Focus Period is a 1/2 hour long instructional period offered twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays in which students can focus on the topics and activities that they need most. Students can attend focused review sessions offered by staff, learn about new topics of interest / enrichment, explore additional faith opportunities, study and complete homework with staff support, attend extra-curricular club meetings, and collaborate with other students. The Focus Period website allows students to choose their sessions on a weekly basis.
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 are made into this food service account and purchases can be viewed in the Infinite Campus parent portal they currently use. RevTrak is a national credit card payment processor, to provide a secure site for making payments.
For additional information about dining services or getting setup on RevTrak, visit the Dining Services section of the website or contact Mary Jo Jones, our Dining Services Director.
Mary Jo Jones
The West Catholic Falcons App is designed to engage students, parents, and West Catholic fans of all ages. It highlights student activities and achievements, while promoting fun across a wide spectrum of student interests. Internally the app will also be used by the student Household Community to track points for the Falcon Cup and determine leaders within the championship system.
iBoss is the Internet filter used by West Catholic to help block inappropriate website content on all devices. iBoss is active on all student devices both at school and at home. At school student devices are automatically authenticated to the Internet filter, but at home students must sign-in to iBoss daily to connect to the Internet.
The login screen for iBoss can be accessed by clicking on the iBoss icon on the student iPad or by visiting this address: http://iboss.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/mobileLogin
Students will then login with their credentials:
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.
Need a few reminders on how to accomplish your daily work? We have video tutorials that can help on topics like:
- Getting connected at home
- Installing apps
- Submitting homework
- Using Infinite Campus
- Using Google
- Using Canvas
- Setting up Email on your iPad
Just click on the Video Tutorials button below to get started.
Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, West Catholic is insuring all student devices.
Each insured device is 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
All repairs and billing is 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.
In the interest of increased security for student work, we’ve adopted a password tool that allows students to create a private network password that is 100% confidential.
What you need to know:
- This password, like the one you have now, is a ‘single sign on’ password that will provide access to most major systems: iBoss / Network, Google Apps (mail, drive etc.) and Canvas.
- Student Infinite Campus password will NOT change, unless a student chooses to change it so they align. (see instructions below)
- At this time, Naviance accounts are managed independently by the Guidance Department. See Lauri Ford if you have Naviance login questions.
- You will have to enter the new password on any device you use to access those accounts such as personal phone, home computer etc.
- No one will have access to your password; not even diocesan tech staff.
- You will be prompted to change your password near the beginning of each semester.
What if I forget my new password?
- During school hours, go to technology support desk for assistance.
- If you forget your password outside of school hours, there is no assistance available. As a safeguard, email your password to your personal email account or to your parents so you can easily recall it if needed.
How to change your password (This step must be completed at school):
Step 1: Go to https://passwordswc.grdiocese.org/
Step 2: Click the My Account button and enter your email address and current password
Step 3: Select ‘change password’ from the top menu and follow the steps to set a new password.
Password rules are listed on the right hand side of the page
- Minimum 8 characters
- Must include a digit, lowercase letter, and a uppercase letter
- May NOT include a username or any of your 3 previous passwords
How to change Infinite Campus password:
Step 1: Log into the Infinite Campus portal on a computer or in Safari on your iPad (option to change password is not available on the Campus Portal app.)
Step 2: On the left side select Account Management
Step 3: Follow the steps to create a new password:
- Enter a new password
- Re-enter the new password
- Enter your current password
- Save Changes
- You will see a Save Successful message
Below is an explanation of the plans and timelines for school-issued iPads as we draw closer to summer. Please review the procedures for graduating Seniors as well as for Underclassmen. (Note: A process similar to the Senior iPad Collection will take place for underclassmen who have not committed to returning next fall.)
iPad Collection Procedure for Seniors
Senior iPads will be collected following AP exams. At this time all unpaid repair costs or fees for missing equipment will be collected. The school will hold diplomas for any students with outstanding fees or missing equipment. They will be allowed to participate in all graduation activities, but won’t receive their actual diploma until they’ve met all obligations.
We’ve created the following simple process to ensure that all devices and equipment are accounted for prior to graduation.
What happens to my iPad, Apps, and data when I turn in my iPad?
Congratulations, you’re almost there! Graduation is on the horizon. Soon you’ll be turning in your books and your iPads then moving onto college or other ventures. But wait… What happens to your digital “stuff” when you leave? Will you continue to have access to your school Google account for Drive and email? Will you be able to use the apps that were provided for your use while in high school such as iAnnotate? The answer to those questions is: No, those resources will be made available for the new students coming to us in the fall.
When you turn in your iPad, it will be cleared and reset. You will have access for 30 days to purchase apps such as iAnnotate, Explain Everything and the Pro version of Dictionary. After that, you’ll be prompted to purchase those apps if you wish to continue to use them. Mid-June, we will be removing your Google Apps account including Drive and email. You can however, keep any of the digital content that you created, contacts, email, etc. To do so, you need to backup and transfer that content to other accounts. Below is the backup process. Click on the links to access how-to docs/videos for the various systems.
Backing up your data:
- Backup to iCloud (link is external) (Settings>iCloud>Backup>Backup Now.)
- Turn on iCloud Drive (link is external) (Settings>iCloud>iCloud Drive) to backup additional app data (e.g., Keynote, Pages, iMovie, Notability, etc.) to iCloud
- Remember you only have 5 GB of free iCloud storage so if you get a warning that there is too much data you may want to export your files/projects to Google Drive instead
- Connect your iAnnotate app to Google Drive (link is external)
- Transfer any documents you wish to keep to your Drive
- Export Explain Everything projects/movies to Google Drive (link is external)
- Sync Evernote (link is external) (tap on the gear to the left of your name to get to Settings>Sync Now)
- Make sure you allow the sync to complete before closing or powering down your iPad
- Login to Evernote.com and verify that your notes have synced
- Access your Account to archive all of your Google data.
- This document will explain how to create a .zip file of your shared documents that you can save to a flash drive or other storage media, and show you how to transfer all of your email and drive documents to a personal gmail account.
iPad Expectations for Underclassmen
Students who’ve officially committed with a signed tuition contract and $100 enrollment fee to West Catholic for the 2019-20 school year will keep their school-issued iPad throughout the summer. Devices will continue to be monitored exactly as they are during the school year. Technical support questions and repairs will be available throughout the summer via email@example.com.
Why? On the surface, it may seem logical that devices would be returned and reissued each school year. But, with a deeper look at the needs of our students and available resources of the schools the balance tips in favor of students keeping the devices.
- Many students continue their learning over the summer, either with West Catholic Summer Academy offerings, or via other programs including colleges and universities. Having the iPad facilitates this involvement as they easily maintain access to the tools and resources they’ve come to rely on.
- All digital equipment works better when it’s perpetually used; updates are installed, battery longevity is better retained, etc.
- The vision of the 1:1 iPad program is to continue educating the whole student while preparing each for the demands of the 21st Century. Funding, supported in large part by the annual tech fee, should be allocated to providing students with an overall educational experience that takes full advantage of the resources at hand. The costs and man hours associated with collection, inventory, prep and storage of all devices in June and a full redeployment in August, would severely limit those efforts.
Exception: School-owned devices are not allowed to leave the country. Therefore, foreign exchange students that will be returning to West Catholic the following year must turn in their iPads prior to returning home for summer.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
West Catholic partners with the Flynn O'Hara Uniforms to provide uniforms to our students. To purchase uniforms, find sizing information, or explore additional information, visit the Flynn O'Hara website.
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