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Take Control Of Your Contact Information For SchoolMessenger!  View Printable Version 
Thursday, January 31 2013 @ 08:46 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolSchoolMessenger is the name of the system we use to call you when (among other things) there is a school closure or delay due to adverse weather conditions. What you might not know is how we get your phone number into SchoolMessenger in the first place. This is accomplished by entering your data into PowerSchool first - it is then exported and sent to SchoolMessenger on a daily basis.

Since the majority of our staff and faculty have either a PowerSchool Admin or PowerTeacher account, we've been able to create an area where you can maintain your own SchoolMessenger contact information. You can make changes as often as you'd like, whenever it's convenient for you!

Please follow the steps outlined below to view your current information, or to make changes.

  1. Log into Your PowerSchool Admin, or PowerTeacher Account.

  2. Click the 'Personalize' link, located on the left side of the page.

  3. Click the 'SchoolMessenger' Link.

  4. On this page, you can enter up to three phone numbers, and two personal email addresses where you would like notifications to be delivered. After making modifications, be sure to click the Submit button.

Your changes go into effect beginning the day AFTER you've made your updates.

If you do not have a PowerSchool Admin or PowerTeacher account, please ask the building secretary for help. They will be able to update your information for you. If you are unable to get in touch with the building secretary, you may also contact the receptionist at the District Office.

Please note, changing your contact information for SchoolMessenger is NOT the same as making changes to your contact information for Human Resources or Payroll. If you need to update your information for either of these offices, please continue to follow previously established procedures.

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PowerTeacher Grade Book Notifications  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, December 06 2011 @ 09:54 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolOne of the newer features to be introduced to PowerTeacher Grade Book is Notifications, which will alert a teacher to students who have an upcoming birthday, students who have dropped a class, or students who have been enrolled into a class.

Notifications will also alert teachers to any time an administrator has opened their grade book. (Administrators are able to open a teacher's grade book in read only mode only - they cannot make any changes to the teacher's assignments, scores, or grading setups).

When you open your grade book, there is a notification icon at the upper right corner. If there are any recent notifications, the icon will indicate the number of notifications waiting for the teacher to view.

Clicking the icon will open and display the notifications window. Along the left-hand edge of the window, you can select the types of the notifications to display. You can also indicate whether to display notifications only for your currently selected class, or for all your classes.

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Section Readiness Report  View Printable Version 
Thursday, October 20 2011 @ 03:38 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolThis video will show how to run PowerSchool's built-in Section Readiness Report.

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Nurse Office Visit  View Printable Version 
Thursday, September 08 2011 @ 11:28 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolThis short video will demonstrate how to document in PowerSchool student visits to the nurse's office, when the nurse is not at your school.

For the best viewing experience, please click the four arrows at the bottom right corner of the video window. You can also adjust the video quality to 720p for High Definition.

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Home Room Synchronization Tool  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, July 13 2011 @ 01:10 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

Whether exporting data from PowerSchool to be imported into another software program, or generating the ITBS/ITED Bar Code Extract, we need to associate a specific teacher with each student.

Depending on each specific purpose, the teacher may or may not actually be the students' home room teacher.

That is why, in the Muscatine Community School District, we require data to be kept in two fields:

  1. home_room - The actual, current, home room teacher. Used for easily exporting to other programs.
  2. IA_ClassTeacherName - The teacher name that is included in the ITBS/ITED Bar Code Extract for ITBS/ITED labels. (At some of our schools, the student's Advisor is the preferable name to use).

There are multiple ways of populating these two fields, including manually typing in the correct values on a per student basis, selecting groups of students and setting the value with the Student Field Value group function, or by importing the data. Each of these methods have drawbacks - namely, the amount of effort and length of time involved in setting accurate, consistent values.

In addition, it is sometimes easy to forget to update these two fields after transferring a student from a different school. If not properly maintained, schools may wind up with several student records with the name of a teacher from their previous school.

That is why I've created a custom page for PowerSchool that greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to set these values, and helps to ensure accurate, consistent data has been recorded.

Click the 'read more' link below for additional information.

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How to clean up overlapping course enrollment records  View Printable Version 
Monday, May 09 2011 @ 03:41 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolOverlapping course enrollment records occur when a specific course.section has been added to a student's schedule more than once, and the date ranges between these multiple enrollment records overlap, or intersect one another.

Course enrollment records in this condition cause system instability, and it is ALWAYS wrong.

Please consider the following scenarios, and use them as a guide to determine how to fix this issue.

Although the student currently has multiple enrollment records for the same class.section, in reality, the student has been attending this course all along. (The student did not leave this course, attend a different class during this term/period, and then return to this course.) In this case, there really is no reason to have multiple enrollment records, so they can be merged.

There really was a break in the student's enrollment in this course.section. (The student left this course, attended a different class for a period of time, and then returned to this course.) Therefore, it is appropriate to have multiple enrollment records - the dates of entry and/or exit need only be modified so they no longer overlap one another.

After selecting the student, view the 'All Enrollments' page. At the bottom of this page, you will see an error message, along with a link. Click the link to invoke a special function to merge course enrollment records.

You will see the course.section in question, and then all the enrollment records. Looking at the Enter and Exit Dates, select the enrollment record that most closely reflects the student's actual enrollment into the course. Note that PowerSchool also shows the number of attendance records that are attached to each enrollment record. Click the 'Next Step' button.

If both course enrollments have attendance records attached to them for the same day, this page will display each attendance code, and allows you to choose which attendance code we should keep. You should always select the attendance code that is in bold, italicized text. Check the box to confirm that you really want to merge this group of enrollments, then click the 'Submit' button. (If you do not see attendance codes for you to choose from, you must still check the box to confirm that you really want to merge this group of enrollments, then click the 'Submit' button.)

After selecting the student, view the 'All Enrollments' page. Locate the multiple enrollment records for the course.section in question, and note their enter and exit dates. Click the 'Edit' link for the appropriate enrollment record(s).

Modify the enter and exit dates to reflect the student's actual attendance in the course. Remember, the goal is to ensure that the date ranges for the separate enrollment records do not overlap one another.

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Substitute Attendance  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 03 2011 @ 09:26 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolThis article describes how a substitute teacher can take attendance for your class using PowerTeacher, without the need for your username or password.

  1. Log into the Substitute Portal of PowerSchool:

  2. Select the school and teacher that the substitute is filling in for from the drop-down fields, and enter the substitute password, attained from the front office.

  3. Click the "chair" icon next to the class for which you need to take attendance.

  4. Select the appropriate attendance code from the drop-down field, then click next to each student name that needs to be marked with the selected code.

  5. Click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page.

Even if all students are present, the substitute teacher still needs to log in, click the "chair" icon for the current period, and click the submit button at the bottom of the page. This is the only way the system will know that all students are present.

*Please Note: You have signed your name to the Network and Electronic Mail Agreement, which explicitly prohibits sharing your password with any other person. Any reported violations are referred to the Technology Supervisor, who will take appropriate action.

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Special Programs  View Printable Version 
Friday, December 03 2010 @ 09:23 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolDuring the month of December, 2010, I would like to begin using a feature called "Special Programs" in PowerSchool to track student participation in sports, clubs, and other activities. We have been tracking these student groups using the "Activities" feature, but have discovered that PowerSchool keeps no historical record of which "Activities" a student has participated in past school years. As you can imagine, this makes it quite difficult to ascertain participation data for previous school years.

Fortunately, the "Special Programs" feature does keep historical records, so it makes sense to transition our record keeping to it. This article describes how to accomplish the basic tasks of:

  1. Adding a single student to a Special Program
  2. Adding a group of students to a Special Program
  3. Retrieve a list of names of those students currently participating in a Special Program
At the end of this article is a brief video demonstrating how to work with Special Programs.

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Current Grade Display  View Printable Version 
Monday, November 22 2010 @ 01:41 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock


Maintaining the Current Grade Display configuration is vital to ensure that PowerSchool is accurately displaying and calculating grades for the current term. It controls which grades and assignments are viewable on the Parent Portal, the grades shown on the Quick Lookup screen in the Admin portion of PowerSchool, and which grades, assignments and attendance data are emailed home to the parents automatically. This page should be updated at the end of each grading term.

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PowerTeacher Mobile  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, November 09 2010 @ 07:49 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

Introducing PowerTeacher Mobile for the iPadô!

One of the fastest growing classroom management solutions is now available for the iPad. With PowerTeacher Mobile, teachers are no longer constrained to their desk or laptop when using the gradebook. They can record student scores and make observations about student progress from individual student desks, the gym, playground, at a sporting event or while on a field trip.

Get PowerTeacher Mobile for free:

Pearson School Systems

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