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Current News
A Message from our Principal and Vice Principal, September 2013:




















Welcome to St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville, Ontario.

We are honoured to be the Administrators of such a caring Christian community founded in Catholic values, dedicated to academic excellence and committed to preparing students to meet the challenges of the future. Our school's vision is "Called Together to Learn" in serving all our students. We look forward to working with our staff, students and parents and community partners this school year in supporting our vision and achieving student success for all our students at St. Michael Catholic High School.

Come and witness our Mustang Spirit that is so evident in our school community with the many extra and co-curricular activities offered by our committed staff for our students. We invite you to visit our school's website at www.smchs.ca for a listing of all our teams and clubs our staff offer for our students at St. Michael Catholic High School.

We look forward to having you meet our dedicated staff and dynamic student body. Our Guidance department would be happy to provide a tour of our school and view our new 22 classroom addition. The new rooms include a state of the art science lab, meeting rooms, communication technology lab, double classroom, grade 7/8 wing and a beautiful atrium for our students.

The staff and Mrs. Finnegan and I will continue to work in partnership with our students, parents and Parish community members in teaching our students to follow the ways of Jesus through thoughts, words and actions at St. Michael Catholic High School.

We leave you with a prayer from our Patron Saint, Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
                                                
Yours in Catholic Education,
Richard James, Principal    Dawn Finnegan, Vice Principal

Science Class Benefits From Generosity
 Telescope Donation to St. Michael CHS
MC900383588[1]The science department would like to thank Christine McFall for her wonderful donation of a Bushnell Telescope to the science department.  It will be well used to help support the grade 9 space unit and will provide our students with many more hands-on learning opportunities.
Thanks again,
Mr. Amiot and the Science Department

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Spring Stampede all Set
4th Annual Spring Stampede - Community Run - Fund Raiser for Kemptville Hospital Foundation
Registration 9am
2km Fun Run - 10am
5km & 10km Run - 10:30am
A percentage of the money raised will be donated to the Kemptville Hospital Foundation.  The rest of the money raised helps support the Track and Cross Country Teams. Click on logo above for further information.
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St Michael Art Class T-Shirts Available for Purchase
St Michael Art Class T-Shirt Design Order Form

The St Michael Art Department recently held a t-shirt design competion among the students and stuudents can now order any of the successful designs selected.  A total of 6 t-shirts are available to order in all sizes.  Click on image aboce to download an order form.



March 2015 March Break Trip to Europe
Europe 2015
St. Michael CHS is very excited to announce that next year’s March Break trip to Europe will bring us to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic for a “Holocaust in Europe” tour.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ms. Bridson by phone at the school or email at mary-kate.bridson@cdsbeo.on.ca. Click on image above to download trip details & itinerary.

St Michael Presents...

On Thursday March 27th and Friday March 28th at 7:00 p.m the St. Michael Drama Department will be presenting performances of the original play "BULLY" by Grade 12 student Elizabeth Friend starring Sydney Taylor, Phillip Scott, Chris Alblas, Thomas Weissflogg and a talented ensemble cast of twenty five students. Intermission refreshments will be served by the Hospitality Program. Click here to listen to an interview brodcast on Star FM.

Tickets are five dollars and are available at the school in advance or at the door, all proceeds to benefit the Drama Department and the Ogooma Uganda Children's Home. Be sure to tune in to STAR 97.5 FM this Wednesday at 7:50 a.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. to hear some of the lead actors and the author discussing the show.

Click on image below for promotional video.


Kemptville Little League Baseball
Please click on either of the following links to find out more about Kemptville Little League Baseball and Softball for this Spring:

*Kemptville Little League Baseball Registration Information

*Kemptville Little League Women's Softball Registration Information



St Mikes Curlers Capture Silver at Provincials
2013 - 14 OFSSA Silver Medalists


After winning the EOSSAA Championship last month, the St. Michael CHS Boy’s Curling Team moved on to the OFSAA Championship in North Bay. They played hard in the round robin segment against teams from all over the province and then moved on to the quarter finals and then to the semi finals. It was in their last game against Central Huron Secondary School that they won the silver medal, winning 2nd overall in Ontario. The boys demonstrated great skill and determination during the week long tournament. We are very proud of them and their performance. GO MUSTANGS!!

(Left to Right: Eric Shantz, Ryan Thompson-Brown, Ms. Melnick, Mitchell Jeffs, Nic St George)

Algonquin College Sets Up 'Make CUT' Program

Grade 12 Graduating Students with a Learning Disability

The Centre for Students with Disabilities, Algonquin College, is offering the “Make The CUT” (College University Transition) Spring session on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. “Make The CUT” is designed for grade 12 students who have a learning disability and are planning to attend college this Fall. Please see Mrs. Gratton in Resource for a registration form.

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2014 EOSSA Curling Champions

On Thursday, February 27th and Friday, February 28th, St. Michael’s boys curling team went undefeated to capture gold at the eastern Ontario tournament. They played extremely well and fought hard to come out on top. Frustrations and nerves ran high as the final game played was against last year’s first place team, Perth and District Collegiate Institute. But the team, consisting of Ryan Thompson-Brown, Mitchell Jeffs, Eric Shantz and Nic St George, never gave up. Congratulations go out to these players on their victory at EOSSAA. They will be continuing on to the OFSAA provincial finals this month where they will try to improve their fourth place standing from last year. Good luck and Go Mustangs!

St Michael Performs Well at Annual Eastern Ontario Skills Competition

The seventh annual Eastern Ontario Skills Competition held at St Lawrence College was another huge success.  Eighty CDSBEO students from nine secondary schools took part in 16 competitions involving over 240 students.  As in previous years, CDSBEO students performed extremely well taking home 15 medals, including 6 gold.  Congratulations to all participants on a job well done.  A special thanks to all the schools who participated, to the teachers for preparing and accompanying students.  
Here is a list of the winners.
 
 
Competition
 
Automotive Service Technician
BRONZE – Devon Latour   (St Joseph)
Journalism
GOLD – Nathalie Morais   (St Michael)
Team Carpentry
GOLD – Seth Willard & Caleb Bosma   (St John)
SILVER – Jozef Tierney & Patrick Coligan (St John)
Cabinet Making
GOLD – Alain Therriault  (Holy Trinity)
BRONZE – Derek Seguin  (St John)
Environment
BRONZE – Theresa  James & Katelyn Passmore (St Thomas Aquinas)
Prepared Speech
SILVER – Faith Urlocker-Lalonde   (St Thomas Aquinas)
Photography
GOLD – Jeremy Constantineau  (St Michael)
Drama
GOLD –    St John
BRONZE – Elizabeth Friend, Madison Lightfoot, Alexandra Petit, Taylor White (St Michael)
House Building
GOLD – Jacques Bigras, Jamie Taylor, Zachary Morgan, Randy Bolland  - St Michael
TV Video Production
SILVER -  St Michael
Esthetics
SILVER – Rachel Theriault  (St Thomas Aquinas)
BRONZE – Destiny Ellsworth  (St Thomas Aquinas)
Ultimate Skills Challenge For Grade 8 Girls
Bronze – St Columban`s
 
The next big event is the Culinary Arts Skills Competition scheduled for April 3 at St Michael.

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CDSBEO Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign
CDSBEO Director of Education Gartland Speaks to CTV News on the Board's Anti-Bullying Camapign

Click on the above image to see the CTV Ottawa interview on CDSBRO's Anti-Bulling campaign.  Click here to download the details of the Empower Campaign designed to help students, teachers and administrators deal with bullying in the schools.


St Michael Dance Showcase
2014 - 2015 Course Calendar

Click on image to download St Michael 2014 - 2015 Course Calendar

Click on the appropriate grade for Course selection sheets.
Grade 9 
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Grade 12x
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Grade 9 Open House
St Michael's French Immersion Program

Click on the image to view St Michael's French Immersion Program


School Bus Cancellations
 

Click on the image to be linked up to information regarding school bus cancellations for the CDSBEO.

Dressed Up For Charity
Semi-formal portraits taken at the dance before Christmas raised over $400.00 for charity.  

Students attended the dance in their most elegant formal wear and had their photo portraits taken by Mr. Wong.  Funds were collected from the sitting fee and the sales of the photographs.  Two local organizations helping those in need were beneficiaries of event - The Knights of Columbus and Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa received a donation.  The generosity of students at St. Michael was greatly appreciated.

Mr. Wong would like to thank all the students who participated in the fund raising event.  He also appreciates the assistance from the student volunteers, especially those from his Grade 9 Religion and Grade 11 CommTech class. 
St Michael Band & Choir Perform Christmas Concert
Grade 9 Pottery - Ms. Melnick's Art Class
 
Holy Cross Youngsters Share Christmas Joy With St. Michael Mustangs
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In an effort to continue to share special moments with our Kemptville community during the Advent season, St. Michael's grade 11 Extended and Core French classes walked over to Holy Cross to do a Christmas activity on Tuesday December 10th. M. Mitchell's grade 3 French Immersion class was eagerly waiting and provided a warm welcome when the high school students walked in. The younger students were a great influence on the senior students helping them discover the Holiday Joy simply by sharing their good spirit and excitement. Influenced by the children, the Mustangs also made their own Holiday craft for their loved ones with the help of the Holy Cross students. Both the elementary and secondary students exemplified the Christmas spirit by enthusiastically completing their Holiday activities. St. Michael's staff and students would like to extend a sincere thank you to our exceptional hosts at Holy Cross.  Pictured above  are St Michael student Julia Halliday and Holy Cross student Edison Dawber.

Picture below are St Michael student Michelle Lapenskie and Holy Cross student Chloe Lamarche.




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St Michael Art Classes Visit Canada's National Art Gallery
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Students of Ms. Melnick's Art Grade 9 art class visit the National Galley of Canada and pose for a team photo.

St Mikes Sr Boys capture Bronze at the Provincials
St Michael Senior Boys Volleyball
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The historic season for the St. Michael senior boys volleyball team has come to an end but this group of young men has left an imprint on Mustang athletics which will be remembered for a life time. After completing an impressive regular season that included winning Gold at the RMC tournament in Kingston, Gold at the St. Mary tournament in Brockville and Silver at the Dalhousie tournament in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Mustangs knew they had a special team. Following their victory at EOSSAA last week, the boys had high hopes heading into the OFSAA tournament in Thunder Bay. Since this was the first time a team from St. Michael has attended “AA” OFSAA for men’s volleyball, the Mustangs were surprised to receive a favorable ranking of 7 out of the top 20 AA programs in Ontario. The goal was to live up to their ranking and finish as one of the top 8 teams in the province. 

 

With a win Day 2 over the 16 seeded Timiskaming DHS on Friday afternoon, the Mustangs finished first in their pool and attained their goal of top 8 in the province. In the best of five championship quarter finals, the boys from Kemptville faced off against a very strong number 5 seed Sir Allen McNab high school from Hamilton.  Once again the leadership and maturity of the Mustangs shone through as they rallied to win 15-13 in the 5th set to secure a spot as one of the top 4 AA teams in Ontario. On Saturday morning the Mustangs found themselves in a David versus Goliath situation as they faced off against the number 1 seed and 7 time defending champions from Eden. Unfortunately, they were no able to push through and Mustangs lost the match and got set to battle for Bronze that afternoon.

In the Bronze medal match the Mustangs engaged in a see-saw battle against an equal adversary from Dryden. Their will was strong and the Mustangs found the strength to win the 3rd set 30-28 to take home the first OFSAA volleyball medal in school history. A special congratulations goes out to the following graduating players: Kade Bloskie, Lucais MacKay- Ronnacher, Liam Glenn, Auzzy Jones, James Murray and captains Cole Brookson and Shawn Kingsbury.                      
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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Set For Thursday, November 28
St Michael Poverty Exposure Team 2013
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St Michael Poverty Exposure Team 2013(from left to right) Shauna Kluke, Kate Doucette, Sarah Poirier, Reilly Jones, Jessica Keating, Mrs. Dunn

The Poverty Exposure Team's mission to Guatemala during March Break 2014 will be working in an orphanage, teaching English and helping with local construction projects. Good luck students and Mrs. Dunn.

 

Save the Enviroment
 CDSBEO Goes Green...in an attempt to help the environment by reducing the amount of paper used in communiques with parents, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario will begin a program to electronically send information home.  To download a release form to have school and board newsletters etc. send directly home, click on go green leaf logo.  







St Michael CHS Remembers




History Students Relive the WWI Experience
Staff and students at St Michael stand in silence as the piper plays at the Remembrance Day Ceremonies held at the school.  The history students recently finished work on an authentic WWI Trench system involving 1500 sandbags and over 200 feet of trenches.  The students completed their project with a night in the trenches involving sentry duty, trench repair and writing in their WWI Journals. (Photo M. Wong)


Trenches Project: St. Michael CHS History Department from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo.   ***Photos and Video provided by Mr. Wong's Com Tech Classes.  The background music is provided by Canadian Celtic-folk artist Lizzy Hoyt.




*Click here to see a CTV News Report on the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the St. Mike's Trenches.






*Click here to see a CBC News Report on the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the St. Mike's Trenches.









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