Monthly Mentions... MARCH

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  • Coming Up This Month...

    • If your school is approaching the 3rd quarter report, then these functions in FastDirect might need to be addressed.
    • Opening up teacher input for 3rd Quarter Report Cards will require:
      • Confirming the 3rd quarter dates in 'Grades' then 'Report Card Input Controls'
      • Changing input for 3rd quarter Report Cards from 'Not Yet' to 'Allow Input' in 'Report Card Input Controls'
      • Having teachers go through the 3rd quarter report card input process
      • Closing the input process by changing 'allow input' to 'input complete'
    • Registration is an important part of the school year and FastDirect can help make the process easier. In FastDirect, you can track new student applications, re-registrations of returning students, as well as the charging and depositing of registration fees. Here is some of the information that is tracked in the Registration report:
      • The number of students for each grade level
      • The number of students returning in each grade level
      • The number of new student applications in each grade level
      • An estimated number of spots available in each grade level
      • A breakdown of each existing family and their re-registration status
    • Here are some other features involved in registration through FastDirect:
      • The ability to allow your parents to re-register their child online
      • The finance account for Registration 2017-2018
      • A report showing all families and if they have been charged their registration fees
      • A report showing all families and if they have paid their registration fees
    • Click here to watch the Registration video tutorial (MP4 format)
    • Click here to watch the Registration video tutorial in Youtube
    • WildCards are a good way to keep track of all the required forms and if parents have completed and submitted those forms to the office. Here are other uses for WildCard:
      • Student immunizations
      • State testing scores
      • Protecting God's Children
    • WildCard fields can be created for:
      • Students
      • Parents
      • Staff
    • Here are the steps to create a WildCard field:
      • Click on the 'Settings' icon
      • Click on the 'People' option in the left hand menu
      • Click on the link that reads 'Add/Change WildCards'
      • In the drop down, select who you are creating the WildCard for: Staff, Parents or Students
      • Type in the name of the WildCard field, such as 'Immunizations'
      • Click 'Create New WildCard'
    • Registering students for next year often means forms and paperwork. With the file upload function, you can add these forms to the Links page, send them as attachments or create links to them on the login screen. Making these forms available online means you won't be spending your time making copies and mailing them out.
    • Additionally, by allowing your parents to upload files, you can have a paperless process! After you have uploaded the forms and made them available online, your parents can fill the forms out electronically and send them back to you through our secure FDmail eMessaging.
    • Here is how to turn on file upload for your parents and ways to help get your parents started:
      • You can activate this feature either for parents or students or both. To do so, you'll go to Settings and click on FDmail in the left hand navigation menu. Check mark the option to Allow Parent File Upload and click 'Save Changes'. To allow students, repeat these steps and check mark the option for Allow Student File Upload.
      • To learn more about file upload, click on your FAQ Icon (the blue question mark), in the left hand menu, click on the menu option for Fiel Manager. A list of FAQs will appear that involve file uploads, attachments and your file manager.
      • To help teach you parents and/or students how to use the file upload tool, you can point them to the FAQ section under the heading of 'File Upload/File Attachment'.
    • HelpDesk would like to help you get your Registration processes set up in FastDirect. Please send an FDmail message or give HelpDesk a call when you are ready to get started.
  • Did You Know...for Administrators

    • For parents, viewing a student's attendance calendar has never been easier! Along with the other viewable reports for parents (grade book, report cards, missing assignments), you can now allow parents to view their child's attendance calendar!
    • Here are the steps for admininstrators to turn on attendance calendar viewing for parents:
      • Go to Settings
      • In the left hand menu, click on People
      • Check mark the option for Allow Parents to View Attendance Report
      • Click Save Changes
  • Did You Know...for Teachers

    • After the start of the 3rd quarter, principals have the ability to allow individual teachers to edit ReportCard grades for the entire year without having to 'allow input' for a specific grading period or without having to 'allow input' for the whole school.
    • Once a principal has permissioned a specific teacher to edit ReportCard grades for the entire year, then that teacher will need to follow these steps:
      • Go to 'Grades'
      • In the first drop down inside the gray box at the top, choose the course that has ReportCard grades that need to be edited
      • Click the large yellow button that reads 'You are temporarily allowed to edit ReportCard grades for the whole year'
      • You will now see the list of students in that course and their ReportCard grades
      • Click 'Edit' next to the student whose grade you would like to change
      • Enter in a grade or change an existing grade for that student, then click 'Update'
      • Repeat these steps for any additional student grades or courses
  • Did You Know...for Parents

    • Tax season is approaching and we have a parent tax report in FastDirect. The parent tax report is now displayed in a new window, making printing much cleaner and easier.
    • The tax report wil have the following information:
      • The Federal Tax ID Number
      • The tax year
      • A breakdown of deposit transactions for each account
      • A total deposit amount for each account
      • A total deposit amount for all accounts
    • For the parents, this report can be found:
      • On their Home screen
      • Underneath the Finance account balances box
      • Select a year for the tax report
      • Click the button labeled 'Tax Year Printout'
      • A new internet window will open with the report
  • What's New...

    • We have added a suffix field to the student files. If there is a student who is a 'Jr.' or a 'III', then you will be able to enter in this information in their file.
    • Here is how you can access the suffix field for students:
      • Go to People, then Students
      • In the list of active students, click on a student's name
      • Under the field for their last name is a field for Suffix. Enter in the necessary suffix and click 'Save Changes'
    • Video Tutorial of the Month:
  • Trimester Schedules

    • If your school is on trimesters, March may be too soon to be preparing for mid-trimester reports.
    • Registration is an important part of the school year and FastDirect can help make the process easier. In FastDirect, you can track new student applications, re-registrations of returning students, as well as the charging and depositing of registration fees. Here is some of the information that is tracked in the Registration report:
      • The number of students for each grade level
      • The number of students returning in each grade level
      • The number of new student applications in each grade level
      • An estimated number of spots available in each grade level
      • A breakdown of each existing family and their re-registration status
    • Here are some other features involved in registration through FastDirect:
      • The ability to allow your parents to re-register their child online
      • The finance account for Registration 2017-2018
      • A report showing all families and if they have been charged their registration fees
      • A report showing all families and if they have paid their registration fees
    • Click here to watch the Registration video tutorial (MP4 format)
    • Click here to watch the Registration video tutorial in Youtube
    • WildCards are a good way to keep track of all the required forms and if parents have completed and submitted those forms to the office. Here are other uses for WildCard:
      • Student immunizations
      • State testing scores
      • Protecting God's Children
    • WildCard fields can be created for:
      • Students
      • Parents
      • Staff
    • Here are the steps to create a WildCard field:
      • Click on the 'Settings' icon
      • Click on the 'People' option in the left hand menu
      • Click on the link that reads 'Add/Change WildCards'
      • In the drop down, select who you are creating the WildCard for: Staff, Parents or Students
      • Type in the name of the WildCard field, such as 'Immunizations'
      • Click 'Create New WildCard'
    • Registering students for next year often means forms and paperwork. With the file upload function, you can add these forms to the Links page, send them as attachments or create links to them on the login screen. Making these forms available online means you won't be spending your time making copies and mailing them out.
    • Additionally, by allowing your parents to upload files, you can have a paperless process! After you have uploaded the forms and made them available online, your parents can fill the forms out electronically and send them back to you through our secure FDmail eMessaging.
    • Here is how to turn on file upload for your parents and ways to help get your parents started:
      • You can activate this feature either for parents or students or both. To do so, you'll go to Settings and click on FDmail in the left hand navigation menu. Check mark the option to Allow Parent File Upload and click 'Save Changes'. To allow students, repeat these steps and check mark the option for Allow Student File Upload.
      • To learn more about file upload, click on your FAQ Icon (the blue question mark), in the left hand menu, click on the menu option for Fiel Manager. A list of FAQs will appear that involve file uploads, attachments and your file manager.
      • To help teach you parents and/or students how to use the file upload tool, you can point them to the FAQ section under the heading of 'File Upload/File Attachment'.
    • HelpDesk would like to help you get your Registration processes set up in FastDirect. Please send an FDmail message or give HelpDesk a call when you are ready to get started.
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