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Archived News 2010-2011

St. Mike's Bagpipers & Drummers Complete in Local Competition

On Saturday April 16th, several students from St. Michael's travelled to Smiths Falls, Ontario, to participate in the Smiths Falls Spring Fling (an annual indoor event for bagpipers and drummers).  Kathleen McKinnon, participating in her first ever competition, came a way with a Gold medal in the practice chanter category.  Alex Blockley picked up a Bronze medal in the Grade 4 category.  An excellent all around day for all competitors.  Their next competition comes on home turf here at St. Michael Catholic High School on Saturday May 7th starting at 8:30 a.m.

Dominican Republic Mission Life Changing Experience

St. Michael Curlers Win Provincial Championship

During the March Break St. Michael students participated in the inaugural poverty exposure trip to San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic for the Dominican Experience. Over the course of 8 days, students participated in many eye-opening and life-changing adventures. Students stacked sugar cane alongside Haitian migrant workers, visited the slums in Santo Domingo, worked at an orphanage and spent many hours playing with Dominican children during various visits to a daycare, an orphanage, small communities and a school. There were many opportunities for growth, faith development and spiritual reflection. Everyone walked away with a greater appreciation for the many blessings in their lives and a sense of awe and admiration at the happiness and faith.

St. Michael Curlers Win Provincial Championship


Members of the St. Michael Catholic High School Curling team won the Timbits Provincial Curling Championship held in Minden, Ontario, March 31, April 1-3, 2011. The team tied their first game and then went on to win 6 consecutive games and capture the title.

Our curlers should be very proud of their performance as they exhibited outstanding team play and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Congratulations to the St. Michael’s Team – (from left to right) Ryan Thompson Brown - Skip, Eric Shantz - Vice, Noah McEvoy - Second, Ashley Fullerton – Lead, Hélèna Thompson – Coach.of the Dominican people

Eastern Ontario Skills Competition
On Wednesday, March 2nd, ten St. Michael students traveled to Cornwall to participate in the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition. All the participants performed extremely well placing in the middle of the pack in their respective competitions. The participants included three teams in the team carpentry; Bradley Leach and Cody Hannaford, Bradley Fumerton and Mitchell Thibert, and Braden Lowe and Evan Frank; plus the following individual competitors: Melissa Kun in cabinet making, Alex Fletcher in welding, Kelly Brown in hair styling, and Alda O’Grady in photography. Congratulations to all competitors, and a big thank you to Victoria Gorman and Nathaniel Lassen for all your help.


St Michael Students Get Published

Congratulations to the following students from Mr. Blouin's Semester One Writer's Craft class for being published nationally:
Amelia Bowes, Justin Bush, Christo Graham, Dean Gibeault, Paige Lightfoot, Elisabeth MacGillivray, Emily Mclean, Anthony McVeigh, Rebecca Richardson, 
Santana Shortt, Kyle Springer, Stefanie Wlotzk, and  Emily York.  The students' works were published in a book created by Young Writers of Canada published by Polar Publications.  The contest to select the student work was run nationally and St. Michael placed second in the competition.


From the Math Department:
If you’re having trouble with fractions or factors or functions or formulas (or anything else for that matter), extra math help is here!  Math Club is starting up again on Tuesdays after school, from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 210.  Any student in Grade 7 to 12 is welcome to come for some extra support in getting a better understanding of the math concepts you’re covering in class.  Bring some questions that you want answered or some homework that you want to work on!

Spring Stampede A Success

Click on the link below to see the results of the Ist Annual Mustang Spring Stampede.
2011 Mustang Spring Stampede Results

Relay for Life Cancer Fundraiser Announced

On Wednesday, April 27, staff and students gathered for a school-wide assembly where it was revealed that St. Michael would once again host a Relay for Life fundraiser.  Led by the school's Chaplaincy-Leader, Mrs. Camillone, a group of staff members have created a committee to plan and organize the upcoming Relay for Life event scheduled for September 16, 2011.  Relay for Life fundraisers involve teams of sponsored participants circling a track for 12 hours in an effort to fight cancer.  These events also include an important component meant to honour those taken by cancer and to celebrate those who have defeated this terrible disease.  The inaugural Relay for Life at St. Michael was organized by teacher Mrs. Neidre and was held in the spring of 2003.  The total contribution raised at that event topped $30 000.

Ms. Brown and Mr. Finner led the assembly which included facts and statistics about cancer, videos from the Canadian Cancer Society explaining why we are fighting cancer and what a Relay for Life entails, and a guest appearance by the Youth Coordinator for the Relay for Life in Eastern Ontario, Mr. Cam Whalan.  The students heard details about how the relay will work and what needs to be done in between now and September.  The committee members and student volunteers were also introduced.  Finally, the students also viewed an inspiration video about the strong tradition of charitable work at St. Mike's established over the past decade.  An enthusiastic group of Mustangs left the assembly determined to participate and make a difference!  

For more information, go to NEWS ARCHIVES and click on the menu entitled "Relay for Life: September 2011".  We would greatly appreciate your support for this important cause!

St. Mike's Students Perform at Local Bagpipe Competition 

Once again several students from St. Michael's were competing at a local bagpipe competition on Saturday May 7th.  Kathleen McKinnon, a Grade 8 student, brought home the Don Killin Memorial Trophy for placing first in the practice chanter category.  This is Kathleen's second win in a matter of weeks and is currently first in Champion Supreme Points for Eastern Ontario.  Alex Blockley, a grade 9 student, also brought home a second place medal in the Grade 4 March Category and a 6th place finish in Novice Piobreachd.  All players performed adimarily and are now preparing for their next solo competitions at the Kingston Scottish Festival on Saturday May 28th.

St Michael Students Compete in Annual Envirothon

The Leeds-Grenville Envirothon Competition is a three-day event allowing students to expand and test their knowledge and develop their problem-solving, teamwork, and critical thinking skills in an outdoor setting.  The focus of the competition is on field-testing questions and a presentation based on outdoor workshops and environmental issues.  This year, areas of competition included forestry, soils, wildlife, aquatics and estuaries. 
Our Envirothon teams finished their season in 3rd and 9th place against 13 teams from different secondary schools from the Leeds-Grenville region. The regional competition was held at Charleston Lake on April 26.  Congratulations to Kaitlyn Van Koppen, Madison de Pater, Taylor Murray, Jordan Murray, Patrick Steele, Steven Gutknecht, Taylor Rutherford-Blouin, Cassie O’Farrell,  Julie Lapenskie, Stephanie Wloski and Kathleen McTavish for a great season.

Local Students Deal with International Environmental Issue

Taylor Horning, Grade 7 , and her sister Peyton, (Holy Cross), were praised for their efforts to assist in the cleanup of the U.S. gulf coast following the oil spill last year.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark called them "incredible girls" who are "proof you can make a difference in the world at any age."

The girls were devastated last year when they saw images of environmental damage caused by the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.  What happened to the wildlife on the U.S. gulf coast stirred something inside of them. Although it happened far from home, they felt compelled to do what they could to help.

The Horning girls collected hair and fur from 26 hair salons and pet groomers, and the 1,000 lb. of hair they amassed was made into hair booms to soak up the oil.

Taylor and Peyton have set a fine example for others their age that if children have the commitment and dedication, they can get things done," the MPP said.

U.S. President Barrack Obama recently recognized the pair with a presidential environmental youth award. The girls were also honoured with the Super Citizen Award.

MPP Steve Clark added, "I hope their story will inspire many others in my riding and across the province to follow in their footsteps and do what they can to make the world a better place."

Taylor and Peyton with A LOT of hair collected to help with an environmental disaster.

Students Learn the Basics of Food Handling

Pictured at left are some of the 32 successful students who wrote the Food Handler's Safety course on April 5th.  All of these students passed with a greater than 70 percent mark. The course focused on food borne illnesses, food handling safety (storage and handling), and on sanitation
practices. It was a 6 hour course which included an hour long exam. 

The course was delivered and assessed by Courtney Shaffer, Public Health Inspector for the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit. 

Mental Health and Youth…
A Growing Concern!

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is pleased to announce that Dr. Darcy Santor will present to parents and students to address the growing concerns in the area of Mental Health for our youth. Dr. Santor is a full Professor at the School of Psychology and a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Santor is the co-founder of YooMagazine, an interactive on-line health literacy resource with the Provincial Centre of Excellence which provides all of our Grades 7-12 students and staff with access to relevant and current information about mental health and wellness issues such as anxiety and depression.

Bradley Leach Receives Co-op Award
Bradley Leach, a grade 12 student, was honoured on Saturday, May 7 at the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce “Salute to Excellence” Awards Gala. The Chamber of Commerce awarded Bradley with the Co-operative Education student award, which was selected by co-op teacher Mr. A. MacDonald. The criteria for the award is a student who is a hard worker and who most demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit. At the Awards Gala, Bradley thanked co-op teacher Mr. MacDonald for having the opportunity to begin is carpentry career through co-op, and he also thanked the award sponsor Jim McManaman from Solution One Financial in Kemptville.
Bradley has completed two placements of full day co-op at Lockwood Brothers Construction, in Kemptville, and he is also registered in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). He will be continuing his apprenticeship in carpentry after graduation. Bradley had the opportunity to complete the Level 1 General Carpenter program last fall at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall as a Dual Credit course.

 OSAID Students Travel to Oakville for National Conference

Ten St. Michael students and teacher Mrs. Leach travelled to Oakville, Ontario, from May 12 to 15 for the Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving conference. These students are part of the Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving group at St. Michael CHS whose focus is to raise awareness in their school community about the dangers of impaired driving and to promote safe, smart choices among youth. Students listened to many motivating guest speakers and participated in workshops to help schools with their OSAID groups in areas such as fundraising, awareness and leadership. Over 400 students from all over Canada attended the conference and on May 13, they formed a “Chain of Life” along Trafalgar Road in Oakville. The students reported that they had a fabulous time and are encouraged to continue their efforts in this important, life-saving cause. 

St. Michael C.H.S. Recipient of Prestigious Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Award

Congratulations to the St. Michael Catholic High School community for earning the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Award. This award recognizes, at the provincial level, St. Michael Catholic High School’s consistent dedication to student achievement and our effective use of provincial assessment data.

Back row: Marguerite Jackson (CEO, EQAO), Mark Musca (Superintendent, CDSBEO), Dawn Finnegan (Head of School Improvement, St. Michael), Allister Wood (Teacher, St. Michael), Wm. Gartland (Director, CDSBEO), Jerry Ponikvar (Vice-Chair, EQAO) Front row: Donna Koekkoek (Principal, St. Michael), Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, Anne Leach (Head of Mathematics, St. Michael)

Congratulations to all of our students, present and past, for your hard work and for earning this award for our school. Congratulations to the staff for their continued dedication to student achievement and congratulations to the parent community for your belief and encouragement of your children and our school. St. Michael Catholic High School, this is a moment to celebrate. Well done!

To read more about the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson award and our school profile go to www.eqao.com. You can read our school profile under school stories at EQAO's website.

Athletics Awards Major Award Winners: Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Jessica Graham, Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Colin Hood Award Winner: Drake Levere, Commitment to Sport Award Winner: James Papatzimas, Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Eric Cornel, and Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Lara Aleinik (missing: Colin Hood Award Winner: Meghan van der Heyden and Colin Hood Coach's Award Winner: Mrs. Camillone) - photo credit Mr. Wong

Click here to read an article about our Athletics Awards Winners (an abbreviated version of this article recently appeared in the Kemptville Advance newspaper)

St. Michael Student chosen to Serve as NET Missionary and Needs Help Raising Funds
We are very pleased to announce that Grade 12 St. Michael student Matthew Scott, on the cusp of graduation, has been accepted to serve as a missionary with NET (National Evangelization Team) Ministries of Canada for the 2011-2012 Ministry year. Matthew is a well respected young man who has contributed greatly to our school during his time here. To complete his mission, though, Matthew needs some assistance from the St. Michael community.
NET Ministries is an international Catholic youth organization created in response to the call for a new evangelization by Pope John Paul II. NET Ministries of Canada is committed to challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church, primarily in the following ways: proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through a personal witness of faith, inviting young people to live for Christ, forming young people in Christian character through the study and practice of their faith, and equipping young adults with the ministry skills needed for evangelization. NET Canada aims to evangelize and reach out to young people through its travelling teams that cross the country putting on retreats for youth in high schools and parishes and through parish teams that are stationed within a particular community for an entire year, building up a parish’s youth ministry.
            NET is a non-profit organization which relies on the generosity of donors. Matthew needs to reach a sponsorship goal of $6000 to be able to complete his mission. We at St. Michael view Matthew as an impressive young man who will represent us well in carrying out his mission. He is most worthy of your generosity. To contribute to Matthew’s mission, you can stop by St. Michael’s office and drop off cash or cheques (made out to “NET Ministries of Canada”), or you can go on-line and contribute at the NET Ministries of Canada website: www.netcanada.ca. As an added bonus, by contributing on-line, you may request a tax receipt for your donation.
“I personally believe that my generation is not careless or apathetic, rather we are searching for the opportunity to make changes in a world that attempts to dictate to us what we desire and believe. I wish nothing more than to share my faith and use the gifts God has given me to help empower my peers to stand up for their beliefs even when they are told to sit down and remain silent. The individual voice that we are given to speak out with may not be loud, but united with others, this voice has the power to profoundly change our society.” – Matthew Scott

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