Contactless Library Media Book Checkout, Canvas and Technology Support

Sun, 08/16/2020 - 1:11pm

Contactless Book Checkout

Launching the week of September 28th, we will have contactless library media book checkout available to all students.  Students will be able to checkout up to 3 books for 2 weeks.  When the books are returned, they will be quarantined for 7 days.  To place a hold on a book, please complete the MWMS Contactless Book Checkout Form.  This form will need to be completed by 12 p.m. on Wednesday to ensure that the books will be available on Thursday. On Thursdays, the requested books will be placed on a media cart in front of the school and can be picked up from 12 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.  Library media books can be returned Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.  Books can be returned to MWMS from any of the Howard County Public Schools or from the Howard County Public Library.

If there was an issue with finding my book or with the book request, how will I know?
You will receive a message via Canvas from Mr. Grafton or Ms. Smith.

What if the pickup time does not work for me?
Email Ms. Smith or Mr. Grafton and we will try to make accommodations.

How do I view the books that are available for checkout?
Go to the MWMS Public Access Catalog

Navigating Canvas

Want to know how to navigate Canvas? Visit the Canvas Tips and Help for Parents and Students

Here is another resource for help with navigating Canvas - Canvas Student Guide (No sign-in required)

Accessing Student Grades

Accessing Canvas Grades

1.  Go to HCPSS Connect and sign-in 
If you need assistance with your HCPSS Connect account, use the Self-Service tool or call the school at 410-313-5022.

2.  Click on "More Options" from the navigation menu

3.  Click on Canvas

Canvas Grade View Options

Canvas Grade View Options

1.  You can go into each course, click on Assignments and view current and past Assignments and quizzes for that course (more info).

2.  On the Canvas Calendar, you can see Events, Assignments and Quizzes for all courses or for selected courses (more info).

3.  By clicking on Grades on the global navigation menu, you can see the current course grades for all of your students in one location (Linked Student Accounts).

4.  By clicking on View Grades, similar to Grades, you can see the current course grades for all of your students in one location.

Canvas Grade Icons

Canvas Grade Icons

1.  Document Icon: File upload submitted, not graded

2.  Discussion Icon: Graded discussion submitted, but not graded

3.  Rocket Ship Icon: Quiz submitted, not fully graded (contains questions that must be manually graded, or an auto-submitted quiz score has been deleted and needs to be reassigned); can also display if a quiz has been edited and includes major changes that affect the quiz score, such as deleting questions or deleting quiz answers, and requires a grader to manually resolve

4.  Text Icon: Text entry submitted, not graded

5.  Link Icon: A URL has been submitted, not graded

6.  Media Icon: Media recording submitted, not graded

7.  Visibility Icon:  Score is hidden while instructor is grading; you will not be able to view your grade, submission comments, or quiz responses until your instructor posts grades for the assignment

More info.

Canvas Grading Types

Grading Types Chart

1.  Check Icon: Complete grade (assignment was setup as complete or incomplete)

2.  Number: Grade shown by number of points

3.  X Icon: Incomplete grade

4.  Letter: Letter grade

5.  GPA: GPA scale

6.  Percentage: Grade shown as a percentage

7.  EX: Excused assignment; this assignment cannot be submitted but does not factor into your overall grade

8.  Dash: No submission

9.  Grade Info. Icon: Points earned from this assignment do not count toward your final grade

Technology Resources

Account Self-Service for Students

Students have the ability to retrieve their usernames and reset passwords, independent of teachers and staff. Directions on using self-service can be found online.

Account Self-Service for Parents/Guardians

Learn more about HCPSS Connect and/or access HCPSS Connect
Use these directions if you need to reset your HCPSS Connect password

HCPSS Connect Support Request Form (No Sign-in Required)

Google Meets

  • Please ensure that students are logged into their account and not using outside emailsStudents will only be permitted into a Google Meet virtual check-in session with a HCPSS email account.
  • The following directions will walk students through how to join their teacher’s check in sessions via Google Meet. How to Join a Google Meet   Please see messages from schools/teachers, who are providing specific directions for students including the codes to access their google meets.

Requesting a Chromebook or Hot Spot

  • Parents/guardians should log in to HCPSS Connect
  • From the left menu, last choice, select “More Options” then choose “Student Technology” from the center of the screen.
  • On the HCPSS Student Technology screen, use the drop down arrows to indicate the Technology Requested for each student. Changes are saved immediately.
  • If a device has already been issued, it will appear in the inventory list. If a student already has a device issued, a new request will not be processed.
  • You will receive an email when your child's assigned requested device is ready for pickup from MWMS.

Technology Support

1.  Go to the HCPSS Student Technology Resources Course (HCPSS sign-in required)

2.  Go to the MWMS Student Resources Course (HCPSS sign-in required)

If after reviewing these resources, your family continues to need support, please contact us one of our staff members will reach out to you as soon as possible.

1. Call the school during school hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

2. Complete our MWMS Student and Family Technology Support Request form

3. Email Mr. Grafton ( or Ms. Smith (

4. Students can also contact Mr. Grafton through Canvas Messages.

Our MWMS staff will attempt to resolve the issue, and if unsuccessful will provide directions for exchanging the broken device for a working one at the school system’s Onsite Technology Center.


Every student entering grades prekindergarten through 8 will be provided with a Chromebook; parents/guardians do not need to do anything to request this device. All device distribution will occur in late August. Details will be communicated as soon as they are available.  Any student who borrowed a Chromebook for spring or summer learning may continue to use that device during the 2020-2021 school year.  Visit HCPSS website for more information on technology devices.

Need to Return Devices? Please click here.

Internet Access

Comcast has opened free access to its Xfinity WiFi network, making hotspots across the country available to anyone, including non-subscribers, at no cost. Search by zip code or city to find a hotspot near you at Comcast is also providing low cost internet access to eligible families through its Comcast Internet Essentials program, including two months of free internet to new Internet Essential customers. The program is open to Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) program participants, or those eligible for FARMs. Applications will be accepted through May 13.