Directions

The URL can be accessed from the Staff Launch Pad. It works in Chrome, IE and Firefox.

From Home: https://eschoolplus.phmschools.org/TAC (the only difference is the s after http.)

Login: Your username and password are the same as the ones you use to log into your computer daily. When you are forced to change that password, this one is changed as well because they are linked. If you can't login, call 10829 (254-2829 from outside the buildings) and ask to have your password reset. Or you can email Helpdesk@phm.k12.in.us. DO NOT include a requested password in the email; it's not secure. Instead, you will be given a temporary password and then you will reset it the first time you log in.
If you are logging in from home, you may need to put phm\ in front of your username. Example: phm\braker. Notice that it is: \, not /.

If you taught Summer School at the High School, you can still see the grades during the following year.
  • In TAC, click Tools in the upper right and choose Set Environment.
  • Put a check mark in the Summer School box.
  • Be sure View is on All Classes.
  • Afterwards, do the same thing and UN CHECK the Summer School box.
To see Last Year's grades:
  • In TAC, click Tools in the upper right and choose Set Environment.

  • Next to Database, switch to the database listed above. That's what we named the copy of last year's database.
  • Be sure View is on All Classes.
  • Afterwards, do the same thing and switch back to live or you will be very confused!

A  General Information - the links below take you to the instructions written by our very own P-H-M Trainers.
  1. Overview - What do I see on the screen? How do I get to the various locations in TAC?
  2. User Settings - choose the way you want TAC to work for you
  3. *Notifications - set the way you want to receive notifications. You can choose where you see them and how often.
  4. How to log into TAC from Home
  5. How to Set Up Seating Chart 
  6. Emailing Parents (Guardians) from TAC
  7. UserVoice - what is the megaphone for?
  8. Elementary Competencies - see the list. 

B  Student Information

  1. Student Drawer - what is it and what can you see?
  2. Test Scores in Student Drawer - lining up less than perfectly
  3. How to make withdrawn students show - in your gradebook
  4. Student Search - use the Student Search field in upper right corner of the screen. You can see any student currently enrolled in one of your classes. The Student Drawer will open to show their information.
  5. When a Student Changes Classes Mid Grading Period - how to get the assignment grades
  6. To View Student's Report Card grade on TAC (as seen on HAC)
  7. View Your Students' Standardized Test Scores in TAC
  8. * What does HAC look like for students?
  9. Eligibility link in TAC for teachers at some schools
C  Attendance
  1. Attendance  There is also a link on that page to a short video showing the process.
  2. Attendance Audit Report - You can create a report that shows attendance for your class for a period of time which you choose.

D  Gradebook - Assignments and Grades
  1. Course Categories  - Categories must be set up before the Gradebook can be used. You can set it up just once for the entire year but it must be done in each class. See below for how to copy from one class to another.
    High School Only: For help with figuring the Weights, use the spreadsheet that appears below as a file. Download it and use it to figure out how to make the grade appear as you wish when the Semester Grade is calculated. You MUST download it. If you just click on it, you will see a "preview" which can't be edited.
  2. New improved views in Elementary TAC - This link takes you to a page that describes the three new views that are now available. The Help in TAC also explains it well.
  3. High School ONLY - How to Set Report Card Averages - this must be repeated in each semester for each class.
  4. Defining Assignments - Elementary only. 
  5. Defining Assignments - Middle and High School directions. Assignments can be added and defined from either the Setup screen or the Scores screen now!
  6. Options for Entering Grades - The button that looks like an A with arrows gives you several choices. One of them is similar to the Default grade option in the previous version.
  7. Transfer grades - for students who Drop/Add courses, you can import assignments or just an overall average.
  8. Defining Assignments with Competencies - Elementary directions
  9. Copy Assignments and Categories - from one class to others
  10. This video shows how to copy assignments from one marking period to the others
  11. Add Attachments - to Course and/or to Assignment
  12. Troubleshooting - HAC and TAC grades don't match
  13. Grading Scales:
    1. Elementary Grading Scales
    2. High School and Middle School Grading Scales

E  Report Card Grades - Uploading and Settings
Note: The elementary gradebook average for Competencies is automatically rounded when Uploaded to RC. So a students with a 93.75% which is a 3 for a particular competency under assignments, will see 94% and a 4 in Report Card grades. See #13 for a list of the marks. 

        ELEMENTARY
  1. Elementary - List of Competencies and Marks - This is a spreadsheet with tabs. The tabs are across the bottom listing the grade levels and more.
  2. NEW as of January 2016 - Setting to make Gradebook and Report Card screens show the exact same score (No rounding on either one). This also makes grades show correctly on HAC. 
  3. Elementary - Music and PE grades - Entering grades for PE and Music is done in 2nd and 4th marking period
  4. Elementary - Enter Report Card Grades Directly - how to mark the competencies that appear on the report card - for those who DO NOT use gradebook assignments
  5. Elementary - Enter Report Card Grades Using Load from Gradebook - how to mark the competencies that appear on the report card - for those who DO use gradebook assignments
  6. Elementary - How to Mark Responsibility for Learning and Special Services
  7. Entering Free Comments - Elementary ONLY
  8. Video showing how to enter Responsibility and Learning VERY QUICKLY - You can give every student a Y in 5 minutes. And then edit those students who actually deserve an N.
  9. Elementary - How to Mark "Next Year Placement"
  10. Elementary Comments

  11. MIDDLE & HIGH
  12. Middle and High School: Enter Grades - how to Upload both IPR and Report Card grades. The process is essentially the same for both.
  13. Grading Scale - Middle and High School
  14. High School ONLY - Must set up Categories and Report Card Averages every class for each Semester. It is best to do this early in the semester so that we have time to check for any problems before the rush at the end.
    See this document for GREAT directions for how to do it. 
  15. Prepared Comments - to see the list for your grade level, click on the link below:
    1. Middle School Comments
    2. High School Comments
  16. High School - What do students see in HAC vs What I see in TAC?
F  Discipline
  1. *Discipline - how to record Classroom Incidents and how to make Discipline Referrals
  2. Middle School - how to record incidents and make referrals. These are videos created specifically for middle school, but the basic information applies to high school as well.
    1. How to Record a Classroom Issue
    2. More about Recording Issues PLUS How to Refer Student to Office
    3. How to Create a Conduct Referral that needs to be immediately referred to the office
G  Reports and Printing
  1. Print Class Rosters - These can be printed with selected columns appearing and with or without dates.
  2. Class Rosters for Kindergarten and Grade 1 - clicking on the name of the class doesn't give a roster report.
  3. Print Scores - Directions for printing the grades in your Grade Book. Directions are also included for saving them and for printing the Semester grades at the High School. TAC does NOT archive your gradebook. You should keep a copy either by printing or saving to PDF files. Roll over occurs on July 1 and all gradebooks are wiped clean on that date. Only Report Card grades are saved in eSchoolPLUS forever.
  4. Missing Assignments report
  5. Gradebook Reports - based on Akron. May need to be rewritten to be more specific to our district
  6. Export to Excel - data from TAC can be exported to Excel or LibreOffice
    Here's a Slideshow showing how to export and then how to sort
    Here are directions with lots of pictures showing how. This still works in the newest version of TAC.
  7. Import Mastery Manager Scores into TAC
  8. Seating Charts - Use the CTRL + or CTRL - function to shrink or expand to display the number of rows or columns specified in the browser window. My best luck for printing seating charts is to get it looking right on the screen and then use the Snipping Tool to copy and paste the kids' names and pictures into a Word or LibreOffice doc and then print from there. (from Mark Watts)
  9. Elementary - How to Print a Report Card from TAC
  10. Error when Printing Report - How to Fix

H End of Year
I Course Requests/Recommendations - Middle and High School
  1. Directions - Teachers can enter course recommendations for students through TAC.

TAC 3.0 Videos - These videos were created by people in other districts but are listed here because they are helpful. 
Subpages (1): YouTube
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Beth Raker,
Mar 8, 2014, 2:58 PM
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