The Front Office has prepared an opening school package that will be mailed to families on Monday, 24 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. Please contact my assistant, Ms Catherine Smither, if you do not receive the mailing by the morning of Friday, 28 August.
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. 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.
Table of Contents
You can read this update from start to finish or use the links below to jump to sections of interest.
Tuesday, 8 September: No Classes
Wednesday, 9 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.
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 for $10.00. Students who want to purchase a brand new lock will need to bring a $20.00 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, 9 September: New Parent Orientation
Parents of new students are encouraged to attend our New Parent Orientation. This a great opportunity to meet with 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 will conclude by 8:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, 9 September
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Albrechtsen Multiplex
Parking for the MultiPlex is available off Holland Blvd.
Thursday, 10 September: First Day of School
8:25 a.m. Warning Bell
8:30 a.m. Attendance in Mentor Group locations
Morning Activities: Mass of the Holy Spirit and Opening Assembly
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Afternoon Activities: School Day 6, Periods 4, 5, 6
2:30 pm Dismissal
Regular Dress Code (sport jacket, collared dress shirt, tie, dress pants and belt, socks and dress shoes.)
Friday, 11 September: Regular Classes
School Day 1
Warm Weather Dress Code
The most recent version of the School Calendar for the 2015–2016 School Year is available near the top-right of this page as well as the school’s online community. 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 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, 18 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 Form
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 2015–2016 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
Brother Marc de Asis, SJ, taught at St. Paul's in the second term last school year and returns this year to teach in our Religion and Mathematics Departments. Brother de Asis recently completed a Master of Science in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, in addition to his BASc in Chemical Engineering (UBC) and Master of Divinity (U of T).
Mr. Derek Frykas joins St. Paul’s to replace our Band Instructor, Mr. Gardner, who is on leave for one year. Mr. Frykas has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Brandon and a Bachelor of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Mr. Frykas is an experienced high school music instructor with eight years of band teaching experience, and since 2010, has taught at Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler, Manitoba. Mr. Frykas is also an accomplished woodwind musician with regular performances with several local jazz groups.
Mrs Cindy Kochanski is no stranger to St. Paul’s, having taught at the school from 2002–2006. After four years at St. Paul’s, Mrs Kochanski took time away from teaching to raise her family. Mrs Kochanski has Bachelor degrees from the University of Manitoba in Education, with focus on History and Geography, Arts with a double-major in Psychology and Sociology, and a Law degree. This year, Mrs Kochanski is teaching English Language Arts (Grades 9 and 11), Religion (Grade 9), and Law.
Mrs Anna McGill returns to St. Paul's after one year of parental leave. Mrs McGill is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree – with majors in English and Slavic Language literature, a Master of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Bachelor of Education with an emphasis on English and History from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. This year, Mrs McGill is teaching Grade 10 and 12 English Language Arts and Grade 12 Psychology.
Ms Catherine Smither worked in the St. Paul's Advancement Office for several years prior to moving to our school office midway last year to work as an administrative assistant and prepare to transition into the role of Assistant to the Principal following Mrs Inger Schnerch's retirement in June. Mr Smither brings a wealth of experience as an administrative assistant and has already been very busy over the summer updating our records in the front office and preparing for the start of a new school year.
Mrs Madeleine Toutant joins the St. Paul's French Department this school 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 eighteen 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. For the past twelve years, Mrs Toutant has taught Grades 7–9 Mathematics and Science in the French Immersion Program at École Charleswood School. This year, Mrs Toutant is teaching Grade 9–11 Basic French.
Dr. Rod Uzat continues in the role of Vice Principal Students (VPS) having accepted a second three-year term from 2015–2018. On behalf of St. Paul's High School, I express gratitude to Dr. Uzat for his generous and effective service in his first three years as VPS and as a member of the St. Paul's High School faculty.
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 website, online community and this online publication contain important information that may answer some of your questions as well. The following guidelines will help you when contacting St. Paul’s High School staff.
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 24 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.
Students are able to request changes to their elective courses until Thursday, 1 October. The deadline for changes in Math courses is later in the school year.
The procedure for requesting course changes is as follows:
Course Change Request Form
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, 10 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, 9 September in the Cafeteria STARTING AT 12:00 pm. 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 12:00 pm on 9 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. 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.
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 approximately $64.00. It is expected that all art students will have purchased an art kit by Friday, 18 September.
June 2015: Awards Assembly and Convocation
At the end of June, we recognize and congratulate students who have distinguished themselves in academic or in extracurricular pursuits. Once again, congratulations 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.
Grade 9–11 Awards
Honour Roll: 2014–2015