Thank you for trying the Honor Level System (HLS) software. This guide will walk you through the steps needed to install and use your Free Trial Version of HLS.
1. Getting Started
A. Downloading the Free Trial Version of HLS
To download the Free Trial Version of the software, go to: www.honorlevel.com/preview.html.
Save the file on your desktop and when the download is complete, double click its icon (trial.exe), which will bring the icon up on your desktop screen.
Double click on the icon again and a Preparation to install message will appear. Read the message and click okay. The WinZip Self Extractor will appear.
Simply click the Unzip button (no need to change any other settings on the WinZip window) and follow the directions as they appear on your screen. If you see any error messages along the way, click on the Ignore button and continue. The error messages may appear because some of the files that the installer wants to put on your computer may already be there and in use by another application.
B. Using the Setup Wizard
Next, you’ll want to use the The SetUp Wizard as shown below to configure the program for your specific classroom needs. After the SetUp Wizard has finished, you may delete “trial” or “trial.exe” from your desktop.
When you first launch HLS, the SetUp Wizard screen will appear to walk you through the steps to get the program up and running. You can use the Next and Back buttons to configure the program for your classroom. The Wizard will insist that you enter a few items before launching the program. Others can be filled in later, if you wish.
The first data that the Wizard wants to know is your name and the name of your school. A unique activation code will be generated and entered for you. Make sure you enter your school name and your name correctly. If you have to change them later, the activation code will be incorrect. Click the Next button.
HLS uses short codes to identify teachers and staff. The Wizard will automatically create a code from your name. You may change it. If you want, you may add codes for other staff members or add them later when you are running the program.
Click Next when you are ready to proceed.
Now tell the wizard which grade levels your students are in. Check all of the appropriate boxes and then click the Next button.
The Wizard will display a list of suggested infractions. You can edit them here if you wish, or change them later using the Site Editor in the HLS program. Do not change items 0 or 9. HLS uses them to manage your data when students are either absent or fail to report for one of your consequences.
The number of demerits will determine the student’s Honor Level. The Wizard’s examples are a good guideline for setting demerits. Please note that this window helps you set up the lesser everyday problems that you might deal with. Big Ticket items are dealt with elsewhere and are well covered.
Any infraction weighted at less than 3 demerits will be held against the student and used to calculate Honor Level for only 7 calendar days. Items that are 3 or more demerits will count for 14 days. This will make more sense as you progress through the Wizard.
Note: Your software includes a Site Editor that will allow you to change these infractions later, if you are not sure what you want right now.
The Wizard will show you an example of some progressive consequences that could be used in your discipline plan. You may have up to 7 steps.
The first step will always be used by infractions that are weighted at less than 3 demerits. It should be a relatively minor consequence. It could simply be: Warning, Watch Your Honor Level if you want to include warnings in the student record.
The highest consequence should leave you some flexibility to meet the needs of students who are chronic discipline problems.
The final thing the Wizard wants to do is let you know that a Verification Code has been programmed, which will help prevent the unauthorized or accidental deletion of important data. It will simply be the digits123 unless you choose to change it here or edit it later in your Site Editor. The software will ask you for this code if, for example, you choose to delete a Student’s Record.
There! The Wizard is now ready to prepare your data files and give you access to the program.
If you are happy with your entries, click the Finish button and your files will be written. These data files will be stored on your computer in a folder at: c:\hls\hls02.
Do not change the names of either of these folders. If you do your program will not function.
2. Launching the HLS Software
Now you’re ready to launch the HLS software.
Look in your Start Menu for the program. It will be named the Honor Level System. You can launch the software from here. If you want to make a shortcut for your desktop, you will find the application in Program Files\Honor Level System\HLS.
Finally, click OK and then restart your program.
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