MMS News – November 2015

Expert Webinar: Lunchtime

Join us November 16 at 2:00 PM EST for a free Expert Webinar with Mike Bair of Focal Tech!

Did you know that integrated Free and Reduced Lunch management through MMS can lead to thousands of dollars in new funding each year?

Lunchtime, the premier cafeteria data management solution is written exclusively for your MMS. One streamlined centralized cafeteria database and program automatically synchronizes your current student and staff information with MMS- without requiring additional data entry.

  • Health Alerts post automatically to your Point-of-Sale lunch lines
  • Parental Internet access and real-time deposits integrate with Parent Portal
  • With a single click, you can see what your student purchased, review how much money they’ve spent, and control options for limiting spending by item, or dollar amount
  • Free & Reduced Application Processing
  • Economically disadvantaged status is updated in your MMS database for use in state reporting, keeping your records accurate and maximizing your school funding

Register here to attend!

MMS Inform! 2015

MMS users from the US and abroad gathered in Harrisburg PA last month for MMS Inform!- the MMS user’s conference. For two solid days, attendees participated in a wide variety of professional development sessions where they learned best practices and new skills that went beyond the basics of their MMS training.

Many users took advantage of our 1-1 sessions to meet with MMS knowledge experts. Workshops on scheduling, skill-based report cards, MMS OnLine, and the effective implementation of portals were well-attended.

Enthusiastic attendees learned about MMS’ new features and contributed to the discussion about what they would like next from MMS. This opportunity for networking and active participation in product development is what makes MMS a product that best serves the needs of our school communities.

Hear what some of the attendees had to say:

“The MMS Inform Conference 2015 was nothing short of AMAZING! I went to the conference with so many questions. While there, I learned of tools in place I wasn’t using. I gained so many contacts from other schools using MMS and through this was able to build a support team in my city. I left the conference excited about what was to come and confident that I could service our students and faculty with excellence. I look forward to the next one”

Martina Mitchell

Eastern University Academy Charter School

Executive Administrator/Registrar

Philadelphia, PA

“MMS Inform! 2015 was the first MMS users conference I have attended. CRI did an excellent job developing a 2-day conference that provided options for clients to choose various sessions to attend.  Because there was a wide variety of topics offered, I was able to choose the presentations I wanted to attend, rather than sitting through a session that would not benefit my needs. Each session I attended was very detailed, clearly presented, and allowed for client questions.

It was a pleasure meeting the “faces” behind MMS as well as chatting with other MMS users.  I felt the MMS reps truly cared about client input, opinions, suggestions, etc.  It was refreshing to know our opinions mattered and might assist in future MMS enhancements that would benefit MMS users. The MMS Staff members were very knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to talk to.

In the times of tight budgets, districts may view the conference cost as a deterrent, but my personal experience with MMS Inform! was worth the price. I came away with a deeper knowledge of MMS as well as being aware of more things available to our district in MMS which I was not previously aware. I’m hoping to attend next year’s conference.”

Terri Riedel

Pupil Services Secretary and PIMS Coordinator

West York Area School District

West York, PA

Welcome to MMS OnLine

Computer Resources would like to welcome Hillsborough Baptist School and the Interlakes School District to MMS OnLine.

MMS OnLine offers the same rock-solid student information platform found in MMS, but with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) implementation.  The SaaS model of MMS OnLine represents a great value for schools, eliminating the overhead of software licensing, server maintenance, and multiple vendor contracts. MMS OnLine enables schools to streamline the management of their student information so school administrators can keep their staff focused on improving instruction, instead of maintaining complex computerized systems. Contact us at info@cri-mms.com if you’d like more information about MMS OnLine for your school.

A/CAPA

We invite you to visit us at A/CAPA, November 5 at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA.

Learn what’s new with MMS – the premiere PIMS-compliant Student Information Platform, including:

  • A hosted solution so we keep your system PIMS-compliant
  • PDE Educators Dashboard-compliant system, including the Early Warning System
  • Our very own Vision Dashboards and Reporting to track local metrics
  • Trusted partnerships with leading cafeteria and special education solutions that are used by most PA LEAs, preventing redundant data entry
  • Enrollment Packet processing services to ensure registrars have the most current information at the start of school and all year long

We hope to see you there!

November Webinars

We have a full calendar of MMS webinars lined up for you professional development needs. The convenient live webinars and the recorded webinars from our video library are free to users whose schools have a MMS Unlimited Webinar Subscription. For all other users, the webinars are available for a nominal connection fee.

Click here to register for a webinar today.

New webinars are added on a continuous basis. Here are just some of the topics we have scheduled this month:

All Users:
Friday Nov. 6 Friday Forum
Friday Nov. 13 Friday Forum – Custom Reporting w/PRW
Friday Nov. 20 Friday Forum
New Users:
Tuesday Nov. 17 Getting Around MMS
Monday Nov. 23 Importing & Exporting
Administrators and Guidance:
Wednesday Nov. 4 Recording Standardized Testing & Assessment
Wednesday Nov. 4 Custom Reporting w/PRW 1: Basics
Monday Nov. 9 Are You Ready for Report Cards?
Wednesday Nov. 11 Discipline Reporting & Classroom Discipline
Thursday Nov. 12 Custom Reporting w/PRW 2: Summaries
Tuesday Nov. 17 Web Based Course Registration
Wednesday Nov. 18 Custom Reporting w/PRW 3: Details
Tuesday Nov. 24 Follow the Money in Fee Tracking
Nurses:
Thursday Nov. 5 Immunizations & State Requirements
Thursday Nov. 19 Medications and the Log
State Reporting:
Tuesday Nov. 10 PA PIMS Special Education Export
Wednesday Nov. 18 RI eRIDE
Tuesday Nov. 24 IN ISTEP+

Click here to learn how a MMS Unlimited Webinar Subscription can make your job easier.

Click here to request information about purchasing a MMS Unlimited Webinar Subscription for your school.
Webinar Subscription FAQs:

How can I register for a MMS Training Webinar?

Visit the webinar registration calendar on our website.

How much does it cost to attend a MMS training webinar?
When you have a MMS Unlimited Webinar Subscription, you may attend MMS webinars at absolutely no additional cost. Without a MMS Unlimited Webinar Subscription, there is a charge for each connection. MMS Unlimited Webinar Subscriptions start at $900 per year.

If I have a MMS Unlimited Webinar Subscription, what should I do when the website displays a fee when I register?
Because of your special status, this can simply be ignored. Whenever you register for a MMS training webinar, we will ensure that your subscription is valid. If so, we send you connection details by email to confirm your registration. If you have a subscription, you would have received an email entitled, “Unlimited Webinar Subscription Credentials,” that contains your username and password information.