The WSIPC Cooperative is inspired by education, and by you, our Cooperative member districts, who motivate us every day to provide the exceptional technology, services, and support you need to serve your students, schools, districts, and communities. In 2021, our main areas of focus were Qmlativ migrations, protecting your data security, and increasing the opportunity for savings with products and services available to you through our WSIPC Purchasing Program. 2021 has been a challenge, but our Cooperative is strong, and we’ll continue to build a strong future, together.
From Our Executive Director & CEO
Welcome to the end of another year. We have now survived two years of a world pandemic that most thought would last only a few weeks or months. Our expectations have both given us hope and sometimes led to disappointment. We have collectively learned to let go of the things we cannot control and hopefully come to understand ourselves better.
I love the movie “Kung Fu Panda”—okay, this might be considered a children’s movie, but let’s face it, I’m still a child. I love this movie because it has some wonderful quotes that teach us about life. The following quote has really resonated with me, especially this last year, so I thought I’d share it with you. In the movie, Master Oogway is visiting with Po in a scene where Po is down on himself and wants to give up. Po states, “Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.” Master Oogway responds, “Quit, don’t quit? Noodles, don’t noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.’”
I hope you know that each day WSIPC staff renew their energy to be in the ‘present’ as we enjoy our mission of serving you and helping you serve your students. We love what we do and who we serve (you) and this past year has given us much to love. Thank you for staying engaged with our WSIPC Cooperative and helping us find ways to improve our products and services for you.
~ Marty Daybell
Migration to the Qmlativ Product Suite
The Qmlativ Education Management System, the next evolution of Skyward software, is the epitome of a better SIS and ERP experience. It's built to leverage the latest technology to support emerging trends in education, both now and into the future. Its clean, customizable interface and personalized dashboards ensure that you have the data you need when and how you need it. Qmlativ is built on a SQL-based platform featuring a revolutionary user experience that encompasses everything from desktop to mobile environments.
School Staff Course Recommendations This update, from the Product Ideas Portal, gives teachers the ability to enter student course recommendations for the following year. Teachers can submit recommendations for their entire class or for individual students.
Skylert Interface Integration (only available for districts that own a Skylert license)
Guardians can now use Family Access to update their notification preferences and the contact information used by WSIPC’s Purchasing Program partner Intrado/School Messenger. There’s also a new read-only screen in Administrative Access that displays guardians’ Skylert information.
Conference Scheduling Updates Administrators can now create time slots for conferences, like parent/teacher conferences. When guardians log in to Family Access and view their live tiles, they can then view the time slots available and sign up for a time that fits their schedule. They can even choose the method by which they’ll conduct the conference.
Local Assessment Layouts and Templates Before this update, you could only import test/assessment scores into state or federal assessments provided by Skyward. Now you can create local assessment layouts and templates to track students’ scores.
Food Service by Homeroom Entries Admin users can now pull up a homeroom roster and enter purchases for those students in the homeroom. This option is also available for homeroom teachers so they can enter purchases directly from their classrooms. This new feature is especially useful for schools that are not using traditional lunch lines due to the pandemic.
Guardian-Entered Absence Requests Guardians can now enter absence requests through Family Access. Once an absence request is entered, it appears on the Guardian-Entered Request screen in Administrative Access, where it can be marked as excused or unexcused.
Streamlined Journal Entries Journal Entries are now easier than ever! Inspired by a request submitted in the Product Ideas Portal, the new user interface slims down data entry to just the most commonly used fields. We hope this new process saves you time!
Automatic Employee Lunches Tired of tracking employee lunch breaks? Now district staff can use the Time Tracking module to automatically insert a lunch in the middle of their day, or at a fixed time each day. Searching for the closest readers to manually clock out for lunch can officially be a thing of the past!
Simple Calculations in Data Mining This enhancement makes it possible to do simple math calculations as part of our Data Mining reports. Here’s an example: You could subtract this year’s total expenditures from last year’s total expenditures to see the difference in your district’s spending from an account.
Location-BasedApprovals Qmlativ now supports location-based approvals. If an employee works in multiple buildings, you can build out an approval hierarchy for each position distribution for that employee.
Parallel Edits within Calculated Payroll Looking to save time on payroll? Multiple staff members can now make edits on different employees’ records at the same time!
For years, WSIPC’s High School and Beyond planning tool has provided our districts using Skyward SMS 2.0 with the tools their students need to plan their future and create a clear and concise strategy towards accomplishing their educational goals.
In August 2021, WSIPC opened High School and Beyond for Qmlativ (HSB for Qmlativ) as a soft launch to a small group of early adopter districts. ESD 101, 113, and 189 have been helping us work with these early adopter districts, to get them up and running with HSB for Qmlativ. These districts will review all aspects of HSB for Qmlativ and will provide feedback to help us refine the final product for all our districts.
HSB for Qmlativ is a big deal! It has taken two years of hard work for our very small and agile Data Solutions team to make this happen, and we’re excited to be moving forward with this new phase.
Nearly 1 Million
Average member districts save annually in technology expenditures
Average member schools save annually in technology expenditures
At our WASWUG Spring conference we raised $2,860 for Northwest Harvest to Help Families Fight Food Insecurity.
Hungry children cannot concentrate on learning, are sick more often, and have more behavior problems than well-nourished children, and the number of children and their families at risk of going hungry has more than doubled due to COVID-19. Northwest Harvest purchases food that is directly distributed to a statewide network of 375 food banks and meal programs, and provides emergency food to students and families across our state. Learn more at northwestharvest.org.
WASWUG Fall 2021
Family First Community Center Foundation
At our WASWUG Fall conference we welcomed retired Seahawk and Super Bowl Champion, Doug Baldwin as a featured speaker. Among many things, Doug is the founder of the Family First Community Center Foundation. This foundation was created (in partnership with the City of Renton, Renton School District, and HealthPoint) to build a state-of-the-art community center in Renton’s Cascade/Benson neighborhood - to provide youth and families in the area with a community center that offers health, wellness, recreational, and educational opportunities.
In lieu of a speaking fee, WASWUG donated $3,000 (plus other private donations from individual WASWUG attendees) to the Family First Community Center Foundation to support their mission in our community.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County
At our WASWUG Fall conference we raised $1,066.90 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County.
Since 2001, Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County has provided thousands of young people, between the ages of 6-18 years old, with a safe and positive place to go after school, during school breaks, and throughout the summer; times of year when schools are closed, and kids are considered most at-risk. As one of Spokane’s leading youth development organizations, the Clubs are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help kids – find their path – find their voice – and find their passion. Learn more at bgcspokane.org.
Horizon Elementary Coat Drive
Sharing Warmth, One Coat at a Time
In September 2021, Students at Horizon Elementary (just around the corner from WSIPC on Casino Road) were back in school, masked up, and excited to learn. WSIPC and NWRDC staff helped Horizon Elementary students stay warm and fed by providing winter coats and packs for kids. Learn how you can start a coat drive for your local school at onewarmcoat.org.