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NEW Bell Times for the 2016-2017 School Year
  Congratulations Graduating Class of 2016  


  Click on image to Download Information on CDSBEO International Student Program  




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.
Golden Environmental Performance

St. Mike was awarded Gold for this year's Ecoschools assessment. Each year St. Mike takes on environmental initiatives such as: battery, paper, and plastic recycling; ban the bottle campaign; school grounds greening; school grounds clean up; and embedding environmental stewardship in the curriculum and is assessed on the results.
St. Mike has made steady progress over the past four years since restarting the program winning Bronze in 2014, Silver in 2015 and of course, Gold in 2016
The following students and teachers played a leadership role in organizing school wide activities and initiatives and are to be congratulated for their efforts.
Mr. James, Ms. Paris, Ms. O'Brien (Grade 8) Cameron Arcand, Azalea Atkin, Charis Boland, Katie Dicsi
Hannah Marceau, Trinity Piette, Alicia Scharf, Kiara Vandemheen
Mr. Souter, Ms. Kingsbury (Grade 9) Sydney Brownlee, Taylor Gerus, Madeline Hubbard, Kate Waytowhich, Jennifer Smeeton, Ashley Snippe
Ms. Kingsbury's Life Skills class and Mr. Souter's grade 9 religion classes also deserve special recognition for their tireless efforts throughout the entire school year.

Vimy 100th Anniversary Trip

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.

A meeting will take place in Room 280 for all those students registered and those students that are still interested in attending the trip, on Thursday, June 16th at the beginning of lunch.  Pertinent information needed to register and additional details will be shared at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend, please speak with Ms. Lefebvre or Ms. Melnick.
  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!



Sweet Music in The Annual Spring Concert
It is that time of year again: the Music Department will be presenting the Spring Concert on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm.  Come and relax while listening to some fantastic music, prepared by the Concert Bands, Jazz Band and Chamber Choir.  As always, there will be a huge selection of bake sale treats to enjoy throughout the concert.  We hope you will come and celebrate with us!
2016 Final Exam Schedule
Grade 9 – 11 Exam Schedule
Thursday, June 23rd
8:10 – 10:47 – (for your period 1 course)
Friday, June 24th
8:10 – 10:47 – (for your period 2 course)
Monday, June 27th
8:10 – 10:47 - (for your period 3 course)
Tuesday, June 28th
8:10 – 10:47 – (for your period 4 course)
Grade 12 Exam Schedule
Thursday, June 23rd
AM – 8:10 – (for your period 1 course)
PM – 11:43 – (for your period 4 course)
Friday, June 24th
AM – 8:10 – (for your period 2 course)
Monday, June 27th
AM – 8:10 – (for your period 3 course)
European Trip Set For 2017

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.

St Michael Art Show Displays Amazing Talent
Anything Going That Far Should Have a Stewardess On Board
Mustang Success on the Diamond

St. Mike's continued their winning ways on the baseball diamond this week.  After beating Gananoque on the road on Tuesday with Tyler Manderson on the mound, the Mustangs followed up with a win over South Grenville yesterday, led by pitcher Mitchell Barnes.  The icing on the cake versus the Giants was a 335 foot home run over centre field at South Gower Park by Grade 10 slugger Matt Wiggins-  a first in Mustangs baseball history. St. Mike's will host a playoff semi-final on Tuesday next week.
[Photo: Matt Wiggins crushes the baseball on his way to a 335 foot bomb.]
Link to video: https://vimeo.com/166471097
Algonquin Heritage Carpenty Course

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.

Summer Volleyball Camp Set

Attention all grade 7 and 8 students. St. Michael Mustangs is offering a summer volleyball camp once again. Please go to the following website for more information.
Student Council Information for 2016-2017


Mustang Alumi Ryan Hreljac Returns to Inspire the Students and Staff
Special Guest Joins SMCHS Students & Staff

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”.

2nd Annual Student Art Show

2nd Annual Student Art Show
St. Michael Catholic High School Artists will be showcasing their many talents at the 2nd Annual Student Art Show.
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!
Safe Schools App For Students

Click on video to view how students can become empowered in making schools a safer place for all.
SMCHS Student Theresa Sings Theme Song of Upcoming Play 'Juvie' on Juice FM
Opening night for an original stage production from the award winning St. Michael Catholic High School Drama Department. This play deals with mature themes and is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. Play goes Thursday and Friday night at St Michael beginning at 7:00pm.
Click on link below to hear Theresa Graham sing the theme song to the SMCHS upcoming play 'Juvie'.

Local MP Speaks to SMCHS Civics Classes
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.





Special Guest Mr. Dawber Joins Jazz Band
SMCHS Senior Accepts Prestigious Honour
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.



Student Resource

Excellent Student Help Resource

Click on logo to access a great resource for students on everything from time management to developing good study habits.


National Arts Center Conductor Mr. Alain Trudel Visits SMCHS Senior Concert Band Photo credit: Marcelle Keyzer
A Thank You To St Michael

building hope together (St. Michaels) from Sherry Wiebe (TOUCH Ministries Board of Directors) on Vimeo.

A 'thank you' to St. Mike's staff and students for the funds that have been raised over the years.
In particular, St. Mike's (and some other schools in the Board) have donated towards: the building of some homes for local women in Ogooma (not included in this video), the kitchen addition at the Orphanage, and more recently one classroom (2014 Lenten funds) and the pit latrine (2015 Lenten funds).

CDSBEO Personal Support Worker Program (PSW)

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.

Congratulations to Mustang's Ladies Volleyball Teams

St. Michael Senior Girls Capture 6th consecutive LGSSAA AA Volleyball Championship
The St. Michael Mustangs are celebrating as both senior and junior teams advanced to the Eastern Ontario championships.  In senior action the St. Michael Mustangs faced off against St. Mary in a best of 5 championship final.  The Mustangs dropped the first set 25-20 before bouncing back and winning the next two sets 25-17 and 25-14. The Crusauders kept fighting and won the 4th set 25-22 to force a 5th and deciding set. After being down 11-10 strong serving from Brooke Cornel turned the momentum and the Mustangs pushed back to win 15-12 and win a 6th consecutive LGSSAA title. Sarah Benoit led the team with 14 kills in the match. Strong passing from Ally Kingsbury and great setting from Brooke Cornel led St. Michael to victory. The senior girls look to proudly represent St. Michael in the OFSAA qualifier February 25th in Casselman.




Mustang Skier on Top of Her Game

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!!


Bus Cancellations

Click on image to view latest school bus cancellations.
SMCHS Student Presents Mural To Municipal Centre
  ImageClick on image to download news article from The North Grenville Times highlighting the presentation of a mural created by St Michael Grade 11 student Melissa Workman in support of Community Living North Grenville promoting the idea of inclusion.







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 peaceh@algonquincollege.com 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.






SMCHS Students Perform Well in Annual Legion Contest

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.





Un Jeu Parfait
  Students in Mme Lefebvre's French Immersion Phys-ed class enjoy a game of bowling on a cold winter's day.  




SMCHS Spring Performance


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)

Click here to download Semester 1 Exam Schedule and here to download Exam Rules & Procedures.
Jr Girls V-Ball Off To A Great Start

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!


Ski Club All Set For 2014-2015 Season

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. 




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.

2014 - 2015 Yearbook Early-Bird Prices

Parents and students can pre-order the 2016 Yearbook at the "Early-Bird" price of $55.

For high school students, order forms are being sent home with mid-term report cards.  Bring the order form and payment to the tables in front of the cafeteria at the beginning of lunch time (11:00-11:10am).  Cash and cheques (payable to SMCHS) are accepted.  A receipt will be issued for every pre-order.

For intermediate students, submit your order form with payment to your homeroom teacher.

Pre-orders are only accepted until Friday December 4, 2015.  Take advantage of this introductory price.  The Yearbook will be sold at its regular price of $65. in June 2016.

From Mr. Knight's Foods Class Chefs:

Place your order soon!

Attention Graduating Students

Trent University Trip

Any grade 12 students interested in visiting the Trent University Campus on Friday October 23rd  to learn more about the campus and the programs offered need to sign up in Guidance by Monday October 19th.


Attention SMCHS Staff & Students

Special Message From The Attendance Office

The attendance office would like to remind all students and parents of the policies and procedures regarding signing out of school:

-All students must have parent permission via a note or phone call before signing out.
-Students are always required to sign out of school, even if their parents have already called to give permission.
-Students are not permitted to leave school without signing out!
- All students who have signed out must leave school property immediately upon signing out.
Please contact Ms. Bridson, Dean of Attendance, should you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies.

French Immersion Programs Available

Explore is a 5 week intensive French language immersion program open to all grade 11 & 12 students during the summer months at 1 of 22 institutions across Canada.  The best part is that the tuition and residence is free.  If you are interested in learning more about Explore visit your friendly neighbourhood guidance counsellor.








Welcome to St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville, Ontario.
(Pictured are the members of the 2015-2016 Student Council along with Student Council Teacher Liaison Ms. Bridson and Principal Mr. Richard James and Vice Principal Mrs. Finnegan)
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 board's theme this year is "Ignite The Light - Wake Up The World". We look forward to working with our staff, students and parents and community partners this school year in supporting our school board's 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

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