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A Better Implementation Experience

See how three Texas districts, large and small, were able to meet their accelerated implementation timelines.

Better than Free

What made this progressive TN district bypass a free, state-provided SIS in favor of Skyward?

Community Engagement Leads to Improved Outcomes

Exceptional service and a commitment to transparency lead to greater achievement for two Illinois districts.

County Officials Automate and Save

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Early Returns Lead to Universal Buy-In

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Engagement is Bigger in Texas

Proactive parent and community engagement is a fundamental component of this large Texas district.

Family Access Results Hit Close to Home

Transparency is the key to keeping parents and teachers on the same page. Here's how one district used Family Access to promote better communication among all stakeholders.

Improved Reporting, Better Results

With the help of Skyward’s Student Management Suite, two Florida school districts have transformed their processes to become more efficient and improve communication.

Multi-District Consortium Favors Stability

In an industry where features and functionality can start to blend in, a proven track record of excellence and loyalty is still important.

No Thank You; We'll Stick with Skyward

When the state of South Dakota offered a free, state-sponsored student management system, this long-time Skyward partner decided to take a pass.

One Partner + One Platform = Big Results

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Perfect Fit for Unique Situations

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Reducing Costs with SIF

Texas district transformed by Skyward's SIF-compliant Student Management Suite

Saving Time and Money with Automated Business Practices

The switch to a maintenance-free ERP solution has saved one Pennsylvania district six figures on an annual basis while eliminating the headaches of paper-based processes.

Small IT Department, Big Results

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State Reporting Done Right

In the pursuit of State and Federal compliance, it's all about reducing the burden on district staff. Here's how two districts have completely changed their approach to mandatory reporting.

Streamlined Workflows and Flexible Integration

The depth of product is matched only by Skyward's commitment to continuous improvement.

The Bigger the District...

See how one of the nation's largest school districts was able to consolidate its student management, financial accounting, and human resources operations.

Two Illinois Districts Simplify Business Office Tasks

Antiquated technology can be a challenging barrier to school district operations. These districts are glad they looked to a future with Skyward.

What Making a Change Should Look Like

A smooth implementation shouldn't be the exception, but for this southern Wisconsin district, it was a welcome break from the status quo.

When 5 Months > 10 Years

After struggling for a decade to implement its previous SIS, this Kansas district decided to go in another direction.

Success Story

Nicolet High School (Wisconsin)

Enrollment: 1,122
Schools: 1
Implemented: 1989

Attendance at Nicolet High School doesn’t look anything like that famous classroom scene in the 80s classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Traditional attendance has become a thing of the past since the district transitioned to a future-ready method.
More and more school districts are adopting flex periods in place of study halls to better meet students’ academic needs. These periods promote personalized learning as students choose where to learn and which resources to use. However, this flexibility poses a challenging question to educators and administrators: How will we keep tabs on students’ locations throughout the day?
Fortunately, Positive Attendance, a feature within the Skyward Student Management Suite, is the answer that has helped Nicolet High School administrators and educators incorporate flex periods and improve learning outcomes, while still keeping track of students’ whereabouts on campus.
John Reiels, Director of Technology at Nicolet High School, worked with other members of the school's leadership team to identify the need and initiate the district’s move to Positive Attendance. Reiels worked hand-in-hand with Skyward technology experts to create the future of attendance in today’s classrooms.
At Nicolet High School, Positive Attendance is primarily used for enrichment periods during which students have access to a wide variety of academic resources, including teachers, study groups, and the library.
“That time during the school day is really valuable, and I weighed out what our needs were,” Reiels explained. “We needed a way to account for students.”

"Positive Attendance is so awesome for us because we mark students present where they need the help, and they get the full benefit of the period."

With Positive Attendance, students at Nicolet can check in to classrooms or other school locations and register as “present.” The feature automatically builds a student roster for teachers based on students who are present, which eliminates the need for manual attendance processes. Date and time stamps are populated to reduce confusion about transition times or tardiness.
“Our students use Positive Attendance during resource periods to get help from teachers,” Reiels said. “We tell the students, ‘between third and fifth period you have to go somewhere,’ but we don’t know where they are going to go until they get there. And that’s where Positive Attendance is so awesome for us because we mark students present where they need the help, and they get the full benefit of the period.”
Positive Attendance is also useful in situations where traditional attendance can be very time-consuming, such as school dances and events, after-school clubs or athletic practices, and large classes. Accurate documentation of students' anticipated and actual check-in locations is crucial to have available in case of an emergency situation.
This innovative attendance method supports the emerging trends of mobile and individualized learning. “Teachers, counselors and administrators benefit from being able to view an individual student’s attendance to see what choices they are making during resource period in case students are not seeking help in classes where they need it,” Reiels said.
Teachers can now use an entire resource period to work with students in academic areas where they need support, rather than spending their time calling out attendance and writing hall passes. Administrators also have a real-time picture of student whereabouts and can spend less time locating students.
"Knowing that Skyward was responding to a need we had was a really powerful thing."

Access portals placed at designated locations and classrooms throughout the school allow students to check in to an area during resource periods. At check-in, students may enter a PIN on a keypad, swipe an ID card, or scan a code on their smartphones using the certified PASS™ devices developed by School Technology Associates, a Skyward business partner.
“We use a bar code reader, which can scan in as many as 90 students in a silent reading area,” Reiels explained.
Positive Attendance is a new concept with plenty of untapped potential in most districts, and administrators at Nicolet look forward to expanding their current efforts. Districts can implement additional uses for the attendance tracking method, such as identifying off-campus students during open lunch hours or tracking the location of students during council meetings, tutoring sessions, and even on the bus. In addition, some districts have set up Positive Attendance devices at off-site reunification points as an emergency preparation measure.
“[From] here on out we can work together to create more products with district collaboration,” Reiels said. “[Positive attendance] really furthers the Skyward product, and it serves us really well as customers – knowing that Skyward was responding to a need we had was a really powerful thing.”


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