PowerSchool for Teachers

  • PowerSchool is used for all student information, parent contacts, attendance and grading.  Please see the quick guides below for instructions.

Emailing Parents (and Students in Grades 8-12)

  • You can now email parents (and students in grades 8-12+) from within PowerSchool. 

    IMPORTANT NOTE!  Only students in grades 8-12 have actual emails.  You may see email addresses for students in grade 7 on your screen, but they cannot actually receive emails at those addresses (we need them in PowerSchool for their Clever Accounts)

    Log in and Navigate to the Email screen:

    • Log into PowerSchool
    • Access the Emailing Screen in two ways
      • Right from PowerTeacher (without entering the gradebook)
        • Select the backpack icon next to the class
        • Click Email Addresses on the left
      • OR from within PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook
        • Click Class
        • Click Email Class 

    Option 1: Email an Individual Parent/Student

    • Click the email address next to the student's name and outlook will open 

    Option 2: Email a few students/parents, or the entire group one time

    • Check the box at the top to select all email addresses, OR check the boxes next to a few you want to email
    • Go to the bottom, and for "Delimiter Type", select Semicolon
    • Click Build List
    • Hold CTRL+C, or right click the highlighted emails to COPY
    • Open Outlook
    • Open a new email message
    • IMPORTANT: Paste the email addresses into the BCC Box by holding CTRL+V or right clicking to paste (BCC Prevents parents from seeing each others' email addresses)
    • Draft and send your message as usual 

    Option 3: Create an email group in Outlook for the class to be used throughout the year

    • Check the box at the top to select all students
    • OR check the boxes next to a few students you want to email
    • Go to the bottom, and for "Delimiter Type", select Semicolon
    • Click Build List
    • Type CTRL+C, or right click the highlighted emails to COPY
    • Open Outlook
    • Go to People
    • Click New Contact Group at the top
    • Give your group a name you will easily remember.  Recommended: begin the group name with the school year (eg "19-20 Biology Period 1-Students and Parents")
    • Click Add Members
    • Click From Outlook Contacts
    • Click into the "Members" box at the bottom of the window
    • Type Ctrl+V or right click to paste the email addresses from PowerSchool
    • Click OK 

    To Email your saved contact group:

    • Open a new email message
    • IMPORTANT: in the BCC box, type the name of the group you created
    • Draft and send your message as usual 

    Please note: if you need to edit a Contact Group while using Outlook on the web, you would need to use your "Contact Lists" (Groups are something different on the web version of Outlook)

Attendance, Lunch Counts, and Student Information

  • Taking Attendance
    An attendance indicator icon appears next to each class. The color of the dot indicates whether or not you've taken attendance for that class.

    • Click the chair icon next to the class for which you want to take attendance.
    • Choose the appropriate attendance code from the Current attendance code popup menu.
    • Click the cell next to each student who is absent or tardy to insert the code you chose from the pop-up menu.
    • Click Submit.

    Change Attendance Data

    • Click the chair icon next to the class for which you want to change past attendance, or mark future attendance.
    • Select a specific date for which to change attendance from the pop-up menu in the upper right corner of the page.
    • Click the cell next to each student’s attendance codes (where applicable) to change the existing attendance code, or mark a future attendance code.
    • Click Submit.

    Submitting Lunch Counts

    • Click the utensil icon next to the class for which you want to submit a lunch count.
    • Enter the lunch counts in the fields.
    • Click Submit.

    Accessing Student Information

    • Click the backpack icon next to the class you want to view.
    • Click the student’s name.
    • Choose a student page to access from the Select screens pop-up menu. Clicking on a student’s last name takes you to the default student screen. Clicking on their first name takes you to the last page you worked with.

    Printing School Reports
    Your school creates the reports available to you in PowerTeacher.

    • Click the printer icon next to the class for which you want to print a report.
    • Choose the report from the Which report would you like to print pop-up menu.
    • Choose the watermark text (optional).
    • Choose when you want PowerSchool to prepare your report.
    • Click Submit.

    Change Password

    • Click Personalize.
    • On the Personalize page, click Change Password.
    • Enter your old password, then enter and verify the new password.
    • Click Submit.

    Accessing PowerTeacher Help
    To access the PowerTeacher Online Help, click the Help icon, which looks like a question mark.