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Edupoint Selects Kyrene School District for 6th Annual Partner for Life Award

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 Kyrene School District (KSD) has been selected as the recipient of the company's 2021 Partner for Life Award. Edupoint Founder and CEO Bob Weathers presented the award to Damian Nichols, Executive Director of Information Technology for KSD, at the 2021 Synergy Connect Users Conference last month in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kyrene School District serves a diverse population of approximately 18,000 students across 26 schools in five municipalities. The district's information technology team provides broad support for everything from classroom devices to the network and infrastructure technology they rely on, with a focus on providing the best possible services to everyone in the KSD community.

For the 2020-21 school year, Kyrene School District launched Kyrene Digital Academy, an all-online K-8 school with live instruction following the same daily bell schedule used by other schools in the district. The move presented challenges for everyone involved, requiring flexibility from parents and adaptability from students and teachers, who had to learn new ways of doing things outside of a traditional classroom setting.

"One of the first things we had to do was nail down the tools that we were going to use," said Dr. Kyle Ross, Principal at Kyrene Digital Academy. "We knew we needed to call on our existing partnerships in order to make it as seamless as possible."

"It has been a huge team effort to make sure everything went off without a hitch and learning continued," Nichols said. "Edupoint was quick to react and make sure that the tools we were using integrated together so that students didn't have to go to three or four different systems in order to attend class online. They were flexible in receiving feedback and making changes to the products we were depending on. Because of that partnership, we really set students and staff up for success."

"Kyrene joined the Edupoint family as one of our first client districts in 2005," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO at Edupoint. "Following their initial success with Synergy SIS, the district has embraced one new module after another and now runs the full Synergy ecosystem, enjoying the many user-experience and data-flow benefits it provides. All along the way Kyrene has been an enthusiastic partner, continually providing us with invaluable feedback that has helped make the Synergy platform better for every user. I am thrilled to recognize Kyrene School District as this year's Partner for Life Award recipient."

Edupoint has awarded $10,000 to Kyrene School District to be granted as a student scholarship.

About Edupoint

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. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 states.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/

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2nd Annual Synergy Achievement Awards Honor School Districts’ Pandemic Year Successes

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for student information and learning management, announced this year's Synergy Achievement Awards recipients at its Synergy Connect National Users Conference in November. Award recipients were selected for exceptional application of Synergy functionality resulting in significant benefits to district stakeholders.

The 2021 awards program received nominations from Edupoint partner districts of all sizes from coast to coast. Four districts were selected as winners to be awarded $2,500 technology grants: Clay County District Schools (FL), Coconino County Accommodation School District (AZ), Long Beach Unified School District (CA), and Tucson Unified School District (AZ).

Four additional districts were selected for honorable mention, and will receive $1,000 technology grants: Beaverton School District (OR), School District of Lancaster (PA), Rialto Unified School District (CA), and Poudre School District (CO).

"Reviewing the 2021 Synergy Achievement Awards nominations was one of the highlights of the year," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Edupoint. "We develop Synergy features in response to requests and feedback from our partner districts, but the creativity we see in how these features are used to handle unique situations and meet district needs is truly inspiring. It is my great pleasure to congratulate this year's award recipients for their ingenuity and commitment to excellence."

About Edupoint

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. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 states.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/.

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Edupoint Named CODiE Award Finalist in Two Categories for Outstanding Response to Pandemic

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems announced today that its industry-leading student data and learning management solution, Synergy® Education Platform, has been named a 2021 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Customer Experience in EdTech and Best Remote Learning Partner K-12/Higher Education categories. The 37 finalists represent companies, products, and people that have gone the extra mile in response to COVID-19 in the Business and Education Technology sectors. Winners will be announced during the CODiE Award Winner announcement celebrations, on June 22 and June 23, 2021.

Acknowledged as the premier awards program for the software and information industries for over 35 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards are produced by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software, education, media and digital content industries.

"This year, these leaders helped our nation respond to the historic pandemic, literally enabling the continuity of our education system and the very survival of businesses, large and small," said Jeff Joseph, SIIA President. "Congratulations to this year's finalists for demonstrating the vitality, resilience, and importance of business-to-business and education technology."

Synergy® Education Platform unites multiple K-12 data management solutions in one seamless ecosystem, creating systemwide data connections that help improve administrative processes and learning outcomes without the need for third-party system integrations. Synergy streamlines the management of student information, remote and on-site learning, assessment, MTSS, special education, and analytics to help districts personalize learning, advance equity, and promote student achievement.

Some of the needs Synergy has helped districts meet during the pandemic include:
* Adapting to new challenges as they arise, often with urgency and little notice, such as the quick transition from in-person to remote learning, hybrid scheduling, meeting new state reporting requirements, and providing contactless enrollment to families
* Monitoring student health for in-person learning
* Responding to COVID outbreaks during in-person learning
* Delivering engaging and effective instruction to remote and hybrid learners and tracking student engagement
* Empowering teachers to teach effectively from home
* Identifying at-risk students, managing interventions, and tracking progress
* Communicating frequently with parents in their language of choice and supporting them as they support their students learning at home
* Helping teachers understand the whole student - even students they have never met in person
* Understanding and addressing the impact of the pandemic on student learning progress
* Assessing student learning and analyzing results at the student, class, school, and district level
* Preparing for the return to in-person learning

As a partner, Edupoint has proactively anticipated customer needs, shifting nimbly to a new set of "pandemic priorities" and making a significant investment in product development to rapidly deliver solutions such as contact tracing, one-click video conferencing, and much more.

"During an incredibly difficult year, Edupoint has helped our partner districts navigate truly uncharted waters," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Edupoint. "Not only have our districts found a way to navigate the challenges, but many have excelled. We've seen this not only in our third-party satisfaction surveys, but in the direct feedback we have received from our partners. The strength of our client relationships and ongoing open communication has allowed us to successfully address our partners' urgent needs. We are pleased to share this meaningful recognition with the entire Synergy family."

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program. Finalists were selected by teams of expert judges and represent the most impactful initiatives from software, content, media, financial information and educational technology companies. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists and account for 80% of the overall score. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

Details about each finalist are listed at https://history.siia.net/codie/2021-Finalists.

About Edupoint

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. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 state.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology's finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit https://history.siia.net/codie/.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today's challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes.

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Edupoint Synergy Education Platform Named A ‘Top Ed Tech Products of the Year’ Winner by District Administration

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for student information and learning management, has been selected as a 2020 Top Ed Tech Products of the Year winner by District Administration magazine.

Synergy Education Platform unites multiple K-12 data management solutions in one seamless ecosystem, creating systemwide data connections that help improve administrative processes and learning outcomes without third-party system integrations. Synergy streamlines the management of student information, remote and on-site learning, assessment, MTSS, special education, and analytics to help districts personalize learning, advance equity, and promote student achievement.

Synergy helps educators respond to the real-time needs of students, classes, schools, and districts and communicate with everyone who has a stake in each student's education. The 360° Student Profile pulls together data from multiple Synergy modules to provide a wraparound view of every student, including attendance, behavior, grades, MTSS detail, progress toward graduation, and more. Multiple tools help educators pinpoint student learning needs, including a customizable Early Warning System, performance analytics, reports, and alerts.

Teachers can give students immediate feedback on assignments and assessments, assign them to academic and behavioral interventions including Check-In/Check-Out (CICO), assign accommodations, and distribute classroom behavior points. Flex scheduling can be used to create review sessions and office hours that students can attend voluntarily or by teacher assignment.

Synergy offers rich COVID-support features, such as video conference integration, online course delivery, a daily health survey, contact tracing, instructional setting designation (remote/hybrid/in-person), student check-in, time tracking, contactless registration, and more.

"It is an honor to have Synergy Education Platform selected as a Top Ed Tech Products of the Year winner," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO of Edupoint. "This recognition highlights Edupoint's ongoing commitment to providing our partner districts with a learning and student data management platform that is not only powerful, but can quickly and easily adapt to changing circumstances to meet district needs."

Synergy will be showcased with other winning solutions at the virtual Future of Education Technology® Conference (FETC), January 26-29.

About Edupoint

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 choose Synergy to support 5 million students in 22 states.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/.

Link to District Administration site for Edupoint award: https://districtadministration.com/top-product-synergy-education-platform-by-edupoint/

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Edupoint Honors Inaugural Synergy Achievement Award Recipients in Online Event

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for student information and learning management, awarded technology grants to six client districts as part of the inaugural Synergy Achievement Awards in November. The recipients were selected based on the impact of their nominated initiatives and announced at the company's Virtual Week event in November.

The awards program attracted nominations from Edupoint partner districts of all sizes across the country. Districts were invited to submit any number of nominations in three categories: Process Improvement, Student Outcomes, and Communication & Collaboration.

District nominations spanned a wide range of achievements, with several related to pandemic response. One rural district was able to quickly transition to asynchronous distance learning for alternative education students in order to prevent an anticipated 80% loss of enrollment during a stay-at-home order. Another district created a flexible IEP for students in remote or hybrid learning environments.

"Our partner districts are out there doing great things every day, and this year's Synergy Achievement Awards have given us a bigger window into their successes," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Edupoint. "It's been inspiring to see districts skillfully leveraging Synergy tools to adapt to the unusual and challenging conditions we have all been facing this year. We are thrilled to be continuing the awards program on an annual basis."

The districts selected to receive technology grants were Kingman Unified School District #20 (AZ), Empower College Prep (AZ), Charles County Public Schools (MD), Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (AK), Clark-Pleasant Community Schools Corporation (IN), and Chesapeake Public Schools (VA). The grants ranged from $2,500 to $5,000.

Learn more about the Synergy Achievement Awards at: https://www.edupoint.com/Company/Synergy-Achievement-Awards

About Edupoint

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 choose Synergy to support 5 million students in 22 states.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/.

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Arizona Jobsite Adopts Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Measures to Keep Workers Safe On-Site

MESA, Ariz. -- GCON, Inc. the construction management company leading Mesa Hangar, a major addition to Falcon Field Airport, announces enhanced safety measures as part of a proactive approach to on-site Health and Safety. These measures are key to keeping construction professionals healthy and working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the official mandate in early March, weekly group calls have been established to review site practices, discuss issues, and overcome concerns to implement new systems and practices that will likely remain new industry standards:

* Weekly analysis of jobsite to create custom social distancing plans that include staff monitoring systems to limit the flow of workers in potentially crowded areas.

* Third party services hired to set up wash stations and regularly disinfect the site.

* New COVID-19-specific site safety manuals with modeled practices from CDC recommendations are used to train subcontractors and trade partners.

* Routine monitoring processes for spotting symptoms of the virus are in place along with measures of caution to stay home for those with COVID-19 exposure.

* Personal Protective Equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses and masks, worn full-time by all jobsite personnel.

* The washing of tools prior to beginning on-site work and at shift-end as part of daily start-up and closing protocols.

"Our efficiencies have changed dramatically and it's something we all work together on. Our subcontractors and trade partners can't just show up anymore. They have to self-monitor and check for symptoms, follow dedicated entry and exit routes, and utilize washing stations regularly," says Mick Marden, Vice President of Operations for GCON, Inc. "A marker of distinction for each construction site is the guidelines that display even before entering."

With an average of 75 professionals on site each day, many of these measures were taken even before the mandate and enhanced later in an effort to maintain a proactive approach to the needs of a new construction environment.

"Our approach is bigger than the job site. We're considering families, the comfortability of the spouse, and the overall community," says Marden.

The game changer is that the job site is squeaky clean. Though in stark contrast to how the public may picture an active construction site, those at the forefront understand the imperative to create an environment that workers can confidently continue in as the industry continues to evolve.

About GCON, Inc.

GCON is a dynamic, full-service construction management company serving a diverse portfolio of clients across the US, including high-tech/mission critical to healthcare, education, office, industrial, retail, multi-family, and more. As a regional contractor with local roots, our vision is to maintain our community-first focus and continue to be the #1 relationship contractor in the Southwest. You can learn more by visiting https://www.gconinc.com/.

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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.

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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/.

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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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