Spotlight – May 26


Policies Approved

During the May 26 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees approved the following revised policies: 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.

Niagara Catholic Supports the United Way of South Niagara


Niagara Catholic is a strong supporter of social justice initiatives. We are widely known for our Annual Pilgrimage and our Holy Childhood Walks, which support people in developing nations around the world. We also believe it is our responsibility to help people in need at home, and one of the ways we do this is by supporting the United Way of South Niagara’s annual campaign. We have a strong commitment to the United Way through payroll deduction, and also through various events we hold throughout the year, including our United Way Day each April.

During the May 26 Board Meeting, Niagara Catholic presented a symbolic cheque for $33,000 – the amount raised for the organization – during this year’s campaign. Assisting John Crocco (back left), Vice-Chair Dino Sicoli (back, centre) and Father Paul MacNeil in the presentation are students from St. Philomena Catholic Elementary School in Fort Erie, who attended the meeting as part of the School Excellence Presentation.

Trustees Approve 2015-2016 Annual Budget

During the May 26 Board Meeting, Niagara Catholic trustees approved the Board’s 2015-2016 Annual Budget. The 2015-2016 balanced budget is set at $250,669,003.

Read the budget report in the May 26 agenda.

Excellence at St. Philomena Catholic Elementary School


Students and staff from St. Philomena Catholic Elementary School in Fort Erie shared the many great things happening in the school community with Trustees and Senior Staff during the May 26 Board meeting.

Under the guidance of Principal Bob Grand, shared many of the successes of the past year, and focused on a number of areas, including SMART goals of literacy and numeracy. They also focused on building a strong pathway to Catholic secondary school by the excellent relationship between St. Philomena and Lakeshore Catholic High School, so future Gators know what to expect when they begin Grade 9 there.

The presentation also spoke about the many initiatives to enhance classroom experiences, including You’re the Chef, dance and reading clubs, and joining the school’s EcoTeam.

They also spoke about the ways in which the school continually strives to enhance the triad of home, school and church. Family and parish events take place throughout the year, an there are a number of ways in which students perform service for the community, including food and coat drives and other local events such as our annual Kids Helping Kids campaign, as well as sponsoring students in Tanzania.

Niagara Catholic Elects New Student Senate Co-Chairs/Student Trustees

At the Board’s annual Student Leadership Symposium, Niagara Catholic Student Senators elected Michaela Bodis and Aidan Harold as the Board’s Student Trustees and Co-Chairs of Student Senate for 2015-2016.

Aidan is a Grade 11 student at Notre Dame College School in Welland, and Michaela is a Grade 11 student at Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne. They were elected during the 2015 Niagara Catholic Student Leadership Symposium at Club Roma May 20. The Student Senate aligns with our System Priority of enhancing student engagement and student voice and implements the annual requirements within the Elementary Student Senate and Secondary Student Senate Board Policies.

Michaela and Aidan replace graduating students Chloe Demizio and Jessica DiPasquale, whose terms as Secondary Student Senate Co-Chairs and Student Trustees conclude at the end of June.

“We extend tremendous appreciation to Chloe and Jessica for their outstanding leadership, passion and active participation throughout this school year,” said Niagara Catholic Director of Education, John Crocco. “We wish them every success as they move on to their next exciting journeys. We also look forward to working with Michaela and Aidan in the upcoming year. It was a rewarding day for all elementary and secondary students as Niagara Catholic continues to engage and enhance student voice and leadership.”

Niagara Catholic is also pleased to announce that Alexandra Leslie, currently a Grade 7 student at St. Alfred Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines, and Benjamin Shoalts, a Grade 7 student at St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School in Port Colborne, have been elected Co-Chairs of the Elementary Student Senate. They replace outgoing chairs Olivia Mete and Michael Solomon.

Don’t forget!

The Niagara Catholic Staff Mass 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.