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Grade 12 Graduation Set

This is a reminder to all Grade 12 Graduates and families that graduation will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday June 28th and the grad rehearsal is at 1 pm on Tuesday the 27th   


 


Grade 8 End of the Year Dance

This is a reminder to all Grade 8 students that the Grade 8 End of the Year Dance will be held Monday the 26th of June from 6-8pm at the school. This event is for Grade 8 students only and there is no fee. Drinks and snacks will be served and the dress attire is semi formal. This is a great opportunity for students to celebrate the end of their elementary education with friends.


Semester 2 Secondary Exam Schedule

St Michael CHS Secondary Exam Schedule
Semester 2
Based on Week 1 Classes
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Period 1 Exam
Friday, June 23, 2017 Period 2 Exam
Monday, June 26, 2017 Period 3 Exam
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Period 4 Exam

e-Learning Exams

All St. Michael students writing an on-line exam will do so on Wednesday June 21st in the library during periods 1 & 2.  If you have any questions see Mr. S. MacDonald or Ms. Brown in the Guidance office.


 

Together in Faith
Together in Faith is a new website created by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association and promoted by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.  Its aim is to celebrate the distinctive nature of Catholic Education in Ontario.
Our Catholic education system is designed to offer an inclusive learning environment, fostering spirituality to produce top academic and community-minded graduates.
Our educational mission is the transmission of knowledge and the formation of the whole person: body, mind and spirit. 
Visit www.cdsbeo.ca and click on the Together in Faith link to sign up to support Catholic Education in Ontario.
Important Information for Graduates

Are you a graduating high school student with a disability? Are you planning on attending Algonquin College or Carleton University in September?
 
 
 
AC_H_CITIES_FC_GRN_261x58The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL), Algonquin College, is hosting the SLICE Conference on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  The Strategic Learning in the College Environment (SLICE) Conference is a summer transition day for students with disabilities starting their first-year at Algonquin College.  SLICE is one day and is free. Please visit the CAL SLICE website at algonquincollege.com/cal/transition-planning/slice/ for further information and details on how to register.
 


The Paul Menton Centre (PMC), Carleton University, is hosting a PMC Fall Orientation Event on Friday, September 1st, 2017.  It is a free orientation event for students with disabilities including Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD making the transition to Carleton University.  Please visit the PMC Fall Orientation website at carleton.ca/pmc/transition-to-carleton/fall-orientation/ for further information and details on how to register.
 
 
The information is also posted on their main pages:
Algonquin College CAL website www.algonquincollege.com/cal
Carleton University PMC website: www.carleton.ca/pmc 


 

McCarthy Uniform Outlet Store

The McCarthy Uniforn outlet at St Michael is open regular hours as usual during the school calendar. As for the extended hours - the Shop will be open from 5:30-8:00, Tuesday, May 23 and 3:30-6:00, Thursday, May 25. Customers must register online or by phone through McCarthy to make an appointment for a fitting. These appointments are mostly for new students who will be attending the school next year and are the ones who can really benefit from the May promotion. Contact McCarthy through its website or phone: www.mccarthyuniforms.ca or 1-800-668-8261.


Course Selections for 2017 - 18 Year

The 2017 - 18 Course Selection Sheet are now available to all students.  They are reminded that the completed forms are due on May 5, 2017 and must be submitted to the Guidance office.

Click on the appropriate link to download the forms for the 2017-18 academic year.
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Course Information Guide
Mustang Enviromental Team Captures Top Honours

On Tuesday, Thomas Bares, Ashley Snippe, and Madeline Hubbard traveled to the Limerick Forest Interpretive Center for the Eastern Ontario Envirothon, and returned as winners. The crew from St. Mikes got a total of 59 out of a possible 60 points to beat eleven other teams at each of the four stations: Wetlands, Tree Identification, Species at Risk, and Forest Inventory. 

 

They also got a chance to make Wood Duck hatching boxes to help the species build its numbers.  Many thanks to the Limerick Forest Center staff and volunteers for making today a terrific event for everyone who attended.


Graduation 2017

Guidance is now ready to accept your 2017 grad fee of $45. This fee covers the cost of your gown rental, keepsake hat, tassle, and St. Michael diploma folder, and the reception taking place after the ceremony. Please pay Mrs. Grant in Student Services by cheque or with cash before the deadline of May 19th. Students should also be ready to give Mrs. Grant their height so that the appropriate length graduation gown can be ordered for them. For students who cannot attend the ceremony, there will be a small fee of $10. Guidance is asking parents and students to pay fees using the School Cash Online system.


 
Guest Speaker Dr. Greg Wells Spoke to Students

As a scientist, broadcaster, author, coach and athlete, Dr. Greg Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the human body responds to extreme conditions.

Dr. Wells is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He also serves as an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children. There, he and his team explore how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children. 


Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet, like the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Dr. Wells has had his own experience with the challenges of adversity and human extremes. Late in his high school career, he broke his neck in a freak accident while swimming in the ocean and was in a halo brace before undergoing neurosurgery. Told by his doctor that he would never perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the international level in swimming. He has competed in events such as the Nanisivik Marathon - 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle - Ironman Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a grueling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.

Dr. Wells is a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail and has been an expert source to other top media outlets like ABC News, “20/20,” The Discovery Channel, TSN, CBC and CTV. He also served as the sports medicine analyst for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Consortium for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games.


 

Members of the Catholic school community are invited to share their thoughts about contemporary issues in Catholic education. The Institute for Catholic Education is collecting feedback to better understand the challenges and opportunities for our Catholic schools and the students who attend them. We are at a time in our province when we need to come together in conversation, gathering as a community to name and understand the challenges presented by an increasingly complex and secular society.

 Please share your ideas by visiting: http://iceont.ca/news-and-updates/renewing-the-promise/
 


Summer Job
Looking for a Summer Job? Are you aged 15 to 18?
There is a registration and information session for the Youth Job Connection Summer Program on April 25th at 3pm at CSE Kemptville. More information is available in Student Services.
Excellent Job Opportunities With Parks Canada

Parks Canada is looking to hire students to work at their locks along the canal this summer.  If interested see the job posting in the Guidance Office.  For further information click on image.





 

St Michael students and staff were given a presentation this week on the dangers of opioids that are becoming prevalent with youth.  The seminar was presented to all grades and after a very informative session by members of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit and the Kemptville detachment of the OPP, students and staff were allowed to ask questions.

Pictured here is Jennifer Adams of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanrk Health Unit
     
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We like to advise all parents and potential students that due to the weather forecasting more snow and increased winds, we have decided to reschedule the Gr. 7 & 9 Open House to next Tuesday, Feb. 21st from 6:30 to 8:00pm.



     
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Important Information Regarding Course Selections for 12017-18

Starting Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, the Guidance department will begin My Blueprint sessions in the library with grades 8 through 11.  These sessions will allow students to give their course choices for next year.  Information from these sessions will be collected in order to create the appropriate amount of sections for particular courses and course levels so that next year’s timetable can be built.  Students will be bringing home information sheets for parents to sign to approve choices.  The choices being made during the My Blueprint sessions are only to garner interest in particular courses and will not constitute final choices for students.  Once the timetable has been built, students will be able to choose their actual schedule for next year and parents will be able to give their final stamp of approval on this schedule.

Please contact the Guidance office with any questions. 


Important Information  - Grade 7&8 Ski and Skating Trip - February 7th
 

Due to unpredictable weather tomorrow, the elementary skiing and skating trips will be rescheduled to Friday, February 10th.

Please ensure all students participating in the winter activity day be prepared with the proper attire… Winter coat and snow pant, toque, neck warmer, mitts. It is encouraged to bring extra layers as well in order to ensure every one stays warm and enjoys the day.

 
Skaters: A mandatory helmet is required to participate in the day.
 
Skiers: Please arrive at school at 7:30 for attendance, and we are asking parents to respect our pick up time of 4:15 at St. Michael.
 
 
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NEW OSAP REMOVING FINANCIAL BARRIERS TO COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY

If your child is currently in Grade 12, you should know that applications are now open for college and university programs. The last date for university applications is January 11th. College applications for the fall term should be submitted before February 1st.

Your child may benefit from financial assistance for postsecondary education from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). As part of the most significant reform of student assistance in North America, the government of Ontario is removing the financial barriers to attending college or university. 

If your family income is under $50,000, your child’s tuition is covered. Even if you earn more, the new OSAP is still there to help with generous grants that will make sending your child to college or university more affordable.

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has launched a new online calculator to help students and their families find out quickly and easily whether they qualify for free tuition or other grants and supports from the province. We encourage you to find out more at ontario.ca/osap.

The attached files are AODA compliant for printing only. If you require AODA compliant digital versions of the files, please contact Melissa Bangay at melissa.bangay@ontario.ca.

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Important Information About Summer Jobs

Summer Ontario Government Jobs
Hey students! Looking for a summer job?
Have you considered working for the Ontario Government?

Each year the Ontario Public Service targets up to 5,000 summer students to work in locations across Ontario in areas such as:

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Ø Ontario Parks
Ø Environment
Ø Science
Ø Administration
Ø Business and Finance
Ø Research and Laboratory
Ø Communications
Ø Customer Service

Earn while you learn! All jobs will be posted on January 3 with closing dates between January 17 – March 28. Learn more at:

Ontario.ca/summerstudents


Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, valued at $28 000, is one of Canada’s most established and prestigious awards.  The award is highly competitive, with the most suitable candidates being those who demonstrate the ideals of Terry Fox – true humanitarianism, individuals who are compassionate and altruistic in their intention to improve the lives of others and human welfare everywhere.

The online application, and further eligibility criteria, can be found at www.terryfoxawards.ca.


Pre-Order 2017 Year Book Now! 
The 2017 Year Book is being offered (for a limited two week period) at the "Special Early Bird Price" of $55.      
Visit "cdsbeo.schoolcashonline.com" to purchase online from December 1 to 16, 2016.
 
A talented class of photographers and graphics students have been designing a memorable Mustang Year Book.  It captures highlights from every aspect of student life, including:   TMR, awards ceremonies, dance showcases, concerts, sports competitions, drama productions, MOGA, field trips, extra-curricular clubs/groups and more. 
WHY WAIT?  Pre-order it now at $55 and a copy will be reserved for you.  The regular purchase price is $65 in June.
If you prefer to pay in person by cash or cheque:
 
   1)  Grade 7 & 8 students can submit their orders to their Homeroom Teachers.
 
   2)  Grade 9-12 students can submit their orders from Dec 12-16 in the Cafeteria.  
 
Note:  A receipt is issued with every order.
Excellent Math Help Resources for Parents and Students

Click on the image to download links to  excellent resources for parents and students on mathematics in Grade 7 - 12.


Carleton U Offers New Programs

Carleton University would like to introduce their new and exciting Information Resource Management (IRM) program and Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree at Carleton University. This program is held jointly by Carleton University and Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario.

The program is aimed to equip students with knowledge and skills related to latest market trends on information management, library sciences, data analytics and much more. It is a 4 year bachelor degree program, with exciting co-op opportunities.

See the links below for more information.

Information Resource Management (IRM) program: https://admissions.carleton.ca/programs/information-resource-management-irm/

Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree: www.bitdegree.ca


Grade 12 Student Pin Numbers Ready For Pick Up

Grade 12 students can come and pick up their PIN numbers for Ontario university applications in Guidance starting today.


 

Important Information For Grade 12 Students
Click on image to download informative power point.
Ms. Lefebvre’s Phys. Ed. Class Raising Awareness
                                                               
                                                               
 
 
 
The 22 Push Ups 22 Days challenge is simple – participants do 22 push ups for 22 days.  Each day they share their efforts via a video posted on social media, and call upon a nominee to join in the challenge.  The cause: to raise public awareness regarding PTSD.  According to Wounded Warriors Canada, between 2004 and March 2014, 160 veterans committed suicide; which is greater than the total number of Canadian Armed Forces members killed during the war in Afghanistan.  It is this staggering reality that led four individuals from Ottawa to create the challenge and to my subsequent nomination.
 
                                                                I am honoured to share this challenge with my amazing French Immersion Physical Education class.  Our progress will be posted on the St. Michael’s Facebook page for 22 consecutive school days.   PTSD affects a number of veterans and first responders and is something that many do not talk about because of pride, worry, shame or pain. Our class hopes to help raise national awareness, education and join the fundraising effort so that individuals suffering with these invisible injuries will get the help they require.  Follow us, like us and join our challenge.  Why?
Because one suicide, is one too many. 
L. Lefebvre

 
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TD is awarding 20 scholarships* to students applying to college or university. Each scholarship is worth up to $70,000 over four years. That’s up to $10,000 for tuition and $7,500 in living expenses each year. Additionally, students receive offers of paid summer employment.

While applicants must be academically capable of entering and successfully completing either university or college, with a minimum average of 75%, the focus of these scholarships is not primarily on rewarding the highest marks. The key criterion is outstanding community leadership. If you know a young Canadian who has made a difference in the community, please let them know about this scholarship.

Please note that the final deadline for receipt of applications is November 18, 2016 so it is important for interested students to begin preparing their submissions soon.

 

Apply by November 18th at td.com/scholarships

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SMCHS Student Offered Hockey Scholarship to US College

St Michael student Lauren Bellefontaine’s hard work and perseverance paid off as the Grade 11 student was recently offered a hockey scholarship to Syracuse University, a Division One hockey powerhouse in New York State.  The Kemptville native is presently a member of the Nepean Midget Wildcats AA team which plays in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.  An Honour Roll student at St. Michael, Lauren also excels on the soccer pitch and plans to focus on Math and Science in her post-secondary education.  Follow Lauren’s play on the ice by linking on to the Nepean Wildcats website at http://nepeanwildcats.com.  Congratulations Lauren from all staff and students at St Michael.
 

In 2016-17, the Loran Scholarship Foundation will offer up to 126 awards for high school students continuing on to post-secondary studies at selected Canadian Universities.  Students must be in their final year of high school and present a minimum cumulative average of 85%.  Interested students should check out the scholarship board in the Guidance Office or speak to Mr. MacDonald or Ms. Brown.

With a new school year underway, the Loran Scholars Foundation is beginning its search for the 28th class of Loran Scholars. We are deeply grateful for your participation, helping us discover students who are dedicated to serving others, show promise of leadership and have integrity, courage, compassion, grit and a high level of personal autonomy.

Grade 12 students may apply now at
apply.loranscholar.ca. They may also view the application overview and a sample application form. As in previous years, they will need to submit a transcript, request a reference from a teacher or community member and have their school sponsorship confirmed (if applicable) before the deadline.

October 19th is the deadline for school-sponsored applications, and each high school may sponsor up to three students. Additional students may submit direct pool applications (without sponsorship) by October 26th.
Eligibility Criteria for High School Students

  • Be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school.
  • Present a minimum cumulative average of 85%.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.

If you are currently undertaking a gap year for academic pursuits or community service-based activities, after uninterrupted full-time studies, you may still be eligible and should apply to the direct pool.



 
 

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