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2015 Final Examinations Schedule and Procedures

Click on the following links to download important information on the final exams for 2105.  Examination Schedule  Examination Procedures
Good luck to all students.


 Unfortunately due to the forecasted bad weather,
MOGA will be cancelled and will not be able to be rescheduled for this year.

  "Stay With Me" Curtain Set To Rise  

Director Sydney Taylor and actress/singer Theresa Graham showed up on JUICE FM's morning show to promote this year's play "STAY WITH ME". (Click on image or link to download soundtrack) https://soundcloud.com/diana-leeson-fis…/staywithmegrahamwav). The show opens Wednesday May 13 at 7:30 p.m. and runs for three nights. Tickets are five dollars each and a percentage of profits goes to support "Kayaking for Cancer". Tickets are available at the door or from michael.blouin@cdsbeo.on.ca. St. Michael's stage productions are entirely written, performed and directed by students and last year's production won two Awards of Excellence and a Theatre Ontario Award.




Click on image to download Brockville Recorder article on the Mustang's Soccer program.


St. Michael's Yearbook staff was given an Achievement Award by Jostens for producing an outstanding publication.   The award is given to schools with creative photographic coverage and innovative graphic art design.
It contains many candid and spontaneous Mustang moments never seen before!  Mr. Wong would like to congratulate his students for their superb contribution:  Dallyn Keegan, Danielle Larocque, Tory MacDonald, Brianna McDonald, Connor McMartin, Kurtis Price, Logan Warford, Jeremy Constantineau, Rebecca Krpan, Claire Murphy, Craig Oliver, Taylor Poulin, Ryan Powell,  Kayla Richter and Brianna Workman.

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to a project that so many will appreciate in the years to come.



  Stand By Me - 2015 Drama Production  
The cast and crew of the original play “Stay With Me” are eagerly anticipating the opening night of the St. Michael Catholic High School production on Wednesday May 13th. The play has been written by fourteen students ranging in age level from Grades 9 to 12 and features a cast of 26 as well as numerous backstage technicians.
Last year’s very well received production of “Bully” was the recipient of two Awards of Excellence from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario and also garnered a prestigious Theatre Ontario Award for its writer and assistant director, then Grade 12 student Elizabeth Friend. This year's play is directed gy Grade 12 student Sydney Taylor.
The Drama Department oversees the writing of each two hour production working largely over the summer and open auditions are held in October. Over sixty students auditioned for the roles in “Stay With Me” and the talent level exceeded the production team’s already high expectations. Rehearsals began as soon as the show was cast and took place every day at lunch and after school for eight months. 
“Stay With Me” opens Wednesday May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic High School with subsequent performances the following two evenings. Tickets are five dollars with a percentage of profits this year going towards Kayaking for Cancer. Last year’s production donated a thousand dollars to the Ogooma Uganda Orphan’s Home. Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance by contacting Michael Blouin at michael.blouin@cdsbeo.on.ca.
Photo: members of the cast Phillip Scott, Emily Bellefontaine, Craig Oliver, Sydney Taylor, Chris Alblas and Theresa Graham enjoy a “friendly” ice cream together. (photo credit: Elizabeth Friend)


On Tuesday, April 28 ten students from St. Michael travelled to the Limerick Forest interpretive center to participate in Envirothon - a skills based competition focusing on environmental stewardship and best practices.  Amanda Casey, Megan Watters, Madeline Hubbard, Ashley Snippe, and Sydney Brownlee represented the junior grades well while Kaitlin Casey, Emily Young, Aileen Silva, Nick Weissflogg, and Alex Cornel represented the senior grades.
Workshops on at-risk species, wetland management, forestry assessment, and species identification made for a full and exciting day.
  On Thursday, April 23, students from all grades participated in a school ground clean up in support of Earth Day and the North Grenville and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) "Pitch In" clean up day.
  In addition to cleaning up the school grounds, students also cleaned up a section of Kemptville Creek in the Curry Park area.  This collaboration with the RVCA will continue next week when students will return to Kemptville Creek to reintroduce native species along the shoreline in an effort to increase the buffer area beside the creek.
  St. Mary’s University will be hosting a weekend visit on July 18th & 19th.  They will cover the cost of a parent and student to stay on campus, take part in engaging workshops and get a taste of Halifax culture.  If interested see Mr. MacDonald in Guidance.Image



  Click on the image to download information on Nihmey's Presentaion on May 14th.  




  Twenty-Two St Michael students along with two teachers spent the recent March Break touring Holocaust History sites in Central Europe.  Click on image to download Inside Ottawa Valley news article.  






Grade 8 Student Marc Legere   Grade 9 Student Dominico Astorino

Congratulations to two great SMCHS students for being selected for recipients of the Bravo Breakfast Award.  This award is presented annually to successful recipients who make significant, positive contributors to the life of the school and the Catholic school community.  Way to go!  Mustang Proud!



SMCHS Perform Well At Eastern Ontario Skills Competition

Over 30 of our students competed in the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition in Cornwall - a fantastic event that included 300 students from 15 different high schools across three school boards. As usual, our kids without exception were creative, enthusiastic, skilled, well mannered, and placed well; especially when you consider that our grade 9s through 11s were often up against experienced grade 12s. We are proud of ...all of them.

Austin White - 3rd place in Cabinetmaking

Katherine Welk-Holmes - 2nd place in Culinary Arts

Alex Cornel and Emily Young - 1st place in team Environmental

Megan Watters and Amanda Casey - 2nd place in team Environmental

Dan Lortie and St. Lawrence, again, put on a fantastic day for the kids and thanks go to them and Mr. Lapierre, Mr. Knight, and Mr. MacDonald for support before, during, and after the event.

Congratulations Mustangs!

Photo credits: Danielle Larocque & Tory MacDonald


  A St Michael First  
  ImageCelebrating Junior Success
The St. Michaels Junior volleyball team claimed an EOSSAA title with their successful day in Smith Falls last week.  The girls came into the day as the fourth seed hoping to gain some experience throughout the day but managed to pull through a couple key games while peaking at the right time to clench the 2015 Junior Girls EOSSAA Volleyball Championship.
The girls came out strong in their first game of the day against the always fierce Bayridge from Kingston and fell just short, but they fought back in their second game of round robin play against St. Joes from Cornwall to advance to the semi-final.  With a big game ahead of them against the number one seed, Casselman, the girls struggled through their first set but did not let that get them down and slowly pushed their way back to win the next two sets and clench a spot against Carleton place in the finals.  After the biggest back and for game of the season, the girls managed to keep their composure and won the third and final set 15-12.
Go Mustangs!
Pic – Back. Coach: Melanie Armstrong, Emily Collier, Tatianna Weissflog, Tess Corkery, Melissa Keating, Amanda Casey, Megan O’Connell, Rachel Howarth
Front – Sydney Murray, Grace Besserer, Brooke Cornel, Natasha Lapenskie, Isabelle Legere





Click on image to download McCarthy School Uniform Guide For 2015 - 2016



Over 30 of our students competed in the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition in Cornwall - a fantastic event that included 300 students from 15 different high schools across three school boards.  As usual, our kids without exception were creative, enthusiastic, skilled, well mannered, and placed well;  especially when you consider that our grade 9s through 11s were often up against experienced grade 12s.  We are proud of all of them.

Austin White - 3rd place in Cabinetmaking

Katherine Welk-Holmes - 2nd place in Culinary Arts

Alex Cornel and Emily Young - 1st place in team Environmental

Megan Watters and Amanda Casey - 2nd place in team Environmental

Dan Lortie and St. Lawrence, again, put on a fantastic day for the kids and thanks go to them and Mr. Lapierre, Mr. Knight, and Mr. MacDonald for support before, during, and after the event.

Congratulations Mustangs!

StM-Student Art Show 2015 -ProShow from Mr. Wong on Vimeo.
St. Michael's art teacher, Ms. Lindsay Melnick assembled a wonderful collection of art pieces from her students.  A variety of art forms were on exhibition, including:  acrylic paintings, charcoal and pencil drawings, ceramic and wired art pieces.  It was a feast for the eyes as the up and coming young artists discussed their creations with family and friends.  Students, parents, and grandparents shared many proud moments. 

Enjoy a quick virtual tour of "SMCHS Student Art Show" capturing the memorable evening.


Cake Auction For SMCHS Guatemala Mission Team

Once again the SMCHS Guatemala Mission Team will be heading to Guatemala during the March Break as part of our school's commitment in helping those in need.  And once again, staff and students will be baking and auctioning off cakes to help raise money for the mission team.  Students can bring in their donations all week up to the cake auction on Friday, February 13th.  The class that raises the most amount of money on a per student gets 1st pick of the beautiful cakes available.  Come on St. Mike's, let's show our spirit for the great cause.




Mustangs Riding High By Jonathon Brodie Brockville Recorder
Thursday, January 15, 2015

The St. Michael Mustangs horsepower is being pushed by 12 girls and there are no signs of slowing down.

The Mustangs senior girls' volleyball team are sitting at the top of the LGSSAA standing, losing just one set and winning more than 20.

St. Michael has formed a sort of perfect storm right now.

Mustang coach Angus Mac-Donald credits his team's success with all the work they've put in, whether it's in the twice-a-week practices or the handful of tournaments they've in.

Team captain Linsey van Koppen (pictured above) points to the new schemes her squad has been practicing as to why the Mustangs are piling up wins.

"We have new plays and running harder things that most school teams don't run," van Koppen said, during a break between a pair games against TISS Gananoque Secondary School on Wednesday. "We want to do really good at these new things that we're trying and it just makes us try really hard and it's working for us."

The Kemptville school's senior girl volleyball program has built a reputation that no one involved wants to let down. Van Koppen said people are expecting the Mustangs to ride to OFSSAA and her team shares that belief.

LGSSAA senior girls' AA volleyball seems to have a long tradition of a team dominating. BCI won it six consecutive years from 1990 to 1995. TISS were on top for nine seasons running from 1996 to 2005.

There was a void after that with three different schools winning the championship in five years, but the Mustangs have filled the hole by earning the LGSSAA AA crown four of the last five years -the one season they didn't win it was a strike year and no one won, but St. Michael was the league representative.

"There's a tradition of success at the school and we've had a tradition of winning in the last few years," MacDonald said. "(The team) want to continue on the same thing."

The Mustangs don't always look like a championship team on the surface. They run plays well and rack up aces better than a blackjack table at Gananoque's OLG Casino Thousand Islands, but they do it all with a smile on their face and laughing more times than not during a game. That's a far cry from the stereotypical foaming at the mouth style you sometimes see from a top contender.

Even coach MacDonald seems laid back. When Mustang Jessica Keating was called for a fault and seemed somewhat discouraged with her play, the seventh-year bench boss made sure to keep her spirits up rather than chastise the athlete. When St. Michael player Michelle Wilson served a ball way wide, MacDonald just made a playful joke about the error and kept everything light.

Really, there might not be a whole lot to be angry about in Mustang land when you're beating opponents 20 to 1 -the operative word being "a whole lot."

"He has his moments," van Koppen said with a smile. "He's tough."

Twitter.com/ @jonathonbrodie





SMCHS Semi-Formal Portraits - 2014 from Mr. Wong on Vimeo.

St. Michael's Student Council organized the annual Christmas Talent Show.   Tory MacDonald, a grade 10 Yearbook student captures the split second shots of our very talented students at their peak moments during the performance.

StM-TalentShow2014 from Mr. Wong on Vimeo.


Kemptville Legion Supports St Michael History Department WWI Trench Project

Kemptville Legion Branch 212 Executive member Ruth Garrett presents a cheque for $500.00 to SMCHS History Department for the on-going WWI trench project in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Great War. Thank you Legion members for the continued support.




There are a number of events happening throughout December that you should take note of:
-Friday December 5th: Pajama Day
-Thursday December 11th: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day & Bayshore Shopping Trip 2:45-7:30
-Thursday December 18th: Red, White & Green Day
-Friday December 12th: Elf Help Auction (come bid on an elf's services in the caf at lunch! All money goes to OXFAM Canada)
-Friday December 19th: Period 4 Christmas Talent Show


The deadline for those grade 12 students wishing to be nominated for the Schulich Leader Scholarship is Friday November 28.  You must be attending one of their designated universities and be entering into a math, science or engineering program.  Visit the guidance office if you would like to be considered for the scholarship.
Nominations for the Schulich Scholarships are now being accepted for St. Michael.  Scholarships worth up to $80 000 are available for university bound students in the engineering, math or science & technology fields of study.  One nominee per school is selected.  See the Guidance Office if you are interested.

Click on image to download University/College Application Power Point



Don't Forget - Remind!

Grade 12 students and their parents can now sign up  to receive text messages or e-mails reminding them when an event related to Graduation is coming up or when information important to graduates need to be quickly disseminated.  Click on image to download how-to instructions.



Special Message For Graduating Students

This is a message from the St. Michael CHS Graduation Committee.  Graduation for our Grade 12 students has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th at 1:00 pm.  Each student is asked to limit their guests to four people so that there is room for each student’s guests to be seated in the gymnasium.  All students who are eligible to graduate and who wish to attend must submit a $45 fee to cover the cost of gown rental, keepsake hats, tassles, diploma folders, and the celebration tea taking place after the ceremony.  Students who are not planning to attend the ceremony must indicate this to Mrs. Grant, our Guidance secretary, and are still required to submit a $10 fee to cover the costs of the diploma folder.  Graduation fees are due to Mrs. Grant by Friday, March 13th (the Friday before March Break.)  Thank you.




Click on image to download Enterovirus D68 (Ev - D68) Fact sheet



St Michael Student Part of Youth Ambassador Program  

(Photo taken by Logan Warford)

We are very proud of Grade 12 student, Randilynne Urslack, who was chosen, after a very stringent application and interview process, to take part in the Youth Ambassadors Program this past summer. Only sixteen students, from all across Canada, were chosen to participate. The Youth Ambassadors Program promotes mutual understanding between Canada and the United States, and prepares young men and women for leadership roles in their communities. Randilynne travelled to several destinations in the United States, including New York City and Washington, D.C. As a Youth Ambassador, Randilynne learned about civics, community service, entrepreneurship, and leadership, skills she will apply through participation in community service projects here at home.
For more information about the Youth Ambassadors Program:

  St Michael Student Annie Underhill 2014-2015 CHEO Champion Child  
(Photo taken by Logan Warford)

Annie was chosen to represent the
CHEO Foundation and the Children's Miracle Network as the 2014/2015 Champion Child.
Through the Childrens Miracle Network, the Champions presented by Walmart honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite their medical challenges. For their courage and perseverance, the champions are selected as ambassadors for the 2.6 million children and youth treated at Children's Miracle network hospitals across Canada.
As the CHEO Champion, Annie will play a vitally important role in sharing the good work CHEO did for Annie, and continues to do for other patients. Annie will represent CHEO at various special events, media opportunity, store openings, campaign meetings and Telethon preparations.
Annie will have the opportunity to Travel to Toronto in November where she will meet 11 other Champion from across Canada and share stories about how their lives have been saved and improved because of the tremendous work at their local hospital. From Toronto she will travel to Walt Disney World, Orlando, where she will come together with the Champions from United States.






Click on image to download the presentation schedule for colleges and universities at St Michael.

  Focus on Education Designed to Help Students  



St Michael Students Work on Ferguson Forest Trails

Click on image to download the news article.

St. Mike’s Senior Boys Basketball Team concludes a Great Season
The St. Michael Senior Boys basketball team wrapped up a highly successful 2014-2015 season at the EOSSAA AA regional championship on February 26th and 27th.  Unfortunately the boys did not advance past EOSSAA due to a hard fought 40 to 32 loss to Smiths Falls in the semi-finals.  This loss did not tarnish a fantastic season though, as the Seniors completed an undefeated LGSSAA campaign locally.  St. Mike’s defeated TISS, St. Mary, Athens, North Grenville, Rideau, Ange-Gabriel, Gananoque, and BCI on the way to the playoffs and then claimed the LGSSAA Championship with a 57 to 41 victory over TISS.   In fact, St. Michael actually completed a very rare back-to-back set of perfect LGSSAA seasons, also going undefeated in 2013-2014.  The Mustangs will graduate the following nine players: Phillip Scott, Leon Manthey, Cory O'Connell, Captain Craig Oliver, Andrew Caicco, Bryson Patterson, Captain Jonah Holthus, Chris Janok, and Tom Weissflog.  Returning players include Roark Brookson, Sean Beaulieu, and Matt McNamee.  Coach Finner would like to congratulate the players on another outstanding season and would also like to wish the best of luck to the graduating players who have been exceptional ambassadors representing St. Michael with impressive sportsmanship over the past four years.  Fans of the team will get one more chance to see these boys on the court this year as plans for an alumni game are underway. 

Photo below: These are the nine graduating players, posing after their LGSSAA championship earlier this season.  They are Phillip Scott, Leon Manthey, Cory O'Connell, Captain Craig Oliver, Andrew Caicco, Bryson Patterson, Captain Jonah Holthus, Chris Janok, and Tom Weissflog. 



Girls Basketball All-Stars Announced:

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected to the LGSSAA Girls Basketball All-Star team for this year, as voted by the league's coaches: 
In Junior, St. Mike’s All-Stars are power forward Rachel Young (Grade 9) and point guard Megan O’Connell (Grade 9).
In Senior, the Mustang All-Stars are shooting guard Eva Kuhar (Grade 11), point guard Michelle Wilson (Grade 12), point guard Sarah Benoit (Grade 11), and forward Brooke Cornel (Grade 10).
The game takes place on January 8 at 6pm at St. Mary CHS in Brockville.​

St. Mike's Boys Basketball teams split games with the TISS Pirates on Tuesday.  The Juniors fell 48 to 27 with Emmett Graham leading his team with 7 points.  The Seniors claimed a 57 to 41 victory to remain undefeated in league play.  Craig Oliver overcame the flu to score 25 points while Cory O'Connell stepped up to score 15.  Jonah Holthus contributed 13 points.  The Mustangs next travel to North Bay for a tournament over the Christmas Break.

[photo: Senior basketballer Jonah Holthus holds up his All-Star prize earned over the weekend in tournament play at the TISS Classic.]

Thursday, December 11 at St. Mary

The St. Mike’s boys basketball teams travelled to St Mary in Brockville on Thursday.  The Juniors put forth a spirited effort but lost 65 to 26.  Emerson Sears led the Mustang scoring with 7 points.  Hudson Kelly and Matt Wiggins added 6 each.

The Seniors Boys scored a 57 to 42 win over the Crusaders.  Captains Craig Oliver and Jonah Holthus led the scoring with 16 and 15 points respectively.  Roark Brookson chipped in 12 points.  The highlight of the night was a Tom Weissflog thundering two-handed slam to put an end to a failed St Mary comeback in the fourth quarter.

The St. Mike’s Junior and Senior boys basketball teams opened their regular season with a pair of home-opening wins against
BCI.  The Juniors survived a tight fourth quarter for a 35 to 30 win.  Emerson Sears led the juniors with 8 points followed by Josh Parker with 7.

After a tentative first half, the Seniors held BCI to a single point in the third quarter and went on to score a decisive 59 to 37 victory over the Red Rams.  Captains Jonah Holthus and Craig Oliver had 18 and 16 points respectively.  Power forwards Tom Weissflog and Phil Scott netted 9 each.   

The St. Mike’s Senior Boys basketball team participated in the Crusader Classic Tournament in Kingston over the weekend.  The highlight for the Mustangs was a thrilling last minute 62 to 58 victory over AAA Bishop Ryan of Hamilton.  Jonah Holthus led the scoring with 19 points while Tom Weissflog netted 13.  Roark Brookson added 10 points.  For his 9 points and outstanding floor leadership, the tournament organizers named point guard Craig Oliver the game MVP.  Matt McNamee and Cory O’Connell rounded out the scoring with 7 and 4 points respectively.  The Mustangs’ home opener is Tuesday, December 9 at 1:30pm versus BCI.​


The Senior Boys basketball team opened their season with a pair of exhibition game wins on Wednesday.  In their 64 to 53 victory over Notre Dame of Carleton Place, Jonah Holthus led the scoring with 20 points followed by Roark Brookson and Craig Oliver with 11 each.  Tom Weissflog (seen in the photo on the left) added 8 points coupled with outstanding defence.   Next, in the 53 to 33 win over St. John,  Jonah Holthus again led the scoring with 21 points (including a spectacular fast break slam dunk) followed by Tom Weissflog with 12.  Cory O’Connell chipped in 7.  Grade 10 rookie Matt McNamee introduced himself to his teammates with 14 points on the day and relentless rebounding.  Point guard Craig Oliver impressively racked up double-digit assists in both games.   The Seniors next travel to Kingston this weekend for the Crusader Invitational Tournament.

2014-2015 ArchivesThe Senior Girls basketball team claimed the AA EOSSAA bronze with a 38 to 28 victory over St. Joe’s from Cornwall on Friday at the regional championships in Carleton Place. Earlier in the day, St. Mike’s unfortunately was unable to upset the host team and #1 seed, Carleton Place High School, in the semifinals. Despite that disappointing result, the Mustangs ended their season on a high note with a decisive win in their final game.
Eva Kuhar had a fantastic tournament with a 42 point performance followed by Sarah Benoit with 34 points in four games. Michelle Wilson contributed 24 points, Brooke Cornel chipped in 21, and veteran Sydney Taylor stepped up to score 18 in her best performance of the season. The EOSSAA games are still available for viewing at this link: https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6049900/events/3575730
Coach Finner would like to extend special congratulations to his four graduating Mustang players: Emily Young, Brianna Workman, Sydney Taylor, and team captain Michelle Wilson. These players demonstrated outstanding dedication, strong drive, and great sportsmanship as they represented St. Michael on the court over the past four years. Special thanks also to team manager Craig Oliver for his assistance over the course of the season.

The Mustangs return six very skilled players next year to build on the success of this season’s squad: Tatiana Weissflog, Tess Corkery, Brooke Cornel, Brittany Ballantyne, Sarah Benoit, and Eva Kuhar. The future looks bright!
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