Up, Up and Away: Heading Skyward

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CCISD rolls out a new student information system
Posted on 01/05/2016
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By Meghan McKee

Clear Springs High School Student News Editor

Clear Creek ISD rolled out a new Student Information System (SIS) named Skyward for the 2015-16 school year The decision for switching to Skyward was made last spring by district officials who wanted a more organized structure for online education necessities.

Before Skyward, the district SIS included multiple websites, such as TEAMS, CCISD4ME and E4 Blackboard. Now, for the purpose of easier navigation and means of access, LinkEd combines Skyward and It’s Learning as the student information and learning management source.

Skyward’s main functions include management of grades, attendance and discipline allowing families access to the information from home. Teachers and administration also have this capability.

Mr. Scott, who primarily uses Skyward to locate student schedules and for disciplinary purposes, believes that the system, though a little difficult to navigate due to his prior familiarity with TEAMS, is an overall positive change.

“So far, I like Skyward,” Mr. Scott said. “Now we can look at everything in one place. Just having fewer systems that talk together is a good benefit.”

Despite the positive view on the system by administrators, some teachers and students are skeptical about the change, stating that the “old way” had a simpler method of navigation while others agree that the adjustment to a new system is what makes it more difficult.

“I wouldn’t call it a negative point, but we were comfortable with the old system,” Mr. Scott said. “I have seven years of comfort with TEAMS and so I’m having some growing pains with learning all the functionality of the new system. But I’m sure that, as we get down the road, we’ll get comfortable with our new practices and procedures.”

Learning the new SIS has proven to be somewhat of a struggle for a few teachers, but science teacher, Mr. Cage, adapted easily to the new system.

“I actually used Skyward in a previous job. I was a long-term substitute at a local school in the area. Skyward is easy to get around in, though that may be because I have prior knowledge of it.”

Senior Milan Pandey also thinks the switch to Skyward is a smart move.

“I think Skyward is better than Parent Self Serve and CCISD4ME because it has everything on it,” Pandey said.

Pandey uses Skyward mainly for her AP Environmental Science and Anatomy courses. Her favorite part about Skyward is the mobile app.

“Skyward Mobile Access” is the normal Skyward website formatted for mobile devices. By downloading and linking to a CCISD account, students can instantly check their profile and look at grades, missing assignments and attendance. The app is available in all app stores and is free.

The entire school is still learning about the program and its possibilities. Skyward still holds future potential and Mr. Scott confirmed that there are still several hidden features of Skyward that have not yet been revealed. 

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