Parents

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Ursuline Academy emphasizes the total development of the individual student through spiritual formation, intellectual growth, service to others, and the building of community. Parents play an important role in achieving these goals. Here are a few tips on how to stay in touch and get involved at Ursuline.


Parent Communication from Ursuline

Ursuline stays in touch with parents in a variety of ways.

  • Online Resources: School Portal, My BackPack and Others
    On the right side of this page are links to online Ursuline resources (login required) where you can access everything from announcements, calendar, and the Parent-Student Directory on the School Portal to My Backpack and more.
  • Quicklinks for Parents
    This weekly email is sent to all parents on Thursdays. To ensure you receive this publication, please make sure your email contact information is correct. Visit the School Portal to view the Quicklinks Archive (login required) .
  • Website Notifications
    Sign up to receive email and/or text notification when a new announcement or new story is posted on ursulinedallas.org.

Parent Organizations

Get involved at Ursuline with parent clubs.

    • Mothers' Club
      From making mums in the fall to providing hospitality at senior graduation, the Mothers’ Club provides invaluable support for Ursuline events and student activities all year long.
    • Dads Club
      Dads Club offers a unique and fulfilling way to share in your daughters' Ursuline experience, while joining in fellowship with other fathers of current and past Ursuline students.

    Social Media

    Looking for fun insights into your daughter's day? Follow UA on social media.


    Volunteer

    As a member of the Ursuline community, you are invited to participate in one or more of the many volunteer opportunities available for interested supporters.

    Online Resources

    School Portal

    What Is the School Portal?

    The School Portal is a communication tool containing the following:

    • Master Calendar - including class rotation, school events, major deadlines, and holidays
    • Searchable School Directories
      • Parent-Student Directory (note: information populated on this directory is populated by your Biography information in My BackPack)
      • Faculty-Staff Directory
    • Forms, Downloads, and Links

    Who Uses the School Portal?

    • Each student and parent has his/her own username and password.
    • The Portal login user name and password are the same as your My BackPack login.

    Login Help

    To get automated help retrieving or resetting your user name and password, go to the login page of My BackPack and click on "I forgot my User Name/Password." Then follow on-screen instructions and subsequent instructions you will receive in a password-reset email. Once you retrieve (or reset) your user name and password on My BackPack, you will need to return to the School Portal and enter that information on School Portal login screen. If you need additional assistance with your login for the School Portal, contact Shanna Housley.

    Go to the School Portal

    My BackPack

    What Is My BackPack?

    My BackPack is a utility and transaction tool containing the following:

    Who Uses My BackPack?

    • Each student and parent has his/her own username and password.
    • Your user name and password for My BackPack are also used to log into the School Portal and Magnus.

    Login Help

    To get automated help retrieving or resetting your user name and password, go to the login page of My BackPack and click on "I forgot my User Name/Password." Then follow on-screen instructions and subsequent instructions you will receive in a password-reset email. If you need additional assistance with your login for My BackPack, contact Shanna Housley.

    Go to My BackPack

    Naviance

    What Is Naviance?

    Naviance is a utility tool used to manage the following:

    Who Uses Naviance?

    • Each student and parent has his/her own username and password.

    Login Help

    To get automated help retrieving or resetting your user name and password, go to the login page of Naviance and click on "I forgot my password." Then follow on-screen instructions and subsequent instructions you will receive in a password-reset email. If you need additional assistance with your login for Naviance, contact your daughter's personal counselor.

    Go to Naviance

    Blackboard

    What Is Blackboard?

    Blackboard is the online community for students and teachers:

    • Daily announcements
    • Class materials and assignments
    • Club and class announcements
    • Library database log-ins
    • CAVE (technology) information
    • Advisory information
    • Honors applications
    • Students may turn in assignments to the “digital drop box.”

    Who Uses Blackboard?

    • Each student and teacher has his/her own username and password.
    • Parents do not have logins for Blackboard.
    • Students receive their login information during orientation.

    Login Help

    For login assistance, students should go to the Technology Suite student help desk in the French Family Center.

    Go to Blackboard

    Magnus Health

    What Is Magnus Health?

    Ursuline Academy uses an online database called Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record). This secure web-based system houses school-related forms, including:

    • Immunization Form needed for new families to complete enrollment
    • Athletic forms required for all team sports participation (including cheer and Rangerettes)

    • Over-the-counter medication forms
    • Consent to treat, and other health forms

    Login Help

    To get automated help retrieving or resetting your user name and password, go to the login page of My BackPack and click on "I forgot my User Name/Password." Then follow on-screen instructions and subsequent instructions you will receive in a password-reset email. If you need additional assistance with your login for My BackPack, contact Shanna Housley.

    Go to Magnus Health

    Ravenna

    What is Ravenna?

    The Ursuline Academy of Dallas Admissions Department uses Ravenna, a web-based service for online applications for admission. Applicants create Ravenna accounts during the application process. Here are the activities that are part of a Ravenna account:

    • Application for Academy admission
    • Admission event registration (such as Open House)
    • Transcripts
    • Recommendations
    • Scheduling applicant interviews

    Who Uses Ravenna?

    • Each family has one account
    • Ravenna accommodates multiple children applying to multiple schools with a single account for an entire family. If you have already created a Ravenna account for another school (and/or child), please use that existing Ravenna account and add our school and/or another child.

    Login Help

    To get automated help retrieving or resetting your user name and password, go to the login page of Ravenna and click on "Forgot Your Password?". Then follow on-screen instructions and subsequent instructions you will receive in a password-reset email. If you need additional assistance with your login for Ravenna, contact help@ravennasolutions.com.

    Learn More about Ravenna and Academy Admissions

    Login Help

    Login help is available through automated processes on Ursuline's online resources (except Blackboard) by clicking links for forgotten user names and/or passwords on the login screens. For the quickest resolution of your login problem, please use these automated process.

    If you need further assistance, please contact the following:

    Note: your login for the School Portal, My Backpack, and Magnus Health are the same.