Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Failing and Missing Grades Notification

We are pleased to announce a couple of new capabilities for our parents using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal regarding student failing and missing grades.
  • Starting at the beginning of the 3rd Six Weeks (Monday, November 17) parents will receive e-mail notifications anytime a teacher places a failing grade (69 or below) in the electronic gradebook.
  • Coming soon will be the capability for parents to receive similar e-mail notifications for missing work.
These notices will go directly to you instead of you having to log in and check for failing or missing grades.

These additions to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal are a part of our ongoing effort to provide parents with more (and more timely) information regarding student performance. We are committed to engaging parents in the academic process and hope you find these features helpful.

Parents, if you are not using Infinite Campus yet and would like to, please contact your student's school to get your Activation Key (GUID). Also, as a reminder, most of the questions and problems concerning Infinite Campus can be handled at the campus.

6 comments:

N. Todd Wells said...

As a application developer I find that Infinite Campus is a very immature and awkward application. These features should have already been in place. The login appears poorly designed in the context of matching a parent to mutliple children at multiple schools. Please get a mature product in place.

Communications Department said...

@Todd Wells - Thanks for the comment and your perspective on Infinite Campus. To your point about a "mature product," Infinite Campus has multiple modules available for school districts to turn on/off to meet our needs. We have chosen to slowly bring already well-developed modules online in a strategic effort to provide the most valuable information while considering the learning curve and timing adjustments for our staff. That is why we waited to bring the failing/missing grades notification module online. In fact we have at least two more modules that will be turned on in the Spring.

Anonymous said...

I like it fine. Thank you for letting us know the features you are adding in advance.

One problem still is if its not used, its no good. Please require teachers to post grades asap to stay on top of things. Also, require the teachers to post upcoming assignments. Some do which is a lifesaver, especially if a student is absent for whatever reason.

Anonymous said...

Communications department: Have YOU actually used infinite campus to keep your grades? Do your job? keep up with many kids, and many assignments? You need to ask the people who are using it if it is a 'mature' product.

duketip12 said...

I agree with Anonymous from February 4th. Have you tried to use it? It is extremely confusing and sometimes gives incorrect information. For example, my sister had a failing grade in a class, seeing such, my mother E-mailed the teacher and the teacher replied that she had no idea what my mother was talking about that she showed a 100 in the class. Similarly, I received the update that I had a failing assignment, and when I went to the gradebook it was not even there. This is severly hinders students like me who, as an honors studetn, keep up with their grades. This program should have undergone better field testing before introduced.

Timberview High School Parent said...

"One problem still is if its not used, its no good. Please require teachers to post grades asap to stay on top of things. Also, require the teachers to post upcoming assignments. Some do which is a lifesaver, especially if a student is absent for whatever reason. - November 19, 2008"

"Campus Portal is a means to further promote educational excellence by enhancing our program of communication with parents and students. - MISD Website"

This is still a problem. Infinite campus is a useless tool unless data is input in a timely fashion. Every 3-4 weeks just does not cut it.

Is it going to take some kind of incentive/punishment to get teachers do this?

Timberview High School Parent