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PowerTeacher Pro Resources


I wanted to share a google folder with you to help you through your first days of working with our new version of gradebook. Don’t forget to access the Mastery in Minutes, PowerTeacher Pro videos through PowerSource.

I will be posting more a little later.

Have a great first week!


New PowerTeacher Gradebook

Teachers! Today you may be looking at a new way to launch your gradebook. Look at this video (yes it’s through youtube , so wait until testing is done, please.

PowerTeacher Gradebook 2.8 video

Override a Final Grade

Sometimes our students have their schedules change and come into our class during the middle of the year. Sometimes they just need to switch to another section you are teaching.

What do you do to make sure they still have previous marking period grades calculate with the grades they earn in your class?

Say you have a student who was in Mr. Yellow’s class for half a year. They have a M1, M2 and S1 grade from him. Those grades do not automatically move to your gradebook. You do not have to enter the assignments, but you do need to enter the final grades. The F1 grade is an average of the S1 and S2 grades. All you will need to do is add that S1 grade so the F1 can be calculated.

In PowerTeacher Gradebook go to the Scoresheet Tab and choose the Reporting Term you need to enter a grade.

Notice the grades with a –. You will want to enter grades for each of these students.

Right-click on the — cell. Choose Show Score Inspector from the dropdown menu.

The Score Inspector window should pop up. The Reporting Term should show as the one that needs to be changed for that student. Check the Manual Override box.

Once you check the Manual Override, you can now enter the percent and letter grade for the student.

Close the window and you will see the changes in the gradebook. SAVE the changes.

**We aren’t done! I know you are wondering why the grade is not automatically showing in QuickLookup.

This grade has already been stored, but for another teacher and section. If you click on “Show Dropped Grades also” (under the quicklookup), you will see it there. Unless you fill out a grade change form and IF the counselor can enter the overridden grade in the correct final grade, you will not see that grade in the active classes showing in QuickLookup.

Hope this helps!

Don’t forget to talk with the experienced teachers around you. Many times we forget to ask our own colleagues for helpl Ask them if they have had to do this before. You actually have experts around you.

Java and Gradebook download

If you are experiencing problems with JAVA and PowerTeacher Gradebook launching, please follow some of the steps below to possibly remedy your issue.

Try another browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) to make sure it happens in each one.

If you are clicking on the Small Arrow button beside “Gradebook” and nothing happens, click on the word “Gradebook”.











Just under the “Launch PowerTeacher Gradebook” button, read what is highlighted in orange. Click on the blue words (not button)click here“.



Another window will appear. Click on the “Download PowerTeacher Gradebook” button. Follow the directions on the page.




In your downloads folder, look for the Gradebook.app icon. Your icon might have the word “Gradebook” without the “.app” after it. That is fine. You can drag that to your Applications folder or your desktop.


You should be able to double-click on the Gradebook icon and enter your credentials to get into your Gradebook.

PowerTeacher Guides

Welcome back! PowerTeacher is available now for you to access.

There are a few new features with 2.6, let me know as you read through the notes which ones are most beneficial to you.

I will be coming around during the tech tune-up to help you get your gradebook ready to go for the upcoming school year.

Here are a few resources to help you get started.



Please note we do not take Lunch counts or submit log entries through PowerTeacher.

Elementary Teachers, please do not set up your gradebook until I see you. There is a change for this year.

I hope to see you all soon! Jen:-)

Grades 2-12 entering Comments

As an FYI, all comments are associated with your M1, M2, M3 and M4 grades (no others). Please make sure you are in the correct term before entering your comments.

Next, to find where to enter your comments, you must be in your gradebook.

In the final grade column right-click in the cell with the final grade. Choose Show Score Inspector in the drop-down.




Click on the comment tab. You may choose to use the canned comments, or type your own comments. Please remember to enter a space between canned comments and do NOT hit the return key. Continue your comments in paragraph form.






You may continue to the next student by clicking on the up and down arrows without leaving the window.

Once you are done, close the window and save your changes to your gradebook.

K and 1 entering comments

Please note you have 2 ways of entering comments. You will enter them into the Social Studies course, BUT follow these instructions.

From PowerTeacher, click on the Backpack in the Row associated to your Social Studies class.



Click on a student’s name. From the drop down, choose Final Grade Entry (Standards). There is a comment standard that you can enter your written comment. 300 characters is the limit. Hit submit when you are done.







From the Gradebook, Click on the Social Studies class, click on the Final Grades button.




Find the K standard or 1st Grade standard with the blue circle with a C.





To enter a comment, right click in the cell below this Comment Standard. Choose show score inspector.






When the next window appears, enter you comment in the comment field. 300 characters is your limit. You can continue entering in comments for each student by clicking on the up and down arrows.






Once you are done, you may close the window and save the changes.

Java Error when launching Gradebook?

First try this…

DO NOT_____Update your Java!!!  Peter, Sean and I are aware of the problem and are working with support.



Go to your Applications Folder and open the Utilities folder. Find the “Java Preferences.app” and open this. You will see this window.







Make sure the “Enable” checkbox has a check in it.





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