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Edline takes guesswork out of grade point average

Some Knox County parents have a weapon against bad grades that very few do: an online look at classwork.

Edline, a computer program just installed at Farragut Middle School, allows parents a peek into their child’s private world of missing assignments and grade point averages.

FMS is the only public school in Knox County with such a setup.

Richard Dalhaus, FMS principal, bought the computer software last fall at a cost of about $2 per student using money donated from the town of Farragut. Edline was up and running in January.

“So far it’s been really positive,” Dalhaus said. “We’ve got parents who are finding a way to check on the kids. A couple of teachers have told me, ‘I’ve got a student who’s already addicted to it. He’s got A’s and B’s now.’”

Instead of asking their kids if they’ve done their homework, Farragut Middle School parents can log on and see for themselves. Any time, anywhere, parents can log onto Edline and see what their child’s average is in each of his classes; and if homework hasn’t been turned in, parents will see there’s incomplete work.

Parents and students can receive e-mail alerts when new grades are posted, receive e-mails with school or class information, view team and club activities, read daily announcement, lunch menus and school policies. The software will also print out a “combined calendar” to see all the events from the school calendar personalized with the student’s own classes and activities.

The new computer program at Farragut Middle School is so popular that most of the parents have signed on, Dalhaus said.


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