In years past, pages like this one have been the place for our middle school parents to check general homework assignments by team. New this school-year, all homework listings for students in grades 5-12 are coordinated through Canvas. Each student's "Calendar" is now customized to each child, and is only accessible through logging in with a parent or student Canvas account. Along with a number of other benefits, parents can now access all student calendars and related course information will be available in one location regardless of how many children they have in grades 5-12. For information about Canvas and how to create and use your parent Canvas account, please continue below. To access Canvas, please click on this link: https://uscsd.instructure.com
What is Canvas?
Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that all Upper St. Clair teachers (grades 5-12) have begun using this school-year. In essence, Canvas will help to bring a lot of different tools into one platform. For instance, last year, Blended Schools housed classroom resources; Showbie was the location for submitting assignments; MMS was the go-to for grades; and district webpages were used for homework listings. Canvas, over time, will help to bring most of these tasks to one place, beginning with classroom resources and homework calendars now, and assignment submission in the near future.
Not only will Canvas help to create a "one-stop-shop" experience for parents, but it will also customize access to information specific to the student and it provides the opportunity for much greater detail than before, as the integration makes many tasks not only more feasible for parents, but also for teachers.
Creating a Parent Canvas Account
To create an account, there are only a few steps that need to be taken, and the process can easily be completed in just a few minutes. The one key piece of information that you need is your child's USC computer login/password. Your children have this information, but in case they are not available when you are creating your account, or they have forgotten their credentials, this information it will be emailed home individually to parents. Below you will find a link to Canvas, step-by-step instructions as well as a video tutorial.