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Archived News 2013-2014  





 
To see a list of all of the award winners, check the Awards link under the Athletics Menu.
 


Athletics Awards Video by student Ryan Powell



Athlete Awards 2014 from Mr. Wong on Vimeo. Click to view.

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Three French Extended grade 12 students were chosen to participate in a Ministry Pilot project. This pilot project is a globally-accepted language exam called the Diplôme d'Étude de Langue Française (DELF) offered by the Ministry of National Education to assess language skills of people whose first language is not French. There are 4 different levels of this exam which align with the new French as a Second Language Curriculum that is being implemented next school year (oral, reading, writing and listening skills). 
 
The requirements to participate in this Ministry pilot project were very specific as we are assessing how our students learning a second language are doing in our Ontario schools. Each strands aims for students to attain a certain level of bilingualism by the end of grade 12. Our Extended students were assessed at a B1 level.

In May, Megan Logsdail, Kendra Lakevold and Colleen Ruth successfully passed the B1 test. These three grade 12 students have achieved the goal of the French as a Second Language programs in our Ontario High Schools. They now have an internationally recognized certificate indicating their level of bilingualism.

Félicitations les filles!!!

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Colleen Ruth, Kendra Lakevold and Megan Logsdail

 
     
 Click on image to download Final Exam Schedule - Semester 2, 2014

Click on image to download Final Examination Rules & Procedures

Click on Exam Preparation & Study Tips Tab on Top of Left Side Tabs for valuable tips on getting ready for
final examinations
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 OFSAA Track & Field
 
The track team had a very successful trip to OFSAA on June 5,6 & 7.  Matt Bedard, Reilly Jones and Austin White each qualified for the provincial high school championships in two events. Reilly finished 9th and 11th in her last competition as a Mustang.  Austin White finished just out of the medals, finishing 4th in the 300m huurdles .  Finally, Matt Bedard capped off his high school career in style, winning two silver medals in the 400m and 400m hurdles.  Congratulation on a successful season.







 
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LGESAA
 Championship for Track & Field

 
On Monday June 2nd, St Michael CHS grade 7 and 8 students participated in the LGESAA championship for Track and Field. The team of 52 traveled to Brockville to compete in a series of events which led them to an overall second place finish. The athletes pushed through the sweltering heat, competing against 17 schools and setting both personal and record breaking finishes. Regional champions included Kylie King, Rachel Goldberg, Ryan Johnston, Connor Manderson and Steven Vichos.
Rachel Goldberg, had an outstanding meet, winning all 3 of her events as well as setting a new long jump record of 4.68 meters in the senior girl’s long jump. This broke a 35 year old record and led her to claim the top senior girl of the meet.
Ryan Johnston had an exceptional meet as well, winning the long jump for senior boys with an impressive jump of 5.48 meters and also claiming the title of top senior boy of the overall.
Connor Manderson and Kylie King both had an impressive day winning their shot put event for the junior boys and junior girls division. Despite the tough competition, Connor and Kylie showed determination and claimed first place in their  event.
Steven Vichos won two events. Most notable was his 800 meter run which he finished in 2 minutes and 29 seconds, almost beating a 25 year old record. He was named top junior boy of the meet.
The St. Michael athletes showed true sportsmanship all day long to both their own teammates and to competing athletes. Their hard work, perseverance, determination and willingness to learn have brought the intermediate athletes much success this track season.
The coaches are very proud of all Track and Field athletes. This season has been an outstanding year with many memorable moments for both athletes and coaches. Congratulations Mustangs!
 
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Homework Help For Students Open In the Summer

 
Homework Help’s “Ask a Tutor” chat service will be open for summer! Every Monday to Friday, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm ET, our experienced and engaging team of Ontario-certified math teachers will be online to help your grade 7—10 students with their math questions.
 
Homework Help Open for Summer!
When: July 2—July 31, 2014
Time: Mondays to Fridays, 3:30 pm—7:30 pm ET.  Click Here for Information
 
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 Click on image to view SMCH Hospitality Trip to Hershey Pennsylvania. Produced by Taylor Lilly

 
     
 

St Michael Yearbook Staff Honoured

This year's edition of the yearbook won an Achievement Award from Jostens for innovative design and comprehensive photo coverage of our students at St. Michael.  It captured the true spirit of Mustangs hard at work and hard at play.  Hundreds more students were included in the various school activity this year. 

Mr. Wong would like to congratulate his students from the Yearbook Production class:

Justin Bartlett, Megan Boisvenue, Brianna Hart, Ashley Hum, Claire Murphy, Jaymie Nicholson, Koren Simser, 
Brianne Spicer, Benjamin Sunderland, Birgitta Thum and Cole Weathers.

Thank you for producing such a memorable and outstanding edition.

Yearbooks are still available.  Cost is $55.00 - in cash or by cheque.  See Mr. Wong to purchase a copy.

Click on image to view the Safe Prom Presenation 2014. StM-OSAID-Safe PROM from Mr. Wong on Vimeo.

  Grade 7 & 8 Track Stars!  
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On Wednesday May 21st, St. Michael CHS hosted the Stone Dust Classic track and field meet for grade 7 and 8 students. Under perfect weather conditions, our athletes demonstrated determination and perseverance while competing against challenging opponents. 

The meet had 44 events overall with a total of 7 schools participating. Our Mustangs finished first in 22 of the 45 events, second in 21 of the events and third in 11 of the events. Some of our top scoring events included both the girls and boys 100, 200 and 400 metre races as well as shot put. The hard work of all participants led The Mustangs to a first place finish. Congratulations Mustangs! 

A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Neidre, Mr. Galbraith and all the volunteers who helped make this meet a success. We would also like to thank our Senior students, Matt Bedard and Reilly Jones who have been fantastic role models while coaching and supporting our intermediate track and field athletes. 

Great job Mustangs!    The yearly band trip tradition continued last week with a cultural tour of Chicago.  The Chicago Symphony, Motown Musical, a music workshop at Northwestern University, and performances at Rockefella Chapel and the Resurrection Catholic Retirement Home underpinned the musical portion of the trip.  The performance by the choir, jazz, and concert bands at the retirement home was particularly well received.  Music provided the bridge between generations as students and residents enjoyed both the performance and the socializing before and after.
 
Other destinations included the silver "Cloud Gate" at Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo, the Chicago Cultural Centre, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, and historic Wrigley field, Soldier Field, and United Centre, home of the MLB Cubs, NFL Bears and NHL Black Hawks and NBA Bulls respectively.
  Proceeds of Play "Bully" Go Towards A Good Cause  
 

As a part of St. Michael's commitment to the Ogooma Uganda Children's Home the cast and crew of the play "BULLY" donated $1000.00 from the play's proceeds to this cause at an assembly informing students of the many worthwhile programs the school is helping to support. Seen above are Chaplain Sheri Richer-Camillone accepting the donation from lead actress Sydney Taylor, author and assistant director Elizabeth Friend and teacher Michael Blouin. "What a great thing to know that this play has helped not only people here locally but people on the other side of the world as well. The Arts really do help to make the world a better place." said graduating student Elizabeth Friend.

 
     
 May 14th – 16th a group of grade ten St- Mike’s immersion and core French enthusiasts joined students from across the board on the annual trip to Quebec City.  This three day two night trip had something for everyone. The students had the opportunity to visit everything from the tallest waterfalls in North America, Les chutes Montmorency, a historical native village, St-Anne Cathedral, St-Anne Canyons to dancing it up on the boat cruise at night and shopping on the old cobble stone streets of “Vieux Quebec”. It was a wonderful whirl wind trip that really tied together and gave the participants firsthand experience into what they have been studying as they follow the French programs. 

Exceptional Art From Beautiful Minds

On May 13th, the students from the St. Michael’s Life Skills class participated in an art workshop in Smith Falls. This full day workshop is sponsored by the CDSBEO Special Education Department. Under the guidance of Ms. Sarah Jaynes, teacher from Notre Dame CHS, Mieke Stacey, Educational Assistant from Notre Dame CHS and our very own exceptional art teacher, Mrs. Melnick, students from across the school board come together to complete a masterpiece. Next fall there will be a showing of all the exceptional pieces that these students were able to complete, places and dates will follow next school year!   

Students Go For The Record

The Life Skills class will be taking part in Chef Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on May 16th! Jaime Oliver will be teaching a cooking lesson to students all around the world via live broadcast from London England. In addition to being taught by a famous chef, the students will be attempting to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people cooking at the same time around the world! All of this and they get to eat a healthy vegetable wrap with a tasty dressing!  
 

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Spare Shoes Needed!

It is estimated that 300 million children in the world are without shoes.  St. Michael’s has joined the Soles4Souls campaign again this year.  Last year we collected 555 pair of shoes thanks to the generosity of St. Michael’s staff and students.  Our goal this year is 600 pairs.  Clean out your closets and your families’ closets and bring in any size and any type of gently used footwear.  Drop them off in Mrs. Kingsbury’s room or the Soles4Souls bins around the school. Click on above image to download a powerpoint on Soles4Souls.
 

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St Michael Graduate Wins Prestigious Writer's Award

Amelia Bowes, a St Michael CHS graduate and third-year student at Redeemer University from Merrickville, ON, placed first in the 14 to 25 year-old category in The Word Guild’s Fresh Ink novice Writing Contest. Click on image to download full article.

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2014 - 2015 Student Council Applications

 
All students who attended the information meeting on Thursday April 24 and are interested in applying for the 2014-15 Student Council, please find attached the application package. Click on the image to download the pachage.

Please note the following important dates:
-Friday May 2nd- Applications due to Ms. Bridson by 2:20 p.m.
-Tuesday May 6th- Interviews with the selection committee
-Tuesday May 13-Tuesday May 20th- campaigning
-Tuesday May 20- speeched and elections
 
Please see Ms. Bridson if you have any questions or concerns.
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St Michael High Skills Major students will be participating the Algonquin College Culinary Competition on April 29th.

 

Katherine Welk- Holmes and Chris Janok will be competing in the baking division while Matthew Liberty, Tylor Brenneman  and Andrew Klempan, Cory O'Connell will be competing as two separate teams in the culinary divisions.

 

Winning teams will be awarded with full-tuition into the college’s prestigious Culinary Program.  The event will be live streamed and classmates, friends and family can watch the competition online via https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6049900/events/2886167 on April 29th, 2014 from 9am - 11:30am and the awards ceremony from 1:30pm - 2:00pm.

 

Go Mustangs!

 
     

Click on the following below to see the results from this year's Annual Spring Stampede.

2km Run Results

5km Run Results

10km Run Results

Congratulations to all participants.
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St. Michael CHS is very excited to announce that next year’s March Break trip to France will bring us to Paris, Avignon, Cannes and Nice. This enriching cultural 9-day trip is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12.  The students will travel throughout the country, where activities and outings will reflect the curriculum, encompassing French, History, The Arts and the French culture. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Mrs. Taylor by phone at the school or email at leah.taylor@cdsbeo.on.ca. Go to link http://goo.gl/wVjFcz to download trip details & itinerary.

 

Europe 2015
St. Michael CHS is very excited to announce that next year’s March Break trip to Europe will bring us to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic for a “Holocaust in Europe” tour.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ms. Bridson by phone at the school or email at mary-kate.bridson@cdsbeo.on.ca. Click on image above to download trip details & itinerary.

 
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Telescope Donation to St. Michael CHS
MC900383588[1]The science department would like to thank Christine McFall for her wonderful donation of a Bushnell Telescope to the science department.  It will be well used to help support the grade 9 space unit and will provide our students with many more hands-on learning opportunities.
Thanks again,
Mr. Amiot and the Science Department
 
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  St Michael Art Class T-Shirt Design Order Form  
   
 
The St Michael Art Department recently held a t-shirt design competion among the students and stuudents can now order any of the successful designs selected.  A total of 6 t-shirts are available to order in all sizes.  Click on image aboce to download an order form.


 
 
     
 

On Thursday March 27th and Friday March 28th at 7:00 p.m the St. Michael Drama Department will be presenting performances of the original play "BULLY" by Grade 12 student Elizabeth Friend starring Sydney Taylor, Phillip Scott, Chris Alblas, Thomas Weissflogg and a talented ensemble cast of twenty five students. Intermission refreshments will be served by the Hospitality Program. Click here to listen to an interview brodcast on Star FM.

Tickets are five dollars and are available at the school in advance or at the door, all proceeds to benefit the Drama Department and the Ogooma Uganda Children's Home. Be sure to tune in to STAR 97.5 FM this Wednesday at 7:50 a.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. to hear some of the lead actors and the author discussing the show.

Click on image below for promotional video.

 

 
     
  2013 - 14 OFSSA Silver Medalists  
 


After winning the EOSSAA Championship last month, the St. Michael CHS Boy’s Curling Team moved on to the OFSAA Championship in North Bay. They played hard in the round robin segment against teams from all over the province and then moved on to the quarter finals and then to the semi finals. It was in their last game against Central Huron Secondary School that they won the silver medal, winning 2nd overall in Ontario. The boys demonstrated great skill and determination during the week long tournament. We are very proud of them and their performance. GO MUSTANGS!!

(Left to Right: Eric Shantz, Ryan Thompson-Brown, Ms. Melnick, Mitchell Jeffs, Nic St George)

 
     
 
 

Grade 12 Graduating Students with a Learning Disability

 

The Centre for Students with Disabilities, Algonquin College, is offering the “Make The CUT” (College University Transition) Spring session on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. “Make The CUT” is designed for grade 12 students who have a learning disability and are planning to attend college this Fall. Please see Mrs. Gratton in Resource for a registration form.

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On Thursday, February 27th and Friday, February 28th, St. Michael’s boys curling team went undefeated to capture gold at the eastern Ontario tournament. They played extremely well and fought hard to come out on top. Frustrations and nerves ran high as the final game played was against last year’s first place team, Perth and District Collegiate Institute. But the team, consisting of Ryan Thompson-Brown, Mitchell Jeffs, Eric Shantz and Nic St George, never gave up. Congratulations go out to these players on their victory at EOSSAA. They will be continuing on to the OFSAA provincial finals this month where they will try to improve their fourth place standing from last year. Good luck and Go Mustangs!

 
 
     
The seventh annual Eastern Ontario Skills Competition held at St Lawrence College was another huge success.  Eighty CDSBEO students from nine secondary schools took part in 16 competitions involving over 240 students.  As in previous years, CDSBEO students performed extremely well taking home 15 medals, including 6 gold.  Congratulations to all participants on a job well done.  A special thanks to all the schools who participated, to the teachers for preparing and accompanying students.  Here is a list of the winners.
 
 
Competition
 
Automotive Service Technician
BRONZE – Devon Latour   (St Joseph)
Journalism
GOLD – Nathalie Morais   (St Michael)
Team Carpentry
GOLD – Seth Willard & Caleb Bosma   (St John)
SILVER – Jozef Tierney & Patrick Coligan (St John)
Cabinet Making
GOLD – Alain Therriault  (Holy Trinity)
BRONZE – Derek Seguin  (St John)
Environment
BRONZE – Theresa  James & Katelyn Passmore (St Thomas Aquinas)
Prepared Speech
SILVER – Faith Urlocker-Lalonde   (St Thomas Aquinas)
Photography
GOLD – Jeremy Constantineau  (St Michael)
Drama
GOLD –    St John
BRONZE – Elizabeth Friend, Madison Lightfoot, Alexandra Petit, Taylor White (St Michael)
House Building
GOLD – Jacques Bigras, Jamie Taylor, Zachary Morgan, Randy Bolland  - St Michael
TV Video Production
SILVER -  St Michael
Esthetics
SILVER – Rachel Theriault  (St Thomas Aquinas)
BRONZE – Destiny Ellsworth  (St Thomas Aquinas)
Ultimate Skills Challenge For Grade 8 Girls
Bronze – St Columban`s
 
The next big event is the Culinary Arts Skills Competition scheduled for April 3 at St Michael.
 
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  CDSBEO Director of Education Gartland Speaks to CTV News on the Board's Anti-Bullying Camapign  
 

Click on the above image to see the CTV Ottawa interview on CDSBRO's Anti-Bulling campaign.  Click here to download the details of the Empower Campaign designed to help students, teachers and administrators deal with bullying in the schools.


 

SMCHS-Gr9 Dance Showcase-Feb9 from Mr. Wong on Vimeo.

Click on image to download St Michael 2014 - 2015 Course Calendar

Click on the appropriate grade for Course selection sheets.
Grade 9 
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Grade 12x
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Click on the image to view St Michael's French Immersion Program
 
 

 

Semi-formal portraits taken at the dance before Christmas raised over $400.00 for charity.  

Students attended the dance in their most elegant formal wear and had their photo portraits taken by Mr. Wong.  Funds were collected from the sitting fee and the sales of the photographs.  Two local organizations helping those in need were beneficiaries of event - The Knights of Columbus and Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa received a donation.  The generosity of students at St. Michael was greatly appreciated.

Mr. Wong would like to thank all the students who participated in the fund raising event.  He also appreciates the assistance from the student volunteers, especially those from his Grade 9 Religion and Grade 11 CommTech class. 
 
     
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In an effort to continue to share special moments with our Kemptville community during the Advent season, St. Michael's grade 11 Extended and Core French classes walked over to Holy Cross to do a Christmas activity on Tuesday December 10th. M. Mitchell's grade 3 French Immersion class was eagerly waiting and provided a warm welcome when the high school students walked in. The younger students were a great influence on the senior students helping them discover the Holiday Joy simply by sharing their good spirit and excitement. Influenced by the children, the Mustangs also made their own Holiday craft for their loved ones with the help of the Holy Cross students. Both the elementary and secondary students exemplified the Christmas spirit by enthusiastically completing their Holiday activities. St. Michael's staff and students would like to extend a sincere thank you to our exceptional hosts at Holy Cross.  Pictured above  are St Michael student Julia Halliday and Holy Cross student Edison Dawber.

Picture below are St Michael student Michelle Lapenskie and Holy Cross student Chloe Lamarche.




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Students of Ms. Melnick's Art Grade 9 art class visit the National Galley of Canada and pose for a team photo.

 
     
  St Michael Senior Boys Volleyball  
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The historic season for the St. Michael senior boys volleyball team has come to an end but this group of young men has left an imprint on Mustang athletics which will be remembered for a life time. After completing an impressive regular season that included winning Gold at the RMC tournament in Kingston, Gold at the St. Mary tournament in Brockville and Silver at the Dalhousie tournament in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Mustangs knew they had a special team. Following their victory at EOSSAA last week, the boys had high hopes heading into the OFSAA tournament in Thunder Bay. Since this was the first time a team from St. Michael has attended “AA” OFSAA for men’s volleyball, the Mustangs were surprised to receive a favorable ranking of 7 out of the top 20 AA programs in Ontario. The goal was to live up to their ranking and finish as one of the top 8 teams in the province. 

 

With a win Day 2 over the 16 seeded Timiskaming DHS on Friday afternoon, the Mustangs finished first in their pool and attained their goal of top 8 in the province. In the best of five championship quarter finals, the boys from Kemptville faced off against a very strong number 5 seed Sir Allen McNab high school from Hamilton.  Once again the leadership and maturity of the Mustangs shone through as they rallied to win 15-13 in the 5th set to secure a spot as one of the top 4 AA teams in Ontario. On Saturday morning the Mustangs found themselves in a David versus Goliath situation as they faced off against the number 1 seed and 7 time defending champions from Eden. Unfortunately, they were no able to push through and Mustangs lost the match and got set to battle for Bronze that afternoon.
 
In the Bronze medal match the Mustangs engaged in a see-saw battle against an equal adversary from Dryden. Their will was strong and the Mustangs found the strength to win the 3rd set 30-28 to take home the first OFSAA volleyball medal in school history. A special congratulations goes out to the following graduating players: Kade Bloskie, Lucais MacKay- Ronnacher, Liam Glenn, Auzzy Jones, James Murray and captains Cole Brookson and Shawn Kingsbury.                     
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  St Michael Poverty Exposure Team 2013  
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St Michael Poverty Exposure Team 2013(from left to right) Shauna Kluke, Kate Doucette, Sarah Poirier, Reilly Jones, Jessica Keating, Mrs. Dunn

The Poverty Exposure Team's mission to Guatemala during March Break 2014 will be working in an orphanage, teaching English and helping with local construction projects. Good luck students and Mrs. Dunn.

 

 
     
 CDSBEO Goes Green...in an attempt to help the environment by reducing the amount of paper used in communiques with parents, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario will begin a program to electronically send information home.  To download a release form to have school and board newsletters etc. send directly home, click on go green leaf logo.  
 

 



Staff and students at St Michael stand in silence as the piper plays at the Remembrance Day Ceremonies held at the school. The history students recently finished work on an authentic WWI Trench system involving 1500 sandbags and over 200 feet of trenches. The students completed their project with a night in the trenches involving sentry duty, trench repair and writing in their WWI Journals. (Photo M. Wong)
 
Trenches Project: St. Michael CHS History Department from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo. ***Photos and Video provided by Mr. Wong's Com Tech Classes. The background music is provided by Canadian Celtic-folk artist Lizzy Hoyt. 




*Click here to see a CTV News Report on the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the St. Mike's Trenches.







*Click here to see a CBC News Report on the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the St. Mike's Trenches.




 

 

 

 
 
The Senior Boys basketball team advanced to the EOSSAA AA semifinals but unfortunately the team did not advance to the championship game.  The Mustangs fell to Holy Trinity 60 to 50 in a fantastic back and forth battle.  The Falcons were able to hold on to their lead in the fourth quarter despite some late game heroics by St. Mike's.  Liam Glenn led the Mustangs with 14 points followed by Cole Brookson with 13.  Look for a more detailed report coming soon.
 
 



Girls Volleyball and Boys Basketball headed to EOSSAA
 
Mustang Videographer Ryan Powell salutes the Senior Girls volleyball team and the Senior Boys basketball team as both have advanced to "AA" EOSSAA with recent LGSSAA victories:
 
 

 



St. Michael's Senior Boys Basketball Team: LGSSAA Champions
 
Our Senior Boys basketball team has earned the right to compete at EOSSAA by way of a 67 to 42 LGSSAA Championship victory over BCI last Thursday.  Click here to read the Brockville Recorder and Times article.  The Mustangs travel to Pembroke on February 20 for the regional tournament.  Ryan Powell, our team videographer, has created a video to introduce the players.  Take a look!
 
From the Brockville Recorder and Times:
 
 
 

 



Senior Boys LGSSAA Basketball Championship Night at St. Michael
 
Who: The Senior Boys Basketball Team - The Mustangs versus Brockville Collegiate
What: The Senior Boys AA LGSSAA Championship
 
Where: The gym at St. Mike's
 
When: Thursday, February 13 at 6pm
 
More Info:  No cover charge!  Come out and cheer on your Mustangs on Thursday night!  



Senior Boys earn medals at Brockville Tournament

The St. Mike’s Senior Boys basketball team competed in the Brockville Invitational Tournament on January 31st.  After opening with a loss to Sydenham (the eventual A-side champion), the Mustangs roared back with victories over Arnprior, BCI, and Smiths Falls to claim the B-Side championship.  Liam Glenn and Jonah Holthus both received MVP prizes for their efforts while Cole Brookson was named to the tournament all-star team.  The LGSSAA playoffs begin February 11th.




The Senior Boys basketball team remains undefeated in LGSSAA play, thus far, this season. The boys have earned home court advantage for the playoffs in February. Stay tuned for more updates after the Exam Break! (Photos courtesy of Mr. Wong)

 
 
 




Mustangs Honoured at the Girls Basketball All Star Event
 
St. Mike`s was well represented at the 2013 LGSSAA Girls Basketball All Star Event this past Thursday.  In the Junior Division, Kelsey Cochrane, Brooke Cornel, Tess Corkery, and Melissa Keating were all participants.  (Players were selected based on votes by the coaches of all of the LGSSAA teams.)  Bridget Graham, Eva Kuhar, and Michelle Wilson represented the Mustangs at the senior level.  All players performed very capably in a pair of exciting games in front of a full house at St. Mary`s in Brockville.  At the conclusion of each game, the First Team All Stars (top five players) were revealed for each division.  Brooke Cornel and Kelsey Cochrane were both part of the top five junior players while Michelle WIlson was the lone Mustang among the top five honoured seniors.  Coach Finner and Coach McGuire were very proud of how their players represented St. Michael.

 



Mustang Basketball Alum Mikalya Lassen excelling with Loyalist College Lancers
Congratulations to Mikayla Lassen, Mustang Class of 2012, for her successful start to her first basketball season at the collegiate level with the Loyalist Lancers of Belleville.  Mikayla was a standout basketball player at St. Michael in her four years with the Mustangs.





Girls Basketball All Star Event
St. Mike's is proud to announce that a number of our girls basketball players have been recognized for an outstanding season this past fall. On Thursday, December 5, St. Mary in Brockville will host the Girls Basketball All Star Event tipping off at 6pm. The coaches of LGSSAA were consulted and have voted to decide which players should be invited to participate. The Mustangs are well represented! In the Junior Game, the four Mustangs include Tess Corkery, Kelsey Cochrane, Brooke Cornel, and Melissaa Keating. The Senior Game will showcase Bridget Graham, Michelle Wilson, and Eva Kuhar. Sarah Benoit was also selected but is unavailable to play. Come out and support your Mustangs!

  St Michael Senior Boys Volleyball  
 
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The historic season for the St. Michael senior boys volleyball team has come to an end but this group of young men has left an imprint on Mustang athletics which will be remembered for a life time. After completing an impressive regular season that included winning Gold at the RMC tournament in Kingston, Gold at the St. Mary tournament in Brockville and Silver at the Dalhousie tournament in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Mustangs knew they had a special team. Following their victory at EOSSAA last week, the boys had high hopes heading into the OFSAA tournament in Thunder Bay. Since this was the first time a team from St. Michael has attended “AA” OFSAA for men’s volleyball, the Mustangs were surprised to receive a favorable ranking of 7 out of the top 20 AA programs in Ontario. The goal was to live up to their ranking and finish as one of the top 8 teams in the province. 

 

With a win Day 2 over the 16 seeded Timiskaming DHS on Friday afternoon, the Mustangs finished first in their pool and attained their goal of top 8 in the province. In the best of five championship quarter finals, the boys from Kemptville faced off against a very strong number 5 seed Sir Allen McNab high school from Hamilton.  Once again the leadership and maturity of the Mustangs shone through as they rallied to win 15-13 in the 5th set to secure a spot as one of the top 4 AA teams in Ontario. On Saturday morning the Mustangs found themselves in a David versus Goliath situation as they faced off against the number 1 seed and 7 time defending champions from Eden. Unfortunately, they were no able to push through and Mustangs lost the match and got set to battle for Bronze that afternoon.
 
In the Bronze medal match the Mustangs engaged in a see-saw battle against an equal adversary from Dryden. Their will was strong and the Mustangs found the strength to win the 3rd set 30-28 to take home the first OFSAA volleyball medal in school history. A special congratulations goes out to the following graduating players: Kade Bloskie, Lucais MacKay- Ronnacher, Liam Glenn, Auzzy Jones, James Murray and captains Cole Brookson and Shawn Kingsbury.                     
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Staff and students at St Michael stand in silence as the piper plays at the Remembrance Day Ceremonies held at the school.  The history students recently finished work on an authentic WWI Trench system involving 1500 sandbags and over 200 feet of trenches.  The students completed their project with a night in the trenches involving sentry duty, trench repair and writing in their WWI Journals. (Photo M. Wong)
 

Trenches Project: St. Michael CHS History Department from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo.   ***Photos and Video provided by Mr. Wong's Com Tech Classes.  The background music is provided by Canadian Celtic-folk artist Lizzy Hoyt.




*Click here to see a CTV News Report on the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the St. Mike's Trenches.






*Click here to see a CBC News Report on the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the St. Mike's Trenches.






 


 

 

  St Michael Sr Boys Volleyball EOSSA Champs  
 
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St. Michael Senior Boys Capture first ever EOSSAA AA Volleyball Championship
 
The St. Michael Mustangs are heading to OFSAA after winning their first EOSSAA Senior Boys Volleyball title on Thursday, November 14th defeating Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institution from Kingston 25-17 and 25-11.
 
The Mustangs first match of the day was against Opeongo High School. The Mustangs rolled over the Wildcats 25-11 and 25-15 thanks to 8 kills by Cole Brookson and and 6 serving aces from Shawn Kingsbury. In their second match the Mustangs faced the #3 seed L’Escale from Rockland. Led by Liam Glenn and Lucais MacKay Ronnacher with 5 kills each the Mustangs continued rolling and won 25-16 and 25-17 to advance to the semi-finals against Notre Dame high school from Carleton Place. Notre Dame couldn’t find an answer to the relentless attack from right side player Auzzy Jones who led the way with 5 kills and 4 serving aces as the Mustangs won 25-18 and 25-16 securing their ticket to the finals.
 
Heading into the finals the Number 1 ranked Mustangs faced the number 2 ranked LCVI Lancers.
The excitement was mounting as the Mustangs knew they were two victories away from a gold medal. A rousing speech from team motivator and defensive specialist Bryson Patterson rallied the troops and settled the nerves, and powered the Mustangs to a 25-17 win to capture the first set. Fueled by the thundering noise from the Mustang cheering squad, the boys crushed the Lancers' OFSAA hope and won the second set in decisive fashion 25-11.
 
Team captains Shawn Kingsbury and Cole Brookson led the way on offence with 22 kills and 18 kills respectively. Alex Cornel inspired his teammates by playing fearless defense all day. Despite playing with a sprained ankle, setter James Murray muscled through and put in a gutsy performance to help capture the first ever EOSSAA boys championship. With an overall season record of 106 wins and 28 losses the St. Michael Mustangs now get set to depart for Thunder Bay, Ontario in their pursuit of OFSAA Gold on November 20 - 23.
   
(Video by Grade 11 student, Ryan Powell)
 
     






Overnight Fundraiser: A Night of Fun
 

Who:
 Students of St. Michael Catholic High School
What: A Night of Fun for a Year of Fun
When: Friday, Nov.29 @ 8:00 pm until Saturday, Nov. 30th @ 8:00 am
Where: St. Michael Catholic High School
Fundraiser: Ask 10 Close Friends/Family Members to donate $10.00, collecting $100.00 in total Families with 2 or more children participating must raise $150.00 as a family to attend.
Proceeds will go back to our students offsetting costs of all of our successes, field trips, academic wants and needs, enriching opportunities that arise, and of course school spirit events. 

Click here for the full details and a permission form
 

St. Mike's Coffee House Highlights:
 

St. Mike's Coffee House 2013 by Mr. Wong from Mr. C. Finner on Vimeo.




2012 - 2013 St Michael Honour Roll Announced



The 2012 - 2013 St Michael Honour Roll was announced recently at a presentation involving the high school student and staff population.  Click here to download the list of honourees.  Congratulations to all the students.  
                             


Senior Girls Basketball Team Wraps Up a Successful 2013-2014 Season


The St. Mike’s Senior Girls basketball team competed at the Eastern Ontario championships in Sydenham recently.  While the girls’ spirited effort and enthusiastic play stood out at the tournament, the Mustangs were unfortunately unable to advance past some tough competition.  Coach Finner would like to acknowledge the graduating Grade 12 Mustangs who concluded their high school basketball playing days at the tournament: Madison Marcotte #1, Colleen Ruth #11, Alex Blockley #55, and captains Hailey O’Reilley #2 and Bridget Graham #12.  It is notable that Bridget Graham leaves behind many 3-point shooting records that will be hard to surpass for future Mustang athletes!  Congratulations to the Senior Girls on a great season.
 


St Michael Student Accepts Prestigious Father Patrick Fogarty Award
 


On Saturday October 26th, our 2012-2013 Father Patrick Fogarty Award winner, Miss Colleen Ruth, travelled to Toronto to receive her award sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario.  This award, also known as the Catholic Student Award, recognizes a student for his or her contributions to the Catholic identity of the school.  Often, award winners are unable to make the journey to Toronto, but this year, Colleen and her parents did.  What an amazing honour for Colleen, her family and for St. Michael Catholic High School!  Great job Colleen! Pictured with Colleen are the proud parents.
 

Take Our Kids To Work Celebrates 20th Anniversary

 

Take Our Kid to Work Day takes place on Wednesday November 6th for all grade 9 students.  An information session will take place on Thursday October 17th during first period.  Students will need to return the permission form to Guidance by Friday October 25th.


Mustang alum Sarah Glenn recently played her final home game for Texas Southern University.  Sarah, of the St. Mike's Class of 2010, was a multi-sport star in high school but focused on soccer at the collegiate level.  She has helped her Division 1 NCAA TSU Tigers to qualify for their league championship tournament this season.  Sarah has also carried on her outstanding performance in the classroom at the post-secondary level and plans to pursue dentistry after graduation.  The St. Mike's community says: "Congratulations Sarah!"



2014 Guatemala Poverty Exposure Trip Fund Raiser
 

 

In support of the 2014 Guatemala Poverty Exposure Trip that St Michael Students will be taking during the March 2014 Spring Break, the group has a great and delicious fund raising program. Click on the image for further information or to down load an order form.

Little Caesar Pizza Kit order are due to the office on Tuesday October 29th.  This is a great opportunity to support our school community!  Please see Ms. Bridson if you have any questions. 


2013-2014 Father Fogarty Recipient

 

St Michael Grade 12 student Colleen Ruth accepts the Father Fogarty Award from Lay Chaplin Mrs. Richer-Camillone and Principal Mr. James.  The award recognizes good scholarship, involvement in school or community activities, and conduct which typifies the objectives of the Catholic school. The student awardees will be invited as guests to the 2013 Father Patrick Fogarty Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel. Congratulations Colleen.


St Michael Student Accepts Co-op Award

St Michael CHS student Kurtis Parent accepts the Grenville Mutual Co-Op Award for his dedication and commitment to meeting the requirements of the St Michael Co-op Program.  Kurtis completed the program at the Kemptville Canadian Tire store.



Amazing Cross Country Season for St. Mike's Grade 7&8!!

 

Over 40 grade seven and eight students joined the St. Michael's Cross Country team this year and attended five meets in total. The Mustangs displayed great commitment and dedication to their training and attained new personal bests as the season wore on. In addition, our athletes demonstrated constant sportsmanship towards themselves and fellow runners from various schools. Our LGESAA championship was help on Thursday October 17th, and St. Mike's did not disappoint. Our grade seven boys as well as our grade eight girls captured the gold medal. Our grade eight boys showed great improvement throughout the season and took home the silver medal. Our grade seven girls suffered a setback and had to settle for fourth. Each and every runner on the team had a huge role to play on our success this season. Congratulations goes out to TISS who came in first place overall in the grade 7&8 category. Pictured are the Grade 8 Girl's Gold Medal team of Tatiana Weissflog, Dominique Charland, Alice Campbell, Lauren Bellefontaine & Danielle Charland and the Grade 7 Boy's Gold Medal team of Daniel Costea, Kyle Meisenheimer, Steven Vichos, Ryan Bonfield & Luke Hiyazaki.
 
 


St. Michael Qualifies Two Teams for OFSAA Cross Country

 

On Thursday, October 24th the EOSSAA Cross Country Championships were held in Brockville. For the second time in three years the St. Michael cross country team were crowned AA EOSSAA champions.  Along the way to capturing the AA title some St. Michael history was made. 
 
The junior boys team had a very successful day capturing EOSSAA gold. The boys have had a very successful season this year, usually finishing in the top three at every race.  The St. Michael team finished with 47 points, narrowly beating out the TISS team(51pts), who had just beat them the week before at the LGSSAA championships held in Kemptville. Justin Marques, Austin White, Callum Boland, Owen Healey, Drake Brown and Hunter Wilson will compete with the best in the province in Sudbury next week. This is the first time a boys team from St. Michael will compete at the OFSAA championship. 
 
Another first for the St. Michael history books happened in the senior girls race.  The girls got fired up watching the boys race to victory  and put forth their best race of the year.  For the first time ever the school will be sending a senior team to OFSAA.  The senior girls team finished 2nd, narrowly defeating Kingston Collegiate and Sydenham High School for the right to compete at the provincial championship.  Braeden Brown, Reilly Jones, Katie Bohn, Kaitlin Casey, Natalie Bennett, Linsey Van Koppen and Taylor Lilly will be joining the boys in Sudbury.
 
The junior girls team, made up of Marnie Bird, Charlotte Hitsman, Tyannah Lee and Grace Mulvaney also helped push the St. Michael points total up by finishing 5th overall.
 
Photos - #118 - Ethann Yakabowski(bib 796) pushing the pace in the senior boys race.
#231 - Owen Healy, Callum Boland, Austin White, Hunter Wilson, Justin Marques, Drake Brown - EOSSAA gold medal winning junior boys team.
 
Other top individual finishers from St. Michael were Will VanVliet who finished 15th in the midget boys race and Ethann Yakabowski, in his final cross country race of his high school career finished 13th in a very competitive senior boys race.
 
 


Grade 7 & 8 bring home 3 gold and a bronze at the annual St. Mike's Turkey Trot!!!

On Thursday October 10th, St. Mike's hosted their annual Turkey Trot. Our grade seven and eight surpassed all expectations. Every runner pushed and ran their personal best run. The day started with an exceptional finish from Steven Vichos, followed be Ryan Bonfielf, Luke Hiyazaki and Kyle Meisenheimer, leading the grade seven boys to a FIRST place finish. Grade seven girls ran next, and they did not disappoint. A strong first place finish by Vesta Mourato (who brought home the turkey), followed be Madison Meisenheimer second, Kaitlyn Dawson and Emily Cochrane a few steps behind, which resulted in another GOLD for St. Mike's. Tatiana Weissflog, stronger than ever, lead the grade eight girls, along with Danielle Charland, Rhys Brown and Dominique Charland to finish FIRST in the grade eight girls category. As for the grade eight boys, they showed great improvement, finishing THIRD overall with Seth Pitre in the lead, followed by Dawson Maisonneuve, Liam Ford and Jed Brownrigg. All athletes demonstrated perseverance, dedication, and sportsmanship towards each other and fellow runners. Outstanding work Mustangs!!!




Former Mustang Eric Cornel Off to a Great Start
 
Click on the following link to read an article about former Mustang Eric Cornel in his second year with the Peterborough Petes:

http://gopetesgo.com/article/eric-cornel-featured-in-nhl-draft-tracker







 



 

Choosing a post-secondary school can be an overwhelming process for students. With over 6000 schools in the SchoolFinder network, finding one that is the right fit is a difficult and important decision.
 
The school and scholarship experts at SchoolFinder.com will be sharing tips with students on choosing the right school during a one-hour webinar offered at two convenient times.
 
Register for the Finding the Right School webinar presentation on Wednesday, October 23rd or Wednesday October 30th, to:
• Discover the differences between university, college, and career college
• Compare schools based on programs, pre-requisites, and costs
• Learn how to consider your priorities, preferences, and personal finances
 
Finding the Right School                              Finding the Right School
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Time: 12 PM - 1 PM (EST)                              Time: 6 PM - 7 PM (EST)
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 To participate, you will need a computer, speakers and Internet access.
 
If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-211-5577 or at info@schoolfinder.com

 

 





Our Mustangs in action versus Holy Trinity in Junior Football at St. Michael's, as Spencer Clark carries the load in the home opener. (Photo Credit: Paula Gilchrist)

 


 

Our Mustangs in action versus TISS in Junior Football. (Photo Credit: Paula Gilchrist)


Senior Boys Volleyball Team: Ready for Takeoff!

 
The Senior Boys Volleyball team is headed for Halifax this Thanksgiving Weekend.  The boys are seen here on Wednesday night on the tarmac, about to take to the air!  Check back for updates on their progress at the Dalhousie Volleyball Tournament.

 
UPDATE:
Senior Boys Volleyball Team: Great Success in Halifax!
 
 
The Senior Boys Volleyball team performed masterfully in Halifax over the Thanksgiving Weekend.  The boys claimed a Silver Medal at the Dalhousie Volleyball Tournament.

Congrats!
 



St Mikes Intermediate Performs at Year's 1st Meet
 
The St Michael's grade 7 & 8 cross country team had their first meet Thursday. They proved to be true Mustangs, competing with determination and perseverance. The blazing sun, and challenging hills pushed our runners to run an incredible race. Sixteen schools competed in this meet, the elementary girls came in fisrt, the boys second overall, and our high school cross-country team came in second overall as well. Amazing accomplishment... Congratulations Mustangs!!!
 



Senior Boys Volleyball team continues hot streak:

 
The Senior Boys Volleyball team captured the Gold at St. Mary's Annual Tournament

 


 

St. Michael Annual Elementary XC meet will be held on October 2nd, 2013.  All elementary schools in the area are invited to participate in the meet.
 
Start Times
9:20-10:00 - Course walk through
10:00-10:30 - Grade 2&3 girls
10:30-11:00 - Grade 2&3 boys
11:00-11:30 - Grade 4 girls
11:30-12:00 - Grade 4 boys
12:00-12:30 - Grade 5&6 girls
12:30 - 1:00 - Grade 5&6 boys
 
Awards

Ribbons will be awarded to each participant.  A SMCHS athletic bag will be awarded to the winner of each race.

Entries
Please respond and let us know if you will be attending and indicate the approximate number of students you will be bringing for each race. trent.abbott@cdsbeo.on.ca

The entry deadline is Monday, September 30th.  Entry fee is $1.50 per runner.  Please make cheques payable to St. Michael Catholic High School.
 
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Final General Parent Session for the Sacrament of Confirmation 2014
 
It is customary for the children of Holy Cross Parish to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation during the grade 7 school year. Parent information and registration sessions for these sacraments are organized by the parish. The third and final general parent session is being held this Thursday, September 19th at 7pm at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. If you intend to register your child for Confirmation this year at Holy Cross Parish, you need to attend the meeting on Thursday, unless you have already attended one of the meetings held in May. It is essential that the Catholic Parent/Guardian be present at this important session, however the candidate does not need to attend. For more information, contact Holy Cross Parish.
 



Great Student Participation at the Annual Terry Fox Run

 



 


Mustang Football is back!


Special thanks to Paula Gilchrist for the photos.
 


Junior Girls Basketball: 3 and 0 in Exhibition Play on Saturday

The Junior Girls basketball team went undefeated over the weekend in Brockville at the TISS tournament.  The Mustangs opened with a win versus North Grenville and followed up by defeating TISS and South Grenville in back to back games.  Brooke Cornel and Kelsey Cochrane led the Mustang scoring with a total of 32 points each, followed by Tess Corkery with 28.  Iron-woman Melissa Keating chipped in 15 points as she outlasted her opponents, playing 96 out of a possible 96 minutes!  Lauryn MacGillivray`s post defence and rebounding were excellent.  Emily Bellefontaine`s buzzer-beating basket was one of the day`s highlights.  Caitlin Jampen and Sarah Goodfellow played with great hustle and determination.  The Mustangs return to league play on Tuesday, travelling to St. Mary.


Community Run hosted by Mustang Cross Country: September 2013



*** Click here for the results of each race.



Open to the Community: Ferguson Forestry Shuffle Trail Run
We would like to take this opportunity to announce the date of the Ferguson Forestry Shuffle Trail Run.  It will take place on Sept 29th and there will be 2k, 6k and 12k races.  You can register at this link:
 
https://secure.eventsonline.ca/events/ferguson_shuffle/
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Mr. Abbott, Mr. Galbraith, and Mrs. Niedre
 


Senior Boys Volleyball: Champions at Royal Military College


Congratulations Coach MacDonald and the Senior Boys Volleyball Team.  The Mustangs captured the tournament championship at Royal Military College in Kingston over the weekend.  The boys have high hopes for the upcoming LGSSAA season and this was a great start!

 




Mustang Alum Nevin Guy's Ottawa 67's in Kemptville

On Tuesday, September 3, an OHL exhibition game featuring the Ottawa 67's and Kingston Frontenacs takes place at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.  The St. Mike's community will be there in full force cheering on Nevin Guy, Class of 2013 (who wears #24 for the Ottawa 67's).  The puck drops at 7:30pm and an autograph session will be held after the game.

                          


 

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