Spotlight May 12

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Policy Update

During the May 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended that the following revised policies be approved at the May 26 Board Meeting: Student Suspension Policy (302.6.4) and Student Explusion Policy (302.6.5).

 Niagara Catholic regularly reviews policies to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the Board and are in compliance with Ministry of Education requirements.

 Trustees will consider the policies at the May 26 Board Meeting. 


 

Niagara Catholic Halfway Through Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

During the May 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Superintendent of Education Yolanda Baldasaro and Applied Behavioural Analysis Supervisor Cathy McMullan provided Trustees with a mid-way snapshot of the Board’s Accessibility Plan. This plan describes the measures the Board has underaken and will undertake between 2012 and 2017 to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disbilities who work, learn and participate in our Board community and environment, including students, staff, parents and guardians, volunteers and visitors to the Board and its schools.

 This plan is guided by the Niagara Catholic District School Board Accessibility Standards Policy and Administrative Guidelines (800.8). Read the complete document in the May 12 agenda.


 

Trustees Recommend 2015-2016 Annual Budget

Giancarlo Vetrone, Superintendent of Business and Financial Services, presented the draft 2015-2016 Annual Budget to Trustees during the May 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

 The 2015-2016 balanced budget is set at $250,669,003, a decrease in spending of approximately $6 million over 2014-2015. Trustees will consider the 2015-2016 Annual Budget at the May 26 Board Meeting. Read the budget report in the May 12 agenda.


 

 Students Bound for National Skills Competition in Saskatoon

Alex Powell, a student at Saint Michael Catholic High School, will represent his school and Niagara Catholic as part of Team Ontario at the Skills Canada Competition in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Alex Powell, a student at Saint Michael Catholic High School, will represent his school and Niagara Catholic as part of Team Ontario at the Skills Canada Competition in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Two Niagara Catholic students will travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan later this month, as part of Team Ontario for the Skills Canada competition 2015, after winning gold at Skills Ontario at RIM Park in Waterloo May 4-6.

Alex DiPaola, a student at Notre Dame College School, won Gold in the Mechanical CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) category. This event tests the student’s ability to visualize the size, shape and proportions of two-dimensional drawings in three dimensions.

Notre Dame College School student Alex DiPaola, who will participate in the Skills Canada in the Mechanical CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) event in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Notre Dame College School student Alex DiPaola, who will participate in the Skills Canada in the Mechanical CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) event in Saskatoon May 27-30.

Alex Powell, a student at Saint Michael Catholic High School, won Gold in the Electronics category. This event tests the student’s strong analytical skills, persistence, keen problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities, mathematical aptitude, knowledge of computers and excellent hand-eye co-ordination.

Director of Education John Crocco praised the students for their hard work and commitment to excellence in their events, and the staff who taught and supported them to achieve this result.

Director of Education John Crocco praised the students for their hard work and commitment to excellence in their events, and the staff who taught and supported them to achieve this result.

“I am very proud of both Alex DiPaola and Alex Powell for representing their schools and Niagara Catholic at the Skills Ontario competition and earning spots on Team Ontario for the Skills Canada event in Saskatchewan later this month,” said Mr. Crocco.  

“Their outstanding results are proof that knowledge, skill, hard work and commitment pay off, and I know that the best wishes of all of Niagara Catholic will travel to Saskatoon with them. I would also like to recognize their teachers who shared their knowledge, time and talents for the success of all students.”


 

Catholic Education Week 2015 A Resounding Success

Niagara Catholic schools were filled with faith, fun and families during Catholic Education Week 2015. The week kicked off with Music Monday and the Board’s annual Catch the Spirit Award, which celebrates outstanding Niagara Catholic students, and concluded with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes and honours outstanding alumni. View a complete story and photos of Catholic Education Week events in our schools here.

Director of Education John Crocco, left, is joined by 2015 Distinguished Alumni recipients Joseph McDonald, Terri-Lynn Woodhouse, Dr. Michael Levesque and Bishop Gerard Bergie at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

Director of Education John Crocco, left, is joined by 2015 Distinguished Alumni recipients Joseph McDonald, Terri-Lynn Woodhouse, Dr. Michael Levesque and Bishop Gerard Bergie at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

 


Don’t forget!

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The Niagara Catholic Staff and Family Picnic will take place at Queenston Heights Park on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Join us for an outdoor Mass led by Bishop Bergie at 10 a.m., followed by fun, games and food prepared by the Culinary Arts students at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School. All Niagara Catholic staff and their families are invited to participate in this event. Bring your lawn chairs, snacks and beverages. To register your attendance, please RSVP to www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCDSB2015 by Friday, May 29.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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