We’re already a full month into the 2016-2017 school year and so many fantastic things have already taken place in our schools!  October is another very busy month. Read on to find out what’s happening in our schools and sites.

Niagara Catholic’s Annual Director’s Inspiration Awards will take place on on Thursday, October 6. This signature event which takes place each October recognizes Niagara Catholic staff who have been nominated by their colleagues for special recognition. Biographies of recipients will be posted following the celebration.

Friday, October 7, 2016 is an elementary P.A. Day. Enjoy the extra long weekend!


Two special events will take place on Wednesday, November 19. Students and staff from our schools will travel to Toronto to participate in WE Day. This event inspires students and staff to become more actively engaged in the world around them, and to think of others beyond themselves as social  justice activities. Also on October 19, Niagara Catholic will be a part of an initiative to light up Niagara purple to raise awareness against child abuse. This partnership is led by Family and Children’s Services Niagara.

Niagara Catholic’s Annual Pilgrimage is Sunday, October 30. Students, staff, parents, alumni and supporters will walk through various communities in Niagara to raise money for projects in many parts of the developing world. Stay tuned for more information on this event as the date draws closer.

The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)

The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.


October 11, 2016



Trustees Receive Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being

During the October 11 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees received a copy of the Niagara Catholic Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW).

This Plan has been developed to support the continuous improvement of achievement and well-being for all Niagara Catholic students.

The BIPSAW has been provided to all schools to support the School Improvement Planning process, and is available on the Board website.


Capital Projects Update

Niagara Catholic has two schools currently under construction: The $10-million new St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Smithville, and a $4.4-million addition to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby.

Storm sewers have been completed at St. Martin Catholic Elementary School, and water service installation is complete. The new St. Martin Catholic Elementary School is scheduled to open in Spring 2017.

A preliminary design meeting was held with school administration at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School and a consultation meeting has taken place with the Town of Grimsby. A further meeting with the Region of Niagara is scheduled to address the child care addition.

We will continue to provide updates on these projects throughout the year.


Niagara Catholic Adopts Google Apps for Education

In January, Niagara Catholic’s Board of Trustees endorsed the Technology Blueprint 2016-2020, which provides a roadmap for technology infrastructure spending to support student learning and the corporate side of operations.

Prior to this Blueprint being presented and adopted, the Education Technology Services Department (ETS) successfully piloted the use of Google Apps for Education (GAFE).

In moving to cloud-based platforms, ETS has created more than 25,000 accounts for students and staff, enabling them to use the GAFE suite of products. This suite includes a word processing program (Docs), presentation tool (Slides), a spreadsheet tool (Sheets), an email account through Gmail and unlimited file storage on the Google Drive.

Each user has his or her own @niagaracatholic.ca account used to log in to Google. Students and staff experience an ad-free digital experience that retains their bookmarks, regardless of the device used.

A major advantage of GAFE is that ETF staff are able to manage the platform from the Network Centre. The platform operates seamlessly on the Chromebooks which are available in all Niagara Catholic schools.

Learn more about the Technology Blueprint 2016-2020 here.


Good News!

Have you checked out the Good News section of the Board website lately? If not, you’re missing some great stories and photos about our students. Be sure to check it out often to keep up to date on the fantastic things happening in our schools and across the system.


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The Grade 10 Online OSSLT Assessment, scheduled to take place today, has been cancelled due to technical issues on the Provincial end, and students will return to class. If you would like additional information, please click the EQAO slide above to access the agency’s website.




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