Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summer on Social Media and Free Movie Passes

I received this message in email. When you get to the end, you see the movie passes.

A couple of things about this post for those who blog or have an interest in blogging. What you see here took literally 15 seconds to highlight and coy the email and past it in a blank post. I did not have to mess with html code. You will see that part of the post extends into the sidebar a little. Someone is going to win movie passes. Why not someone from your school?

Join Us This Summer on Social Media...

Never Stop Learning.
As we close another school year and welcome summer, LTS Education Systems and Stride invite you to take part in our #AlwaysLearning #STRIDE campaign on social media! 
While you set your sights on summertime, don't forget to seize the many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. (And remind your students and your own children to do the same!) Summer is a big, blue sky full of possibilities to expand your horizons and bring back newfound knowledge to share when you return in the Fall!
Join Stride in #AlwaysLearning on Social Media!
As in past summers, LTS and Stride will continue to support summer learning by sharing fun tips and activities on our social media channels. This summer, we want to encourage you and your students to share the unique ways that you are "always learning" by participating in our #alwayslearning #STRIDE campaign!
It's easy. Simply show how you and your students (or children) are learning over the summer in summer programs, in your community, at home or on vacation. Post your summer learning pictures or video clips to our LTS social media channels (click on the links below), and be sure to use the hashtags #alwayslearning #STRIDE!
Three Winners Will Receive Gift Certificates for Fandango!

LTS and Stride will award $25 Fandango movie gift cards for the BEST entries (pictures or video clips) in three categories:
  1. Most Original Summer Learning Idea
  2. Learning through Travel
  3. Summer Learning At Home / In Your Own Backyard
Submit your entries through July 31, 2015. Winners will be determined by an LTS panel of judges on August 1, 2015. To submit an entry, simply post your picture or video to one of our LTS social media channels (shown above). You must use the hashtags #alwayslearning and #STRIDE to be considered.DOUBLE your chances of winning by tagging your friends in your post and challenging them to participate! 

If you need assistance, please contact Amy Frith at

We look forward to seeing your summer learning ideas, and wish you the best summer ever!
Amy Frith, e-News editor
866.552.9192, ext. 1011

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stride Academy Student Archive Coming Soon

Before you pack up for summer break, it's time to start archiving your classes from the 2014-15 school
year to get ready for the fall. Everyone loves a FRESH START, so why not start the new school year
off right with Stride Academy!
Why archive your students? Here are a few reasons why it is beneficial to archive your students:
  1. There is NO ACTION REQUIRED to archive your students. We take care of it all! 
  2. Accurate assessments for the 2015-16 school year – will NOT include data from the previous
  3. Accurate reports for the 2015-16 school year – will NOT include data from the previous
  4. You can add and remove students from your classes using the Archive Tool.
  5. Your login codes and passwords will remain the same.  
  6. We will host weekly webinars in August to show you how to move students to the next
    grade or class. 
  7. Archiving only happens once a year during the annual archive, so make the most of
    this opportunity!
When does this start? The annual archive will take place on July 31 - August 3, 2015.
A message will be posted on all Stride Academy websites letting you know that the system is
unavailable during those dates.   
Want to opt out? If you would prefer to not take part in the annual archive, here is some
information you will need to know:
  1. The archive impacts an entire school or club, not just one class. 
  2. Only individuals with administrator level access can request to opt out of the archive. 
  3. The KCS Code and Password for your school or club is required to submit this request.
  4. You will need to click on the button below to fill out the form to opt out of the annual
  5. You must opt out no later than July 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm CST
  6. By opting out of the annual archive, you ensure all of your 2014-15 classes, student
    rosters, assessment and student performance data remains untouched

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ideas for Recognizing Academic Badges

This post is from the LTS blog. This idea is just one way to motivate student achievement in Stride Academy. 

Academic Badges Inspire Student Achievement

Oscar Adams Elementary School in Gadsden, AL, motivates students and prepares for the ACT Aspire with a unique contest driven by academic badges earned in Stride Academy.

Contests are an easy way to get students enthusiastic about Stride Academy Oscar Adams Elementary School in Gadsden, AL, added their own flare to Stride contests by creating a “Show Your Badges” contest focused on academic badges. Stride academic badges are earned when a student answers 80% of the available questions in a skill category with 70% accuracy. Educators at Oscar Adams Elementary created this contest during the third nine weeks’ grading period to reward students who were mastering skills, encourage students to try their best, and help eliminate guessing at answers in Stride Academy. Each week, the K-5 student who earned the most academic badges during the week was presented with a certificate, a coupon for a free icecream, and recognition during the morning announcements.
At the end of ten weeks, the student who earned the most academic badges overall during the contest period would claim the Grand Prize. In the end, three students tied for the Grand Prize with 39 academic badges each. Each Grand Prize winner received a certificate, coupons for free popcorn or icecream, recognition during the morning announcements, and lunch with a staff member or friend of their choice.  The winners were photographed and honored on the school’s bulletin board and website.
Congratulations to the Grand Prize winners RaNyiah D. in Ms. Brooks’ 3rd grade class, Carlos S. in Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class, and Krystiana F. in Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class!
Oscar Adams Elementary
We would also like to congratulate the weekly winners at Oscar Adams Elementary:
Week 1: Jason L., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class
Week 2: Ashley F., Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class
Week 3: Ariyuna M., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class and Hennessy P., Ms. Cooley’s 3rd grade class
Week 4: Kennedy F., Ms. Bone’s 4th grade class and Je’Brelon J., Ms. Baker’s 1st grade class
Week 5: Antaniyah L., Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class
Week 6: EmMaya F., Ms. Carlton’s 5th grade class
Week 7: Krystiana F., Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class
Week 8: Joshua O., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class
Week 9: Bradley G., Ms. Bone’s 4th grade class
Week 10: Madison B., Ms. Baker’s 1st grade class
In conjunction with the “Show Your Badges” contest, teachers at Oscar Adams Elementary have used Stride Academy to help prepare for the ACT Aspire end of year assessment. Students involved in their afterschool program, EDGE, have been logging on to Stride Academy for extra test preparation. Beth WebsterTitle I Resource Teacher, shared, “[Stride Academy] is a great resource for test prep!”  Since Stride Academy has 24/7 access, teachers have encouraged students to login from home for extra practice.
Thank you to the educators at Oscar Adams Elementary School for finding new and creative ways to encourage student use in Stride Academy! We are proud of your achievements this year!
If you would like your school featured on our blog, please email Cate Powell to share how you are using Stride Academy!