May and June: Dates to Remember

  • DCDSB 2015-2016 School Year Calendar
  • Tuesday May 10: Summer School Registration begins
  • Tuesday May 31: Colour Run/Walk (p 4)
  • Wednesday June 8: Athletic Banquet (5:30-8 pm)
  • Friday June 10: Grade 12 Commencement Mass & Breakfast (p 1 & 2)
  • Monday June 13: Artsfest
  • Sunday June 12: Boyer Pickering/Buick Canada Fundraiser
  • Tuesday June 21 - Monday June 27: Final Exams
  • Monday June 27: Prom
  • Tuesday June 28: Commencement 
  • Tuesday July 5: Used Uniform Sale (4:30-7:30pm) Cash Only

We Pray the Rosary 

The month of May holds a special significance for our community. Our patron saint is St. Mary, mother of Jesus. We have entrusted the care or our community to our patron saint, Mother Mary. May is designated by the church as the month we specially honour Mary. The Rosary has been designated as the prayer which is very close to the heart of our Mother Mary. We at St. Mary will be praying one decade of the Rosary every Friday in the month of May.

The meaning of the Rosary is simply a Catholic prayer based upon the Bible that focuses on the events in the life of Jesus and that of Mary the Mother of Jesus. There are 20 mysteries of the Rosary, which are divided into four categories, Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminious, containing 5 mysteries each. Within each set of Rosary Mysteries, there are five decades of the Rosary. We will be using the Luminous Mysteries to meditate and pray the Rosary this month.

For more information about the Rosary please visit: www.theholyrosary.org


COMPASS Survey

St. Mary CSS, has been chosen to take part in the 2015-2016 COMPASS Survey (Cohort Study, Obesity, Marijuana use, Physical activity, Alcohol use, Smoking, Sedentary behavior). The University of Waterloo will ask students to complete a questionnaire about health. The study survey is confidential and no names are written on the surveys. Students will seal their completed surveys in an envelope. These survey responses will help researchers gather details about youth health. Both the school board and the school have given approval to conduct the study in your son's/daughter's school. Please read the details in the attached parent/guardian letter and decide if you want your child to take part.


Colour Run/Walk: Tuesday May 31

The Color Run/Walk is a celebration of some of the initiatives that the St. Mary Community has engaged and so enthusiastically participated in this school year. Each color represents a different initiative:

  • RED: First Nations Issues
  • PINK: Stand-Up to Bullying
  • YELLOW: Community Outreach
  • GREEN: Stomping out Stigma associated with Mental Illness
  • BLUE: Autism Awareness
  • PURPLE: Epilepsy Awareness

Only the first 100 students to submit their permission forms (and $2.00) will be allowed to participate in the color run/walk. See the Information Letter for more details.


Students Striving for Success - S3
Literacy and Numeracy After School Clinic

Now that you have completed semester one, you may recognize areas that you wish to improve upon. Perhaps you need to strengthen your time management and organizational skills, or perhaps you need to work on managing multiple projects and due dates, or you may need to improve upon your study skills and test/exam taking strategies.

During second semester, S3 will be offered as a TWO-part series. There will be 5 workshops at the beginning of the term and 6 workshops at the end of the term. The different sessions will help you focus specifically on skills and strategies needed at these two important points in the term.

Series One: Wednesday, February 24th to Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 (No class March 16 [March break])
Series Two: Wednesday, May 11th to Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Permission Forms should be submitted to guidance.


Boyer Pickering/Buick Canada Fundraiser

St Mary Fundraiser


News from Guidance

Please visit the Guidance Department page for Information and Resources for Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transitions, Secondary Pathway Planning, Post-Secondary Pathways Planning (Apprenticeship, College, Community Living, University and Workplace) and Student Supports

For academic supports information (i.e., Math and Science Clinics), please visit the Programs and Events page.


Summer School Information

New in 2016

Credit Recovery Summer School Courses:
Duration: 2 weeks
Students must have taken the same course and level with in the previous TWO school years prior to summer school and have achieved a mark between 35% and 49% with no more than 15 class absences.

Accelerated Summer School Courses:
Duration: 4 weeks
For students who wish to gain a credit in a subject they have not previously studied or who wish to upgrade a mark in a course that they have previously completed Students may only take the equivalent of ONE accelerated course in the summer, regardless of mode of delivery (in class or eLearning).

Students taking an on-line course will be expected to log-in on a daily basis and meet all deadlines. Students should be able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours per week to online learning. Final exams for all Grade 11 & 12 courses (except OLC4O) will be written in a classroom at the end of the term.

*Students who have been successful in the course previously (achieved a mark of 50% or higher) and who wish to upgrade such mark, MUST take the accelerated course (as per the Ontario Ministry of Education).


Durham Catholic DSB

For ALL INFORMATION (courses offered, registration process etc) PLEASE VISIT: http://www.con-ed.ca/index.php/summer/summer-school. To enroll students in summer school online: https://osas.dcdsb.ca/Account/Home

Dates:
Accelerated Courses: July 5 - 28
Credit Recovery Semester 1: July 5 - 14
Credit Recovery Semester 2: July 18 - 28
Sites: Notre Dame CSS (Ajax), Father Leo J. Austin CSS (Whitby)

To register for DCDSB Summer School, students must register on-line, and then see their Guidance Counsellor to submit the confirmation form. Guidance Counsellors will approve and complete the application process with DCDSB Continuing Education.
Registration begins online on Tuesday May 10th and ends on June 29th at 4 p.m. There will be NO walk-in registrations on the first day of summer school.


Durham DSB

For ALL INFORMATION (courses offered, registration process etc) PLEASE VISIT: http://www.ddsb.ca/school/dce/Programs/summerschool/Pages/default.aspx

Dates:
Accelerated Courses: July 4 - 28
Credit Recovery Semester 1: July 4 - 14
Credit Recovery Semester 2: July 18 - 28

Sites: J. Clarke Richardson (Ajax), Sinclair (Whitby), Maxwell Heights (Oshawa)

To Register for DDSB Summer School, students must see their Guidance Counsellor to receive a letter of permission and status sheet.
Registration must be completed in person at DDSB Continuing Education by Tuesday, June 28 for Accelerated Courses, and Wednesday, June 29 for Credit Recovery Courses. Registration opens May 2 at 12:00pm.


Post-Secondary Pathway Planning

For information on Apprenticeships, College and University applications see St. Mary Guidance Department Post-Secondary Pathways Planning page and see your Guidance Counsellor!

  • February 1: College Decisions – Offers of acceptance dates vary among colleges.
  • March to May 27: University Decisions - There will be a limited number of acceptances sent to students before mid-April. Most will be received after April midterm grades have been reviewed.
  • Tuesday April 19: Grade 12 OSAP Presentation (Period 4) - students must sign up in Guidance
  • Wednesday May 11: Grade 11 Diploma Panel Discussions (Period 1)
  • Wednesday May 18: Grade 11 Degree Panel Discussions (Period 1)
  • May 1: College Deadline for responding to an offer.
  • June 1: University Deadline for responding to an offer.

Registration Process

ALL PROSPECTIVE St. Mary students MUST complete a Pre-Admission Package (excluding students from our Associate Elementary Schools who live within the St. Mary boundary). Print off the package using the attached link, complete and submit to Guidance with ALL required documentation.
ANY PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS who are NEW to our Board MUST complete the DCDSB Online Student Application IN ADDITION to the Pre-Admission package.
Please call Guidance Secretary (x56020) for further details. 


Prom: Monday June 27th

Grade 12 Prom: 6 - 11:30pm at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Ajax. Tickets are $95 and will go on sale the last week of April.

Gowns for Girls: Durham Regional Police Initiative "Gowns for Girls" provides young women with the resources they need to attend their Spring Prom. The 3rd Annual Gowns for Girls event will take place Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday April 28, 2016 at Bobby Orr Public School, 7 Waterloo Street, Oshawa. It runs from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Organizers are now accepting donations. Please bring your new or used dresses, shoes, accessories and costume jewelry to any of our five DRPS police stations

prom poster2016


Commencement: Tuesday June 28th

Where: The Embassy of the Kingdom of God [416 Taunton Road West, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4] 7:00 pm

In order to participate in the June 28th, 2016 commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled the requirements of the following policies:

  • achieved a minimum of 28 credits (in order to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, you must earn 30 credits)
  • completed 40 hours of community service
  • cleared all debts with administration
  • paid the graduation fee of $80, cash only
Important Dates:
  • Graduation Caps and Gowns Sizing Forms due: February 25th, 2016
  • Commencement $80 fee collection – cash only: March 23rd or March 24th, 2016 (over the lunches, in atrium)
  • Valedictorian Election: April 14th, 2016 in period 1
  • Completion of “Graduation Award/Bursary Reference Form”: April 29th, 2016
  • Mass and Commencement Breakfast: June 10th, 2016 period 1 & 2

Information Letter: February 2016
Information Letter: April 2016


2016 Summer Camp in China

Camp # 1 – July 4 - 24, 2016; Camp # 2 – July 18 - August 7, 2016 (3 weeks)

Spend an unforgettable three weeks in China this summer and earn one credit course in Travel and Tourism from the Durham Catholic District School Board. For grade 9 to grade 12 students and teachers only. Application deadline March 31, 2016. Package price $2,499/person Canadian includes round trip flight ticket, accommodation, meals, tips for tour guide and driver and taxes. Price does not include transportation to and/from the airport, travel insurance and Chinese visa fee. 
Information Sessions will be held at 7 – 8 pm on Monday, March 7 at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School
See Information Flyer for more details. Download the Registration Form


St. Mary in the Durham Catholic District School Board Spotlight


Celebrating Student Success



Durham Student Transportation Services (DSTS)

DSTS is responsible for the management and administration of all home to school transportation for students eligible for transportation, in accordance with the Transportation Policy of the Durham Catholic District School Board. Secondary students are eligible for transportation if their primary address is within St. Mary's attendance boundary at a distance of more than 3.2km.

Occasionally transportation is cancelled due to inclement weather. Please visit www.dsts.on.ca/inclement-weather for more information (map of weather zone, radio/tv stations). In an effort to better address inclement weather cancellations, DSTS introduced weather zones. The four zones are as follows:
Zone 1 - Brock Area
Zone 2 - Uxbridge Area
Zone 3 - Scugog Area
Zone 4 - Southern Durham Region Area
The website outlines the schools in each zone. We would encourage all families to ensure that they have confirmed which zone applies to their school and area.


Chartwells Cafeteria Zipthru Card

Zipthru Webpage ClickerChartwells is introducing a NEW and CONVENIENT way to purchase food at our school cafeteria. The Zipthru Card is a gift card that you load a balance onto and use it like cash… just SWIPE and GO!
For more information visit: www.zipthru-card.ca