Studio30 ...year in review ST. PAUL SECONDARY SCHOOL’S HEARTBEAT Athletic Awards Celebrating Excellence School Play Curtain Closes on the Bachelor King Dupont School Jamaican Students Visit St. Paul Dates To Remember Important Events for the Fall Term Farewell Retirements & Transfers Celebrating 40 Years Fun-filled Alumni Evening Avoiding Yellow cards - Chaplain’s Corner... St. Paul Secondary School SUMMER ISSUE, 2012 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 - (P) 905-302-3096, (F) 905-890-0888, [email protected] Superintendent Mr. C. Blanchard Principal Mr. P. Schmidt Vice-Principal Ms. C. Iacobucci Chaplain Mr. B. Finamore Student Services/ARD Mr. B. Bonnah Guidance Counsellor A - K, ELL Ms. E. Wasiuk Guidance Counsellor L - Z, SHSM Mr. J. Multari Youth Care Worker Ms. V. Williams St. Dominic Parish Pastor Fr. Philip Jones Heartbeat Editor Mr. T. Brugmans Magazine Layout & Design Mr. T. Brugmans Cover Photo Martin Zuk Principal’sMessage The event was described as 40 years in the making and it genuinely lived up to its name. The St. Paul 40th anniversary, held on June 13, gave our school community an opportunity to celebrate our ongoing commitment to the Lakeview, Applewood and Port Credit communities. With the contributions of our Parent Council and former student council president Louie Manzo, our cafeteria became a wonderful trip down memory lane with students from all five decades profiled through their year books. This is the time of year that Principal’s have to say something profound and meaningful to graduates, to send them on their way in the world. That job is a lot easier this year than in the last five years. This year many of our students had breakthrough transformative experiences by virtue of being involved in St. Paul programs with our teaching staff. Our SHSM students that went to work at the Dupont school in Kingston, Jamaica, won’t be the same because of their experiences. The young men who took a fledgling lacrosse program to a Tier II championship and discovered the meaning of team play will have memories of a lifetime. Note that all of this happened outside the confines of the 1000 square foot box we call classrooms and labs. In the meantime, we did extremely well inside the box at St. Paul. Our provincial literacy scores remain above the provincial average - in the honour roll stratosphere. So how do we continue to do it? We do it by not accepting excuses for shoddy performance. We do it by reminding all students that they have gifts that they need to find and nurture. We do it by acknowledging when some curriculum is stale and tired and needs to change. We do it by dealing students in rather than dealing them out, when they are having trouble navigating their adolescence. We do it when students can tell you how radical Jesus really was and why it cost him his life. We do it by making a priority of enriching the learning experience. We do it when we tell parents to step up and be the adult in the household. We do it when we read the garbage-mouthed text messages back to parents to get a real clue of their sweethearts motivations. Successful schools like St. Paul don’t happen by accident. They are places of intentional direction, focus and teaching. Since our spring issue, we have received notice that Cosmetology teacher Ms. Richardson of our Tech department has accepted a position at St. Thomas Aquinas and that Mr. Phillips of our Co-op department has chosen to retire. Our commu- nity will miss both teachers ongoing commitment to student welfare over their tenure at the school. The Lead Hand Caretaking responsibilities at St. Paul have been performed over the last 13 years by Mr. Donato Radice. Mr. Radice has brought a work ethic and pride of presentation that’s unparallelled in our Board. For Mr. Radice, respect is the cardinal virtue that guides all his actions with the many and varied stakeholders that share our building. We wish him well in his retirement. We will be returning in September with three more rooms equipped with Smart boards and at least six new teachers. I would encourage all members of our community to keep Mr. Finamore in your prayers over the summer. The only constant now at St. Paul’s is change. Have a restful and inspiring summer in all your activities. ›››Chaplaincy Our Living Faith The past two weeks have certainly been exciting ones here at St. Paul School. The Jamaican student visit, the school play, the 40th anniversary celebration, exam preparation and the added drama of Euro Cup Soccer have kept us all on the ends of our seats. The 2011/12 school year has been a busy one for the Wolverines. I don’t know how we find the energy to get through the hundreds of activities that make up our lives. Even things that we love to do can be draining and exhausting at this time of year. With your help, I would like to assume, for just a few moments, the role of a FIFA Euro Cup referee. It’s a thankless role to be sure but someone has to do it. With whistle and stop watch in hand I would like to reach into my shirt pocket and pull out a yellow card and display it for us all to see. I do so not to embarrass anyone but to issue a warning to us all. Yellow cards are warning cards, not nearly as threatening as a red card. They can be issued for many offenses at the discretion of the referee. The yellow card I hold in my hand warns us all, myself included, to slow down and take care of ourselves, to take care of the things that really matter in life. If we are smart we listen to the referee. Our yellow card warning comes to us on the eve of the summer holidays when hopefully things naturally slow down anyway. Let’s use this precious time to heal mentally, spiritually and physically. Let’s reflect on the past year and ask ourselves some tough questions. Are we proud of our performance or do things need to improve? How does Jesus fit into our lives? Do we really recognize the many blessings we have in our lives? The time that we share together is short. It is a great gift. May God Bless us all and keep us safe during the summer months. Be careful not to get another yellow card! ›››Not For Profit Specialist High This year the students of St. Paul had the privilege to participate in an exchange program with the Jamaican students of DuPont Primary and Infant School. During the week of January 27 -February 7, a group of students and staff from St. Paul were able to indulge in a host of cultural activities as well apply skills learnt to help out the DuPont community. Throughout the week the group of St. Paul travelers either personally worked with students on literacy skills or helped restore the exterior of the school complex. This was done through the repainting of murals, the school walls and railings, and helping to patch up other engineering issues. Aside from working within the school, students were able to engage in out of school activities that helped further their understanding of what Jamaica is truly about. The group of St. Paul students were personally welcomed by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Ms. Portia Miller Simpson, as well as met the Papal Nuncio of the Caribbean, Nicola Girasoli, and the Archbishop of Kingston, the most Reverend Charles Dufour. In addition, the staff and students of St. Paul were fortunate enough to visit tourist sites, such as Dunns River Falls, Reach Falls and enjoy a live theatrical performance at the renowned Little Theatre.According to the students, it was an experience of lifetime. This is what several of the students had to say: The greatest impact was the genuine nature. The children’s innocence, the selflessness of students and teachers, the love and care that was shown to us, all touched me profoundly and will be shared to those here in Canada. --Tess Kendrick The smiles that crossed the students’ faces every day when we drove onto the school grounds was something that words cannot do justice to. --Ryan Peters The experience of working with the students of DuPont Primary and Infant School was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will cherish for years to come. --Martha Pokarowski Each day we came I saw the bright smiles on their faces; just that alone made me smile with them. --Jessica Cipparrone I truly hope that the time I spent working with the students has benefitted them and brought them joy; however I don’t believe that I could have given them any more than what they have given to me. --Laura Krajewski Thank you to everybody who has helped make this experience possible, it is greatly appreciated. We excitedly await the arrival of our Jamaican friends this coming May. Skills Major ›››Not For Profit Specialist High Skills Major On May 15, 2012, there was an evident air of excitement at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Students and staff from St. Paul Catholic Secondary School congregated in the arrivals terminal, eagerly waiting to welcome a group of students and staff from DuPont Primary and Infant School in Kingston, Jamaica. The students and staff would be residing in Canada for two weeks, and throughout their stay would share their culture and musical expertise with local elementary schools, a local retirement home, and various other locations, such as Carrassauga. The seventeen DuPont students, along with numerous St. Paul students and staff, went on a number of excursions throughout their stay, such as the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, the Science Center, African Lion Safari, and the Eaton Centre. In addition, the students were able to meet with Mississauga’s Mayor Hazel McCallion, Premier Dalton McGuinty, and members of the Jamaican Embassy who all took time out of their extremely busy schedules to have a meet and greet with the children. This Jamaican exchange program has had a significant impact on the school and local community. This can be seen through the thoughts and reflections of the following St. Paul students: The two weeks that St. Paul got to spend with the staff and students were truly memorable. They definitely changed our school forever. Their adorable smiles and laughter warmed our hallways and brought our school community closer together. - Jessica Rocchetti. The time that I’ve spent with the staff and students of DuPont Primary and Infant School has been extremely rewarding. I’ve gained cherished memories and formed lasting friendships these past two weeks that will forever hold a special place in my heart. –Ryan Peters. After hosting two children, I gained a lot of experience and knowledge that I could never get out of a textbook. I developed a strong bond between them and I am proud to say that the DuPont staff and children are family to me. –Lysandra Moreno. The exchange was very rewarding and had taught me lessons that will remain with me for the rest of my life. –Kevin Melo I am extremely happy that the DuPont staff and students had the opportunity to experience the Canadian culture and lifestyle. – Marco Gerolini The Jamaican exchange was a definite success. The staff and students from DuPont Primary and Infant School were able to indulge in our culture and learn about the type of life that we live here in Canada, as we had done when we travelled to Jamaica. It is fair to say that this was a learning experience for both the DuPont and St. Paul community. ›››Guidance Files Student Services • ARD • Counseling This year marked many changes in both the Student Services and Special Education and Support Services departments. I wish to thank the students, parents and my colleagues for their tireless commitment to improved student achievement and wellbeing throughout the year. It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to have the opportunity to be part of such a dedicated community. I also wish to recognize the amazing contributions and extend my sincerest thanks to the many teachers, our ERW’s, our Guidance counselors, Ms. Wasiuk and Mr. Multari, our ChildYouth Worker, Ms. Williams, our Social Worker, Mr. Almeida, our School Psychologist, Dr. Krane, our Alt. Ed. Teacher, Ms. Lehecka, and our Student Success teacher, Mr. Isabella for their tireless efforts to support our students’ success and for their collaboration and support building such a dynamic school team. St. Paul Grade 9 and Newcomer Orientation Morning And finally, we wish to extend a warm welcome to our new Secretary in Student Services, Ms. Ofelia Stefaniuk. Her expertise, patience, professionalism and positive energy are a great addition to our team! Final Report Cards for 2011-12 will be available for pick up on Friday, June 29 from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the cafeteria and in the Student Services office from July 3 – 6. Before we break for the upcoming summer holidays, here are just a few reminders: Summer School Dates and Times Full course credit session: July 3-July 30 Two week make-up credit sessions: July 3-16 and July 17-30 Wednesday, August 29th, 10:0012:00 in the St Paul Cafetorium. New Registrations Please call the Student Services secretary, Ms. Stefaniuk to book an appointment. (905) 278-3994 x77301 Report Card Pick Up 2012/13 Course Changes Copies of the Request for Course Changes form used by our Guidance counselors to process course and option change requests will also be available for pick up with the report card. If a student or parent wishes to request a course change, they are asked to complete this form. All forms must be signed by a parent/guardian prior to submission to Student Services for consideration. All requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. While every effort will be made to accommodate any/all changes, we cannot guarantee that course change requests will be feasible or possible due to scheduling restrictions and classroom capacity. We ask in advance for your patience. Students in grade 12 are invited to come to the school on August 27 and 28 with their signed forms for priority processing of potential changes. The Bachelor King Congratulations to the cast & crew of this year’s production of The Bachelor King! It was a huge success with over 600 audience members. The French Café was also a big hit at Thursday’s evening performance. There was a tremendous amount of positive feedback from staff, students, family, and friends. The cast would like to thank Mr. Kay, Ms. Kelly, and Ms. Ryan for their support and hard work. Also a big shout out to this year’s crew as they worked diligently to make this year’s production a huge success! As a cast, we are very proud and couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help and support! ›››Athletics Wow, it was Discipline, Dedication, Determination an amazing year for athletics at St. Paul. The little school with heart continues to raise the bar of excellence in sport. The Lacrosse team brought home a ROPSSAA gold and Mark Wargala came in 4th at OFSAA in javelin! Congratulations! This is a good opportunity to thank all of our athletes, who dedicated themselves to representing St. Paul as a member of a school team. Special thanks go out to all of our committed coaches for dedicating much of their time and effort to making a difference in the lives of our student athletes. Wishing you all a wonderful, safe summer! Wolverines’ Girls Soccer: Mississauga Team of the Year and the winner was St. Joe’s SS. The Mississauga Sports council is a group dedicated to excellence in sport in the Region of Peel. On Thursday June 7, Ms. Schlarp had the opportunity to attend the annual Mississauga Sports Council Dinner held at the Capital Banquet Hall to accept the coveted award of Mississauga Team of the Year, on behalf of the 2011/12 OFSAA Girls Varsity Soccer Gold Medallists. The team will be playing their annual Friday night lights game early in the fall. This is an amazing honour to have been chosen for this award and St. Paul is very proud of our soccer wolverines! Flag Football June Jamboree Thanks go out to our live DJ Jordan Stamina for helping create a fun filled atmosphere. Track & Field The 2012 Track and Field team had one of their best seasons in years. The highlights of the season included several school records being broken: Mauritzio White tied the 100m record with a time of 11.3 seconds, Haleigh Michalak recorded of 12.4 in the girls 100m and Mark Wargala set a boys javelin record of 52m. This year’s June Jamboree was held on June 4 and luckily the rain held off to help make this a successful day. Mark Wargala along with his brother Ben, qualified for the South Regional Track and Field Championships. Mark won the Junior Boys Javelin at South Regionals, qualifying him for OFSAA. At OFSAA in Brockville, Mark placed an amazing 4th in the Province. This year there were 5 teams participating St. Paul has a bright future in athletics! ›››Athletics Ropssaa Champions Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team This year St. Paul added a new sport to the spring lineup, Varsity Boys Lacrosse. Thanks to a generous donation by the Nix Family, the school was able to purchase Lacrosse equipment and uniforms in order to start up this new sport. Being the inaugural season, no-one knew what to expect from a competitive standpoint. It became clear pretty fast, as the boys came out firing right out of the gate winning their first ever game against Mississauga S.S. with a score of 17 – 2. The team went on to score a total of 71 goals in their 6 regular season games, to go undefeated and qualify for the championships against Port Credit S.S. In the championship game, played at Iceland (under heavy rain), the team started out slow going down 2 – 0 after the first quarter. They quickly rallied back after that, winning the championship game by a score of 9 – 4. Congratulations to the boys for a fantastic season. Bruce Trail Hikes All grade 9 and 10 Healthy Active Living Education hiked the Caledon section of the Bruce Trail. Students were challenged by the Devil’s Pulpit, a steep section of the escarpment. Most students found the hiking experience one of their favorite activities this semester. Therese Martin, grade 9 students loved her hiking experience. “After going on the Bruce Trail, I rediscovered the enjoyment of hiking and why reconnecting with nature is important. That’s why I’ve decided to continue hiking in the future.” Victoria Gojcaj said, “The things that I enjoyed most this semester was the Bruce Trail hike. The Bruce Trail really made me realize how beautiful nature was and how much fun hiking could be. It gave everybody time to hang out and have fun all together as a class.” St. Paul Outdoor Club The St. Paul Outdoor club held its final hike of the year on May 6, 2012. Close to 35 hikers met at St. Paul early Saturday morning, for a 12 km hike to Hockley Valley. The bus load of hikers met our hike leader, Greg Vincent, at Hockley Valley conservation area. After a brief yoga warm up with Ms. Schlarp, the hikers were off on what proved to be a fairly difficult day of climbs and descents at Hockley Valley. We’re hoping to expand upon our outings next year and all students and parents are invited to join us on our hikes. Athletic Banquet The annual St. Paul Athletic Banquet was held on Thursday June 14. This celebration of excellence in sport was kicked off with a fabulous dinner provided by Baby Point Lounge. Each team had the option of choosing between most valuable player, most improved and sportsmanship awards. Special thanks go out to Studio30 for all of their hard work in putting together an exceptional video production for the banquet. Thanks also go out to Brianna Dornford for providing the music for the event. The St. Paul Athletic council spent many hours preparing for the banquet; wholehearted thanks go out to Megan Curran, Jillian Fincher, Ali Ferreira, Sarah DeSousa, Matthew Semko, Ola Cierpich, Anastasiya Tkachuk for their invaluable help all year. ›››Athletics St. Paul Athletic Awards (awards were not handed out in all categories) Sport Most Valuable Player Most Improved Player Junior Boys Volleyball Ryan Kolenda Senior Boys Volleyball Nico Kulas & Robert Prelich Varsity Girls Basketball Meghan Forestell Flag Football Off MVP- Elizabeth Talmassons Def MVP- Cara Coutts Darian Joseph Senior Girls Volleyball Nicole Kolenda Kelsey Forestell Junior girls Volleyball Meghan Forestell & Victoria Cordavado Junior Boys Hockey Off MVP- Daniel Stirpe Def MVP- Marcel Fatovic Girls Hockey Katelyn Turk & Giova Cascioli Senior Badminton Niamh Burke & Martin Zuk Track & Field Mark Wargala & Haleigh Michalak Girls Slo-Pitch Elizabeth Talmassons Amanda Wregelsworth Senior Girls Soccer Naomi Rushe Sydney Martins Junior Girls Soccer Shawna O’Hagan Lacrosse Cameron Dougherty & Hayden Nix Senior Boys Soccer Juliano Kacaj Senior Male Athlete of the Year Zach Zubilewich Chris Cipparrone Emily Ulewicz Varsity Boys Basketball Senior Female Athlete of the Year Katelyn Turk Sportsmanship Junior Female Athlete of the Year Meghan Forestell Zach Zubilewich Andrew LeBre JuniorMale Athlete of the Year Matthew Pouge ›››Broadcasting Specialist This semester, the Broadcasting SHSM program was a busy place indeed. This term’s crew was out on location producing videos projects for the school board’s Speak Up Conference, Mission Employable as well as covering the Dufferin-Peel Catholic Skills Competition. They also had the oportunity to work with the Royal Conservatory of Music, producing two promotional videos. The crew also put their efforts into creating the annual Athletic Banquet Celebration video. Beyond their daily work, the students also took part in two seminars in lighting and camera. Jean Hegay, a proferssional cinematogrpaher, did a remarkable job with students from both semesters as he walked them through basic and advanced lighting techniques, light metering and set safety through a variety of hands-on activiteis. In particular, Jean spent a good deal of time showcasing and providing tips on lighting for green screen. Later in the month, Dana Alexander, a professional producer and DOP, spent some time with the crew discussing career paths in television and motion pictures and also worked with the students showcasing the new DSLR cameras and the use of lenses. Mr. Brugmans and Mr. Sayewich would lke to thanks the Studio30 crews from both semesters for all of their excellent work and contributions to the school. Next year, we’re looking forward to adding to both the Communications Technology and SHSM programmes as we add an iOS Development pathway along side of our Broadcasting one. High Skills Major ›››Bits & Bites Omnia Cum Corde The Bachelor King Felicitations! Looking Ahead Elsewhere in this newsletter there is a solid overview of the school play, but it needs to be said that this year’s play was very well received. On April 12, 2012 Sarah DeSousa represented St. Paul in the Dufferin-Peel Concours Secondaire d’Art Oratoire. Please take note of the following dates to help you plan out your fall calendar. The Concours Secondaire d’art oratoire is the annual public speaking event for Students in grades nine through twelve studying French as a Second Language in Ontario schools. Report Card Pickup......................July 3 - 6 Get Ready Program.............August 23 - 29 Grade 9 Orientation.................... August 29 First Day of Classes............... September 4 Picture Day........................... September 10 PA Day................................. September 14 Opening School Mass.................October 3 Thanksgiving...............................October 8 Mid-Term Report Cards........November 15 PA Day..................................November 16 University Fair......................November 20 Grade 8 Open House.............November 22 Talent Night..........................November 23 Advent Mass......................... December 12 Christmas Break................ Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 Semester 1 Exams..............January 23 - 29 With a cast of twenty-three and a crew of over fifteen, this was an incredibly successful production. The cast (some of whom were in last year’s very successful production of the comedy Perfect Pitch) was a great group to work with, supportive of each other every step of the way. Sarah was poised, polished, and enthusiastic. We congratulate her on her excellent speech delivery. Merci beaucoup Sarah for your dedication, determination and a job well done! The DVD has just arrived and it will serve as a wonderful visual souvenir for all involved. Congratulations to all. Good-bye Ms. Richardson On behlaf of the Art & Technology Department, we’d like to extend a fond farewell and a debt of thanks to Ms. Leanne Richardson as she heads to St. Thomas Aquinas this fall in the next phase of her career. Stratford and MacHomer Farewell Mr. Bodnarchuk At a recent trip to Stratford, Ontario, students of Ms. Bentivoglio, Mr. Kay and Ms. Tobin witnessed the amazing one man show of Rick Miller. Called a tribute to the creative vision of Matt Groening and the genius of William Shakespeare, Mr. Miller simply thanks the world for “indulging in [his] silliness”. It was a compelling and memorable performance at the Studio Theatre in Stratford. After thirty-four years as a mainstay in the St. Paul English department, Mr. Bodnarchuk is retiring. Mr. Kay was the only individual to purchase a “We Brew Him Well” coffee mug. Over the years, Mr. Bodnarchuk has coached many sports, managed the Graduation ceremonies and been an exceptionally reliable teacher here at St. Paul. The students and staff at St. Paul would like to thank Mr. Bodnarchuk for his hard work and dedication to the school community. We wish him well in the next chapter as he can now take some time to read, relax and recharge. All the best from all of us! Ms. Richardson made a huge impact on the students and community since joining us in 2002. In her 10 years here at St. Paul she was very visible, not only with her Hair and Aesthetics classes but in a variety of other avenues as well. She coached the cheerleaing squad, helped run our Talent Night’s, worked tirelessly on hair and makeup for the school plays, hosted spa Friday’s and still found time to run a variety of charitable events such as the Mani-Cure for Cancer and her Spa Days for Sick Kids. Best of luck on your jouney, Ms. Richardson - we’ll miss you.