Great News! Parent Portal About to Launch for Grades K–5!

The eagerly anticipated Parent Portal component for grades K–5 is nearly here!

As we have discussed before, PowerSchool, our student data management software system, is designed to function as a collaborative environment for teachers, students, and parents. Among many of its important features is a fabulous component called Parent Portal that enables parents to log in and view their children’s real-time assessments at any time. Parents can also use Parent Portal to register to receive alert notifications, review daily comments from teachers, track their children’s homework assignments, and so on.

Though the Parent Portal component of PowerSchool has been in use for quite some time for students in grades 6–12, because Union Memorial School, Porters Point School, and Malletts Bay School employ a different format for grading than that used by PowerSchool, an alternative Parent Portal component design was required. This complex design work was undertaken by the district’s data manager, Michelle Devino, and is nearing completion.

When will Parent Portal be available for parents of K–5 students?

The alternative component design of Parent Portal for parents of K–5 students is slated for release on Friday, March 7. Prior to its release, the component will be tested with a focus group to ensure a seamless roll-out to the entire elementary school community.

How will Parent Portal assist parents of K–5 students?

The Parent Portal component for parents of K–5 students will allow parents to remotely view their children’s overall academic progress in the various standards components—including reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and work habits—at their convenience. Because of the assessment structure of the district’s elementary schools (versus the assessment structure at the middle school and high school level), the Parent Portal will provide a trimester view rather than a daily or weekly view of student progress. Therefore, we encourage parents to view their children’s progress on assessments at or near the end of trimesters and/or at the end of lesson units.

Will Parent Portal replace classroom communications?

Parent Portal will not replace classroom communications; it will be complementary to classroom communications. We encourage parents to continue reading their children’s classroom blogs and other communications established with teachers and administrators. As is affirmed in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, our ongoing efforts include supporting “High Standards, Expectations, and Individual Engagement for All Learners;” “Technology Infrastructure and Integration;” “Commitment to Effective Communication;” and “Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners.”

Can anyone view my child’s progress using Parent Portal?

Parent Portal requires a password-protected login. In fact, the entire PowerSchool data management system includes password-protected, person-level permissions and security groups—all of which have different levels of security associated with them. Additionally, specific user groupings (for example, parents, teachers, and administrators) are allowed access to different parts of the system for additional security, and a number of other measures are also employed to ensure that the information is safeguarded.

Many thanks to CSD’s Michelle Devino for all of her efforts and expertise for this enormous programmatic and logistical undertaking!

Additional logistical information about accessing Power Announcement will be sent to parents of PPS, UMS, and MBS students very soon.

For more information, please contact our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999.

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