by Coy Holcombe.
The electronic grade book that the district uses, GradeSpeed, has a feature called ParentConnection that allows parents/guardians to monitor their children’s grade via the Internet. Attendance can also be monitored this way. In order to take advantage of these features, all you need is an Internet connection and an email address.
To enroll in ParentConnection, go to the district’s homepage, www.eustaceisd.net, and look on the left-hand side of the page for the “GradeSpeed Parent/Teacher Access” link. Click on this link. A “Sign in to GradeSpeed” page will appear with several choices. Click on the “Parent” link at the bottom. The sign in screen will now appear. Click on the link at the bottom of the sign in box that is titled “Click here to sign up.” An information screen will appear. At this screen, you are asked to provide a user name and a password. The user name can be anything that you like; however, it needs to be something that is easy to remember. Many people choose the first initial of their first name along with their entire last name. For example, Sam Jones might choose the user name sjones. You will also have to provide a password. This password may be letters, numbers, or a combination of letters and numbers. The other information required at the top of this page is self-explanatory. In the middle of this page is a button that says “Add Email.” Click on this button to add an email address to your account. At the bottom of the page is a check box stating that you agree to the terms and conditions of using this service. Once all of the information is entered, click the “Submit” link at the bottom of the page. Your information will be submitted to the appropriate campus for review.
Once your information is reviewed and approved, you will receive an email stating that you can now log in to ParentConnection. On your initial log in, you will need to add your students to your account. To do this, click on the blue link titled “Add a student to my account.” A screen will appear and ask you to enter information for the student you wish to add. You will need to enter the student’s name, address, birthday, and campus. You will also have to enter the student’s ID number. If you are unsure of this number, please refer to that student’s report card. If you do not have a report card, you will need to contact the campus that student attends and ask for their ID number. At the bottom of the page, click the “Submit” button. The campus that your student attends will review this information and add your student to your account. The campus will also send you an email to let you know that your child has been added to your account. If you have more than one child, regardless of what campus they attend, simply follow the same procedure for adding that child. You do not have to have separate accounts for each child.
One of the best features of the ParentConnection program is the ability to set “triggers” for your children. Triggers will generate an email or text message if your child’s average in any case falls below an average that you have set. Triggers can also be used to monitor your child’s attendance. To set triggers, you must be logged into ParentConnection. On the left side of the page, click on the “Triggers” link.
You can access ParentConnection anytime to view your child’s current averages. The averages are clickable and will let you see all the grades that make up that average. I encourage all parents to take advantage of this informative tool.