowerSchool software by the school district, he said.
The Mississippi Department of Education has mandated that each school district have a student data management system.
The Mississippi School for the Blind and School for the Deaf are two other schools that have PowerSchool software systems, he said.
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