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Edupoint Announces 4th Annual ‘Partner for Life’ Award Co-Recipients: Oregon’s High Desert Education Service District and Beaverton School District

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, is pleased to announce that Rachel Wente-Chaney, Chief Information Officer for High Desert Education Service District (HDESD) in Redmond, Oregon, and Steven Langford, Chief Information Officer for Beaverton School District (BSD) in Beaverton, Oregon, have been selected as co-recipients of the company's 2019 Partner For Life Award.

Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO of Edupoint, presented the awards at the Opening Session of the company's 2019 Synergy CONNECT conference in Anaheim, California, earlier this month.

Edupoint's partnerships with HDESD and BSD were instrumental in bringing about the Oregon Student Information System (OSIS) committee's 2012 selection of Synergy as Oregon's statewide student information system, representing more than 400,000 students.

"Rachel Wente-Chaney and Steve Langford are two early adopters who embodied the spirit of partnership that Edupoint considers one of the cornerstones of our business," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Office of Edupoint.

"They implemented Synergy at their districts before the statewide search effort and helped open many doors in the state adoption. The selection marked an important milestone for Edupoint, both in terms of our growth in the Pacific Northwest and as an affirmation of our maturity as a K-12 solutions provider and our potential growth nationwide. With this year's Partner for Life Award, we recognize Rachel and Steve for their ongoing commitment to Synergy and to the support of learning at their districts."

"Redmond School District was the first pilot district to work with us and with Edupoint to bring Synergy to Oregon," Wente-Chaney said. "My team has been supporting student information systems since 2009, and we provide everything from end user support - when a teacher needs to know how to take attendance or enter grades - all the way through patches, updates, and custom programming in Synergy. The OSIS team has also done great work with us over the years."

"We have some fantastic teams at Beaverton that support Synergy for our district of 41,000 students at 54 schools," Langford said. "Everything we do in IT is done together in teams, and that concept of collaboration and teamwork is something that we look for in our partners as well. We very much appreciate Edupoint's willingness to sit with us and explore new ways to give our students and staff time and information."

In recognition of Wente-Chaney and Langford's valued contributions, Edupoint has awarded $10,000 to each district to be granted as a student scholarship based on criteria of the district's choosing.

About Edupoint Educational Systems

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work, with seamlessly integrated student information management, learning management, MTSS, assessment, special education management, and analytics.

Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support 4.5 million students in 21 states.

Information: http://www.edupoint.com/.

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C.A.I. Cardiologists Shares the Symptoms of Heart Disease and Arrhythmia and When to See a Doctor

MESA, Ariz. -- C.A.I., A Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Institute cardiology clinic in Mesa, Arizona shares tips to recognize warning signs when it's time to see a cardiologist. Approximately one in four individuals die from heart disease each year in the US, with coronary heart disease being the most common. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack and high risk to disease can reduce the effects of these life-threatening heart issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The diagnosis of cardiovascular disease may go unnoticed before a heart attack, angina, stroke, or heart failure occurs, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because of this general unawareness of the disease, it's important to look for any cardiovascular symptoms and visit a cardiologist to evaluate risk and potential of having heart disease.

There are three main causes for heart disease that include electrical, circulatory, and congenital. The electrical is caused by arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythms. The circulatory diseases are typically caused by risk factors and lifestyle choices that lead to high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, which blocks the arteries from receiving adequate blood flow. The congenital, or structural, disease were present at birth from an issue in the development of the heart and blood vessels.

Symptoms of Heart Disease:

* Cardiovascular disease symptoms include angina, which is sharp chest pain or discomfort, and pain in the upper body areas of the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen, and back.
* Symptoms caused by heart rhythm disorders include the heart fluttering fast, feeling the heart race fast, chest pain and/or discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, cold sweats
* Congenital symptoms include body parts turning a bluish color, loss of breath, feeling fatigued easily, and swelling.

There are other symptoms that depend on the type of heart disease and issue. One of our cardiologists in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, and Chandler, Arizona can perform diagnostic testing to make an accurate diagnosis for treatment.

When to See a Cardiologist:

Seeing a doctor to diagnose and treat heart disease and heart rhythm disorders is essential to the prevention of heart attacks, stroke and heart failure. Here's a few times when it is most important to see a cardiologist:

* Experiencing pain or discomfort in the heart
* Experiencing shortness of breath
* Feeling fatigued and tired much of the time
* Have a high potential for risk factors that include age, gender, family history, obesity, diabetes, stress, high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, smoking, and reaction from taking specific medicines.

To learn more and schedule a visit to our cardiology clinics in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, and Chandler, Arizona with C.A.I., A Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Institute, visit http://www.caiaz.com/ or call us at (480) 889-1573 to schedule an appointment.

About C.A.I., A Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Institute:

C.A.I., A Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Institute, partners with you for individualized treatment of cardiovascular disease, vascular disease and heart rhythm disorders. We always place you, the patient, first at C.A.I. We discuss and offer a comprehensive, individualized treatment program, designed to empower you as a partner in your treatment.

C.A.I., Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Institute firmly believes that it has an important responsibility to educate the community, which is why we are very active in the community. The focus of our community outreach is to raise awareness for patients and family members regarding a variety of medical conditions. We do a wide variety of community seminars frequently throughout the year, which are always free to the public. Please contact us if you are interested in more details or would prefer a talk in your community.

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Edupoint Selects Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska for Third Annual Partner for Life Award

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, is pleased to announce that its 2018 Partner for Life Award has been awarded to Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO of Edupoint, presented the award at the Opening Session at the company's 2018 National Users Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, on November 8.

Kirk Langer, Chief Technology Officer for Lincoln Public Schools, accepted on behalf of the district.

"Edupoint's credibility as a dependable and responsive partner was one of the key reasons Lincoln Public Schools chose to implement the Synergy Platform," Langer said. "We were also looking for a partner with a vision for the future, which Edupoint demonstrated with the Synergy Analytics and RTI modules that were in development when we signed on. Our district has been pleased to work with Edupoint not only in refining and extending our own Synergy implementation, but also as an early adopter helping to mold the newest Synergy modules to benefit all Synergy districts."

"Lincoln Public Schools has been an enthusiastic partner for Edupoint from the start, with a strong commitment to extending the use of Synergy functionality - including student information management, special education management, and assessment - to serve all stakeholders in the district," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer of Edupoint. "Moreover, Lincoln also demonstrated a visionary engagement with the full Synergy Education Platform, embracing the platform's newest modules hand-in-hand with its established core modules. The Partner for Life award is our way of recognizing Lincoln and saying 'thank you' for the district's valuable contributions."

At the request of the district, the $5,000 award will go to Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools to be allocated through its Fund a Need program, which creates opportunities for students by funding field trips, providing technology to support creative approaches to teaching, and meeting other classroom needs not covered by tax dollars.

About Edupoint Educational Systems:

For over thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically-advanced student data management systems that empower all K-12 stakeholders with the tools they need to improve student achievement. The fully-integrated Synergy(R) Education Platform includes Synergy(R) SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy(R) LMS, an all-in-one learning and assessment platform, Synergy(R) SE, a collaborative end-to-end special education data management system, and Synergy Analytics, a comprehensive data analysis solution for improving student performance and district administration.

Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support more than four million students, including 16 of the 100 largest school districts.

Learn more: http://www.Edupoint.com/.

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Dr. Marchand Awarded World Record for Hysterectomy through the Smallest Incision Ever

MESA, Ariz. -- The World Record Academy today Awarded Dr. Greg J. Marchand, of Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, a world record for performing hysterectomy through the smallest incision ever. The surgery involved removal of a uterus, ovaries and Fallopian tubes all through an incision the diameter of an AAA battery. The record was awarded after a lengthy verification process performed by the academy to verify the results.

Dr. Marchand performed a hysterectomy through an 11mm incision at the bottom of the belly button using a technique called "laparoscopic single-port hysterectomy." Although laparoscopic hysterectomy has been performed through a single incision before, this is believed to be the smallest incision that it has ever been performed through. The Academy reported that the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic had reported cases through a 15mm incision, which was believed to be the previous record.

The patient, Mary Coble, provided the Academy with pictures of her belly from 4 weeks after the surgery. There was no scar visible whatsoever. Ms. Coble had suffered from debilitating pelvic pain from endometriosis and adenomyosis for years before being recommended to have the hysterectomy after other conservative treatments for her pain were unsuccessful. She assumed she would be having the hysterectomy through the same incision that she had her cesarean section went through, which was a lower abdomen horizontal incision, often referred to as the "bikini cut." She states she was surprised and delighted to find that the procedure was able to be performed through only a tiny incision in her umbilicus.

Dr. Greg Marchand, an Accredited Master Surgeon, developed this technique and led the surgical team that performed the surgery. The procedure was a modified version of a laparoscopic hysterectomy, where the only incision used is in the patient's umbilicus. "A very novel part of our technique," said Dr. Marchand, "is that because of the instrumentation we use, the incision is always going to be a reproducible 11 millimeters."

"The recovery was really easy compared to my prior laparoscopic surgeries," said Mary Coble following the procedure. Mary pointed out that she has no scars at all from the surgery, as the only tiny scar present is on the bottom of her belly button, where it is effectively invisible. Mary has previously had both laparoscopic surgery and delivered her baby by cesarean section, so she is no stranger to recovering from surgery.

"I think it's a great advancement for minimally invasive surgery." said Dr. Marchand, the lead surgeon. "When the incision shrinks from 15mm to 11mm, there are many benefits to the patient. There will be less postoperative pain, a quicker postoperative recovery, and a much lower chance of the incision causing a hernia later, which is a known complication of this type of surgery. My favorite part is that you can't even see the incision on the patient."

For media requests or more information, please contact Karen Thomas at Thomas PR at (631) 549-7575 or kthomas@thomaspr.com. Dr. Marchand is available for interview and Ms. Coble is also interested in sharing her story and interviewing for the purpose of raising awareness minimally invasive surgery and to help other women facing hysterectomy.

For more information regarding Dr. Greg Marchand, the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and their latest research publications, please visit: http://gregmarchandmd.com/.

For more information on the "Master Surgeon" Accreditation, please see the website of the Surgical Review Corporation at http://www.surgicalreview.org/.

--- Fact Sheet: ---

Date of Surgery: 07/17/2018

Date of Award of World Record Academy World Record: 08/22/2018

Actual Title of Record: "Total Hysterectomy Performed through the Smallest Incision"

Description of Technical Procedure Performed: Successful Single-port Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (LESS) with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and lysis of adhesions secondary to scar tissue from a prior cesarean section. The procedure was performed using an Olympus Tri-Port device using a modified technique through a smaller incision. The incision and abdominal entry was performed using an Ethicon 11mm blunt tip trochar in order to be sure the incision was exactly 11mm, and that the procedure was reproducible. A 5mm 30 degree laparoscope was used with wavy graspers, a bovie laparoscopic extender "hook," and a Covidien Ligasure Blunt Tipped 5mm device.

Method of Verification of Record: Direct video evidence of procedure and identifying information compared with final pathologic diagnosis by board certified pathologist. Patient consented to disclosure.

FAQ:

Can all hysterectomies be performed in this manner?

Our technique was successful in a difficult case that required dissection of scar tissue from a previous cesarean section, and also entailed scar tissue secondary to endometriosis. Unfortunately, some clinical scenarios involve worse pathology and may require a traditional laparoscopic or robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy in order to be completed. We feel our technique is a valuable weapon in a surgeon's set of surgical skills but does not constitute a solution for every patient requiring a hysterectomy.

How Would Women Benefit if more Hysterectomies Were Performed Using this Technique?

With LaparoEndoscopic Single Site procedures (LESS), there is only a small scar in the area of the belly button. Because there are less incisions, the healing process is much faster and there is much less postoperative pain. In many cases patients can leave the hospital the same day as the surgery. The cosmesis is also considerably improved, with essentially no visible scars whatsoever. From a surgical perspective, you have a very complete visualization of the abdominal cavity at time of surgery, which is a big advantage for dealing with complex pathology such as endometriosis and fibroids. As a result complications are less common.

What is the invented technique?

The Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery acknowledges prior published techniques for single port hysterectomy, also called LESS hysterectomy. There are also suggested techniques for various commercial available products developed for these surgeries. We theorized and performed a surgical technique that utilizes many of the advantages of traditional LESS surgery with an entry that utilizes a bench-marked 11mm blunt laparoscopic trochar port. The end result is a reproducible surgical technique that will continually produce a small incision in the umbilicus of exactly 11mm that is created with a blunt trochar and extremely cosmetic while also providing excellent exposure to the abdomen.

What is the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and what do they do?

The Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery is a research and educational not-for-profit corporation and functional "Think-Tank" for the advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery. We are located in Mesa, AZ. Our efforts are split between the publication of high-quality medical research, expert level surgical education, and involvement in clinical trials related to advancing Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Did this record involve "morcellation"?

No. Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy generally does not require morcellation except in extreme cases, such as Dr. Marchand's 2008 Guinness World Record. For more details involving the 2008 World Record Please see: http://gregmarchandmd.com/guinness-record-marchand/

What do Dr. Marchand's accreditations mean ?

The accreditations represent honors bestowed upon Dr. Marchand by different certifying organizations. They include:

MD - Medical Doctor

FACOG - Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Certified by The American College/Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (acog.org)

FACS - Fellow of the American College of Surgeons - Certified by the American College of Surgeons (facs.org)

FICS - Fellow if the International College of Surgeons - Certified by The International College of Surgeons (fics.org)

Accredited Master Surgeon - Dr. Marchand is currently the only Accredited Master Surgeon in Arizona, - Certified by the Surgical Review Corporation (surgicalreview.org)

Why is this a world record? Can't a hysterectomy be done with no abdominal incision at all?

Yes, a hysterectomy can be performed vaginally without any abdominal incisions at all in uncomplicated cases without significant pathology. A completely vaginal approach, however, gives a very limited view of the abdomen and makes it difficult to deal with abdominal pathology such as scar tissue from prior surgeries and scar tissue from endometriosis. This can increase the chance of complications and injuries to surrounding organs. Using our technique we were able to directly visualize the abdominal cavity and perform the hysterectomy with less risk of complications. This was demonstrated by our ability to complete the hysterectomy safely despite this patient's history of prior cesarean sections and endometriosis. Our technique also has excellent cosmesis using only an 11mm incision that leaves essentially no scar.

How can you be sure that this is the smallest incision a laparoscopic Hysterectomy has ever been performed through? What steps did you take to verify?

We performed extensive searches of the literature in all of the relevant journals as well as PubMed. We were not able to find any reported case of total hysterectomy performed solely through this small of an incision. The World Record Academy then went on to verify the claim independently. We were awarded the record after the completion of their exhaustive verification efforts.

For media requests or more information, please contact Karen Thomas at Thomas PR at (631) 549-7575 or kthomas@thomaspr.com. Dr. Marchand is available for interview and Ms. Coble is also interested in sharing her story and interviewing for the purpose of raising awareness minimally invasive surgery and to help other women facing hysterectomy.

For more information regarding Dr. Greg Marchand, the Marchand Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and their latest research publications, please visit http://gregmarchandmd.com/.

For more information on the "Master Surgeon" Accreditation, please see the website of the Surgical Review Corporation at http://www.surgicalreview.org/.

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Arizona Surgeon Invents and Performs World Record Setting Cancer Surgery

MESA, Ariz. -- The World Record Academy recently awarded Dr. Greg J. Marchand and his surgical team a world record for removing a 17-centimeter cancerous ovarian tumor using only small incisions in the abdomen, a technique called a laparoscopy. While removing cysts and tumors using laparoscopic surgery is a standard practice, Dr. Marchand said it is rare to use the technique in conjunction with an ovarian cancer staging procedure.

The surgeons completed the procedure using "in-bag" morcellation, a technique developed by Dr. Marchand in which the tumor is bagged and broken down inside the bag so the pieces can be safely removed through tiny holes. Otherwise, patients would need a sizeable incision to surgically remove such a large mass, requiring additional recovery time and a great deal more postoperative pain.

Marchand, a board-certified OB-GYN specializing in "minimally invasive surgery," worked closely with a gynecologic oncologist in completing this amazing surgery.

Marchand said the most difficult part of the surgery was removing the cancerous mass without spilling any cancer cells into the abdomen. If cancerous material spilled back into the abdomen the cancer could have spread and worsened the patient's prognosis.

The World Record Academy helped verify that this type technique had never been accomplished previously on any malignant tumor this large.

Dr. Marchand was diagnosed in 2010 with mixed-cell carcinoma, (an aggressive cancer of the testes,) said it is particularly gratifying that his technique can help cancer patients. He received surgery and treatments in 2010, and has been in remission since.

"I know what it's like to face a diagnosis of cancer," he said. "In my opinion, advancements in the surgical treatment of cancer are just as important as the newest cancer-fighting drugs and chemotherapy agents."

"If we can use minimally invasive surgery to take some of the recovery time and complications out of cancer surgery, then I think we've really done a lot of good for patients fighting cancer."

This is Dr. Marchand's second world record in laparoscopic surgery. In 2008 Dr. Marchand was awarded a Guinness World Record for the removal of the largest uterus laparoscopically. In this case, it was not a cancerous mass, but a seven-pound benign (non-cancerous) uterus that was removed.

In addition to the two world records, Dr. Marchand is extensively published in laparoscopic surgery and was recently the first U.S. surgeon to receive the "Master Surgeon" recognition from The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopist's (AAGL.org) and the Surgical Review Corporation (surgicalreview.org). Dr. Marchand is internationally regarded as an expert in developing and performing advanced surgical techniques, particularly in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Marchand is currently the only "Master Surgeon" in the state of Arizona.

For further information regarding Dr. Marchand and his publications and research please visit http://gregmarchandmd.com/.

Fact Sheet:

Date of Surgery: 04/21/2015

Date of Award of World Record Academy World Record: 1/27/2017

Actual Title of Record: "Successful Laparoscopic Ovarian Cancer staging Surgery on the Largest Malignant Ovarian Tumor"

Method of Verification of Tumor Size: Pathology specimen reconstructed, verification by board certified pathologist.

Lead Surgeon: Greg J. Marchand M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S
Practice: Marchand OBGYN PLLC
1520 S. Dobson #308
Mesa, AZ 85202
p: 480-999-0905
f: 480-999-0801
www.gregmarchandmd.com

FAQ:
Why did it take so long for the World Record to be awarded?

To verify this record, we had to research all the other related surgeries that had been published to determine if ours was truly the largest malignant tumor ever surgically staged through completely laparoscopic means. After our research determined it was, we employed the World Record Academy who underwent their own verification process. Following the completion of these two independent verifications, we can now confidently say that this is likely the largest malignant ovarian tumor to ever undergo completely laparoscopic surgical staging.

What is "In-Bag" morcellation, how is it different from just breaking something apart, or regular morcellation?

In-Bag morcellation refers to the surgical technique of placing an object inside a bag, usually plastic, before breaking it into pieces. Usually the object is broken into small pieces so that it can be removed through small holes, thus not needing to make a large incision to remove the object. This high level of caution is reserved for objects that could contain cancerous cells. In the case of suspicion of cancerous cells, it is important not to spill the material back into the patient's body cavities because cancer cells can "Seed" or begin new cancer colonies if they are moved around the body. In this case, we removed a 17-centimeter cancerous tumor through a hole that was approximately 1.4cm large. This technique is one of the more extreme examples of "In-Bag" morcellation.

What does this mean to you as a cancer survivor?

"I underwent surgery and treatments after I was diagnosed with Mixed Cell Testicular Cancer in 2010. I am very lucky that the surgery for my stage of Testicular cancer was a very minimally invasive procedure, and that I had a good surgeon. I remember the horrible fear of 'just not knowing what was going to happen,' and I think that fear is really worse than any of the pain of the cancer or the treatments. When I woke up from the surgery, I really felt great, and over the next few days I had a very quick recovery.

"I was able to get back into my life quickly, and although I was still afraid of what was to come, I felt like I had the strength to fight. When I think about my patients with Ovarian cancer, I would like them to be able to come out of surgery feeling like they have the strength to fight, to take on the cancer. I can imagine that when you are recovering from a one of these big, open traditional staging procedures, you're in excruciating pain, you really can't move, and you like you've just been hit by a bus. I'm sure you don't feel strong and ready to fight the cancer at that point. You might just feel like giving up. If my technique can help even a few patients avoid that feeling, then thats the most valuable thing in the world to me.

"That's why I'm really passionate about what this new cutting edge technique can do for cancer patients, and I feel it can be just as valuable in the fight against cancer as the latest 'big pharma' wonder drug."

How can I find out more details?

Please contact the Marchand OBGYN PR department at the below address.
Maria Sainz - Marchand OBGYN Public Relations Manager
Marchand OBGYN PLLC
1520 S. Dobson #308
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480)999-0905
www.gregmarchandmd.com

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Edupoint Partners with Certica Solutions to Expand Synergy Assessment with Navigate Item Bank

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has partnered with Certica Solutions to offer the Navigate Item Bank(TM) to client districts using Edupoint's Synergy Assessment solution. The optional Navigate Item Bank can be accessed within the Synergy Assessment interface, enabling educators to quickly and easily create and administer formative assessments to measure student progress against standards and inform classroom instruction. The addition of the Navigate Item Bank expands Edupoint's item bank offerings, providing partner districts with a choice of integrated solutions.

The Navigate Item Bank provides Synergy Assessment users with more than 90,000 expertly-developed, standards-aligned items in English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. Assessment authors can tailor each assessment to specific classroom needs, selecting test questions that closely reflect instructional goals. Assessments are accessed by students through the Synergy StudentVUE(R) portal using a computer or mobile device, and teachers can use Navigate's rich metadata for detailed analysis of student learning to target instruction to students' individual needs.

"Certica's Navigate Item Bank works seamlessly with Synergy Assessment not only to simplify the assessment process for educators using the widest possible range of learning standards, but also to positively impact classroom instruction and student achievement," said Mark Rankovic, President and CEO at Certica Solutions.

The Navigate Item Bank includes items aligned to learning standards for all 50 states and Washington D.C., as well as the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. More than 19,000 Spanish-translated items and nearly 400 Spanish-translated reading passages support English language learners. Navigate also includes Progress Checks, which are short, pre-built assessments that enable educators to quickly measure student performance against a specific standard or set of standards.

"Edupoint is pleased to offer the Navigate Item Bank to our partner districts using Synergy Assessment," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO of Edupoint. "Navigate adds the convenience of ready-to-use, high-quality items and extensive standards alignment to the powerful centralized assessment management and analysis tools that Synergy Assessment provides. Together, these solutions empower teachers with easy-to-use, time-saving tools to positively impact student outcomes."

About Edupoint Educational Systems:

For over thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically-advanced student data management systems that empower all K-12 stakeholders with the tools they need to improve student achievement. The fully-integrated Synergy(R) Education Platform includes Synergy(R) SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy(R) LMS, an all-in-one learning and assessment platform, and Synergy(R) SE, a comprehensive special education data management system. Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support more than 3.75 million students. Learn more: http://www.edupoint.com/.

About Certica Solutions:

Certica is the innovator of the Certica Connect platform which provides application interoperability and centralized integration, as well as access and enrichment of education data, metadata and content. The company partners with a diverse network of K-12 application and system vendors, learning content and assessment providers, and book distributors and publishers. Certica also delivers solutions directly to more than 500 school districts and numerous charter school organizations, state education agencies and educational service agencies. Certica is based in Wakefield, Massachusetts and has offices in Harvard, Massachusetts; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit https://certicasolutions.com/.

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Mesa Public Schools (AZ) Expands Edupoint Synergy Solution to Include Online Registration

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by Mesa Public Schools to implement the company's Synergy Online Registration solution. Synergy Online Registration will augment Mesa's existing implementation of the fully-integrated Synergy Education Platform, which includes Synergy Student Information System (SIS), TeacherVUE Portal With Gradebook, Synergy Special Education, the ParentVUE and StudentVUE portals, and Synergy Technology Development Toolkit.

Mesa Public Schools serves almost 64,000 students across 82 schools in Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.

Synergy Online Registration works seamlessly with other Synergy modules to streamline school registration and re-enrollment for parents and district staff. The module's intuitive web interface makes it easy for parents to enter their child's information whenever and wherever they find it most convenient. Online registration and re-enrollment dramatically reduce the need for district staff to manually enter and update student data, and eliminate the cost and inconvenience of printing and distributing registration packets and re-enrollment forms.

Synergy Online Registration is highly flexible, enabling districts to collect user-defined data, add or hide screens, add instructions to screens, and translate screens into more than 20 languages to accommodate diverse populations.

"For a large school district like Mesa, moving new student registration and re-enrollment to the web with Synergy Online Registration can translate into substantial time and cost savings," said Bob Weathers, Founder & CEO of Edupoint. "Our most recent Synergy release has added extensive customization options for online registration, significantly extending the module's capabilities and adding value for districts of all sizes.

"Mesa's selection of Synergy Online Registration aligns with the dramatic uptick in adoptions we have seen in recent months, both in Arizona and across the country. As an Arizona company and the leading SIS provider in the state, we are pleased to see Arizona's largest school district using our online registration solution."

Synergy Online Registration serves more than 1.5 million students nationwide.

About Edupoint Educational Systems:
For over thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically-advanced student data management systems that empower all K-12 stakeholders with the tools they need to improve student achievement. The fully-integrated Synergy(R) Education Platform includes Synergy(R) SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy(R) LMS, an all-in-one learning and assessment platform, and Synergy(R) SE, a comprehensive special education data management system.

Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support more than 3.75 million students.

Learn more: http://www.edupoint.com/.

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Edupoint’s StudentVUE Mobile App Named Educents Top App for Kids

MESA, Ariz. -- The StudentVUE(R) Mobile app from Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been named a Top App for Kids by Educents, a parent- and teacher-directed online marketplace that shares new and innovative products designed to "get kids excited about learning."

Like Edupoint's StudentVUE web portal, the StudentVUE Mobile app works with Synergy Student Education Platform to help students stay informed and engaged with their education by providing day-to-day insight into their academic performance, school events, and classroom happenings. StudentVUE Mobile supports multiple languages for school districts serving diverse populations.

"Mobile devices are ubiquitous in students' lives these days, and having the ability to access information and resources from their teachers using a phone or tablet is appealing and engaging for K-12 students," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer for Edupoint. "Our StudentVUE Mobile app provides students with the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and accountable for their learning."

About Edupoint Educational Systems:

For over thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically-advanced student data management systems that empower all K-12 stakeholders with the tools they need to improve student achievement.

The fully-integrated Synergy(R) Education Platform includes Synergy(R) SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy(R) LMS, an all-in-one learning and assessment platform, and Synergy(R) SE, a comprehensive special education data management system. Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support more than 3.5 million students.

More information: http://www.Edupoint.com/.

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Edupoint Launches Online Synergy Community for Partner Districts

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has launched Synergy Community, a free meeting place for 24/7 peer-to-peer support in a secure online environment. Synergy Community adds another layer to Edupoint's existing support offerings, enabling Synergy partner districts to work closely with one another anytime and anywhere to share thoughts, ideas, and solutions related to using the Synergy platform and achieving education goals.

Synergy Community users can search existing discussions, ask and answer questions, and exchange knowledge and expertise with other users based on a self-selected role or roles, including Classroom Teacher, Application Developer, and Administrator. Synergy partner districts may use Synergy Community on an ad hoc basis or may choose to build more formal personal learning networks (PLNs) within the community. Intuitive features such as the ability to favorite, rate, and follow conversations enhance the user experience.

"As a meeting place for peer-to-peer communication, Synergy Community enables users to connect with other Synergy users who have similar goals and challenges and assist one another in ways that only educators can," says Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer for Edupoint. "We are pleased to provide this dynamic new offering and excited about the opportunities it has created for our partner districts."

About Edupoint Educational Systems:

For over thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically-advanced student data management systems that empower all K-12 stakeholders with the tools they need to improve student achievement. The fully-integrated Synergy(R) Education Platform includes Synergy(R) SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy(R) LMS, an all-in-one learning and assessment platform, and Synergy(R) SE, a comprehensive special education data management system. Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support more than 3.5 million students.

More information: http://www.edupoint.com/.

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Edupoint to Lead State-Level Ed-Fi Data Standard Implementation in Maine

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) to lead the state's implementation of the Ed-Fi Data Standard and technology suite.

Ed-Fi will support data integration and data sharing between school administrative unit (SAU) data systems and state and third-party applications using industry standard protocols. Maine will be using Ed-Fi to collect data on its 180,000 students for state and federal reporting mandated by Maine DOE.

The process of implementing Ed-Fi in any state involves mapping data system fields to state reporting codes to ensure accurate data integration. As the provider of Maine's state-level student information and reporting system (SSIRS), Synergy(R) Education Platform, Edupoint is uniquely qualified to perform this function. Synergy Education Platform will collect data for state-level reporting and analysis from all of Maine's SAUs, integrating data from at least seven different student information systems (SIS).

The combined Synergy and Ed-Fi solutions will enable the varied SIS solutions to share a common language, making data collection for Maine DOE more efficient and economical and data reporting more accurate. Once Synergy data is correctly mapped to state reporting codes, integration with the Ed-Fi Data Standard will enable Maine DOE to extract and validate data from the SSIRS in real time as it is entered at the school level, accept it into the state Operational Data Store (ODS), and communicate it through dashboards, reports, and other applications.

"We are pleased to partner with Maine Department of Education to bring Ed-Fi online at the state level," says Tom McGrew, Chief Technology Officer for Edupoint. "Maine's selection of Edupoint as its Ed-Fi implementation partner, along with its recent selection of our Synergy solution as its state-level SSIRS, has cemented our relationship with Maine DOE, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership."

Edupoint has previously implemented components of Ed-Fi in Arizona and Tennessee, as well as locally in Portland Public Schools (Oregon).

About Edupoint Educational Systems:

For more than thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower all K-12 stakeholders with the tools they need to improve student achievement. The Synergy Education Platform is a suite of integrated solutions that includes Synergy SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy LMS, an all-in-one learning management and assessment platform, and Synergy Special Education, a comprehensive special education data management system. More than a data management tool, Synergy is a collaborative environment that facilitates improved communication between educators, administrators, parents and students resulting in better instructional decisions at all levels.

To learn why thousands of schools across the country use the Synergy Education Platform to manage more than 3.5 million students, visit http://www.Edupoint.com/.

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