The jmc Office Message Center makes sending out text messages to families or students during the school year or over the summer a breeze! With the click of a button, all families can be contacted within minutes and Office team can create the message being sent and schedule it right away or at a later date.

To get started sending text messages, log in to jmc Office and head to Message Center > Send Messages.

Step One: Select a radio button from the "Select" box to filter which student contacts to text. Then fill out the appropriate fields highlighted below.

  • Sequential: enter a range of student IDs in the "From" and "To" fields

  • Random: select one or more students by entering their name or student ID in the "Find" drop-down list

  • Grade: enter a grade level range in the "From" and "To" drop-down lists and select a gender using the "Gender" drop-down list

  • Advisor: enter a range of advisor IDs in the "From" and "To" fields

  • Course: select one or more courses by entering the course name or teacher name in the "Available Courses" drop-down list

  • Activity: select one or more activities by selecting the activity name in the "Activities" box

  • Bus Route #: select one or more bus route numbers from the "Route Bus #" drop-down list.

  • Random Contact: select one or more contacts by entering their name in the "Find" drop-down list

  • Tag: select a student tag from the "Tag" drop-down list

Step Two: Select the "Text Message" radio button from the "Message Type" box to send a text message.

Step Three: Place a checkmark in the appropriate checkbox(es) to send the message to the following contact types:

  • Contacts: all primary and secondary contacts

  • Primary Contacts Only: primary contacts only

  • Students: student cell numbers

Step Four: Click the "Send Now" or "Schedule Time" radio button to specify when your message should be sent.

Step Five (optional): If you select "Schedule Time", enter the send date and time in the appropriate fields or simply click the calendar and clock icons to send your message at a later date and time.

Step Six: Click the "OK" button to identify contact records and craft your text message.

Helpful Tip: Click the number of matching contact records to see a list of the message recipients before sending the message.

Step Seven: Craft your text message in the message box.

Helpful Tip: Have a text message with more than 1000 characters? Send a text message as a webpage link to avoid the carrier from breaking up your message into several messages.

Step Eight: Click the "Send" button to send the text message.

Fun Fact: After sending the text message, the list of names that were messaged as well as names not messaged will appear on the page to verify the intended delivery.

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