Great things are happening at St. Mary's College! Check out the good news below:
SMC students have a blast! St. Mary's Student Council had a blast at this year's Rotaryfest and raised almost $500 while doing so! The new council members, as well as other St. Mary's students, supported the annual community event and had a great opportunity to get to know one another. The students showed their support for Rotary Youth Charities and walked, ran, or rolled down Queen Street in front of thousands of spectators, “blasting” their way through four bright colour stations. Way to go Knights!
Global Connections. St. Mary’s College in partnership with Algoma University participated in a cultural exchange with a group of professors and administrators from Unimuto University in Colombia. The group studied English at Algoma University for a month and they visited St. Mary's for a cultural exchange. The visit included a presentation to 2 classes where St. Mary’s College students learned about the Colombian culture and then worked with our guests to create a traditional Colombian art project. In February, St. Mary's College was also fortunate to have a group from Japan participate in a similar cultural exchange. We are very happy to provide our students with an opportunity to extend the classroom experience into a global context and we thank Algoma University for this wonderful opportunity.
Catholic Schools Unite to Write! Grade 7/8 teacher, Raymonde Magli, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Sault Ste. Marie asked St. Mary’s College Lead English teacher, Lorie Czop, about the possibility of a partnership. Each year Mrs. Magli teaches her class how to write a five-part literary essay and she wanted feedback from the secondary teachers on how her students were performing. The plan involved students in the two Grade 8 classes at Our Lady of Lourdes writing an essay about the novel The Giver that would then be sent to St. Mary’s College to be assessed by teachers in the English department. The Grade 12 Advanced Placement English students provided constructive feedback on each essay to the Grade 8 students. This peer teaching/learning opportunity was powerful for both the Grade 8 students and the Grade 12 students. While both essays were well written and structured, the class that wrote the essay titled, "The Journey of Self-Discovery," was the winner.
Kevin Ozar visits SMC! Kevin Ozar lives in Detroit with his wife and family and is currently a coordinator for the Link Crew program. St. Mary's College was honoured to have Kevin visit and work with our Link Crew, Young Leaders and Student Council members. He brought enthusiasm, facilitated fun activities, gave students advice and shared real life lessons. Kevin has been teaching for 15 years, from grades 6-12. He now teaches Literature and Composition as well as leadership at North Farmington High School. He is the director of transitions for Farmington Public Schools and was named Oakland County Teacher of the year in 2010. He has been running a Link Crew program for six years, is a senior class advisor and has his hands in just about everything going on at North.
Heart and Stroke Big Bike: On Monday, May 14, 2018, the St. Mary's College Community came together in an effort to assist the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A team from St. Mary's College staff, The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board and teams from individual classes signed up to pedal the big bike. Pledges were collected and over $5200.00 was raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Thank you to Mr. Anthony DeZordo, his Grade 11 Healthcare class, and Mrs. Carlee Rosso for spearheading the campaign. The SMC community shares the Heart and Stroke Foundation's vision: Healthy Lives Free of Heart Disease and Stroke.
Walk for Reconciliation: On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, students and staff of St. Mary's College participated in our annual Walk for Justice. This year's theme was "Walk for Reconciliation." Prior to walking, each class examined and prayed for a different Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. While the last residential school closed in 1996, the effects are lasting. It is important that our students are aware of all of Canada's history. We are all called to be people of reconciliation.
Cancer Campaign: St. Mary's College Student Council kicked off another successful campaign to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. Sweatshirts, sold for $30, were designed by one of SMC's own students, Mackenzie Tremblay, and were sold out within a matter of a few hours! A bake sale, a student/teacher soccer game, a chance to throw a pie in a teacher's face, and a talent show were the events held that helped raise funds. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. St. Mary's College, once again, builds community, demonstrates spirit and gives back. UKnight. Fight. Cure.
Supporting Humboldt: In response to the recent tragedy in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, St. Mary's College came together to show their support. A moment of silence was held, followed by a prayer, staff and students wore jerseys, sold donuts during lunch and rallied together in the gym to demonstrate their support. The staff and students of St. Mary's College prays for the Humboldt Broncos and the Humboldt community.
HOCKEY CITY and NOSSA CHAMPIONS! Once again, the St.Mary's Knights hockey team claims the city championship title! The Knights finished the regular season with no losses - (16 wins and 1 tie)! In the final game against the Korah Colts, St. Mary's Knights claimed the city championship victory with a. 8-0 win. The Knights also dominated in the NOSSA tournament and took home the title. Congratulations to all hockey players and coaches for an outstanding hockey season!
NOSSA CHAMPIONS! The Junior Boys Basketball team, as well as the Senior Boys Basketball team claim the AAA NOSSA championship title! In the final game, the junior boys played LoEllen and ended with a 36 - 28 victory. Elijah Suffer sank 16 points while Jacob Pedinelli sank 6 points. The senior boys also faced LoEllen in their final game and ended it with a 54-47 victory. Cole Evans sank 20 points, while Gianni Viotto sank 17. The senior boys will represent SMC at the OFSAA championships in Windsor, ON during March 5-7. Congratulations to all players and coaches! Way to go Knights!
Kelsey Rankin, a grade twelve student at St.Mary’s College, was one among thousands who entered the 12th Annual National Student Short Story competition hosted by Polar Expressions Publishing. Her short story, “The Dining Table,” was judged in the top group of entries and was then selected to be published in a Canadian student short story collection titled, The Messenger. The Messenger will be read by schools across Canada and will become a part of the national collection at Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa for preservation in Canada’s documentary history. The Messenger is also valuable for purchase at http://www.polarexpressions.ca/Shop.html
Stuff-A-Bus Campaign: SMC's Grad Committee organized a school wide campaign to help Stuff-A-Bus. The student body and school community brought in new and gently used items to help those in need. Many items were collected for Christmas Cheer and on Thursday, November 23, 2017, the Knights gathered together to help "Stuff the Bus." Many thanks to the SMC family for supporting the community. A special thank you goes to the Grad Committee, Mr. Chorney and Mrs. Marano for spearheading this campaign.
Re:Action4Inclusion: Students from St. Mary’s College participated in a weekend long conference in Orillia, ON called Re:Action4Inclusion . Re:Action4Inclusion seeks to empower youth to take action individually and collectively to make schools and communities more inclusive spaces. Throughout the weekend, Youth Advisors coordinated activities that helped participants become more familiar with the movement, foster thoughtful conversations around disability, and enhance the abilities of the larger group to recognize their capacity to transform the schools and communities. Students who participated were: Sara Dubas, Simone Thibodeau, Julia Niro, Gabbe Zagordo, Aidan Rollin, Aidan Sicoli, Angelo Carchidi, Anthony Delorenzi
Operation Smile: For the 11th year in a row, the Grade 12 Religion class taught by Mrs. Trecroce has taken on the Christian Service project Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an international organization which provides underprivileged children from third world countries with cleft lip and cleft palate a surgery to give them a new smile. The fundraising blitz ran from Wednesday, October 11 to Friday, October 20, 2017. Special Operation Smile t-shirts were created and sold for $20.00. A few events that took place were “Kidnap a Teacher”, Teacher Lip Sync Contest and a Mario Kart tournament. Deep fried Smiley Fries and freshly baked Smiley Cookies were also sold. This year’s goal is to raise $6,480 which will provide funding for 27 surgeries. For more information on the organization visit canada.operationsmile.org
The Crew in Blue: Link Crew does it again! Link leaders welcomed grade nine students with enthusiasm and demonstrated spirit and kindness that SMC is known for. "Getting to know you" activities, a tour of the school, helping tackle locks and visiting their homeroom, made grade 9 students feel more comfortable and at ease about beginning high school. Welcome Week, organized by Student Council, gave link leaders and their groups the opportunity to get to know one another even better. Throughout the school year, Link Crew will continue to mentor their grade nine groups with social and academic check-ins. SMC's Link Crew continues to make a difference!