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Archived News 2011-2012


Important Warnings from the OPP:


ATTENTION: Please click here to read some disturbing statements issued by our local detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police concerning recent attempts to lure children into a van. Please immediately speak with your children about this potentially dangerous situation




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A Message from Ms. Koekkoek:
July 9, 2012

Dear Parents and Students,
Summer holidays are here and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our students on completing another successful year at St. Michael Catholic High School. To our graduates, I want to thank you for the strong leadership you provided our student body this past year and wish you all the best in your future endeavours. To our returning students, I encourage all of you to continue to show your Mustang pride, keep up the hard work in your studies, and stay involved in extra-curriculars in the upcoming year.

In August, I will be moving to another high school, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell. I would like to take a moment to recognize, commend, and thank the outstanding St. Michael Catholic High School community - students, parents, parish, staff and community members- for your amazing support. You have been true champions for our school and, as a result, we have experienced so many successes throughout the years. I will always cherish the time I spent at St. Michael and will forever hold many fond memories of the students, staff, and parents.

I would like to welcome incoming principal Mr. Richard James to our school. Mr. James brings his experience and passion for education to our school. He looks forward to working in this community alongside our vice principal Mrs. Paula Moffat.

This summer I hope all of you take the time to rest and rejuvenate. Continue to find strength in your family, in your faith, and in each other. Remember the journey is made easier when we travel together.


Yours in Catholic Education,


Donna Koekkoek


Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
The Class of 2012 prior to their Commencement Ceremony on June 27, 2012.




Congratulations to the 2012 St Michael CHS Valedictorian and Principal’s Award Recipient:

Pictured below (left) is the 2012 St Michael Valedictorian Ryan Ruth and (right) Amanda Giles, Principal’s Award Recipient for 2012 accepting the award from Principal Donna Koekkoek.




*Click here to read the EMC article on the 2012 Graduation Ceremony.




History Trip Video: In Their Footsteps

The following video was viewed by all high school students following our final Mass of 2011-2012.  Please be warned that there are some disturbing images from the First and Second World Wars.

St. Mike's 2012 History Trip: In Their Footsteps from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo.


The Official Blessing of the New Addition:

The Official Blessing of St. Mike's New Addition from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo.

Father Brent Brennan performs the official blessing of St. Mike's new addition with many guests on hand to participate in the ceremony. Our talented musicians from St. Mike's also contributed to the celebration.


Click here to read an EMC newspaper article about The Official Blessing.

ST MICHAEL STUDENTS HEAD TO OSAID CONEFRENCE:

The St. Michael's OSAID group sent 11 students with Mrs. Gillard to the Provincial Leadership conference held in Oakville this past weekend. The conference was held at Sheridan College and the students stayed in residence. The students listened to guest speakers and attended workshops about many topics related to driving while impaired. Thank you to the school community for supporting OSAID over the past year.












Athletics Awards for 2011-2012:
All high school students attended the annual Athletics Awards Assembly on June 15 to honour the efforts of our athletes over the course of the school year. The Mustangs had another outstanding year and had much to celebrate! Here is a list of the major awards that were presented:
  • Junior Female Athlete of the Year:
    Reilly Jones, presented by Mrs. Neidre
    Junior Male Athlete of the Year:
    Eric Cornel, presented by Mr. Campeau
  • Senior Female Athlete of the Year and OFSAA Colin Hood Award:
    Ella Besserer, presented by Mr. A. MacDonald
  • Senior Male Athlete of the Year and OFSAA Colin Hood Award:
    Keegan Hreljac, presented by Mr. Finner
  • Commitment to Sport Award:
    Megan Glenn, presented by Mr. Finner
  • OFSAA Colin Hood Coaching Award:
    Mr. Finner, presented by Mr. Bortolussi
The Athletics Awards page has been updated with all of the winners of awards for each sport. Click here to check it out!

(To the left: Ella Besserer receives her award from Coach Mac while the emcee Mr. Finner observes from the podium. Photo Credit: Matt Boyd)




St Mike's Students Earns Honours at the Provincial Level

Congratulations to Michelle Scott who earned a bronze medal at the provincial gymnastics competition in double mini trampoline category. Michelle has been training for 4 years. She qualified for this competition after 3 qualifying competitions.

Great work Michelle.








St Michael Students Set To Travel the World on Exchange Program

Two St Michael students will be leaving their familiar surroundings to continue their education in different parts of the world. Katherine Sorrell-Fitzpatrick (pictured left) and Heather Shantz are part of the Rotary Club Youth Exchange Program which helps students learn their high school curriculum in different countries. Sorrell-Kirkpatrick will be travelling to Ecuador while Shantz will be going to school in Sweden. Both will be leaving in the upcoming summer months and will be gone for the entire 2012-2013 school year. Congratulations to both students and good luck from your family here at St Michael CHS.


St Michael Student Performs in Annual Legion Public Speaking Competitions

Seth has been quite successful in his Legion speech competitions. After winning first at St. Michael's, he went on to win first place at the zone, branch, and district levels. He continued on to Lakefield, where he again won first place, this time at the area level. This win granted him the privilege of competing at the Provincial Competition in Niagara Falls in the beginning of May. He was one of four competing in his age level, Ontario being divided into four areas by the Legion command. Seth landed in the top four public speakers from grade 7 - 9 in all of Ontario for the Legion contest. This is really quite an accomplishment. The competition from District level on is quite remarkable and Seth has put in a great deal of time in the last few months continuing to hone the pacing, tone, pauses and inflection in his speech in order to continue improving. Congratulations Seth!






CDSBEO Schedules Trip to France for FLS Students:

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s FSL Department is organizing an Educational Trip for 2013 Grade 11 and 12 FSL students enrolled in both Core and Extended French. The students will have the opportunity to participate in an enriching cultural experience to France during the Mid-Winter Break 2013. Students will travel throughout the country, where their activities and outings will reflect the curriculum, encompassing French, History, Arts and the French lifestyle. For more information regarding the trip please have a look at the itinerary (click here
) or contact Mme Thompson.



St Michael Students Celebrate the True Spirit of Lent:
Ms. Howe’s 8C homeroom class organized a used clothing drive during the Lenten Period and we able to donate much needed clothing to the House of Lazarus. Pictured: Ms. and the students proudly displaying the results of their efforts.

















Mrs. Viau's Senior Artists' Paintings:



 


OFSAA Track and Field News:
One of St. Mike's track stars was highlighted in this week's media release by OFSAA's organizers:

"Matt Bedard is a Grade 10 student at St Michael CHS in Kemptville. Matt won 3 Gold Medals at East Regionals in Brockville last week. At OFSAA this week he will be running the 400m, 300m hurdles and the 100m hurdles and the 4x400 . Matt went to OFSAA last year placed 13th in the 400, 20th in the 200."

Matt goes into OFSAA ranked 1st in the 400m and 300m Hurdles.

See all of our OFSAA participants compete from June 7 to 9 in Brockville at TISS: Morgan Dagg 200m, Reilly Jones 400m, and our 4 x 400m relay made up of Morgan Dagg, Tarek Sanger, Alphonse Oumitte, Matt Bedard.



CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF
EASTERN ONTARIO RELEASES ITS ANNUAL
DIRECTOR'S REPORT

Click on the image to view the CDSBEO Annual Director's Report
issued by Director of Education Wm. J. Gartland




We Will Remember:
A group of dedicated St. Mike's history students has returned from Europe with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Over the Easter Break, they traveled with Mr. Bortolussi and Mr. Finner to locations such as London, Canterbury, Juno Beach, Vimy Ridge, and Paris. The focus of the trip was to participate in the 95th anniversary ceremonies honouring the men who fell at the Battle for Vimy Ridge in World War I. In the photo to the left, the students gather for a group photo at the impressive Canadian National Vimy Monument and in the photo below they are seen at Ecoivres Military Cemetary in France. After months of research, on that particular day these Mustangs were each able to honour the gravesite of an individual fallen World War I Canadian soldier buried at Ecoivres. Check back regularly to learn more about this incredible journey.



EOSSAA AA GOLD - Back to Back to Back!



The Senior Girls soccer players are returning to OFSAA! Congratulations and good luck to Coach Vidoni and Coach Lapenskie. The team defeated Carleton Place High School 2 - 1 in the EOSSAA Final in Pembroke.


Annual Alumni Soccer Game:

On Friday afternoon, May 11, the senior boys soccer players continued a team tradition by taking on a collection of all-star Mustang alumni. Coach Campeau’s soccer team is off to another great start, going undefeated through the first six league games. Playing a talented alumni team gives the boys one more quality test to help prepare for the pressure of the upcoming playoff run. The senior boys soccer team is currently defending back to back EOSSAA “AA” championships.
The alumni squad ranged in age from players like Julian Kalli and Kyle Lewars, who helped lead the soccer team to its first ever provincial championship appearance at OFSAA in 2006, to recent graduates like James Papatzimas, Logan Davidson, Mike Cook, and Liam McTavish who were part of last year’s highly successful OFSAA-level team. Other notables included four-time Mustang Athlete of the Year Jon Wilson from the class of 2010, Antosh Wojski the soccer MVP for 2007-2008, Mike Holwell the soccer MVP for 2008-2009, Spencer Mulvaney - now a member of the coaching staff, and the McGahey brothers, Mike and Keegan, considered by many to be two of the finest defenders in school history.

The veteran players scored early with a customary Tyler Lewars rocket into the back of the net. Tyler recently completed his second year playing CIS soccer for Dalhousie Tigers where he was honoured with the university’s athlete of the week in September of 2011. Mike Holwell stormed his way to the net to chip in the second alumni goal later in the game. The current Mustangs made a valiant comeback attempt in the latter stages of the game with starting keeper Evan Bellefontaine coming out of the net to score a pretty goal. Current team captain Ian Papatzimas led the way with a number of deadly run-ups and strong defence. Jacob Swim, Zack Marques, and Koen Bouwmans also put forth a solid effort. Although their endurance was flagging, the alumni hung on to claim victory this time around. In the handshake, the alumni players enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for the current players' skill and fitness and many veterans wished the present players luck in their quest for a third EOSSAA title in a row.

Coach Campeau and Coach Finner would like to thank the participating alumni players for taking the time to show their loyalty to the Mustang navy and gold yet again.


April 2012: Boys Basketball - All Star Game

Congratulations to the following players for being selected to the 2011-2012 LGSSAA All-Star Basketball Game:

Junior:                                                                               Senior:

Cole Brookson - Grade 10                                            Keegan Hreljac - Grade 12
Liam Glenn - Grade 10                                                  Ben Huton - Grade 11
Tom Weissflog - Grade 9                                              Jacob Swim - Grade 12
Jonah Holthus - Grade 9
Eric Cornel - Grade 10

 

Both the junior and senior games were very competitive and entertaining. At half-time in the junior game Tom Weissflog and Liam Glenn finished second and third in the 3-point shooting competition. In the senior game, Jacob Swim finished second in his 3-point competition. All of our players contributed some exciting plays and represented St. Michael very well.

After the games, the LGSSAA coaches' selections for overall first team all-stars and league MVP's were anounced for the 2011-2012 season. A special congratulations goes to Liam Glenn in junior and Keegan Hreljac in senior for earning the distinction of first team all-star. Coach Finner was very pleased to learn that Cole Brookson was named junior league MVP - only the second time in St. Mike's history that a player has received this honour. (Jon Wilson was the first back in 2007-2008.) The future of St. Mike's basketball looks bright!

Above: The St. Mike's Basketball All-Stars for 2011-2012: Ben Huton, Keegan Hreljac, Cole Brookson, Jacob Swim, Liam Glenn, Jonah Holthus, Tom Weissflog, and Eric Cornel (along with guest Assistant Coach Wes Finner).
To see more All-Star photos, go to the LGSSAA website.





 
2012 AA EOSSAA Junior Basketball Tournaments:

St. Michael hosted the 2011-2012 Junior Girls AA EOSSAA basketball championship as well as the 2011-2012 Junior Boys AA EOSSAA basketball championship this year.




2nd Annual COMMUNITY RUN TO BE HELD ON

April 29th, 2011 AT ST. MICHAEL CHS

On Sunday April 29, 2012, the St. Michael Catholic High School Cross-Country and Track and Field teams will once again be hosting a community road race, as a fundraiser for the two teams. They will offer a 10km and 5km race, which starts at 10A.M. as well as a 2km Cookie Run/Walk, which starts at 10:05A.M.

The teams feel that an event like this is a great way to engage members of the community in a healthy and fun way. It is hoped that run will promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and encourage families to come out and participate together. All young participants in the Cookie Run will get a cookie at the end of the race and there will be draw prizes given out after the races are complete.

All profits from the race will be divided between the Cross-Country and Track and Field teams in order to purchase new training equipment and to help offset the cost of entries and transportation to and from events.

Registration for the event can be completed at http://www.eventsonline.ca/events/mustangspringstampede/ until April 25, after which runners can register at the race itself.



Congratulations to the following players for being selected to the 2011-2012 LGSSAA All-Star Basketball Game:

Junior:                                         Senior:

Cole Brookson - Grade 10            Keegan Hreljac - Grade 12
Liam Glenn - Grade 10                 Ben Huton - Grade 11
Tom Weissflog - Grade 9             Jacob Swim - Grade 12
Jonah Holthus - Grade 9
Eric Cornel - Grade 10


The game takes place at 6pm on Thursday, April 26 at BCI in Brockville. There will be a small charge at the gate for fans to help cover the costs of the game. All fans are welcome!



Late March 2012: Mustang Historians Ready for Take-Off

This group of St. Mike’s students will embark on the journey of a lifetime over the Easter Holidays. Mr. Bortolussi, with assistance from Mr. Finner, will lead these young historians on a Remembrance Tour with particular focus on the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The trip includes a tour of London, a visit to the Imperial War Museum (including Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms), a tour of Canterbury, a trip across the English Channel by ferry, a tour of the D-Day Beaches, a chance to study the Bayeux Tapestry, a tour of Paris including an excursion to the Eiffel Tower, a visit to the Louvre, a viewing of the Notre Dame Cathedral, and an outing to Versailles. Most importantly, our Mustangs along with thousands of students, veterans, and government officials will converge on Vimy Ridge to honour the great sacrifice made by Canada’s valiant soldiers 95 years ago. Check the St. Michael website over the Easter Break to read updates from our historians on their incredible trip!



Senior Girls Volleyball: EOSSAA Champions!

The Senior Girls volleyball team claimed the GOLD in the EOSSAA championship tournament on Thursday, February 23. The girls defeated Arnprior and Smiths Falls in the morning then won their semi-final game against LaSalle of Kingston in the afternoon. In the championship match against Casselman, the girls dropped the first set but stormed back to win the next two in dramatic fashion. Congratulations to our senior girls and Coach MacDonald. Good luck at OFSAA!
Click here for details on the OFSAA Championship.



Good Luck at OFSAA, Sr Girls Volleyball from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo.

Directly above is a small highlight package we played in our foyer during the week leading up to the OFSAA AA Girls Volleyball Championship. Most of the clips are from the Eastern Ontario Championship. (You might have to set your browser to allow "pop-ups" to play the video.)




SPECIAL EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF DOMINICAN EXPERIENCE TRIP


Pancake Breakfast!
Pay $3 to your week 2, period 4 teacher so that you can enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes and juice on Shrove Tuesday, February 21. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria during period 1 on the 21st. Money is due by Thursday.


Cake Auction
Help your class raise money to buy one of the many fantastic cakes baked by our talented and competitive staff members! The class who raises the most money per student will get first choice of cake on Friday February 24th during period 1. The class who raises the second highest amount per student will get second choice, and so on and so forth.
We will be accepting money right up until 8:20am on the day of our cake auction before we start giving away the cakes!




Junior Boys Basketball: AA LGSSAA Champions


Champions! The Junior Boys basketball team claimed the AA LGSSAA title on Thursday night with a convincing win over the South Grenville Giants. This victory completed a perfect season for the juniors, going 11 and 0 in LGSSAA play. They are the first AA St. Mike's boys basketball team to finish undefeated and the first AA boys basketball champion in school history. The team next advances to the Eastern Ontario championship tournament on Wednesday, February 22 (hosted by St. Michael). The Mustangs' first game tips off at 10:30AM.
Click here for details about the EOSSAA Championship.



Student Achievement Celebrated
St Michael recognized 2010-2011 Honour Roll recipients at its annual Academic Achievement assembly recently. On behalf of the faculty and staff of St. Michael Catholic High School, congratulations to all the recipients for a job well done. Click on the appropriate grade to view list of recipients.

Kemptville Football Information

If your child is interested in playing football in Kemptville this spring, click here to get some information.

(Please note: The broken link has been fixed.)





Senior Girls Volleyball: AA LGSSAA Champions


The Senior Girls volleyball team claimed the AA LGSSAA Championship again this year. The girls defeated St. Mary's in the championship match on Wednesday, February 15th. Congratulations on back to back championships Coach MacDonald!
Click here for the Brockville Recorder and Times article. (Pictured in the photo on the left: Ella Besserer, one of the best volleyball players in Eastern Ontario, smashes the ball in the championship match. Photo Credit: Ron Smith, Brockville Recorder and Times)










Senior Boys Basketball: AA LGSSAA Finalists


The Senior Boys basketball team completed their season on Thursday night, falling to the BCI Red Rams in the LGSSAA Championship Game. The boys earned their way to the game with an impressive 8 and 1 league record and a semi-final playoff victory over the St. Mary Crusaders. After a very close first half, the Red Rams made some key shots in the third quarter to take the lead. Unfortunately, the Mustang shooters struggled to respond and momentum shifted. The Mustangs never caught up. Ben Huton again displayed great determination playing on a badly injured ankle. At the conclusion, Coach Finner congratulated his players for their outstanding effort and season-long dedication.
Click here to read the Brockville Recorder and Times article on the game.

Coach Finner would like to thank his graduating players for their commitment to the Mustang basketball program. Dan Murdoch, new to the program this season, was a consummate teammate all season long. Alex Fletcher returned to the team this year and provided his usual intense defence and solid effort. Mike Cook returned for only one semester this school year but showed his dedication by joining the coaching staff for the final few games of the season. Taylor Blouin, a four year veteran of Mustang basketball, recovered from a serious injury this season just in time to help the team in the playoffs. Jacob Swim has been an exceptional Mustang basketballer for four years and his intensity and drive will be sorely missed. Finally, Keegan Hreljac, our captain, completes a highly successful basketball career at St. Mike’s. Keegan was not only known for his impressive skill and powerful physique but perhaps more importantly he is remembered as a gentleman on the court who represented our school with great class. Best of luck to our graduating players!


















Jacob Swim releases a 3-pointer while Keegan Hreljac (#21)
and Ian Papatzimas (#24) prepare to crash the boards.






Captain Keegan Hrelac competes for the jump ball.












Ben Huton pulls up for a shot in the first quarter as Jacob Swim positions himself for a rebound.


Boys Basketball Playoff Semi-Final Results
LGSSAA AA Semi-Finals
  • Our Junior Boys 73 - St. Mary 26
  • Our Senior Boys 44 - St. Mary 32
Both Mustang teams advance to the the LGSSAA AA Basketball Championship Night on Thursday, February 16th hosted by Brockville Collegiate Institute. The juniors tip off at 6pm followed by the seniors around 8pm. There will be a small fee at the door for spectators. See you there!


Senior Boys Assistant Captain Ben Huton shoots a a free throw in the team's LGSSAA AA Boys Basketball Semi-Final game against St. Mary on Tuesday, February 14. Ian Papatzimas and team captain Keegan Hreljac (#21) prepare to rebound.



Alumni Update: Catching Up with Jessica Kehoe (Class of 2009):

JKJessica Kehoe, now a junior in her third year with the Manhattanville College Valiants (New York State), continues to shine on the ice.  Jessica is pictured here in a recent game where she netted the game winner against UMASS-Boston. 
Click here to check out the Valiants athletics website.
























MUSTANG PRIDE: Grade 10 Student Eric Cornel shines at the World Youth Olympic Games

Above: Check out some highlights of Eric Cornel and Team Canada at the 2012 Youth Olympics from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo.

St. Michael Grade 10 student Eric Cornel recently competed in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Austria.  Eric and Team Canada earned the bronze medal against Team USA after losing a very close game to Finland in the semi-finals.  Here are some links related to Eric's incredible experience:

*
EMC Article on Eric
*Hockey Canada: Youth Olympic Games Team Page
*Youth Olympic Games 2012
*YouTube highlights of Canada vs. USA (especially check out 0:38 into the video!)
*YouTube highlights of Canada vs. Austria (Eric is interviewed)
*YouTube highlights of Canada vs. Finland (Eric scores a beautiful goal)
*YouTube highlights of Canada vs. Finland (semi-final loss)
*YouTube highlights of Canada vs. USA - Bronze Medal Game
*YouTube video of Reactions to the Bronze Medal (Eric is interviewed)

Congratulations Eric!  Your Mustang Family is very proud of your accomplishment!

  

A Christmas Message from our Principal, Ms. D. KOEKKOEK

Ms. Koekkoek
To the St. Michael Catholic School Community,
As we experience the Advent season, we once again remind ourselves to take time to appreciate the rich gifts that truly bless this season.  In particular, the gifts of patience and kindness come to mind.  The patience that is needed to deal with the business and the distractions that have seemingly have taken over our day to day lives during Christmas. The patience that we need for one another and, most importantly, the patience that we need for ourselves and for the ones we love. Finally, the patience we need as we wait for the celebration of birth of Jesus Christ. Through patience we can spread the kindness that needs to be shared at this time of year.
Trying to simplify the season is not easy but the rewards are great. This month St. Michael Catholic High School has collected cans through the annual canned food drive to support families in our community.  Many students, classes and teachers donated gifts to the Holy Cross Angel Tree initiative.  Blankets were donated to the Shepherds’ of Good Hope and students visited residents at Bayfield Manor. Casual day funds this month will support our local Knights of Columbus organization as well as the Beth Donovan Hospice. Our school community was able to gather and celebrate Mass, and students were given the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our bands and choirs will celebrate with joy and song at the annual Christmas Music Concert. Furthermore, we will welcome home young alumnus who are back in town and who stop in to visit and say hello.
Our school will rejoice in the spirit of the season in these and other ways. When we return in the New Year, high school students will work on finishing the semester by completing culminating tasks and examinations.
On behalf of the staff and faculty of St. Michael, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you joy, hope, and peace this Christmas Season and the best wishes for health and happiness in the coming year. Let us share the words of Luke and find strength in the words of the angel:
Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Have a happy, safe and restful break. Merry Christmas!
Shalom
Donna Koekkoek
Principal
St Michael Catholic High school


Mustang Basketball Performing Well at the Christmas Break



Junior Boys basketball team captain Cole Brookson completes a lay-up versus the Athens Warriors. The team is a perfect 6 and 0 in league play. This week the Mustangs defeated St. Mary's before heading into the exam break. The Senior Boys basketball team is also performing well with a 5 and 1 record. (Photo Credit: Nick St. George) Click here to read the recent EMC article on our basketball teams.

St. Mike's hosts EOSSAA Basketball Championship:

On Wednesday, November 16, St. Michael hosted the top six AA junior girls basketball teams in Eastern Ontario.  St. Michael will also host the AA Junior Boys Basketball Championship on February 22. 




Holy Cross Parish Sacrament of Confirmation


Holy Cross Parish will begin the Preparation Programme for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation to be held on April 21st, 2012. Click
here for further details.



Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction

The Dominican Experience Group would like to thank the entire Mustang community for their unwavering support at the annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. We raised lots of money for a terrific cause and we couldn't have done it without you! A special thank you goes out to Mr. Knight's hospitality classes for cooking all of the spaghetti sauce. Thank you!!



St Mike's OSAID 'Arrive Alive' Campaign
The St. Michael OSAID committee participated in the annual Kemptville Santa Claus parade on Sat. Nov. 19. Mrs. Leach and eight students distributed "Arrive Alive" brochures to parade onlookers to remind people to drive safe during the upcoming Christmas season.









Aboriginal Spirituality at St Michael

Students across the CDSBEO have been learning about Aboriginal culture through a wide variety of special presentations. Pictured is a member of the Turtle Island Dancers performing a traditional hoop dance for students at St. Michael CHS. Originally, the hoops were made of branches and reeds that were bent and tied into shape. The students were thoroughly entertained by the performance.
















St Michael Students Involved in Remembrance Day Ceremonies


Two St Michael students had the honour of participating in the Remembrance Day Ceremonies held at the Cenotaph in Kemptville. Pictured are Guin Taylor who read 'In Flanders Field' prior to laying a wreath on behalf of St Michael and Darren Larocque salutes after laying a wreath on behalf of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.






In Need of Some Extra Math Help?
Online Math Homework Help is now being offered in our school board from the Ministry of Education as free online math tutoring and support for any student from grade 7 to 10.
The website offers students a variety of resources for math, including Certified Ontario Math teachers in real time, online tutors in a chat room, with one-on-one support. Each chat room has a whiteboard where both student and teacher can draw on and write as they work to develop an answer to the student’s math problem. There are also audio-enabled chat rooms that allow students to watch tutors’ explanations. Chat Rooms are open every Sunday - Thursday from 5:30 - 9:30 pm.
Please click HERE to find out how to REGISTER.



CDSBEO Installs Solar Project at St. Michael CHS
St Michael is going green with the recent installation of solar panels on its roof. The school, along with St Thomas Aquinas CHS in Russell and St John CHS in Perth is part of a pilot project by the CDSBEO to reduce energy use and create environmentally friendly learning spaces. Click here to direct to the CDSBEO communique on the use of solar power.




University Forum Comes to St Michael

On Monday, October 17th, universities representatives visited St. Mikes for the annual University Information Program (UIP).
Taking place in the St. Michael gymnasium, representatives from all 21 Ontario universities were on hand to meet with students, answer questions, and provide up to the minute information on programs and applications. All St. Michael grade 12s and most grade 11s had the opportunity to join parents and students from other schools in a visit to the UIP.
Photo by Jadzia Bryson




St. Michael's Relay for Life - a HUGE Success

Please click on the News Archives on the left side menu to read all about the $30 000 cancer research fundraiser completed by St. Michael in the fall of 2011.


WELCOME BACK!
The faculty and staff at St. Michael hopes eveyone had a great summer and would like to welcome everyone back for another great academic year. A special welcome to the new students who will be joining us this year for the first time. We know your stay at St. Mike's will be an enjoyable and rewarding time. A reminder that the first day of school will be Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Click here to down load a suggested list of what students should have for the beginning of the school year and click here to download the 2011-2012 school year calandar.

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