Infinite Campus provides access to information about grades, attendance, behavior, food service, and much more for both students and parents.
Infinite Campus logins are provided to both students and parents. Students will receive their Infinite Campus login information at the beginning of their Freshman year along with all other account logins. Parents will receive an automated email along with an activation code to setup their Infinite Campus account near the beginning of the school year.
Infinite Campus also has downloadable Student and Parent Apps which can be very helpful for quick access to grades and other information. Just search for Campus Student or Campus Parent in the App Store.
What is Canvas?
Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. For traditional face to face classes, Canvas is an integral part of sharing blended classroom instruction.
West Catholic hopes that this resource will provide you with specific information about your student’s curricula, so you have a better understanding of the work that teachers and students are doing. We hope you use this information to communicate to students that the skills and content identified in these courses are important to master.
What is Parent Observer Role in Canvas?
Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course and a calendar of assignments. Like students, Observers cannot view a course until it is published and the course has started. For assistance with Assignments, Test Dates, Quizzes, or other Canvas course content, please contact your student’s teacher.
What can Parent Observers view in Canvas?
Below are the features available to Parents. Please note that not all courses use all features.
- Set your Notifications
- View the Dashboard
- View the course Syllabus
- View prompts but no participate in Discussions
- View but not submit assignments
- Preview and download some Files
- View the Modules Page
- View Canvas Grades
- View the Calendar
- Communicate with the teacher
Note: Using the web browser to access your Canvas account will give you a fuller experience with greater access to your child’s resources. The Canvas Parent app is a great resource for understanding homework and due dates, but it will not allow observers to view all documents and links that are available in the web browser.
Getting setup on Canvas is a great way to stay current on curriculum, course work, and due dates. Student information can be viewed from a web browser or from an iOS or Android app. To view your student(s) course information in Canvas you will follow three steps:
1) Get a Pairing Code from your student(s)
2) Create a Canvas Parent Account
3) Login as a Parent
Each of these three steps are explained in detail below for web browser, iOS, and Android access.
Step 1: Get Pairing Code
When creating an account in the Parent app, you will need to enter a pairing code, which is generated from your
student’s account. View the lesson below to learn how your student can generate this code:
● How do I generate a pairing code for an observer as a student? (link is external)
● Additional information about pairing codes (link is external)
Step 2: Canvas Parent Account Creation
Parents can be paired with their student(s) Canvas accounts with observer credentials by following the instructions below.
Note: When searching for our Canvas school you will type: Diocese of Grand Rapids-Parent
● How do I create an account from a web browser? (link is external)
● How do I create an account in the Canvas Parent app on my Android device? (link is external)
● How do I create an account in the Canvas Parent app on my iOS device? (link is external)
Step 3: Parent Login
Parents can login to Canvas from any web browser or an iOS or Android app. For more information on logging in to the web browser or Parent app, view the following instructions:
● How do I log in from a web browser? (link is external)
● How do I log in to the Canvas Parent app on my Android device? (link is external)
● How do I log in to the Canvas Parent app on my iOS device? (link is external)
● How do I pair 2 children’s Canvas accounts to the same parent account? (link is external)
Things to keep in mind:
● Using the web browser to access your Canvas account will give you a fuller experience with greater access to your child’s resources. The Canvas Parent app is a great resource for understanding homework and due dates, but it will not allow observers to view all documents and links that are available in the web browser.
● For more information about the Parent / Observer role in Canvas, Click Here (link is external).
All West Catholic students are setup with a school-managed Google Account. This account gives users a free platform for document creation, document storage, collaboration, and email.
All Google accounts follow a set format: [email@example.com] (ex. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Online platform that allows schools to set goals and priorities for individual students, track their progress, and measure student outcomes to improve college and career readiness. Naviance also manages electronic transcripts and recommendations.
Naviance accounts are managed by the Guidance department. Contact the Registrar, Lauri Ford, if you have login questions:
RevTrak is West Catholic’s online portal for food service payments. Online deposits can be made into food service accounts through the Infinite Campus parent portal they currently use. We have contracted with RevTrak, a national credit card payment processor, to provide a secure site for making payments.
For additional information about dining services or to make online Food Service Payments, visit the Dining Services section of the website or contact Mary Jo Jones, our Dining Services Director.
Mary Jo Jones
In addition to teaching digital citizenship throughout our curriculum, West Catholic enforces a strict code of conduct in dealing with all usage of technology, electronic transmissions, and all digital content. To review West Catholic’s technology policies and procedures, open the Policies / Documentation section below.
Interested in purchasing insurance for your iPad?
Step #1 - Visit the Tech Defenders enrollment portal at repairwatch.com/register.
Step #2 - Enter your Registration Offer Code. The WC Offer Code for is the 2018-19 school year is: GRWC2019
Step #3 - Enter your registration information. Make sure you have the following information ready:
- Device Serial Number (This number can be found in tiny print on the back of the iPad or also in the Settings / General / About area on the iPad)
- Student ID# (This number is on student schedules, student school planners, and student IDs)
- Credit Card (All payments are made directly to Tech Defenders, West Catholic does not accept direct payments)
Enrollment in an iPad Protection opens at pre-determined times for all students:
Standard 12 Month Insurance Plan - This plan is designed for year-round coverage and costs $40 per year. Enrollment for this plan will open on August 1, 2019 and close on September 1, 2019. See the insurance flyer and FAQs below for more information.
14 Month Insurance Plan - This plan is designed specifically for newly enrolled West Catholic students that are enrolling in Summer Academy courses prior to beginning their first year. The 14 Month Plan costs $46 and guarantees coverage for the summer months of that first school year.
2019-20 Insurance Flyer (14 Month)
Tech Defenders Insurance Frequently Asked Questions
How much do repairs cost without insurance?
- Students are charged 100% of all accidental repairs. The minimum cost for each repair without insurance is typically $90.00.
How do I get my device repaired?
- All repairs and billing are handled through West Catholic's Technology Support Desk. DO NOT attempt self-repair of your device or unauthorized 3rd party repairs. All damaged devices should be brought directly to the support desk. A lender device will be issued if the original device is sent out for repair.
What is covered by the insurance?
Each insured device covered for unlimited repairs for the duration of the iPad coverage. (subject to terms and agreement of policy) The following damage types are covered by the policy:
- Accidental Damage
- Mechanical Failures
- Liquid Damage
West Catholic embraces the use of technology as an educational tool. However, as with many tools, training, troubleshooting, and support are often part of the package. Our school has two full-time employees as well as a Diocesan support team to help with these matters.
Jeff Bailey is our Instructional Technology Specialist. Jeff's role is to support staff and students in the appropriate and effective usage of technology. He is also available to help support parents if they have questions or concerns centered around technology.
Tom Kutzli is our Technology Director. Tom's role is to support the overall implementation and vision for technology at West Catholic. He is also the front line of support for hardware problems, software setup, and student devices in need of repair.
Don't hesitate to reach out directly to our technology department with any questions. You can also email our technology support line at: email@example.com The Technology Support line is designed for questions outside of normal school hours. Our team will do its best to give timely responses to all questions.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Most of us today only find out about the apps on our teenagers’ phones when they make a reference to a particular app in conversation, or we see a news report about someone using an app to bully, catfish or prey on a young child or teen.
It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Parents today can check out apps using freely available websites that do all the legwork of trying out and evaluating apps.
Protect Young Eyes is one such site that does a great job helping parents make educated choices. Protect Young Eyes (PYE) offers helpful descriptions of what each app reviewed is, what parents need to know about the app and offers a bottom-line critique on the appropriateness of the site. The site is very good at educating parents and offering ways to protect children and teens.
Another site that can be helpful in learning about apps is Common Sense Media, although the reviews of apps can be outdated and may not consider updates to the apps that may have happened recently. This website breaks down each app based on what parents need to know, whether the app is any good and what you could talk to your kids about. The site isn’t as good as PYE, but it is worth a look to get more information.
Both of these sites are free to use and can help parents get a handle on the apps their child might be using and to allow them to open up a dialogue about what might be appropriate for them to use and how to use the apps in a safe manner.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Almost every day there is a news report on television or on the radio about something disturbing involving online activities and teenagers.
It is important to realize that while these stories are alarming, they can be a good reminder of what our teens are facing in this world today. They also serve as a great conversation starter.
It is easy to lecture your teen about these situations or to simply ban the technologies involved, but this is really the perfect time to converse with your child about technology and social media.
Whether the story is about bullying on social media, online predators or the latest “viral challenge,” this is a great time to open the lines of communication about these topics and help your teen navigate the world with your guidance.
First, realize that if you are thinking about these news stories, more than likely your child is, too. Take the opportunity to ask your son or daughter if they’ve ever seen any behaviors online that make them uncomfortable, find out how they decide to friend someone online or if they’ve heard anything about the latest viral challenge.
The conversational tone of these questions will allow your teen to open up and be honest about what they’ve seen because they are non-threatening.
The key in all this is to have the conversation be free of judgment. As part of that conversation, you can react to what your child tells you but the parental tendency to judge has to be set aside. The fact is that most children don’t want to bully or be bullied and often feel helpless about how to react to it.
These conversations are your opportunity to help them work through this situation, to reconsider their own online behaviors and to also equip them with tools on how to deal with an online bully. The added benefit of these conversations is that your child will know they can come to you in a situation where they feel unsure about what is happening online.
Along the same lines, this is a great time to talk about social media and who we should and who we shouldn’t friend.
It is well known that social media sites can be great places for online predators to seek out their prey. All social media sites make “friend” suggestions, which often, as an adult, can be quite disarming when you realize you don’t know any of the people being suggested. Imagine how difficult it can be for a teenager to turn down suggested friends or connections?
Now is a great time to talk about how we should never have online friends who we don’t know in the real world.
Viral challenges can be fun or they can be dangerous. The vast majority are probably fun, but it is good to be a sounding board for your child about these challenges. A few years ago, my son came to me wanting to do the mentos/diet coke experiment he had seen online and we were able to do it safely in our driveway. Another time, we did the ice bucket challenge and posted it online for fun. These activities and our openness to considering them allow our children to ask us whether they should put glue on their lips or eat a tablespoon of cinnamon without putting themselves at risk.
We all worry about our teenagers online but the realization that technology isn’t going away means we have to open up paths of communicating about the “horror” stories we hear on the news so we can provide guidance about how to handle these situations should they encounter them. They also signal to our teens that we are here for them when they need a sounding board.
Instructional Technology Specialist
At West Catholic we see technology as an integral part of teaching our students how to use technology in appropriate and effective manner as part of their studies.
As a parent myself I am concerned, like many parents, about the amount of time that my son might be online as well as what he might be accessing while online
Understanding these concerns, we work very hard to make sure that our students are provided access to great technology while also making sure that our students stay safe online.
Some of the ways that we do so include:
Our teachers are expected to have guidelines for students using iPads in their classrooms, and many use a program called Apple Classroom that helps guide students through a lesson, allows teachers to see student progress, and keep them on track. Teachers can also easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time, or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.
Great teaching is what we strive for in using technology, however, not automated teaching. There isn’t any reason to fear your student is spending their entire day on a screen. The classroom of today is not so different from the classroom you learned in. Just like in the past, our great teachers use the best tools, technological or not, to seek great results from our students.
To further ensure our students make the best use of their iPad, each student iPad is limited to apps that have been approved and can be downloaded from Self Service, our curated set of apps. There are no games or social media apps, and students do not have access to the App Store. These limitations make sure that the tablet is used as a learning tool, rather than being a tool for fun and socializing.
Furthermore, the internet on your student’s iPad is monitored and secured 24/7 by iBoss, so students searching the web at home are just as protected as if they were at school. Private browsing is also blocked from students and they are not allowed to delete their internet history from the device.
Additionally, if a student attempts to seek inappropriate site a red flag is raised that notifies school administrators for further discussion/discipline and possible counseling on the acceptable use of technology.
All of these protections help to ensure that your son or daughter is able to learn how to use technology in a manner that is appropriate while also enhancing their ability to create, learn, and be a digital citizen.
As we all know, all technology can be used positively or negatively even with protections in place. In the coming months, I’ll be offering some tips on how parents can make sure that their son/daughter is able to use technology safely and positively, both inside and outside of school.
Instructional Technology Specialist
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