Said the Spider... the curtain closes ST. PAUL SECONDARY SCHOOL’S HEARTBEAT HDTV Studio30 Gets An HD Facelift Athletic Banquet This Years’ Top Athletes Picked Grade 9 Orientation Beginning High School On The Right Foot Computer Conundrum What Your Child May Need As They Head Off To College Or University Soccer Success Boys and Girls Do Well At OFSAA Farewells Retirements And Transfers Bits & Bites Important dates to remember St. Paul Secondary School SUMMER ISSUE, 2010 815 Atwater Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario L5E 1L8 Phone: 905-278-3994 Web: stpaulss.org Fax: 905-278-1163 Trustees B. Iannicca, Mississauga Ward 7 - 905-270-0536, [email protected] M. Pascucci, Mississauga Wards 1 & 3 - 905-302-3096, [email protected] Superintendent Ms. L. McGuire Principal Mr. P. Schmidt Vice-Principal Mr. J. Galea Chaplain Mr. B. Finamore Student Services/ARD Ms. M. McHenry Guidance Counsellor A - K, ELL Ms. E. Wasiuk Guidance Counsellor L - Z, SHSM Mr. K. Grenier Youth Care Worker Ms. V. Lothian St. Domenic Parish Pastor Fr. Philip Jones Heartbeat Editor Ms. M. Piperni Magazine Layout & Design Mr. T. Brugmans Cover Photo Anielika Sykes Principal’s Message Lenten Season The Easter weekend is always a hopeful time for us, as a St. Paul community, because new life stirs everywhere and we reach the mid point in our second semester. Fr. Leo reminded us at our Easter Mass to think of our best friends and to thank God daily for all of our blessings. On Thursday April 8th our Grade 10 students took their EQAO Literacy Test and the Grade Nine students were given an opportunity to do a mock test in order to prepare for next year. Afterwards, the students were treated to a brilliant dramatic production called “Diss” by the Mixed Company Theater that focused upon a variety of themes, including bullying and racism. Senior students used the day to work on independent study units and to prepare for mid term tests. The soccer fields and baseball diamonds are calling no less than five St. Paul teams with fabulous prospects to advance to the ROPSAA championships. With the tremendous enthusiasm for soccer in our Grade Nine class, we have decided to enter a Junior girls team this year and are satisfied that the girls can compete at the Tier 1 level. It’s with considerable regret that we will have to say “bon voyage” to two veteran members of the St. Paul staff who have decided to retire. Mavourneen McHenry who has anchored our Guidance and Academic Resource Department for over a decade has decided to trade in the hectic responsibility of managing two departments for a more relaxed pace of life. Similarly our Teacher-Librarian extraordinaire, Mena Piperni, has decided that this is to be her last year of service to our community. Staff, parents and students wish both of our colleagues a wonderful time in their future endevours. We would like to congratulate John Tsilfidis, our Acting Department Head of Science for his promotion to the permanent ›››Chaplaincy Our Living The month of June is a wonderful time. It is filled with joy and eager anticipation for the summer holidays. There is also some sadness saying goodbye to friends who are graduating and moving on in their lives. We give thanks to God for the many blessings that we have received this year. St. Paul Secondary School is a Catholic School. We give thanks to God for the gift of our faith. Our Catholic Faith shapes the way we learn and play. Many of the experiences we share together such as our retreats, our work at Dr. Simone’s, our community service, our care for God’s Creation, our prayer times and our liturgies are a direct result of our Catholic Faith. We thank Fr. Phil, Fr. Noel, Fr. Rudy and the St. Dominic Church Community for their hospitality throughout this year. We have shared many memories this year. We shared the anticipation of Advent and the Joy of Christmas. We walked together through the Season of Lent and celebrated the Joy of Easter and Pentecost. We shared the sadness of the deadly earthquake in Haiti and the horrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We have worked together to help our sisters and brothers in need. We shared many great memories in athletics. We watched our Olympic Athletes compete this past February in the Winter Olympics. Our Wolverine athletic teams competed with success and distinction. We advanced to the OFFSA Championships in soccer and volleyball. Our girl’s hockey team soared to new heights. I think that they won more games than the Leafs! We remembered the glorious sacrifices of our military Veterans and we listened to inspiring guest speakers. WE were told to ACT NOW and encouraged by the Student Council and SPAC to get involved. We competed in Skills Canada and prepared food for many events. Many of us had amazing Co-op experiences. Who could forget our school Talent Show and Play; Said the Spider to the Spy and the dedication of our M&M’s? For all of these memories and for the countless other high school memories that will be forever in our hearts, we now give thanks to God! Let us all cheer together “ S T P ...What? “ Faith St. Paul Students Help CBC Kick off FIFA World Cup Tournament This summer, South Africa is hosting the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. The winner of the games will boast soccer superiority for the next four years and will have their name engraved on the 18 karat gold work of art. On Wednesday April 23, the CBC sponsored the FIFA Cup Kick Off to commemorate this event, which will be viewed by more spectators than any other sports competition in the world. To help in the celebration, the St. Paul Senior boys and girls’ soccer teams, as well as their coaches, Mr. John Tsilfidis and Mr. Connor O’Reilly were invited to the CBC studios by senior producer, Ms. Bridget O’Toole. Our athletes were interviewed by CBC and other TV and radio stations and were allowed to pose with the world’s most famous sports cup. The St. Paul students felt honoured to be so close to soccer’s most treasured icon. As soccer players, the experience is something they will treasure all their lives. ›››Tech Talk All Things Digital As a Comm-Tech teacher, one of the questions I’m most often asked at ParentTeacher night is what computer they should get their son or daughter when they head off to college or university in the fall. If you’ve ever toured the Graphics Lab or TV Studio you’ll see that my bias would simply lean toward me saying “get a Mac”, however the answer really isn’t that simple in most cases. There are several questions you need to ask yourself before you get started down the path to making this purchase: 1) What’s your budget? Clearly, you’ve got an idea of what you may want (or need) to spend. Any recommendation would have to be to have budget factored into the equation. A basic desktop PC starts at around $500 and you can expect to pay up to $4000 for the highest end Apple Pro Desktop and monitor. 2) What do you need it to do? Simple word processing, internet browsing and email will require a less robust machine that someone needing to do serious desktop publishing, graphic design, video editing or animation. 3) Does your program require specific software? You may need to explore the possibility of needing a Mac or a Windows machine based on criteria listed by the college or university for your child’s major. 4) How important is mobility? Laptops cost more than desktops. Are you looking for a portable computing device or one that will sit on a desk at home or in a dorm room? Start off by doing a little bit of research about the college/university program and find out what they’re recommending or requiring. You’ll find that most post-secondary institutions have a great cache of computers available for student use in libraries or in the commons and almost all have free Wifi access available for students with their own laptops. Some programs require students to have their own computers with very specific guidelines about the make, computer specifications and software – so be sure to know in advance of any purchase whether your hardware will be compatible. The desktop vs laptop debate is one you’ll no doubt encounter. Laptops are great but you pay a premium for portability. Smaller components are more expensive than the larger counterparts found in desktop units. Almost all computers come with USB ports, Wifi, Ethernet ports, SD card slots, etc. but a laptop may not have all of this, or may have fewer ports, due to space limitations. Laptops also have much less expadibility for upgrades and accessories. If you decide that a laptop is the way to go, the debate continues with laptop vs netbook. Though the netbook computers are significantly cheaper you need to really do some comparison shopping to see what its shipped with (or without, as the case may be). You should be prepared to settle for smaller screens, slower processors, less RAM and a stripped down number of ports. New to the scene this summer is Apple’s iPad, and though it’s a marvelous piece of technology, it may not be the most suitable choice as a portable computing device for college. It does have internet capabilities, plays movies, music and games, it can word process, do email and has thousands of productivity apps available but if you’re looking for a work horse, this is probably not for you. The PC vs Mac debate will always be around. For the most part, the two systems are interchangeable and files can be transferred from one platform to the other with ease. Again, some program majors may require your purchase to be one or the other but if platform isn’t a factor, go with what makes the most sense to you. Some prefer the experience of one platform over the other and I suppose we all have our own bias in this regard. For me the choice is simple, I use Apple computers not just because I need to but because I like to. My best advice: listen to their wants and needs and work on the best compromise for both parties. At the end of the day, it’s your decision to make but one that your son or daughter will have to live for the next 3 to 4 years. ›››PIP Program Planning PIP Program: Helping Reduce Our Carbon Footprint For the past few years the students of our Planning for Independence Program have been helping keep our school green. Every Friday morning they collect the recycling from every classroom. As part of their life-skills courses, they learn how to wash, dry and fold the uniforms used by our various sports teams, with the washer/dryer unit located directly in their classroom. Each student has their own re-fillable water bottle and they bring snacks and lunches packed in re-usable containers. This year they even made their own Mother’s Day gifts, it was an angel made from a tea towel, dish cloth and hot pad. It was definitely a gift that each Mom will be able to use and re-use. For Independence ›››Athletics Discipline, Dedication, Determination you will give your child! Special thanks Stay Active, Stay Fit! Wow! What an amazing season it has been for St. Paul athletics! St. Paul is becoming a soccer powerhouse, as 3 of the 4 soccer teams, brought home medals. Senior boys won the ROPSSAA ‘AA’ championships and won silver at the OFSAA finals. Senior girls soccer won the ROPSSAA ‘AA’ championships and the Tier 2 championship. They went on to represent St. Paul at OFSAA and brought home bronze! The junior girls lost in a closely played tier 2 ROPSSAA championship game, winning silver. To all of our coaches, who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to develop our young athletes, thank you. Congrats to our athlete extraordinaire, Lauren Jansa, who made it to OFSAA for track and field and performed consistently throughout the season. Best Wishes and Goodbye to the following coaches Carla DeMarco, Amanda Laxton, Conor O’Reilly and Ken Grenier...Thank you for giving so much of yourselves to making a difference! June 10th, the cafe torium buzzed in excitement, as the St. Paul community acknowledged all of the athletes and coaches at our annual Athletic Banquet. Congratulations to our athletes of the year, Kristy Mlakar and Michael Kryszajtys and Heart winners, Stefania Viscardi and Cristian Cavallini- 4 extraordinary athletes, deserving these awards! Special thanks to SPAC for their hard work this year and for organizing a beautiful banquet. Thanks to Kim Naval for spearheading this year’s SPAC with her strong leadership and direction. Thanks also go out to Blair Dezan of the Fitness Institute and T.Litzen Sports, for their generous contribution to our athletic banquet and support throughout the year. Ms. Schlarp would like to thank the following girls for their dedication in promoting health and athletics at St.Paul: On behalf of the Department of PHE and Athletics, we would like to thank the St. Paul community for their support throughout the year and wish you all a fit, safe and wonderful summer! Encourage your children to get off their computers and cell phones and get active by joining their local community centers and gyms, or getting on their bikes, rollerblades etc to make a commitment to fitness. The gift of a healthy lifestyle will be one of the most valuable gifts SPAC Jessica Oblak, Alex Zubilewich, Camilla Oblak, Susana Sousa, Michelle Raposo, Cassie Garner, Sarah DeSousa, Adrienne Naval, Megan Curran, Kelsey Forestell, Jessica Cipparrone, Kim Naval. Kim, Michelle, Susie, Cassie, Michelle and Jessica will be graduating and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours. SPAC worked closely with Peel Health to run a successful Health Fair for the St. Paul student community, as well as organizing the annual athletic banquet, which takes months of planning and preparation. You have all made an incredible difference to St. Paul! Everything with heart!! ›››Athletics Flag Football June Jamboree The Lady Wolverine’s Flag Football team hosted their 2nd annual June Jamboree tournament on Tuesday June 1st. The tournament is designed to develop new players by giving them a taste of the game, as well, as to provide the senior players another opportunity to play and mentor the new recruits prior to graduation. There was a live D.J providing music during the day as well as a team skills competition during the lunch period. The tournament provided some ‘Fun in the Sun’ and some outstanding football entertainment for the St. Paul community. The Lady Wolverines ended up as the tournament champions and have set the stage for the actual season which begins in September. The goal for the upcoming season is a ROPSSAA Championship. The team would like to thank the administration, teachers, custodians, support staff, and especially the parent council members for their help and support. Let’s Go!! Lady Wolverines. Girls Slo-Pitch Play ball! The St. Paul Girls’ varsity softball team finished their season this year with a record of 3-3. Congratulations to all members for showing tremendous heart and spirit – coaches Baglione, Caldarelli and Laxton are very proud of you! Team members are Brianne Awrey, Andrea Dobson, Jessica Ferkul, Martina Ferraro, Cassie Garner, Michelle Marques, Jennifer McDougall, Keri Merrimen, Emily Porfido, Kathy Romasz, Leslie Skakun, Kaitlyn Straub, Elizabeth Talmassons, and Gabriella Wysocki. Floorball Thanks to Coach O’Reilly who showed great initiative in starting up a floorball team this semester! On May 21st, the St. Paul floorball team competed at the 2010 Canada Cup at York University. Despite this being the first competition for the team they won their first game 10-0 against North Albion, tied Moira High School of Belleville 5-5, and in the most anticipated game of the day tied the Jonskoping Cobras from Sweden 4-4. An amazing result against a team from Sweden who has been playing floorball their entire lives! The boys advanced to the quarter-finals but lost a heartbreaker to 5-4 to St. James School from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The team and the coaches had a wonderful day and are looking forward to OFSAA in the fall. Junior Girls’ Soccer Congratulations to the Junior Girls Soccer Team who won the Silver Medal in their championship game against St. Augustine. Patricia Guiszak scored for the team, but in spite of the 5-1 loss, the team kept their spirits up and played with heart. Thanks to all members of the team who, for the first time in years, had an undefeated season and made it to the championship. Thanks also goes out to the coaching staff: Ms. Bueno, Mr. McTiernan, Mr. Sanabria, and Mr. Fernandes. Great job to all! Outdoor Education The St. Paul Outdoor Club, enjoyed their 10 km hike to Crawford Lake on Saturday June 5th, 2010. Sixteen hikers joined Ms. Schlarp on a glorious hike. All of the PHE students, from grades 9-12, had opportunities to experience the glorious outdoors this year. The Grades 9 and 10’s, continue to hike the Bruce Trail, under the expert guidance of Greg, Vincent, former President of the Bruce Trail. All Grades 11 and 12’s visited the Silvercreek Outdoor Education Center. It was amazing to see just how much they enjoyed this opportunity to bond with nature and their peers. It is a shame that many of our students are truly deprived of experiencing the outdoors. Next Fall, we hope to encourage more students to join the Outdoor Club and hike, snowshoe, and cross-country ski throughout the year. Athletic Banquet Congratulations to the following Athletic Banquet Award Winners: Flag Football Offensive MVP Kristy Mlakar Flag Football Defensive MVP Katherine Curriti Junior boys Volleyball MVP Robert Prelich Sports- ›››Athletics manship Simon Tavares Senior Boys Volleyball MVP Dillon Ljubicic/ Daniel Ljubicic Varsity Girls Basketball MVP Jenna Veglia MIP Stefania Viscardi X-Country MVP Lauren Jansen Sportsmanship Tanner Bloome Junior Boys Hockey MVP Kane Elliott Sportsmanship Tanner Bloome Senior Girls Volleyball MVP Tanya Piitz MIP Kristy Mlakar Senior boys Basketball MVP Brandon Palmer MIP Kristian Velkoski Junior Badminton MVP Kelsey Forestell MIP Kristian Velkoski Senior Badminton MVP Leslie Skakun MIP Niamh Burke Track & Field MVP Lauren Jansa/Michael Kryszajtys Senior Boys Soccer MVP Joshua Portillo Sportsmanship Philip DeSousa Varsity Girls Soccer MVP Stefania Viscardi/Luba Sulypka Sportsmanship Katherine Curitti Varsity Girls Slo-Pitch MVP Cassie Garner Sportsmanship Jessica Ferkul Junior Boys Soccer MVP Zachary Rushe MIP David Shadrach Boys Baseball MVP Patrick Litvinskas Sportsmanship Jesse Moser Female Heart Award Stefania Viscardi Male Heart Award Cristian Cavallini Female Athlete of the year Kristy Mlakar Male Athlete of the Year Michael Kryszajtys Said The Spider to the Spy This year the St. Paul Players presented Said the Spider to the Spy; a very successful venture, in matinee form on May 25th and on the evenings of May 26 and 27. Directed by Mr. J.P. Guilherme and Stage Managed by Ms. M. Gardash, the play involved a fantastic cast of ten. The cast composed of Amanda Forest (Gussie), Amanda Dobson (Ida), Cole Rundle (Man) Jibar Mahamoud (Byron), Nelson Converso (Manny), Emily Deluca (Julia), Charlene Wolf (Ruth), Connor Navia (Dexter) and Natalia Macko (Adele) started rehearsing three times a week at the beginning of February. The hard work of these students came to fruition in May with a performance that made the students proud. Said the Spider to the Fly was blessed with a crew that was very supportive and very committed to delivering a great on-stage product. St. Paul’s Administration, led by Mr. P. Schmidt and Vice Principals Mr. J. Dymtrasz and Mr. J. Galea was extremely supportive throughout the process of the staging of this play. Coordinated by Ms. M. McHenry, our feeder schools were able to see this play on the morning of May 25, and then the students of St. Paul viewed a matinee preview later that day (organized by Ms. A. Kelly and Ms. M. Bueno). With the Dinner Theatre set by Ms. M. Multari and her Food and Nutrition students, a wonderful evening at the theatre was provided for opening night. The cast and crew were given a strong audience on the night of the French Café, an evening organized by Ms J. Bontempo and Mr. Guilherme. Many students returned to school the next day reporting that this was a hilarious play. It was. The two matinee performances had a combined audience of approximately 440 and the two evening performances had an estimated audience of 160. This means that at least 600 people were entertained by the comings and goings in the confused household that was Said the Spider to the Spy. The dedication of Mr. T. Brugmans and his creative Comm-Tech students was superb. Responsible for designing tickets and posters and for producing a video promo, they delivered a great product. They also filmed the final performance for the school archives. We had many other dedicated staff volunteers who should be recognized. Mr. K. Connelly was a tireless worker making sure that the set painting, doors, hardware all were in perfect accord with the vision of the Director; Mr. J. Mondelli was once again the person who successfully constructed and installed the stage set; he (and his construction crew) made the design of the stage a reality. Although the credit on the programme merely says ‘properties’, the unflappable and ever-supportive and always optimistic Ms. L. Primier was really our Artistic Director; she was a visionary. Ms. A. Laxton our Costume Designer extraordinaire managed to make the students look the part with a budget that was miniscule. Mr. S. Isabella and his crew managed the House on both evenings with grace and élan. Mr. A. Tremblay took some great cast head shots, mounted and displayed them in the front display case. Our Assistant Stage Managers Mr. H. Scozzzaro and Ms. S. Baglione did great work as effective communicators backstage. Ticket sales were handled efficiently by Ms. S. Bentivoglio and Ms. A. Romao. The actual printing and delivery of tickets and posters was kindly arranged by Ms. E. Vono. Thank you again to all who participated in this year’s amazing production by the St. Paul Players. It was a tremendous effort, made worthwhile by the stellar performances on stage. If you missed this year’s production, you missed a great event. Make plans to attend next year. ›››Coop Education Experience Co-op classes. School does not get much better than this! After years of classroom lessons, students can earn up to four creditsactually experiencing what it is like to be out there in the world of work. They can practice their future profession under the guidance of true professionals. They can decide if the career of their choice really is for them before spending thousands of dollars on a college or university education. They can learn what it feels like to be treated with respect as an adult co-worker. Apart from letting you experience a skill co op teaches maturity, dependability and commitment. Your Credits ›››Guidance Files Student Services • ARD • Counseling Welcome to Spring! Of course this is always the time of year when we are given the opportunity to replenish ourselves and or turn over a new leaf. In school terms this may mean that there is still time to improve and to achieve the expectations of the semester. Students who need to use extra school support are strongly encouraged to seek the after school tutoring sessions. Where? Library. When? Wednesdays and Thursdays. Time? 2:30 - 3:30 Ramping up for 2010/11 school year. Due Dates and Reminders Student Services counselors instructed students as they entered their course selections using the new process through the St. Paul website on-line program. Summer School 2010 Gown forms and fees: Student Services Monday April 19 Students were asked to submit their selections and make any changes using the Verification sheets, by March 26. Thank you to all parents and students for their support in meeting these important deadlines and for submitting the $60.00 fee. These selections will now be used to organize the courses for the 2010-2011 Information and Forms are in Student Services. Students must have a parent/ guardian and guidance counselor sign their forms. All forms are due before June 4, 2010. Final Reminders for Potential Graduates : Class of 2010 Graduation/Commencement Invitations were mailed during the March Break to all potential graduates for the class of 2010. Community Service Hours completed and submitted by May 28 Final Exams: June 18-24 Graduation Prom: June 23 Graduation Mass and Breakfast: June 25 Graduation Commencement: June 29 ›››ACT NOW Social Justice For All On Behalf Of The Act Now Committee I Would Like To Thank The 70 Students Who Participated In This Year’s Thinkfast. With Your Help And Generosity We Were Able To Raise $2000 For Development And Peace. This year’s theme was “In Unity there is Strength”, which is the motto on the Haitian Flag. We fasted in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who live in hunger and poverty everyday. Our guest speaker for the event was Dr. Andrew Simone, who came out to speak to our students and our Mississauga East elementary faith ambassadors, even though he was leaving for Zambia the next day. He was truly a role model to us about what it means to live like Christ. His kindness, gentleness and ever important message of “feed the hungry, clothe the naked...” made a huge impact on both students and teachers alike. Thank you to Mr. Finamore and all the teachers who volunteered to help make this event a huge success. On a personal note, I wanted to say thank you to the community of St. Paul for all the wonderful memories. Next year as I move on to a new school, I will take with me all the happy moments I have experienced in my 18 years here at St. Paul. Students learning about and living their faith is one of our main goals of Catholic education and I have been blessed to have met, taught and worked with amazing students in my classes and through ACT NOW who have taught me through the example of their lives what true faith is. I pray that God will continue to be an important part of all their lives.Thank you especially to Brian Finamore and Elena Vono who work tirelessly to support the ACT NOW program and will continue to do so in the future. Ms. Caroline Hastings ›››Bits & Bites Omnia Cum Corde Drama Showcase Looking Ahead On June 16th, Mr. Guilherme’s Drama Classes ended their semester with their traditional, and highly anticipated, presentation showcase. Grade 9 Orientation............................................................ Wednesday, September 1, 2010 First Day of Classes................................................................Tuesday, September 7, 2010 Thanksgiving Holiday............................................................... Monday, October 11, 2010 Christmas Break............................ December 20, 2010 to December 31, 2010 (inclusive) Mid Winter Break...................................... March 14, 2011 to March 18, 2011 (inclusive) The audience was treated to four one act plays. The plays were intermingled between the junior and senior level classes. Our audience numbered about seventy parents and friends for the shows. This Culminating Task Activity represented a practical, fun and hands-on approach to theatre. The students began the showcase with The Empty Chair (Joelle Skaff, Rachel Maclure, Amanda Forest, Jibar Mahamoud, Kristina Pantarotto, Teresa Nguyen and Charlene Wolf). This is a short play about an encounter room in a counseling center for teenagers recovering from substance abuse. Sherwood Forest Revisited (Nick Dinis, Shaun Maiato, Robert Semko, Elizabeth Talmassons, Laura Freeman and Juliano Kacaj). The Frog Princess ( Omar Abbas, Sarah Alves, Nicholas Bialowas, Brian Borges, Michelle Guerrero, Jessica Kumah, Maciej Leja, Michael Martins, Monique Morgan, Chantel Pereira, Amanda Romain, Derek Scarselletta, Andrzej Zielinski). Roles are revesed in this colouful adaptation of the Russian folk tale. Queen Natasha is tired and wants to turn over the throne to one of her three sons. But which one? Boris, her oldest son, is mighty and strong, while Casimir, the middle son, is clever with words and young Sasha is kind, but rather inept. The audience will be charmed with this delightful and funny tale. Without overly preaching, this very clever story also teaches that it pays to be kind to everyone... Not My Cup of Tea (Victoria Bettencourt, Samantha De Melo and Joanna Lewandowska). What happens when two sisters over stay their welcome at their mother’s house for over fifteen years? Find out in this hilarious tale, about how two spinsters try to come to an agreement with their mother on how to solve this situation. Websites and Information English Excursions Students and parents are reminded that St. Paul has a great website with information on school and community events as well as connecting websites having to do with Board-wide functions and policies and Ministry websites. There were many theatrical events that St. Paul students were able to participate in this year. There is also information on each Department. If you have found this newsletter, there is a good chance you are at the St. Paul website [www.dpcdsb.org/PAULS]. As well, there are many teachers with a personal website at TeacherWeb.com. You are encouraged to visit the TeacherWeb site and to search for your teacher [http:// teacherweb.com/ON/StPaulSSDPCDSB]. Choir On May 17, the St. Paul student choir had the opportunity to join with over 300 students from schools across Dufferin-Peel in the 3rd annual Vocal Festival at St. Roch Catholic Secondary School. All members were able to participate in powerful sectional workshops and a final mass choir performance, directed by Dr. Gerard Yun, from Wilfred Laurier University. It was an exciting and enriching day, filled with music and laughter! Thank you to all who participated. The choir will be finishing the year by preparing for the closing school mass, graduation mass and graduation ceremony. Thank you everyone for another year full of beautiful music! There are early plans for trips to Stratford next year. At this time, there are plans by Mrs. Bentivoglio and Mrs. Romao to take students to see Kiss Me Kate (October 6) and to see Evita (October 19). Stay tuned for announcements in the early days of Semester 1, next year. Studio30 Goes HD On Thursday, June 10, Studio30 unveiled it’s newly updated studio and began broadcasting the morning news in HD. Students in the Broadcasting High Skills Major have already been shooting and editing all of their ENG/EFP productions in HD since last year, and putting this final piece of the puzzle in place was a natural part of the course’s evolution. The upgrade, which was made possible in a large part by the board’s Program Department, included 3 new studio cameras, control units, switchers, monitors, to name just a few of the items. Thanks should also be extended to Hamilton Audio Visual who worked late into the evening on June 9 to make sure we were back up and running after a week of disassembly and preparation.