Riverhead phasing in system for checking grades online

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10/18/2014 12:00 PM |
Davis Wicks. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

David Wicks, Riverhead’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, discusses the parent portal system at Tuesday’s board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Riverhead school officials are in the process of phasing in a new district-wide system that allows parents to track their child’s academic records online.

David Wicks, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, gave a presentation about the district’s parent portal at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting and said all high school teachers are now using the software. 

A grade book that calculates a student’s average, an attendance section that keeps track of each class and a calendar that lists upcoming events and bus transportation information are all featured in the parent portal, he said.

The ability to share progress reports and report cards in the portal will also be featured this year, Mr. Wicks said.

District officials are currently training middle school teachers about how to use the system, which he said is expected to become available to parents later this school year.

Discussions are underway about how to best use the portal on the elementary level, Mr. Wicks said, adding that a nine-period schedule and a grade book won’t be necessary for primary grades. The portal will, however, be a useful tool in providing information about attendance, progress reports and report cards. The system will also enhance communication between parents and teachers, he said.

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