Earth Week

Students, staff, and families are invited to participate in Earth Week, during the week of April 16 – April 20th, 2018! A number of tips and daily eco-goals can be found on this page, encouraging students and staff to join the movement of: Paperless Monday, Trashless Tuesday, Walk to School Wednesday, Bring Your Own Water Bottle Thursday, and Lights Out Friday. To check out the daily suggestions, and Earth Week tips for each day of the week, click here. Students, staff, parents and members of our broader community are welcome to participate by joining the conversation on Twitter, using the … Continue reading

Thursday Green and Gold Day in Honour of the Humboldt Bronco’s Hockey Team

Dear Parents/Guardians, Whenever tragedy and youth happen, we are faced with the delusion of our invincibility and control over our own lives. Such was the recent bus crash killing many young people from the Humboldt Bronco’s hockey team. There is a collective disbelief leveled at the immediate, local, and national psyche. It reminds us of how little control we have in our own lives. In the midst of all this seeming chaos we stand as Easter people. Our faith teaches us that Jesus brings light into darkness and hope into despair. As a sign of our solidarity with the community … Continue reading

OSSLT – Tuesday April 10 – SPECIAL SCHEDULE

April 6 2018 Dear Parents/Guardians: On Tuesday April 10, 2018, the compulsory Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written by over one third of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School students. It is a requirement that all students successfully complete (pass) this test in order to receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The first opportunity for students to write the OSSLT is in grade 10. In order to support a testing atmosphere conducive to maximizing student success and minimizing distractions, we will be revising the school day schedule on April 10th as follows: Students who are not involved … Continue reading

School Climate Survey for Parents – Your Opinion Counts!

At the Halton Catholic School Board, we want our schools to be safe and welcoming place where students and staff can feel comfortable enough to learn and to work and thrive. School Climate Survey for Parents Parents are invited to complete an online survey! The School Climate Survey for Parents will be available from April 3, 2018 through April 30, 2018. School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools. In our continuing effort to increase school effectiveness and improve school climate, the survey provides feedback to … Continue reading

See the Problem, Be the Solution.

On April 5, 2018, students across the system will come together to celebrate See the Problem, Be the Solution. In order to determine the winners of our See the Problem, Be the Solution competition, all students from Grade 4 — Grade 12 will vote online during the week of March 26, 2018. Register your votes for one (1) winner in each of the three categories of poster, video and original  song. Go to: Video – http://woobox.com/4igizi Poster – http://woobox.conn/dvct7nn Song – http://woobox.conn/t7k5r9 Students must use their board email – first name.last name.last three digits of OEN@students.hcdsb.org (ex. student.adam.123@students.hcdsb.org) to enter … Continue reading

Ontario Student Voice Awards – Applications are Open!

The ​Ontario Student​ ​Trustees’​ ​Association​ ​(OSTA-AECO) is now offering Ontario Student Voice Awards, presented annually to students doing exceptional work across the province of Ontario. Ontario Student Trustees present the awards to students who dedicate their time passionately representing their community and advocating for the issues most important to them. This year alone, six awards, each valued at $500 will be given to students in the following categories: • Student Voice • Commitment to Justice • Dedication to the Arts • Sports Leadership • Entrepreneurial Initiative • Cultural Involvement The deadline for all applications is March 20, 2018. For more … Continue reading

School Climate Parent Survey – Your Opinion Counts!

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we want our school communities to be safe and welcoming places. School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools. All parents in our school community are invited to complete the School Climate Parent Survey. The survey will be available online March 19, 2018 through April 20, 2018. Parents are encouraged to check their email inbox, as they would have received an email invitation to complete the survey online. This voluntary survey is completely confidential, and … Continue reading

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