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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.

St. Michael Girls’ Hockey Try-Outs
St. Michael Girls’ Hockey Try-Outs
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/ch_article_main_image/articles/ted141211Hockey2_0.jpg Try-outs for the Mustang Girls’ Hockey team take place on Tuesday December 1st at 3:00 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. Pick up a permission form from Mr. S. MacDonald.
Still Time To Sign Up
Quebec Ski Trip
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There is till room for any students wishing to go on the Quebec ski trip to Sainte-Anne and Le Massif.  The trip takes place from Friday February 5 to Sunday February 7 and includes 3 days of skiing and two night’s accommodation.  Travel via coach bus.  Cost of the trip is $370.  If interested see Mr. S. MacDonald.
SMCHS Music Department Christmas Concert

It's that time of year again - time to spread some Christmas Cheer with your favourite tunes - old and new!!  Come celebrate Christmas with the St. Michael Music Department on Thursday, December 10, 7pm.  The Jazz Band will get your toes a-tappin', and the Chamber Choir will soothe your soul with their dulcet tones.  The Junior and Senior Concert Bands will wow you with their majestic renditions of Old-World Carols, but keep your ears open for movie soundtracks which will bring you back to your childhood.
A bake sale of tasty treats will fill your belly, so don't forget your toonies.  Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door, to help purchase music and instruments for the Music Department.  Hope to see you there!
Spaghetti Supper in Support of the Guatemala Mission Team

SPAGHETTI DINNER – November 26th, 2015
The Guatemala team will be providing a home-made Spaghetti dinner and silent auction during secondary parent-teacher interviews on Thursday, November 26th .  The cost will be $10.00 per person, or $25.00 per family.  Please consider coming for a home-cooked meal during parent-teacher interviews, and taking a look at our silent auction items – there will be many great items, so please consider sponsoring the great cause!
The Guatemala Team this year: Natalie Bennett, Marnie Bird, Danika Carmichael, Tess Corkery, Rachel Howarth, Melissa Keating, Kyla-Marie Roy, Taylor Sabourin, and Kayle Urslak

Chicken Parmigiana For Sale

View SMCHS Foods Students Making Chicken Parmigiana- Interested in having a delicious dinner pre-made for you and your family? Contact Mr. Knight at jeff.knight@cdsbeo.on.ca by 12 noon on Thursday, Nov 26th. Cost is $8.00 per dinner. Available for pick up on Friday.
Special Message to Grade 12 Students
Attention ALL Grade-12 Students:
Mr. Wong will be taking the "Class of 2016 Photo" for the Yearbook.   Please make plans to assemble with your peers in the new atrium at 2:05pm on Tues December 1.

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.

Important Meeting for March Break Trip
There will be a mandatory meeting for all students participating in the March Break 2016 trip to Europe on Friday November 27th at the start of lunch in Ms. Bridson’s room.

SMCHJS Semi-Formal Dance All Set

Student Council is hosting the annual semi-formal dance on Thursday December 3rd from 7-10 PM. The cost is $10. Students and any signed in guests MUST have their student ID card to be admitted to the dance.

SMCHS Food Drive

Once again this year, St Michael CHS is participating in the annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Food Drive. Students are collecting can and dry goods during the two weeks of Nov 16 - 27th. The public can contirbute to this important event by donating goods at the Kemptville Public Library, the North Grenville Curling Rink, the North Grenville Municipal Centre and of course at our school.




Used Uniform Sale

The Catholic School Council is hosting a used uniform sales taking place during parent-teacher interviews on November 26th and December 2nd. All proceeds from the used uniform sale benefit school activities and groups.


Resiliency Survey Set for November 23 – December 2

SMCHS Resiliency Survey set for November 23 - December 2.  Click here to down load further information.

From Mr. Knight's Foods Class Chefs:

Place your order soon!

Baby Photos / Grad Photos

For the first time at St. Michael's - the Yearbook Class is producing a new page for Grade-12 students.  Yes - "The Graduates Baby Pictures" page. 

Students planning on graduating this June are encouraged to submit one baby or toddler photo of themselves for inclusion in the yearbook.  See if your friends can pick you out of a crowd.  Guess who's that baby-Mustang!! 

See "work in progress" sample.

Submit your baby photos as follows:

1)  Attach the .jpg photo to an email and send it to:  smchsgradbabypics@gmail.com


2)  Drop-off a physical, hard-copy photo to Student Services.  There will be a box at Mrs. Grant's desk to collect your photos.  Once the photos are scanned - they will be returned to you.

IMPORTANT:  Ensure that your name is on the back of the photo - or - clearly identified in the email.

Deadline:  Friday Nov. 20, 2015.





Guatemala Mission Fund Raiser
The St Michael CHS Guatemala Mission Team together with the Girls Rugby Team are coordinating a "Christmas Activity Child Care Day" fundraiser at St Michael CHS on Saturday, December 5th from 9am - 4pm.  The high school students will be putting together a fun-filled day of activities for children of all ages.  Take advantage of this event to do some holiday shopping or preparations!  The cost for a half day (up to four hours) is $10 per child, and the cost for a full day is $15 per child.  There is a family rate of $25 for a half day to a max of $30 full day for up to three children.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  For more information or to pre-register, please contact Tracy Dunn at Tracy.Dunn@cdsbeo.on.ca.  

Empowerment Camp For Youth

Students of  St. Michael Catholic High School,
On November 20 – 22 there is a Camp in Orillia that is being offered to all high school students called Re:Action4Inclusion. This camp is a province wide initiative that works to empower youth to explore how they can influence the way society views and treats individuals who have an intellectual disability. We believe that everyone benefits from inclusion. It is about creating schools and communities where everyone feels they belong, everyone is accepted and everyone contributes in a meaningful way.  Some speakers will be there including; Blake Fly, Norman Kunc, Carlos Aster Taguba and Nick Foley. Each one of them has a different story to tell.
You are able to register online which includes; rooming, accommodations, workshops, meals, entertainment and an experience to last a life time. St. Michael Catholic High School is going to help subsidize for the cost.
If you are interested than please contact :
LaToya Morgan at 1-800-278-8025  * 249   or
 Email: lmorgan@communitylivingontario.ca
 The link attached includes further details about the camp.



Catholic Celebration Mass Open to the Public

We would like to invite members of our school community to join us in celebrating our faith at St. Michael CHS on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00pm.  We are honoured to have Arch Bishop O’Brien presiding at this Mass. This Catholic Education Coalition event is an opportunity for us celebrate Catholic Education and continue to work together with our Parish, School and Parent community.  The Holy Doors from each region will be joined together to signify our unity as a Catholic School Community.  We look forward to seeing you there.

SMCHS Spiritwear on Sale

Show your school colours - download the order forms for Mustang Spirit wear by clicking on the following links

Order Form - Page 1
Order Form - Page 2
Ontario University Presentations

On Monday October 26th the 21 Ontario universities will be visiting St. Michael CHS from 12:30 till 1:30 as part of their information sessions.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the campuses and programs offered at each school.  For further information visit the Guidance office.

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.


Special Program Offered to Grade 8 & 9 Students

General Learning Strategies Offered to Grade 8 & 9 Students-New start time

Starting  Wednesday, October 28th  St. Michael will be offering General Learning Strategies to grade 8 and 9 interested in earning a high school credit. GLS-10 is being offered to students after school Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-4:00p.m. General Learning Strategies focuses on effective study skills, organizational skills, and learning strategies that will enhance your child's education experience. Focus will also be put on a...pps that will help with organizational skills as well as electronic agendas. Forms will be sent home Wednesday October 14, 2015 and will be available to pick up at the main office. Should your child be interested in obtaining a high school credit, please complete the information below and return to the main office.

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to call the school at 258-7232.

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.

Girls Engineering Seminar

Calling all Girls!

Go ENG Girl provides an exciting opportunity for girls in grades 7-10 across Ontario and one parent/guardian to visit their local university campus and learn from women professionals, academics and students about the wonderful world of engineering.

This event is free of cost, and is an opportunity for both Parents and Girls, to learn what engineering is all about and the possibilities that open for the girls, when they choose engineering. Click on the link http://www.onwie.ca/programs/go-eng-girl for further information.

Attention SMCHS Graduates

Schulich Leader Scholarships are prestigious entrance scholarships awarded to high school graduates enrolling in science, technology, engineering or mathematics programs in university.  Each year one nominee is selected from St. Michael as our candidate to win 1 of 50 scholarships.  If you are a grade 12 student that would like to apply to be the St. Michael nominee, see Mr. MacDonald in the guidance office.

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.



University & College Presentation Schedule








University of Ottawa Open House

The University of Ottawa will be hosting open houses on Friday October 30 and Saturday October the 31st.  It is an excellent opportunity to visit the school and learn more about the programs offered.  If you are interested visit the Guidance Office for more information.

March Break Trip Info
Any students in Grades 9-12 who are interested in participating in the European trip to Ireland, Scotland and England for the 2016 March Break, are invited to an information meeting in Room 282 at the beginning of lunch on Friday September 18th. Please see Ms. Bridson for more information.

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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