Jupiter Grades is the online grade book where you check your grades.
I post an updated percentage and current letter grade on Synergy StudentVUE / ParentVUE at each progress report period. You will find specific assignment, test and project grades only on Jupiter Grades. As a parent who has to do this type of tracking for my own children, I am aware that it is a pain when teachers post grades to more than one online grade program (it makes tracking a little more complicated) and I apologize for that inconvenience. So why am I doing it? I began using Jupiter Grades as we were phasing out eSIS, because it clearly had many advantages over eSIS. While Synergy definitely offers many improvements over eSIS, it does not replicate all the major features of JupiterGrades, which is a remarkably convenient service for parents and students to use (it has received rave reviews in the past). Here are some of the benefits that draw me to JupiterGrades for this class:
* It can be checked by parents and students on all major mobile AND computer-based browsers (including Safari and Chrome)
* Similarly, it allows more immediate entry of some assignments (thanks to its faster and easier user interface) because I can enter them quickly on the iPad during class
* It will translate teacher comments into Spanish for parents whose primary language is Spanish (simply select that option in the settings)
* It automatically creates a homework calendar for students whenever I enter assignments. This calendar is immediately accessible to students and parents when they login to Jupiter Grades and I can optionally post important updates or news for the entire class in the same location
* Overall, it allows for faster grade entry on Macs or PCs, freeing up more time to meet with students, plan lessons and grade student work.
I think the most important advantage it offers, however, is customizability for students, parents and teachers that allows for more current and effective communication about grades, absences and missing work in the class. For example, parents and students can choose to set up their account to send them an email alert (or text message) if a student's grade ever falls below a certain level that you choose. Or it can be set to notify parents if a student was absent that day, or whether there are any current missing assignments. Or students or parents could select the option to receive a grade update every Friday (or whichever day of the week you choose). These alerts are produced automatically by Jupiter Grades once you provide your preferred email address or text message number (either one will work). As a result, you get more timely and specific feedback without requiring any extra work on my part. I can spend that time working with students, making lesson plans or grading papers. Meanwhile, you can set it and forget it. However, if you would rather not receive email alerts, you can also bookmark Jupiter Grades and check grades as you have in the past with eSIS (or as you would this year with Synergy Student VUE/Parent VUE), by logging in from time to time.
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Creating STUDENT and PARENT accounts on Jupiter Grades.
On October 1-2, IB European History students received temporary passwords to create their own student accounts (in class) and to bring home for creation of parent accounts. On that handout, you will find directions for both students and parents to create an account, along with temporary passwords. You will be prompted to change the password as you create the account. If you were absent when these temporary passwords were handed out, please contact me before or after class, or by email, and I will print them for you.
Customize the alert settings on each account.
When you first set up your account, you will be prompted to change your password. Then you will be able to select if you would like to receive email or text alerts under certain situations (such as: the grade falls below a grade that you choose; the student is marked absent from class; the student has missing assignments; on a certain day of the week, etc.). Be sure to enter the correct email address or text phone number for alerts. Each student has his or her own account, and parents have a separate account. Be sure to customize each account the way you would like.