Of Pumpkins and PARCC

Posted Sometime in October
Perhaps the best thing about Fall (other than Halloween) is pumpkin. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes.
And the last thing on your mind is PARCC testing. But I noticed that my PARCCtastic screen for Illinois looked a bit funky in Powerschool version 9.
In addition, an old friend pointed out that if you had been using the built in PARCC state page for accommodations, my page would not display them. So I included a script that will detect and display them properly.  Be sure to update!

Less applescript, more apple pie

Posted Sometime in July
I've been doing less network/client management, and more database/web development as time goes on.
Therefore I've retired the Applescript section of this silly little website of mine. No big loss. The scripts where quite a bit out of date.

Additionally I've been spending less evenings at bars/clubs, and more evenings cooking/baking at home for the family (oy this growing up stuff, am I right).
Hence the new Recipe Box tab. I've been using this database to record my favorite recipes for awhile now. Why not share it with the world!

Corporate takeover? But I hardly know her...

Posted Sometime in June
Oh how the summer is heating up.
Some venture capital company bought PowerSchool.
The next major version of PowerSchool (version 9.0) has been released.
And I'm trying to sell/buy a house (a gigantic pain if you've never had the displeasure).

In the midst of all this, I built a new plugin for PowerSchool I want to share with you.
It's called Today's Bus Notes. One of my schools asked if there was a better way for them to collect all the temporary transportation changes.
Past practice: Each classroom would send a student down to the office each morning with "bus notes" like "Johnny will be walking today", "Susie will be taking bus 2 and getting off at Pretend St. for the rest of the week", etc. Then the office would compile and make copies of these notes for people on bus duty and drivers.
Current practice: Each teacher enters these bus notes into PS much like lunch counts. Notes default to the current date, but they can span multiple days. Admins can also add notes via the transportation page. Then the office just prints today's notes via an report.

Even if this customization does not apply to your school/district, I urge you to have a look at how it's setup if your interesting in using 1-many database extensions without the tlist_child tag.

Oh, and I got approved to attend PSU in Washington DC July 26-30!!!
Drop me a line if your a fellow attendee!


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