B 80 – 89
C 70 – 79
D 60 – 69
F 59 and Below
Create a Parent Account
A parent account allows you to view the information for one or more students with a single sign in. You can also manage your personal account preferences.
To create a parent account, enter the following information:
- Name – Your first and last name
- Email – Student notifications and correspondence related to your parent account will be sent to this email
- Desired Username – Your username is your unique PowerSchool identity
- Password – Your password must be at least 6 characters long
- Student Access Information – Information for a minimum of one student, including the student name, Access ID, Access Password, and your relationship to the student (ACCESS ID and an ACCESS PASSWORD may be obtained by contacting the main office in writing.
REUNIFICATION DURING A SCHOOL CRISIS
BE AN INFORMED PARENT: Parent Information for Reunification during a School Crisis Incident
Sumter School District Safety Plan relies on informed parent/guardian cooperation to help keep our children safe. An informed parent/guardian takes the following actions on behalf of his/her child should a school crisis occur.
- Confirm that the information is an official statement provided by Sumter School District and then act based on that information.
- Ensure that all of your contact information is current at your child’s school, so that the district may contact you during an emergency through EduLink, the district’s auto dialer system. EduLink is the district’s means of direct contact with parents/guardians of students directly impacted by a crisis.
- Refrain from going to the school or calling the school during a crisis, and wait until notified by the school of the directions for picking up your child.
- Do not come to pick up a child when the school has notified you that a precautionary procedure (lockdown, shelter in place, or lock-out) was conducted due to a false report, and you have been notified that classes have resumed.
- Stay accessible to a phone, or computer or other media device to receive more information from the school as to when and where to pick up your child, if needed.
- Come to the reunification site with an official ID and or send someone who is on the student’s emergency card to pick up the student with an ID when notified by the school.
- Leave the reunification site with your child(ren) safely to allow room for other parents to come.
If you would like to have a representative from Sumter School District discuss school safety issues with your school group or civic organization, feel free to call and request and informational presentation or if you have any questions about these procedures, please call Kathy Morrison, Intervention Coordinator, at 803-469-6900, extension 524.
- Keep your computer in a high traffic area that is available to everyone in the house.
- Discuss rules for using the internet with your child and why these rules are in place.
- Go to websites together so that you know what sites your child is visiting (Our school site has some wonderful educational sites).
- Talk with your child about never sharing personal information. Remind your child that they do not always know who is on the site and they should never give out their name, address, birthdate, or phone number to anyone.
- Cyberbullying – If your child is a victim of cyberbullying please do the following:
- Explain to your child to NEVER respond to texts or emails that are bullying in nature.
- Print, copy, or make a screenshot of all evidence of cyberbullying. Please note the day and time that it was received.
- Block the sender of any emails.
- Contact your internet service provider to ask them to remove any webpage that is meant to hurt your child.
For a list of topics that students will learn throughout the year please visit the directory and look for the grade level classes under Krista Jennings, our Technology Curriculum Resource Teacher or click here.
View the following site for more tips: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety
- Set a regular homework time that works for your family. Create a schedule together as a family but be flexible! Things may come up that may change your schedule, such as football practice or dance lessons. Find what works best for everyone in your family.
- Pick a place for your child to do homework. It should be well – lit and fairly quiet. This could be at the dining room or kitchen table or at a desk in a bedroom. The choice is yours.
- Remove distractions such as the tv, radio, game devices, etc. Children need a place where they can concentrate.
- Provide frequent breaks. Your child has been working hard all day long. They need to take breaks to help keep them focused. A good rule of thumb is to take their age and add two. That is the number of minutes they should work before taking a short break. A good break should involve some sort of physical activity. There are some great apps to use to help get everyone in the house moving.
- Have supplies ready for your child. Don’t go searching for a pencil, pen, scissors, or paper. Have all the supplies that you need available. These could be kept in a special drawer or a “homework box”. Throw in some index cards and markers as well to make flashcards to help them study. Don’t forget tape for when papers accidentally rip.
- Don’t become frustrated. As your child goes through their educational career, the work gets harder and harder. This is also true for parents. Our children are learning things we never learned about or are learning them at an earlier age. If you don’t know how to do something, be truthful. Ask them to share what they are doing and they may teach you something. That is the best way to know if a child really understands what they are learning. If they don’t know, ask the teacher for help or look on homework help websites (See the Student Center for helpful sites).
The following link is a resource for these and other strategies to help your child be successful learners. https://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/homework/homework.pdf
- Meet your child’s teacher. Go to Back to School events and Open House to meet your child’s teacher and learn about the day to day life inside the classroom. Your child spends over 6 hours a day here. See how your child spends the day learning.
- Keep on top of your child’s grades and attend all parent conferences. Look at graded papers that come home and grades that are put on parent portal. Discuss these grades with your child. Meet with your child’s teacher throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress.
- Make sure your child completes assignments and studies for tests. It is important that students reinforce the skills they learned at school. Please help them be prepared for the following day by completing homework and studying for tests. Your support reinforces the importance of education to your child.
- Make sure your child is at school and on time to school each day. Let your child see that education is something to be valued. Make sure your child comes to school on time daily. By being on time, you are teaching your child the importance of education and how to be successful in the world.
- Keep updated on events at school. View the school website regularly and look for flyers on events happening at school. Join us for parent sessions, student events, know what special events are happening at Pocalla Springs.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you have a question or concern please contact your child’s teacher before any misunderstandings occur. We all want what is best for your child. By working together, we can help your child be successful. If your child is struggling in a subject, meet with the teacher to find out what can be done to help your child improve.
- Be positive about education to your child. Your attitude about your child’s education will help determine their success and motivation in school. When parents and teachers show that education is important, students develop a positive self – image towards their education. They are more willing to complete assignments, they are motivated to learn, and are more confident learners. This confidence will help them to become life-long learners.
- Encourage your child to be responsible for their learning. Help your child develop the skills to work independently and be responsible for his /her learning. When students are responsible for their own learning, they will strive to do their very best and enjoy their learning.
- Use outside resources to continue your child’s learning. Take advantage of what is around in the community. We are very fortunate to have resources such as our public library, the Sumter County Museum, and Swan Lake to help our students discover new and exciting things about their community and the world that they live in and they are excited about.
- TALK WITH YOUR CHILD! Ask your child about their day. Ask them what they learned and what they enjoy learning about. Studies show that kids do better in school when they have parents that are genuinely interested in their education. Enjoy what your child is doing. You might be surprised to learn something new from your child!
here is a link to these and other tips to help your child succeed in school! http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/twenty-ways-you-can-help-your-children-succeed-school
Sumter School District Code of Conduct: ssd-code-of-conduct-2016-17-5-2
Pocalla Springs Student and Parent Handbook: 2016-2017studenthandbook-2
- Overnight trips
- Off-campus field trips
- Regular classroom volunteers
Please allow 2 weeks to process your application in order to volunteer or attend field trips. Completed applications must include 2 references.