Every day we hear stories from our partner districts that are so inspiring, we want to share them with the whole Synergy® family. That’s why we’ve introduced a new awards program – the Synergy Achievement Awards – to serve as a platform for recognizing outstanding client success stories each year.
Winners will be announced and honored in November at Synergy Connect in Scottsdale, Arizona.
$5,000 Technology Grant RecipientMaintaining Alt. Ed. Enrollment During the Pandemic
Students at Kingman USD’s alternative education campus face many challenges completing their education, and when the pandemic hit in March, those challenges became even more difficult. One Kingman student a who lives in a remote area had been getting to school either by helicopter or a seven-mile hike followed by a van ride. Other students were struggling to balance work obligations with the need to visit the school campus. By leveraging Synergy’s distance learning capabilities at this campus, Kingman USD prevented an estimated 80% drop in enrollment due to quarantine and lack of in-person engagements. With the use of StudentVUE® and distance learning, students can now complete their school work from home when it’s most convenient for them, eliminating the need for heroic commutes and meeting their extracurricular responsibilities.
As a collateral benefit, a Kingman staff member with a chronic illness who was unable to resume her duties on campus due to the pandemic was able to continue playing an active part in enrollment and data management at the district.
$2,500 Technology Grant RecipientImproved Graduation and College Acceptance Rates
Using Synergy’s reporting tools, Empower College Prep not only achieved a 90% graduation rate at their high school – a dramatic improvement – but 90% of those students also went on to be accepted into colleges and universities.
$2,500 Technology Grant RecipientDramatic Cost Savings With Synergy Analytics
Charles County Public Schools was able to eliminate software licenses for their database warehouse and legacy database platform by using Synergy Analytics. The district realized significant savings in both dollars and staff resources as a result and gained 200 Analytics pages detailing pertinent information such as enrollment, discipline, attendance, and health.
$2,500 Technology Grant RecipientImprovements in Discipline Management
Prior to implementing Synergy, teachers at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District were writing out all of their classroom behavior referrals on paper and submitting them to their principal. These referrals would accumulate until school administrative staff would then have to manually enter this data into their legacy SIS. The delay in data entry and the lack of detail provided on the handwritten forms prevented the district from using the information to benefit students and improve classroom behavior. Normalizing the use of major and minor discipline referrals within Synergy solved that. Principals now have immediate access to the discipline data and the results of these incidents are fed right back to the teachers closing that communication loop.
$2,500 Technology Grant RecipientImprovements in Absence Reporting
Before enabling Synergy’s ParentVUE® absence reporting, parents were calling into an attendance hotline to report their child’s absence. School staff would have to sift through dozens of voicemail messages every morning and manually enter that attendance data into Synergy. By enabling absence reporting right in ParentVUE, they were able to save hundreds of staff work hours per year time, freeing up resources and getting immediate access to the attendance data.
$2,500 Technology Grant RecipientFlexible IEP Design More
Chesapeake designed a flexible IEP to address service delivery during the pandemic. Not only were they able to use this new functionality during the current pandemic, they envision being able to use this new data capture in other circumstances as well.