|Congratulations Graduating Class of 2016|
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!
|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)
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!
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.
|A TRIP OF A LIFETIME|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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)
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.
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.