Classes for all St. Clair Catholic elementary and secondary school students resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. This includes Junior Kindergarten, unless parents/guardians have been otherwise contacted by the school.
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The St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp, now in its fourth year, continues to grow in Chatham and Sarnia and has this year expanded to include Wallaceburg. The three week-long program, which began in 2014 with just three classrooms in Chatham, now includes nine classrooms among all three sites.
"Summer Learning Camp is a big hit with students and parents,” says Brenda Corchis, Coordinator – Elementary Curriculum. “It’s an opportunity for students to meet friends and learn new skills in order to reduce summer learning loss. The evidence also suggests that it helps to build confidence in our students."
The program consists of 45 hours of literacy, math and robotics over three weeks, which is taught during the morning hours. In the afternoon, educational excursions or special fun activities are planned. In Chatham-Kent, students will visit the Gable Rees Pool in Blenheim, Parks Blueberries, the Chatham Gymnastics Centre, the Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village and the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area; in Sarnia, students will travel to the Moore Museum, Petrolia Pool, East Street Fire Station, Sarnia Public Library and Canatara Park; and in Wallaceburg, educational excursions are planned for Peers Wetlands, the Wallaceburg Museum, gymnastics, the Sydenham pool and the local branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library.
"The educational excursions are used to help prompt students' thinking and further their interest in learning," says Mrs. Corchis. "We also keep the children physically active through games, dance, swimming and gymnastics."
This year, through an additional grant, robotics has been added to the camp learning schedule. Secondary students from Ursuline College and St. Patrick's support robotics instruction at each site using Dot and Dash and Lego Wedo.
Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday from July 10 through July 28 at St. Matthew Catholic School in Sarnia; Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham; and St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Wallaceburg. Healthy snacks are provided to the students through funding from the Ontario Student Nutrition Programs of Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent.
The Summer Learning Camp program is funded through a grant from the Ontario Council of Directors of Education.
In the photos (top left) students learn cooking skills at St. Matthew Catholic School, Sarnia; while (above right) students at Georges P. Vanier, Chatham have fun with tie-dying t-shirts; and (bottom left) campers at St. Elizabeth, Wallaceburg enjoy time with their favourite books.
Students and staff at St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim have raised a whopping $5,573.61 in the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart event.
"We are thrilled with the success of our event and we think it shows we are definitely a school with a 'heart'!" says Stacy Shepley, Principal of St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim.
As part of the fundraiser, students recently participated in a number of heart healthy events, including skipping, soccer, soccer baseball and basketball.
The money was presented to a local representative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (photo above) who says the funds will be used to help pay for critical research, which saves lives by preventing heart disease and stroke and supporting survivors and their families.
St. Patrick's Catholic High School Grade 9 student Sophia Makrigiannis has won a prestigious provincial award. The annual Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) Young Authors awards have been announced and Sophia's composition Guitar Strings and Coffee Beans was the winner in the Grade 9-10 short story category.
Sophia is one of only 55 students from across the province, from JK to Grade 12, to be acknowledged.
"This is an amazing accomplishment and a great honour for Sophia and we are so pleased that she has received this provincial recognition," says Rob Cicchelli, Principal of St. Patrick's Catholic High School.
Sophia's short story is included in an anthology of award winning entries, compiled each year by OECTA. Copies of the publication are distributed across the province to school and public libraries, Catholic trustees, Directors of Education and offices of MPPs.
"The winning submissions for this year's Young Authors awards are a testament to the talent and creativity of students across Ontario," says Ann Hawkins, President of OECTA. "I am always amazed, not only by the breadth of topics students write about, but also by the passion and imagination of these young writers."
"It is important to also acknowledge the support and encouragement students receive from Catholic teachers, who contribute to the finished product," says Ms. Hawkins.
In the photo above are (L-R) Robert Cicchelli, Principal, St. Patrick's Catholic High School; Sophia Makrigiannis; Chris Stoesser, English Department Head, St. Patrick's Catholic High School; and Chad Coene, President, OECTA Secondary - St. Clair Unit.
Students and staff at Gregory A. Hogan Catholic school recently wrapped up their Rayjon awareness activities. During the Lenten season, information posters placed in the hallways, student led announcements and letters to parents/guardians encouraged donations of 'gently used and no longer needed' eyeglasses for the Rayjon Eyeglass Program.
The eyeglass program was developed in response to a need for vision care, which has been identified in the countries visited as part of other Rayjon programs. The purpose of the program is to provide vision correction for those unable to afford or obtain either the examination or the eyeglasses they need.
"We are thrilled that our school community has gathered 130 pairs of eyeglasses for the Rayjon Eyeglass Program," says Liz Bujaki, Principal of Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School.
Bob Topliffe, Rayjon Eyeglass Program Coordinator, attended a presentation at the school. He told students that the eyeglasses are washed and put into a machine which identifies the prescription. Each pair of glasses is labeled and placed in a case with care instructions. A cloth to keep the glasses clean is also provided.
In addition to the eyeglass campaign, the older students heard a presentation by teacher Emily Cosford, who travelled to Haiti to participate in a Rayjon awareness trip. She spoke about Rayjon's mission of 'look, listen and learn' and how it has impacted her awareness of how resilient some people truly are.
Joanna Giresi, one of the coordinators of the Rayjon awareness trips, also spoke to the students. Joanna explained that the wealth of the world is unevenly distributed and she asked them to reflect on that; and on ways in which they can assist in changing that for the future. Joanna also discussed how the awareness trips involved high school students at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.
In the photos are (top left) members of the Gregory A. Hogan Student Parliament present Bob Topliffe, Rayjon Eyeglass Program Coordinator, with 130 pairs of eyeglasses; and (above right) a table displaying the donated glasses.
The St. Clair Catholic District School Board, along with Tecumseh Eco Knowledge, hosted a First Nation, Métis and Inuit Student Symposium on June 6, 2017 at the Walpole Island Cultural Community Centre.
Two-hundred and sixty-five Indigenous and non-Indigenous students from Grades 8-12, along with educators across five elementary two secondary schools, participated in building leadership and identity with historical and cultural understanding.
Students engaged in interactive learning stations with teachings focused on mind, body, spirit and emotion. The group also participated in the interactive Blanket Exercise - an experience which helps to build understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Students at both St. Patrick's Catholic High School and Ursuline College have been gathering monthly throughout the year. The symposium was an opportunity to bring secondary classrooms together with Grade 8 students, to partner in learning with the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Student Leadership Groups. The exercise prepares students to lead by example and take active steps to apply a model of reconciliation on a daily basis. Leaders from Bkejwanong, Walpole Island First Nation, Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Delaware First Nation support the learning and development of the students.
Community members, educators, and students walked forward together from the learning experience having a better understanding of their role in making positive footprints that will impact seven generations to the future.
In the photo above, students from UCC join with Jerome "Moose" Isaac show off their bracelets, which symbolize friendship and respect among all races and nations.
There are lots of new books to read in the library at St. Ursula Catholic School and they were donated by the authors - the school's Grade 1 to 3 students!
"This was a tremendous experience for our students," says Grade 2-3 teacher Andrea Keating.
"This inquiry-based learning project took our students through the entire writing process - from developing the story, to writing and editing, to illustrations, to publishing the book. It was exciting to watch!"
"It was amazing to see our students so fully engaged in this process," says Grade 1-2 teacher Lia Dolfi. "Every day they just couldn't wait to get started writing!"
The students used storyjumper.com, a website that leads users through the process of creating books, even producing computer-generated pictures.
Each student published two books - one was donated to the school library, the other they kept for themselves.
Parents were invited to a 'book reveal' party at the school this week.
"We had a great turnout," says Principal Kelly Van Boxtel. "Our gym was packed. The parents were truly amazed at the work their kids had done!"
In the photo above with two of the student authors are (L-R) Andrea Keating, Grade 2-3 Teacher; Candi Chauvin, Parent; Nicole Britton, Parent; and Lia Dolfi, Grade 1-2 Teacher.
Students and staff at two St. Clair Catholic schools have partnered with local organizations to help make a greener tomorrow. Tree plantings were recently held at St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna and Sacred Heart Catholic School, Port Lambton.
Through a grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Lambton Public Health and the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority are making trees available to local schools to plant in their school yards.
"This was a tremendous event for our school," says Colleen Cogghe, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna. "Not only are the trees are a beautiful addition to our school yard, but this event aligns perfectly with our Catholic mission of being good stewards of the environment God created."
Representatives from Lambton Public Health and the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority also spoke to students about the tremendous benefits of trees.
"Trees provide schools with a more natural environment and shade coverage for their outdoor areas," says Martina Jackson, Health Promoter for Lambton Public Health. "They also play an integral role in outdoor classrooms, by offering opportunities to educate and engage students about the environment."
In the photo with students at St. Joseph Catholic School are (L-R) Nicole Drumm and Tim Payne from the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority; and Martina Jackson, Lambton Public Health.