Posts tagged: Veracross

The Year’s End

Doug and Steph in 60 mph winds on top of Whitby lighthouse I’m not a big fan of “top ten” articles appearing in the newspapers at this time of year, but maybe the last days before New Year’s isn’t a bad time to take stock of the year. The year began with us half-way through […]

Thursday December 29th, 2011 in , , , | 1 Comment »

Into the Veracross Flow

With a lot of systems, it takes some time to fully understand the underlying logic and work flow processes.  This can be especially hard if you’ve had a previous system for ten years which is a well-known quality in those respects. When differences appear, you can choose to try and alter the system, or adapt […]

Thursday October 7th, 2010 in , | Comments Off on Into the Veracross Flow

Lift Off

I’m a little bleary eyed, but the class schedules are all but done now, and pdfs of the student schedules are being passed around and checked/double-checked.  It’s been an interesting few months, and I still have help sheets to create tomorrow about doing attendance, but we look to be in good shape in many ways […]

Sunday August 29th, 2010 in , | 2 Comments »

Time for Collaboration

Our Veracross migration is moving along.  We actually have 14 user groups who should be using the system by the end of September: 1.     Admissions (now) 2.     Human Relations (now) 3.     LS Admin (student records, class enrollments and schedules, specialist report cards, attendance, field trips) (next week) 4.     MS Admin (student records, class enrollment and […]

Saturday August 7th, 2010 in , , | Comments Off on Time for Collaboration

Sometimes, It’s Hard to Have a Vacation

My daughter and I are sitting on the cool pavement outside the locked doors of the Woodburn Public Library in Woodburn, Oregon.  I’ve been making a daily pilgrimage here each day for the public wireless connection to do email and check on the status of multiple projects. I’d admit one thing– this is probably the […]

Sunday July 25th, 2010 in , | Comments Off on Sometimes, It’s Hard to Have a Vacation

Transitioning to a New Student Information System

Student Information Systems (SIS) are likely the most important database on campus. Even if they don’t do accounting, or fund-raising, they still handle the information and the work flow processes that are at the heart of the school– who are the families and the students, and what are their courses and schedules, and then reports, […]

Sunday June 13th, 2010 in , , | Comments Off on Transitioning to a New Student Information System

Cycles of Renewal and Change

I left work and went straight to Waterloo Station on Friday, the last day before a two-week break for students and faculty.  I’ll be working next week, but the second week we intend to do some Channel sailing. From Waterloo I trained to Portsmouth and took the ferry to Gosport to dine at the Haslar […]

Sunday March 28th, 2010 in , , , , , | Comments Off on Cycles of Renewal and Change

Work, Work, Work

Not much time to post lately– too many simultaneous projects underway: Migration work to Veracross Recent completion of Open Air lab Soon-to-launch Chronos Blog System built on Drupal 48 more wireless access points to be installed Projector and Document Camera Research Sudden loss of School Internet Connection for nine hours New 100 mbit Internet connection […]

Student Information System Migration

Our week in Boston with Veracross went well, and we are now steaming through a very important stage of the migration. Our database manager is carefully going through each Filemaker Pro file, scripting as export that only removes columns of data (not calculations) and then documenting the columns of information after each export. We are […]

Tuesday January 19th, 2010 in , , , | Comments Off on Student Information System Migration

The Transition Begins…

Our four days of meetings with Veracross last week in Boston went very well. We learned a great deal about how to work collaboratively with the firm to increase the likelihood of a successful transition. The big challenge for us is that we are planning to switch over to approximately 12 modules at once. (LS, […]

Thursday November 26th, 2009 in , , , | Comments Off on The Transition Begins…

Next Steps with Veracross

It’s been a “compressed” two weeks with student information system stakeholders meetings, a board sub-committee presentation, and emails to all students and faculty and staff about extending their use of the email system. Yesterday I approved the purchase of four iTouches for a cool audio listening programin the Lower School, and we also installed a […]

Wednesday November 11th, 2009 in , , , , , , | Comments Off on Next Steps with Veracross

A Migration to Veracross

I had three meetings yesterday to start our next phase of moving to a new student information system. We are moving a large, FileMaker Pro 6.5 database to Veracross this year, we a planned cut-over date of early July 2010. In the divisional meetings yesterday, we did a quick review of the improved web portals […]

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