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Parents may meet with teachers and staff at any time throughout the school year.  Please schedule an appointment with your child's teacher to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child's academic progress.  

Report cards are issued by classroom teachers following each quarter.

     End of First Quarter: Friday, October 13, 2017

     Parent-Teacher Conferences: Friday, October 20 and Monday, October 23, 2017 (no school)

     End of Second Quarter: Friday, December 15, 2017

     Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, February 15 and Friday, February 16, 2018 (no school)

     End of Third Quarter: Friday, March 9, 2018

     End of Fourth Quarter: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Last Day of School) 

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Learn more about school standards and what your child is learning.  This information enables parents to better support classroom learning and provide learning opportunities at home.


PowerSchool is provided by Santa Fe Public Schools as a tool to record student grades and attendance.  Parents may add any SFPS student to their PowerSchool account.

Once registered at a Santa Fe Public School, every student receives a student ID number.  This number will remain the same throughout their SFPS school years, even if they change schools.  Student ID numbers may be obtained from Allicia and Becke in the school office.  Student ID numbers are also used to create a Google account for every SFPS student and utilized to create a lunch account.   

The PowerSchool Student and Parent portal gives parents and students access to real-time information including attendance, grades and detailed assignment descriptions, school bulletins, lunch menus, and even personal messages from the teacher. Everyone stays connected: Students stay on top of assignments, parents are able to participate more fully in their student's progress, and teachers can use their grade book to make decisions on what information they want to share with parents and students.

Parent Access Management - Personal PowerSchool Account

Parent Access Management provides parents with the ability to have their own individual parent account, including user name and password. You may create your PowerSchool account by obtaining your username and password from Allicia and Becke in the school office.   Once your account is created, you can manage your account information, link any and all students to your account (for whom you have parental and legal rights to), and set email and notifications preferences for each student linked to your account. If you've forgotten your account sign in information, you can retrieve them by using auto-recovery.

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I thought I would write a quick post about an issue that’s not new, but is certainly worth being aware of….

One of the interesting tricks with the change to 8 Gbps Fibre Channel is that it required a change to the way the switch handles its idle time… the quiet time when no one is speaking and nothing is said.     In these periods of quiet contemplation, a fibre channel switch will send idles.   When the speed of the link increased from 4 Gbps to 8 Gbps, the bit pattern used in these idles proved to not always be suitable, so a different fill pattern was adopted, known as an ARB.   All of this came to intrude on our lives when it became apparent that some 8 Gbps storage devices were having trouble connecting to IBM branded 8 Gbps capable Brocade switches because of this change.  This led to two things:

  1. IBM released several alerts regarding how to handle the connection of 8 Gbps capable devices to 8 Gbps capable fibre channel switches.
  2. Brocade changed their firmware to better handle this situation.

An example of what was said?

“Starting with FOS levels v6.2.0, v6.2.0a & v6.2.0b, Brocade introduced arbff-arbff as the new default fillword setting. This caused problems with any connected 8Gb SVC ports and these levels are unsupported for use with SVC or Storwize V7000.

In 6.2.0c Brocade reintroduced idle-idle as the default fillword and the also added the ability to change the fillword setting from the default of idle-idle to arbff-arbff using the portcfgfillword command. For levels between 6.2.0c and 6.3.1 the setting for SVC and Storwize V7000 should remain at default mode 0.

From FOS v6.3.1a onwards Brocade added two new fillword modes with mode 3 being the new preferred mode which works with all 8Gb devices. This is the recommended setting for SVC and Storwize V7000″

So there are several tips that I will point you to, depending on your product of interest:

Brocade Release Notes

For most environments, Brocade recommends using Mode 3, as it provides more flexibility and compatibility with a wide range of devices. In the event that the default setting or Mode 3 does not work with a particular device, contact your switch vendor for further assistance.  IBM publishes all the release notes for Brocade Fabric OS here.


Check out this link if your connecting an 8 Gbps capable DS3500, DS3950 or DS5000 to a 8 Gbps capable switch:  http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000028&lndocid=MIGR-5083089


There is no tip for the DS8800 but the advice remains effectively the same as for the Storwize V7000.   I can confirm that using a fill word setting of 3 works without issue.

SAN Volume Controller or Storwize V7000

Check out this link if your connecting a Storwize V7000 or CF8 or CG8 SVC node to an 8 Gbps capable switch:  https://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ssg1S1003699&wv=1

XIV Gen3

The XIV Gen3 comes with 8 Gbps capable Fibre Channel connections.   It does not support idle Fill Words meaning that the portCfgFillWord value should not be set to 0.

FICON Express-8

When an IBM System z server attaches an 8 Gbps capable FICON Express-8 CHPID to a Brocade switch with 8 Gbps capable SFPs,  you should upgrade your switches or directors to Fabric OS (FOS)  6.4.0c or 6.4.2a and set the fill word to 3 (ARBff).

LTO5 and TS1140

IBM have two tape drives that are capable of 8 Gbps, the LTO-5 drive and the TS1140.  Setting the fill word to 3 can actually cause issues with these drives.   To avoid issues do one of the following (you only have to do one of these, not all three):

  • Load the tape drive with firmware that has the access fairness algorithm fix for loop:
    – LTO5 drives should be on BBN0 and beyond (you may need to contact IBM support to get this code.
    – TS1140 drives should be on drive firmware 5CD or beyond.
  • Change the Fibre Channel topology to point-to-point (N port) (as opposed to L or NL).   This is my preferred option.
  • Change the Fibre Channel speed to 4Gbps.  This sounds slightly retrograde, but it is very rare for an individual drive to sustain a speed above 400 MBps (unless your data is very very compressible).

**** UPDATED 28 Feb 2012 – Added System z FICON and Tape info ****

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About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.

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