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Enroll Student In Class At A Different School  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, March 16 2010 @ 09:04 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolThere are times when a student who attends your school, or is counted as part of your school's enrollment, must be entered into a class at a different school. This can be accomplished by using one of the Enrollment Functions available in the student screens.

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Attendance Listing Report  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 01:16 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolThere is now an Attendance Listing Report available in PowerSchool.

This report takes a student id number, and a beginning date, and will return a list of all attendance for that student, regardless of what school the attendance record was entered at.

The report can be accessed at:

Start Page > Reports > sqlReports > Attendance List From Date

Click 'read more' below for screen shots.

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Race / Ethnicity Fields in PowerSchool  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 02:07 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolWhen entering race and ethnicity data into PowerSchool, you will find 3 fields:

  1. Ethnicity
  2. Race
  3. Scheduling/Reporting Ethnicity
Students and Guardians are asked to provide only the first two pieces of information, but the third field must also be completed. The value you should select will be based on how the previous two questions were responded to.

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ELL Student List  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, January 26 2010 @ 09:49 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolNew to the sqlReports section of PowerSchool, is the ESL Student List Report.

This report will allow you to search for ELL Students in the district using enrollment status, school number, or ELL Status. Once the report runs and you have a list of students, you can sort the results by clicking on any of the column names. In addition, you can make the listed students the currently selected students in PowerSchool, allowing you to export data, list the students with any fields you wish, print reports, labels, and more.

To access this report, from the PowerSchool Start Page: Reports > sqlReport > ELL Student List

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Teacher name added to student header  View Printable Version 
Thursday, January 21 2010 @ 09:28 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolOn student pages, there is a 'header' line that contains the student name, grade, id number, and school abbreviation code. In addition to these existing fields, you will now see the teacher name indicated for ITBS/ITED labels. For most grades, this will be their home room teacher.

To populate, or change this field, navigate to:
[Student] > State/Province - IA > Iowa Testing Bar Code Input > Class/Teacher Name

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Test Scores for Teachers  View Printable Version 
Thursday, January 14 2010 @ 05:32 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolTeachers can now view student test scores from within PowerTeacher.

Click the 'Backpack' icon for any class, then select a student. From the drop down menu, select "Test Scores".

A list of all the tests we have recorded will be displayed. Click the name of any test to view scores.

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View Semester 2 Schedules  View Printable Version 
Thursday, January 07 2010 @ 12:58 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolI was recently asked if Special Needs teachers were able to see what classes their IEP students were scheduled in for 2nd semester. By default, PowerTeacher only shows you what classes they are currently enrolled in.

To enable teachers to view Semester 2 schedules, I've created a report that mimics the Class Schedule that students receive from the Guidance Office. The name of the report is S2 Schedules, and can be run for an entire class, or for a single student. It is available now in PowerTeacher.

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Enrollment Summary Shows Transferred Out Students  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, January 06 2010 @ 03:53 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolOn the PowerSchool Start Page, click 'Enrollment Summary'.

Click the total number of students in the 'Total In Grade' column.

Do you see any students that are in black text, that you can't click on? If so, you are seeing the result of PowerSchool "forgetting" to update a field properly during the overnight tasks it runs. The field is Enrollment_SchoolID, and it should be set to the school number where the student is attending. If PowerSchool does not update this field properly when transferring students between buildings, that student will continue to be included on your Enrollment Summary report, even though he or she is no longer attending your school.

Fortunately, there is a way to update this field manually. Unfortunately, since the student has been transferred out of your building, YOU cannot do it. The school where the student is now attending must fix the problem for you.

It may be a good idea to make checking for problems with this field part of your normal routine!

To make identifying students with this problem simple, I've created a SQLReport (Enrollment Summary Fix) that will automatically find any students at your building who need to have the Enrollment_SchoolID field updated. After running the report, make any students listed your current selection, then use the 'Student Field Value' function to manually update the field. Click 'read more' below for photos.

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Public Portal Calendar Subscriptions  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 17 2009 @ 04:07 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolIt has come to our attention that there has been difficulty with the public portal and subscribing to calendars. After investigating, here is what we've discovered.

  1. This issue affects clients who are using windows-based calendar programs such as Microsoft Outlook.
  2. This issue is not isolated to Muscatine Schools. It has been widely reported from school districts across the nation.
  3. According to the Parent Portal User Guide, published by Pearson Education, Inc.,

    "In order to use My Calendar, you must first have iCal installed on your computer. You will need Mac OS X version 10.2.3 or later to use iCal."

  4. There has been success in subscribing to PowerSchool calendar links using Google Calendar, regardless of which operating system is in use.

Unfortunately, the way the My Calendars page works is "hard coded" into PowerSchool - there is no way for us at Muscatine Schools to alter it's design, implementation, or behavior. We have contacted the company that develops PowerSchool to express our desire to make these links work with Windows based calendar programs.

We would like to assure Parents and Guardians using the PowerSchool Public Portal that we remain committed to providing you with the best possible experience in using it, and will provide updates regarding this issue when new information becomes available.

This article can be accessed via the following URL:

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Blank Columns Report  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, November 17 2009 @ 07:25 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolA school is a very busy place, and we often need to keep track of information on a student-by-student basis. If there isn't a well established method of tracking that information, we are left to our own methods to keep on top of it.

The Blank Columns report is a new tool that we are providing to you for ad hoc tracking of your students. The report will simply list your selection of students, and provide blank columns that you can use to manually record any number of items.

This report is available to users of the admin and teacher portals of PowerSchool. Teachers can run it for any selected class; admin users can run it for any selection of students.

Click the read more link below for more information and previews of what the report looks like.

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