Trottier Parent Navigation Guide to Canvas

Setting your Password

Please complete these steps using the web version of Canvas (This can be done using Safari or Chrome on your phone as well).

Step 1: Go to the Trottier homepage.

Setting your Password

Step 2: Click on the “Academics” tab

Step 3: Click on the “Canvas” link

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Step 4: Click on the “Parents & Guardians” link

Setting your Password

Step 5: Click on “Forgot Password?” to set your password for the first time.

Setting your Password

Step 6: Type your login username which is the email address you have on file here at the school.

Step 7: Then click the “Request Password” button.

Setting your Password

You will be redirected back to the login page and a confirmation message will appear at the top of the page.

Step 8: Check your inbox for an email that will look like this. Open the email.

Setting your Password

Step 9: Click the link that says “Click here to set a new password”

Setting your Password

Step 10: Create your password. Type it once in each box then click the “Update Password” button. This will be your password to access Canvas on the web and using the app on your phone (if you wish to use the app).

After clicking the “Update Password” button, you will be redirected back to the login page and a confirmation message will appear stating that your password has been changed.

Step 11: Your password has been officially set and you now can sign into Canvas.

Email Notifications

Please complete the following steps using the web version of Canvas as customizing your email notifications is not an option allowed through the app.

As soon as we link your child(ren)’s account to your account, you will begin receiving email notifications. Setting these email notifications will reduce the number of emails sent to your email address. It also allows you to focus on the content you deem most important.

Step 1: Click on “Account” from the maroon bar on the left hand side.

Step 2: Click on the blue “Notifications” link

Email Notifications

You are provided with a key of what each symbol means next to the “Course Activity.”

Step 3: Scroll down the list of “course activities” and select the frequency of notifications for each activity. There is NO “save” or “update” button at the bottom. Once you select your option, it is saved.

After setting your password and customizing your notifications, you have completed all the foundation work to have your account ready. You can always revisit these notifications at a later date to adjust based on your experience with Canvas.

Changing your password

If at any point you want to change your password, follow these steps…

Step 1: Click on the “Account” button in the maroon menu bar.

Step 2: Click on the “Settings” link in the white menu bar that appears.

Step 3: On the far right hand corner, click on the “Edit Settings” button

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Step 4: Check the small box next to the word “Password” underneath the “Time Zone” option.

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Step 5: Type your old password once, then enter your new password twice.

Step 6: Click the blue “Update Settings” button.

Teacher Homepage

When you click on a course tile while in the Dashboard, you will be directed to the teacher’s homepage just as students are. This is a consistent place for teachers to have information about their classroom and the course.

How to View Grades

The Dashboard will list all the courses that your child or children are enrolled in. Please note, if you have multiple students using Canvas (at TMS or ARHS) all of their courses will be together on this page.

The best way to view your child(ren)’s grades is to click the View Grades button above. This will direct you to a page that will list all the courses and the overall grade for each course. From there, you can click on individual courses to view a detailed grade report.

This is shown in the next slide.

How to View Grades

This is the view you will see after clicking on the View Grades button from the previous page. All the courses are listed on the left with the overall grade to the right.

Underneath the words “Linked Student Accounts” you will see the name of your child or children and then the name of the course. To view a breakdown of the grade for a course, click any part of the name/course as it is a link to the grade report.

If you have multiple children using Canvas, this is the best option to view their grades as it clearly labels the name of the child and the course.

“Trottier Student, Social Studies 6”


“Name of student, title of course”

How to View Grades

This is the what a grade report would look like for each course. From left to right, you are given the name of the assignment, the due date, the score earned, and the total potential points. At the bottom of the report, you will be provided with overall grades for assignment groups such as Assignments, Quizzes, Projects, as well as the overall grade average.

What do the symbols mean?

= Grade does not count towards final average = Teacher is working on grading the assignment

= A teacher left a comment for the student

= “What if” grades allow students to see how their grade would be impacted if they earned a different grade

How to View Grades

Once you are in a detailed grade report, you do NOT need to go back to the Dashboard or the list of all the courses (unless you are switching students).

Underneath the word “Course” next to the “Arrange by” option, there is a drop down menu that will allow you to switch to a different course to view that detailed grading report.


The Calendar can be accessed by clicking on the “Calendar” in the maroon menu bar on the left hand side of the page.

On the right hand side, you will see a list of calendars which creates the color code system for the calendar. For example assignments in GREEN are for reading class.

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