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October 2018  -  Just reaching our stride!

Coming Up This Month...
By the end of October, most FastDirect schools will be wrapping up the grading period for 1st quarter. Here are some FastDirect functions that may need to be addressed:

  • Closing input for 1st mid-quarter reports
  • Opening up teacher input for 1st quarter ReportCards
  • Closing 1st quarter ReportCards when teachers have finished importing grades

If your school started in late August or early September, then you may be gearing up for mid-quarter reports. Click here to read about the two different ways to create progress reports.

Review Your ReportCards! One very important step in creating report cards is to make sure everything has been set up correctly. This requires viewing a student's report card to double check:

  • Course names
  • Subcategories
  • Grade scales/marking codes
  • Formatting
  • Printing

For Trimester Schools...

In October, your school may be gearing up for mid-trimester reports. Click here to read the FAQ explaining the two different methods for mid-term reports. If your school is using the import process, then here are the functions that will need to be addressed:
  • Confirming the 1st mid-trimester dates in 'Grades' then 'ReportCard Input Controls'
  • Changing input for mid-trimester from 'Not Yet' to 'Allow Input' in 'ReportCard Input Controls'
  • Having teachers go through the mid-trimester ReportCard input process
  • Closing the input process by changing 'allow input' to 'input complete'
What's New...
Our newest component FDpay, which allows for parents to make payments online, has been a great success!  We've added a helpful tool for our schools to choose which accounts they want to be available for online payments and which ones to be removed from FDpay.



...For Administrators

For most schools, GPA calculations do not always include every course taught at your school. Administrators have to set the weight for courses to be included in the GPA calculations or apply a zero weight for courses to not be included at all.


...For Teachers

The Narrative feature in FastDirect is an effective way to monitor and track a student's progress for discipline purposes.  The icon for Narrative can be given to any staff account in the school.


...For Parents

Assignment Calendars are an essential tool for all parents and guardians! Not only does it provide helpful information but in turn it will strengthen communication between school and home.


Helpful FAQs for this Month!

Can events in my GradeBook be automatically published to my Bulletin Board and Calendar?

Is there a preview of the FDimages? I cannot find a preview of them without sending to myself in FDmail.

How can my parents sign up to have FDmail messages forwarded to their email (Email Forward feature)?


Video Tutorial of the Month

Watch this video tutorial to find out how to make a staff directory.

Watch now in
MP4 format or in YouTube! 

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