Welcome to our newly-redesigned website. We're excited to show it off, and for the world to get a new view of Priory and what our community is all about.
Blackbaud, the company that developed the Raiser's Edge, Education Edge, NetClassroom, and the other suites of tools we use, has built this site to integrate with those software installations and work seamlessly with all of our systems. Their designer took questionnaires, interviews and photos into account when developing the look and feel, and giving it a sense of our campus and community. Our end goal is for the site to give our community members and the outside world an accurate online perspective of daily life here at Priory.
Here are a few of the things we're most excited about:
One of the first things you’ll see at the top of the page is a login button. Parents and students already have credentials; alumni and other community members can to sign up. Logging in gives you access to more information based on your constituency — for example, grades and course descriptions for parents, announcements and homework dropboxes for students, and a database for alumni. You’ll also have customized menus that highlight certain sections of the site and give you easier access to your protected content.
Our new suite of tools allows us to do a lot more with the site, including event registration. RSVP, buy tickets, see who else is attending (if you’re logged in!)…take care everything when you sign up for a Priory event through the new site. We'll be rolling this out in the next few weeks.
Change your contact information
Ensure you'll always receive Priory news, announcements and event invitations by easily keeping your contact information up to date! Our new, unified database ensures we'll always know the best way to contact you.
Social Media Dashboard
Click a button conveniently located on the homepage to see a one-stop view of all social media posts from a variety of Priory-affiliated accounts across our different platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). For prospective Priory families, this offers a peek into day-to-day life on campus.
Rule of St. Benedict
The bottom of every page features a quote from the Rule that changes as you move from page to page. This feature links to a page with resources about Benedictine spirituality, and offers a unique way to get more acquainted with the Rule. Our Benedictine heritage is a major part of what makes Priory so unique, and this is a fun way to highlight it.
Alumni who are verified users and who are logged in have access to a searchable database of all of their fellow Priory alumni. Through the profile update form, they can choose which information to share and which to keep private. You can search by year, profession, university/college, and whether an alum is a class rep or Alumni Board member. We hope this will help alumni to keep in touch with their classmates and to network with people with similar interests.
Photos and Videos
The new site offers fresh ways of presenting multimedia, and expanding our toolbox when it comes to showing off our campus and the interesting things that happen on it. The design of the site has been built to be photo-heavy, and big, bright photos are featured on most of the pages.
The new homepage works a little differently than the current one. The rotator images are no longer linked to news items – they’ll be photo-based elements introducing aspects of Priory’s culture and community. The newsfeed will be in the middle of the page, with a few “featured stories” (like the rotator on the old site) linked to an interior page with the longer list of stories, much like the “Rebel News” feed on the current homepage. This adds a step to finding some of the latest headlines, so you might consider bookmarking the interior news feed page, or reference back to the weekly Rebel News e-mail more often.
The site has a built-in tool for blogging, and we’ve already got a few Priory bloggers who are chomping at the bit to get started! This is another way our community members can show a little more personality on the site, keep you up-to-date on trends and news, and gives our site visitors a whole new type of content to enjoy.
Our new team pages will eventually offer a variety of new options, including coach announcements, blogs, detailed schedules and records, and team rosters. These features, like everything else on the site, can be customized for limited access by certain logged-in viewers or kept public, depending on the content.
If there’s a snow day, an early closing, or some other important announcement from the school, we’ll have a new way to show it on the website. In the top right corner, a red box will appear with the vital information you need to plan your day when something differs from the norm.