Spotlight January 31


January 31, 2017

Board, Police Sign Protocol

copsDuring the January 31 Board Meeting, Niagara Catholic Director of Education John Crocco and Niagara Regional Police Services Chief Jeff McGuire signed an updated protocol which governs the way in which schools and police deal with a number of matters, from student behaviour to critical incidents in schools and the community. Joining Director Crocco and Chief McGuire in above photo, from left, are School Resources Officers Const. David Maryniuk and Const. David Thiessen; Niagara Regional Police Constable D. Therrien, Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board and Superintendent of Education Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells. Thank you to Wayne Campbell from The Tribune for his story on our partnership with Niagara Regional Police.

Shining the Spotlight on Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School

sacred-heartEach month, Niagara Catholic shines the spotlight on one school within the system during the Board meeting. On January 31, it was Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School’s turn, and Principal Irene Ricci was joined by Catholic School Council Chair Nancy Gauthier (second from left in the photo at right), Grade 5 Intensive French student Carson Gauthier and Grade 8 student Thia Harker, Sacred Heart’s Student Senator (at podium), and teacher Sean Burke to share the excitement about Chippawa’s community Catholic school.

During the presentation, they shared many great stories about the Sacred Heart Catholic school community. They spoke about their close connection to Sacred Heart Parish, and Father Paul McDonald, who is a frequent visitor to the school. Principal Ricci spoke about the staff’s ongoing commitment to Catholic educational excellence, focusing especially on literacy and on Digital Discipleship.

They spoke about the school climate of Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School, and the many ways in which students and staff come together to help others in need, including participating in the Holy Childhood Walk, Kids Helping Kids and collecting items for the Sacred Heart Parish food bank.

Thia spoke about the ways in which the community comes together each year, including special events and fundraisers, such as purchasing goats for a small village in Kenya last year.

Carson spoke about the Intensive French program, and how much he and his classmates have enjoyed learning French this way.

Mrs. Gauthier spoke about the many ways in which staff at Sacred Heart strive to make a difference in the education, health and wellness of students. She cited programs like the school’s ECO team, the PALS playground program, the You’re the Chef program and the Fair Play League as ways in which students are provided with leadership and experiential opportunities throughout the day.

Mr. Burke spoke about the importance of student voice, and the SpeakUp projects designed to enhance student engagement. The SpeakUp project at Sacred Heart is called Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives. The message is intended to encourage students and staff to unwind and focus on having a healthy mind, and the goal is to create and foster a place for student learning that is safe, inclusive and responsive to the needs of all students.

Niagara Falls Attendance Area Review Approved by Trustees

During the January 31 Board Meeting, Trustees endorsed a recommendation by Committee of the Whole to approve recommendations in the the Saint Michel and Saint Paul

Beginning in September 2016, Niagara Catholic embarked on an Attendance Area Review for the Saint Michael and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools families of schools. This review focused on a review of boundaries for Loretto Catholic Elementary School, Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School.

As part of the Board’s open and transparent process, five committee meetings and four public meetings took place between October 19 and December 14, 2016. The final report was presented to Trustees during the January 17 Committee of the Whole Meeting. The recommendation was approved and will be considered by the Board at the January 31 Board Meeting.

View the complete report in the January 17 Committee of the Whole Agenda.

2016-2017 System Priorities Mid-Year Achievement Report

coverThe System Priorities and their associated enabling strategies chart the course for Niagara Catholic to fulfil the objectives of the Board’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.

The System Priorities are developed by Senior Staff in the spring, and approved by the Board for implementation the following academic year. Each January Senior Administrative Council presents a mid-year update to review progress. That report was presented during the January 31 Board Meeting.

Niagara Catholic is on target to complete the enabling strategies for the overwhelming majority of the System Priorities prior to the end of the school year.

The 2016-2017 Mid-Year System Priorities Progress Report is available online. The 2016-2017 System Achievement Report, which will provide a comprehensive overview of the success in meeting the expectations set out for this academic year, will be compiled over the summer and presented to the Board in September 2017.


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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. Be sure to check out Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School’s video about the school, which one third-place in the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association annual video competition, and the video from our Baby Day celebration, provided by Cogeco. There’s also some great stories on the In the News section of our website, accessible through the home page. Don’t forget our monthly Director’s Video is also available on the main page of this website.


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