Parents in Muskogee Public Schools can see how well their children are doing their lessons — and just what those lessons are — through a new online service, PowerSchool.
The program also gives teachers and principals a faster and more convenient way of getting grades, school events and other messages out to parents.
“It’s very easy,” said Krinna Hix, who has a daughter at the 7th and 8th Grade Center. “I can check my daughter’s work by just clicking on the teacher’s name. It’s very simple.”
MPS Public Relations Director Melony Carey said the program is now available to parents. First, however parents must go to each of their children’s schools to fill out a form in order to get the portal’s Internet address, password and username.
MPS Student Data Services Coordinator Ginger Saunders said parents can click on their child’s classroom and see a breakdown of class assignments.
“They also can click on the teacher’s name to directly e-mail the teacher for questions or help,” Carey said.
“Forms cannot be faxed or mailed,” Carey said. “A separate username and password has to be obtained for each child, something that differs from the old program, Parent@School.”
Carey said parents can log-in to the new portal to see their student’s grades, attendance record and teacher comments as well as school bulletins and calendars.
Parents who have no computer at home can still go to the child’s school and fill out a form. They will be able to use the username and password form on any other computer, such as at a public library or the school’s computer lab, Carey said.
Secondary students also can obtain a user name and password to keep track of their own progress, Carey said.
She said parents soon will be able to access their child’s transcript.
“This is especially valuable at the high school level for making sure the student is progressing toward graduation,” she said.
“What I love about the program is that teachers can use it at home, or they can use it any place that has a computer,” said Irving Elementary School Principal David Shouse.
Irving second-grade teacher Sarah May said the program not only gives the date of her assignments, but also the day of the week she assigned it.
May said she likes being able to access the program from her home and no longer has to stay at the school until 5 or 6 p.m. to input student data, like she had to do with the old system.
She said the program also enables her to input a student’s grades “up to the last minute” before sending out a report card.
Shouse said that in the past, teachers had to export the grade data to where report cards were printed.
“Here, we can print out report cards the day I send them home,” she said.
To access the PowerSchool parent portal
• You must have children at Muskogee Public Schools.
• Go to each of your children’s schools to get a user name and password.
• Access PowerSchool through the school Web site or MPS Web site at www.mpsi20.org and go to Parent Resources on the home page, then Parent Portal.
Program is ‘very simple,’ mother says
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