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Anyone using Marcia Brenner Report Card Creator? We just purchased it and are planning to use it for our Q1 report cards in late October. Just had training on Thursday and it ... well, it was the worst online training session I've ever attended. We were muted during the entire session so we couldn't ask a question and couldn't figure out how to get a message to the trainer. (Other people in the training asked questions so they weren't muted but I think everyone was confused.) She ran through the session and we couldn't keep up as we were trying to follow along. I'm seriously considering asking for my money back. Has anyone used this? Did we just get a bad trainer? When the sales guy showed it to us, it looked very easy to use but I can't get it to work. I'm going on vacation on Wednesday for a week so I don't have a lot of time to get it set up. HELP!

Jane Campbell / Marian High School / Omaha, NE
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Anyone else seeing issues with the PowerSchool iOS app for students? We've had 5 students in the past couple of days having problems with the app not connecting to the server on their iPads. The solution has been to delete and reinstall the app. Just wondering if others are seeing this, too, or if it could be a problem with our network, MDM profile, etc. TIA

Jane Campbell / Marian High School / Omaha, NE
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1. I have a teacher who wants assignments to automatically get docked 50 percent when they are marked late. Is there way to do that with PTP? She says she was able to do this with the old Gradebook app.

2. I have a teacher who would like to change her default login screen in PowerTeacher Pro to something other than the Assignments screen. Is there a way to change the default login screen? I don't see anything under Settings.

Only two questions today so I guess it's a good day. ;-) TIA.

Jane Campbell / Marian High School / Omaha, NE
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Jane,

1. I dont think this is possible... I don't think it was possible in the old gradebook either but I could be wrong. :-).

2. I know that for sure this is NOT possible at the time. I know it is one of the most requested enhancements for PTPro.
(https://support.powerschool.com/ers/view.action?enhancement.id=8272&fromSearchResults=true)

PowerSchool is trying to force all teachers to try/use the Assignment list (default screen) They see this screen as a "to-do" list for the teacher. I am not sure I agree with their logic.  I have many teachers asking for the old score sheet to be their default screen. Right now there is no way to switch the default login screen.

Jane,

1. It depends what the teacher wants docked 50%. If she wants the student's score to be docked 50%, I don't think it can be done. If she wants the score to automatically be 50% of the points possible, this is possible by creating a special code that uses the 'Assignment % Value' in a Special Codes grade scale that is tied to the grade scale for the section.

2. Adrian is correct.  I agree I don't know if I go along with PS's  logic wanting it to be a "to-do" list for teachers. But if teachers get in a habit of sorting the assignment screen by the 'Scored' column, they might find the screen more handy and helpful seeing which assignments have missing scores.

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If there are any topics/sessions that you would like to see, please post that here. We would love some feedback!

We would like a "day in the life of a secretary" regarding powerschool session(s).  Things that a secretary might do dealing with powerschool, reports...

We have a new assistant principal who is hoping to attend. She would like sessions geared toward new school administrators. 

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We're interested in getting a consultant to help with next year's schedule. I used Phoenix Learning about 12 years ago and will probably call them but thought I'd check with all of you. Do you have someone you would recommend for scheduling help? As administrator retired who did a lot with scheduling ... she had very specific ways to handle things ... would like to find better ways to do some things. TIA.

Jane Campbell / Marian High School / Omaha
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I have a situation I have never worked with before.

We have a student who only attends  Pre-K every other week.    Until custody is determined by the court.  Mom has her in our preschool one week then she is attending preschool in another community the week she is with dad.  How do we put this into PowerSchool?

Has anyone else dealt with the complex issue.  Thanks for any help.
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I would put her on a track and then uncheck the boxes for the days she's not there.

On year we had PK students who came 2 days a week, 3 days a week and 4 days a week.  

We used Calendar Tracks for each of those different situations.

Hope that helps
Kristy Kennedy

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We will be starting Pre-School for the 2018-2019 school year.  There will be 2 levels, 3 and 4 years old.  They will each attend 1/2 day every day.

Should I:
1.  Set up a "New" school for just the 3 and 4 years olds. OR
2.  Just add those levels to my existing Elementary school and just adjust their FTE and Attendance?

If the answer is New school what do I use for the school number?  I.E. HS=780072001
Elem=780072002

Thank you for any guidance!
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I would do a separate school so that they can have a bell schedule that more closely matches their schedule. Otherwise it's a mess.

Thank you Peggy.  What about the number?

You can use ...003.  Your superintendent will need to contact NDE and let them know that you will be setting up a new school so that once you have the school set up in PowerSchool, data submissions for your PK students will match the proper school at NDE for EdFi and NSSRS purposes.

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