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Welcome to Week 38 and the final issue of Varia for the 2009-10 school year.  All important upcoming events are summarized on the year-end dates hand-out that will be in your mailboxes on June 14.  Please note these important events in your calendar.
 
Congratulations to Pierre who is one of twenty participants selected to attend The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Educator Training Event from August 10 to 12.  Pierre will be among 130 participants from across Canada involved in the annual event held at the John H. Chapman Space Centre in Longueuil, Quebec.  During each day of this three-day conference, educator participants and CSA engineers and scientists will explore space-related, curriculum-relevant topics at the primary and secondary levels.  Way to go, Pierre.  We hope you enjoy your experience.
 
Kudos also to Meghan, who was one of five women selected by Rugby Canada and the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) to attend a facilitator training program in Victoria, British Columbia.  Meghan departed for this three-day training program on Friday and will become qualified to lead certification courses under the NCCP to help promote more female coaches in Canada. Well done, Meghan!
 
The outside benches are now completely installed and being enjoyed by students, staff, parents, and community members.  Thanks to Dave Emer, Keith, Peter Walther, and our Construction Tech. students for the time and effort put into this project.  We appreciate your dedication and hope to enjoy these benches for many years to come.
 
The Test Centre had an especially busy day on Monday with students anxiously writing unit tests on the final day.  Thanks to Lucy, Angela, and Anna for a very successful year and also to Michelle Albert, Pierre, Antonella, Remy, Wendy Jones, and Liz who helped supervise in order to reduce the line-ups on Monday.  A special thanks to Julia Mary, who volunteered all day Monday to offer her assistance and expertise in the Test Centre during the busiest day of the year.  A total of 2 729  tests were written during the month of June bringing the 2009-10 total to a record 22 143, a 23. 9% increase over last year’s total. 
 
Congratulations to Green Quest and staff moderators, Louise Chaput-Ross, Christa Hall, Karen Heisz, and Kathy Saran for all the work they did to enable our school to be a Certified Eco School.  With 73 points, we again earned a silver rating.   Well done, team!
 
Our visitors from Huron Perth Catholic District School Board were duly impressed by their visit to our school and enjoyed meeting, observing, and interacting with students and staff.  Thanks to Derek and Mary Louise for facilitating the visit, and Fred, Karen Erle, and Marissa for giving of their time to address their questions.
 
The EQAO Math Assessment ran very smoothly on Friday thanks to the hard work of Halyna, Derek, and the entire math department including Michelle, Alex, Mike Kennedy, Bogdan, Maria, Jerry, Paul, and Michael Waud.  Thanks, also, to the members of the English Department, who gave up their work area to accommodate the writing of the test.  We look forward to receiving the results in the Fall.
 
The 25th Annual Athletic Banquet was a big success.  The sold-out event was enjoyed by athletes, coaches, and fans who gathered to enjoy a delicious dinner and recognize the athletic accomplishments of the 2009-10 school year.  Meghan, Patrick, and Eileen did a great job of transforming the cafetorium into an athletic venue with lights, balloons, banners, and athleticwear.  Jerry Rossi served as a very eloquent and quite humorous Master of Ceremonies and Nicole’s PowerPoint photos lent a great deal of professionalism to the evening.  Thanks to the entire PHE staff and our beloved Athletic Director, Fred Dever, whose efforts were appropriately recognized by all gathered with a standing ovation.  We appreciate the time and dedication of all coaches and the leadership provided by Fred.  Congratulations on another great year in sports!
 
The 2010-11 OASIS student leader training at Woodland Trails on Thursday and Friday was an enjoyable and informative event.  The leaders enjoyed some clean, country air, as well as some training on recognizing the values of individuality during the intensive 24-hour session.  Thanks to Matt, Jen Hayes, Mary Louise, Mike Kennedy, Dana, Marion, Dave Simone, Ryan, and Kara for facilitating and giving of your time for this worthy event.
 
Please ensure you review and take note of your duties during the examination period as outlined on the supervision schedule attached to Derek’s email on Friday.  If you have any questions or require any clarification on your role, please see Derek.
 
The Mary Ward Golf Tourney, or Company Golf Tournament, as Violet likes to call it, will be held on June 23 with the first tee-off after 2 p.m.  Please consider participating in this event, and submit your positive responses to Paul Cerre’s mailbox by Monday.  Further details will follow.
 
A final reminder to complete your 2010-11 Criminal Offence Declaration as soon as possible.  All TCDSB employees must complete their declaration by September 1, but I strongly suggest getting this off your “to do” list prior to departure for summer vacation.
 
On Wednesday, you will receive the June Report Card Memo in your mailboxes that will outline the key steps to follow to ensure a smooth reporting process.  In order to avoid unnecessary errors that cause delays to a very tight deadline, we have attempted to ensure the instructions on this memo are clearly stated.  We appreciate you taking the time to carefully follow the instructions on this memo.  Please also ensure that the Learning Skills and Report Card Comments match the mark.  The reporting cycle will open on Tuesday, June 15, and we ask that you begin entering final marks as soon as possible.  Graduation marks must be recorded in the binders in Student Services no later than 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 24.  If you have exams on Wednesday, June 23, please speak to Lynda Dever.  All marks must be entered in Web-Marks no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, June 25.  Secretaries will print verifications and put in mailboxes on Monday, June 28 and these must be returned by 3 p.m. the same day.  Verifications should not result in major changes, as we trust all marks, comments and learning skills will be properly entered.  We appreciate your attention to these requests and deadlines.  If you have any questions, please ask for help!
 
That’s all folks. Enjoy your week!