On behalf of the entire Faculty and Front Office staff, welcome to the 2016–2017 school year at St. Paul’s! I trust you have enjoyed a relaxing and fun-filled summer and hope you are looking forward to the new school year.
One of the aspects of the St. Paul’s community I enjoy most is the vision shared by our staff in educating students to become men for others. To be open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to justice, is a vision we are all called to strive for in our personal and professional development and in delivering and participating in the academic, extracurricular, and faith formation programs offered at St. Paul’s. The foundation of our hopes and dreams for St. Paul’s is expressed by our Mission Statement:
“St. Paul’s High School is missioned by the Canadian Jesuits to educate students as whole persons
I encourage you to read our Mission and Vision Statements printed in the Student Handbook and reflect on how to practically apply them at the individual and community levels so that we can work together to build up our community, and ultimately, God’s kingdom. The Student Handbook is included in the Agenda Books students will receive during the first week of school. An electronic version is included as part of this news post and in the Resources section of the St. Paul’s Online Community.
The Front Office has prepared an opening school package that will be mailed to families on Thursday, 25 August. This package contains important information and many forms to be completed as we start a new school year. I have included explanations of the forms below.
This particular update is quite long compared to usual weekly updates due to the large number of details associated with starting up the school year. Please see the list of contents below. You can click on sections of interest or read this blog from start to finish. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the items below, please post a comment at the bottom of the page and I will post a public response as others may share similar questions.
You can read this update from start to finish or use the links below to jump to sections of interest.
Parent Guild Information
Please be sure to read the information from the Parent Guild included in the August 25 mailing. The involvement of parents in their sons' education and our school community are vital to the success of St. Paul's. There are several school events throughout the year that are made possible only through the commitment, generosity, and involvement of parents. To this end, the Guild has created an online form to facilitate signing up to volunteer at school events throughout the school year. Thank-you to all the parents who have already completed the online form. If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to complete the online form by clicking on the button below. The school asks that all households complete this form even if it is to indicate they are not available to volunteer. Giving a little bit of your time goes a long way towards building a strong community and enriching the experience of all members of the St. Paul's High School community. For more information about the Parent Guild, please contact its President, Ms Lori Nieman Penner.
Overview of Activities for 6–9 September
Tuesday, 6 September: No Classes
Wednesday, 7 Sept: Student Orientation / Textbook Distribution
All new students in Grades 9–12 will participate in an orientation day. For specific times and details, please refer to the letter from Mr. Tyler Kelsch which is included in the mailing from the school.
All returning students will pick up their textbooks according to the following times.
• Grade 10: 8:15–9:15 a.m.
• Grade 11: 9:30–10:30 a.m.
• Grade 12: 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Relaxed Dress Code
Latecomers for book distribution will be assessed a $30.00 late fee. Students may wish to bring a bag for carrying books and should bring a pen for signing their books. All students are required to use a school lock. A limited number of used school locks are available. New students and returning students who need to purchase a brand new lock will need to bring a $25.00 cash or cheque made out to St. Paul’s High School.
Returning students will be required to bring their Textbook Caution Fee up to the $100.00 level if there is an unpaid balance from last year’s textbook returns. A separate notice from the Business Office was included in the mailing that went out this week; students should bring a cheque made out to St. Paul’s for the amount indicated. Senior students may also want to bring a cheque for parking.
Wednesday, 7 September: Grade 9 Parent Orientation
Parents of Grade 9 Students are encouraged to attend. This a great opportunity to meet your son's teachers, meet other parents new to the St. Paul’s community, and learn how you can support your son in his education at St. Paul’s. The evening starts promptly at 6:00 pm and will conclude by 8:30 p.m. Parents may arrive at 5:30 p.m. to receive assistance setting up Online Community and Powerschool accounts.
Date: Wednesday, 7 September
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Albrechtsen Multiplex
Parking for the MultiPlex is available off Holland Blvd.
Thursday, 8 September: First Day of School
School Day 1
Friday, 9 September: Regular Classes
Friday, 9 September: Regular Classes
School Day 2
Schedule 1: Regular Classes
In the August 25 mailing, families will receive a year-at-glance calendar printed in colour. We hope this will serve as a quick reference to identify holidays and other days off for students, exam schedule dates, early dismissals, scheduled masses and assemblies, and days of the school cycle. For those who prefer a list view of calendar events, download the complete year-at-glance calendar with event listed by month.
Those who prefer a traditional monthly calendar should refer to the most current version of the 2016–2017 School Calendar. Monthly calendars are also linked at the top-right of this page and will be updated with changes as needed. The version of the calendar printed in your son’s Agenda Book was current in May when we had to send it in for publication. As such, please refer to the version of the calendar posted on this page as well as in the Resources section in the Online Community.
We use a variety of schedules throughout the school year for different school events. Schedule I is our regular daily bell schedule and is in effect unless otherwise indicated on the school calendar. Bell schedules for this school year are linked below for your reference. View Bell Schedules
There are several forms included in the mailing from the school. Please be attentive to completing and returning all forms to the Front Office by Friday, 16 September.
CONSENT FORMS FOR PHOTOGRAPHS OR INTERVIEWS
For new students only, please complete the consent form that will allow St. Paul’s High School to take photographs and/or conduct interviews for use in St. Paul’s publications. We often include photographs of student activities in the Alumni Newsletter, St. Paul’s admissions material or on the school’s website. Consent forms for returning students are on file, however, students over 18 years of age, or turning 18 during the year, should stop by the Front Office to obtain a Release Form for the same purpose. Blank forms are available at the Front Desk for parents of returning students who wish to change consent given previously. View Form
CODE OF CONDUCT
St. Paul’s has developed a Code of Conduct that summarizes the school’s expectations and responsibilities of staff, students and parents as found in the Student and Staff Handbooks. Please note that the Code of Conduct is not meant to replace these more detailed documents, but is meant to highlight key areas that relate to developing a safe, secure and productive faith-based learning environment. All parents and students are expected to read the Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct return form, and then return the form indicating they agree to abide by the School’s expectations. It is advisable that both students and parents read the more detailed information included in the Student Agenda Book. View Code of Conduct
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Please read and complete the Acceptable Use Policy form related to students’ use of the school’s network, internet and computer resources.View Form
CONSENT FORM FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS AND PRIVACY LEGISLATION
Please complete this form to provide consent for your son to participate in extramural athletics at St. Paul’s, including events beyond the Perimeter Highway, for the 2016–2017 school year. This form also has a section on privacy legislation as it relates to athletics at St. Paul’s. All families are encouraged to complete this form even if the season for your son’s athletic program has not begun. We hope this will streamline the process of collecting forms for our Athletics Department and coaches. Please contact Mr Ted Higham, Director of Athletics, if you have questions about this form. View Form
Mr Johnston Smith announced his retirement over the summer break so our school community did not have an opportunity to thank and acknowledge him at our closing assembly and convocation in June. For over 40 years, St. Paul’s has benefitted from Mr. Smith’s service as an English and Religion teacher, Counsellor, Vice-Principal and Principal, moderator of the Crusader Newspaper and longtime facilitator of Career Day. Perhaps Mr. Smith’s most important and lasting contribution was initiating and facilitating the Spiritual Exercises course at the school. We wish Mr. Smith an enjoyable retirement and are grateful for his many years of dedicated and generous service to the St. Paul’s school community.
Mr Paulo Borges joins our English and Religion Departments. Mr Borges has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia as well as a a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba with a double-major in English and Music. Mr Borges has worked in high school settings since 1996, teaching humanities, music, arts, and technology. Most recently, Mr Borges served as the Principal of St. Boniface Diocesan High School and is looking forward to returning to the classroom to teach on a full-time basis.
Mr Laurence Broadhurst joins our English Department. Mr Broadhurst completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto specializing in early modern literature. Thereafter, he completed a Master’s degree in Religion & Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University before embarking on doctoral studies at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. For over fifteen years, Mr Broadhurst has served as a lecturer, instructor, and faculty member at numerous Canadian universities. Since 2009, Mr Broadhurst has taught undergraduate courses in literature, religion, and history as a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, Mr Broadhurst completed a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Winnipeg with a major in English and minor in History, and in 2013, he was the recipient of the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
Mrs Maria Cerminara joins our French Department. Mrs Cerminara comes to St. Paul’s with over 25 years teaching experience having taught in schools in the Edmonton and Ontario Catholic School Districts as well as in the Public School Divisions in Ontario and Manitoba. Most recently, Mrs Cerminara taught Grade 9–11 French at St. Edmund Campion Secondary School in Ontario. Mrs Cerminara completed a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta specializing in French and English at the Intermediate and Senior levels. In addition to teaching French and English, Mrs Cerminara has taught courses in Religion.
Mr Justin Daman joins our Math Department. Mr Daman graduated from St. Paul’s High School in 2010. Since that time, Mr Daman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Manitoba and received his Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Manitoba last June. Mr Daman majored in Mathematics and minored in General Science with emphasis on Physics and Computer Science. Mr Daman has also worked as a tutor at Sylvan Learning Centre and has tutored several current St. Paul's students. In addition, Mr Daman has been involved with the Crusader Football Program as a volunteer coach since 2011.
Mr Rob Gardner resumes his teaching duties as our Band Program Coordinator. Mr Gardner served as the Band Instructor at St. Paul's for three prior to taking a one-year leave of absence last school year. For many years, he also served as Percussion Instructor at Concorde Bible College and Percussion and Sectional Instructor at the University of Manitoba School of Music. Mr Gardner studied Music education at the University of North Dakota and received dual Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba. Mr Gardner is also an accomplished musician. His interest in music began in pipe bands and developed into serving as principal and freelance percussionist with the several ensembles and orchestras. Some examples include the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Le Grand Ballet, the Manitoba Opera Association, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Orchestra, the Rainbow Stage Orchestra and various jazz and dinner theatre ensembles.
Ms Meghan Reid joins our faculty as a Library Technician. Ms Reid graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 2010. More recently, she completed a Business Technology Diploma at Red River College and is currently enrolled in the Business Technology Teacher Education Program offered as a joint program by the University of Winnipeg and Red River College. Ms Reid will complete her degree over this school year while working with our Librarian, Mrs Jonine Bergen, to support and expand our Library program and services. Ms Reid possesses a strong background in technology education and has participated in numerous special projects including setting up live streaming with Frontier School Division, teaching game design, and providing teacher training on integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Mrs Madeleine Toutant completed a term teaching contract last school year and joins our French Department on a full-time basis this year. Mrs Toutant has an Education Diploma and Bachelor of Science degree from Bishop’s University, with a Biology major and Psychology minor. Mrs Toutant is an experienced educator with nearly twenty years of teaching experience at schools in British Columbia, Québec, and Manitoba. Mrs. Toutant has taught a wide range of subjects in French language, sciences, mathematics, and physical education.
Communication is a vital part of building trust and the quality of relationships necessary to form the kind of learning community we strive to build at St. Paul’s. One of the most vital communication links is the one between home and school. That is, with what is best for your son in mind, it is important there is open and honest dialogue between home and school. Please feel free to contact the St. Paul’s staff should you have questions, or likewise, any concerns. The school website, online community and this news blog contain important information that may answer some of your questions as well. All staff have voicemail, email, and online community accounts and check them daily during the week.
Parents wishing to speak with a staff member should call the school's main phone, (204) 831-2300, and follow the recorded instructions to leave a message. Staff members' email addresses are accessible via the PowerSchool Portal or parents can send messages to staff via the Messaging Module in the Online Community. In general, parents can expect a reply within 24 hours of making an enquiry. If after several tries you have not received a reply to a message please feel free to contact the Principal as voice-mail or email messages sometimes get lost in the system and we do not want to miss your call or email message.
The following guidelines will help you when contacting St. Paul’s High School staff.
Click the following button to sign up for an Online Community account if you have not already done so.
PowerSchool Parent Portal
The PowerSchool Portal is available to allow parents/guardians/students to view personal attendance records, current grades, and past and future assessments. The Portal is available throughout the school year except during the two exam periods in January and June. We encourage parents/guardians/students to use the Portal as a tool to monitor progress, set goals, and stay on top of deadlines. Teachers have been encouraged to keep a current Gradebook and to publish students' results and dates of major assessments in a timely manner.
The Portal is viewable using any web browser on a desktop or laptop computer or mobile device. PowerSchool also provides a specialized App to allow access to the Portal on mobile devices. The advantage of the PowerSchool App is the calendar feature that gives a complete listing of your son's assignments using a calendar view. Links to download the App are included below. After downloading the App on your mobile device, you will need to enter the District Code PBXQ to access the Portal for St. Paul's High School.
Returning parents should have active PowerSchool accounts if they set up their accounts in a previous school year. Returning parents who have a son beginning at St. Paul's this year will receive an Access ID and Password in their mailing to allow them to add their son to an existing PowerSchool parent account. After logging in to the Portal, click on "Account Preferences" at the bottom left of the window, click the "Students" tab, and click the "Add" button. You will be prompted to enter the information to link your son to your existing account. Go to PowerSchool Portal Login
Parents of new students will receive information in their mailing with a unique Access ID and Password to allow them to link their son to their profile while creating a PowerSchool parent account. Click on the following button to set up your parent account.
School Procedures and Policies
SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
Please note that we follow a six day schedule, however the sequence of days will sometimes differ from the sequence followed by Winnipeg School Division (or other public school divisions). Instead we have decided to not assign a numbered school day to inservice, administration or special days such as the day of the annual Walk on 22 September. Instead the school cycle will skip counting those days.
TEXTBOOK CAUTION FEE
Textbooks are provided to students at the beginning of the school year and must be returned to the school at the end of the school year. In order to encourage students to take care of these textbooks, a fee of $100.00 has been established. At the end of each school year, the books that the students have used will be examined and deductions from the caution fee made for any missing or unduly damaged texts.
At the beginning of the following school year, students are required to “top up” the fund to the level set by the school. Upon graduation, or upon leaving the school, a student’s textbook caution fee (or whatever remains of it) is returned.
LOCKS AND LOCKERS
Lockers are assigned by the Vice Principal Students. A listing of locker assignments will be posted on the student bulletin boards when students arrive at school to pick up textbooks. School locks may be obtained from the VPS during book distribution. Only school locks may be used on lockers. All new students must purchase a new school lock from St. Paul’s. The cost of a school lock is $25.00.
Students are able to request changes to their elective courses until Friday, 30 September. The deadline for changes in Math courses is later in the school year.
The procedure for requesting course changes is as follows:
Access to the main body of the school is available from 7:30 a.m. The school closes at 5:00 p.m., except for certain supervised activities. While students are permitted in the building during these extended hours (7:30–8:25 a.m. and 3:15–5:00 p.m.), direct supervision is not provided. The school day begins at 8:25 a.m. with a warning bell for period 1 and ends at 3:15 p.m. Please note that Period 1 begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a 45 minute lunch break. Cafeteria service is available for students who do no choose to bring a lunch. This year we continue the Cafeteria service run by the Louizos family which begins on Thursday, 8 September.
PICKING UP / DROPPING OFF
Students are to be dropped off or picked up at either the Student Parking Lot off of Bower Boulevard or the MultiPlex Parking Lot off Holland Boulevard. In both cases please enter the parking lot and then loop through the entire lot one way to ensure the orderly flow of traffic and reduce the risk of an accident. If you are exiting the Main Student Parking Lot via Bower Boulevard please remember it is a right turn only. The Winnipeg Police Service has, on occasion, ticketed people who turn left in violation of the right turn only signage. Alternatively students can be dropped off on Laidlaw and then walk across Grant at the crosswalk (please remind your son to be careful using the crosswalk as we have had a student hit by a vehicle in the crosswalk in the past – fortunately without any lasting injury).
We would like to discourage drop-off and pick up on Holland Boulevard. Please do not drive into the Faculty parking area off Holland or into the front entrance parking loop off Grant. We have determined that it is unsafe for students to be dropped off in these areas of the school property. Our community neighbors living on Stanford Bay off Holland and on Laidlaw have requested that individuals drive carefully and not drive into or block driveways in the area.
Please also note that the south drive running west to east behind the main school building is a ONE WAY drive starting from Bower Boulevard heading east toward Holland Boulevard until it reaches the area just past the Multiplex and Angus Reid Wing. The only exception allowed is for staff who park behind the building who are traveling in either direction prior to 9:00 am. Until 9:00 am the gate at Bower Boulevard will be closed to traffic.
Students driving to school and parking on campus will require a parking pass. Student parking is limited to the Student Lot or the MultiPlex Lot, as designated by the Vice Principal Students (VPS). A $20 registration fee (or $110 for plugged spots) and a parking tag are required. Parking tags must be displayed whenever the vehicle is parked on school property. Unregistered vehicles are subject to being fined or towed. Parking passes will be on sale Wednesday, 7 September in the Cafeteria STARTING AT 10:30 am. Typically, there is a high level of interest in securing one of the 20 plug-in spots in the student lot. Please note no parking passes will be sold prior to 10:30 am on 7 September. Plugs are available on a first come first served basis. Student Parking Form
Students using bicycles must lock them in the racks provided adjacent to the student parking lot. We advise that students use chains to secure their bicycles and not insulated wire locks that can be cut. Please remember bicycles are not allowed in the school. Violators’ bicycles may be impounded by the VPS.
Students are reminded that parking in or around Holland Drive is illegal.
As per our attendance policy, planned absences include family trips, non-school sports tournaments, cultural events, and other anticipated events that will keep your son away from school for a full day. The school strongly discourages the scheduling of these types of events when school is in session. What your son learns at St. Paul’s High School, through the teacher’s instruction and through his interaction with other students, is what the school certifies when it issues him a credit towards his matriculation. Nonetheless, as the primary caregivers of your son, you have the right to remove your son from school. In order to make quality decisions of this nature, we are asking you to honour the following procedural request prior to the event itself.
All requests for planned absences will be made to the VPS using a “Planned Absence Form.” Planned absence forms are available in the Resources Section of the St. Paul’s High School Community portal, the front desk, or the VPS. Planned absences may be considered excused by the school when the procedures stated below are followed:
The earlier the school is notified; the sooner parents will be in possession of the information needed to base their decision regarding the absence. A completed “Planned Absence Form” is considered written notification of the absence.
Failure to properly complete the form may result in unexcused absences for that period that the student is not in class. In that case, make-up work may not be allowed and discipline consequences may be issued.
CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones calls and texting are common forms of communication between St. Paul’s High School students and their social network of friends and family. Realizing this, the school has made available a
number of acceptable cell phone use areas within the school’s physical plant. Designated cell phone use areas during the school day include the West Student Link, Outdoors on the South Campus, the East Gym Link, and the Cafeteria. Otherwise, cell phones may be used throughout the school before the Period 1 warning bell, during the lunch hour prior to the Period 4 warning bell, and after school. Please note – Cell phone use in the locker room is strictly forbidden at any time. Cell phone use in JUG, unless permission to do so has been granted by the JUG Master, is also strictly forbidden. The consequence for using a cell phone in either the locker room or the JUG room is an automatic JUG.
The school also realizes that our tasks are to educate your sons as well as build strong community during the short time they are here. Dealing with numerous text messages and phone calls from outside sources (including parents) can be detrimental to the aforementioned goals of St. Paul’s High School. To assist with building community and educating your sons, we have a “no-see-no-hear policy” in the remaining areas of the school. To reinforce this policy, we have instituted the following consequences related to the improper use of mobile communication devices.
As we begin the year, please ensure that you are prepared for St. Paul’s requirements as it pertains to appearance. Hair should not be excessively long and must be kept clean and well groomed. It will be considered too long if it is not, or cannot be, kept away from the face, or kept looking presentable in the day’s normal activities. With regards to length, hair must be short of the collar. Extremes in hairstyle must be avoided (e.g. excessively long, shaved, outrageously dyed, messy, tied up in a ponytail). For example, dyed hair or highlighted hair must look natural. Students should consult the VPS before they see their stylist. Please ensure that you meet the spirit of this policy prior to returning to school. Students who are seen to be in violation of the hair policy may be asked to leave the school until they comply.
Students are expected to have standard school supplies such as a 3” binder to hold course notes, loose-leaf paper, dividers, pens, pencils, etc. Students taking Applied Math are also required to purchase a TI-83 calculator (Texas Instruments). Students in regular Science courses, even if they have a TI-83, should have a standard scientific calculator with DAL (Direct Algebraic Logic). Sharp manufactures a model at a cost of approximately $20.00. Teachers will explain any additional requirements on the first days of classes.
Students taking Visual Arts must purchase an art kit from the Crusader Shoppe. The art kits include good quality art supplies and cost $66.00 taxes included. It is expected that all art students will have purchased an art kit by Friday, 18 September.
Crusader Hockey Tryouts
Tryouts will begin on Wednesday, 14 September. Interested students should watch the written announcements for notice of a pre-tryout meeting in the early days of school. Also, please note that while Grade 9 students are welcome to try-out for the two teams, both teams (Division 1 or 2) compete against teams comprised of players who are mostly in Grade 11 or 12. The following tryout dates have been established by Crusader Hockey Coaches Mr Andrew Harder and Dr Rob Puchniak. Please contact one of them if you would like more information about Crusader Hockey.
Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance
For your convenience, we have made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. Forms are included with the August 25 mailing and an electronic fillable form is linked below.
Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:
• do not have medical or dental plans,
• have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
• have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
View Application Form
June 2016 Awards Assembly and Convocation
At the end of June, we recognized and congratulated students who distinguished themselves in academic or in extracurricular pursuits. We wish to once again congratulate to all of the students who achieved Honour Roll status last June and who received awards either at the year-end Awards Assembly or at Convocation. Please see a full listing of award recipients and the Honour Roll using the links below.
Honour Roll: 2015–2016
Grade 9–11 Awards