Hello Illinois Skyward User,
You are a member of our family, our Skyward Family! We have a commonality, Skyward, that is a very powerful tool that we use on a daily basis for attendance, discipline, grading, ordering, taking time off, and getting paid. Because we are all part of this family, we wanted to extend ourselves and provide resources that any school/district can use to help ease the burden of our new lifestyle.
Over the past few weeks, we have been living through so many new and unexplored experiences. As we try to piece together what a “normal day” will look like for our own families and our students, we all have encountered many obstacles. We wanted to put together a resource area that you or anyone in your school/district can go to for resources for the classroom or your home classroom with your children. Our vision was to have a fluid resource that you can add your contributions to and share with your peers during our new and, we hope, temporary change.
If you have a great site or resource that you would like to share with others throughout our state, please be sure to send us a message with the information and we will post it in our resources area so others can view and share. Our goal is to make this tough time a bit easier for you and your colleagues.
We hope that you and your family stay safe and that we will all be able to see each other again soon.
The Illinois Skyward User Group – Steering Committee
Skyward's Leader in Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the Skyward Leader in Excellence Award winners! Please click here for the full article of winners.
Illinois is proud to recognize the Illinois LIE winners! Bailey Conroy from Saunemin and Glenbrook High School District 225! Congratulations to these outstanding leaders who were recognized at iCon in February.
Bailey Conroy (Qmlativ)
Executive Administrative Assistant
Saunemin Community Consolidated School District #438, Illinois
Most districts have an entire team lined up for an implementation—but for Saunemin Community Consolidated District #438, it was a one-woman show.
Starting her role of executive administrative assistant in June 2018, Bailey Conroy was soon heading up the district’s transition to Skyward’s Qmlativ Education Management System. When the district’s superintendent and dean of students resigned, Bailey was temporarily tasked with running day-to-day operations, but she didn’t let that slow her down. Though she worked many extra hours, she effectively implemented Skyward, learned the system, and trained the entire staff on top of her other duties—all within her first year of employment.
Bailey’s passion has been the driving force behind her hard-fought success. As her actions demonstrate, she doesn’t back down from a challenge but rather constantly searches out ways to solve problems. As one of her coworkers stated, Bailey is “the epitome of a team player.” Her tireless efforts and commitment to bettering her district community make Bailey a truly deserving recipient of this award.
Glenbrook High School District 225 (Qmlativ)
Glenbrook High School District 225 takes pride in doing things “the Glenbrook way”—a way defined by ongoing evaluation and improvement and, ultimately, success. To see this philosophy in action, one must look no further than the district’s use of Skyward.
Skyward is the “software backbone of [Glenbrook’s] financial operations.” The staff use Skyward to record, maintain, process, and analyze information every day, taking advantage of Qmlativ’s flexible design to configure and customize the experience of users. The district also employs its solution to improve the lives of employees; in 2018, district leaders used Skyward to address more than ten needs raised by employee groups in the district’s collective bargaining cycle. In addition, Glenbrook recently partnered with Skyward UX and business experts, and together they’re working to build a first-in-class open enrollment process for employees’ benefit election process. One thing is clear: Glenbrook constantly strives to discover new ways Skyward can simplify processes or create a better experience for their employees.
Dr. R.J. Gravel, assistant superintendent for business services at the district, put Glenbrook’s relationship with Skyward this way: “How has Skyward helped us overcome challenges? It is simple: by serving as a true partner and extended stakeholder in our school district, as we seek to modernize our own processes and operations for the betterment of our school community.”
June 13, 2019 - Normal, IL
We are again hosting a SIS/EIS workshop on June 13, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Normal, IL. This year we will have ISBE presenting in the morning on both SIS and EIS data collections and in the afternoon we will break into specific groups based on which Skyward database your district uses - SMS 2.0 or Qmlativ. During registration you will register as a member or non-member district depending on whether or not your district is a member of the User Group. Then you will be asked to select which afternoon session you will attend. This is so we can get a count of how many will be in which session and plan rooms accordingly.
You can register at www.skycon.org
Lunch and snacks are included with your registration fee - $20 for member districts, $60 for non-member districts.
We hope to see you all in June!
2019 SkyCon Call for Presenters
Get a FREE Registration to the Fall Conference!
We are looking for District Presenters for additional sessions at the Fall Conference. Do you have a time saving technique or a process that works well for your District? Share it with us during a session and we will give you a Free 2-day Registration for the Conference.
Application Deadline for Presenter Applications June 12, 2019
IL User Group Video
Check out this awesome video from Skyward Marketing! It really captures the essence of the IL User Group!