The Grosse Pointe Public School System
The window into your child’s day at school
What is the difference between Pinnacle and Parent Connect?
Pinnacle is a real-time electronic gradebook software package that tracks student marks down to
the assignment level. It details all of the marks upon which a marking period grade is derived.
The PIN/Password for Pinnacle is a combination of each Student’s ID # and network log-in
password. (Parents are encouraged to ask their child for this information. It will be provided for
middle school parents at Back-to-School Night.) For the 06/07 school year, all middle school
teachers will use Pinnacle. Formal Middle School Progress Reports will not be issued;
rather, parents are encouraged to check student progress via the Pinnacle Internet Viewer. (See
handout, “Viewing your Child’s Marks Using Pinnacle’s Electronic Gradebook.”)
Parent Connect is an internet viewing module that profiles data stored in our student
management system, Zangle. The marks in Parent Connect represent the overall marking period
grades earned at specific intervals during the school year. Each parent is assigned an individual
Problems with your password? Passwords were randomly generated and are CASE
SENSITIVE. For assistance, call 313.432.3131 and leave voice mail message or e-mail
Can I change my PIN? No. PINS are generated by the student database computer
system and cannot be changed.
Can I change my Parent Connect Password? Yes. Select the Account Menu item
located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Follow the prompts to change your
Can I enter my e-mail address? Yes. Select the Account Menu Item located in the
upper right-hand corner of screen. Enter your e-mail address in the area provided. (Your e-mail
address will not be distributed outside the district.)
Who will have access to my e-mail address? Parent email addresses provided
through ParentConnect/Pinnacle will be used only for district communication. Grosse Pointe
Public Schools will not sell or distribute your email address.
Why do my spouse and I have individual accounts? Because a child’s parents may
live at different addresses, parental access was established for each parent individually. The
information displayed will not differ between parents of the same child.
How can I refresh the data pages? Data viewed in ParentConnection is dynamic, and
may be updated in real time by the school while you are viewing data. However, new data posted
during a session will not be visible to the user until the data page is refreshed. There are three
ways to refresh a data page:
1. Click on a different link and then return to your original link.
2. Click on the Refresh or Reload button on your browser.
3. Press the F5 function key on the keyboard.
How do I get my child’s demographic information corrected? Use the e-mail link
provided on the Demographics Screen to provide updated/corrected information. To change a
student’s address, please contact the school or Dept. of Support Services (432-3083).
Supporting documentation will be necessary.
Why are some of the names underlined? Clicking on any underlined name will create
an automatic e-mail link to that person. To send an e-mail, simply click on the underlined name.
What do the Term codes/Mark Types on the Marks screen mean?
Term Code Definition
Quarter 1 – 4 Progress
Q1P Q2P Q3P Q4P
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Quarter 1 – 4 Mark
S1 Semester One Mark
S2 Semester Two Mark
Exam Exam (High School only)
Cn Conduct (Middle School only)
Eff Effort (Middle School only)
Work Habits (Middle School
Why can’t I see elementary marks? Elementary marks are currently kept in a separate
database and are not available.
hints Located in upper
right corner of
The Account maintenance Use the Help link to answer any When your viewing is
dialog box enables you to
questions regarding this website. completed, please Sign
change or edit your out.
password. It also gives you
an opportunity to add your You will automatically be
home or work email address, logged out of
which will add you to the ParentConnect if this site is
district database for future inactive for 20 minutes.
information will not be
distributed outside the
Be sure to first place your cursor in the
middle of the page and click once.
Failure to do so may result in printing a