Phone calls and e-mails still work. So do notes in backpacks.
But Memphis Community Schools last week added another way to help parents and teachers communicate with each other: an online grade book with a built-in message system.
Cheryl Hay of Memphis looked at her son's grades on the Web site this week.
"I found everything I needed to find out," Hay said.
She left messages for two teachers and heard back from one of them the same day via the message system.
"I was impressed," said Hay, whose son, Michael, goes to the high school.
The system, called WebGrader, should replace printed mid-marking-period progress notes in the fall, saving the district mailing costs and making sure parents get the information.
Memphis is one of a few Blue Water Area districts to use online-grade software, and people there still are getting used to it. Others said it seems like a good idea, but they're unsure about spending money from tight budgets.