by Coy Holcombe.
First, congratulations to the varsity volleyball team in posting wins over Palestine Westwood and Mabank last night.
Second, I want to talk about our new Parent Connect for the 09-10 school year. EISD switched electronic gradebooks for the 09-10 school year. The change will enable our gradebook and our student information systems to work seamlessly with each other. In the past, we used GradeSpeed as our electronic gradebook. This program did not interface directly with our student information system (RSCCC). Now, our gradebook and student software are both designed by RSCCC. When something changes in one part, it is automatically reflected in the other part. In prior years, we would have to export our grades from GradeSpeed to RSCCC. Now, this step will no longer be necessary. Before, when we added a new student, we also had to go into GradeSpeed and make sure that student was added there as well. Now, when a new student is entered into the student information side of RSCCC, that same student is added automatically to the gradebook side of RSCCC.
Parents and guardians will be receiving letters detailing how to sign up for new accounts. Your user name and password from last year will not work. However, when you sign up for the new account you may choose your own user name and password. The letter that you receive will give you detailed instructions for setting up your new account. Should you have any problems with the new Parent Connect, please contact the campus your child attends. They will be glad to help you.