General Announcements or Messages on Reports

Asked by Francisco Cortes on 2015-01-10

When generating report cards it would be nice to have a few more items to populate reports with

1. A Global general message (a text area) that can be applied to the entire school so when the report is generated all report cards could have the general message on them.

2. A Section general message (same as 1 but for sections)

3. A Grade level General message (same as 1 but for Levels)

4. A Course General message (same as 1 but for Courses)

This happens to be the only reason why we're not implementing schooltool at the school that I work at..... yet!! (I wanted to cry becuase I love what you guys have put together... keep up the excelent work)

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2015-01-17
Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #1

Hi Francisco,

Could you tell me what kind of things would go in these messages? I'm just a bit unsure of what the context would be. Do these change frequently?

Francisco Cortes (kornho) said : #2

Hello

I thought it might be usefull to have at least 2 sections that can be edit to add info onto a report card:
a global general message and a section general message

a global general message could have something like:

- a greeting
- an image
- school's email and phone number
- schools website link
- general schedule to address parent's inquiries.
- return dates (for report cards given prior a vacation term)
- information of the meaning of the grading scale being used. (what A means, and what B means.. etc)

This is a section that can be entered by a clerk or an admin.

a section general message could have, in our particular case the following:

Our school show parents what was evaluated during the term on the report card. and a "section general message" on the report card would allow a teacher in charge of the section to enter a paragraph with that information which will apply for the section evaluated and is expected to be shown on the report:

A simplify example of what we show could be sometjing like this for, say, section: math - 1st - P1

"
goal: basic math operations
indicadors:
- the student knowns how to add
- the student knowns how to substract
- the student knowns how to multiply
- the student knowns how to divide
"

Here's a portion of what we show on a report card: that ilustrate where we show the goals and indicators per section, evaluated during that grading term on a real report

http://grab.by/DNKc

On top you can see the section with the grades for the each one of the periods and the average for each subject, which could be done, partially in schooltool already,
and below yo can see the goals and indicators evaluated for that grading term on each section, which are the same for each student for that section, the goals and indicators change on every grading period and in our case we have 4 periods in the year.

hope that clarifies what we were looking for in regards to reports.

Thank you for your interest.

Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #3

OK, that helps.

For the school-wide part, it would probably be easiest to just let the school set the size of a blank area at the top of the page and remove all our default header stuff. Then you could essentially just do whatever you want at the top of the page in a word processor and essentially just run the sheets through the printer twice (once for your "letterhead" then the actual data). The problem is otherwise we end up with a fairly complicated layout setup interface. It is possible, certainly, but rather involved, and I'm not particularly confident that we'd end up with something easy to use that would satisfy enough people to bother.

The section comments it seems to me are really course comments. One obvious way to do this (that would work for sections too, actually), would be to allow you to add the course description to the "outline" layout in the report card.

Also, we can do custom report card layout rather inexpensively. It is a lot easier than elaborating on our generic layout form.

jerome jones (blessedchild44) said : #4

how much will it cost to do a custom layout. Id like that too

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:46 PM, Tom Hoffman <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Question #260407 on SchoolTool changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/schooltool/+question/260407
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> Tom Hoffman proposed the following answer:
> OK, that helps.
>
> For the school-wide part, it would probably be easiest to just let the
> school set the size of a blank area at the top of the page and remove
> all our default header stuff. Then you could essentially just do
> whatever you want at the top of the page in a word processor and
> essentially just run the sheets through the printer twice (once for your
> "letterhead" then the actual data). The problem is otherwise we end up
> with a fairly complicated layout setup interface. It is possible,
> certainly, but rather involved, and I'm not particularly confident that
> we'd end up with something easy to use that would satisfy enough people
> to bother.
>
> The section comments it seems to me are really course comments. One
> obvious way to do this (that would work for sections too, actually),
> would be to allow you to add the course description to the "outline"
> layout in the report card.
>
> Also, we can do custom report card layout rather inexpensively. It is a
> lot easier than elaborating on our generic layout form.
>
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Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #5

It depends on the complexity, but basically USD $75/hr. for the time we estimate your case will take. We've done a lot of these so we can turn them around pretty quick, including making a .deb package for easy installation on your server. You can email me at <email address hidden> if you want a quote.

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