Summerfest 2016

Summerfest

On Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, you can participate in Summerfest!. The cost is $8 per person. The permission form also needs to be completed. You can access the permission form here.

You can form teams of 8 to compete in various activities. Your participation will allow you to buyout of class at 9:00 at which time you will go and change and head out to the field for the events. Students participating will not be in uniform. At the end of second period all classes will be on a common lunch. There will be the BBQ for those participating, the cafeteria will have the “hot box” open. At 12:00 students will be asked to go the gym to listen to speeches. Once speeches end students will return to 5th period.

The following schedule will be in effect for Summerfest:

Period 1      8:20 – 9:40
Period 2      9:45 – 10:59
BBQ           11:00 – 12:00
Assembly   12:05 – 1:08
Period 5      1:12 – 2:27

Tell Them From Me: Your opinion counts!

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In our continuing effort to improve school effectiveness, and increase parent engagement, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be implementing an online parent survey– Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning Parent Survey. All parents across each of our elementary and secondary schools are invited to complete a, voluntary and anonymous web-based survey. The survey will be available April 25th until May 13th.

The TTFM Partners in Learning Parent Survey is an online survey that allows parents to provide their input into school improvement initiatives in an anonymous way. The survey is based on a comprehensive questionnaire covering several aspects of parents’ perceptions of their child’s experiences at home and school, including the extent to which parents feel the school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

If you would like more information about the survey, please Click here.

Access to the survey, including login information will be emailed to parents and guardians by the school syner-email system.  If you haven’t received it please contact Mr. Ieraci at  ieracij@hcdsb.org

We value the input of our parents and greatly appreciate your support in helping us to make our school the best it can be.

SEAC Soundbytes – What is EQAO?

EQAO is the Education Quality and Accountability Office. It is an independent government body that develops and oversees reading, writing and mathematics tests that Ontario students must take in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10. Some students with special needs may be exempt from writing the EQAO test.  These students have usually been identified through an IPRC (Identification, Placement and Review Committee) meeting and have Individual Education Plans (IEPs). EQAO was created to provide accurate and reliable information about student achievement in publicly funded schools and make recommendations to improve learning and teaching. The tests give parents, teachers, principals and school … Continue reading

Important Graduate News

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Attention Graduate-hopefuls! Who will be this year’s Valedictorian???
Nominations for the 2016 Valedictorian will be available beginning on Monday, May 2, 2016 in Student Services. Who would you like to speak on your behalf at this year’s Graduation ceremony? Members of the 2016 graduating class can nominate as many candidates as they wish.
Completed nomination forms with all necessary signatures are to be returned by Friday, May 13, 2016 no later than 3 p.m. to Mrs. Arcaro in Student Services. Voting will take place at the Grad luncheon on Thurs. May 26th! Good luck to all Valedictorian nominees!
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Photos???!!!
Did you miss your chance to have your grad photo taken at STA? You can still get your grad photo taken but you have to contact Pegasus (the photography company) yourself to arrange an appointment at their studio in Stoney Creek. Pegasus School Images: 1-800-461-6575.
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PROM!!!!!
Tickets for Prom go on sale on Tuesday, May 10, Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 12 during period 4 lunches for 2016 STA potential graduates only. For Grade 12 IB students, you will have an opportunity to buy tickets after your afternoon exam on Monday, May 9th.

If you are a potential STA graduate and you want to buy a ticket for a guest who is not a member of STA’s 2016 graduating class, you will need to pick up, complete and return a guest permission form before you can even think of buying the actual ticket. The guest permission forms are available outside room 320, workroom 3A and workroom 3D. These must be returned completed by Friday, May 6th. See Ms. Kam for more details.

For any STA graduating hopefuls who wish to pay online for Prom tickets, the online purchase system will be available on early May. In order to get your Prom ticket and your name on the list, you MUST bring in your printed receipt to the Prom ticket sales booth on May 10, 11 or 12 during period 4. Don’t wait until the last minute to get all this done, or you may be waiting even longer to celebrate your achievements!

YMCA Summer Works Student Exchange

To all grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who may be interested in a Summer Works Student Exchange program in Quebec through the YMCA, there will be a presentation in the library during period 2 on May 10th.  The YMCA exchange program is a six-week exchange program that places Ontario high school students with a host family in Quebec, with the goal of practicing their French language skills. While there, they also work for a non-profit organization, gaining valuable work experience and making up to $2,000. The YMCA staff in Quebec also plan some awesome activities, such as zip lining, kayaking, trips to the theatre and to amusement parks.

If you think you might be interested in hearing more about it, please sign up on the sign-up sheet located on the front of the door of room 212.

Report Cards

Report Cards

Report Cards were distributed to students on Thursday April 21. Please take some time to review your learning skills and marks. Consider what improvements you can make as you move towards the end of the school year.

Baby Grad Info

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ATTN: Online payment for this campaign opens on February 8, 2016

Dear Parents,

This year the St. Thomas Aquinas newspaper Aquinas.me is once again proud to present the commemorative graduation edition, SWAG, celebrating the accomplishments of the 2015-2016 graduating  class. The graduation edition is in a glossy, full colour magazine format.

As in the past, we will fill our graduation edition with articles and pictures dedicated to recognizing our students and the amazing things they do.  In addition to this, we will also be featuring our Baby-Grad Campaign as an opportunity for you, the parents, to show your grad just how special they are.

If you wish to participate in Baby-Grad, please submit:

  1. a cheque for $15 made out to St. Thomas Aquinas, or online payment at hcdsb.org and click on the School Cash Online (opens February 8, 2016) link (to cover the cost of publication and a souvenir copy for your graduate),
  2. an electronic (jpeg format only) copy of a baby (childhood) photo of your grad to stanewspaper@gmail.com ,
  3. and a 50-75 word write- up to stanewspaper@gmail.com so that your grad will appear in this special edition. If paying online, please attach copy of receipt to email  containing picture and write-up.
  4. Please direct all questions regarding this campaign to stanewspaper@gmail.com.

This graduation edition is meant to be a special keepsake for you and your graduate.

All cheques and photos must be received by May 20 to be eligible for the Graduation edition.  If you are paying by cheque, please make all cheques payable to St. Thomas Aquinas and forward to:

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
Attn. Mrs. Thorpe or Ms. Power
Re: Baby Grad
124 Dorval Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6K2W1

Please email stanewspaper@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thank you for your participation!

Melodie Thorpe
Michelle Power
Justin Yantho

Newspaper advisors

School Cash Online

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We are pleased to advise you that the Halton Catholic District School Board has completed the implementation of a new online payment initiative – School Cash Online.

School Cash Online provides parents with easy access and convenience at any time to make online payments for a variety of student activities, while maintaining an electronic receipt history for items purchased and providing greater flexibility and control on how payments are made to the school. This new online payment method will also help reduce the risk of theft and cash misplacement.

This new initiative was introduced throughout our Board in 3 phases, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School was part of the third phase of implementation which is now “Live”.

For more information including an FAQ, the benefits of this program, and how to register for School Cash Online, please visit: http://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Pages/School-Cash-Online.aspx

To register, click here.