Spotlight December 19

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December 19, 2017

2017 Director’s Annual Report Shared with Trustees

Director of Education John Crocco shared the 2017 Director’s Annual Report with Trustees during the final Board meeting of the calendar year.

The Ministry of Education requires all school boards to forward a Director’s Annual Report to the Ministry, highlighting the action taken during the prior 12 months. Copies of the report are then distributed to our schools, Catholic School Councils, the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee, parish priests and community leaders for information. Electronic versions are also sent to Directors of Education throughout the province.

The finalized Director’s Annual Report will be submitted to the Ministry by January 31, 2018, and posted on the Board website.

Shining the Spotlight on Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School

ChoirEvery month, one Niagara Catholic school is showcased in a display at the Catholic Education Centre, as part of the School Excellence Program. That school also gives a short presentation to the Board during the month their display is highlighted, sharing the things that make their school special.

In December, the spotlight was on Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School. Principal Jim Whittard was joined by Vice-Principal Tony Della Ventura, teachers Micheline Hauber and Lisa Fazzalari, and students Maddie Maheu, Lucas Ferrante, Michael Setrak and Maceo Tripodi.

Principal Whittard held the floor first, talking about the academic and athletic successes Saint Francis students have achieved since the school year began, including sports wins at Zone and SOSSA, and the high marks on standardized testing results.

Lucas and Maddie then shared information about the school’s very successful Pilgrimage.

With a student population of fewer than 600 students, an impressive 308 people took part in the Pilgrimage, raising an incredible $31,000 for its current project, the Marie Immaculee school and its adjoining orphanage in Haiti. Prior to that, Saint Francis students and staff supported Regina Assumpta school in Cap Hatien, and another school in St. Marc. Michael and Maceo also spoke about the Pilgrimage, explaining how they came to choose their theme based on music, and how they motivate and inspire students to get involved.

During the presentation, the Saint Francis students performed two songs – O Holy Night and Where is the Love?.

Above, Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School students perform a song during the December 19 Board meeting. 

Policies Approved

Trustees approved the updated Trustee Expenses and Reimbursement Policy (100.13) during the December 19 Board meeting. It is now available on the Board website.

Christmas Card Designers Recognized

Card designers

Every year, elementary and secondary school students across Niagara Catholic are invited to submit their designs for Christmas cards that are used by Senior Staff, Trustees and are distributed to Bishop Bergie and parish priests.

During the December 19 Board Meeting, the 10 designers were recognized by the Board, and each received a plaqued version of their design. This year’s recipients were: Alyssa Avolio (Grade 8, St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School), Dana Borowitz (Grade 12, Saint Paul Catholic High School), Devin Brzozowski-Greenwood (Grade 11, Saint Michael Catholic High School), Cassie Corbett (Grade 7, St. Mark Catholic Elementary School), Alessandria DiMaria (Grade 8, Loretto Catholic Elementary School), Gabrielle Gaitan-Caballero (Grade 4, Holy Name Catholic Elementary School), Julia Kozlowski (Grade 9, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School), Lucky Lou Delotta (Grade 8, St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School), Eli Rigby (Grade 7, St. Peter Catholic Elementary School) and Nicholas Woodruff (Grade 9, Notre Dame College School).

Above, Director of Education John Crocco, Vice-Chair of the Board Pat Vernal and Board Chair Father Paul MacNeil stand with students who designed the 2017 Christmas cards. 

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