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Category: School Messenger

NEW 2018 School Messenger

School Messenger has taken on a new look and we were able to bring this back inside of our Parent Portal in PowerSchool.

You will log into PowerSchool like you normally do, or have done in the past. If you have NOT set up your login, please contact your child’s school to receive your information and they can help you go through the steps of getting yourself set up. If you have been using your child’s login, you will not have access to make the necessary changes to your numbers and emails. You must be logged in as a guardian/parent.

Once you are at the login screen, if you have forgotten your login or password, click on the “Forgot Username or Password?” blue link to have your information sent to you.

Please note: ANY changes you make in School Messenger do NOT change in PowerSchool. If you have changes to your home phone OR contacts for your child(ren) you MUST contact the school’s office.

All of the pictures below are thumbnails. If you click on them, they will appear larger for you to view.

1 On the left hand side of the screen, click on the School Messenger link.

Left Menu in PowerSchool for Parents and Guardians

 

 

 

 

2 Once you click on this link, a new window will appear. You will be asked to enter your first name, last name, and your role. You will choose Parent and then click Done.

Provide your name and role to update your user setting.

 

 

 

 

3 You will then be asked if we have permission to call you at the number(s) provided by PowerSchool to School Messenger and save your response.

Answer the question from the dropdown if we have permission to call.

4 Now it’s time to set up your preferences. Your screen should now look like this.

School Messenger Preferences page

5 You will have every phone number and email address that has either been pulled from PowerSchool or entered into School Messenger. To delete one of these, click on the X by the phone number or email you do not wish to receive messages.

6 To ADD a phone number or email address click on the add more Round GREEN button to the right of “My Contact Information” and just under your name.

Click on the plus button to the right of "My contact Information"

7 Choose from the drop-down what you would like to add. Picture of choosing phone number or email address once you click Add more.

Screenshot of how to adde a phone number and allow SMS messages.

Screenshot of how to add and email address and click SAVE.

 

 

 

 

8 Click SAVE once you have entered your phone number or email.

9 If for any reason you would like to change any of your phone numbers or email addresses, you may log back into PowerSchool, click on the School Messenger link and then pull down from YOUR name in the top right-hand corner of the School Messenger page and choose Preferences. You will be able to change this information and the ways you receive it.

From Your name click on Preferences from the drop down.

We hope this helps you be in control of who receives messages and how you receive them.

Please contact your school’s office if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Elementary contact – Administrative Assistant/PowerSchool Secretary

Secondary contact – Guidance Secretary

 

Changes to School Messenger!

We have made some significant changes to School Messenger. Now you can have up to 6 phone numbers, 6 emails and 6 SMS (text messages).**Please check with your phone carrier if you are not sure of your text messaging plan.

You will log into PowerSchool like you normally do, or have done in the past. If you have NOT set up your login, please contact your child’s school to receive your information and they can help you go through the steps of getting yourself set up. If you have been using your child’s login, you will not have access to make the necessary changes to your numbers and emails. You must be logged in as a guardian/parent.

Once you are at the login screen, if you have forgotten your login or password, click on the “having trouble logging in” blue link to have your information sent to you.

On the left hand side of the screen, click on the School Messenger link.

Screenshot from PowerSchool interface

 

 

 

 

 

A new window will appear. You will 2 tabs. The Messages Tab will show all messages sent through the School Messenger system. The Contacts tab will allow you to make changes to the phone numbers and emails to receive contacts.

Screenshot from School Messenger interface

Here are some messages you might see. Notice you can play any audio messages, as well as read any emails or SMS messages.

 

Once you click on the Contacts tab, you will see your list of children. To the right of their names is an Edit link.

 

Enter the Phone Numbers and Email Addresses. Keep the “Save to All Contacts” checked if you want all of your children to have the same information. Otherwise, you can enter the information separately.

Click on SAVE when you are done. If you ever need to make a change, just log back into PowerSchool and make the changes. Please let our school know if you need any assistance.

Thanks!

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