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J.J. O'Neill choir sings at hockey home opener

J.J. O'Neill choir
A group of 20 students led by teachers Steve Kennedy and Laura Gowsell had the thrill of a lifetime when they sang the National Anthem before a sold-out crowd at the recent home opener for the Kingston Frontenacs. They were accompanied by student guitarist Edmund Hetke.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel tops in golf

Third Annual Veterans Memorial Cup Catholic Elementary School Golf Championship winners
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School of Kingston captured the title at the 3rd Annual Veterans Memorial Cup Catholic Elementary School Golf Championship, held at Camden Braes Golf Course in Odessa. The foursome comprised of Stephen Beneteau, Aidan Proderick, Jodie Willemse and Jared Gibbons beat runner-ups Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School of Kingston by one stroke, and St. Joseph’s Catholic School of Belleville and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School of Kingston by 5 strokes. This year 85 golfers competed in the mixed event that featured a scramble format. Congratulations to all who competed and thank you to all schools and volunteers for their support.

Honouring the legacy of Terry Fox

Student holding Terry Fox banner Students running for Terry Fox day
Students, parents and staff at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Belleville took up Terry’s Challenge in their annual Terry Fox School Walk on September 25. After gathering in the gym for prayer and warming up, the school community paraded outside to complete over 1,400 laps of their school yard in less than one hour! As they walked, jogged and ran, students focused on challenging their own fitness levels, which is part of this school’s Wellness focus for this year. Classes used lap counters to do proportional math reasoning in comparing their results from class to class, and to Terry’s distance. Financial pledges gathered by students will compliment cancer research dollars gathered across the country.

Our Catholic schools continue to show improvement
in provincial assessments

Grade 10 reading and writing skills above provincial average

The reading and writing skills of Grade 10 students in Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board hold strong with 88% deemed successful by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) on their first attempt at this assessment. This achievement represents a 2% increase in results for students in the board compared to last year, and a 5% improvement over results for provincial peers who averaged 83% success rate. The 2013-2014 test results made public today by EQAO will provide important information for educators and inform next steps for responding to student needs, in and out of the classroom. Read more...

Applied Mathematics assessments increase by 6%

The 2013-2014 school year is the seventh year that students in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board have surpassed their provincial peers on both the Applied and Academic Mathematics assessments. Achievement results for Grade 9 students in the Board continue to improve in the Applied Mathematics assessments, with an increase of +6% at Levels 3 and 4. The Academic Mathematics assessments showed a decrease of 3% at Levels 3 & 4. These assessments are administered annually by the Education Quality and Accountability Office. Read more...

Grade 3 and 6 Reading and Writing test results improve

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board today released the annual Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Reading, Writing and Mathematics provincial assessment results for its Primary and Junior students. Grade 3 students in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board demonstrated improved achievement results in the Primary assessment with a 7% gain in Reading and a 1% gain in Writing. Assessment results for Primary Mathematics remained unchanged. Grade 6 students demonstrated improved achievement results in the Junior assessment with a 4% gain in Reading and a 3% gain in Writing. Assessment results for Junior Mathematics remained the same as the previous year. Read more...

A day on the links raises funds
for Catholic Education Foundation

Cheque presentation
The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Education Foundation has once again received a huge financial boost with a donation from the annual Director’s Charity Golf Tournament.

Foundation Vice-Chair Kathy Turkington accepted a cheque for $16,900 from Jody DiRocco, Director of Education, at the September 23 Board Meeting.

The 16th Annual Director’s Charity Golf Tournament was held at Black Bear Ridge Golf Course in Belleville. There were 113 participants for the event raising $16,900 for the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Education Foundation. The core purpose of the Foundation is to work to alleviate the effects of poverty. The Foundation has established an Emergency Response Fund to provide immediate financial assistance to children and their families within our school system. This assistance includes the provision of eyeglasses, medical supplies, food and clothing, transportation and many other financial needs resulting from family crises.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board can take pride in the fact that all funds raised from the event are donated to the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Education Foundation and will help enrich the educational experience of our students and give our students the kind of future we all envision for them. Bob Koubsky, Superintendent of Finance and Business Services, thanked the participants, sponsors, committee members as well as the volunteers who, through their hard work and dedication, have made this event a success over the years.

Little girl holding iPad
The Trustees of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board work to promote a strong Catholic education system, one that focusses on the heart of our system Catholic school students and graduates!

Our Catholic schools tradition of academic excellence is well-known, but it is an education rooted in our Catholic faith that makes a difference in the lives of our students and the province as a whole. This is the message we must tell. Join Catholic school boards throughout the Province of Ontario to share our stories of success and excellence.

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Why is it still so important that I designate my taxes to the Catholic School Board?

Recently, you received a Property Tax Assessment Notice from MPAC. By ensuring that you are registered as a separate school supporter, you are helping to deliver as powerful message to the Ontario government about the level of support for publicly-funded Catholic education in our district.

Now more than ever, it is essential that all partners in Catholic education work together to demonstrate in a tangible way, their commitment to and belief of Catholic education and in the protection and preservation of our educational system. One way to do this is by ensuring that your school tax support is designated English-Separate.
Being identified as an English Separate (Catholic) Supporter …
  • Your children are able to attend Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic elementary schools
  • You can vote for Catholic school Trustees
  • You are counted as a supporter of Catholic education in Ontario
For information on changing your Direction of School Support Designation, contact your local Catholic school or click the “Direction of Tax Support” link.

Algonquin and Lakeshore Works
to Reduce Poverty

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has long been a community leader in helping those in need. As followers of Christ, we are challenged to strengthen our communities by assisting those who are most vulnerable.

Although we are blessed to live in a rich province in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, many among us struggle financially. One in eight children and many people with disabilities are marginalized by poverty. Recognizing the inherent dignity of every human person, we are called by grace to respond in faith and love. The Catholic community has always been involved in service to the poor through Catholic agencies and organizations, through the actions of religious orders, and through the generosity of our parishes. "The Church's love for the poor . . . is a part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor.” i

In the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, the social teachings of the Church are integrated into the curriculum and the broader life of the schools around a structure of service, education and action. Whether it is a food drive, a class discussion about poverty in our world, or participation in a public awareness action, Catholic schools have demonstrated consistent leadership in charity and justice. The caring and empathetic culture of our school communities is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, and is manifested in the principles of equity, inclusiveness and respect. In solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world, our school communities work to bring hope to people in need, both in our schools and in the broader community. By supporting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Holy Childhood Association, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, our staff and students answer the call to action. Through our collective efforts, we can and do help those in need.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Education Foundation redirected its fundraising efforts in 2007 to address the topic of poverty in our schools. To date, dozens of families facing financial crises have been aided through the Foundation. Through the creation of an Emergency Response Fund, schools have access to funds to support children and families in crisis, providing assistance in the form of food and clothing, the provision of eyeglasses, Epipens, or medical supplies, and many other financial needs.

Our school system is committed to supporting children and their families living in economically disadvantaged circumstances. At the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board “we accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic Tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.” ii _________________________________________
iCatechism of the Catholic Church #2444
ii Strategic Plan

Take the Path to Success

Take the Path to Success
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Making the transition from elementary school is an exciting journey for students and parents/guardians. We are pleased that you have decided to continue your journey in our Catholic Secondary Schools where young people are formed in their faith and educated to be responsible citizens of the world. This publication contains much of the practical information that can be helpful to you.