Principal's Message for February 2013
On behalf of the school community I bid farewell and best wishes to Mr. Corcoran who begins his retirement this semester. I wish all the best to Mrs. Patsy-Hawkins-Hogan as she goes on leave this semester and I welcome Ms. Nadia Bernabei, Ms. Jennifer Ireland, Mr. Thomas Wagner, Mrs. Elizabeth Mulvenna, Ms. Shannon Perugino, Ms. Stephanie Pacheco and Ms. Carey Varga in new teaching positions.
I offer congratulations on behalf of our school community to the Holy Cross Cheerleaders and coaches, Ms. T. Collings, Ms. D. Rabadi and Ms. A. Lansdown, and Staff Advisor Mrs. Deb Myers who won first place Senior Novice Division and were awarded Grand Champions at the Big East Blast Cheerleading Tournament on Saturday, February 1s at the K-Rock Centre. Well done team and coaches! Thanks also to the basketball programs and volunteers, and to all who participated in the 25th Annual Memorial – over $7000.00 raised for cancer research.
As we start fresh in the new semester, I hope that all students and staff are re-invigorated and ready to tackle the academic, extracurricular and spiritual opportunities that arise. In particular, I would like to emphasize the importance of being present – of taking the time to be witnesses in faith for one another (particularly as we prepare for the Holy season of Lent) and on a more mundane level, simply being present in your classes. As students fall into a pattern of being absent, they begin to feel more and more disconnected from their classroom activities and also begin to feel overwhelmed by the work that piles up – the connection between absences and failure is very clear. We will renew our efforts to encourage better attendance from our students in order to nurture a sense of community and to ensure that students are as successful in their courses as they can be.
As we begin the second semester and new classes and routines are forming, we revisit existing expectations at Holy Cross. In particular, we expect that students will be in full compliance with our uniform policy as outlined in the Code of Conduct, found in student agendas and on our school website, www.hctoday.ca. I encourage parents to see that their sons and daughters wear the proper uniform to Holy Cross. The uniform must be worn modestly; kilts are expected to be no shorter than two inches from the top of the knee, with plain black tights (no socks), and shirts / blouses must be neither too loose nor too tight. Throughout the day, students should wear black dress shoes, and have buttons done up and shirts tucked in. If wearing undershirts, they too must be white. Pants are to be grey Holy Cross dress pants. If parents see their son or daughter leaving for school in the morning with stretch pants, track pants or black pants on, we would appreciate it if you doublecheck with them that they do have the proper attire to change into (in a changeroom or bathroom) upon arrival at school. A progressive system of intervention will be put into place to deal with uniform violations, up to and including suspension from school for persistent opposition to authority. Girls who roll up their kilt or continuously wear too short a kilt will have their parents notified and will receive school consequences. Some students may be advised to let down the hem of their kilts. Students who demonstrate an unwillingness to comply and cooperate with their teachers and other school authorities on this matter will not remain in our school.
Please contact me if you have any suggestions, concerns, or questions regarding the uniform and the expectations I have been charged with putting in place. You may contact Paul Walsh at 613 384-1919, ext. 3411 at any time.
Vice Principal - Terri Daniel
Terri Daniel was born and raised in the Kingston area, attending Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School. In her first year of teaching, she joined the Holy Cross English Department for the second semester. After eleven years of teaching elsewhere at the secondary level and a year of being Vice-Principal at St. Thomas More and St. Joseph / St. Mary Catholic Schools, she is delighted to return to Holy Cross. She is looking forward to working with the students and staff of such an accomplished community, both in the classroom and in extracurriculars. “Holy Cross has such a tremendous reputation; it is a privilege to be part of the Crusader community,” explains Ms. Daniel. Her philosophy prizes social justice and empowerment of all.
Vice Principal - Paul Melim
The Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has the admirable distinction of retaining many of its graduates as support, teaching, and administrative staff. As a graduate of Regiopolis-Notre Dame, Mr. Melim went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours and a Bachelor Education from Queen’s University before beginning his teaching and administration career in secondary with another school board in Southern Ontario. After 12 years away from Kingston, he returned home taking a position as the Principal of St. Mary Catholic School in Trenton for the past five years.
It is with enthusiasm that he returns to the secondary panel. Mr. Melim looks forward to fully participating in the development of the Holy Cross student’s mental and spiritual growth before they move into their post-secondary lives. “I feel it is a tremendous opportunity to help students become active and responsible participants in their school, community, and faith. I look forward to being a part of the Holy Cross community”.
Have a good year.