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Niskayuna Schools > About Us > School Messenger

School messenger communication system

Fall 2016: Community encouraged to sign-up to stay in touch with the district


Important note: Parents do not need to go through the sign-up process outlined below. They are already connected to the system through the student management system and can manage notifications in the "InfoCenter" area of the Parent Portal.

The district has launched a new communications system to keep in touch with the community, and all residents are invited to sign-up. There are alerts for general district news, weather-related closings, School Board news and Continuing Education.

School Messenger is replacing the School News Notifier (SNN) system that has been used in recent years.

You can create an account by clicking on the School Messenger link on this website:

Once there, follow these steps:

1. Select the link that says "First Time User? Sign-Up Now." Fill in the form to to create an account.

2. You will receive an e-mail with instructions and a link to activate the account.

3. Once you have activated your account, you will be brought to a screen with the heading "Notification Preferences." On the lower portion of this screen, please select the notifications you would like to receive and click "save." To receive text alerts on snow days, you must select "Weather," follow step #4 after you select "save."

4. To receive texts, click "Add More" under your e-mail address in the "Contact Area." Select "SMS text" and enter the number of your phone that is equipped to receive text messages. The system will guide you through the steps, including making a confirmation phone call.

Note: As part of step #4, you can also choose to receive any phone calls that are sent out by the district. Phone calls will be infrequent. Snow day alerts will go out via text and e-mail only.

5. Once you have completed this phone call, click "Done." You will be brought to a screen that displays your contact and notification preferences.

6. Hold on to your username and password in a secure manner so that you can log back in to the system in case you need to change your notifications or contact information at any time.