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We are proud to announce Version 17 of Surfside Lighthouse. Lighthouse continues to set the standard for affordable, easy-to-use student information systems. Version 17 includes many features requested by users over the past year.

Some of the features of Version 17 include:
  • Capture Data Item Improvements -

    The ability to capture various elements of student data and place the resulting value into a demographic field has long been part of Lighthouse and makes possible many data reporting tasks.

    New in Version 17 is the ability to capture data elements from far more sources, including demerits, counselor points, progress report GPA, unexcused absent count, and counts of suspensions/detentions/expulsions.

    Perhaps even more powerful is the ability to utilize “report unions” and capture a Yes or No value as to whether a student is present on the results of a report union.

    As a refresher, a report union lets you combine the results of two or more separate reports and produce a list of students who are present on all of the reports. By way of example, a report union could include “Chronic in Absence”, “Demerit Summary” and “Grade Search” equating to: “Find all students who missed 5 or more days of school, have 20 or more demerits, and have any grades of D or worse on his or her report card.”

  • Include Demerits on Report Cards - Printed student report cards may now automatically include discipline demerits. Each defined marking period includes starting and ending dates. If a marking period’s new “print demerits on report cards” option is checked the demerit count is accumulated for those dates and printed under each marking period.
  • Absentee Email Notifications - Version 17 offers the ability to send an e-mail notification for students marked with a suitable absence on a given day! For each defined attendance category a new “Eligible for sending an absent notification email” box can be checked. Using Activities?Review Daily Attendance and clicking the new “Email Absentee Notification…” button, any student with an applicable status on the date is added to the notification list, which can then be emailed to the students’ or parents’ email addresses.
  • New navigation and zoom controls on Print Preview Screens - The Print Preview screen has been enhanced with new zoom and page navigation controls, and the default view is sized to be more readable. Users can click on the new plus and minus buttons to zoom in or out over 15 levels. The preset zoom dropdown has additional zoom levels for quick selection. Additionally, keyboard shortcuts have been added for page navigation, panning control, and zoom control.
  • Many Additional Features and Upgrades - In addition to the primary features list above, many dozens of additional tweaks, fixes and enhancements were made across the program. As always, we will continue to make improvements and post maintenance updates throughout the life cycle of Version 17.
We are proud to announce Version 19 of School Ledger. In addition to new features suggested by users over the past year, Version 19 introduces many enhancements including type ahead data entry, further customizable font sizes, print preview navigation improvements, increased chart of accounts improvements, and more.

Some of the features of Version 19 include:
  • Type-Ahead for All Data Entry Screens - Data entry on all input screens has been enhanced with type-ahead searching of existing values to speed entry and ensure consistency and accuracy. Whether you are typing a description on a new receipt, or entering a description for a purchase order line item, typing each character searches existing data and auto-fills a match. Each input field maintains its own search scope, and searches for receipts are separate from debits, EFT, purchase orders, etc. This new feature can save time, ensure accurate and consistent data, and be turned on or off in Preferences.
  • Account Selection and Input Improvements - The search algorithm for account input fields has been enhanced to more accurately find and select the desired account when a partial name or number is entered.
  • New Navigation and Zoom Controls on Print Preview Screens - The Print Preview screen has been enhanced with new zoom and page navigation controls. The default view is sized to be more readable. Users can click on the new plus and minus buttons to zoom in or out over 15 levels. The preset zoom dropdown has additional zoom levels for quick selection. Additionally, keyboard shortcuts have been added for page navigation, panning control, and zoom control.
  • Chart of Accounts Enhancements - New controls have been added to the Chart of accounts to prevent editing in ways that could compromise its integrity. For example, a mistake like editing a sub-account with activity into a top level account would no longer be permitted.
  • Account Name and Balances “Tooltip Bubbles” on Account Input - When inputting any account name or number, hover the mouse over the account to display a tooltip bubble with a snapshot that includes the account’s full name and number, its starting and ending balances, encumbrances and adjusted balance.
  • Adjustable Font Size on All Data Grids - A very popular feature introduced with Version 18 was the ability to adjust the font size in the various “register” displays (checkbook register, general ledger, receipt register, etc.). Version 19 adds a new preference setting to adjust the font size on all other “data grid” displays in the program, such as the Reconcile screen, all account allocation grids, lists, and more.
  • Many additional features and fixes - Version 19 contains many general fixes and optimizations throughout the entire program. And as always, we will continue to make improvements and post updates throughout the life cycle of Version 19.
  • Full Account Name Printed on Receipts - Receipts now include the full account name as part of the allocation grid, making account recognition far more transparent.
We are pleased to introduce our new teacher gradebook for Surfside Lighthouse. The gradebook is available right now.

Surfside Lighthouse gradebook is an full-featured teacher gradebook companion for Surfside Lighthouse. This easy-to-use gradebook system offers the ease of use that Surfside customers have come to expect at a most affordable Surfside price.

The Surfside Lighthouse gradebook is designed to mimic a standard pen-and-paper gradebook and track student grades across an entire school year. Using an industry standard look and feel, teachers can start using the program immediately and be proficient in a very short time. Powerful tools are available to track a student's performance and produce professional quality reports quickly and easily.
March 27, 2012
We are delighted to announce the continued availability of web-based training for our full line of school administrative software.

Through "Surfside Academy" and "Heritage Academy" we have offered personalized training for many years. These sessions required travel to our Cape Cod training facility. With school budgets tighter than ever, we decided to make the same training experience available over the Internet.

Two Kinds of Seminars

Traditional Seminars - Users of Surfside Lighthouse or School Ledger-Report System may sign up for school-specific training sessions where you get to set the agenda and will have exclusive access to our training staff during your seminar. These sessions may take place at the participants' offices or you may gather your staff in a central office conference room and share the training experience as a group. Either way, it's the next best thing to travelling to Cape Cod and working in person with our staff.

Topical Seminars - Through the school year we will email current users of Surfside Lighthouse and School Ledger with information about "mini-courses" we offer o­n specific topics. These seminars will last approximately thirty minutes and will cover a topic of interest to most users at a specific time of year. For example, in mid-March we might offer a program on "starting to schedule for next year" or in August we might run a seminar on "setting up attendance for the new year". Tuition for these mini-seminars is quite reasonable. Tution is free to IC Gold subscribers.

Contact sales@surfsidesoftware.com to be added to the email broadcast list for Surfside and Heritage topical web seminars or to arrange a half-day, school-specific class for your staff.
March 27, 2012
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initiative strives to ensure that all children receive a high quality education so that no child is left behind.

Achieving this goal requires the support of many parties, including state and local agencies, school districts, and yes, even your software vendors. We are proud to include in our Lighthouse school administrative software the fine degree of reporting necessary to help support this goal.
March 27, 2012
Here at Surfside we believe that every school deserves the best of administrative software - no matter what your size or budget. Schools with fewer than 300 students are eligible for very special "small school" pricing. Call 800-942-9008 ext. 110 or email sales@surfsidesoftware.com today for a price quote for your school