Successful Progress

Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
~ Henry Ford


Thomas Edison and Henry Ford

I read something the other day that made me think of you. Here it is … when communication shuts down, so does innovation. It made me realize how dependent we are on you … how truly dependent all developers must be on their users.  Where else could we go to learn? Where else might we listen in order to understand? Where else? Our communication has been the key to our success, don’t you think? So, take some time, do us all some good, and communicate. Do you know why? Look what’s in store today!

Having gone digging through the cookie jar, we introduced the NEXT UNGRADED ESSAY feature almost two months ago. You know that we have watched and listened since then. Some of you just preferred “the old way” of doing things better. Some others  really liked this new feature, but you only wanted it in certain classes. What could we do?

Did you get that? Just remember that you can always manage your preferences at the bottom of your OTHER COURSES screen. Moving right along …

We know that you sometimes get email correspondence from parents. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you could find the student associated with a parent (supervisor) email? Go to STUDENTS > FIND STUDENTS:


There is now a SUPERVISOR E-MAIL field via which you can search to find the correct student. Reminder: This search will only work for supervisor email addresses that are registered in VSA.

Speaking of students <drum roll!> …


There are times when you just want your workload filtered by grade level. We’ve heard your stories. It’s near the end of the term. The seniors are anxious to get their transcripts completed. You happen to be the one made to feel bad about not having corrected the dozen assignments Johnny decided to complete on final deadline day. Sound familiar? With the new Grade Level Sort you can add grade level to your filtering power. Let us know what you think here.

gradelevelJust a heads up  …

No longer will teachers be able to change a student’s grade level.
All changes must go through VSA.  Submitting any changes through the student profile will no longer impact the student’s number of active weeks or honors status. Once again … all necessary alterations must be reconciled via VSA.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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2 thoughts on “Successful Progress

  1. I was just thinking as I was hopping student to student . . . wouldn’t it be great if their was a student search at the top of the individual student so I didn’t need to click back to the student tab then search as moved from speaking with with student/parent and student/parent. Just trying to save time :)

  2. I am reminded of the Sundance Kid talking to Butch Cassidy, “You just keep thinkin’ Butch; it’s what you’re good at!”
    We really appreciate your thinking here.
    Are you leaving the student roster in a separate tab? In other words … from your STUDENTS list did you right-click on a student name and open in a separate tab (or window?). Not being a very fast typist, this would be my first plan of attack.
    Let us know what you think … and thanks again.

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