Greater Latrobe School District Launches eSchoolPLUS Family App
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December 2, 2014

Greater Latrobe School District Launches eSchoolPLUS Family App

Greater Latrobe School DistrictGreater Latrobe School District (GLSD) launched the eSchoolPLUS Family App today during a series of events created to engage students and families with this 21st-century tool that helps support student achievement. The events were developed in collaboration with SunGard K-12 Education, the national software solutions and services provider that created the Family App.

This initiative is the latest of GLSD’s plan to minimize the growing achievement gap between students with access to technology and those whose families, for whatever reason, could not provide such access. In 1997, GLSD was one of the first school districts in the country to implement a one-to-one computing initiative, providing a laptop computer for every junior high school student. The program was later expanded to include the senior high school, which greatly increased the use of technology in authentic, integrated ways to solve problems, complete projects, and creatively extend student achievement.

The early laptop initiative led to the development of the E-Cat Online Academy, which provides students with rigorous and diverse GLSD educational programs in an online learning environment and, most recently, a Bring Your Own Device program that allows students in grades 9 to 12 to use their personal mobile devices to access the school network.

eSchoolPLUS Family AppThe eSchoolPLUS Family App is designed to tighten the feedback loop between schools and families, by putting just-in-time information at the fingertips of students and parents/guardians on their mobile devices. Easy-to-view icons quickly connect families with classwork, schedules, attendance, grades, activities, and more. By displaying data through the lens of action, the Family App helps schools and families partner in supporting student achievement.

Robin Pynos, GLSD’s director of technology, is excited about the opportunity the app offers to tighten the feedback loop between schools and families. “The Family App is designed to put just-in-time information at the fingertips our families so that it can be tightly coupled with their knowledge of what’s going on in their student’s life,” says Pynos. “With those insights, parents and guardians can structure what happens at home to support their student’s success. And, for students, the Family App helps connect them with their education in a way that’s both meaningful and familiar—helping make it easier to manage their assignments and prepare for their assessments.”

In designing the Family App, Chris Everleth, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of development, said the company wanted to establish a new paradigm for student information systems. “We wanted to create innovative, action-oriented support for today’s schools,” says Everleth. “The Family App goes beyond providing a static display of repository data to offering information in a way that helps drive effective decision making by students and parents. We’re excited to collaborate with Greater Latrobe School District as one of the first school districts in the nation to roll out this new tool to their families.”

The Family App is available for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on the App Store, for Android devices on Google Play, and for Kindle on Amazon. Greater Latrobe families can download it free from any of these websites.

About Greater Latrobe School District
Greater Latrobe School District (GLSD) is comprised of three elementary schools (K-6), a junior high (7-9), and a senior high school (10-12) with 4,200 students from the city of Latrobe, Youngstown Borough, and Unity Township. The GLSD Board of Education has adopted a vision that promotes a relentless focus on instruction and a balanced focus on the arts, the academics, and the athletics. The community’s adoption of and involvement in this vision has resulted in GLSD’s reputation as a local, state, and national leader in the areas of educational innovation, student achievement, and technology integration. GLSD is consistently ranked as one of Westmoreland County’s top three school districts and is in the top 10 percent of all school districts throughout Pennsylvania.

Aligning with its vision, GLSD fosters a student-centered system that offers diverse course offerings, while maintaining high academic standards. GLSD is committed to establishing innovative programs and community partnerships that provide students with relevant, rigorous, and real-life experiences that extend education beyond the four walls of a classroom.

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together to help meet educational goals and requirements or implemented as stand-alone systems. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies, with annual revenue of about $2.8 billion. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard serves approximately 16,000 customers in more than 100 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, eSchoolPLUS, and PLUS 360 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Android and Google Play are trademark of Google Inc. Amazon, Kindle, and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc., or its affiliates. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

© SunGard 2014. All rights reserved.

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Media Contacts: 
Jessica Golden
Director, Center for Student Creativity & Development
jessica.golden@glsd.us
724-539-4220 (office)

Lori F. Hixon
Public Relations Specialist
SunGard K-12 Education
Lori.Hixon@sungardps.com
610-849-7274 (office)

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