PowerSchool is the web-based Student Information System (SIS) that Lewis Central uses for attendance, report cards, state reporting and other student related tasks. PowerSchool allows the district to meet accountability requirements, while increasing the family involvement and teacher attention that help to ensure student success.
PowerSchool makes our job of reporting to state and federal government much easier, allowing us to keep our focus on the student. But perhaps the more important benefits are the opportunities PowerSchool creates for increased parental involvement. With PowerSchool, parents and students have password-protected access to grades, attendance, activities, homework assignments and more, from any Internet connection.
One of the key features of PowerSchool is the parent portal. This allows parents or (guardians) and students to view grades, homework assignments, attendance, and other school related information from any Internet connection. The District's goal is to increase parental involvement and provide another channel of communications. Students will benefit as well by accessing grades, assignments, and class related information.
In order to use PowerSchool parents need an Internet connection. This is not provided by the District. Parents will also need to obtain an account that includes a username and password specific for each child. A Request for Parental Access to PowerSchool form can be downloaded by clicking here or can be picked up at the school office where your student is enrolled. If you have more than one student you will need to complete a separate request form and receive a separate password for each student.
To protect the confidentiality of student's information we will not give out account information over the phone, through e-mail or U.S. mail. Parents must come to the office where their student is enrolled during regular school hours and complete the application process for access to PowerSchool. A photo ID such as a driver’s license will be required.
- When will parents and students get access to the information on the PowerSchool server?
- Whom should I call if I have a question?
- What is PowerSchool?
- Do all teachers post grade and attendance information to the PowerSchool server?
- I know that teachers sometimes weight different categories of grades. How does this affect how a grade is calculated?
- How often can we expect grades to be updated?
- How often can we expect attendance to be updated?
- Do all teachers use the same grading scales?
- What can I see on the PowerSchool site?
- Can other people see my son’s/daughter’s grades?
- Do students and parents see the same screens/comments?
- How does one get a PowerSchool login and password?
- What do I do if I forget my PowerSchool password?
- Are PowerSchool logins and passwords case sensitive?
- What is required to connect to the PowerSchool server?
- Can I change my username and password?
- What do the codes like C1, C2, T1, T2, E1, and F1 mean?
|Person to Contact|
|Grades for class assignments during the current semester||Your student’s teachers. Teachers’ email contact info is available on the PowerSchool website at the main student screen.|
|Attendance in a specific class on a specific day||The main office where your student is enrolled.|
|Grades on transcripts, GPA, class rank.||Your student’s guidance counselor. High School: 366-8285 Middle School: 366-8329|
|Course schedules, graduation progress, and college and careers.||Your student’s guidance counselor. High School: 366-8285 Middle School: 366-8329|
|General attendance questions, and questions related to absences||High School Attendance Office: 366-8249
Middle School Office: 366-8252
PowerSchool is a typical student information system in that it allows us to manage a wide range of information, including the following: grades, attendance, tests, demographics, activities, courses, and photos. Because the program has been designed using Internet-based software tools, it also allows us to connect parents and students to information. We hope the powerful communications features of the program are helpful to parents and to students who are striving to learn and exceed their dreams.
Attendance is posted by teachers and by the office. All teachers assign and post grades to PowerSchool at different times. Some may give grades to their students’ everyday and some may give far fewer grades during the trimester. This is up to each teacher and depends upon their grading system. If you do not see grades in PowerSchool for some teachers but not others, this is a normal function of the way teachers assign and post grades. As always you may contact teachers by e-mail or request a phone call or meeting at any time.
Many teachers use categories such as tests, quizzes, daily work to organize and give different weights to grades; how they weight them is an individual decision. Teachers share with students how they grade at the beginning of each course. As always you may contact teachers by e-mail or request a phone call or meeting at any time.
There are many factors that determine how soon a teacher can assess and return assignments. Essays and research papers take longer to grade than a quiz. Coaching, club sponsorships, and family commitments can also affect turnaround time, as well as a teacher's student load. All teachers do their best to grade their students and communicate their progress in a timely manner. In most instances, grades will be updated at least once per week.
At the High School and Middle School levels, except for teachers who instruct in multiple classrooms, in gyms, or outdoors, faculty do their best to record attendance by the end of every period. At the elementary schools, attendance is done first thing in the morning and once in the afternoon.
The attendance office also enters a wide range of attendance codes, as they receive information from parents.
Parents and students can access the following information on the PowerSchool public site: http://powerschool.lewiscentral.k12.ia.us
- Grades for current classes, as well as the assignments that make up those grades
- Attendance for the past two weeks or for the whole trimester, including a legend of attendance codes used by the school
- Teacher comments
- Reports via Email, which allow parents to request daily, weekly, or monthly reports to be sent via email
- Other features - Online Course Registration
It depends on the browser you are using and the platform and operating system of the computer you are using to access the site. If all lower case does not work, we recommend that you try the login and password with the case as shown in your letter. For some logins and passwords, it is hard to know whether to use 0 (zero) or O (capital o, the letter). We recommend that you try both. If you still can't log in, please call your child’s building.
They are labels for different types of grades and terms and are sometimes specific to schools. Generally T1, T2 and T3 represent final grades for Trimesters 1, 2 and 3. E1 represents Final Exam for Trimester 1 and C1 represents the classwork grade for Trimester 1. You will find that the codes are very intuitive and easy to understand.
To access PowerSchool, parents/guardians need to obtain an Access ID and Password for each child in grades 6-12. A Request for Parental Access to PowerSchool form can be downloaded by clicking here or can be picked up at the school office's at the High School or Middle School. If you have more than one student you will need to complete a separate request form and receive a separate Access ID and Password for each student. Parent accounts are not available for children in grades PK-5 at this time.
To protect the confidentiality of student's information we will not give out account information over the phone, through e-mail or U.S. mail. Parents must come to the office where their student is enrolled during regular school hours and complete the application process for access to PowerSchool. A photo ID such as a driver’s license may be required.
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.)
Watch the video below for 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
- Reviewing Attendance History
- Automatic E-Mail Updates/E-Mailing Teacher
- Class Registration
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.
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.