Spotlight December 15

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Ground Broken for New St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Smithville

Getting ready to dig.

Getting ready to dig.

The students, staff and St. Martin Catholic Elementary School community waited a long time for the day when ground would break on a new school, but on December 9, they finally had the chance to celebrate. The school community was joined by Senior Staff, Trustees, Minister of Education Elizabeth Sandals and Mayor Douglas Joyner for the groundbreaking celebration at the new site on Streamside Drive in Smithville.

Read the full media release announcing the new school here. View highlights from the celebration in our Good News section and Facebook page.



2015 Student Christmas Card Designers Recognized by Trustees at Board Meeting

Every year, Niagara Catholic students are invited to submit designs for the annual Christmas card package distributed by Senior Staff, Trustees and Parish Priests. During the December 15 Board Meeting, the eight very talented students selected this year were presented to the Board, and each received a plaque-mounted version of their design.

Christmas cardsEditCongratulations to this year’s designers Brooke Atamanyk (Grade 8, Alexander Kuska Catholic Elementary School), Herman Tang (Grade 9, Lakeshore Catholic High School), Stephanie Naccarato (Grade 11, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School), Jedidiah Demesa (Grade 5, St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School), Tori Aquino (Grade 9, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School), Janel Szarko (Grade 6, Saint John Catholic Elementary School), Dana Borowitz (Grade 10, Saint Paul Catholic High School) and Paula Gomez (Grade 8, Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School) for their wonderful designs which depict the Christmas season.

Holy Cross Catholic’s Samba Band Heats Up Final Meeting of 2015

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Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School was in the spotlight at the December 15 Board meeting. Prior to Principal Denice Robertson sharing with Senior Staff and Trustees what makes the Angus Army so special, the school’s Samba Band made sure everyone was awake with an incredible performance.


Policies Approved

Niagara Catholic Trustees approved the Board’s Attendance Support Program Policy (201.16), and the new Asthma Policy (302.9) during the December 15 Board Meeting.

Director’s Annual Report Presented

In compliance with the Education Act, the Chief Executive Officer of a School Board is required to submit an annual report highlighting the action taken during the preceding 12 months. A copy of this report is also required to be submitted to the Ministry of Education. Director of Education John Crocco submitted his report to the Board during the December 15 Board Meeting. It will be sent to the Ministry of Education in January. It will also be posted on the Board website for public review.

Revised Budget Estimate for 2015-2016

Each year, school boards are required to submit a revised estimate for the current year to the Ministry of Education. The purpose of this is to give all school boards the opportunity to revise their budgets, taking the most current information available into account. During the December 15 Board Meeting, Niagara Catholic’s Revised Budget Estimate was presented to the Board. Niagara Catholic’s recovery plan, which began in December 2014, has been fully implemented and will bring the Board into a balanced position by fiscal year-end, August 31, 2016. The Revised Budget Estimate is report C6 in the December 15 Board Agenda.

Catch Up With Our Good News!

If you haven’t checked out our Good News section in a while, be sure to take a look at some of the great stories we’ve had to share in December, including some pretty impressive musical performances by our students.

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