CR Reviews Your School's Web Site
This month: Eagan High School, Eagan, Minnesota
Comments: "Our site was launched last winter/spring, and we've been updating it each day since," says the school's Sue Kasdorf. "We see the site as a way for the entire school community to stay involved in what the school is doing. We publish things on our site like class homework assignments or practice tests, sports schedules and stats, news and announcements about upcoming events, and photos from games or events. Any person--from teachers, parents, students and administrators--can learn to build a page within the site in about 15-30 minutes."
"The entire school community has found our Web site to be highly effective. A Spanish teacher posted sample conversations and tests on her class page so parents, even those who are not able to speak Spanish, could help their kids with their homework. One parent who lived in California was able to keep up-to-date on her son's swimming stats by checking out the swimming team page. She was even able to see pictures of him in action. When the Eagan H.S. chorale team went to Germany this summer, parents could log on to the site and see photos, a daily diary and itinerary, and emergency contact information--all of which were updated daily at cyber cafes along the trip. And, parents could check the site each day to make sure that games weren't canceled because of rain and get maps to the games."
"The Eagan site also has an e-commerce portion, where we sell Eagan sweatshirts and T-shirts, and prom photos, as well as national-vendor items like Apple computers, Sony CDs, and books from Barnes & Noble. …