The trial for an on-line version of the grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) from EQAO was scheduled for today. All of our grade 10 students have been working diligently to prepare for this new on-line environment. Today’s attempt was a perfect opportunity for students to practice their literacy skills before the official March 30th provincial test day.
Unfortunately, EQAO experienced internet difficulties and most schools across the province were not able to access the OSSLT website to complete the test. This was a provincial technical issue that could only be rectified by EQAO. Nothing that our students or staff did could have changed the outcome of today.
We would like to thank all staff and students for their patience and understanding in this endeavour. We will continue to work closely with EQAO as we journey through this new opportunity. All CDSBEO students will continue to prepare in the coming months for the official March 30th EQAO test day.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school.
Yours in Catholic Education,
St Michael Catholic High School
A representative from the Royal Military College will be visiting St. Michael on Friday November 4th during period 2. Grade 12 students interested in attending the presentation need to sign up in the Guidance office.
Grade 12 students can come and pick up their PIN numbers for Ontario university applications in Guidance starting today.
Women in Trades
As part of the continuing effort to promote skilled trades to young women, the CDSBEO is happy to announce a special presentation – Women in Trades. The presentation will take place at the North Grenville Municipal Center on Tuesday November 1st for all grade 8 & 9 female students.
The presentation will feature Jamie McMillan, founder of the Journeyman organization which promotes women in the skilled trades by speaking in high school classrooms and at national trade events.
Working in a male-dominated industry Jamie began networking with tradesmen and women in Canada and the U.S.A. to better understand and identify the needs and challenges for outreach and recruitment. After much research Jamie solidified her program vision and officially founded Journeyman in 2012. Since then she has continued to expand the Journeyman initiative through her outreach and advocacy.
The morning will be an excellent opportunity for our female students to learn more about the skilled trades and the opportunities within.
The event runs from 9:30 till 11:00 on the morning of November 1st. The students will be dismissed after period 1 and make their way to the Municipal Centre for the presentation.
Should you have any questions contact Mr. S. MacDonald in Guidance.
“One Who Serves:” First Annual St. Michael Thanksgiving Dinner
Last Wednesday, October 5, St. Michael’s Religion and Foods and Hospitality programs with the generous support of Parent Council (over a thousand dollars) co-hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner with the Kemptville Salvation Army for members of our local community. Over the past three weeks and under the guidance of Chef Jeff Knight, students prepared a sumptuous meal. That evening, student volunteers plated, then served our guests. The gratitude and grace of the recipients in attendance overwhelmed both student volunteers and staff supervisors; we were God-Smacked! In terms of gaging event success, student reactions spoke volumes, “When can we do this again?”
The University of Western Ontario will be visiting St. Michael on Tuesday October 11th at 8:15 in the library for those grade 12 students that have signed up for the presentation.
Take Our Kid to Work Day will be Wednesday November 2, 2016 for grade 9 students. Students need to return their permission forms to the Guidance Office by Friday October 21st.
St. Michael is offering a high school students the opportunity to take a grade 9 or grade 10 dance credit after school. Students with or without dance experience are welcome. The course will run from October 13 to May 11 on Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 and Thursdays 2:30 -4:30. Any interested students may pick up a permission for at the main office or from Mme Ayotte. Signed permission forms are to be returned to Mme Ayotte.
Re: Upcoming Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
On Thursday, October 20, Grade 10 students across the province will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The assessment on October 20th will be online and similar to the practice test that took place on September 20th.
Your son/daughter has recently received the results of the practice test which provides individual feedback on the achievement of the Multiple Choice portion. The school Literacy Team will be preparing students using a cross-curricular approach over the next few weeks. In addition to this, we are excited to offer five after-school OSSLT Preparation Sessions in the library. These will take place from 2:20 until 3:20 on the following dates:
§ Tuesday, October 4
§ Thursday, October 6
§ Tuesday, October 11
§ Thursday, October 13
§ Monday, October 17
If you would like to sign your child up for these sessions, please call the school at (613)258-7232 ext. 488.
Students with an Individual Education Plan will be provided with accommodations during the assessment.
Students are encouraged to try the online sample test at the following website:
The St. Michael Literacy Team
Mrs. A. Leach Mme L. Gratton
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.
The Algonquin College Open House will take place on Tuesday November 1st. It is an excellent opportunity to see the school and learn more about the services and programs offered at Algonquin. If you are interested in attending the open house, please sign up in the Guidance Office.
Open House - Sunday, October 30, 2016McGill University will be hosting its annual Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
Faculty, students and administrative staff from all units, including the academic departments, Admissions, Recruitment, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Student Services and members of McGill’s student societies, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about academic and student life at McGill. Tours of campus, residences, libraries and the athletics facilities will also be provided. Again, this year’s Open House features “the student and alumni panel” where they respond to questions from the audience. The event will welcome approximately 6,000 visitors from across Quebec, Canada, the U.S. and other international locations and we encourage students to register online to attend the event at: https://mcgillinmind.mcgill.ca. Should you have questions, please consult our website www.mcgill.ca/openhouse or contact the Open House Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year St. Lawrence College is pleased to host the College Information Program (CIP) tour in conjunction with our Annual Open House on Friday October 7th from 9 – 10:30 am. CIP/Open House is a great opportunity for students to become familiar with the programs at St Lawrence College and to gather information from other colleges from across the province. If you are interested in attending please sign up in the Guidance Office by Thursday September 29th.
Register Today for U of O Open House
Event name: uOttawa Fall Open House
Event date: Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Why take part in the Open House:
Through faculty presentations, an information fair and campus tours, student will be able to:
- learn more about the programs that interest them
- get answers to their questions
- speak with current uOttawa students
- discover the main campus, classrooms, residences and sports facilities
Invitees: Students interested in starting postsecondary studies in 2017 or 2018 and their parents
Website and registration form: uOttawa.ca/FOH
Fall Open House: A taste of the uOttawa experience.
Take Our Kids to Work Day will be Wednesday November 2nd, 2016 for all grade 9 students in Ontario. A permission form will be going home on October 17th. Please return the completed form by Monday October 24th.
The University Information Session will be hosted by Smiths Falls DHS this year on October 24th. All 21 Ontario Universities will be present and available to answer questions that students may have. This is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with school representatives and learn more about each university. The event is open to grade 12 students for a fee of $5. Students need to sign up and pay their $5 in Guidance by Friday September 23rd. If you have any questions see Mr. MacDonald or Ms. Brown.
The Horatio Alger Association of Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. Through the generosity of Horatio Alger Members, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada awards a total of 85 scholarships annually to deserving young people in every province and territory. Horatio Alger scholarships are awarded to deserving students in financial need who have overcome significant adversity while demonstrating strength of character, strong academics, a commitment to pursuing higher education, as well as a desire to contribute to society.
Students are invited to apply for the 2017 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program before October 25, 2016. Students must submit an online application at www.horatioalger.ca/en/scholarships. Faxes, emails, or letters will not be accepted.
For scholarship questions, please contact email@example.com or by phone at (855) 753-9565.
The annual ski trip to Ste. Anne & Le Massif is scheduled for Friday February 17 till Sunday February 19, 2017.
The trip includes:
· Roundtrip travel via coach bus.
· 3 days of skiing.
· 2 night’s accommodation at deluxe slope-side condos.
The cost is $379. Forms can be picked up at the Guidance office or at www.rodroy.com/smchs. See Mr. S. MacDonald for further details.
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.
Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation
Parents discerning the readiness of their children to receive any these sacraments of initiation at Holy Cross Church, are invited to attend an information session on:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall.
It is requested that children seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation attend this meeting with their parents. First Communion children are not required to attend, but are welcome to accompany parents.
Opportunities to have a personal conversation with a parish representative at designated dates and times can be scheduled at this session.
On Thursday and Friday Mrs. Sylvie Jonsson (of Jonsson's Your Independent Grocer) came in to judge our dog houses. Both 7IA and 7IB had to construct a dog house that would keep a dog warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also had to be structurally sound and appealing to the public.
Mrs. Jonsson brought in pins for all of the students and a Franco-Ontarien flag from MPP/Deputee Ottawa-Vanier Madeleine Meilleur.
Vimy 100th Anniversary Trip
There will be an important meeting for all students signed up on the 2017
Vimy Memorial trip in April of next year. All students registered and any students still interested in the trip are to come to Rm 217 at the beginning of lunch on Friday June 17th. There is still room on the trip and St Michael would like to fill a bus with Mustangs for the tour. Details are available from Mr. Bortolussi, Mr. Finner or Ms. Bridson. Join in on the Trip of a Lifetime - over 6500 students from across Canada already enrolled.
|Student Talent on Display|
Grade 11 student Nicole Giles beside the beautiful piece of artwork she designed and created which is on display outside the main office.
At St. Michael we are so proud of our talented students!
The CDSBEO FSL Department is offering an Educational Trip to Grade 10, 11, and 12 FSL students to France and Italy which will take place in March 2017. Students will have an opportunity to participate in an enriching cultural 10-day trip! Students will travel throughout the two countries, where the activities and outings will reflect the curriculum, encompassing French, History, Religious Education, the Arts and French culture. Please contact Ms. Lefebvre or Ms. Melnick for further inquiries.
Any high school students interested in visiting the Perth campus of Algonquin College to learn more about the Heritage Carpentry program should see Mr. MacDonald in the Guidance office.
We are pleased to share that our school community participated in a “Defeat Depression Walk” on Monday, April 25th from St. Michael CHS to Holy Cross Parish and back. Students were permitted to wear their uniform or their Mustang Spirit Wear for this walk. A Casual Day had been arranged for Friday, April 22nd with all proceeds going to support Children’s Mental Health of ...Leeds and Grenville.
We were honoured to have had the Governor General’s wife, Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston, join us for our assembly in the gymnasium as well as walking to “Defeat Depression”.
Wednesday, May 4th from 6-8 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome! Come out and support our youth!
There will also be a refreshments table hosted by the Girls Rugby Team.
Hope to see you there!
Click on video to view how students can become empowered in making schools a safer place for all.
Click on link below to hear Theresa Graham sing the theme song to the SMCHS upcoming play 'Juvie'.
Mr. Gord Brown, MP, Leeds-Grenville speaks to the Civics students as part of the CIVIX program which has a “Rep Day” specifically designed for high schools to encourage young people to get involved in politics.
SMCHS Grade 12 student Kotay Bryson was the recipient of the Investors Group Volunteer Impact Recognition Award from the Volunteer Centre. Pictured here is Kotay (3rd from left) accepting the St. Lawrence Volunteer Award at a ceremony in Brockville. Congratulations Kotay for being one of only two youth recipients chosen for this prestigious award. We are all very proud of you.
CDSBEO Personal Support Worker Program (PSW)
Successful graduates of the CDSBEO PSW program will be certified to work as a Personal Support Worker in the province of Ontario. The CDSBEO PSW program can be completed in 6 months and the cost is only $1,100. This PSW program is intended to provide individuals with the theoretical, clinical and practical knowledge and skill sets needed to perform personal support tasks, as a collaborative member of a client’s health care/support team. Our PSW Program is accredited through O.C.S.A. (Ontario Community Support Association) and sponsored by the Ministry of Education. This program follows the training standards set out by the MTCU (Ministry Training Colleges and Universities) and also provides students the opportunity to attain seven (7) Ontario Secondary School Credits which can be used toward to the completion of their high school diploma. For more information about the PSW program or upcoming orientation sessions, please call 1-800-443-4562 or visit www.cdsbeo.on.ca.
St. Michael Senior Girls Capture 6th consecutive LGSSAA AA Volleyball Championship
St. Michael celebrates the ski accomplishments of our Grade 10 Student, Emily Graf. Emily is a member of the U16 Team in Quebec. Emily races within Ontario and Quebec and trains internationally. Emily’s home hill is Mont Ste Marie in Quebec. We are very proud of our Mustang, Emily Graf!!
|A College & University Readiness Workshop for Students with ASD
Are you thinking about attending college or university next year?
Are you wondering what you can do now to get ready?
This workshop will help students with ASD and their families:
Learn more about the differences between high school and a post-secondary program
Think about the roles and responsibilities of students and family members during the transition and beyond
Discuss “post-secondary readiness” to identify strengths and potential gaps in current skill levels
Set goals for skill development in preparation for post-secondary education
Students and their families will leave with a resource package that will include a list of recommended activities to pre-pare for the transition to post-secondary education. Perspectives of current post-secondary students will be shared. This workshop will be presented as concurrent sessions for students and family members.
When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Algonquin College
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space and receive additional details. Note that this session is open to students with ASD planning to attend any post-secondary institution in the fall.
This workshop is being offered by the Transition Support Centre, a pilot project being run by the Centre for Students with Disabilities at Algonquin College.
Congratulations to Hannah Marceau – Grade 8 – 1st place – Zone Level (right) and Kiara Vandemkeen – Grade 8 – 3rd place – Zone Level for their winning contibutions to the 2016 Legion Remebrance Day Literacy Contest. They won the Legion competition for Zone level (after winning the “Local” level) for their poem/essay ….their poem/essay has now been sent to the “District” level.
|Students in Mme Lefebvre's French Immersion Phys-ed class enjoy a game of bowling on a cold winter's day.|
COMING SOON TO A STAGE NEAR YOU…
This year’s St. Michael Drama Production is the highly anticipated original play “JUVIE”. This serious drama set in a juvenile detention center deals with some mature themes and also involves a murder mystery – hold on to the edge of your seats for this surprising script from student Erin McEvoy. The play boasts an outstanding cast, is directed by Grade 12 student Emily Bellefontaine and Grade 11 student Taylor Sabourin and opens Thursday April 21st. Rehearsals are taking place twice daily and set design and construction is almost complete. Mustang Drama has been the recipient of multiple local and provincial awards in the last two years and this production looks to continue that streak. Tickets go on sale in March. See you at the theatre!
(Pictured: Female Lead Julie-Anne Scales rehearses a key scene)
The St. Michael C.H.S. Junior Girls Volleyball team traveled to Kingston on Sunday to participate in the Nicole S. tournament at Queens University. The girls were off to a slow start but by Game 2, had found their stride and ended the morning by finishing first in their pool. They advanced to the finals where they met their match against Regiopolis (Notre Dame). It was a nail-biting finish to the very end as St. Mike's continued to go toe-to-toe with their opponent. St. Mike's won the first set and lost the second. In the defining third set, our girls rose to the occasion, gave it their all and walked away champions! Coach Lefebvre has commended the team on their level of skilled play, team spirit and above all the mental toughness they demonstrated under pressure. Well done ladies!
Forms for this year’s Ski Club can be picked up from Mr. S. MacDonald. The cost is $350 ($440 for renters). Price includes tickets and coach bus to and from the hill. Starts January 6th and continues for the next 7 Wednesdays.
|A TRIP OF A LIFETIME|
The St Michael Historical Society is pleased to announce the chance for students to go on the trip of a lifetime. Students are invited to go to France in April of 2017 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the great Battle of Vimy Ridge and to tour the battle fields of World War One and World War Two. The trip includes stops in London where students will tour places like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London before moving on tour Belgium and France with stops at the great monuments of the wars including the D-Day beaches and the memorial grave sites of the fallen soldiers. The trip will culminate with a ceremony at the Vimy Ridge battle site where thousands of Canadians will be present to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle and the 150th anniversary of Canada as a nation. Don’t miss out on this chance of a lifetime. Students are invited to an information meeting at lunchtime in rm 216 on Monday, November 30th. Until then is you have any questions see Mr. Bortolussi or Mr. Finner for details. Don’t let this trip pass you by.