Spotlight December 20


 December 20, 2016

Student Christmas Card Artists



Director Crocco and Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board, are joined by St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School student Teagan Atkinson during the December 20 Board Meeting.

Each year, Niagara Catholic students are invited to design Christmas cards, which are distributed to our trustees, members of Senior Staff and parish priests for use during the Christmas season.

This year, eight cards were selected from students in grades six through 12 at our Catholic elementary and secondary schools. You may view a full gallery of photos of our student artists and their designs on our Facebook page.

The students were recognized during December 20 Board Meeting, each receiving a plaqued version of their card and an Excellence in the Arts pin, presented by Director of Education John Crocco and Chair Father Paul MacNeil.

We thank all of the students for their beautiful contributions to our Christmas celebrations in 2016!



St. Theresa in the Spotlight


Robbie Csordas, a student at St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School, gets a little help with his microphone as he talks about his project during the School Excellence Presentation at the December 20 Board Meeting.

Each month, Niagara Catholic shines the spotlight on one of its schools. This month, it was St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines.

Principal Deborah Mercnik told the Board about what makes St. Theresa – Niagara Catholic’s last open-concept elementary school – the indispensable choice for the families of the 179 students it serves.Her School Excellence Program focused on the efforts staff have put toward continues education, particularly in math. She said students and staff have embraced technology as a way of grasping new concepts, which will help prepare students for their future education and careers in the 21st century.

Mrs. Mercnik also touched on the ways in which St. Theresa students and staff give back to the community, supporting causes at home and around the world. She is especially proud of the way extended families support these causes, too.

During her presentation, Mrs. Mercnik was joined by students Makayla Regehr, a Grade 8 student who sang Silent Night, and Robbie Csordas, a Kindergarten student who explained how he set up a restaurant.

Turf Field Agreement for Saint Paul Catholic High School

During the December 20 Board Meeting, trustees received a report from Director of Education John Crocco and Giancarlo Vetrone, Superintendent of Business and Financial Services, outlining the current agreement between Niagara Catholic and the City of Niagara Falls for a new turf field at Saint Paul Catholic High School.

The report shared information that during the December 13 Council Meeting, the City of Niagara Falls councillors unanimously approved setting aside $500,000 in the 2017 budget as a contribution to the field at Saint Paul.

With this contribution, a $200,000 contribution from the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education and a matching $200,000 from the Niagara Falls Soccer Club, $900,000 of the anticipated $1-million cost has been covered.

The Foundation is currently working to raise additional funds for this project through its Turf Field Campaign.

Read the complete report in the December 20 agenda.

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. There’s also some great stories on the In the News section of our website, accessible through the home page.

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Merry Christmas!

On behalf of everyone at Niagara Catholic, we wish you all the best for a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, and for a happy, healthy 2017. Please note that the Catholic Education Centre, and all schools and sites, will be closed from December 26, 2016 through January 2, 2017. Have a blessed Christmas, everyone!christmas1