iNow provides grades, attendance records, and printable report cards. Elementary grades' standards-based report cards are also included in iNow.
In iNow, parents have one account with all your children linked to that account. Visit the school office of one of your children with your driver's license to obtain your login information. Middle and high school students may request an iNow account to view the grade information only (i.e. no siblings).
Edmodo is a tool used by teachers to communicate assignments to students. By creating a parent account, you can keep track of all your children's assignments (for those teachers using this tool). Teachers also use this tool to send messages to parents. Through your parent account, you can select to receive emails and/or text messages every time an assignment is made. The Calendar feature in the iPhone and Android apps is particularly useful as you can see all the assignments due for the week.
Each of your children will have an individual account linked to their teachers through "class codes." Parents have one account linked to their children through "Parent Codes." If you child creates a new Edmodo account, you will need to "re-link" it to your parent account. [By storing logins through the HCS login organizer, your child should be able to keep the same Edmodo account year to year.]
STAR tests are administered several times a year to elementary, middle, and sometimes high school students to gauge how students are performing in the areas of Reading and Math. The performance is compared to students across the nation. These reports are typically available immediately after your child has taken the test. However, once a new test is administered, older reports are no longer available. All your children can be linked to one parent account. If you have problems accessing your child's STAR report online please contact your child's teacher.
Would you like to receive an email every time your child takes an Accelerated Reader test? The email includes the book title, score, and points earned. This tool also offers the ability to search book titles and view the reading level and potential points earned for reading. It is officially called "Home Connect."
To set up email notification, parents must log into each student's account.
Our school district offers many tools to help keep parents engaged with your child's learning. These can be daunting to navigate. Here are links and instructions for the key tools to help you stay engaged in your child's academics!
Canvas - The Canvas Learning Management Platform allows schools to build the digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges faced by their institution. Canvas simplifies teaching, elevates learning, and eliminates the headaches of supporting and growing traditional learning technologies.
Password Organizer - download this document to help keep track of all the HCS logins - parents and students. We recommend printing it on a bright colored paper!
HCS Help Desk - 256-428-6900
Khan Academy - instrutional videos on many topics
NetSmartz - Information about keeping your children safe in our digital environment
Naviance - HCS students in 9th - 12th grades have access to a great college and career research tool called Naviance Family Connection. Naviance has a number of great features including ACT Test Prep, college search, college SuperMatch, a list of local scholarships, career search, Road Trip Nation (short videos by teens for teens related to careers), resume builder, and much more! Counselors are visiting classes this fall to introduce the program and to ensure students are able to log in, and they will continue to work with students throughout the year to share different features of the program and to guide students through activities.
Follow these steps to log in to Naviance and check it out! Go to www.succeed.naviance.com. Click on "Sign in for Students and Families" at the bottom. The student username is firstname.lastname and password is his/her date of birth (MMDDYY).