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LPS Pinnacle Internet Viewer (PIV) Information Page

The PIV is a piece of the Pinnacle Gradebook which allows students and parents/guardians to:

  • Monitor grades and attendance
  • Get detailed assignment and course information
  • Select and print reports
  • Automatically receive reports via email – set thresholds for rising/falling grades and unexpected absences

From this site, parents/guardians will be able to access current grades and assignments. This secured access requires a confidential username and password issued by your student’s school. This resource will help you stay informed about your child’s progress. Please read the following information carefully.

What is the Pinnacle Internet Viewer (PIV)?

The Pinnacle Internet Viewer (PIV) is a web-based communication tool that allows parents/guardians and students secure access to grades, assignments, and attendance information. Assignments and student performance can be viewed as soon as entries are made by teachers into their electronic gradebooks.

The PIV is not meant to replace direct communication between students/parents/teachers or other school staff members. If you have questions, please discuss the information with your student first.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss class progress directly with their teachers.  If further clarification is needed, parents should contact the teacher directly.

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PIV Security and Accountability

 

Each parent/guardian and student account will require a separate Username and Password. The username and password needed for PIV login will be provided by your student’s school.

In order to receive the credentials to access the account, adults requesting access must sign and return an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to the student’s school.  A photo ID will also be required to complete the process.

The PIV is for the use of parents/guardians and students for the specific purpose of staying informed of the student’s academic performance. Caution must be exercised in order to maintain the confidentiality of student records and information. Any abuse of the system may result in the account access being terminated:

  • Users should not attempt to harm or destroy data of the student(s) for whom the account applies, that of another user, the school or district network, or the internet.
  • Users will not use the PIV for any illegal activity, including violation of Data Privacy Laws.
  • Users will not access data or any account pertaining to any other student or family of a student other than those assigned.

The Lincoln Public School District is not responsible for disclosure of confidential student information caused by inadequate protection of username and passwords by students, parents, or guardians. If you, at any time, believe that your username and password has been obtained by or is being used by a person who you do not consent to having access to your student’s records, immediately notify the head administrator in your student’s school. If you forget or lose the password, please contact the school for assistance. For security purposes, the PIV account information will not be shared over the telephone or by email.

Please note that parents and students will receive a separate username and password.

You are assuming responsibility for the privacy of your username and password and the proper entry of e-mail notification addresses and you are consenting to release of all the student information in the system on your student to any person who uses your PIV access.

 

What You Will See Inside the PIV:

Key Definitions:

Formative: Assignments or assessments used for “practice”: Teachers and/or students use feedback to adjust teaching/learning.

Summative:Assignments or assessments used for “performance”: Teachers use evidence to evaluate and report student learning.

 

Attendance

School attendance codes are as follows:

Code Descriptor
TR Truant
TD Tardy
AD Administrator
IL Illness – Excused
EX Expelled
PA Parent Excused
IS In School Suspension
AP Alternative Placement
H1 H1N1 Symptoms
TS Transition
SA School Activity
SS Student Services
SU Suspended

Note: If you called in to excuse an absence, this may not show up in the PIV for up to 3 days beyond the absence. Please be patient and check back before becoming alarmed.

Grades

When looking at assignment and grade information in the PIV, please be familiar with and understand the following information:

X – A marking  of X means either that the student is exempt from completing the assignment and no score is expected and will not display on the PIV or that a grade is missing (has not been turned in) but is expected to be turned in.

Z – A grade of Z indicates the student has not completed the assignment and will be given a zero (until another score is entered).

Blank – Assignment is still to be handed in or scored/graded and is not yet factored into the term grade

 

The following reports are currently available with PIV:  

Student Assignment Report
– Assignment and grade/score information for current term by class/subject – displays one class at a time.

Missing Assignments – Missing assignment information for current term by class/subject - displays one class at a time.

These reports can be selected by using the drop-down menus. Click on the Get Report button after making your selection.

1. Select a class – choose one from the list displayed.
2. Select a report – Choose one of the four listed (see above explanation).
3. Select a Marking Period – Our High Schools use a semester system with quarter progress reports.

NOTE: Information displayed is for the current marking period.

Due to a variety of classroom and instructional reasons, some gradebooks may be updated more frequently than others. For example, due to their complexity and the teacher’s desire to ensure scoring is careful and thorough, some assignments such as special projects or research papers may take longer to grade than others. Typically, teachers will post grades/scores within two weeks from the assignment or exam due date.

Course grades/scores may seem inaccurate or fluctuate from day to day. Some of the reasons for this may be as follows:

  1. Early in the marking period, there may be fewer graded assignments, and so occasional high or low grades/scores will have a greater influence on the cumulative grade/score.
  2. Teachers may have weighted some assignments more than others so that particular assignments may count more heavily toward a cumulative grade calculation. A “Z” (or zero) might be issued for an assignment that can be made up later. This could drastically lower the grade. Once the assignment is made up, the cumulative grade may increase accordingly.
  3. Teachers may allow students to redo an assignment in certain circumstances. Assignment scores and cumulative grades may increase as a result.
  4. Or it might just be that updates, changes, or corrections are being made continuously to the gradebook.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress, a discussion between you and your child should be your first step.  If you have further questions, you may contact your student’s teacher.

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Please note: The PIV only provides unofficial progress information. On rare occasions, the final grade/score through PIV may be different from the final printed report card due to extenuating circumstances. The official grade/score is the one that appears on the printed report card.

 

 

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