Admin

Our Students

FOCUS vs. ONCOURSE

 

The School has provided these two applications, as well as the student planner, to facilitate communications between you, your student and the school about individual student expectations and progress.  Please be sure to log in and check both on a regular basis.  FOCUS and OnCourse data are not linked;  therefore it is necessary to check both because they serve different purposes.  There are links to both applications on the homepage under Shortcuts.

 

FOCUS is a live portal into your student’s current grades.  The assignment and due dates appear when input by your student’s teacher, and this input varies.  Some teachers enter assignments ahead of time, say for a few weeks out or a quarter.  So you might see the assignment and details, but the grade area might be blank or have a symbol such as an N or 0 in it until the assignment is graded and the grades entered.  Other teachers do not enter the assignment in FOCUS until after it is graded.  So use FOCUS to see your student’s current grades, not homework assignments.  For elementary grades, homework is not counted towards grades, so homework assignments probably won’t be shown in FOCUS.  Homework however is tracked, and completion is reflected in the effort codes displayed on report cards.

 

OnCourse is the program used by teachers for lesson planning.  Homework assignments are part of lesson plans.  Homework is displayed after the close of school the day is it assigned in the OnCourse homework portal. Ongoing expectations, such as daily reading at home and long term projects are also posted daily.  Grades are never entered or displayed in OnCourse.

 

Student planners supplement OnCourse content;  for example additional information about an assignment or due dates might be manually entered here by your student.  Using a planner effectively is a lifelong time management skill and helps to prepare students for situations where online resources are not provided.  These resources provide a common and tangible starting point for all shareholder (parents, students and school staff) discussions regarding your student.  Frequent parental oversight of FOCUS, OnCourse and planners helps to reinforce that students are accountable and responsible for their own academic progress. 


 

In short:

FOCUS – Live display of your student’s current classwork, tests and homework grades.  Only MS homework grades are displayed.  Input by the teacher.

OnCourse – Displays homework assigned to your student.  Input by the teacher.  All teachers K-8 are expected to post homework daily.

Student Planner – Supplements OnCourse.  Should list all homework assignments and additional details such as due dates necessary to complete the work.  Input by your student.

 

Please do not let doubts about homework assignments or grades be an issue.  FOCUS, OnCourse and your student’s planner should contain all of the information necessary to answer any questions.

 

 

 

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.