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Welcome to the new school year!

We have been working diligently over the summer to make some changes. From how we manage iPads, to how we assign work to students, to how we communicate with parents.

 

Here are a few of the changes that you may notice:

 

  1. We have moved away from Schoology as a Learning Management System (LMS) and are going to be using Google Classroom for the 3rd – 8th grade classes. The K- 2nd grade students will still be using Seesaw.
  2. We have also changed our Student Information System (SIS) from iNow to Gradelink. Middle school parents will be able to see your students grades and if there are missing assignments etc. Gradelink offers us tools that iNow didn’t and we will be giving out more information to you in the next week. You will be getting log in information at the “back to school” event on Monday. You should start to see email communication from Teachers coming through the Gradelink platform. The sender address will be: smartsend@gradelink.com, with the return address being the teachers email address that sent the message. You may want to add this address to your safe senders list. (Some email providers may see it as junk or put it in the updates folder).
  3. We will still be using a 1:1 iPad assignment this year. Most of the younger grades will be leaving them at school, but the middle schoolers will be taking them home every day. Please make sure that your student comes to school with a charged iPad. We have changed from Meraki Systems manager to Mosyle Manager. I will be posting more on that in the near future.

With these changes there will be a learning curve for both our teachers and students/parents. If you are unsure of how something is supposed to work, please feel free to reach out to your student’s homeroom teacher or to me directly at rdavenport@hopeseattle.org.

 

If you have any technology related questions or you student is having tech issues please reach out to me so that I can help.

 

Gradelink Parent How to Links:

https://www.gradelink.com/student-parent-access/

 

Google Classroom:

Google Classroom for Parents

Sincerely,

 

Roger Davenport

Technology Director

rdavenport@hopeseattle.org