Tips for Parents

Tips on becoming a PowerSchool Parent

Welcome to Lewis Central School District’s PowerSchool for Parents. This information will get you started using PowerSchool. PowerSchool for Parents is easy to use and will allow you take a more active role in your child's education.

PowerSchool offers parents real-time access to grades, attendance, homework assignments as well as class information. You can even e-mail teachers or ask for automatic updates on your student's progress. The PowerSchool link is available anywhere in the world, just by logging into the Internet.

PowerSchool now offers parent single sign-on security. Each parent can sign in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal with one account and see any and all students for whom they have legal and parental rights to see.

This feature will require parents to create a parent account and associate that account with their children using the former parent access IDs and passwords. (You cannot log in directly using the old process.)

Click here to watch video instructions on how to create a single sign-on parent account and gain access to the Parent Portal.

Remember the Access ID and Password is confidential…for your eyes only….and shouldn't be shared with anyone.

Once you're inside the PowerSchool Program, you have access to a variety of information at the click of a button. If you have Internet access at home, at work, or even your school library or media center, you can view information on your student at any time.
PowerSchool is a great communication tool…but remember…any questions you ever have about your son or daughter can still be answered the old-fashioned way…just by talking to our teachers or administrators.

Accessing Current Grades and Attendance

This section will explain how you access current grades, attendance, and class information from PowerSchool.

Once you've logged into PowerSchool, you will see a menu bar at the top of the page. On this screen, you also will find a complete listing of all your student's courses, teachers, grades and attendance information.

By clicking on the teacher's name, you can send an email to your child's teacher. Remember your computer must be set up to send e-mails from your browser. Contact your own Internet service provider for help with this feature.

The blue links give you more information about your student. If you click on any of these links, it will take you to another screen that displays a list of individual assignments, projects, or class information. Click on those underlined items to find out the details for the assignment.

The date at the bottom of the screen shows you the last time the information was updated.

To return to the first screen, simply click on the Grades and Attendance button at the top of the page.

The Grades and Attendance screen also shows when your student was tardy or absent. Click on the numbers in blue to find out the days and classes in which your son or daughter was late or absent.

You can also look at the grades your student earned earlier this school year. Simply click on the icon marked Grades History for a complete listing of student grades from the current school year

Reviewing Attendance History

Click the Attendance History button to see your child’s attendance record. On days when school isn't in session, a dash will appear. For a complete listing of all attendance codes, scroll to the bottom of the screen (for detailed attendance information).

Automatic E-Mail Updates/E-Mailing Teacher

You can receive automatic email updates and send emails to your child's teacher(s). After you've logged into PowerSchool, click on the Email Notification button.

To receive automatic email updates from the school, check off the information that you'd like to receive about your son or daughter, how often you'd like to receive it, and whether you want that information sent to you immediately (please note that we do not use PowerSchool to track lunch or fee balances of any type, so do not check Balance Alert). Be sure to include the email address where you'd like the information sent and press the blue Submit button.

To stop receiving these automatic updates, simply unclick the boxes and press Submit.

You can email teachers from the Grades and Attendance screen or from the Teachers Comments screen (click the Teacher Comments button). From time to time, teachers may include remarks about your child. To respond to any teacher, simply click on his or her name.

Remember your computer must be set up to send emails from your browser. Contact your own Internet service provider for help with this feature. Since teachers work with a large number of students, they may not respond right away, so please be patient. They'll get in touch with you as soon as they can.

Class Registration

The Lewis Central Schools uses online Class Registration during the Spring trimester. You can view your current course requests and even submit course requests for the following year when the window for registration is officially opened by adminisration.

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