Posts Tagged email

Student Portal and Email Now OPEN!

We are excited to announce that the Student Portal inside PCG and Student Email are now open!

From this PCG Student portal, students will be able to view grades, attendance information and TAKS scores! Students will login to PCG from the same website you go to as a teacher,

For student email, students will be able to have a safe and secure email address to use in your class for completing projects and interacting with you digitally! Students will login to student email by going to

All they need from you is their username and password…which you can learn how to get bywatching the video below!

For a hard copy, you can also download this simple Student Account Summary Report.

Should a student lock themselves out of D2SC, their account is set up to reset every night automatically, so there is no need for you to go in and enable anyone!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to make a comment below or email me at

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A New “Outlook” on Life…

Groupwise is gone.  Let us take a moment to reflect…

OK people…that’s long enough…let’s move on to something bigger and BETTER.  Outlook here we come!

Outlook Webmail Logo

Microsoft Outlook gives you practically everything Groupwise had to offer plus much more.  It is always a little nerve-racking when you are learning a new program, so we are going to do our best to make this as easy of a transition as we can.  You have already conquered the hard part, making the switch.  You have already learned how to send and receive emails.  I would like to take some time to talk about other functions that I think you will find helpful.  These options are all available using the web version of Outlook.

Creating a Contact

Are you tired of having to type in a person’s email address each time you want to contact them?  Maybe you have a parent you like to stay in contact with or a colleague from another district.  Adding them to your contact list will make your life a little easier.  Click here and follow these steps to add anyone you see fit to your contact list.

Creating a Distribution List

We all have a group of contacts that we email often…parents, your team, or even your entire staff.  Typing in each of their names can be a hassle, especially if it is a large group.  Outlook allows you to make distribution lists.  Each list can contain multiple people from your contacts.  When you want to email that group, simply select that distribution list.  To learn how to create distribution lists, click here.

Creating a Signature

You can create a signature for all of your emails so that it is automatically attached to any email you send.  Your name, position, and contact information will always be included with your email.   To find out how to create and include your signature click here.

Creating Appointments in Your Calendar

Outlook has a calendar, which allows you to organize your time efficiently and ensures you do not miss important obligations.  You can create an appointment for a one-time event or an event that occurs multiple times over a period of time.  You can also invite people to attend an event through your calendar (another way to use your contacts and distribution lists!).  To find out more about the calendar and how to create and edit appointments click here.

Out of Office Assistant

When you know you are going to be out for a number of days, or even just one day, it is always nice to have an automated response for your email.  With this feature, people will not be expecting an immediate reply to their emails, which can save you headaches in the future.  Outlook has an Out of Office Assistant to help you create a rule letting others know when you are not available.  Click here to learn more.

All of these cheat sheets will be available in the resource section of iCafe.  We will also be adding more as time goes by.  Check back to see other functions Outlook has to offer.

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Email on your Smartphone or other Wireless Devices!

With our upgrade to a new email host, one of the features that we think a number of people will enjoy is the ability to link your LCISD email to your personal smartphone or wireless device!


Your Phone + Email

Now, every person’s phone is going to be a little different, so we here at the iCafe can’t really tell you exactly how to set up your personal phone, but what we can do is tell you a few general things that you will need to know for getting it up and running:

  1. You will have to be able to set up a Mobile Microsoft Exchange email client on your phone. If you can’t set up a Mobile Microsoft Exchange email client, call the Help Desk at 832.223.0220 to see if an alternative solution through a POP3, IMAP or SMTP can be done.
  2. You will need to know your Username and Password. As a reminder, your Username for the email client is your entire email address including “”.
  3. The server name you will use is:

For most instances, that’s all that you will need to know! Our email hosting company even has a handy step-by-step guide for you iPhone users out there (CLICK HERE), and if you have another phone and would like a few more details on other options for setting up email, you can visit Smarsh’s instructions on setting up the client on phones, computers, and more (CLICK HERE)!

What if that doesn’t work?

If you’ve followed all the directions, but things are still not working correctly here are three places we recommend you give a call:

  1. Smarsh Customer/Technical Support (the email people…they’re great!): 1-866-762-7741
  2. Your cell phone provider: We don’t know their phone number, but what we do know is that they know your phone better than anyone!
  3. LCISD Help Desk: 832.223.0220

LCISD Technical Support will do everything we can to help you get your email setup on your phone, but please be reminded that we can only do so much for helping you with your phone. With a new phone coming out seemingly every week, your best line of support will probably be with your cell phone provider.

We hope this gets you pointed in the right direction and makes your life just a little bit easier!

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The E-mail Transition is Here!


Change in life is inevitable…it’s just going to happen. Sometimes change is hard, something that you dread and try to avoid. Other times, change is something good, something you can’t wait until it happens. And then there is the change of the LCISD e-mail client over to  Microsoft Exchange, which is so much better than good that we had to invent a new word for it: EMAILTABULOUS!

Yes – emailtabulous! Why the creation of a new word? Because of all the great new functions your email will now be able to provide for you!

For starters, you now have almost limitless space in your mailbox. No more finding 7 emails you can delete so that you can send out 2! Second, your email will run through Microsoft Outlook, which will allow for easy sharing of calendars, tasks, and more. And for some of you, you will be incredibly excited to learn that you can now link your LCISD email up to your personal Smartphone!

But for starters, almost nothing will really change! When logging in from home, you will still click on the “Employee Email” link from the LCISD webpage and be required to log in, but the login screen will look just a little bit different. Check out the screen shot below:

LCISD email login screen

The new LCISD email login screen.

You will use your email address as your login and your normal LCISD password for the password (it is case sensitive). Once you are in, the email screen will look a little bit different, but the basic interface is something you will easily get used to. On the left hand side of the screen are your basic folders and in the center of the screen is your email as well as the “New Message”, “Delete”, and “Check Messages” buttons.

LCISD new email screen

The new LCISD webmail screen.

Over the next few days, your old emails, contact lists, and calendar events will be brought into this new email client, so if you don’t see everything in there yet, don’t worry, it will show up! In the next few weeks we will be showing you new features of this email client and ways that you can get the most of its new functionality, so check back often and make sure you enjoy this new emailtabulous change!

Emails in the new LCISD Email

Reading an email in the new system.