Skyward, Empower, Clever, Microsoft 365, Laptops, PDF Editing

Lost password? Contact your student's teacher or office.
Other Technology Questions? Contact the elearning_help desk

Office hours: M-F | 7 am-4 pm

Phone: (217) 639-1035

***Please include in your message the student's first and last name, school, grade level, and a short description of the technology issue.



Skyward is our district's Student Information System for accessing grades, report cards, attendance records, busing information, and food service accounts.

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Empower is our district's Learning Management System for accessing assignments, turning in work, and seeing how well students are meeting standards.  Each student has a unique login and password, and each guardian has a unique login and password.

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Clever is simply a dashboard connecting students to multiple online programs in one central place. Learn more about it in this video.

Students often access Nearpod, GreatMinds InSync, Raz Kids, Lexia, Freckle and more through Clever!



  • Outlook (email)

  • Word

  • PowerPoint

  • Excel

  • OneDrive

  • Teams



Each student is issued a Dell laptop and is responsible for keeping it in proper working condition.

Elementary students will keep theirs in the classrooms, but middle and high school students will travel between home and school with theirs.



The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format that allows the document to be viewed and printed the same way on any device. Many paper worksheets and resources that teachers used to distribute as a physical copy now have to be distributed in PDF format.  When you open a PDF file, by default it opens in the browser Microsoft Edge, and you are very limited in what you can do to the PDF file.  


Usually a PDF will automatically open for in a web browser. The Edge browser has limited tools for editing the PDF.

In order to have more options for editing a PDF document, you need go to the location where the file is saved and open it with a different app, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. You do that by right-clicking on the file and choosing “Open With”.  Once you are done editing the file, you will have to save a new revised version of the file to be submitted to your teacher.