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User Guide. Table of Contents. Logging In Ascend SMS Screen Layout Admin Home Tab 4. Initial School Setup. Logging In From an internet browser, go to your school’s Ascend SMS website https :// yourschool .ascendsms.com /

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User guide

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Ascend SMS User Guide


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Table of Contents

Logging In

Ascend SMS Screen Layout

Admin Home Tab

4. Initial School Setup

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  • Logging In

  • From an internet browser, go to your school’s Ascend SMS website

    • https://yourschool.ascendsms.com/

  • Log In using the credentials given to you by your school’s Ascend SMS Administrator

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Ascend SMS Screen Layout

On All Screens

  • Across the top displays your school logo – which is hyperlinked to your school website – together with your school name and address.

  • Clicking on the ASCEND SMS logo always brings you back to this “Home” screen .

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Ascend SMS Screen Layout

On All Screens

  • This tabbed menu bar varies based upon user-id type and available content.

  • Some users will have more and/or different tabs than other users.

  • Each tab may have sub menus.

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Ascend SMS Screen Layout

On All Screens

  • The left hand side displays the SECURE AREA , which describes the current date, term, and user login information

  • User can also select to change their password or to logout on any screen.

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Admin Home Tab

  • The admin’s home tab is used to manage:

    • Users

    • Batch

    • Term

    • Effort Card

    • Grading Scale Subjects

    • Classes

    • Grade Indication

    • Assignment Category

    • Promotion

    • Shift Student

    • Assign

    • Honor Grade

    • Headroom Search

    • Vitality

    • Mailing Address Report

    • ACR Time sheet

    • Social Media Links

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Initial School Setup

Change batch name.

Set Terms – Trimester / Quarters

Define Effort

Review Grading Scale

Set Subjects

Add Classes

Import Students

Import Teachers

Assign Classes to Teachers

Set Default Assignment Categories

E-Classrooms

Parent Account Letter

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Select Batch from the home tab.

Click the edit icon.

Rename the Batch to the current school year.

Set the start date to 08/01 of the school year and the end date to 06/24 of the ending year.

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The revised batch should look similar to the image above.

The batch name will be transferred to the report card.

The start and end dates define your school year.

The check batch indicates the school year that is being used system wide.

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Select Term from the home tab.

Verify the term type is correct for your school.

Click on the term name to define dates within your schools grading periods.

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Edit each term detail to set the correct dates.

Update after revising the start and end dates.

Repeat until all terms have been set.

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Sample of the defined terms after revision.

Please note that the terms do not have any dates undefined within the school year. After a term ends, the next term begins the following day.

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Select Effort Card from the home tab.

Review each description of the effort card by selecting the defined name.

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Effort Card Defaults

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To change the Letter/Number of the description, click edit.

Update after changes.

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If additional effort marks are needed within an effort card, click on add effort letter.

Enter new information and save.

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Select Grading Scale from the home tab.

Review each description of the grading scale by selecting the defined name.

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Grading Scales

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To change the range of a letter grade, click into the minimum value cell and change it to your desired value. Click save.

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Additional Grading Scales may be created to suit the needs of your school. Select Add Grading Scale to customize a new scale.

Name the new scale and save.

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Subjects appear on the report card and receive a grade.

Select Subjects from the home tab.

Review the default subjects and subheadings. Click edit to view the subheadings.

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If a default subject does not apply to you school, simply delete the subject.

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Triple confirmation of deletion

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Add New Subject

Click Add Subject

Add new subject and save.

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After saving, click edit to enter the subheadings of the new subject.

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From this screen, add all of your school classes by homeroom.

Click Add Class.

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Name of homeroom class

Class code, if any

Select term.

Select Grading Scale

Select Effort Card

Uncheck any subjects that will not appear on the report card. The selected subject will appear on all of the students’ report card.

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Repeat the process until all homerooms have been added.

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Import Students

From the Classes screen, click the Import icon.

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Prepare the class list where A = StudentID, B = Last Name, and C = First Name. If your school does not have a student id for each child, use the following format.

First 2 digits = graduation year + 4 digits

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Browse to the location of your class list by clicking, “Browse.”

Click “Import” to upload the class list. By adding students through the import tool, a parent account is automatically created.

Confirmation message will appear after importing successfully.

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Users will now appear when selecting home.

Select “Classes” from the Home tab and repeat the process until all students have been assigned to their homerooms.

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Keep your class list to update your student profiles. Import/Update will be developed to meet your school’s data requirements.

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From the main menu bar, select import teachers from the Teachers tab.

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Prepare your teacher list where A=Title, B=First Name, C=Last Name, and D= email address. This document needs to be saved in a csv format.

Select “Browse” and find your teacher document.

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Click “import” to complete the process.

Select the Teachers tab to verify the import.

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Hover over to view the teacher’s password.

Click on LoginID to access the teacher’s portal.

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Click the number under the column, Classes, to view the teacher’s assigned classes.

Select “Assign Class” to assign a class to a teacher.

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Choose all subjects within the Class that are assigned to the selected teacher.

Choose “Home room teacher” if the selected teacher is the homeroom teacher of the selected class.

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Using your teacher matrix as a guide, continue assigning classes until all subjects at every grade level have been assigned.

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Upon completion, all subjects within a class will be assigned to a teacher. Personal Development and Work / Study will not be assigned to any teacher. The subheadings of these areas are made available to teachers through the subject report.

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Select “Assignment Category” from the Home tab.

Click “Add Assignment Category.”

Assignment Categories added by the admin will push out to the entire school. Teachers may create their own categories that will be limited to their account.

I recommended creating the categories of Test, Quiz, and Homework.

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After clicking “Add assignment category,” type the new category in the assignment category field.

Repeat until all school wide assignment categories are entered.

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Step 1:

Go to St. Martin of Tours webpage

Because Ascend SMS resides on the internet, you can access it from anywhere,

anytime if you have access to the internet.

Type yourschool.ascendsms.com into your web browser’s address bar.

https://yourschool.ascendsms.com

  • Step 2:

  • Log In to Ascend SMS:

  • Login Id = your first initial, last name

  • Password = your last name

  • For Example:

    • Teacher Name: Craig Phillips

    • Login Id = cphillips

    • Password = phillips


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Step 3:

Edit Your Profile Information:

After logging into the system, select edit my profile from the left hand navigation panel.


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Step 4:

Complete all fields and then select update when finished.

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  • Personal information such as your address will NOT be posted to the web


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Step 5:

Setting Up E-Classroom: Select a Class

In the top left corner, select the E-Classroom button.


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Step 6:

Updating E-ClassRoomthe Home Tab.

Pictures can be uploaded from the picture icon (200KB max).

When finished, select “Update Page Content” to save your changes.


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Step 7:

Updating E-ClassRoomthe Links and Contacts Tab.

Click to create webpage links in the Related Links section.

Click to add contacts in the Related Contacts section.

Note: http:// is required!


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Step 8:

Updating E-ClassRoom: the File Management Tab.

Click to create new folders to store files that you wish to share.

For example, you might want a Study Guide Folder to upload specific documents to share with your students.


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Step 9:

Viewing your new E-ClassRoom webpage

Go to https://yourschool.ascendsms.com/eclassrooms and select your class!

Welcome to Ascend SMS!


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