2016 Partners in Mission Food Blitz
Please give generously to the 2016 Food Blitz on Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at ten local grocery stores across Kingston. The Holy Cross Food Blitz Team will be at the METRO Store on Bayridge Drive. Drop off a non-perishable food item there or at Holy Cross on Monday May 2nd.
The Partners in Mission Food Bank has developed a "new" way to collect food this year for their annual "Food Blitz". On Saturday, April 30th, food will be collected at 10 area grocery stores instead of volunteers going door-to-door. Although that method has been successful in the past, the organisers have decided to make it easier for donors making their contributions. Holy Cross has been invited to provide 100 canvassers from 10 am to 5 pm at the Metro store on Bayridge Drive at Taylor-Kidd Blvd.
Catholic Education Week 2016
Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week (CEW). This year’s celebration is entitled, "Catholic Education: Opening Doors of Mercy" and will be held during the week of May 1st to May 6th, 2016.
The overall scriptural theme is taken from Matthew’s Gospel, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy" –. We are hopeful that as members of the body of Christ here at Holy Cross, we, too, will feel our hearts embracing mercy in our school community.
To help in this effort, we will begin each day with a prayer reflection that will connect us to the theme of mercy. We will also be sending students and staff to the ALCDSB Board Wide CEW Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, May 5th, Fr. Leo Byrne will preside at our Catholic Education Week School Mass at 9:30 a.m.
Let us all pray that God will bless the students and staff of Holy Cross and of Catholic schools across our province during this year’s Catholic Education Week.
Dual Credit Application Process
If you have selected a dual credit course on your course selection sheet for the 2016-17 school year, it is time to apply to St. Lawrence College for the dual credit course of your choice. If you did not select a dual credit course but are still interested, you can still apply by seeing Mr. Murphy (dual credit teacher) or your guidance councellor as soon as possible.
The application process is as follows:
- Attend an introductory meeting on Thursday, April 14th at 10:40 am in the Lecture Theatre. This meeting will cover:
- What Integrated Dual Credits Courses are.
- What Congregated Dual Credit Courses are.
- What the OYAP Integrated Level 1 Apprenticeship Programs are.
- Where to find descriptions about the courses.
- Eligibility to be accepted for the courses.
- How to submit an application for a course. You will receive an application form for the Fall Semester programs at this meeting. Here is a copy of the Fall 2016 Application. Applications for Winter Semester programs will be done in October 2016.
- Study the course offerings and discuss with your parents and guidance councillor which courses interest you the most and which semester works best for you to have a dual credit course. Note that some courses are offered in both semesters while others are offered in only one of the semesters. You should have a first and second choice. See the course offerings.
- Mr. Murphy will meet with you between April 18th and April 29th to discuss your application. You should have your completed application form with parent signatures with you for this meeting if you are applying for a fall course
- Mr. Murphy will submit your on-line application in the week of May 2nd to May 6th for courses in the fall semester. Second semester applications will be submitted in October, 2016.
- Students will be notified of their acceptance to a dual credit course for the fall semester by Mr. Murphy once confirmation is communicated by St. Lawrence College staff in late May or early June.
- Contact Mr. Murphy with any questions by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at Holy Cross at 613-384-1919 ext. 4043 or drop into Room 233 or Room 217 (Period 4). You can also contact your guidance councellor.
- St. Lawrence College Dual Credit Website - Provides a overview of the Dual Credit Program at the Kingston Campus of St. Lawrence College.
- Fall 2016 Dual Credit Course Application Form
Student Council Elections
|The main foyer is always plastered with colourful election posters during the Student Council elections..|
The yearly Holy Cross Student Council election is in full swing. The election process began with students wishing to run for council completing nomination forms which require the signatures of six teachers and thirty of their fellow students. Candidates must also be in grade eleven and have a minimum 75% average.
Once the forms have been approved the election campaign begins. Candidates have been preparing election videos and posters and crafting a speech. The always popular election videos will be shown over two lunch periods to a packed audience in the cafetorium. Posters are put up on the last Sunday evening before election week and bring much colour and creative slogans to the foyer and halls of Holy Cross.
|Candidates often create videos to introduce themselves to the student body. Most of the videos, like Kenya Costa-Dookhan's, have a humorous theme.|
The election culminates in the annual Townhall Assembly where each candidate delivers their election speech to the student body. This year, Town Hall will be happening on Wednesday, May 4th and it is scheduled to take place from 9:30-10:30. During Period 4 on Wednesday, May 4th students who have a first period spare will be invited to cast their vote at a voting station set-up in either the cafetorium or the library. All other voting will happen during 1st Period on Thursday, May 5th. Teachers will distribute voting cards and collect them when the class is done. Members of the Students Council will then collect envelopes between 8:45-9:00 AM and tally the results. Sometime during the day, all candidates are called to the Student Council office where the names of the newly elected council members will be announced. The results are then broadcast to the entire school.
HC Tech in Chicago!
The Holy Cross Technological Education Department is proud to announce that staff and students are on an educational field trip to Chicago. The 5 day trip is from Thursday, April 28th to Monday, May 2nd, 2016. The trip is a cross-discipline technology themed adventure that will provide students with the broad-based opportunity to learn and experience technology first hand. Trip highlights include:
- the Willis Tower Skydeck which is the tallest building in the western hemisphere,
- the Chicago Film Tour to see film locations for Ferris Bueller, Blues Brothers, and the Dark Knight to name a few,
- the Museum of Science and Industry to see 2000 interactive displays including a WW II submarine, an Apollo landing module and a stainless steel streamlined train
- the Architecture River Cruise to learn about architecture, urban planning, design and engineering
- the Robie House which was designed by famous architect/designer Frank Lloyd Wright
- enjoy an evening of comedy, song and improv at the Second City Comedy Club
- watch a Chicago Cubs major league baseball game at historic Wrigley Field
- plus many shopping and dining experiences
Follow and like our adventure with daily reports, videos and photos on Facebook and Twitter: @HCComTech
The Bike Rack Project and
During the month of May the Wellness Team, the Green Team, CICS and Student Council are promoting Active Travel To School - Walking or Wheeling. The benefits include:
- Getting your body moving helps improve physical and mental health
- To decrease emissions around the school, keeping the air clean
- To decrease congestion at the front of the school making it safer for everyone
|The suggested dropoff points for the walk to school. Click on the image for a larger image.|
Students travelling by school bus or car will have the option of getting dropped off at one of the suggested drop off points indicated on the map or park a block or two away from the school. Together we can help make Holy Cross students and the environment healthier, cleaner, and safer!
Students walking or wheeling, between now and Wednesday May 18th will be entitled to a pick up a ballot entering them into a draw for a new bike and other bike related prizes. Students can also take a "selfie" showing how they actively get to school and Tweet the selfie to @hcssgreenteam, collecting their ballot in the foyer any Wednesday from the Green Team members.
The 4 new bike racks arrive at school on May 18th - check them out!