TBAISD Tech Services Update
LEA Updates & Opportunities
Last week to register for WiredTC August 2, 2019 is the deadline.
Monday, Aug. 12th, 8am-4pm
1150 Milliken Drive
Traverse City, MI
FREE for all Public and Public School Academies in our Region. $20 for all Non-Public Schools in our region.
Contact Brandi Reynolds for a promo code. firstname.lastname@example.org
TBAISD Data Team Update
TBAISD implemented a data team beginning in April 2019. The team consists of Chris Nuckels and Christina Hay. Chris has 11 years experience in schools and was the computer technician for Buckley Community Schools before becoming a computer technician for TBAISD. Christina is a certified Pupil Accounting Specialist and has completed the PowerSchool District Certification Program. She was the pupil accountant for Fenton Area Schools for 15 years as well as the district’s PowerSchool Administrator for 10 years. Christina has been a member/presenter for MPAAA for 15 years. We look forward to using this increased capacity to further support PowerSchool and its connected systems.
The big update this summer for PowerSchool was moving all servers to 19.4. There are a number of enhancements, but a few highlights are:
- Teacher can now copy grades from a dropped class into their own. This will really help when a student switches sections mid year by allowing teachers to move the students grades with them.
- There are enhanced attendance screens for secretaries to use that speed up the process for entering attendance for that day.
Upcoming PowerSchool Trainings:
If you have recently hired or have brand new clerks or secretaries joining your staff that would benefit from a PowerSchool basics training we will be offering a full day of training at the REMC Lab @ CTC in mid-August. This training will prepare them for the general tasks of enrolling, dropping, updating and searching for students. We will cover reports, recording attendance, student schedules and maintaining student/staff information. We hope you will encourage your new staff to attend this very important training.
July PowerSchool TechTidbit:
When in PowerSchool and you see a blue highlighted text (such as a student name) indicating a hyperlink. You can hold down the control key and click the text and it will open in a new tab.
For additional information about the data team please contact Chris Nuckels at email@example.com.
PowerSchool Basics Training
Thursday, Aug. 22nd, 8:30am-3:30pm
880 Parsons Road
Traverse City, MI
If you have recently hired or have brand new clerks or secretaries joining your staff that would prepare them for the general tasks of enrolling, dropping, updating and searching for students.
We will cover reports, recording attendance, student schedules and maintaining student/staff information.
We hope you will encourage your new staff to attend this very important training. Sign-up Here.
Phone Systems & E911
The same technology is already being used successfully in Kingsley, Buckley, Elk Rapids and Northport in addition to several districts outside of our region. These systems bring each district into compliance with Enhanced 911 regulations that take effect at the end of 2019.
If you have additional questions about E911 please contact your Building Technician or Grant Blesma firstname.lastname@example.org
Power Backup Enchanced
We also will keep two of the units charged and ready to take to districts that are pass-through sites for network service to other districts. This will increase the up-time of services to districts that may still have power at those times. While the Administration Building has a generator that can maintain service indefinitely, this purchase will increase network resiliency at all other locations that are dependent on our services.
For additional information on UPS contact Doug Olson email@example.com