Monday, March 19, 2012

Summer School is off and Running!

Rebecca Austin Burke posted on School District of Janesville’s Facebook Wall
"Thank you for making this the easiest ever summer school registration. It was sooo fast and easy!!!"

Summer School 2012 was officially launched at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday March 17th with the opening of the registration window for elementary students. This is the third year the School District of Janesville utilized an online registration system. Parents had the opportunity to register students from any computer terminal using their family access information, the same user name and password used during the regular school year. Our district also opened several buildings including the Educational Services Center to allow parents to access the expertise available from our district staff.

The great news is fewer parents felt the need to use these services because the online system was retooled by the Instructional Technology staff based on feedback from last year's users. In fact, the District has received e-mails of thanks and phone calls recognizing how much easier the system worked this year. We are pleased the changes have improved customer satisfaction and our summer school staff will continue to work with our stakeholders to continuously improve service to our families.

For the second year, the district accessed the expertise of our High School Spanish Honor Society students to assist parents at school registration sites. Parker and Craig students embraced the opportunity to utilize the skills learned in class to help our non-English speaking families. Once again, they did not disappoint. Feedback from parents and staff was extremely positive. Our student ambassadors not only used their language skills but also demonstrated their knowledge of technology while assisting all families with the registration process. Thank you to our student volunteers for giving up a beautiful Saturday morning to provide a helping hand to our families.

Please take time to visit the summer school pages of our website. Registration for Middle and High school students opens in mid April. Out of District students will be able to join our students in Summer School later this spring. As always, some classes close quickly (such as swim and golf) so don't wait to go on-line to register your students. If a change is needed, don't hesitate to contact the summer school office at 608-743-5042. Some changes can be made over the phone or please stop at the Educational Services Center.

One of our new parents from Pennsylvania said it best Saturday morning,
"Seriously ---I owe you how much for my two children --- seriously! This is the awesome. We are so glad we moved here and we just bought our first house. Thank you for offering this for our kids."

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