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January 2021

Gender Options

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Recently the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced that they will begin the process of accepting a gender option other than male or female for MARSS reporting. This is a multi-year process, with the current year being a decision making year. At the current time, it is not expected to be included in reporting until the 2022-23 school year.Region 1 is working with Edupoint on this change, but the rollout of the programming will depend on the acceptance of the new option for MARSS repor...
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December 2020

Student Photo Upload Process Change

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Edupoint recently updated the Student Photo Attach process which is due to end support for Internet Explorer. The new screen allows you to drag and drop photo files for uploading. With this change, files now need to be labeled by Student ID or SIS number. The History tab shows details of the upload, as well as if the upload was successful, or if there were any errors.Edupoint is still finalizing the Staff Photo Attach update at this time. The process for updating photos singly on ...
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New Year Rollovers

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Now is the time to start thinking about New Year Rollovers. Scheduling and registration for the 2021-22 school year is right around the corner, so let us know when you want your New Year Rollover completed.What Region 1 needs from you to complete rollovers: Which schools and grade levels would you like rolled? If you have multiple sites, please indicate which schools roll where. What is the first day of school? Do certain grades start on a different date than this? Do you want lockers to roll wi...
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November 2020

New Setting for Google Classroom

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In the most recent patch update, a new setting was added to the Google Classroom Integration. Overwriting with Blanks is now an option in the gear icon from the Google G. This setting determines if blanks in Classroom can overwrite scores in Synergy. One example would be if you manually added a score in Synergy that was not in Classroom. If this setting is set to Allow, the score would be blanked out, since Classroom is blank for that assignment.Keep an eye out for communication regarding u...
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Grading Checklist

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Check out the Grading Checklists on the Synergy Help page in our Checklist folder. For schools using the Subject Based traditional report cards, use the Secondary Grading Checklist. For schools using the custom Objective Based report cards, use the Objective Grading Checklist.Please note that you may need to clear your browser cache to see the full list. 
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Scheduled Jobs in the Job Queue

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From the Job Queue Viewer screen (for your own jobs), or the Job Q Adm Viewer (for all jobs), check the Show Recurring box, and click Filter. These are the jobs in Synergy that are scheduled to run sometime in the future, and it is a good idea to monitor them.Also note that by showing the detail on a job, you can see important details such as which year it was scheduled in. For best results, you want only jobs scheduled in the current school year. 
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Terms to Sync for Grade Book

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If you have not selected to sync all terms to the grade book for your school, you will want to make sure you are selecting the new terms to sync. This is done on Grade Book District Mass Synchronization by showing the detail for your school. Check the terms you would like to sync to the grade book. If you have scheduled your grade book sync to run nightly, you will want to delete any scheduled occurrences in Job Queue, and reschedule your sync. If you have not scheduled your grade book to s...
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October 2020

New User Issue with Grade Book - Saving Assignments

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We have found a bug that is impacting new users with Grade Book security. This will impact any new teachers to your district, as well as any staff who may be new to using Grade Book this year. The bug prevents teachers from saving assignments in their gradebooks. Their Teacher security is not rolling over to the Grade Book from their User setup.In order to fix this, you will need to go to the Add and Edit Users screen. This is located in your tree under Synergy SIS->Grade Book->Setup->A...
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MCCC Linking on Report Cards

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If your district updated any of the Objective Based Report Cards for the 2020/21 school year, you will also need to confirm that you linked the courses you are capturing for MCCC to the objective that will be pulled to Student Grade. This needs to be done once per report card.If your district did not implement new report cards this year, it is still a good idea to double check the linking from last year.Directions can be found in the MCCC Elementary Grading document in the Handouts folder o...
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September 2020

Checklists

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Make sure you are following along with our Opening School Checklist to ensure that everything is setup for the new school year. Many items in this list get missed during this busy time, and are often questions we receive once school starts. Help the start of your year go more smoothly by getting these tasks done early!We also have a Grading Setup Checklist to help with the different settings that need to be updated or checked each year. This checklist covers setup and questions that can impact y...
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