This information will help you to use PowerSchool, the online
student grader attendance access system. PowerSchool is easy to use and
will allow you to take a more active role in your child’s education.
PowerSchool offers parents the real-time access to grades,
attendance, homework assignments and other class information. You can
even email teachers or ask for automatic updates on your student’s
progress and view the school bulletin. Access to PowerSchool is
available from anywhere in the world just by using any browser.
Questions? Questions about your PowerSchool account can be directed to the Shelly Belcher at 724-941-6251 x 7205.
To enter the PowerSchool program:
Remember, the parent login and password are confidential and
shouldn’t be shared with anyone. Students (grades 7-12), have their own
login to PowerSchool, so you shouldn’t give your information to them.
Once you have logged into the PowerSchool program, you have
access to a variety of information at the click of a button. You can
view information on your son or daughter at any time. Although
information is available 24/7, please allow teachers several days to
update grades and information. Any questions you ever have about your
son or daughter can still be answered by contacting teachers or
Video Tutorial available: Elementary school
parents can borrow the DVD of this tutorial from their school
libraries/PTAs. DVD and VHS copies are also available for borrowing at
the Peters Township Public Library. You can also view the video online
Additional information about the application and its uses can be found at www.powerschool.com
Accessing Student Grades and Attendance
Once you have 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 child’s courses, teachers, grades and
attendance information. By clicking on the teacher’s name, you can send
an e-mail to your child’s teacher. To use this feature, your computer
must be set up to send emails from your browser.
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 or on the PowerSchool graphic.
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
If your son or daughter is in the Middle School or the High
School, you can also view the grades your child earned after the first
semester ended. Click on the icon marked Grades History for a complete listing of those grades.
McMurray Elementary , Middle School, and the High School
have various terms. Because of paramters set in Power School, we code
Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4: Quarters 1,2,3,4
T1, T2, T3: Trimester 1, 2, and 3
X1,X2,X3,X4,X5,X6 (McMurray, PTMS): 1st six weeks, 2nd six weeks, etc.
X1, X2, X3 (PTHS): Final Exam for a yearly course, Final Exam first semster, Final Exam second semester
S1, S2: First and Second Semesters
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.
Automatic Email Updates/Emailing teachers
You can receive automatic e-mail updates and send e-mails to
your child’s teachers. After you have 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. Be sure to include the email
address where you would like the information sent and press the blue Submit button. You can enter multiple email addresses by separating them with a comma.
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. T respond to any teacher, simply click on his or her name.
Remember, your computer must be set to send emails from your browser.
Class Registration/My Calendars
PTHS students can now use online Class Registration.
Students can easily make course requests for the next school year
online. Students will receive more information on this during class
registration time from the school.
The My Calendars button links to a page
that works with some calendar programs, such as Apple’s "iCal". If you
use such a program, you can use this page to subscribe to calendars for
each of your child’s classes that will show each assignment on its due
date along with an assessment description and your child’s score on the
assignment, if you choose. Not all calendars are compatible with this
feature. To learn more, click on the link titled "Using My Calendars in
PowerSchool" on the PowerSchool login page.
If you have any questions about PowerSchool at any time,
please contact your child’s school. If they can’t answer your questions,
they’ll refer you to someone who can.