Let’s Talk About Pathways!

It’s that time of year again and the deadline for course selections is fast approaching!

Grade 10 students and their parents are encouraged to watch the following recorded presentation: Let’s Talk About Pathways! to learn more about selecting the appropriate courses for their Grade 11 year, as they plan their educational journey and career pathway.

Students are encouraged to speak to our Student Services department, should they have any questions about course selections and choosing a pathway.

For more information, please visit: http://studentsuccess.hcdsb.org/

After School Literacy Program

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, all grade 10 students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy  test (OSSLT). Students must be successful on the test in order to graduate and receive their Ontario
Secondary School Diploma.

In an effort to support your child’s academic achievement, St. Thomas Aquinas CSS is offering an After School Literacy Program designed to prepare students for the upcoming OSSLT assessment. The After School Literacy Program aims to equip students with the necessary skills required to be successful for the test.

If your child could benefit from this skills program. please have them pick up a permission from in the main office. This supervised program will supplement the preparation activities for the OSSLT that are occurring in the classroom during the regular school day.

Permission forms are also available by clicking here.

The 11-session program will run as follows:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from February 21, 2018 to April 8, 2018.
  • The classes will be held twice a week from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. An extra 15 minutes (4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) will be available for individual teacher-student conferencing.

Topics for study will include effective reading strategies, newspaper writing, how to write a series of
opinion paragraphs, strategies for answering multiple choice questions, as well as how to read and
interpret graphic, informational and narrative texts.

This program is free of charge and a snack will be provided to all students who attend.If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Mrs. S. Typer at your earliest convenience.

Please note that there is no fee for the course and regular attendance is an expectation.

After School Literacy Program Course Dates
Session 1: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Session 2: Monday, February 26, 2018
Session 3: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Session 4: Monday, March 5, 2018
Session 5: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Session 6: Monday, March 19, 2018
Session 7: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Session 8: Monday, March 26, 2018
Session 9: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Session 10: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Session 11: Monday, April 9, 2018

OSSLT: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Civvies Days Semester 2

Our first Civvies Day for semester II will be held on Thursday, February 22. Participating in Civvies Days is optional, however, if not participating, full uniform is required.

After consultation with students, parents, school and board staff, St. Thomas Aquinas will continue its School Cash Online civvies procedures for the 2017/2018 school year.  There will now be one $10 dollar flat fee per semester. 

Monies collected from civvies days are used to support a variety of charities in our school and community as suggested by our student council.  Donations in the past have been made to United Way, Halton Food for Thought, Special Olymics and STA Cares (supporting families directly in our school community).

The Preferred payment is via School Cash Online system found at the following link https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/).  Online payment will remain open until Tuesday, February 20th at 9 a.m. School Cash Online is a service that allows parents to purchase items and pay for optional student activity fees (e.g. hot lunch and milk programs, field trips, etc.), at their own convenience and now allows a credit card payment option.  The School Cash Online initiative saves time, reduces paper within our schools, and provides a secure payment option for parents.​​

We encourage all families to support our fundraising initiative and to utilize the School Cash Online service.

If there are any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

Thank you,

STA Administration

L2L Tutoring Program

Semester two students are invited to access the student led L2L Tutoring program offered by Ms. Maciel. This program is provided and supported by Grade 11 and 12 student tutors and there is no cost associated with the program. Tutors and the students are expected to independently organize their tutoring sessions together. Please contact Ms. Maciel or Mr. Perusin at St. Thomas Aquinas if you would like your son/daughter to access this wonderful opportunity.

Breakfast Program

Did you know that St. Thomas Aquinas CSS provides ALL students with access to healthy food at school? A Breakfast Program has been running in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) since 2006. This program is open to all students free of charge and breakfast is available every morning prior to the start of period one class, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. All food prepared and served at our Breakfast Program meets Ministry of Child and Youth Services Nutrition Guidelines and follow Safe Food Handling practices.

To continue this successful program, we need your help! If you would like to make a financial contribution to this valuable program, it would be greatly appreciated. No donation is too small! See below for details on how to easily donate and help ensure “no student goes hungry at school”.

Click here to view Halton Food for Thought Student Nutrition Programs in action.

The Benefits
Food is fuel! What students eat has a profound impact on their ability to learn. Studies show that students with access to healthy food choices are more alert and perform better academically. According to the Kellog’s Study students who came to school hungry, lose 132 minutes – 2 ½ hours of class time a day.

We understand the value of providing nutritious food to ALL students to optimize their learning potential. When surveyed, schools that started a Student Nutrition Program report seeing an increase in readiness to learn, a reduction in at risk student behavior and an overall improvement in academic performance. Wow!

How to donate – Your donation goes directly to your child’s school to support their Student Nutrition Program.

Donations can easily be made through School Cash Online at http://bit.ly/2x56XIg

1) Sign in from the homepage of School Cash Online and Click on Make a Donation (located top right )

2) Gift Information – Select donation amount

3) Fund Destination –Select school name

4) Message to the Board – IMPORTANT You must type in “Donation to Student Nutrition Program”

5) Add to cart and Check out. For donations over $20 a tax receipt will be emailed directly to you

For more information about HFFT Student Nutrition Programs, be sure to follow them on Social  Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/haltonFFT

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/haltonfoodforthought

Thank you in advance for your support.

Paul DiIanni, Principal

Phys. Ed. Uniforms

Phys. Ed. Uniforms for second semester will be available on cash online starting on Mon. Feb 1st. You can pick up your uniform from your Phys. Ed. teacher. You don’t need to change into your Phys. Ed. uniform on the first day of second semester.

IB Information Session for Grade 10 & 11 Parents

Parents of current IB students are invited to attend an IB information session for Grade 10 & 11 students in the St. Thomas Aquinas Theatre. The IB staff will provide information about CAS, Extended Essays, Exams, etc.

Grade 10 Parent Information Session – February 8 2018, 6PM to 7PM

Grade 11 Parent Information Session – February 21 2018, 6PM to 7PM

Exam and Culminating Review – Thursday February 1

Dear Parents/Guardians,

To better support authentic feedback, STA will offer students two specific opportunities over the course of the day to find their teacher and to review their final exam/culminating assessments. Using the schedule below, students will meet their teacher, and review their final assessments; students will not be permitted to take pictures or remove final assessments from the classroom. During a student’s scheduled “lunch time”, students are asked to ensure that lockers are cleaned out, books are returned to the library, and text books are returned to the main office. Additionally, please note, staff will be unavailable for student review from 11:00am-12:25 pm as teachers participate in department discussions and reviews.

Period Time
Period 1 9:00 to 9:20
Period 2 9:25 – 9:45
Period 3 9:50 – 10:10
Period 4 10:15 – 10:35
Period 5 10:40 – 11:00
Common Lunch and Department Time

*** teachers will be unavailable at this time***

11:00 – 12:25
Period 1 12:30 – 12:50
Period 2 12:55 – 1:15
Period 3 1:20 – 1:40
Period 4 1:45 – 2:05
Period 5 2:10 – 2:27

Schedule and Room numbers will be posted on the website and around the atrium.

Semester 1 final report cards will be distributed Thursday February 8, 2018.

Semester 1 Exams

The semester 1 examination schedule and procedures can be found by clicking here.

The Semester 1 I.B. examination schedule can be found by clicking here.

Please review the schedule and procedures prior to writing your first exam.

Students will write their Periods 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 exams in their regularly assigned classrooms.

All exams will commence at 8:45AM each day. Exams range from 1½ hours for grades 9 and 10 to 2 hours for grades 11 and 12.

Thursday, February 1 is Exam Review Day. Teachers are available to review exams in designated rooms from 8:25AM – 12:00PM and from 1:00PM – 2:27PM.

Buses will run at regularly scheduled times.