What is PowerSchool?
PowerSchool is Danvers Public School’s student information system. The district uses PowerSchool for student demographics, attendance, storing grades, scheduling and more.
What is the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
The Parent Portal is a feature of the PowerSchool student information system that provides parents/guardians immediate access to grades, assignments and attendance records in an effort to facilitate and improve communication between home and school.
How do I access the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
You may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal from any computer with an internet connection by launching your web browser and going to the Danvers Public Schools web site (www.danvers.mec.edu) and selecting the Danvers High School site. On the left side, click DHS Parents. Then click Parent Login. The minimum browser requirements are as follows:
* Mac OS X: Safari or Firefox
* Mac OS 9: Mozilla 1.2.1, Netscape 4.8
* Windows: Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox
Who may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
Danvers High School parents/guardians who have a username and password may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Only one parent/guardian username and password will be issued per student. It is your responsibility to determine which parent/guardian will be able to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Students will be able to access the Parent Portal using their own usernames and passwords.
All questions about usernames/passwords or accessing the system, please contact Lisa Zaia by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I obtain a username and password?
Parent/guardians must complete and return the Request for PowerSchool Access form to Danvers High School Office. This form can be obtained in the high school office or downloaded from the Danvers High School website.
How do I obtain a new username and/or password?
In the event that a username or password is compromised or forgotten, you may request a new username or password by completing the Username Password Request form and returning the form to the Danvers High School Office. This form can be obtained in the high school office or downloaded from the Danvers High School website.
Who do I contact for PowerSchool Training?
Contact Lisa Zaia by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email email@example.com to set up a one-hour orientation session at the high school.
Who do I contact for technical support?
All technical concerns about PowerSchool should be addressed to Lisa Zaia by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The school district does not provide technical support for home and/or work computer systems.
Who do I contact for attendance concerns?
All attendance concerns should be addressed to Debra White by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email email@example.com.
What are the main features of the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
The Parent Portal Training PowerPoint Presentation describes the main features of the Parent Portal. This document can be found on the Danvers High School website.
What may I reasonably expect from the PowerSchool Parent Portal as a parent?
You are able to monitor your student’s attendance on a daily basis.
You are able to monitor your student’s progress as soon as the data is entered into the teacher’s PowerSchool Gradebook. Teachers will generally post their grades within 10 school days of the assignment due date. Please keep in mind that teachers have different grading policies and the number of assignments will vary based on the course content. For each course, the grading policy is listed in the Class Info section.
Look for unusual changes in grades or attendance, but realize that the final grade for a course is based on a number of factors, often including class participation and extra credit. Your student’s grade may appear unusually high or low at the beginning of the year when there have been few assignments. Your student’s grade may appear lower during the quarter, but the final grade may actually be higher once all factors have been included. The opposite may also be true. The information made available to you through the system should not be considered a substitute for a dialog with your student or your student’s teacher.
What is the protocol to follow when I am concerned about my student’s progress?
1. Speak with your student.
2. Have your student talk to his/her teacher for clarification.
3. Check teacher’s grading policy posted on his/her course page.
4. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may send ONE email or call the teacher. You can expect a response by the end of the following school day.
5. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may request a meeting through the Guidance Department.
6. After all of the above, parents(s)/guardian(s) contact school administration by phone or by email.
Are there any guidelines that I need to know when sending an email to my student’s teacher?
When sending an email to a teacher, it is advisable to use an email address with a valid sounding name. A teacher who receives a message from firstname.lastname@example.org might ignore the message thinking that it is junk mail. It is also important to include your student’s name in the subject line of your emails. The Danvers Public Schools have an aggressive anti-spam filter in place and it may block messages with subject lines that seem suspicious.
This system is intended to improve communication between home and school and it should not be used as a vehicle to create an adversarial or challenging relationship between parents/guardians and a teacher. Questions and comments sent over email should be informational only and not excessive in length. This system is not intended to remove the responsibility of the student to be responsible and accountable for their work. Issues and/or questions that are personal in nature should be handled by meeting with the teachers personally.
How often can I check the PowerSchool Parent Portal to review my student’s progress?
You can check your student’s progress as often as you like. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Please note that all parent access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal is monitored. The Parent Access Log lists date of login, time accessed, and duration of login in minutes.
Will report cards and progress reports continue to be sent home with my student?
Danvers High School will continue to send report cards home at the end of each quarter. Since you may check your student’s progress at any time during the school year, progress reports will not be sent home.