Mr. WalshPrincipal's Message for April 2014

On Thursday, March 27th, over 300 students wrote the Literacy Test at Holy Cross. I am very confident that our students were very well prepared thanks to our classroom teachers, Special Education Resource Teachers, the HC Literacy Committee and our EQAO test preparation team led by Literacy Co-ordinator Kristi LeSarge, Vince Stabile and SERT Anne Poels. I thank all parents for the encouragement and support they offered to their sons and daughters in the acquisition and development of their literacy skills. The Individual Student Reports are expected by the end of June. Our Grade Nine students wrote a Practice Literacy Test during the afternoon – teachers will mark these practice tests and return them to students for individualized feedback as they get ready for next year.

Students who plan to return to Holy Cross for next year should ensure that they have completed the course selection process and have made selections based on their interests, abilities and destinations. At this time, many registrations have been received for the Class of 2018. Please ensure that you have completed the course selection process while space is still available. Classes do become full quickly.

To celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of our students, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board hosted a “Beacons of Hope” celebration at a series of community breakfasts in our region. Two Holy Cross students , Meagan Kirbyson and Chad Lees, were selected for this honour, which took place on Wednesday, March 17th at the Days Inn. Congratulations also to our Girls’ Hockey Team who captured the Silver Medal at OFSAA in Sudbury. This collaborative effort, coached by Mr. Gillis, Ms. Nichol and Mr. Peirson, was a Holy Cross first and we are all so proud of their achievements. Thanks again to all of the players especially our graduating girls: Rachel Falcone, Erin McAuley, Megan McGuire, Brenna Murphy, Kailey Peirson and Shelby Perry who helped lead the way to silver.

Catholic Education Week runs from May 5th to May 10th this year and the theme is “Serving in the Love of Christ”. In our schools, our faith resounds throughout the curriculum. Take a careful look around our building. You will hear the marvellous work of the students and staff reflecting God’s graciousness in their learning and teaching. During this Catholic Education Week, let’s open our doors to our faith in a special way and celebrate humble servant leadership as demonstrated by our new pope, Francis. I pray that the Risen Christ blesses you and your families with His peace and love.

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.