|'Tis the Season For Fine Music|
It is that time of year again - time to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. And what better way to celebrate than to share some fantastic Christmas Music?! Please join us on Thursday, December 15th, at 7pm, for our annual Christmas Concert, filled with selections to suit everyone's taste - a little bit of Jazz here, and a touch of angel singing there, and of course some carols that everyone will know. The atmosphere will be festive, and the treats will be plentiful. Donations at the door are gratefully accepted. Hope to see you there!
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.
Visit "cdsbeo.schoolcashonline.com" to purchase online from December 1 to 16, 2016.
The Annual St. Michael’s Spaghetti Dinner will be held
on Dec 1st, during Parent-Teacher interviews from 4:30-7:30 in the school cafeteria.
$10.00 per person.
All proceeds to support the 2017 Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic.
Family rates available.
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
As McGill University is not able to visit St. Michael this year, they have invited our grade 12 students who are considering applying to McGill to participate in an interactive webinar on Wednesday December 7th at 8 pm. Please use this registration link if you are interested in viewing the presentation: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/8248522314971867394
Grade 12 students can come and pick up their PIN numbers for Ontario university applications in Guidance starting today.
“One Who Serves:” First Annual St. Michael Thanksgiving Dinner
On 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. Under the guidance of Chef and teacher, 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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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.
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!