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School Bus Cancelation

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Two Special Mustangs


Grade 8 Student Marc Legere   Grade 9 Student Dominico Astorino

Congratulations to two great SMCHS students for being selected for recipients of the Bravo Breakfast Award.  This award is presented annually to successful recipients who make significant, positive contributors to the life of the school and the Catholic school community.  Way to go!  Mustang Proud!


  SMCHS Competes At Eastern Ontario Skills Competition  

Culinary student Katherine Welk-Holmes mixes it up at the first annual Master Chef competition hosted by St. Matthew's Catholic High School. The competition was part of the Skills Canada competition held at various locations throughout the city.

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EasternOntario Skills Competition

SMCHS Perform Well At Eastern Ontario Skills Competition

Over 30 of our students competed in the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition in Cornwall - a fantastic event that included 300 students from 15 different high schools across three school boards. As usual, our kids without exception were creative, enthusiastic, skilled, well mannered, and placed well; especially when you consider that our grade 9s through 11s were often up against experienced grade 12s. We are proud of ...all of them.

Austin White - 3rd place in Cabinetmaking

Katherine Welk-Holmes - 2nd place in Culinary Arts

Alex Cornel and Emily Young - 1st place in team Environmental

Megan Watters and Amanda Casey - 2nd place in team Environmental

Dan Lortie and St. Lawrence, again, put on a fantastic day for the kids and thanks go to them and Mr. Lapierre, Mr. Knight, and Mr. MacDonald for support before, during, and after the event.

Congratulations Mustangs!

Photo credits: Danielle Larocque & Tory MacDonald


Mustang Jr. Girls Capture EOSSAA Volleybal Title
  A St Michael First  
  ImageCelebrating Junior Success
The St. Michaels Junior volleyball team claimed an EOSSAA title with their successful day in Smith Falls last week.  The girls came into the day as the fourth seed hoping to gain some experience throughout the day but managed to pull through a couple key games while peaking at the right time to clench the 2015 Junior Girls EOSSAA Volleyball Championship.
The girls came out strong in their first game of the day against the always fierce Bayridge from Kingston and fell just short, but they fought back in their second game of round robin play against St. Joes from Cornwall to advance to the semi-final.  With a big game ahead of them against the number one seed, Casselman, the girls struggled through their first set but did not let that get them down and slowly pushed their way back to win the next two sets and clench a spot against Carleton place in the finals.  After the biggest back and for game of the season, the girls managed to keep their composure and won the third and final set 15-12.
Go Mustangs!
Pic – Back. Coach: Melanie Armstrong, Emily Collier, Tatianna Weissflog, Tess Corkery, Melissa Keating, Amanda Casey, Megan O’Connell, Rachel Howarth
Front – Sydney Murray, Grace Besserer, Brooke Cornel, Natasha Lapenskie, Isabelle Legere




R.J. McCarthy New Uniform Guide and Prices

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SMCHS Perform Well At Eastern Ontario Skills Competition
Over 30 of our students competed in the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition in Cornwall - a fantastic event that included 300 students from 15 different high schools across three school boards.  As usual, our kids without exception were creative, enthusiastic, skilled, well mannered, and placed well;  especially when you consider that our grade 9s through 11s were often up against experienced grade 12s.  We are proud of all of them.

Austin White - 3rd place in Cabinetmaking

Katherine Welk-Holmes - 2nd place in Culinary Arts

Alex Cornel and Emily Young - 1st place in team Environmental

Megan Watters and Amanda Casey - 2nd place in team Environmental

Dan Lortie and St. Lawrence, again, put on a fantastic day for the kids and thanks go to them and Mr. Lapierre, Mr. Knight, and Mr. MacDonald for support before, during, and after the event.

Congratulations Mustangs!
SMCHS 3rd Relay For Life

SMCHS Prepping For Relay For Life

St. Mike's Student Council attended Relay University today at Strathmere to learn all about organizing and running Relay for Life! We have an amazing Relay Crew who are extremely excited about our 3rd ever Relay that will take place at St. Mike's on May 22nd. More info will be shared in the coming weeks.




2104 - 2015 Graduation Info
Special Message For Graduating Students

This is a message from the St. Michael CHS Graduation Committee.  Graduation for our Grade 12 students has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th at 1:00 pm.  Each student is asked to limit their guests to four people so that there is room for each student’s guests to be seated in the gymnasium.  All students who are eligible to graduate and who wish to attend must submit a $45 fee to cover the cost of gown rental, keepsake hats, tassles, diploma folders, and the celebration tea taking place after the ceremony.  Students who are not planning to attend the ceremony must indicate this to Mrs. Grant, our Guidance secretary, and are still required to submit a $10 fee to cover the costs of the diploma folder.  Graduation fees are due to Mrs. Grant by Friday, March 13th (the Friday before March Break.)  Thank you.
St. Mike’s Senior Boys Basketball Team concludes a Great Season
The St. Michael Senior Boys basketball team wrapped up a highly successful 2014-2015 season at the EOSSAA AA regional championship on February 26th and 27th.  Unfortunately the boys did not advance past EOSSAA due to a hard fought 40 to 32 loss to Smiths Falls in the semi-finals.  This loss did not tarnish a fantastic season though, as the Seniors completed an undefeated LGSSAA campaign locally.  St. Mike’s defeated TISS, St. Mary, Athens, North Grenville, Rideau, Ange-Gabriel, Gananoque, and BCI on the way to the playoffs and then claimed the LGSSAA Championship with a 57 to 41 victory over TISS.   In fact, St. Michael actually completed a very rare back-to-back set of perfect LGSSAA seasons, also going undefeated in 2013-2014.  The Mustangs will graduate the following nine players: Phillip Scott, Leon Manthey, Cory O'Connell, Captain Craig Oliver, Andrew Caicco, Bryson Patterson, Captain Jonah Holthus, Chris Janok, and Tom Weissflog.  Returning players include Roark Brookson, Sean Beaulieu, and Matt McNamee.  Coach Finner would like to congratulate the players on another outstanding season and would also like to wish the best of luck to the graduating players who have been exceptional ambassadors representing St. Michael with impressive sportsmanship over the past four years.  Fans of the team will get one more chance to see these boys on the court this year as plans for an alumni game are underway. 

Photo below: These are the nine graduating players, posing after their LGSSAA championship earlier this season.  They are Phillip Scott, Leon Manthey, Cory O'Connell, Captain Craig Oliver, Andrew Caicco, Bryson Patterson, Captain Jonah Holthus, Chris Janok, and Tom Weissflog. 

Bishop University Business Webinars

Williams School of Business Webinar
Find out why our reputation precedes us

Are you considering a career in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Management, Human Resources, or International Business? If so, please let them know about our upcoming webinar on Sunday, February 22nd.

Students Julia Hayes and Gabriel Jodoin will share what it’s like to study business at Bishop’s: the classroom experience, student-professor relationships, experiential learning opportunities, Co-Op (work-study), the Bishop’s University Commerce Society (BUCS) and more. Following their presentation Julia and Gabriel will be available online to answer any questions.

Students can click below to sign up. It is a great opportunity to take advantage of!
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SMCHS Art Show A Huge Success

StM-Student Art Show 2015 -ProShow from Mr. Wong on Vimeo.
St. Michael's art teacher, Ms. Lindsay Melnick assembled a wonderful collection of art pieces from her students.  A variety of art forms were on exhibition, including:  acrylic paintings, charcoal and pencil drawings, ceramic and wired art pieces.  It was a feast for the eyes as the up and coming young artists discussed their creations with family and friends.  Students, parents, and grandparents shared many proud moments. 

Enjoy a quick virtual tour of "SMCHS Student Art Show" capturing the memorable evening.


  March Break 2016 Trip Set  

MARCH BREAK 2016 at SMCHS: Capitals of the British Isles! Our adventures will start in Ireland, then Scotland and finish in England! If you're interested in participating in this exciting travel opportunity, come to the meeting in room 282 at 11:00 on Tues. Feb. 24. Please see Ms. Bridson if you have any questions!











Important Meeting For Students on March Break Trip to Germany

There will be a mandatory pre-departure meeting for all participants of the upcoming Holocaust in Europe tour on Tuesday February 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the school library. This is a meeting for both parents and students.  You are reminded to bring your tip money and any outstanding paper work to this meeting. There will be a representative from EF there to answer all of your questions.



SMCHS Cake Auction

Cake Auction For SMCHS Guatemala Mission Team

Once again the SMCHS Guatemala Mission Team will be heading to Guatemala during the March Break as part of our school's commitment in helping those in need.  And once again, staff and students will be baking and auctioning off cakes to help raise money for the mission team.  Students can bring in their donations all week up to the cake auction on Friday, February 13th.  The class that raises the most amount of money on a per student gets 1st pick of the beautiful cakes available.  Come on St. Mike's, let's show our spirit for the great cause.

St Michael Art Show


Mustang Volleyball Program Riding High

Mustangs Riding High By Jonathon Brodie Brockville Recorder
Thursday, January 15, 2015

The St. Michael Mustangs horsepower is being pushed by 12 girls and there are no signs of slowing down.

The Mustangs senior girls' volleyball team are sitting at the top of the LGSSAA standing, losing just one set and winning more than 20.

St. Michael has formed a sort of perfect storm right now.

Mustang coach Angus Mac-Donald credits his team's success with all the work they've put in, whether it's in the twice-a-week practices or the handful of tournaments they've in.

Team captain Linsey van Koppen (pictured above) points to the new schemes her squad has been practicing as to why the Mustangs are piling up wins.

"We have new plays and running harder things that most school teams don't run," van Koppen said, during a break between a pair games against TISS Gananoque Secondary School on Wednesday. "We want to do really good at these new things that we're trying and it just makes us try really hard and it's working for us."

The Kemptville school's senior girl volleyball program has built a reputation that no one involved wants to let down. Van Koppen said people are expecting the Mustangs to ride to OFSSAA and her team shares that belief.

LGSSAA senior girls' AA volleyball seems to have a long tradition of a team dominating. BCI won it six consecutive years from 1990 to 1995. TISS were on top for nine seasons running from 1996 to 2005.

There was a void after that with three different schools winning the championship in five years, but the Mustangs have filled the hole by earning the LGSSAA AA crown four of the last five years -the one season they didn't win it was a strike year and no one won, but St. Michael was the league representative.

"There's a tradition of success at the school and we've had a tradition of winning in the last few years," MacDonald said. "(The team) want to continue on the same thing."

The Mustangs don't always look like a championship team on the surface. They run plays well and rack up aces better than a blackjack table at Gananoque's OLG Casino Thousand Islands, but they do it all with a smile on their face and laughing more times than not during a game. That's a far cry from the stereotypical foaming at the mouth style you sometimes see from a top contender.

Even coach MacDonald seems laid back. When Mustang Jessica Keating was called for a fault and seemed somewhat discouraged with her play, the seventh-year bench boss made sure to keep her spirits up rather than chastise the athlete. When St. Michael player Michelle Wilson served a ball way wide, MacDonald just made a playful joke about the error and kept everything light.

Really, there might not be a whole lot to be angry about in Mustang land when you're beating opponents 20 to 1 -the operative word being "a whole lot."

"He has his moments," van Koppen said with a smile. "He's tough."

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St Michael Annual Semi Formal Dance
St Michael Annual Christams Talent Show

St. Michael's Student Council organized the annual Christmas Talent Show.   Tory MacDonald, a grade 10 Yearbook student captures the split second shots of our very talented students at their peak moments during the performance.

StM-TalentShow2014 from Mr. Wong on Vimeo.


Learn effective  self defence  strategies and
techniques to keep yourself  physically and  emotionally
safe in an empowering all female environment!
St. Michael’s  C.H.S.
Every Thursday
January 15‐June 4 2:30‐4:00 
 Pre‐registration is required.  Spaces are limited.  Transportation is available to eligible students upon request. 
For more information or to register call (613)345‐3295 or email         admin@uppercanada.girls‐inc.org

Kemptville Legion Supports St Michael History Department WWI Trench Project

Kemptville Legion Supports St Michael History Department WWI Trench Project

Kemptville Legion Branch 212 Executive member Ruth Garrett presents a cheque for $500.00 to SMCHS History Department for the on-going WWI trench project in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Great War. Thank you Legion members for the continued support.



St Michael Music Department Annual Christmas Concert

The Bayshore Shopping Centre trip scheduled for Thursday December 11th has been canceled.  Students can see Ms. Bridson for a refund.
  Great Day For St. Mike's Special Olympic Team  

The St. Michael Catholic High School Special Olympic Team competed in the Four Corners Special Olympics Ontario Bocce Ball Qualifier on Tuesday Dec. 3rd at the Louis Riel Dome in Ottawa. There were 16 high schools from across Eastern Ontario that participated. Our Mustangs played extremely well with 2 wins and 1 tie. We should know in the New Year if we made the Provincial Championships in Toronto in June. Special mention goes out to Jillian Simpson, Domenic and Giacomo Astorino, Kurtis Parent, Matthew Cadney, and Ben Sunderland for displaying such poise and accuracy during the competition. Also an extra special mention and thank-you to the St. Michael students who volunteered to help Special Olympic Ontario with this event! Please check their Facebook Page: Four Corners Special Olympics Ontario for great photo highlights of the day!

December - A Month To Celebrate at SMCHS
There are a number of events happening throughout December that you should take note of:
-Friday December 5th: Pajama Day
-Thursday December 11th: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day & Bayshore Shopping Trip 2:45-7:30
-Thursday December 18th: Red, White & Green Day
-Friday December 12th: Elf Help Auction (come bid on an elf's services in the caf at lunch! All money goes to OXFAM Canada)
-Friday December 19th: Period 4 Christmas Talent Show


2014 - 15 SMCHS Yearbooks

Pre-ordering the Yearbook:

From Monday Nov 24 to Friday Dec 5, students can now pre-order a copy of the yearbook at thespecial introductory price of $45.  It will be sold next May 2015 at the regular price of $55.
Complete the form and return it with $45 in cash or by cheque (payable to SMCHS).  A receipt will be issued with each order.
Grade 9 to 12 students can submit the orders in front of the cafeteria at lunch time.
Grade 7 & 8 students can submit the orders to their your homeroom teachers.
Nipissing University Scholarship Avaliable

The deadline for those grade 12 students wishing to be nominated for the Schulich Leader Scholarship is Friday November 28.  You must be attending one of their designated universities and be entering into a math, science or engineering program.  Visit the guidance office if you would like to be considered for the scholarship.
Nominations for the Schulich Scholarships are now being accepted for St. Michael.  Scholarships worth up to $80 000 are available for university bound students in the engineering, math or science & technology fields of study.  One nominee per school is selected.  See the Guidance Office if you are interested.

Annie Underhill Recieves Tribute In Ontario Legislature
St Michael Music Students Attend Music Workshop

Carleton University Helps Grade 12 Math Students

Starting this Saturday, October 18th from 10AM to 12PM and running once a month (sometime twice), the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton is running drop in tutorials to assist grade 12 students in Advance Functions, Calculus and Physics. We are holding these sessions to assist students in reaching their goals towards a post-secondary education in STEM. These sessions are free of charge and facilitated by current University Students. The sessions currently only accommodate grade 12 students but we are working to expand the sessions in the future to accommodate to Gr 11 students as well. If you have students that you believe would benefit from this program, please refer them to the following link where they can register for the workshops: http://carleton.ca/engineering-design/outreach/tutor/
Registration is required so we can determine how many facilitators to provide for these workshops to ensure that everyone is looked after.
University/College Application Tips

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Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Fact Sheet

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Great Way for Students to Remember

Don't Forget - Remind!

Grade 12 students and their parents can now sign up  to receive text messages or e-mails reminding them when an event related to Graduation is coming up or when information important to graduates need to be quickly disseminated.  Click on image to download how-to instructions.



  St Michael Student Part of Youth Ambassador Program  

(Photo taken by Logan Warford)

We are very proud of Grade 12 student, Randilynne Urslack, who was chosen, after a very stringent application and interview process, to take part in the Youth Ambassadors Program this past summer.  Only sixteen students, from all across Canada, were chosen to participate.  The Youth Ambassadors Program promotes mutual understanding between Canada and the United States, and prepares young men and women for leadership roles in their communities.  Randilynne travelled to several destinations in the United States, including New York City and Washington, D.C.  As a Youth Ambassador, Randilynne learned about civics, community service, entrepreneurship, and leadership, skills she will apply through participation in community service projects here at home.
For more information about the Youth Ambassadors Program:

Great Honour For SMCHS Student
  St Michael Student Annie Underhill 2014-2015 CHEO Champion Child  
(Photo taken by Logan Warford)

Annie was chosen to represent the
CHEO Foundation and the Children's Miracle Network as the 2014/2015 Champion Child.
Through the Childrens Miracle Network, the Champions presented by Walmart honours remarkable children who have  triumphed despite their medical challenges. For their courage and perseverance, the champions are selected as ambassadors for the 2.6 million children and youth treated at Children's Miracle network hospitals across Canada. 
As the CHEO Champion, Annie will play a vitally important role in sharing the good work CHEO did for Annie, and continues to do for other patients.  Annie will represent CHEO at various special events, media opportunity, store openings, campaign meetings and Telethon preparations. 
Annie will have the opportunity to Travel to Toronto in November where she will meet 11 other Champion from across Canada and share stories about how their lives have been saved and improved because of the tremendous work at their local hospital. From Toronto she will travel to Walt Disney World, Orlando, where she will come together with the Champions from United States.






University & College Presentation Schedule

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  Focus on Education Designed to Help Students  





St Michael Students Work on Ferguson Forest Trails

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Welcome Back To Another Great Year At SMCHS

(Photo Credit: Ryan Powell)

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. As we enter our 15 year as a Catholic High School, 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

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