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From Gardening to Journalism to Social Justice - Students at St. Joseph in Tilbury Try Their Hands at Many Trades 

Students in Brandon Vadovic's Grade 7-8 class at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tilbury wore many hats in a recent class project - they were carpenters, mathematicians, agriculturalists, journalists and leaders in social justice.

"This has been a tremendous learning experience for our students," says Mr. Vadovic.  "What began as a project for our school to help provide food to the local food bank has expanded and evolved to give students practical experience in a number of trades and vocations."

The students began by building vertical gardens - one for every classroom in the school.  Food harvested from the gardens will be donated to the Tilbury Information and Help Centre Food Bank.  The construction project required students to measure the materials, assemble the gardens and prepare them for planting.

As a final step, Mr. Vadovic asked the students to write news stories about the project.  Gerry Harvieux, the editor of the Tilbury Times, was invited to the classroom to speak to students about news writing.  Students submitted their stories to the Times for judging and several were selected to be published in the March 14, 2017 edition of the newspaper.

Click here to read the stories that were published in the Tilbury Times.

In the photo above, Gerry Harvieux, editor of the Tilbury Times, speaks to students in Brandon Vadovic's Grade 7-8 class at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tilbury.

Mar 24, 2017

Monsignor Uyen Students Participate in My Parks Pass Canada Contest for 'Canada's Coolest School Trip!' 

Students at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School have researched national parks all across Canada and the one they would most like to visit is Gros-Morne National Park in Newfoundland.

"One of the students in our class actually visited Gros-Morne and the more we heard about it, the more we knew it was the national park we would like to see together as a class," says Angele Monette, a Grade 8 teacher at Monsignor Uyen, St. Clair Catholic's French Immersion school in Chatham.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of confederation, Parks Canada has launched the 'Canada's Coolest School Trip!' contest and the top prize is an all-expense paid trip to the park the students would most like to visit.

"The students' research resulted in some interesting facts about Gros-Morne," says Ms. Monette.  "It is the second largest park in eastern Canada and one of the most unique geological sites, stretching across 1,805 square kilometers of western Newfoundland.  It has over 20 hiking trails and the highest waterfall in eastern North America."

In order to participate in the contest, the students have entered a video, which is posted to a Parks Canada website at myparkspass.ca  Canadians from across the country are invited to log in and vote for their favorite video from March 6 to 24.  After March 24, the top ten videos will be judged by Parks Canada, to select a final winner.

"It's been a very exciting project," says Ms. Monette.  "We're asking all of our friends and fellow students to log in and vote for us!"

In the photo above, students in Ms. Monette's Grade 8 class at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School research facts about Gros-Morne National Park in Newfoundland.  Below, view the video contest entry produced by the class.

Mar 09, 2017

St. Clair Catholic Welcomes Best-Selling Métis Author David Bouchard 

Best-selling author David Bouchard brought his message about the joy of reading to hundreds of students across the St. Clair Catholic district, during a recent two-day visit.

"Mr. Bouchard shared his passion for reading through storytelling about his traditions and his heritage," says Carole Taraborrelli, a French Immersion teacher at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.  "His love for reading was evident throughout his presentation and his stories captivated our students."

Through his stories and life experiences, Mr. Bouchard helps students come to learn that they are all gifted.

"Every person has a gift that we must discover," he says.  "We must then build our lives around that gift."

He also tells students that reading is one of the most important tools available to them and that reading is for everyone. 

"It takes one book to become a reader," he says.  "That's all.  It just takes one book."

Mr. Bouchard has written about 25 award-winning books, many of which are multi-cultural in nature and produced collaboratively with First Nations artists.  His books are an amalgamation of the arts - poetry, prose, visual art and music.

Through his two-day visit, Mr. Bouchard spoke with students from Ursuline College and Monsignor Uyen in Chatham, St. Elizabeth and Holy Family Catholic schools, Wallaceburg and St. Anne, Blenheim; and in Sarnia, St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Gregory A. Hogan and St. Anne Catholic schools.

Mar 02, 2017
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22-Mar-17 CLASS Launches Free Mobile App "MySBI"
09-Mar-17 Classes to Resume Tomorrow at St. Vincent Catholic School Chatham and St. Michael Catholic School Ridgetown
08-Mar-17 St. Vincent Catholic School in Chatham Closed to Students and Staff on Thursday Due to Roof Damage
28-Feb-17 St. Clair Catholic Trustees Receive Report on Board Calendar for the 2017-2018 School Year
28-Feb-17 St. Clair Catholic Invests more than $3.6 Million in School Improvements Across the District
07-Feb-17 The Great Family of Our Church:  Our Annual Day of Faith and Learning Together
24-Jan-17 St. Clair Catholic District School Board presents Capital Plan Update - 2017
24-Jan-17 Director's Annual Report - 2016 is presented to St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees
07-Dec-16 Class Project at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown receives World-Wide Recognition
06-Dec-16 John Van Heck Acclaimed Chair of the Board; Michelle Parks Acclaimed Vice Chair
14-Nov-16 St. Clair Catholic Students to Perform for CBC Radio's Canadian Music Class Challenge
11-Nov-16 St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna to Celebrate Derek Drouin Day.....Again!
01-Nov-16 St. Elizabeth One of 17 Schools Across Canada to Receive Teach Grant From Best Buy Canada
25-Oct-16 Helping Parents Make Math a Fun Part of the Family's Daily Routine is the Focus of Bedtime Math
20-Oct-16 Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and St. Clair Catholic District School Board to Sign Historic Tuition Service Agreement
18-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Boards to Share $30,000 from Noelle's Gift
18-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board and St. Clair College Partnership Creates Shared Learning Space at St. Ursula Catholic School
14-Oct-16 CLASS Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day
12-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic Elementary and Secondary Students Participate in Wellness Conferences
27-Sept-16 Board of Trustees Votes to Begin Pupil Accommodation Review of Chatham Elementary Schools
27-Sept-16 Holy Trinity Celebrates OPHEA Gold Certification with Visit by Canadian Olympian and Terry Fox Run
21-Sept-16 St. Clair Releases Results for Grade 3 and 6 EQAO; Grade 9 Math; and Grade 10 OSSLT Assessments
13-Sept-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board and Bluewater Health Close Deal on Former St. Patrick Catholic High School Property
29-Aug-16 UCC Student Leaders Prepare to Welcome Grade 9s Through Successful Lance Link Program
19-Aug-16 CLASS First Time Rider Orientation Day

CLASS Launches Free Mobile App "MySBI" 

Getting information about school bus cancellations and delays just got a little bit easier.

Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services (CLASS), which provides transportation services to students of the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District school boards, has launched a new mobile app that will provide subscribers with real-time notifications whenever buses are delayed by 10 minutes or greater.  The notifications will come in the form of alerts, which will also include service cancellations due to adverse weather conditions.

"We are pleased to offer this new service to help keep our students and families informed with the most up-to-date information in the unlikely event of delays or cancellations," says Kent Orr, CLASS General Manager.

The app allows subscribers to quickly select the morning and afternoon buses for which they wish to receive updates from a simple drop down menu for either school board.

Bus delay and weather cancellation information will also continue to be posted on the CLASS website at www.schoolbusinfo.com

For additional information about using the mobile app, please visit www.mysbi.ca

Mar 22, 2017

Board of Trustees to Vote on Recommendations from Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review Committee at March 28, 2017 Regular Board Meeting 

The Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) of parents, community members and parish representatives has completed its work in the Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review, which began in September 2016.

The recommendations of the PARC, along with a number of special considerations, are contained in the Final Staff Report, which was presented to the Board of Trustees on February 14, 2017.  The Board will vote on the recommendations at its Regular Meeting of Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Click here to view or download the final report.

Mar 02, 2017

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