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The Aeries.net Teacher Portal is an application accessed through a web browser that can be used by teachers within the classroom to update attendance, gradebook and grades in the Aeries™ database.

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Aeries.Net Teacher Portal Data
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Aeries Web Version - Teacher Portal


The Aeries Web Version Teacher Portal is an application accessed through a web browser that can be used by teachers within the classroom to update attendance, gradebook and grades in the Aeries''' database.


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The Portal application can also be made accessible to parents and students.

Remember:The Aeries Web Version Teacher Portal is a Web application and uses a single click when accessing programs.

TO ACCESS Teacher Portal

The Teacher Portal can be set up and accessed from any PC that has access to the Internet. The user login account must be set up by the System Administrator at the school district in order to have access to the system.

Teacher Portal can be viewed by any modern browser. It is recommended that Mac OS users not use Safari due to known issues that prevent the stable use of the Aeries Teacher Portal. Some features may not be available in some web browsers. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are compatible.

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To access Teacher Portal, type the name of the user into the User Name field and press Tab. Type the password that has been assigned in the Password field. When the User Name and Password have been entered the Year fields will now be accessible. Select the Database and Year and click the mouse on the Login button.

If the teacher has access to multiple schools, the School field will now be accessible and the drop down will display the schools that the teacher has permissions to access. Select the school and click the mouse on the Continue button.

NOTE: The log in page may look different than the above depending on your system configuration and school access.

Utilizing the Navigation Tree

Click the mouse on the Sign In button and the Teacher Home Page will display. The left side of the page will display a Navigation tree that allows easy access to the data. To expand the different nodes drag the mouse over to the symbol and click the mouse. The node will expand and all available data nodes will display. For example below, the Student Data list has expanded and all additional student data nodes now display. To collapse the Student Data node drag the mouse over to the minus sign and click the mouse. Student Data available for the teacher to view is configured by the System Administrator.

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NOTE: In the Classic Blue theme the symbol to the left of the node is a + or -, in the default Steel Blue theme the symbol is a right-pointing or down-pointing triangle.


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My Favorites

The Navigation Tree contains a large amount of programs that you may not need to utilize often. The My Favorites node displayed at the top of the Navigation Tree can be setup to create nodes for specific various forms and reports that can be accessed quickly.

To set a My Favorites, start on the form or report to be added to

My Favorites, such as Discipline.

Click the mouse on the My Favorites node while on the form or report to be added. Click the mouse on the Edit My Favorites node. The Favorites box will display. Click the mouse on the Add to Favorites button.

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The form or report selected will now display under the My Favorites node and the number of forms or reports added will display.

Teacher Home Page

The Teacher Home Page can display the following items that will be detailed in this document:

  • Class Summary
  • Quick Student Search
  • Teacher Resource Center
  • Calendar
  • Attendance Summary
  • Intervention Caseload
  • Briefcase
  • My Tasks
  • Online Resources

Below is an example of the Teacher Home page for a secondary school.

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The items to display on the Teacher Home page can be controlled by using the Edit Home Page option under the My Options dropdown in the top right corner. Items can be deselected and will not display to teachers.

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IP Address

The top of the Teacher Home page now displays the user's current IP address in addition to the IP address and date/time of the previous login. This should help alert teachers if an unauthorized login has occurred.

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Class Summary

A Class Summary widget has been added to the Teacher Home Page in secondary schools. The Class Summary displays the teacher's sections they are currently teaching and displays valuable data about each section such as total students enrolled and provides direct links to their class gradebooks.

An example of secondary teachers Class Summary is below.

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This widget also allows teachers to identify their Class Website for each section. The Class Website and Access Code can be used to point students and parents to the teacher's School Loop, Edline, or other Class Websites the teacher has set up.   The Access Code is purely informational and is normal for some of these "class website builder applications."

When the website is entered, a Visit Website button will be available to Students and Parents in the Parent Portal.

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If Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is configured in Aeries, teachers will be able to create a classroom in Google Classroom and join students with Google accounts to that class automatically.

The GAFE integration is only displayed if the school already has Google integration turned on. The following will display when the teacher clicks on the Add Website button on the Teacher Home Page.

Click on the Create Google Classroom button to create a Google Classroom and add students with Google accounts to that class automatically.

The Visit Website button will be available to Students and Parents in the Parent Portal and the GAFE Access Code will display.

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Refer to the following document on the Aeries Website for more information on Google Authentication.

Google_Authentication.pdf

Quick Student Search

The Quick Student Search is available to the teachers on the Teacher Home page.

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The teacher can search for all students, current students or previous students. A student can be located by entering the complete student name, the student's last name, first couple letters of the student's last name or first letter to locate all students starting with that letter. After the name has been entered click the mouse on the GO button or press Enter and student's meeting this criteria will display.

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By using the Student Search, the teacher can also limit the students by class.  On the Search box, there is a dropdown that will display their current classes.  When you select a class, the system will limit to those students when selecting any page on the navigation and moving forward or backward.

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Students who have a date in the SSA Date (Safe School Act) field on the Assertive Discipline form will display with a red SSA to the right of their name.

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Teacher Resource Center

The Teacher Resource Center will give links to teachers to Aeries Documentation, Videos, Tips and Tricks, the New Aeries Teacher Community on AnswerBase.com. Also available is the Aeries UserVoice page for teachers to submit and vote on change requests, and recent changes to Aeries that impact teachers.

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Calendar

On the right of the Teacher Home Page is an Event Calendar. Teachers can post events that their students and parents will see. Gradebook assignments will automatically show up for students and parents. The School or District also has the ability to post events that EVERYONE will see in Teacher Portal. Examples of events include Back-To-School-Night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, or when Report Cards are scheduled to be sent home. The Event Calendar can be displayed by Day or Month. The following is the Month view.

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Attendance Summary

The left section will display Attendance Summaries for the school for today as well as previous days.

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Intervention Caseload

If a teacher is listed as a Stakeholder on a student's Intervention record and is granted security permissions, the Teacher Home Page displays an Intervention Caseload section. This allows the teacher to navigate directly to the student Intervention record where they can add data to the record. The students Goals and Target Dates will display to the teacher.

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Briefcase

The ability for teachers and students to upload files into the system can be granted on a school-by-school basis by your System Administrator. Once the Enable Briefcase Portal Option has been configured, the teachers will see their Briefcase on the Teacher Home Page when they log into the Teacher Portal. The Briefcase consists of an Assignment Section and an Upload Files section.

The My Uploaded Files section lists the files that the teacher has uploaded into the system.

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My Tasks

The My Tasks section can be used by teachers to enter tasks that can be checked off as completed or deleted. To add a new task, the teacher can type the task and click on the Add button. The tasks can only be viewed by the teacher who entered them.

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Online Resources

URLs can be entered to display on Teachers, Counselors or Parents and Students Home pages of the Portal. The Update Links for Online Resource Center page is under School Info | Configurations. Below is an example of Resources on the Teacher Home Page.

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Attendance

The Attendance page can be accessed for attendance update or display. The Attendance node is available on the Navigation tree for the teacher. The Current Period for the teacher signed into Teacher Portal and all students currently enrolled for that period will display. The Current Period is determined according to the school bell schedule.

To take attendance, the teacher can click in the applicable boxes of A for Absent or T for Tardy to the right of the student's name. Changes are effective immediately.

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The attendance page uses a visual indicator to highlight student rows. When users hover their mouse over a student row, that row will be highlighted in green.

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To change the date or period to post attendance for, click the mouse on the Attendance Date or Period dropdown at the top of the page.

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The current date will display in green in the date dropdown.

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The All Remaining Students are Present button at the top of the page can be used to mark all students present for the selected period.

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After attendance has been submitted for a period, a green message will display the date and time the attendance was submitted.

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If attendance was not submitted, a red message will display on the top of the page indicating which period attendance was not submitted for. The period will also show in red in the period dropdown list. If the school allows back posting of attendance, a red message will display when applicable for the previous day only.

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The attendance page has an Absence Totals area on the right side of the page that shows a total of absences that have been given to a student by type of absence.

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The Absence totals do not automatically update when an attendance code is clicked on for a student. After attendance has been taken for a student or period, click the mouse on the Refresh Now button at the bottom of the page which will refresh the absence totals and update the area with the latest totals. Each time Refresh Now is clicked, it will update the date and time that the page was last refreshed.

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NOTE: Attendance MUST be submitted regardless if there are no absences or tardies.

Add/Dropped Students

In Portal Options, the option "# Days to Display Add & Drops" can be entered by the administrator to display new and dropped students for a specific number of days.

New students scheduled into the class will display with the word NEW in red next to their name.

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Dropped students will display at the top of the attendance page with the drop date and reason.

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SSA Date (Safe School Act)

Students who have a date in the SSA Date (Safe School Act) field on the Assertive Discipline form will display with a red SSA to the right of their name.

If the teacher portal group has at least Read permisisons to the Assertive Discipline page, teachers will be able to click on SSA and be taken to the Assertive Discipline page for the student. If the teacher portal group does not have permission to the Assertive Discipline page, SSA will still display in red but will not do anything when clicked on.

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The attendance page displays a profile and calendar icon to the left of each student name. Clicking the mouse on the Profile icon will take the user to the Profile page for that student.

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Clicking the mouse on the Calendar icon to the left of the student name will take the user to that student's attendance detail page.

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Certain attendance rules can be applied by the district. They can include restricting the times that teachers are able to post attendance. If the district has restricted attendance to only be taken during the period class time and that time has passed, the ability to take attendance will be disabled. The following is an example of a message that will display to the teacher.

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Attendance Notes

In Portal Options, there are two options available for attendance notes. Teachers can view attendance notes by others and/or add or update attendance notes. The appropriate permissions need to be granted to the Portal Group for Teachers under the Security area for Attendance Notes.

An icon will display on the teacher attendance page to view and/or update attendance notes.

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Clicking on the icon will display the note.

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Attendance By Photo

The Attendance by Photo page allows teachers to be able to assign students to seats and take attendance by seating chart and photograph. Click the mouse on the Attendance by Photo node on the Navigation tree and the following page will display.

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To assign student photographs to the photo chart, first select the correct class period from the dropdown list at the top of the page.

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The page will display available student photographs in the Unassigned Students column. To assign students to the photo chart, click the mouse on the Assign Students To Seats button.

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The page will display in edit mode. The Columns To Show and the Rows To Show values determine how many photographs display horizontally and vertically. These numbers can be adjusted from the default by typing in a new numeric value and then clicking on the Refresh button.

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After clicking on the Refresh button, the chart will display the new number of photo chart boxes.

To assign a student photograph to the chart, click the mouse on the student photo in the Unassigned Seats column and drag and drop it to the desired location on the chart. To secure the photo in place click the mouse on the photo.

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Once all photos are placed on the photo chart, they will show with a red x on the top right corner of each photo. Clicking on the red x will remove the photo from the chart and place it back in the Unassigned Students column.

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After the photographs have been assigned to the photo chart, attendance can be taken on the Attendance by Photo page by clicking on an absence code letter that displays to the right of the student photo. When a code is selected for a student, it will turn green which indicates the absence code has been recorded for the student.

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To clear the attendance by photo chart for a period, click the mouse on the Assign Students To Seats link and then select the correct class period from the period dropdown list. The photo chart will be back in edit mode. At the top of the page click the mouse on the Clear All Seats button. The following message will display. To clear all of the photos from the chart click the mouse on the OK button.

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The chart will be cleared and the student photographs will be displayed in the Unassigned Students column again.

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The Attendance by Photo page has a Mass Assign Seats option when assigning seats to students. This option will allow a teacher to mass assign by student name or randomly. It will also fill the photos on the chart across or down. This option will only affect students who are still listed in the Unassigned Students column. After selecting a By and Fill option, click the mouse on the OK button. The student photos will then be mass assigned.

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The Attendance by Photo page also displays a Profile and Calendar icon to the left of each student name. Clicking the mouse on the Profile icon will take the user to the Profile page for that student.

Clicking the mouse on the Calendar icon to the left of the student name will take the user to that students attendance detail page.

Students who have a date in the SSA Date (Safe School Act) field on the Assertive Discipline form will display with a red SSA to the left of their name. If the teacher portal group has at least Read permisisons to the Assertive Discipline page, teachers will be able to click on SSA and be taken to the Assertive Discipline page for the student. If the teacher portal group does not have permission to the Assertive Discipline page, SSA will still display in red but will not do anything when clicked on.

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Attendance By Month

Positive attendance schools have the option to take attendance by month. The System Administrator can select the Post Attendance by Month option in Portal Options. When the option is selected, the navigation tree will include Teacher Attendance by Month when logged in as a teacher.

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The following page will display to teachers.

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Teachers can take attendance by clicking in the boxes to the right of the student's name in the applicable date column. When using Attendance by Month in a Positive Attendance school, a Present code will be submitted. Changes are effective immediately.

The Mark Absent if not Present option can be used to mark all students absent for the day by selecting the check box at the top right of the date column. The Absent code will be submitted where the Present check box is not selected for all students in the class for that date.

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Elementary School Lunch Count

Elementary schools can enter a lunch count for the current day on the attendance page. At the top of the attendance page a lunch count area will display. The lunch count types that display are from the COD table for table LNC and field TY.

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Enter the lunch count information and then click the mouse on the Save Lunch Count button to save the data.

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GRADEBOOK

To access Gradebooks, click the mouse on the Gradebook

node on the Navigation tree.

The Gradebook Dashboard page will display with existing gradebooks as well as the option to add a new Gradebook.

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The following is an example of the Scores By Class page in the gradebook which can be used to enter scores for students in gradebooks.

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NOTE: Full detailed Gradebook documentation for Elementary and Secondary schools can be found in the following document.

HTML_Gradebook.pdf

Grades

Secondary Schools

The Grade page can be accessed for updating or display from the Grades node on the Navigation tree. The Grade page will display for the teacher signed into Teacher Portal. All students currently enrolled will display. A message will display in yellow indicating the period of time that a teacher can post to a student's grades.

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Click the mouse on the Period dropdown to select a different period.

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Use the Edit All Records button to add or update a current mark for the grading period displayed. The page will change from View only to Edit mode.

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A dropdown listing will display to select the Valid Marks, Citizenship, Work Habits and Comment fields. Select the applicable values.

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To load grades click the mouse on the Load Grades From Gradebook button on the top of the page.

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Any data changes made on the page are effective immediately. When done editing or adding data, click the mouse on the Done Editing button to change back to the view only display.

'NOTE: Any data changes made on the Grades page in the "Edit all Records" mode will be effective immediately 'regardless of clicking on the "Done Editing" button. The "Done Editing" button merely changes the page back to view only display.

Elementary School

The Standards-Based Grades page can be accessed for update or display Navigation tree for the teacher signed into Teacher Portal.

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The page has a dropdown with a student list to select a student and enter marks.

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A View By Standard option is available to enter marks for all students for the selected standard.

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A Mass Add Marks option is available when in View by Standard. This will allow the teacher to mass add the same mark for all students and then change by student if necessary.

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To load grades click the mouse on the Load Grades From Gradebook button on the top of the page. This will walk the teacher through the steps of loading gradebook assignments into the Standard Based Grade report card.

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Student Data

The System Administrator can select certain student information that can be viewed or edited by teachers. To view the student information available, click the mouse on the Student Data node on the Navigation tree, then click on Demographics.

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NOTE: Student data available for the teacher to view is determined and setup by the System Administrator.

Student Data – Assertive Discipline

To display a student's Assertive Discipline records, click the mouse on the Guidance node on the Navigation tree and click on Assertive Discipline. The following page will display. The most recent Assertive Discipline record will display. To change records select a record from the dropdown list at the top of the page.

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Student Data - Discipline

To display a student's Discipline records, click the mouse on the Guidance node on the Navigation tree and click on Discipline. The following page will display.

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Various Display Options are available on the Discipline page. Click the mouse on the dropdowns to display the sort options. Use the Refresh icon to change the display order.

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Certain pages in the Aeries Web Version Teacher Portal can be configured by the System Administrator for teachers to Insert, Update or Delete data. An example is the Discipline page. If the System Administrator has enabled teachers to be able to Insert data for the Discipline page the Add New Record button will display.

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To add a new Discipline record, click the mouse on the Add New Record button and the following page will display. Enter the information and click on the Save icon.

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The new Discipline record will now display on the Discipline page.

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Teacher Reports

View All Reports contains various reports that are available for teachers based upon their security. One such report is Avery 5160 Labels.

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Label options vary between school types. An Elementary School teacher would have slightly different label options available to them than a High School teacher would have.

Elementary Teacher Label Options: High School Teacher Label Options:

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Mailing Labels can be addressed to either Parents or to Students.

Examples of Student Name Labels and Student Info Labels are below.

Student Name Labels       Student Info Labels colspan = "2" colspan = "2"|

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Teacher Miscellaneous

The Teacher Miscellaneous node on the navigation tree contains several functions that are available for teachers based upon their security.

Send Emails

Permissions need to be granted to the Teacher Portal Group for Mass Email under the School Information section, for the teachers to see a Send Emails option under the Teacher Misc. node on the Navigation tree.

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The following page will display when Send Emails is selected.

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The Add Recipients button will display various options for the teacher to select email addresses. Below is the page for secondary school teacher. The Period and Class radio buttons will allow them to send emails to the entire class. Emails can then be selected or removed from the list.

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After selecting students, students need to be moved to the lower section of the page by clicking the Add Selected or Add All buttons in the middle of the page. Students can be highlighted and removed from the list by using the Remove Selected or Remove All buttons in the middle of the page. Click the OK button to continue or Cancel when the list on the bottom of the page is complete.

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The following page will display to continue with the email. Click on the Send Email button when the subject and text have been completed and you are ready to send the email. A confirmation message will display.

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A confirmation email will be sent to the teacher.

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System Access Log

If permissions are granted to the Teacher Portal Group

for System Access Log under the School Information

section, the teachers will then see a System Access Log

option under the Teacher Misc. node on the Navigation tree.

Clicking on the System Access Log option will display the following page for the teacher.

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Columns displayed on the System Access Log include:

  • Account – Name of the Account the record is associated with
  • Email Address – Email address of the account
  • Student Name – Name of student viewed
  • Perm ID – The perm ID number of the student being viewed
  • Type – The type of portal account. P is for Parent and S is for Student.
  • Date/Time – Shows when the record was viewed.

The top portion of the System Access Log page has different filter options a teacher can use to select records to view. The Information Area dropdown list is used to select which area of the Portal to view records for.

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Teacher Query

Query is now available for Teachers. If permissions are granted for Query for Teachers under the Aeries Query Features section, the teachers will then see a Query node on the Navigation tree.

Permissions can be granted for selected users or for the Teacher Portal Group.

There is a new security area called Query for Teachers that can be enabled for all or selected teachers. In addition to Portal Group permissions, teacher type accounts can be given additional Group and User permissions.

Query for Teachers is available under the Aeries Query Features section on the Security page. Read only access is available.
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The Query page will display. Only the tables that the user or Teacher Portal Group have permissions to will display on the Query form. Teacher Query will also honor the Field Level Security settings.

Teachers must include the STU table in all queries and do not have access to the CHANGE, KEEP, or SKIP commands.


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More information on Aeries Web Query is available at the following link:



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