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  'Tis the Season For Fine Music  
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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!


 

 

 
     
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

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.


Pre-Order 2017 Year Book Now! 
The 2017 Year Book is being offered (for a limited two week period) at the "Special Early Bird Price" of $55.      
Visit "cdsbeo.schoolcashonline.com" to purchase online from December 1 to 16, 2016.
 
A talented class of photographers and graphics students have been designing a memorable Mustang Year Book.  It captures highlights from every aspect of student life, including:   TMR, awards ceremonies, dance showcases, concerts, sports competitions, drama productions, MOGA, field trips, extra-curricular clubs/groups and more. 
WHY WAIT?  Pre-order it now at $55 and a copy will be reserved for you.  The regular purchase price is $65 in June.
If you prefer to pay in person by cash or cheque:
 
   1)  Grade 7 & 8 students can submit their orders to their Homeroom Teachers.
 
   2)  Grade 9-12 students can submit their orders from Dec 12-16 in the Cafeteria.  
 
Note:  A receipt is issued with every order.

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.


 
Excellent Math Help Resources for Parents and Students

Click on the image to download links to  excellent resources for parents and students on mathematics in Grade 7 - 12.


Carleton U Offers New Programs

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 Student Pin Numbers Ready For Pick Up

Grade 12 students can come and pick up their PIN numbers for Ontario university applications in Guidance starting today.


 

Have A Blessed Thanksgiving

“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?”


 

Important Information For Grade 12 Students
Click on image to download informative power point.
Ms. Lefebvre’s Phys. Ed. Class Raising Awareness
                                                               
                                                               
 
 
 
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. 
L. Lefebvre

 
Adult Badminton Program

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.


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TD is awarding 20 scholarships* to students applying to college or university. Each scholarship is worth up to $70,000 over four years. That’s up to $10,000 for tuition and $7,500 in living expenses each year. Additionally, students receive offers of paid summer employment.

While applicants must be academically capable of entering and successfully completing either university or college, with a minimum average of 75%, the focus of these scholarships is not primarily on rewarding the highest marks. The key criterion is outstanding community leadership. If you know a young Canadian who has made a difference in the community, please let them know about this scholarship.

Please note that the final deadline for receipt of applications is November 18, 2016 so it is important for interested students to begin preparing their submissions soon.

 

Apply by November 18th at td.com/scholarships

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Horatio Alger Scholarships Available

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 boursescanadascholarships@horatioalger.org or by phone at (855) 753-9565.

Ski Trip to Ste Anne & Le Massif All Set

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.
 

Girl's Rugby Club
Mrs Dunn is running a rugby club for girls Tuesday after school for six weeks. Come out and try this exciting sport - no experience necessary. The first session is Tuesday, September 13th. These sessions are designed to be fun and to reinforce skills to help us prepare for the spring season. Please bring signed permission forms to the first session. Forms are available in the art room.

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.



 
 

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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.

FRANCE and ITALY TRIP - MARCH 2017
 
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  
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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!

 

 

 
     
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
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.







 
Student Council Information for 2016-2017

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEADERSHIP? DO YOU WANT TO HELP MAKE NEXT YEAR THE BEST ONE YET?
YOU SHOULD CONSIDER JOINING STUDENT COUNCIL!
THERE IS A MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 8-11 WHO ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING STUDENT COUNCIL FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. THIS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN ROOM 282 AT 11:00AM ON MONDAY MAY 9TH. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY! PLEASE SEE MS. BRIDSON IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
NOMINATION AND APPLICATION PACKAGES CAN BE PICKED UP IN THE MAIN OFFICE. ALL NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THURSDAY MAY 12TH AT 2:20PM TO MS. BRIDSON!

 
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
     
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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
     
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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.

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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.
 


 

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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!!





 

 
SMCHS Student Presents Mural To Municipal Centre
     
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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.
 


 
 
 

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SMCHS Students Perform Well in Annual Legion Contest
     
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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.  
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SMCHS Spring Performance

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)

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

SKI CLUB
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. 
 


 

 

 
 
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