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How to Succeed at Annual Fundraising

Technology continues to impact every aspect of our world, including fundraising campaigns. While traditional offline outreach to prospective donors is still effective, the success of online tools in generating contributions to K-12 schools shouldn’t be ignored. Online tools offer an opportunity to enhance the fundraising efforts that help the school meet its goals for the future.

Keys to a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Once the fundraising objective and how it fits with the school’s mission have been established, it’s essential to understand the donors that the campaign relies on for support. That’s why prospect screening and management should be an ongoing part of your school’s annual fundraising plan.

Keeping communication lines open is a significant factor in increasing donor engagement, and that engagement is a key indicator of the ultimate success of the fundraising effort. In fact, subject matter experts suggest that nurturing relationships with donors is the foundation of a successful, robust fundraising program.

Online Trends in Donor Behavior

Online giving is a growing trend for K-12 education organizations and donors don’t seem to be reticent about the amount they send using online platforms. While gifts in the $1,000 range are most typical, gifts of $5,000 and more are also donated online to the nonprofit sector.

Online donations from a mobile device have also been steadily increasing, with nonprofit recipients observing that a notable percentage of online donations are mobile transactions. Donor behavior evidently mirrors consumer behavior, suggesting that your campaign strategy should include mobile-friendly emails, websites and donation forms.

Donor Engagement

Combining online and offline campaigns also improve donor engagement, along with the prospect that donors will donate more than once. Research shows that organizations tend to retain almost twice the number of multichannel first-time donors, compared to offline-only donors and online-only donors.

Millennials are also coming on stream as their incomes increase and they have children. Their interest in the social good of the community is ready to be harnessed through the technology they embrace.

How to Succeed at Annual Fundraising

 

My Backpack Alumni Community

With the My Backpack Alumni Community web portal, your K-12 school has an online tool that invites donor engagement and facilitates its prospect screening and data management. My Backpack lets alumni update their profiles, add and review class notes, make gifts, pledges, and payments online, and track their giving history. It also allows staff to broadcast emails to targeted groups of alumni.

The My BackPack Alumni Community integrates fully with Alumni/Development and General Ledger, providing a complete data set for the school’s fundraising campaigns, as well as the capacity to process gifts and payments.

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New Add-on Features in Ascendance

Defining a significant company milestone in an unparalleled twenty-five-year journey, Senior Systems significantly extends the reach of its solutions and introduces many innovations that give all Senior Systems users new levels of effectiveness.

Our primary focus at Senior Systems is helping our clients succeed using our all-in-one administrative solution. Several areas we are continually improving is our parent experience in My BackPack and administrative processes in Ascendance. Here are our the latest add-on features in our Ascendance product line.

My BackPack AutoPay

The AutoPay feature is a recurring payment that parents can set up and control in My BackPack. Once they enroll, AutoPay automatically transfers funds from their bank account, debit card or credit card according to the schedule they set up. This new feature will help schools reduce delinquent payments and provide more reliable cash flow, while also providing a convenient way for parents to manage their online payments.

All-in-one Tuition Management

We are excited to be the first K-12 software provider to fuse the best features of both in-house and outsourced tuition management services. In Ascendance 93_3, we are offering an integrated tuition management service to streamline all aspects of the tuition process built into the Senior Systems platform. This means schools and families have one portal to use to manage payments and student records. Schools will get instant access to online deposits and real-time reporting across the platform.

SMS Broadcast Messaging

My BackPack SMS broadcast messaging is a quick and easy method for schools to send relevant messages to families on their mobile devices. This powerful form of communication is a must because 98% of a school’s population has access to mobile devices, and it’s also a preferred communication method by younger parents. You can setup queries in Ascendance to easily target specific student groups, parents, and staff. Create templates for quick messaging and personalize them with merge fields. SMS is consumed faster than any other kind of mass communication, with higher open rates compared to e-mail. This add-on feature will surely enhance our clients’ communication strategy.

Contact Sales for More Information

These add-on features in Ascendance are available now! Contact a Senior Systems Sales Consultant for more information at 1-888-480-0102, or send an e-mail to sales@senior-systems.com.

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Go Green with Paperless Admissions

A Paperless Admissions Process

Blake and his family like what they read about your school online as compared to the other schools they are considering. They love the school colors, the mission statement, sense of school spirit and how easy the website is to use. Mom thinks “This school seems to understand the need to teach students about technology.”

Relieved to have found a solid potential school choice, they excitedly find a tour date and time that fits their schedule and fill out the simple online registration form. Clicking ‘submit’ makes them almost ‘feel’ like a student when they immediately receive a school branded message welcoming them by name and stating that the Admissions Director is looking forward to meeting them.

The Admissions office added Blake to this year’s list of incoming students. The admissions office is now able to electronically track the geographic spread, ages and feeder schools of interested potential students.

Admissions subsequently sends messages to Blake’s family about the school and activities they may attend to become more familiar with the school such as sporting events, plays, STEM events, etc.

Blake and his family feel very welcome when they arrive for the tour. A unique name tag and a welcome packet with his name on it are ready for him when they arrive.

At home that night, they complete the online admissions application branded with the school’s mascot while remembering all of the good things they saw and heard at the school. Blake’s mom makes their initial payment using the secure online payment system.

Upon pressing submit, they receive a warm welcome note addressed to Blake. They discover another email personally addressed to Blake from the Dean.

Go Green with Paperless Admissions

Full Integration Is Key

Accounting opened a record for Blake indicating his initial payment was made, and his account is paid to date. They know his family will not be seeking financial aid because it was a question on the online application that automatically populated the financial aid field in the single database.

Next year’s marketing campaign has begun. Admissions will be able to print a list of feeder schools and know at what age potential students begin the search for their next school. This school year will be spent meeting with teachers to develop age-appropriate activities/demonstrations to interest the demographics of potential students.

Blake and his family excitedly begin shopping for school supplies from the list they printed for his grade from the website.

Go Green with Senior Systems Software

Senior Systems solution electronically transforms how schools operate eliminating the cost of paper, copying, envelopes and postage.

Free your school from the hassle of paper files and redundant labor-intensive messaging with Senior Systems database platform. All of the features above can be added and customized for your school in one comprehensive package. Contact Senior Systems at 1-888-480-0102, x2 or email info@senior-systems.com to discuss what we can do for your unique situation.

ABOUT SENIOR SYSTEMS

With Senior Systems, you only need to enter information once and access it everywhere. Eliminate the complications that come from trying to synchronize multiple copies of data across applications. Easily, seamlessly and securely manage the student lifecycle from prospect to alumni with our single database solution.

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Grading Transparency Boosts Student Engagement

Many teachers spend hours arguing with students and parents about final grades every term. Grading discrepancies happen when a student, expecting a high score, gets surprised by a sudden drop. With no more time to correct the issue with extra credit or in-class assignments, they often consider arguing to be their only path left. When students can’t see their progress and performance throughout the year, they may not realize how low their grade has fallen. Even when students realize they are at-risk, they rarely share the information with parents. If the grade drop happened after mid-terms, parents might not find out about a failing grade until the final report card hits the mail. However, one straightforward and elegant solution to grade shock is improved transparency.

What Is Grading Transparency?

For a lot of parents, the focus on transparency comes from a desire for a more fair system. Parents want to make sure their child is being graded along the same lines as every other student. With grading policies that include intangibles like classroom participation, though, it can be difficult to ensure that every grade is “fair.” From an administrative standpoint, transparency gives each grade added validity. Teachers can point to cumulative cause and effect for each resulting grade. Added transparency doesn’t have to remove the subjectivity of grading, but it should communicate grade changes more quickly and clearly.

How Does Grade Transparency Work?

How Does Grade Transparency Work?

In a system where parents and students have near-instant access to grades, they can see test results, scores on essay assignments and areas where a student is under performing. There is no need to wait for mid-terms to address a problem or deal with grade shock at the end of the year. Instead, parents can instantly identify problem areas and work with teachers to create a plan for bringing grades back up.

Many independent schools already have online grading in place. At the beginning of the year, instructors upload a list of everything that students are expected to turn in during the term. That list might include major projects, tests, quizzes, homework assignments, classwork and anything else that can affect a final grade. Some schools include attendance as part of the final score. With everything clearly posted, kids can see where they are on their way to a passing score or what they need to do to bring their grade up to an A. By laying things out clearly – teachers show students exactly what they need to do to earn their desired grade.

Transparency = Communication

When parents and students can see their current average grade, it gives them the motivation to communicate directly with instructors. Parents will be more diligent about getting their children to complete their homework assignments when they can see every missed assignment. Parents can also see assignments and due dates ahead of time, helping them keep students on task throughout the semester. By giving parents and students greater access to grading as it happens, you avoid the end-of-the-year rush of missed assignments. Seeing grades help improve the otherwise adversarial relationship that can often develop between parents and school administrators. Instead, all of the adults in the situation can work toward their shared goal: student achievement.

Benefits of Mobile Grading

Benefits of Mobile Grading

Giving students and parents the ability to access grading while on-the-go has direct performance-based applications in engagement and achievement. Consider the advantages for a child who misses school. A virus or flu can keep a child out of the classroom for a week or more, leaving them struggling to catch up on missed assignments. With mobile grading, kids can see assignments as they go out and complete them at home. This reduces the amount of missed work and helps avoid last-minute cramming. It also lets sick kids keep up with material so that they can be ready for testing on schedule.

Poor time management is another issue faced by many students. Some kids have trouble turning in assignments until they realize the direct consequences if they fail to do so. A student who can see, immediately, the effect of a missed grade on their total GPA is more motivated to get an assignment in. No child goes to school with the desire to fail. By giving them access to real-time grades, you give them the tools to avoid the consequences of procrastination.

Remember the Purpose of Grades

As administrators, too often the focus at the end of the year is the grade, not what the grade is intended to measure. A grade should be a measurement of retained information and learning, not an arbitrary score based on personality and hard work. Grades should be objective but are so often measured with subjective things like participation. Teachers are pressured to avoid failing students, while parents are always looking for a higher grade for their children. Transparency addresses several issues:

– Minimizes subjective grading policies.
– Ensures early notification of failing grades.
– Opens up direct lines of communication between parents and educators.
– Helps reduce grade inflation.

When parents, students, teachers and administrators all see the information as it becomes available, it becomes easier to address problems. There are fewer delays in scheduling needed conferences, and students are more likely to reach out to teachers when they’re available through messaging or email. By using a grading app and making the results available to everyone involved in the process, you achieve transparency and improve student outcomes.

ABOUT SENIOR SYSTEMS

With Senior Systems, you only need to enter information once and access it everywhere. Eliminate the complications that come from trying to synchronize multiple copies of data across applications. Easily, seamlessly and securely manage the student lifecycle from prospect to alumni with our single database solution.

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Five Ways All-In-One Software Will Benefit Your School

One of the most important factors in effectively running an independent K-12 school is the information system or systems that are used by the school. Although these systems help the school’s administration and staff maintain critical information for functions like admissions, academics, accounting, advancement, and more, learning to use and maintain these systems, while necessary, can be a time-consuming process. At Senior Systems, we make this process easier with strict implementation procedures.

When each department uses a different software program, these information systems become more complicated and costly, resulting in lost time and even lost information. Various programs for accounts, admissions and academic records cause faculty and staff be trained on new systems or switch away from the old ones. Software that combines these necessary information systems into one program not only saves time on software training and makes records easier to access, it also allows for better collaboration between departments, improved control of information and better integration of related information databases.

1. Simplified Access to Information

A single program that manages all vital student information systems makes it easier for a school’s administration and staff to quickly access the information they need. Multiple have to be updated and maintained separately, and their users will spend valuable time logging in and out of and switching between the various programs used by the school instead of doing actual work. With a student information system that integrates all of those functions, these records can be accessed with a single sign-on – making it much faster and more efficient to use and maintain student information.

Better Collaboration Between Departments

2. Better Collaboration Between Departments

A single, integrated system for student information will also have an impact on collaboration and sharing of information between departments. When records and databases are split between programs, groups of users within the school may access different information sets – and even use them in different ways. Compartmentalizing information not only makes these records more complicated to access, but can also result in missed communication, and even lost information between administration and teachers or other staff. An information system that provides records for admissions, academics, accounting and alumni relations in one interface makes it much easier to communicate necessary information across the levels of school staff and ensures that information is neither lost between programs nor miscommunicated.

3. Time Saved on Software Training

For any organization, one of the most time-consuming tasks related to human resources is training new hires in the use of software programs and processes. Schools are no exception to this, and extensive software training can take up valuable time better spent on other tasks that more directly or indirectly benefit student learning. The more programs that are used to store student information, the longer this training process will take; the difficulty in learning multiple programs is further compounded when these programs have contradictory processes and interfaces. Storing, accessing and maintaining all student information with a single program significantly simplifies the training required for school administration and staff. In addition, an integrated system means a much lower learning curve for new hires and eliminates the chance of user errors that would be caused by differences between programs.

Improved Control of Data Integrity and Security

4. Improved Control of Data Integrity and Security

Maintaining the accuracy, integrity and security of student information are key concerns for the use of any program that organizes these details – student information systems must be able to be trusted and to be protected. The higher the number of software systems a school or an organization uses, the more difficult it becomes to keep the information within these systems accurate as well as secure. Replacing multiple systems with one system makes it exponentially easier to ensure that student information is protected from potential hackers and other security threats. It also makes it simpler to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the information system, since all information is contained in one program.

5. Better Integration of Related Records

Databases of information are meant to be connected and used in concert to make the best decisions regarding the educational needs of individual students and a school as a whole. Putting the right details together to make it more useful in making decisions and developing policies is much more complicated when the relevant information exists in separate locations. Student information systems with all of the information contained in one place make it much easier to make connections between the right information sets to see patterns and make well-informed decisions, as well as changes to policy when needed.

A student information system that combines different data sets and records into one program can make a school more efficient and effective. An integrated approach to record management allows administration and staff to more easily access vital information and to better collaborate with each other to share information and provide for students’ learning needs. It also saves time in training, as school staff only need to be trained on one system instead of several. Finally, an all-in-one student information system for admissions, academics, accounting and alumni relations allows for improving data control and security, as well as better integration of related information sets – making it a more practical choice than using multiple programs.

ABOUT SENIOR SYSTEMS

With Senior Systems, you only need to enter information once and access it everywhere. Eliminate the complications that come from trying to synchronize multiple copies of data across applications. Easily, seamlessly and securely manage the student lifecycle from prospect to alumni with our single database solution.

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How All-in-One Data Systems Encourage Student Loyalty

Private schools pride themselves on the strength of their communities. That community extends beyond the classroom to alumni, who provide essential financial and promotional support to develop the school’s reputation and build its resources. In an environment where there is increased pressure on schools to excel in its programs and students’ career advancement, alumni connections are an essential tool.

A school’s relationship with its alumni has progressed as technology has made communication easier and more personal. Innovative administrators have worked to enhance these relationships with personalized messaging and targeted donor marketing campaigns. As alumni are asked to do more than give money – on-campus participation is now often expected–schools have to work harder to impress former students and emphasize their importance to the institution. Administrators who have combined software solutions that keep information about students in one place have an easier job when it comes to reaching out to their former graduates.

Schools Rely on Alumni Contributions

In the absence of public funds, private schools rely on tuition fees and alumni contributions to fund their programs. Significant costs, such as the capital expenditures of new buildings and replacement of aging equipment, are often funded by donations. Scholarships and financial aid support students who meet the rigorous academic requirements of a private K-12 school but do not have the wealth to pay full tuition. Schools want top students; alumni donations provide the means for them to create an environment that encourages enrollment.

Alumni provide services that significantly enhance a school’s reputation. Their willingness to promote the school on social media, at industry events or upon return to campus for events is a testimonial to the institution’s quality. In particular, when alumni go on to have success in post-secondary education and in their industry, the school adds to its list of distinguished graduates. This makes the school more attractive to future generations of students.

Former students may have a more active role to play. They may directly assist in student recruitment by identifying star K-12 students at another institution or in the public system, who could benefit from transferring to the school. Alumni act as valued mentors to current students, providing advice and direction concerning future educational opportunities and promising careers. Schools, therefore, receive a significant return on the time and money they invest on alumni relations, as institutions and students alike have an enhanced experience as a direct result of alumni involvement.

How All-in-One Data Systems Encourage Student Loyalty

How Integrated Information on Alumni Improves Relationships

Comprehensive student systems allow schools to keep all information they have on an individual in one place. In a segregated system, the student’s admissions, grades and coursework, financial records, and extracurricular and club activities are separate from one another. Integrated systems permit administrators, or those with relevant information access and authority, to create a snapshot of a student’s entire history with the school.

This snapshot is of great value to an institution that wants to improve its alumni relations. Administrators can identify basic information, including years of attendance and destination upon graduation. They can also see who came in as a scholarship student and who was a legacy candidate–the latest in a line of attendees from one family. Specific interests, such as clubs, sports, and competitions, such as science fairs or debate teams, might also be in this database.

Schools can use this specific information to improve alumni relations. Previous scholarship winners might be invited back to speak at an event honoring new recipients of the same award. Donation campaigns might be specifically targeted, so alumni can contribute to an event or activity in which they participated. Previous debate team members might give money to new advocates. Science fair competitors might support budding scientists showing off their innovations.

Alumni know that their schools want their money, but institutions have to take that extra step to demonstrate that they are remembered and valued. In addition, targeted campaigns make alumni feel more connected to the school’s cause. It is often easier to raise funds from former students who know firsthand the value of the program, cause or piece of equipment the school is trying to support.

Database for a Comprehensive Student History

Transitioning to a comprehensive student system has many benefits. Staff members with a need to access several types of student information–course history, athletics, admissions, financials–can do so using one database. Privacy controls can also be implemented to protect students from breaches.

Since integrated systems require only one entry, in many cases, for each student, there is less room for error concerning biographical and contact information. With less paper and data entry, staff can save time and focus on more important tasks. Most importantly, it takes mere moments to create a snapshot of each treasured student. When those students become alumni, they will have a lifelong relationship with the school. As the school shows it has a vested interest in each student’s success, those students will reward that loyalty with its money, time, knowledge and mentorship.

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How To Use My BackPack FormBuilder To Collect Payments

FormBuilder is an add-on product for My BackPack that makes it easy for users to develop custom-created forms and communicates with parents and staff directly, electronically and paperlessly.

How My BackPack FormBuilder Works:

Develop Form

The 3rd Grade is getting excited about their annual class field trip. Mrs. Wilson, their teacher, knows that getting signed permission slips and trip payment each year is a process that takes time. Sometimes these notes get lost, parents delay responding, or checks are forgotten –requiring follow-up calls and emails.

How To Use My BackPack FormBuilder To Collect Payments

Mrs. Wilson had a quiet moment at home one evening, so she logged in to My BackPack using her secure password to create a message to parents about the field trip.

With FormBuilder, she created a form announcing the 3rd Grade field trip details such as time, date, where to meet, etc.

This type of trip requires a RSVP so she added a ‘YES’ button for parents to select if their child will be going on the trip. She also set up a ‘NO’ button with a note field if a child was not able to attend. She also noted a deadline to RSVP.

There is a cost to the trip so Mrs. Wilson specifies the amount of payment and adds a button so parents can make payments safely and securely.

Mrs. Wilson decides this was the perfect opportunity to have parents verify contact information. She selects fields (such as name, address, primary telephone contact, email, etc.) to be populated for each student and adds a note asking parents to kindly verify and correct contact information.

She saves the entire form in My BackPack.

Before she sends the form, she confirms that only children currently in the class will receive the note. One student recently moved away, and she wants to make sure that family does not receive a field trip note.

All looks good. She hits ‘SEND’ and planning for the 3rd Grade Class Trip is officially underway.

Parents Receive and Reply to Message

Each parent instantly receives an email in his or her inbox informing them about the upcoming trip details.

How To Use My BackPack FormBuilder To Collect Payments

Mrs. Bryan immediately opens her email because she saw the text her child’s teacher sent to her. She is pleased to send her child on the trip and responds by clicking ‘YES’ to RSVP. She then selects the payment button to have the cost of the trip charged to her credit card.

She reads Mrs. Wilson’s note about verifying contact information. The family email recently changed, so she enters the new email then clicks ‘SEND’.

Mrs. Wilson instantly gets a text notification about Mrs. Bryan’s response.

Mrs. Wilson approves the new contact information to replace the old contact information in the school database.

Database Reporting

Without further action by Mrs. Wilson, RSVP and Payment Status lists have been developed electronically for her. She also has a new class contact list available to print.

Accounting now knows who has paid for the trip, and this information has been updated in the family account.

Save countless hours, resources and headaches with a multi-step process easily simplified with My BackPack’s FormBuilder. For more information about FormBuilder, please visit the product page or contact our sales department for a live demonstration.

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Implementing Mobile Apps At Your School

Mobile apps have assisted in propelling the idea that they can do anything when it comes to online learning and management.

The question remains as to why more schools don’t integrate mobile apps into their budgets? When assessing 21st century skills, the management and understanding of mobile apps is critical. In addition, the practical integration of apps only helps to benefit students, families and teachers. In order for more independent schools to get on board, a school-wide discussion about the benefits is surely needed.

With the advance in technology and ease of owning a mobile device, traditional access to the Web has seen a sharp decline. Many families nowadays are taking advantage of online information through the use of apps, as well as mobile web browsers, much more routinely when compared with desktop computers or even tablets. By developing mobile apps that maximize school communication for classroom data, independent schools may augment family involvement. Moreover, it enhances individual scholarly execution by use of attendance tracking, class assignments, and instructor feedback.

Mobile apps are everywhere, including the Ascendance Mobile app – designed specifically for the Independent School. Ascendance Mobile for Parents, Students, and Faculty gives your community at-your-fingertips tools on their preferred devices. Leveraging Ascendance Mobile will make the day-to-day education experience more accessible and convenient for your parents, students, and teachers. When planning for your 2015-2016 school year, consider our solution in your mobile strategy.

Here are some of the features Ascendance Mobile has to offer:

  • Overview: Look at the students’ data, such as their names, grade level, adviser and homeroom teacher.
  • Marks: Students and families may view grades and instructor feedback.
  • Schedules: Have the daily inventory available at the tips of your fingertips.
  • Attendance: Parents can review daily assignments and attendance to ensure that students stay on top of class work.
  • Homework: Stay on top of homework, with ease.
  • Grades: Faculty can enter attendance through the app quickly and efficiently – no need to rekey data into a desktop at the end of the day!
  • Financial Account Status: Get real-time updates on account balances.
  • SECURITY: Your data is secure and controlled by you, meaning that you decide who can see what.

To learn more about Ascendance Mobile and all its capabilities, please contact us at 1-888-480-0102, Ext 2, email us at sales@senior-systems.com, or fill out this form to get in touch with a sales specialist.

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My BackPack Is Responsive

Web design has improved considerably over the last few years and the latest advancement in this field is responsive web design.

Responsive web design provides an enhanced viewing experience across a wide range of devices; from tablets to desktop computer monitors. One of the most cutting-edge advancements with responsive web design is optimized web page adjustment. This means that whatever device you choose to use, be it iPad, iPhone, tablet or traditional computer monitor, your on-screen graphics and text will automatically adjust for an optimal visual experience.

The catalyst for this advancement in technology is the consumer shift away from static PCs to tablets and mobile devices. This is particularly true in the education field where schools and universities are opting to download textbooks and other traditional material onto tablets. It is now common for students to carry tablets of various sizes and shapes to class, and it is important for us to ensure that our software supports the latest technology trends. Responsive web design asks the device: What is your resolution and screen size?

Once this information is processed, the web content is then reconfigured using flexible images and fluid grids to display the website correctly for the given screen. The size of your browser window is also adjusted “on the fly.”

At the heart of responsive web design is a fluid grid concept that sets page element sizing and pictures to be in relative units like percentages, rather than fixed units. This sometimes prevents them from appearing if they cannot be resized.

Responsive web design is a core function in the newly redesigned My BackPack. It allows users to access important and relevant student data from tablets and larger mobile devices. This news might be a surprise to some schools that use My BackPack and have not rolled out any tablet projects yet, but the new responsive web design will not visually differ much from the screen we’ve grown accustomed to using.

The Senior Systems responsive web design initiative allows schools to seamlessly adopt a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy, without developing expensive apps or limiting the hardware devices Students, Parents and Staff can use to access My BackPack. It also allows your school’s technical support team to concentrate on important issues that matter to your school, and not waste valuable time configuring hardware to work with My BackPack.

Senior Systems encourages customers to set up a tablet-based program because it opens up the benefits of the software and makes it possible for Students, Parents, and Staff to view schedules, edit grades, and pay tuition online while they are on the move.

This opens the way for direct communication between school and home, and improves interactions within the school community. It’s easy for Parents, Teachers and Students to find answers to various administrative questions, update their own profile and contact data, and interact with each other.

For example, Students and Parents can view schedules, a calendar, class attendance and discipline records, marking period grades, comments, and homework assignments without having to log into a static computer. They can make online payments via credit card or eCheck on the move. Schools and institutions can broadcast emails to selected groups of Students and Parents.

My BackPack makes all this a cinch with our new responsive web design technology!

To learn more about My BackPack and all its capabilities, please contact us at 1-888-480-0102, Ext 2, or email us at sales@senior-systems.com.

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My BackPack Redesign and Branding

Take Advantage of New Features


Most of our customers use My BackPack in conjunction with the Ascendance product line. With release 92_3, we rolled out a whole new look for the My BackPack portal. The new My BackPack offers a variety of new and improved customization options, as well as an overall redesign of the site.

  • A revised landing page and new navigation menu, including role-based menus, create an easier and more efficient user experience.
  • You have many more customization options, including the ability to specify page colors, tab and table colors, buttons, logos, and even a menu watermark. You will find many more opportunities to make the My BackPack site reflect your school’s character.

  • My BackPack has been optimized for tablets and other types of mobile device access. Some of the new tablet-friendly features include a responsive design format, which adapts the site to different devices and resolutions, and a completely new navigation menu.
  • A brand new message center can be used to create, display, and manage custom messages to students, parents, faculty, and alumni.

Contact Senior Systems Custom Branding Services to start planning your customizations, so you can take advantage of the latest design technologies. There are several redesign package options, one of which is offered to our existing customers for FREE!