Instant message software at Ingomar keeps parents in the loop

The Union County School District recently implemented the student database management software, called Student Administrative Manager (SAM), which had previously been used for recording grades, similar to a digital grade book.

The Union County schools also added the Active Parent feature and now Ingomar Attendance Center added the Active Instant Messenger System (AIMS) feature, which is also affiliated with SAM.

Ingomar principal Kenneth Roberts said, “AIMS will automatically call, text or e-mail parents or guardians of students and let them know if there is an event at the school, any school news, any emergency news or if the child is absent,” said Roberts.

There are 636 students at Ingomar Attendance Center and every parent that chooses to be involved with this new system is integrated into the general messenger system and all of the messages are sent simultaneously to every name and number on that list.

“I think it is a great thing for Ingomar to be a part of,” said Roberts.

AIMS, along with Active Parent, both allow the students to not be able to hide any information from their parents, including homework, attendance, grades, homework, etc.

Jennifer Nance, 10th, 11th and 12th grade History teacher, said, “I love Active Parent and I think AIMS will be a great service. Active Parent is great for parents and for teachers and parents have called me to ask questions about their child’s grades, so parents are becoming more involved.”

Active Parent allows parents to have access to their child’s information regarding school. The parent will receive a password that will correspond to that student and they can look at their schedule, child’s grades, attendance, homework, discipline, and other school information.

Ingomar senior Beyunka Sanders, said, “I think it’s a good idea, but it’s kind of bad because we have no freedom now.”

Ingomar senior Josh Hodges, said, “It’s not cool because my mom checks it all the time. For the parents it’s good, but it’s not for us because if you make bad grades, they are going to find out.”

Haley Taylor, Ingomar senior, agreed.

Ingomar senior Alex Diaz, said, “I don’t like that my parents can see everything I do, but I think it’s a good thing because they can stay on me about my grades and I can see my grades too. I think AIMS is a good thing too because parents can keep on top of things and keep their kids straight.”

Roben Denton, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade English teacher, said, “As a teacher, I like it but it also keeps me on my toes. We have learned the technique of taking our lesson plans and putting homework assignments on Active Parent, but it keeps us on task constantly. Parents want accurate and up-to-date information, so we have to make sure it’s all in there on time.”

“I think it’s great that we have teachers here that are willing to learn and use the new technology,” said Roberts.