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Monthly Mentions: February Newsletter

February 2017  - Countdown to Spring! For the schools who are approaching 3rd mid-quarter reports, here are some FastDirect functions that may need to be addressed:  Closing teacher input for 2nd quarter ReportCards Opening up teacher input for 3rd mid-quarter ReportCards Closing teacher input for 3rd mid-quarter ReportCards Registration is here and we would like to help make it easier. [...]

Monthly Mentions: January Newsletter

January 2017  - A happy new year, indeed! For the schools who are approaching 2nd quarter report cards, here are some FastDirect functions that may need to be addressed:  Closing input for 2nd mid-quarter reports Opening up teacher input for 2nd quarter report cards Closing teacher input for 2nd quarter report cards when teachers have finished importing grades The winter [...]

Monthly Mentions: December Newsletter

December 2016  - The happiest of holidays! For the schools who are approaching mid-quarter reports, here are some FastDirect functions that may need to be addressed:  Closing input for 1st quarter report cards Opening up teacher input for 2nd mid-quarter reports Closing teacher input for 2nd mid-quarter reports when teachers have finished importing grades The winter season can sometimes mean [...]

Monthly Mentions: October Newsletter

 October 2016  - We're off to a fantastic start! By the end of October, most FastDirect schools will be wrapping up the grading period for 1st quarter. Here are some FastDirect functions that may need to be addressed: Closing input for 1st mid-quarter reports Opening up teacher input for 1st quarter ReportCards Closing 1st quarter ReportCards when teachers have finished [...]

Monthly Mentions: September Newsletter

September 2016  - Let's Make it a Great Year! For most of our schools, the Summer Transition steps are completed and the new school year is underway. There is still one last important step: Reviewing Report Cards!  Previewing your report cards is a very important step and should be completed during these first few weeks of school. This step involves [...]

Monthly Newsletter: August Newsletter

August 2016  - Refreshed and ready to go! The start of school can be a crazy time but HelpDesk is here to make it easier. With the start of school quickly approaching, FastDirect wants to make sure your school is ready. In addition to completing the Summer Transition steps, there are several other items to be addressed. To stay [...]

Monthly Mentions: July Newsletter

July 2016  - Hooray for summer! In July, completing the Summer Transition steps should be well underway.  These steps are mandatory and need to be completed by the end of the summer.  Without completing these steps, your system will not be functional for the next school year. In addition to completing the Summer Transition steps, there are several other items that [...]

Monthly Mentions: June Newsletter

June 2016  - Saying goodbye to 2015-2016! In June, schools most of our schools have finished the school year and are winding down for the summer. For those schools that are still in session, here are some items that may need to be addressed: Closing input for 4th mid-quarter reports Opening up teacher input for 4th quarter report cards Closing 4th [...]

Best Summer Reads for Middle School Students

Summer! Isn’t it everyone’s favorite time of year? No rushed mornings, no homework deadlines, no schedule, no nothing! Cool mornings give way to long afternoons that fade into warm evenings. The slow pace of summer delivers the much needed break from routine.  It is a time to recharge and refresh. It is also a fantastic time to dive into an interesting [...]

Monthly Mentions: May Newsletter

May 2016  - Getting ready for summer! In May, most of our schools will be wrapping up their final grading period. Here are some items that may need to be addressed: Closing input for 4th mid-quarter reports Opening up teacher input for 4th quarter report cards Closing 4th quarter report cards when teachers have finished importing grades Some [...]

Earth Day – Classroom activities

Below are some fun resources I created and links to other great classroom ideas for Earth Day. Looking for ways you can help take care of our beautiful planet? Try these suggestions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A seven question quiz to determine your Earth Day duty: An interactive Earth Day word search: A free printable version of [...]

Mardi Gras – Classroom activites

It's almost the start of Lent! Time flies. Soon, Easter will be upon us. And the NCEA conference  is coming up! Look for the FastDirect Communications booth #729! For more information on the event, visit the NCEA homepage.     Below are some fun resources I created and links to other great classroom ideas for Mardi Gras. Need a good King Cake recipe? I recommend [...]

Education Intentions for the New Year

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/__EOgCDiNR/   As you welcome 2016 to your lives, remember to welcome new ideas into the classroom. Here are a few ideas and links to keep things fresh in the coming year. Enjoy! FastDirect Communications tools to try: Intend to… FDmail your parents regularly, inform them on upcoming events, contact them with updates on their [...]

A Special Thanks To Teachers This Christmas

Teachers definitely deserve a special thanks during the holiday season. I'm sure they would agree! Keeping students safe and focused right before Christmas is especially challenging. Reworking curriculum is another stressful part of the job these days. Many schools are embracing standards or are reviewing their curriculum. The hard work prepping for this school year and getting through the first semester definitely deserves [...]

The 7 Day Gratitude Challenge

This Thanksgiving I would like to offer up a 7 Day Gratitude Challenge. It's something that anyone can do, no matter their age. It's also a perfect time for me to express gratitude for the amazing schools I get to work with every day. I'm truly blessed to work with administrators, teachers, staff, and parents who are respectful, compassionate, and grateful [...]

Let’s Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8 with Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 5.  My appreciation for teachers has definitely grown through the years for a variety of reasons. Not only am I a parent of school-aged daughters, but my daily interaction with teachers has increased 10 fold while working at FastDirect.  Each day I am lucky to witness [...]

Implement New Tech – Make a Plan!

Are you planning on implementing a new tech this summer or next year? Creating a plan which includes support for your staff and open communication with your whole community is paramount. Help foster a growth mindset for your whole community (not just for the kids) and promote a collaborative community to increase excitement for change! Here's a little inspirational piece to share [...]

Monthly Mentions: March Newsletter

March 2015 - Time to Spring Forward! In March, the schools on quarter schedules will be wrapping up the 3rd quarter and getting ready to start 4th quarter. Here are some FastDirect functions that may need to be addressed: Closing input for 3rd mid-quarter reports Opening up teacher input for 3rd quarter report cards Closing 3rd quarter report cards [...]

FastDirect Training and Support for the New School Year

It’s a new school year! Are you ready? FastDirect Communications has several resources to help you prepare this August: free training and support saves you time and headaches. Schedule training for features you’ve never used before, call HelpDesk (tech support) at your convenience for help with system setup, read our newsletter for important reminders, and peruse our video tutorials for [...]