Message from the Principal As autumn summons a change in temperature, much of the world begins preparations for a long seasonal nap. At Holy Cross however, the busy season has just begun. With September long behind us and October a recent memory, November is proving to be another whirlwind month as we prepare for Advent. The snow has thrown us for a loop and reminds us that Christmas is right around the corner. Students have settled into classes and academics, joined teams and clubs and continued to nurture their spiritual needs through the variety of social justice and spiritual activities offered here at Holy Cross. By mid September our annual Pilgrimage was well under way. Our committee chose the theme “Be the face of God, See the face of God” and with over 300 walkers we raised in excess of $15000.00 for our sister school in Haiti. It felt like we were just getting started when Parent/Teacher conferences took place in early October. This personal dialogue between parents, students and teachers is critical in ensuring student success. Midterm report cards have been distributed and parents are welcome to continue the dialogue with teachers as necessary. As November draws to an end, I remind you that the semester is more than half over, however there is still ample time to get involved in a team or a club and to improve achievement by attending P3 offered after school from Monday to Thursday weekly. Now is the time to invest some effort into your school, your home. Please remind your family and friends that our grade 8 open house will take place on Jan 13th, 2015 and remember HC is the place to be! God Bless! Denice Robertson (Principal) U. Fazari Vice Principal D. Robertson Principal J. Lennox Vice Principal The Niagara Catholic District School Board through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witness of Christ. FREE THE CHILDREN SOCIAL JUSTICE CLUB: WE DAY TORONTO 2014 On October 2nd members from the Free The Children Club attended We Day 2014 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. We Day is the largest event of its kind, bringing tens of thousands of youth and educators together in celebrating their school initiatives towards Social Justice. Students were entertained by many popular celebrities, musicians and heroes sharing their inspirational stories. This event is a youth movement that recognizes students who are committed and passionate about creating global and local awareness towards positive change. As part of our social justice initiative for this year, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School will be working with Out of the Cold at St. Alfred’s, collecting donations of new or gently used mittens and socks outside of our chapel. This initiative will continue all winter as we prepare for a long and cold winter. BREAKFAST CLUB 2014 Breakfast Club continues this semester five mornings a week,with grab and go service in front of the main office. Our yearly H-N REACH grant of $1,125.00 was received this month. This grant is provided by Niagara Nutrition partners to help offset the cost of food for our breakfast program. Thank you is also extended to First Niagara Credit Union for their $500.00 donation. BROCK MENTORSHIP 2014/2015 Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School is proud to be one of the schools involved in the very prestigious Brock Mentorship program. This is an opportunity for keen science students in their last year of high school to obtain two credits while spending their afternoon each day for a semester working with a professor on their current research in their lab at Brock. This year, Ana Peso is working in the kinesiology lab with Dr. Gammage on a psycho-biology project involving self-esteem and balance in elderly subjects, and Noora Jadgal is working in the psychology department with Dr. Good on a project related to the effects of brain injuries on moral judgment. Keep up the excellent work, girls, and we will be interested to hear your results at the February Symposium! CULTURE OF LIFE CLUB Life Chain on Lundy’s Lane Niagara Falls, Oct. 5th, 2014 NIAGARA WINE PARADE 2014 Catch the Raider Spirit! With the help of the construction classes and the Art Club, this year’s float was a beautiful representation of the many wonderful teams and clubs at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School! The float also included the sweet sounds of the HC rock band along with more than 100 student participants walking along side the float. The day was beautiful and sunny – perfect for spreading some green Raider cheer in the community. LOOKING FOR EXERCISE AND WANT TO HAVE FUN WHILE YOU ARE AT IT? All students and staff are reminded of Intramural Badminton which is held at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School every Wednesday. Games are in the large gym and they begin at 6:30 pm and come to a close at 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Students come on out and take advantage of this great opportunity to play some of your teachers, your friends, your family members or even Mrs. Robertson and her husband who are a force to reckon with. We hope to see many of you on the courts! If you would like more information, please contact either Mr. Chung or Mrs. Di Franco. SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL The Senior Girls Basketball Team is at end of another successful season. The girls had a great showing at the Saint Francis Tournament, playing some of the top teams in the region. They also participated in the Standard Tournament. The Lady Raiders played in ten regular season games, ending with a record 7-3 finish. This put them in second place overall. The girls played Governor Simcoe in the semis to decide who was moving onto the finals. The Raiders pulled it out in the end as they defeated the Redcoats 36 to 28. Congratulations Ladies, for a season well played! Coach Gauthier HOLY CROSS JR FOOTBALL TEAM Congratulations goes out to the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary Jr. Football team. They went undefeated in the regular season, and a final victory of 40 to 10 for a championship win. GIRLS HOCKEY Lady Raiders are back in action this winter. Come out and support the Girls’ Hockey team by cheering them on at the Virgil Arena. Go Raiders! GIRLS LACROSSE New at Holy Cross this year…..Girls’ Lacrosse! Come out and join the team. No experience necessary as we will be practicing skills and doing cardio work-outs in the HC Health & Wellness Center, all winter to get ready for our spring games and tournaments. If you would like to join the fastest game on two feet, please see Mr. Accursi in Student Services. SENIOR TENNIS Congratulations to the Holy Cross Senior Tennis team who had a successful 2014 season! The team consisted of Pylin Christopher (Ladies Singles), Allan Laflamme (Men’s Singles), Braden McKie and Nathan Bayley (Men’s Doubles), and Andrea Chavez and Marcus Soo Ho (Mixed Doubles). This season the Zone Tournament was held at the Welland Tennis Club. Each player displayed exceptional skill and determination while on the court. Off the court, HC players exhibited endless enthusiasm and support not only for their own team, but also for all teams at the tournament! Go Raiders! Extra congratulations go to the Ladies Singles and Men’s Singles teams who advanced to participate in the SOSSA tournament. Each team played two outstanding games against some exceptional players. Although none of the teams advanced to OFSAA, they both demonstrated outstanding effort in their matches. Mrs. I. Kukla, Senior Tennis Coach Above: Braden McKie and Nathan Bayley Below: Pylin Christopher Above: Marcus Soo Ho & Andrea Chavez Below: Allan Laflamme HOLY CROSS JUNIOR TENNIS Congratulations to our Holy Cross Junior Tennis Team for an outstanding performance at Zone and SOSSA competitions this fall. At the Zone 4 tournament, our Junior Holy Cross Tennis Raiders had a perfect undefeated record. At the SOSSA tournament, our Junior Raiders demonstrated excellent skills, effort and sportsmanship in all of their matches, with Dallas Smith, Alex Kedzierski, and Eric Laflamme capturing SOSSA championships! SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO: Katherine Li – Zone 4 Female Singles Champion Dallas Smith – SOSSA and Zone 4 Male Singles Champion Alex Kedzierski and Eric LaFlamme – SOSSA and Zone 4 Male Doubles Champions This was a great season of tennis at Holy Cross! The future looks very bright for Raider Tennis. We are looking forward to next season. Practices begin in the first week of September. New players are welcome. Coach: Mr. F. Rozman Above: Alex Kedzierski and Eric LaFlamme HAUNTED HOUSE The Halloween spirit filled the small gym on October 29th as over 40 Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School students banded together to create and star in our 3rd Annual HC Haunted House. Jen Korsmit, Zoie Ward, Scott Williams, along with Maddie and Deanna Mayle, were the masterminds behind this years theme of an infected hospital. They would like to thank Ms. Cookson and her class for the phenomenal makeup, Mr. Bonsi and Mr. Maxwell for all the construction help, as well as Mr. Volante and Mr. Cavasin for helping run ticket sales. Over 200 community members enjoyed the thrills and chills of HC’s Haunted House, which helped bring in over 50 lbs of food for the food bank. Congratulations to all those involved on the amazing job! Zoie Ward, Jen Korsmit, Scott Williams, Deanna Mayle, Maddie Mayle PREFECTS ABOVE: Holy Cross Prefects welcome students and parents to Grade 9 Curriculum Night. Karyn Robichaud, Jessica Novacic, Sarah Martin, Anna Kobryn and Haileigh Cumiskey. LEFT: "Prefects Helping on Photo Day" AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School presented a cheque to Autism Ontario. Money was raised to support Autism Ontario and was a great way to create awareness about autism in both the school and the local community. Students in the photo from left to right are: Christopher Chambers, Tiffany Boyer, Joseph Donatelli and Jordan Shaw (Communications and Volunteer Coordinator from Autism Ontario) . SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (S.E.A.C) The Special Education Advisory Committee (S.E.A.C) of the Niagara Catholic District School Board is made up of Association representatives and Trustees whose role is to support students with special education needs and their families. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board with regards to any matter relating to educational programs and services to be implemented in schools for our students. All parents are welcome to attend the monthly meetings and learn about different programs and supports that are available in special education. Meetings are held at the Catholic Education Centre, 427 Rice Road, Welland, Ontario at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. In the case of a holiday, it would be held on the second Wednesday. If you are unable to attend the meetings and wish further information, please visit our website at www.niagaracatholic.ca under Programs, Special Education, Special Education Advisory Committee or contact your school Principal who will provide you with a list of representatives and their contact information. S.E.A.C. continuously strives to ensure that the rights of students with diverse learning needs are being met both at the elementary and the secondary level as well as serving as a resource for parents of these children. For further information there are two links: The Special Education Advisory Committee website; www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/seac and The Ministry of Education Special Education website www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/speced.html . SPECIAL EDUCATION At the end of October we find that we had many things to be thankful for this month. We walked around our neighbourhood gathering walnuts, chestnuts, pinecones and acorns to create centerpieces for our Thanksgiving tables at home. After the long weekend we were made to walk the plank with Mr. Craig’s drama class during pirate week. We compared the movie “Hook” to the book “Peter Pan” and then wrote our own Pirate Adventure Tale. Pilgrimage Sunday found five of us walking and rolling down to the Market Square for Mass with our friends from Denis Morris and Saint Francis. We raised $200 for Haiti and were able to tweet a message through Sister Doreen to Naishka, an 11 year old girl, who is now able to go to school because we walked! SPECIAL EDUCATION (CONT) Our Halloween Potluck lunch was a great feast and we welcomed our secretaries and administration to join us for a feast of bones and blood, ghoulish greens, and witches brew. Our costumes were outstanding (see photo) and Sammy (aka Willie Wonka) won best costume. He now has a free ticket to the semi-formal, which makes us all laugh, because we know he does not like to dance! However, he is very excited to go and eat a great meal and talk to his friends. We are thankful for our friends at school who gather together after school for movie nights, trips to the mall, and trick or treating. I am thankful for my wonderful Educational Assistants. Although they are small in number they have a great spirit and love for the students who call room 112 home. Mrs. Dirks Special Education Teacher SEMESTER ONE IEP’S IN MOTION! Thank you to all parents who visited the Special Education Department on Parent-Teacher interview night. Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) were mailed home on Friday, October 17th. We welcome your input on your child’s IEP at any time during the school year as it is a working document. Please contact Ms. van Ophem or Mrs. Di Franco at extension 2132 with any questions or concerns. HC BUSINESS AND GRADE EIGHT ORIENTATION DAY Grade eight students from our neighbouring elementary schools were treated to a business workshop where they learned how to re-brand a cereal to appeal to teenagers. Grade 12 business students from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School helped these future raiders create their new cereal box covers. BROCK BUSINESS WANTS YOU! Three senior students from the Brock Business program came to talk to HC business students about the benefits of attending the School of Business at Brock University. HC students learned about paid coop options, international exchanges and much more within the Brock program. HOLY CROSS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION Cooperative Education provides an opportunity to earn credits through a learning experience that takes place in the community. All forms of experiential learning are a valuable complement to students’ academic experience and preparation for the future. This semester, our students are enjoying experiences in a wide variety of workplaces, including the new Niagara Hospital’s surgical ward, the St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce, and White Oaks Fitness Centre. We are particularly excited about successful placements in highly sought areas such as electrical and renovation construction. Students should inquire at Student Services if they are interested in earning credits through the Cooperative Education program. CULINARY ARTS: WELCOMING OUR NEWEST RAIDERS A new season is upon us where we have a new group of grade nine students, exploring what Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School has to offer. The culinary arts students showcased their talents by preparing fresh baked goods, finger foods and tomato soup cappuccino for the Grade Nine Meet the Teacher Night. Under the leadership of Chef Pockaj, the students were involved in the preparation of foods and the service of the snacks to the large turnout of parents, guardians, siblings and future Raiders. Preservation of local produce has been one of the units the students have studied and was the focus for the Grade Nine Curriculum Night. Courses at the grade 10 level are open to all students. Exercise Your Taste buds, Chef Pockaj Students in picture: Chef, Michael Lem, Maddie Mayle, Kiana Trembley, Kyle Vandermolen and Deanna Mayle CAREER DAY AT HOLY CROSS Wayne Toth Automotive Technician Niagara College Sgt Norman Burns Officer Ian Rubel Niagara Regional Police LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT: GRADE TEN FRENCH JOB FAIR The Grade 10 Academic French Class organized a Job Fair en français on Thursday November 13th in the cafeteria. The students demonstrated their communication skills as they presented display boards depicting their career choice and illustrating competencies required for their career as well as other careers relating to their own. The students also created a cover letter and curriculum vitae in preparation for their interview in French administered by their teacher Madame Lambert. One of the interview questions focused on the importance of speaking French. Another aspect of the Job Fair included a portfolio that each student created. Within the portfolio students completed an Intelligence Test that helped them choose careers that best described their personality and a written paragraph illustrating “A Day in the Life of their Career.” This purposeful activity contributes positively to the Ministry Course Expectation for Grade 10 students regarding career choices. The consensus was that the study of French continues to enhance future career choices. French Job Fair puts students’ French skills to task as they communicate to each other the benefits of learning French as a life skill in the pursuit of Career Choices. THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT The Science Department would like to begin by congratulating the Eco Club/Green Team, under the direction of Mrs. Farrell, Miss Giroux, and Mr. Accursi, for a job well done in preparing the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School online 2013/2014 Eco-schools submission. Months of hard work have paid off and you should all be proud of the first ever Niagara Catholic Platinum rating. Thanks to all the staff and students who handed in class work, lessons, and contributed in other ways. Mr. Brgan and the 2014/2015 Eco Club will have their work cut out for them this year. Mr. Brgan, Mr. Bonsi and Chef Pockaj completed the Lowes Skills Ontario Grant for Education. A detailed proposal has been put together for a major revitalization of the Father Kenneth Burns Memorial Garden. We are all excited and looking forward for the final results of the winning schools to be released sometime at the end of the month of November. Construction on new bench seats, a small herb and vegetable garden, and a completion of the greenhouse and toolshed are just some of the projects the funding could potentially help complete. Our first semester science students have been diligently working on some great curriculum-related activities. Last month Miss Giroux’s chemistry class conducted an activity where students used standard chemical techniques, like flame tests, and precipitate analysis to identify unknown “mystery” chemical compounds. Mr. Brgan just completed a chromatography lab activity with his biology class, where the student’s isolated plant pigments from spinach and kale leaves. Mrs. Kukla organized and led an electric circuit’s investigation with her grade nine science class. They have been working hard building and observing the electrical nature of series and parallel circuits. There is always a great handson activity happening down the science hallways at Holy Cross. STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE Student Council has been working very hard his fall. We have continued with our biggest fundraiser of the year which is the Raider Card. It is a student discount card that allows subscribing Raiders to receive discounts at local businesses and at school events such as extra out of uniform days. Once again, this fundraiser was a huge success with great student participation! To continue keeping the Raider spirit alive Student Council also co-hosted the first pep rally of the year. Held during the beginning of the football season, it was fun for all and included two local food trucks on site for lunch. Council also held the first dance of the school year. Student Council invited all Raiders to come out and have a fantastic time at the “western themed” dance. The cafeteria was transformed into a country rodeo. Cowgirls and cowboys that attended had a great time. Halloween activities included a costume contest held in the gymnasium for the whole school. Looking ahead, Student Council is busy organizing some Christmas surprises for the most wonderful time of the year! Above: Andrea Chaves and Pylin Christopher Above: Halloween Costume Group Winners …. “RECESS” Above: Halloween Costume Finalists Right: 2014-15 Student Council TRENCH WARFARE IN THE CLASSROOMS OF HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Grade ten history students at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School have been immersed in the study of trench warfare as part of the World War One unit. No class experienced this quite like that of Mr. Hendrickse who transformed his classroom into the battlefields of the Western Front. Grade ten history students will also be gearing up for a hands-on trip to the St. Catharines Museum to discover the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents at home and on the fronts of WWI battlefields.